LIKE many other years before, 2015 provided some dramatic quotes — some interesting to public, yet others of public interest.
Here are some of the quotes that made us reflect, laugh out loud, almost cry, cringe or simply shake our heads in disbelief:
“I would like to thank our President for handing over the Sadc chairmanship to Khama because I thought he was going to refuse,”- MDC-T MP Amos Chibaya in Parliament giving his view on President Robert Mugabe handing over the Sadc chair to Botswana President Ian Khama
“Don’t you think it’s time to step down sir? When will there be change in Zimbabwe?”- Nigerian TV journalist Adeola Fayehun confronting Mugabe who had gone to the west African country to attend the inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Journalists from Daily News, NewsDay, (Zimbabwe) Independent, you are all my children and I like you. I know you can’t do without me. I’m back! If you hear them (journalists) making noise, you know they are hungry. They want food so they can write stories. I have brought rice for you!”- First Lady Grace Mugabe promises food handouts to journalists whom she has previously accused of writing lies about her during a rally at Mbare in Harare.
“Generation 40 is just a nuisance to the party. There are cronies of diversionists coming from power-hungry clowns misguided by errant professors from nowhere who have found their way into the party,”- War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa castigates G40, a grouping believed to be led by Grace and includes Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao
“Reading a wrong speech days after reshuffling cabinet shows that he might not even remember that he had done another reshuffle recently.”- People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume reacting to President Mugabe reading the wrong speech at the official opening of Parliament in September.
“I am prepared to go further to aver that this limitation came about through an arbitrary process of legislating, a kneejerk reaction by the State to what it perceived as a social ill. That the process of legislating, the Amendment Act, was reactionary is evidenced in the lack of thinking, consultation and research required to guide government action and law-making,” Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe executive director John Mufukare in his appeal to the High Court against the labour law amendments which sailed through Parliament in August.
“You cannot water down the law like it is Mazoe (orange drink) ” – Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao on the need to amend the indigenisation law.
“Zanu PF cannot be represented by touts and lodgers” — Vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko at a Bulawayo provincial co-ordinating committee meeting held by the party to discuss candidates for by-elections held in June.
“I am an elephant, I am sorry you are using a catapult on me.”- Kasukuwere responding to Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment chairman Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
“Is this really a crocodile or an ambitious lizard,” – Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo in a twitter reference widely believed to have been referring to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is nicknamed Ngwena (crocodile).
“We had a problem with war veterans and we created a Ministry of War Veterans; again, we had problems with youths and we created the Ministry of Youth. Very soon we are going to have a problem with prostitutes and [we] are going to create a ministry of prostitutes.”- Mabvuku MP James Maridadi criticises the bloated cabinet at a time the economy is imploding.
“If young girls were to be asked what they prefer most would say they should be allowed to have sex after turning 12. It is assumed that the girl child’s independent decisions start at any age that those who are speaking want to fix, but if you go out there you will find out that some of them may want to start out in life early”- Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana on early child marriages that caused outrage.
“You are one of those who feed in the trough of the material opulence born by our blood, sweat and tears. On what pedestal does your pumped up arrogance stand; a presidential sinecure of a state created by others. Even after war survival, I have spent half of my life on my means, not state handouts.” — War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa in a heated exchange with Presidential spokesman George Charamba after Mugabe read the wrong speech when opening parliament.
“Get back your youthfulness you super war veteran, the Rambo who won the war single-handedly. You have a horrible complex. An acute deficiency that overpasses your meagre personality. For far too long we have allowed you to hide behind the parapet of struggle as if you are the only fighter in town. We will pluck those feathery horns if you take matters too far.”- Charamba hitting back at Mutsvangwa
“There can be competition, but it will not be of my calibre. I have read about some of the people that are interested, but they are either failures or criminals and there is no need to keep recycling people who have failed before. ”— Phillip Chiyangwa while campaigning to take over from Cuthbert Dube as Zifa president.