According to The Sunday Mail Mugabe described as primitive claims that the VP had been bewitched.
“Munonzwa ava vanotaura zvehuroyi sekuti munhu akarwara anonzi aroyiwa. It’s lack of ideology. Vanhu vangaende havo kun’anga; it’s different. But rega kushandisa your own belief in witchcraft and want to accuse vanhu vasina mhosva,” he said.
“Hurwere hurwere. Tese tinorwara moti vamwe kana vari maleaders, kana vakarwara, moti hanzi aroyiwa. When did this start? It’s not part of our culture at all.
“You might find it somewhere in a primitive society, but even nowadays, vanhu havachambofunga nezvehuroyi. Nemahospitals avako? Neruzivo rwavapo rwekuti certain diseases can attack us?
“That’s why we say please, please, please go to hospitals or to doctors for constant check-up, for constant check-up. The bodies are not ours. Manzwa zvichinzi it’s dust that we are carrying, and if anything is developing, they will tell you.”
Mnangagwa could also have avoided the embarrassment he was likely to face at Heroes’ Acre as Mugabe went on to say that Mnangagwa was one of those who chased former Vice-President Simon Muzenda from Gweru where he had been a Member of Parliament since independence to his rural home in Gutu.
He quoted Muzenda as saying: “Vakomana vari kuGweru vari kunditanda vachiti aihwa endai kwenyu kuMasvingo.
“Zvikanzi ivo ava anaEmmerson; ndovari kuti kuno ndekwedu endai kwenyu.”
At the time Muzenda was the Midlands boss while Eddison Zvobgo was the boss of Masingo.
Muzenda’s move to Masvingo pitted him against Zvobgo leading to a bitter feud between the two as Muzenda was being accused of being too close to Mugabe and was therefore thwarting the wishes of the Karanga to ascend to power.
Ed: See this story about the Masvingo squabbles written in 1993