Political analysts have called for the prosecution of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Minister Jameson Timba for their utterances, accusing the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe of lying to the nation.
Political Scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo says what Mr Tsvangirai and Minister Timba have done by calling President Mugabe a liar is in violation of the Criminal Code section 33, which prohibits undermining the authority of the President or insulting the Head of State and Government.
â€œI strongly believe that it is high time that the law should take its course, it is totally unacceptable for Tsvangirai and Jameson Timba to call Cde Mugabe a liar. Who is Tsvangirai? He is just a senior minister and Timba a junior minister who is known for spearheading and mobilising funds for independent media under theÂ three million pounds project sponsored by the west. This kind of behaviour whereby they are sponsoring the private media to attack the president should come to an end before it is too late,â€ said Professor Moyo.
A political commentator, Retired Brigadier General Felix Muchemwa said Prime Minister and Minister Timbaâ€™s actions should be treated with the contempt they deserve.
â€œThis utterance should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves, there is no way President Robert Mugabe can lie to SADC, which he is a member to. Who is Tsvangirai and Timba to call the President a liar? The two are none entities to SADC, after all President Mugabe only gave a short and precise statement of what exactly transpired at the SADC Summit in South Africa,â€ noted Dr Muchemwa.
In an action which smacks of the folly of playing to the gallery, Mr Tsvangirai told his supporters at Gweruâ€™s Mkoba Stadium over the weekend that President Mugabe lied about what took place at the just ended Summit held at Sandton, South Africa.
Sources in the Attorney Generalâ€™s offices say such utterances by Mr Tsvangirai and Mr Timba are a violation of the law and a serious offence that can result in prosecution.
This is not the first time that Mr Tsvangirai has unleashed his loose tongue against Cde Mugabe.
At the turn of the millennium, the MDC-T President made threats to the effect that he will violently remove Cde Mugabe from office.