Tsvangirai utterances: is there method in the madness?
In Act 2, Scene 2 of one of William Shakespeare’s well known plays, Hamlet, set in the Kingdom of Denmark. Polonius, a character in the play and the King’s chief counsellor asks Hamlet the Prince of Denmark who was exhibiting strange behavioural traits:
“What is the matter, my lord? Between who? Hamlet answers, “I mean the matter that you read, my lord. Polonius further retorts: Hamlet answers“ Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams; all which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down, for yourself, sir, shall grow old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward” and on the side Polonius concludes “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it”
My expression, "is there method in the madness," derives from this comical scene, The politic Polonius, convinced that Hamlet is truly mad, nonetheless recognizes in his speech some "method"—that is, a kind of artfulness and order. The question for us Zimbabwe is that is there method in Morgan Tsvangirai’s utterances. Is there method in his unsolicited utterances in praise of President Robert Mugabe? Is there some artfulness or order that is intended or they are merely a series of blunders inconsistent with the will and aspiration of the people of Zimbabwe.
At an MDC-T 11th year anniversary meeting held in Gokwe last Saturday, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told about 5000 people gathered that he and President Robert Mugabe had agreed to hold elections next year that would put an end to the unity agreement. “When I last saw President Mugabe he said the prevailing peace was ideal for us to go for an election and this time we agreed that whoever loses should make way for the winner,” Tsvangirai said. Huh, blunder –Any smart aleck would have thought a prudent leader might actually have taken President Robert Mugabe on the matter and get him to hold a press conference on the matter. Not that would bind President Robert Mugabe to the sentiment expressed, but it would at least go a long way into making Tsvangirai look more capable.
Less than a week later Morgan Tsvangirai tells David Smith of the Guardian UK newspaper that Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe has made a positive contribution He described his weekly meetings with the president as “cordial” saying of Mugabe, “he’s as human as you are”. “Because he will want to secure his legacy, he will not want to be remembered as a villain,” Tsvangirai said. He referred to Mugabe’s liberation war credentials saying he was a liberator and a founding father of the nation. Huh,another blunder. I can understand why this drew the ire of many Zimbabweans.