Former Daily News chief reporter and now a civil society activist Pedzisai Ruhanya had asked the Prime Minister why the co-Home Affairs minister was allowing her Zanu (PF) counterpart Kembo Mohadi to be outshining her in harassing MDC-T supporters only.
Makone who was seated in the terraces shouted: “You are a fool and very ignorant. You act as if you do not know what is happening in government. I wonder what kind of a journalist you are,” she said.
The insult shocked many journalists who were seated in the press conference room that was being addressed by the party’s President and Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai in which he said Zimbabwe was in a political crisis, citing among other things violence, diamonds looting, the arrest of his Energy Minister Elton Mangoma and the nullifying by Supreme Court of the election of the MDC’s Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of Parliament.
Ruhanya suggested that Makone could also have effected the arrest of Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo who has been accused of corruptly amassing large tracts of land from the Harare City Council.
Tsvangirai responded by saying the circumstances were as a direct result of the paralysis in the government structures that were established to suit only Zanu (PF) members.
“How can we deal with a police force whose police commissioner (Augustine Chihuri) reports to the President (Robert Mugabe) and not to ministers,” said Tsvangirai.
Members of the press questioned the conduct of some MDC-T members and compared their acts as similar to those displayed by their Zanu (PF) counterparts.