President Mugabe was in a merry-making mood yesterday as he celebrated victory in last year’s elections. He introduced dendera heir Sulumani Chimbetu, whom he had invited to serenade his guests, as “Batai Munhu” much to the delight of the guests.
“Ngaauye kuno (Sulumani) ndini ndinomubata nhasi (Let him come over, I am the one who will apprehend him today),” President Mugabe said on being told by national political commissar Cde Webster Shamu that Sulumani was the man behind the hit song, ‘Batai Munhu’.
Like the trained military man he is, Sulumani marched to the podium and saluted the President who gently touched him saying: “Ndiri kuti ndiye anonzi Batai Munhu (I am saying this is Batai Munhu).
“Aiwa izuva redu. Izuva rekuti isusu tikorokotedzwe hongu asi vatinosungirwa kukorokotedza vanhu vedu mhuri yeZimbabwe (Yes, this is our day, a day that we should be congratulated but the ones we must congratulate are our people, the Zimbabwean family).”
President Mugabe jokingly called on journalists to put down their cameras and note books to join in the celebrations.