The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has expressed vexation over the country’s poor performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic and therefore ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members as soon as they touch down at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23.
A team of 31 athletes represented the country and are among other countries that didn’t win any of the Olympic medals; Gold, Silver and Bronze. The closest any of the Zimbabwean athletes came to winning a contest was 8th position.
President Mugabe who is exasperated by the news, issued the directive to the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri, noting that the money spent in the Olympic team would have been invested in the country to amenities and build schools.
“We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money,” he said.
“If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us.
He tagged the funds spent for the game as ‘soft loan,’ and thus, tasked the athletes to refund the money no matter how long it takes.
“This situation is like an impotent man who is married to five women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it takes 10 years to recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless,” he concluded.
Controversies trails the estranged president and despite anti-Mugabe protest from opposition party of the country supported by youth for a democratic change, the 92-year old Mugabe refused to step down as Zimbabwe’s president.