|President Mugabe a mature leader: Nkala|
|Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00|
in what observers say could be a sign that the former Zanu-PF stalwart was contemplating rejoining the party that he helped to found.
The closed-door meeting that lasted for about 45 minutes, was held at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport VIP Lounge.
He said the meeting was meant to strengthen their friendship and to provide an opportunity for the two nationalists to deliberate on issues happening in the country.
“The time has gone but I am shocked he (President Mugabe) is still fit and strong like that. The meeting was meant to revive and renew our friendship. You know when I left the Government and the party ngaba nguNkala nje ozihlaleleyo. We grew up together and we were best friends,” said Cde Nkala.
“We formed Zanu together and we saw it growing. We went to the elections and won.
Cde Nkala said his past with President Mugabe was full of happy moments adding it had always been their desire to meet regularly as friends.
“Our past is full of happy events. We have always desired that from time to time we meet and chat about our life.
He shared the same sentiments with President Mugabe that although the country was under siege from the Western powers who have imposed sanctions, Zimbabwe was poised for growth.
He said he has realised that President Mugabe was a mature leader who knew how to relate with different people and handle difficult situations.
“Zanu is my baby. It was born in my house. I authored it and guided it to where it is today.
“I think he desires that before the two of us leave this world we would meet again. I do not know whether it was arrogance or what but I dropped all and said to hell with it.
“There is a kind of renewed relation between us but I will not say much now lest I raise some controversies.”
He then held different portfolios such as that of Home Affairs, Defence and National Supplies.
After leaving Government, Cde Nkala announced that he had turned to God.