I will trounce Mugabe —Tsvangirai

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GUTU — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he will trounce his arch-rival, President Robert Mugabe, in the watershed elections which may be held next year.

In the 2008 harmonised polls, Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe albeit without an outright majority to take him to State House. The result culminated in a violent presidential election runoff which the MDC-T leader boycotted citing violence against his supporters.

Speaking to supporters at the memorial service of his late advisor Professor Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, who was also Minister of Public Service and Gutu South MP, at the weekend, the PM said he would beat Mugabe hands down.

“If he decides to contest me again, that will be fine. I have no problems with that. I can go home and rest. I will just watch while he talks his voice out campaigning,” he said.

Time was up for President Mugabe to retire from politics and rest, Tsvangirai said.

“He should go home, rest and play with his children,” said Tsvangirai.

The Premier, however, said he could only unseat President Mugabe in a free and fair election.

“We can only achieve victory in a free, fair and credible election,” he said. “Some say we are afraid of elections, which is not true. How can we be afraid of elections when we are the winners who defeated him in the last elections?

“If the youths register to vote and reach the one-million mark, certainly we will win.”

In reference to army generals who haved vowed not to recognise him as the country’s new ruler, Tsvangirai said the will of the people would prevail.

“Some say there is nothing like that, but the people have the power to determine their government,” Tsvangirai said.