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Tsvangirai launches book

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will tonight launch his book, At the Deep End, which chronicles his personal and political life.

In the book, to be launched at the Book Café, Tsvangirai talks about his life in politics, including how he was shocked by the sight of “a frail President Robert Mugabe” at their first meeting in 10 years during the 2008 inter-party talks.

Tsvangirai also made startling allegations about former South African President Thabo Mbeki influencing the MDC split in 2005. He also speaks about his shock when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed that he was working closely with the MDC-T, saying the revelation undermined him “in the eyes of African leaders”.

The book, according to Tsvangirai, was titled At the Deep End on account of the troubles he has faced, some of which he says were “knife-edge and like being thrown at the deep end”.

“I had to swim and overcome all the obstacles,” he said. He argued that so much had been written about him from other people’s perspectives and not from his own viewpoint. One of the interesting revelations in the book was when Tsvangirai met President Mugabe, who he described then as frail and wondered why people close to him were not advising him to retire.

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