MDC challenges Tsvangirai, Mugabe

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MDC vice-president Edwin Mushoriwa says Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe cannot stand against party leader Welshman Ncube in a public debate on national issues.

Addressing a recent MDC rally at Stanley Square in Makokoba Township, Mushoriwa said MDC-T and Zanu PF shared the “love of violence”.

“We are the only party in the country that celebrates diversity,” he said.

“We are the only party which elects leaders based on capacity and ability. Zanu PF does not want (President) Mugabe to debate because they are scared he will doze and sleep during the process. MDC-T, on the other hand, is scared that instead of debating, Tsvangirai will start talking about Lorcadia (Tembo, the woman Tsvangirai reportedly paid lobola for).”

But MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said Tsvangirai had never been invited to any debate and declined.

He said what mattered most was the party’s grassroots support which he described as unparalleled.

“Our party is concerned with winning the hearts of Zimbabweans,” Mwonzora said. “President Tsvangirai does not have an equal in terms of support and all these pretenders are political Lilliputians in comparison to Tsvangirai.”

Zanu PF deputy secretary for information and publicity Cain Mathema said President Mugabe “has nothing to debate with a spy”.

“They formed the MDC at the University of Zimbabwe with the funding of Western countries to push the regime change agenda.

“They are responsible for bringing the holocaust effects of sanctions in this country that resulted in industries closing in Bulawayo,” Mathema said.

Ncube has said he will contest against President Mugabe and Tsvangirai in the next presidential elections.