Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says the country has suffered in the last 30 years because of lack of vision by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.
In apparent reference to Mugabe and his Zanu PF government — in power since 1980 — Tsvangirai told hundreds of Zanu Ndonga and MDC-T supporters in Chipinge over the weekend that many nationalists in Africa who do not have vision must be replaced.
Tsvangirai was speaking during a memorial service for the late Zanu founder Ndabaningi Sithole.
“Leadership is very unique, it must inspire future generations and shape where the country is going and what you are leaving for the children. That’s why we, the new generation of leaders, have to embark on a new revolution, not because we hate Mugabe and other nationalists, but because they have failed to justify why thousands of people died (to attain Independence),” he said.
“Are people happy, are we free? Are we independent? It’s zero. A second, third and fourth revolution has to come and even if people like Tsvangirai come as democrats, remove them if they fail. We should have a vision for this country so that Sithole is happy where he is.”
Tsvangirai added that the country was suffering from lack of vision and failure by the leadership to bring freedom, food and jobs.
“Just coming to say I am now ruling without a plan — you have seen that in the last 30 years in Zimbabwe and Africa. It was removing a white man, but without changing the people’s lives. Economic progress went into reverse gear, oppression is mounting, people have become enemies of new rulers and people were made enemies of the State. They grabbed everything and it’s back to zero,” he said.
Sithole’s daughter, Sifiso, said her father’s dream of a free Zimbabwe was yet to be realised.
“His desire was for a free Zimbabwe, but that is a big problem because Zimbabwe is not yet free. There is nothing as constant as change. I want to say to (MDC-T president) Tsvangirai that you have broken the record. We can only say your sense of doing good things is unparalleled in this country,” she said.
The event was attended by senior MDC-T and Zanu Ndonga officials.
Tsvangirai declared that even if Zanu PF uses violence to intimidate voters, Chipinge was a Zanu Ndonga stronghold and remained impenetrable.
MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said there was need to have national institutions named after Sithole.
“There is a road named after Sithole in Ghana, but in Zimbabwe, not even a well or a borehole is named after him. Can that be a country that does not honour its heroes?” Chamisa said.