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Tsvangirai apology sets tone for victory: MDC-T


MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday predicted a 70% victory for his party during the forthcoming elections, saying Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s weekend public apology over his sexual escapades had atoned for his past misdeeds and was likely to win more support.

Report by Veneranda Langa
Mwonzora told NewsDay in an interview that Tsvangirai’s apology during his address at the party’s 13th anniversary celebrations would strengthen the MDC-T.

He said the MDC-T leader had proved to the nation that he was sensitive to people’s views, unlike President Robert Mugabe, whom he said failed to apologise for Gukurahundi atrocities over the past 32 years.

His remarks followed statements by political analyst Ibbo Mandaza last week during a public discussion on the constitution-making process predicting another inclusive government after the polls. Mandaza said the MDC-T had “become blunted” because they betrayed their position by getting into the inclusive government, resulting in failure by the electorate to differentiate it from Zanu PF.

But, Mwonzora said: “There is no question of a hung Parliament and a GNU because Zanu PF is losing the elections and the MDC-T candidate will beat President Mugabe all systems out, and we are confident of getting 70% votes.

“The reason why Tsvangirai will win is because he is reliable, humble, sensitive to people’s feelings and on Saturday he proved he is not arrogant by apologising to the people on issues to do with his love life, unlike President Mugabe who for more than 32 years failed to apologise for Gukurahundi atrocities, but instead called it a moment of madness.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo however dismissed Mwonzora’s assertions, saying Zanu PF would never go for an election to lose.

“I will refer you to the Freedom House report on the forthcoming elections, which predicted that the MDC-T will lose to Zanu PF because they have lost support,” he said.

“I am not going to talk about percentages of how much we are going to win, but Zanu PF cannot go for elections to lose, but to win them.”

According to Mwonzora, the MDC-T’s presence in the inclusive government helped reduce levels of violence, which bedevilled the political landscape since 2008, improved the economic well-being of people since there was no longer food on the shelves by 2009 and managed to ensure a new constitution was crafted for Zimbabweans.

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