MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said the economic meltdown being witnessed in the country deserved urgent attention as it spelt disaster for the country.
Tsvangirai who said his party has chosen to be confrontational in dealing with Zanu PF to address a myriad of challenges gripping the country said during an interview on South African television channel NCA’s 360 Degrees programme that the last government of national unity (GNU) with Zanu PF helped in giving a new lease of life to the ruling party which was on the brink of collapse.
“With hindsight it (the GNU) was important. What now happened in that GNU is we actually saved Mugabe and Zanu PF, and for that you can criticise us,” Tsvangirai said.
On the infighting within the MDC-T that has seen a faction breaking away, Tsvangirai said: “They decided to embark on an unconstitutional path, they decided to form their own party, with a different colour, different ideologies. They are a new party but without a name. They are no longer part of the structures of the MDC. The congress will not deal with that issue.”
The renewal team secretary-general Tendai Biti also spoke of his relations with Tsvangirai on the same programme describing the veteran trade unionist as “old like my father”.
He said Zimbabweans had made a mistake of repeating the same thing over and over again in the last 15 years without bringing in tangible results.
On last year’s elections Biti claimed Zanu PF rigged the polls, but said the MDC-T must also take blame for participating against advice from experts.
On Tsvangirai, he said: “Tsvangirai must be respected for leading the democratic movement, but democracy is not a slogan, it’s not a jacket that you put on and off, it must be lived. You yourself must be democratic and you can’t insist on democracy in Zanu PF and not yourself. The things we were fighting in Zanu PF, personalisation, he is like my father, he is old enough to be my brother and I can go for dinner with him anytime.”