Tsvangirai defends ‘legend of the park’ pics

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai took to the social media to defend pictures of him surrounded by scantily-dressed women, saying they are his supporters and there was nothing amiss.


Posting on micro-blogging site, Twitter and Facebook, the former Prime Minister said the pictures were taken after he attended a party meeting in Gweru.

One of the pictures of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai (seated) in Gweru

One of the pictures of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai (seated) in Gweru

“Wherever I go in Zimbabwe, supporters ask to have photos taken with me and I have no reason to deny them a photo with their president,” he said

“I had photos taken with a lot of people in Gweru over the weekend including a group of ladies coming from our meeting.”

The pictures, which stirred debate on social media, show the MDC-T leader mobbed by scantily-dressed women, while he is all smiles wearing party regalia.

Tsvangirai’s political opponents used the leaked pictures to mock the former Premier and presenting him as a man of loose morals who has “an open-zip policy”.

But the MDC-T leader said Zanu PF should focus on the national disaster faced by millions of Zimbabwe due to the crippling drought.

“They should rather focus on the national despondency, suffering and a crisis facing the people, rather (than) scandalising a president who is accessible to party supporters. Where is a photo of your president after a rally?” he asked rhetorically.

Zanu PF politburo member and Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo was among those who mocked the MDC-T leader on Twitter describing Tsvangirai as the “legend of the park”.

“My friend and brother @Obert Gutu (MDC-T spokesperson) what’s the official take on the sights of the legends of the park?” Moyo quipped.

Gutu took the same position as his boss, saying the ruling party should focus on the national crisis and not pictures of an opposition leader. But that did not stop Moyo from attacking Tsvangirai.

“Of course, his open-zip reputation is well known. From legend of the seas to legend, of the parks,” he posted.

Gutu had initially claimed the pictures were photoshopped.

59 Responses to Tsvangirai defends ‘legend of the park’ pics

  1. Chegue'vara February 25, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    This is a piece of rubbish from a whole tertiary and higher education minister to spend time on twitter when the country is realing with grinding poverty and unemployment. Its high time the electorate must hold these office bearers accountable of their incompetence. Why concentrate on minors leaving real issues (what you were appointed ministers for) with no takers

    • Figo February 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

      You are 100% correct. They should concentrate on bread and butter issues. Vanhu ve Zanu vane jelous nokuti kwavo hakuna ma babie akanaka. unongoona ma rally avo azere chambere dzapera soup. Ukaona ma babie echidiki vanenge vatobatwa kwiyo kuti vaende. Hakuna anoenda achida.

  2. arty February 25, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    are you suggesting that these ladies are both immoral and unmarried because of your comment(s)? who knows-they might have gotten their husbands’ blessings to attend that rally. this is also typical of a democratic society.
    the challenge is that you want to ostensibly appear african yet your entire family and ways of life are eurocentric as well.
    Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own?
    Matt 7:3

  3. WeDenga February 25, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Jonso is stu**d.

  4. maita February 25, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Newsday which twitter handle did he use, I have checked both his Facebook and Twitter seems I am not seeing him commenting. Anyway what is scantly dressed? Last time we had a miniskirt demo in town and yet you call it scantly encourgaing mahwindi handiti

  5. jonny walkers February 25, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    The former PM’s photo is heavily doctored Tsvangirayi’s stature has never been this small,no pot belly the arms arms and general body not his the face was doctored on the body

    • sandie February 25, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      crazy…who are you to tell us that yet iye Mogiza accepts that it was him with his supporters after a rallly. une dzungu.

    • Mutiro February 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      If the picture was doctored then why did Tsvangirai confirm that he was taking photos after a gweru meeting.

      • gindo February 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

        I don’t see a wedding ring on his finger i thot he wedded Eriza.I dont think its him..

  6. jinda February 25, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    he is admitting who ar u to say that photos hv bn doctoerd. We all know his weaknesses. Obert Gutu dont defend yo leader now that he had admitted what is yo comment. Look at how he is looking at them. These are ladies of the night who are very much aware of Tsvangirai’s weaknesses.

  7. Ngwena February 25, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    What is democracy when someone is surrounded by bodyguards everyday, everywhere, everytime? Sometimes you just wonder why a man of the people should fear the people. If you have skeletons in your wardrobe there is a tendency to fear the people. Tsvangirai did not commit any offence by meeting his supporters. ZPF has the tendency of following Tsvangirai everywhere for no apparent reason. What does ZPF aim to achieve by doing that? ZPF must sort the economy. It must give us jobs. This nonsense must stop!

    • Mutoriti February 25, 2016 at 9:14 am #

      Ngwena I agree with you 100%.If Muagbe is so loved,how come he walks with 100 security details?He is not accessible.Better presidents like Obama&Zuma are accessible.Whats so special about that lord Cremora Matiblili?

  8. chinja February 25, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Those were MSU students I was there,in fact I also pictured with people’s president bt to my surprise herald chose what they want and some pics with in order to tarnish former PM.

    • Alheit-nemoyowese February 25, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Anoda zvinhu se paper bag Tsvangy.Obheti Gutu taura tione

  9. Jonathiel Moyowaonda February 25, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    This is meant to divert the nation attention from the factional battles in ZanuPF. We have witnessed obscene dancing by some ZanuPF women. Who has not seen the dancing to the song ‘Rambai makashinga’? Are they no ZanuPF women supporters who dress like? Surprising the same people denigrate women talk of gender equality as a right. There is nothing wrong in Tsvangirai posing for photo with his supporters. Let the ruling party concentrate on fulfilling promises of the 2013.

  10. Jonathiel Moyowaonda February 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    This is meant to divert the nation attention from the factional battles in ZanuPF. We have witnessed obscene dancing by some ZanuPF women. Who has not seen the dancing to the song ‘Rambai makashinga’? Are they no ZanuPF women supporters who dress like? Surprisingly the same people who denigrate women talk of gender equality as a right. There is nothing wrong in Tsvangirai posing for photo with his supporters. Let the ruling party concentrate on fulfilling promises of the 2013.

    • Mariko February 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Taura hako Moyowaonda! And zimbos’ attention can very easily be diverted and zanu pf knows that. Ivo vanenge vachingo looter povo ichi discusser nyaya dzisina basa

      • muoni February 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

        Miriko you are spot on. Zimbaz are easily diverted by frivolous things. Why should such pics stir this debate as innocent as they are. People should istead be using the social media to put Zanu to task over their 2013 lies

  11. Undertaker February 25, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    What’s wrong to be taken a photo or photos with ladies especially your supporters. Cde Minister mind your G40 and Lacoste issues. Better twit on how you are going to feed fellow zimbos in drought stricken areas.

  12. stephen February 25, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    jonso u a so stupid

  13. clement moyo February 25, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    Please give Tsvangirai a break. Give him that little bit of space so he can enjoy life too. It is not a sin to have the most populous support politically, is it?

  14. Gonzo February 25, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    why dont we focus on pertinent issues such as the drought ravaging our country/ livestock perishing/dwindling water supplies/joblessness etc. Prof give us solutions to these we dont care about MT who is he anyway isnt he finished like you always say? nxaaa

  15. Thatho February 25, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Come On guys this was in a Park,a public space……he is excising his right to Freedom from oppression and fear of the unknown like others who are always strongly surrounded by security agencies….

  16. scornful February 25, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Depending on one’s level of civilisation that should just be normal summer wear otherwise what is unusual are the temperatures we are experiencing these days. High temperatures, finances permitting, compel people esp ladies to dress like that, even in Harare’s first street u will find people dressed like that. I am not seeing any story worth talking about here unless of course one is just arriving in town from those remote villages where all women are expected to put on maternity dresses.

  17. Ngwarai Mhani February 25, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    i agree with Jonathiel Moyowaonda. This is definitely a way of diverting attention. This party ZPF spends $100 million tarnishing the image of MT yet millions are starving.

  18. staka February 25, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    saka munhu akaita zvakadhakwa torega kutaura coz kunenzara here

    • terence February 25, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      depends with what you mean zvakadhakwa wangu .chii chakadhakwa papicture iyo.he wants to be president saka osarudza vanhu here vekutorwa mapicture navo nevekusatorwa mappic navo asi achida mavotes evese.

  19. Truth February 25, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    What a lucky ‘bastard’, its every man’s dream to be in that picture with such a group of lovely ladies, anyone criticising it is merely jealous.

    • P-1 February 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      hahaha mayellow bone ayoo kuseri ekunyanya kane red akoo haa

  20. legend of elegence February 25, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Newspapers publish what they think is news worth remember juicy stories also push sales. There are people who need to get paid and feed their families. I see nothing wrong in commenting on Tsvangirai ‘s photos. If you are a public figure you can not run away from public srutiny. Tsvangirai wants to rule Zimbabwe

  21. masiyambiri February 25, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    there is nothing wrong for a president of a major political party to have photos with anyone. Do you want him to discriminate people basing on sex, colour or religion? Those ladies are very lucky to come close to their idol, let alone to be photographed. He is a man of people. To those Zimbos who beleive that all scantly dressed women are whores, I say to you be civilised and grow mentally.

  22. truth February 25, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    thats a wonderful picture,excellent,in the unlikely event of another GNU tsvangirai must be minister of women,coz they love him,we cant deny

  23. politicks February 25, 2016 at 11:26 am #


  24. politics February 25, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    I have seen many people ask to b taken photos with various MPs and they have never been fabricated to make false stories… but its not surprising to have anti Tsvangison people try to make a story out of nothing…. some of you have never seen anything wrong that zanu has done even if they have taken to zim to where it is …. and yet you see a lot of wrongs on this innocent photo.

  25. Nenjery February 25, 2016 at 11:36 am #


  26. Predator February 25, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    same village stories from the town Professor.I don’t see anything wrong with the pics.

  27. Urayai Urayai February 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    Tsvangison is your Lion. Kukama mombe yokuba haufe wakasunguka. Unofungira kuti muridzi ari kukuona. Makagara mu-Office yekupamba. muri kudya nhaka yeropa. Ipai Tsvangirai zvinhu zvake ndizvo musa gara muchitya.

  28. loko February 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Mutoriti – Obama’s presence in Kenya halted flights are u aware of that. Actually th level of security was excessive. A leader needs protection no leader has 100% of th population liking him. if so then thats a sign of ineffectiveness.

  29. gidza February 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    ndezvekupenga jona nyarawo

  30. Izvoka February 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Ko Mogiza hadzina ring sei. hokoyo naEriza. murume wese anoda mabhebhi mhani, siyanayi naTsvangson, coz mose mukatuwana tuma Soxxy chicks twepa Midlands S*x University munotongopawo ziSimairi kunge raMogiza iro. dzakatorara dzakakombwa musi iwoyu. zvekuda kutonga nyika chakatozvikanganwa zvacho hehehe

  31. kelly February 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    He has lost my vote

    • Monica February 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

      A bit of jealous maybe?

  32. hezvoko February 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    thez no crime in having pics taken with ladies. siyanai naPresident wedu

  33. mr man February 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    no problem with taking pcs with suporters…evn the Botswana president used to socialise with his people in the countryside wan….wats new about it………vakushaya zvekuita in their offices….those dictators

  34. s moyo February 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    @kelly vote yako yakarasika kare payakabiwa na baba chatunga

  35. Monica February 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Jonathan Moyo must stop focusing on Tsvangarai and complete the good work he is doing by destroying Zanu PF. He does not have a whole year to do the job – it must be done in record time. As a professor I’m sure he knows the importance of deadlines.

  36. brian February 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    After all it’s jus a pic ,

  37. zvarevashe February 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    That shows Tsvangirai is the president of the people,who hs first hand information about how people are suffering in the country.He mingles with them.What about Mugabe, person who cannot even walk alone to the toilet inside his own house.I challenge you to produce one such photos of Mugabe and his supporters.I wonder if one day you shall see mugabe sitting in a garden or park surrounded by his supporters as Tsvangirai did with no body guard in sight

  38. Musharuka February 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Tsvangirai is sitting on that bench with his wife! So it is Tsvangirai and Eliza with supporters. Am I the only one who has eyes?

  39. Nenjery February 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm #


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  41. koka February 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    please leave tswangi alone. the guy has realized that state house is too far and it will take him two lives to get there. the nearest thing there is are plentiful women throwing themselves on him. he is enjoying good life. isnt this why you voted him for?

  42. wamambo February 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    koka…you are just jealous. you have no scruples. This is why you voted for suffering in 2013…..A baboon is better than an idiot when it comes to reasoning

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  44. Guranyanga February 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    Please Mr Editor give us a break.This story is tired.

  45. shuramateru February 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    mdarato shooter ma pic amdhara sei makamukomberedza,kshaisa mnhu mfaro.ofarirep.iyeo ktenda kpinzwa jere all these years,poor him.mkurwadzwa neari kutoraw mapics mnyika make?ndye presdent ka.iye mdhara ngaatorwe zve tione

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  47. Mbareboy February 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    Jonso’s reaction to Tswangison and supporters harmless pics is an indication that he is a great threat to the rotten establishment. Prof Jonso is just a chimpanzee. Long live Tswangison! Victory is certain!

  48. chogugudza masunungure February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    haa apa Tsvangirai vakamakisa.apa wozoda kuita president.how can u b the father of a nation.zvimwe tingataure chero zvikanzi toda opposition Tsvangirai haaiti uyu zvachose

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