Tsvangirai best foot forward – PDP

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Morgan Richard Tsvangirai

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which is embroiled in a bitter wrangle over its leader’s decision to join the MDC Alliance, has dug in, insisting that the ailing MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai is Zimbabwe’s best chance to dislodge Zanu PF.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume yesterday said in the face of trying to score cheap political points, some members of the opposition were now dragging Tsvangirai into the mud and giving Zanu PF’s presidential candidate, President Robert Mugabe an advantage.

“In trying to score points, some members of the opposition forget that Mugabe is the enemy. Tsvangirai is not the enemy. What has changed, I have changed. I have looked at our options, Tsvangirai is the best foot forward, we need others, but he shall be the arrow head, period,” he said.

In the face of critics calling on Tsvangirai to step down and PDP president Tendai Biti coming under fire from National People’s Party president, Joice Mujuru, Mafume said it made more sense to support Tsvangirai.

“We once worked with Tsvangirai, we have been together with him in the trenches trying to liberate suffering Zimbabweans, while Mujuru was in government fuelling the Zanu PF machinery supporting those who beat up and killed our people. If we can’t reconcile with Tsvangirai, how can we do that with Mujuru?” he said.

Mafume’s statements followed the release of pictures of the frail-looking Tsvangirai taking a rest in South Africa ahead of his expected return to Zimbabwe today.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka released the pictures on his Facebook page as the MDC Alliance appeared to have taken a knock after Tsvangirai was taken ill.

Calls for Tsvangirai to step down ahead of the potentially gruelling campaign for the 2018 general elections have been growing, although insiders fear it could be too late to change the face of the opposition less than eight months before the polls.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Comment…Please Mr president get well soon.

    I think all those opposing the rule of zanu pf must stand on one side and face the enemy as a single entity.That Mr Tsvangirai is the Lionel Messi of opposition politics in Zimbabwe can’t be disputed but that isn’t enough guarantee that the zanu pf party will relinquish power soon.It seems the opposition is concerned about’winning elections’ without looking at the broader spectrum of the aftermath of the ballot.

    The opposition may win the elections, they may loose the elections,the elections maybe rigged,the elections maybe brought forward,the elections maybe delayed and so on.These are the eventualities they need to be prepared for and have agreements of what they will do to counter them.They will manage them only if they are on one side.Zanu pf have managed to stay in power due to disunity in the opposition politics of Zimbabwe.If president Tsvangirai goes ahead with his so called coalition, amai Mujuru with her own and others with their own the better for zanu pf, they will just dribble past the opposition with much ease.

    After the elections zanu pf will just fold their hands as the opposition will be scoffing at each other saying’chitonga tione handiti waiti unokunda’.That had been zanu pf’s trump card,’divide and rule’, slowly and slowly the opposition is falling into the same trap once again.The wise say,’only a fool will do the same thing again and again expecting a different result’.The opposition’s strength are not the guns but unity and oneness (kuwadzana masimba).If zanu pf rig the elections it needs just one voice to bring the country to a standstill and put the government on vice.

  2. If Tsvangirai is the best foot-forward,we will only see if 2018 will prove it;all the other elections years in the past couldn’t & now lets try 2018.While itz true that Mujuru was in gvt,she never bn the enemy of the people or else you are talking of which people.Many vote for Mugabe today & then you say, he is the enemy of the people-a lie! However thisz not denying that overstay should be stopped.All those in zim political arena are not enemies of the people but they only represent competing ideas.We don’t have enemies here but political competitors.The talk of enemies is cheap politicking.All politicians have ideas they represent-lets only see them for what they are!

  3. Mugabe has not enjoyed absolute majority in all elections. He has simply taken advantage of incumbency and manipulated the system. He appoints ZEC he selects the polling officers, he sets the dates and has unlimited access to government resouces, has politicized the arms of government and all civil bodies. Chiefs are now political and have to be pro-ZANU PF to survive.The gerrymandering by ZANU PF is classical. The fact that Mugabe is now 93 and still in office speaks volumes about the dirty tricks of ZANU PF’ politics. The wife is now not only meddling but heavily involved in policy and governance issues when she in not even a minister. To HELL with ZANU PF!!!!!!! To HELL with Mugabe!!!!!!

  4. Mugabe has not enjoyed absolute majority in all elections. He has simply taken advantage of incumbency and manipulated the system. He appoints ZEC he selects the polling officers, he sets the dates and has unlimited access to government resouces, has politicized the arms of government and all civil bodies. Chiefs are now political and have to be pro-ZANU PF to survive.The gerrymandering by ZANU PF is classical. The fact that Mugabe is now 93 and still in office speaks volumes about the dirty tricks of ZANU PF’ politics. The wife is now not only meddling but heavily involved in policy and governance issues when she in not even a minister. To HELL with ZANU PF!!!!!!! To HELL with Mugabe!!!!!!

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