MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday called on President Robert Mugabe to immediately step in line with the general national sentiment.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Speaking soon after chairing an MDC-T national standing committee meeting which came a day after his return from a medical session in South Africa, a healthy-looking and cheerful Tsvangirai said they had agreed on an urgent road map to return to legitimacy that includes Mugabe’s resignation.
Turning to the issue of the military’s takeover which has seen Mugabe being confined to his home and his ministers being arrested, Tsvangirai said regional bodies should also take the blame.
“Mugabe has been in charge over the last four decades (and) has presided over violent and rigged elections. Unfortunately regional bodies have tolerated this for far too long,” he said.
“We note, of course, that the end game, the destination point to the resolution of this crisis in Zimbabwe is a total return to legitimacy and a fully civilian rule through a credible, free and fair election under an independent and internationally supervised body.”
Tsvangirai added that the return to legitimacy could only be made possible through a national transitional authority agreed by all stakeholders with the mandate to implement electoral reforms.
“That there be a negotiated, all-inclusive transitional mechanism, that the purpose, essence, nature and character of that mechanism, be agreed upon by all national stakeholders, that there be comprehensive reforms for a free, fair and credible election to be held upon the full implementation of all reforms,” he said.
Tsvangirai said while the military’s takeover of power was unconstitutional, Mugabe was also a disputed leader whose election in 2013 was a farce and illegal. He said his party was ready to join any transitional arrangement even if it meant working with Zanu PF to extricate the country from the current political crisis.
Earlier on, People’s Rainbow Coalition leader Joice Mujuru, had addressed a Press conference where she refused to answer questions on the current political situation in the country out of fear of the military.
“Some of us are military people and we know that the military are in control, that is why I am not answering the questions,” she said.