via Biti’s team feels vindicated – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 9, 2014 by Everson Mushava
MDC Renewal Team yesterday said MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s Personal Reflections, in which he bared how his party lost to Zanu PF in last year’s elections, all but vindicates its position that the former Premier should quit.
Personal Reflections is a document released by Tsvangirai on Monday this week, detailing his political tribulations and confessions on where he went wrong before the July 2013 elections.
“The irony of Tsvangirai’s reflections is to vindicate the position of the Renewal Team,” Jacob Mafume the Renewal Team spokesperson said yesterday.
“We were right after all. However, it is evident that Tsvangirai has not reflected well enough.
“An objective reflection would have led him to one inescapable conclusion — his resignation from public office.”
Tsvangirai, in his Personal Reflections, admitted that he underestimated Zanu PF’s “rigging machinery” and stampeded the party into an election which they lost.
He said he had been deceived by the numbers at his rallies.
Tsvangirai admitted flirting with various women, claiming the behaviour was a result of emotional devastation from losing his wife in an accident in 2009 and conceded that he was outwitted by 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
But Mafume said Tsvangirai’s Personal Reflections were a futile attempt by the former Premier to rebrand and rehabilitate himself.
“The so-called Personal Reflections published on July 7 2014 show, beyond reasonable doubt, an individual who truly is at the deep end and must do the right thing and quit public office,” Mafume said.
“It is regrettable that Tsvangirai now makes the admission that it was wrong to participate in the 2013 election when he moved all and sundry to participate in that election — the very point made by Elton Mangoma in his January 13 2014 letter.”
He said throughout his life, Tsvangirai has had the incredible capacity for ill and wrong judgment.
“The decision to participate in the 2013 elections is only a small example of this bad judgment that is in Tsvangirai’s DNA,” Mafume said.
He said the dilemma with the MDC-T was that Tsvangirai had personalised the struggle for political change in the country.
“The question that Tsvangirai must answer is: What is his justification for continuing under circumstances where he has provided bankrupt leadership to the people of Zimbabwe?” Mafume said.