We won’t wait for 2018 polls: Tsvangirai

via We won’t wait for 2018 polls: Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live by Godfrey Mtimba  27 APRIL 2014

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said his party will not wait for the 2018 elections because people will die of hunger considering the rate at which the economy is deteriorating in the country.

Addressing thousands of party supporters at a rally at Dewure Business Centre in Gutu, Tsvangirai said it was his party’s responsibility to take action and bring change to the country.

“We cannot afford to wait for 2018 when the country is deteriorating economically like this. We need to take action and pressurise Mugabe and his Zanu PF to come to his right state of mind and improve the situation in the country, otherwise we all perish of poverty,” he said.

Tsvangirai said this should not be misconstrued to mean he would remove Mugabe from power forcefully through the use of violence but will take peaceful means to pressurise him to come to dialogue.

The MDC president said he was confident of bringing change and a better life for the people of Zimbabwe without the use of State security apparatus and MDC rebels whom he said had been bribed to sell out the struggle for change.

“I don’t need the army, CIO and the police to defeat Mugabe and his fellows splitting from our party because they are anti-change, why because I have the most important thing, the support of the people,” Tsvangirai said.

He added that said Zanu PF has destroyed the country to an extent that the MDC cannot wait another four years to bring change to the country.

“Right now I heard him (Mugabe) backtracking on his indigenisation policy but I once told them that the policy was not useful in transforming the economy and bringing investment in the country. They are now observing their blunders but it’s too late. We need an able party to lead the country and we are there,” he said.

Tsvangirai warned that his party will not participate in future elections in the absence of a level playing field, adding he will resist the use of military officials and other security forces in the running of elections.

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36 comments on “We won’t wait for 2018 polls: Tsvangirai
  1. roving ambassador. says:

    Sounds hallow. We hear the same old story over and over again.
    I cry for the people whose time is being wasted.
    Where is our salvation going to come from?

    • colo says:

      save ndizvo

    • NBS says:

      Salvation comes from the Lord, Roving A. That does not mean we sit in paralysing inertia. I, too, am tired of words only. We need a God given leader who will stand up with a plan. We most certainly need God’s wisdom right now. ZPF are rubbing their hands in glee. Am I right in supposing that maybe the so called ‘rebels’ of the MDC are possible working with some so called ‘moderates’ in ZPF who also desperately want Bob and MT out backed by some so called international agencies/nations????? I am so sick and tired of being treated like a mushroom: kept in the dark and fed on you know what.

  2. Mlimo says:

    Take some action spineless nation

    • Cde Chooks says:

      …doesn’t need the military or security services…all he needs is the support of “the people”. Are those the same people who allowed ZANU-PF to steal three elections without rising up against the tyrrant? What use are they? Spineless, indeed.

    • NBS says:

      Yes! yes! yes!

  3. colo says:

    do not let your fire go out otherwise… obstacles are those frightfull things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

  4. Nzou says:

    Yawnnnnn …. Tsvangirai is plain useless. He is an asset to zanupf. It’s time for him to retire to his mansion provided by Zanu.

  5. Chaka says:

    Mdc has won every election since its formation but robbed at the table everytime. This time Zpf is planning a different trick. Mdc must tell the electorate they r aware of the trick and what plans are in place to counter that trick. Otherwise it’s the same old story till 2018 then cry foul. They were told in time by other parties that the elections wd be rigged but did not want to listen. Fellow Zimbos we need a party that will listen to other parties who r fighting to dethrone this monster party

  6. Agog says:

    Try using some sound strategic thinking. This sounds as though a runner who is running in the opposite direction to the finishing line is being given a chance to turn around and still be assisted to first place.
    Go into exile. Form a parallel government. Do something. Only outside support will achieve change. Is that not what ZANU-RF did?

  7. He wont wait for 2018 and he might not participate in future elections if the “play field is not level”. So what is it really apart from ordering loyalists to beat up who ever is not blindly following him as he enjoys himself? I believe its time up for all the older people whichever party they are in frankly. They all look for blind loyalty to their unproductive ideas. We need ideas that will result in the coming of millions of our people back home. Day dreams and rallies or hoodwinking of the population by false “new politics- new economy” rhetoric does not help any one except a few looters and their families.

    • Parangeta says:

      “Millions of people coming back to what”?

      Bank failures, land grabs, stolen Elections,
      failed Companies, slaughtered wildlife, dead
      rivers, unschooled children, murdered Clergy,
      destroyed infrastructure, no ForEx,business
      closures and the Mugabages!

      I think not, not until the tyrant, that simian
      Nyasa Nyoka is Dead and Buried for good.

      Hopefully, soon!

  8. RR says:

    Biti is right. Get rid of this clown.

  9. munzwa says:

    Was the field level in the last election Save, why then did you go ahead and participate?

  10. Zvakwana says:

    Too little too late.

  11. Ruramai says:

    Tsvangirai makes one feel so exhausted!

  12. wa Zimbabwe says:

    @Ruramai you are actually the cowards that make Tsvangirai tired. Spineless cowards. Tsvangirai called for the final push and what happened to him? You only claim to be educated and critisize everything he does. This man is the only Zimbabwean with the guts to openly face Mugabe. Shut up stupid, cowardly idiots. Na Save tinosvika chete.

    • Parangeta says:

      Well said, Tsvangarai has opposed
      Mugarbage for the last 12 years.
      ALONE!

      Through car crashes, the loss of his wife,
      beatings, threats against his life – he has
      continued to try and rally the spineless,
      the ‘exhausted’ only to be let down by the
      likes of Ruramai!

      You could never survive, Ruramai, as
      Tsvangarai has,you are a backseat driver!

  13. Tongoona says:

    Chaka I agree with you 100%. MDC-T will not beat ZANU PF as long as they remain egocentric and foolish. The problem with our politics is the mentality that politics is ZANU PF and MDC or nothing. This is false because ZOOPP is another capable player deliberately denied coverage to make it look like ZANU PF and MDC are the only political parties. There is no spark in the suggestion that another vote must be held before 2018. Whether ZANU PF stole the 2013 vote or note, they have the people’s mandate to rule until 2018. Give a fool a rope and he will hang himself.

    • Parangeta says:

      “Stole the Vote or not”!
      What a statement.

      “They have the People’s Mandate”!
      Another stupid statement.

      m’Garbage stole the Vote and never
      had the People’s Mandate, he is an
      usurper, a pretender a thief and a
      Robber!

  14. Zindoga says:

    All Zimbabweans who critisize Save you sim to have more brains and guts than him,Why cant you do it yrselves? Is there a law stopping you from throwing yr hat in the Arena?? Is Tsvangirai stoping you? Plse can u answer me honestly. Plse dont waste your energy critisizing Tsvangirai do smething productive for the Nation if ever you have the nation at heart.dont pin all your hopes on a human being, i support Tsvangirai 4 nw ther is no alternative,The Lawyers Party(Biti’s) is for people with degrees hatikwani vamwe so i better stick with my better devil Tea boy.

  15. Wilbert Mukori says:

    Tsvangirai is given to making very bolt statements but without understanding what they mean. He is ready to “lead the country” where? Into another GNU with Mugabe calling all the shots and he running around like a headless chicken?!

    The donor community were not fooled by the marriage of convenience last time and that is why none of the much hoped for financial help came in. The GNU had a chance of bring some reforms then the new GNU will have no chance of bring any reforms. Mugabe can hand over responsibility of filling the ZimbAsset begging bowl to Tsvangirai but he can be sure of one thing it will remain empty!

    Zimbabwe needs real democratic changes to restore confidence the country has indeed returned to rule of law and not waste time messing around with yet another GNU.

    • Parangeta says:

      m”Garbage4 and m’Beki ruined the GNU,
      not Tsvangarai,

      They plotted against MT and MDC at every
      turn, as we all know that now.

      ZPF were never ready to consolidate,
      co-operate or share – that was a ruse!

      m’Garbage and m’Beki won the day, for sure!
      Now the ‘Nyasa Nyoka’ is head of SAD-c……

      Go figure out that, and the AU’s stupidity as well!

  16. Brian says:

    So, Tsvangirai won’t play unless RGM plays by his rules. He’ll take his bat and ball and go home. Brilliant! That will win the next election! So why is RGM in Rome meeting the Pope? He’s about to meet God. What a totally shambolic farce Zim has become. Run by corrupt, incompetent land and money grubbers who have no idea that there will be an accounting of their crimes. Do they really think Zim will go on like this for the next 20 years?

  17. Mseyamwa says:

    ZANU PF will not relinquish power through elections as long as they have security apparatus on their side running the elections and cowing people into submission. Clever and educated leaders will come and go in the opposition without success on that feont as long as the status remains the same.

    However, ZANU does respond to visible pressure like they backed down to war veteran demands in 1997 following demonstrationa, like they backed down on tax increases after the food riots of 1998. That is, they thoroughly thrush the lone voice calling for change away from public glare but do not wish the outside world especially other african countries to know that they are not loved by their own ppl. It is disappointing though that Zimbabweans have become too concerned about their selfish ends that they will not participate in such demonstrations or other mass activities preferring to watch others do it on their behalf and when these fail, they can stand tall and say ‘that’s why we did not go for it in the first place, we saw that it was doomed to fail’. And they do nothing. And so nothing changes and they continue to blame current leaders and castigating them for their suffering, yet still they will not stand to the actual monster causing this suffering. And somenwill even secretly vote for the monster for fea4 of yhe unknown that the monster threatens to unleash if defeated, yet still after that they will come home and type long letters and comments like this one castigating the only few who are trying and place their lives and hopes on these few and wait for the next disappointment – so they can castigate again, yet willing to do nothing.

  18. former farmer says:

    Too late and the same old blaa blaa. When is this fool going to realise he has had his chance and blown it. It is easy to bus supporters in to make yourself look popular. If he thinks he is that popular put it to a vote of the public and see. Put yourself up against Biti and see. He did a good job in the last government unlike Morgan who enjoyed the house, the perks and ZANUPF sponsored girls. I have had enough of this buffoon.

  19. Ngoto Zimbwa says:

    Biti brought in some money for a ZANU that would have otherwise sunk into an economic melt-down.
    Biti encouraged his leader to be part of a GNU.
    Case closed.

    Morgan is no saint, as has been commented on by many but he brings people together. A united people can win against very severe odds.
    It should be clear to us all that the fight against ZANU is going to be a long one and there will be many challenges along the way.

    The other fact is that its down to us the people to demand a change, to go out there and show our disgust at the looting, the stolen elections, the thuggery, the lack of proper services …etc etc.
    Isn’t there any fire in us?

  20. Africanson says:

    I support opposing ZANU but i hate the idea of campaigning for the suffocation of fhe Zimbabwean economy. Zanu will not lose sleep that our youths are jobless. Why celebrate and campaign for the economy to fold up. Who is the beneficiary of the economic demise? Has MDC recorded any milage from Zimbabwe’s economic decline? Raila Odinga witnessed gross electral fraud but he never campaigned punishing Kenya like what Morgan did in Zimbabwe. Let MDC split who cares. They are as heartless as Zanu pf. I see no difference bwtn the two heartless parties who abuse innocent Zimbabweans for personal gains. We see no solution to our country fromm all these clueless politicians.

  21. tophaevy says:

    Given all the loot amassed by Zpf, they are not letting go off the power levers in the foreseeable future. They have not won an election since 2000 but have maintained governance through trickery. Its daydreaming to think they will buckle under economic pressure, for people dying of hunger is not something new or frightening to them. Once, teachers went on strike to force government to increase their salaries, but the administration was prepared to do away with education at all in the country, until teachers realised they could end up without employment. Talk about heartlessness taken to newer levels. Remember, Zanu ndeye ropa, baba. All things have an ending though, for I watched the demolition of the invincible Undertaker at Wrestlemania by a youthful Brooke Lesner. We may have to wait a little longer for the end of an era, but it will come.

  22. Rwendo says:

    It is true that at present we Zimbabweans have been cowardly and selfish, concerned only with our own families and “bread and butter issues.” Its hard to fault Mseyamwa’s view above.

    But watch one of those documentaries about wildebeest migrating in their thousands across rivers with visible, hungry, waiting crocodiles. At first none of them is willing to jump to what looks like sure death. But once those first few plunge in, the whole teeming mass follows.

    We need either a sequence of factors to cause (or else leaders that can figure out how to motivate) ust to gang up, and to want to get across that river. After that we need a ‘few good men’ not too afraid to make those potentially suicidal first leaps into the water.

    That is the way freedom has made its major surges throughout history. Never easy, never free, usually bloody and messy. That is the best we can hope and wait for. Unless, of course, ZANU PF implodes from within (not all that likey – self preservation would probably overcome factionalism if Mugabe dies).

    For now, nada, silence or rather just noise. ZANU PF is safe after July 2013. That is why they now can afford to fight amongst themselves. They have neutralized their opponents.

  23. Senior Satan says:

    Too late and the same old blaa blaa. When is this fool going to realise he has had his chance and blown it. It is easy to bus supporters in to make yourself look popular. If he thinks he is that popular put it to a vote of the public and see. Put yourself up against Biti and see. He did a good job in the last government unlike Morgan who enjoyed the house, the perks and ZANUPF sponsored girls. I have had enough of this buffoon.

  24. Ngezi says:

    All the people opposing Tsvangarai what in mind do you have that will help overthrow zpf. Everything is all about trust Zim pple trust Morgan. It is very trick in our days to support an other person coz coz many pple have been turned to be secret Agents by zpf.

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