‘I’m not going anywhere’ – Tsvangirai

via The Zimbabwe Mail – ‘I’m not going anywhere’ – Tsvangirai

HARARE – There have been many questions on why we withdrew the presidential election court challenge. Our National Executive met on Friday and we were given a report by our lawyers stating that there were two problems confronting the court challenge.

One was that our application to get necessary information from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had been deferred without any conclusion so that heavily prejudiced our ability to present our case.

The second was that the Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku had narrowed down the petition to one based on affidavits. We had hoped that it would be an open court with witnesses being called in to testify. Because of those two roadblocks placed our way it was futile to proceed with the case. It became very clear to us that this case was being predetermined.

Many of you have been made to believe that this marks the end of the road for us, that by withdrawing the court case, we have conceded defeat. Nothing could be further from the truth. The struggle has not ended. It is just starting.

This was just the legal route. The struggle continues in the political arena. We have never closed our avenue to continue with the political struggle. This is a political crisis and it requires a political solution. I still enjoy the mandate of my party as well as the support of millions of people who voted for change on July 31. Using that mandate, I will continue serving the people until we achieve the desired results.

COMMENTS

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    Pachokwadi 7 years ago

    Yes, they May still our victory. They May kill, beat or imprison us but we always bounce back like a basketball. Lets push in other avenues president Tswangirai. We don’t need their courts to win, just as they didn’t need Ian Smiths court to taste sweet victory. Mr President you not only liberating th e Mdc T. You are setting free also the Zany pf cowards who are with Mugabe for fear.

    Thank you Mr President, we will conquer the the evil ways of Mugabe. God will reward those who stand for truth. With God there is no favour or fear. Truth always prevail.

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    Concerned Zimbabwean 7 years ago

    Agree. Tremendous courage shown by Morgan Tsvangirai. Good for him and may God go with him.

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    Hango Yapalala 7 years ago

    LEGAL SYSTEMS IN GOOD OLE AFRICA ARE A JOKE!

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    Matsuvane 7 years ago

    No I don’t think so. We have heard supplications in a similar vein before. I’d rather the case had proceeded to meet its fate in court. If this meant confronting the constitutional basis for frustrating the lawsuit then we would have subsequently proceeded that way, and hopefully exposed more fully the adulteration of justice in Zimbabwe. MDC lawyers should have known this in advance. Otherwise the entire opposition case is futile, leaving me to suspect that for the MDC leadership the mere process of standing up to ZANUPF, while building mansions and harems meanwhile, is the ultimate objective. Tsvangirayi is a giant on whose tottering shoulders someone else must stand before they collapse entirely, if that hasn’t happened already.

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    mutakura 7 years ago

    It may take time but good wil always conquer evil. The devil is at play in zim but every history student wil tel u that even those dictatorships that appeared formidable just crumbled in the end and with dire consequences. Now is the time for mdc t together with with other progressive political parties and civic groups, to join forces and confront zanu using many democratic and non-violent ways. Now is the time for mdc to put aside any intra party squabbles. Any cooperation with zanu is out. Let them rule alone. That is what they want after all hence the massive rigging. This must be a big lesson for mdc namely that when you decide to go out for dinner with the devil u must use a knife and fork which are five metres long or even longer.

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    Farai 7 years ago

    Zanu have said many times that the peb cannot remove them in a ballot so its time to toughen up and go to war!

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    Farai 7 years ago

    Zanu have said many times that the pen cannot remove them in a ballot so its time to toughen up and go to war!

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    nesbert majoni 7 years ago

    This is true president. We are behind you together with your team in leadership.Long live Mr Tsvangirai. Tinosvika chete.Let them rule and we are watching.This litigation option was never an appropreate one because the outcome is obvious.

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    Phunyuka Bamphethe 7 years ago

    The struggle must continue,no freedom no investment,no democracy no surrender,aluta continue.zanu pd have a track record of being more dangeeous after winning elections,mdc leadership must wake up,your soft stance of peace and non violence will lend you in Chikurubi very soon or later,one by one you will be arrested and charged with treason,those talk too much will disappear,watch out the terrain is uneven,get out of a closet and redefine a new narative agenda for the people of zimbabwe,be more radical,forget about porsh houses, big cars,nice food,luxury with woman and go in the trenches before you are history.the world want to assist you but you keep on behaving like hostages,baby crying like fools.we are tired of your weaknesses.hanzi chave chigondoro chave n’ombe kutadza kutunga hutera hwacho.so what are you waiting for,for zanu to come back and give you direction or you think you are protecting the little you got in the GNU,you still going to loose that anywhere.

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    Martin 7 years ago

    Morgan is a decent chap and has done his best but he lacks the nouce to lead a successful opposition. He has made two crucial errors, the first in agreeing to the GPA in the form presented to him and the second in not pulling out of the recent election. During the GPA he also made continous noses about pulling out but never converted his threats into action. The proper thing for him to do is to resign as party leader. Lets have some fresh legs.

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      ichoo 7 years ago

      Mugabe should resign first coz ndiye aponda nyika. Mogiza nechikwata r trying to put things right.

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    eztechplc 7 years ago

    The best way forward is the political decision……my advice is that the executive must make good decisions, i know the arean will be full of participants such as the prof Moyos, the Ncubes, the Mutambara, the Kiss nots……make better decision on confiding information etc

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    dream on mogiza. thats the spirit.

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    Tinzweiwo 7 years ago

    Its good to know hat with Zanu PF you cant make it Tsvangisto. The best you can do is to go to Zanu PF to get a free farm and start business with your cash.Good luck TSVANGISTO. MDC-T< ZANU PF

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    Joseph 7 years ago

    I am sure MDC T people you have had too long a sleep such that waking-up from this dream of yours its like dropping from the sky and you even scared to wake-up for a start. Anyway the truth is you are asking Tsvangirai to water a gardern with a broken Can, you not being fair on him. You have no good intention for Zimbabwe to be for Zimbabweans so the product for MDCT is unsaleable you can only cheat or sell it one night the following morning you will be on the run, that’s what is happening now don’t blame each other for you all knew that the project was fake and not for Zimbabweans. Just disband chiParty chenyu find a better name and borrow or go for some training kuZANUPF to learn kuti chinombonzi Zimbabwe chii kana maziva izvozvo mobvunzana kuti munokwanisa here kuichengetedza nekuzvitevedzera if your answer is yes then good for you but where you find a big No then reelease Tsvangirai to continue with his speciality for the many women

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    REALIST 7 years ago

    Wise words from Tsvangirayi indeed but really what options do you have now. All you tell us is that this is a political crisis that deserves a political solution. People are angry and need pointers as to the way forward. A lot of Zimbabweans would be prepared to take to the streets and participate in popular protests but you need to provide guidance. Otherwise we might as well congratulate Mugabe on his well stolen victory now

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    Thabani 7 years ago

    How long and how much failure can the opposition take from Tsvangirai? I feel its time for change.Tsvangirai is no match for Mugabe

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    Kevin Watson 7 years ago

    Tsvangirai and his closest advisors were naive and arrogant in the extreme, believing that Zanu PF would not do all in their power using the stolen diamond revenue to rig these elections. He should have only signed the GPA if he was allocated first choice of Cabinet posts as his was the majority party, and if it included the disbandment of the ZEC so it could be reconstituted by Parliament, and that the tainted Government officials be forced to step down (Mudede, Chihuru the generals etc). Had he not achieved this then he should have refused to proceed with elections until the GPA had been fully complied with for two years. Given their naivety they should all step down and new less gullible leaders appointed.

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      mutakura 7 years ago

      Kevin watson is quite right. The entire leadership of mdc t made up naive cowards. Listen to morgan talkng! He would want the masses to lead him into streets and not him organising the people and leading them into the streets. What kind of leadership is that?

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    MikeH 7 years ago

    “two problems confronting the court challenge”…. mugabe and HIS courts.

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    Guvnor 7 years ago

    🙂

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    sgereki Chloe 7 years ago

    I disagree with many desktop political supporters and commentators. Tsvangirai claimed to have the evidence when he has nothing to present to take to the courts. that is taking us for a ride n I am not surprised that his support is falling heavily like the Greek economy. the guy who claims rigging without proof. the guy who predicted resounding victory only to make a u turn 6 hours later. The only guy who campaign by threatening civil servants n armed forces. the foolish guy who threatens our war veterans n traditional leaders. this guy is a joke n will never get my vote again.

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    sgereki Chloe 7 years ago

    Claiming rigging where there is no rigging will not help. Work on your dwindling support maybe you might be luck in 2018. do not offer FDI to rural folks those guys need something tangible. learn from ZANU PF. never quote any saying from outsiders especially British; Australia an or American. Zimbabweans value their independence n that’s where Tsvangirai gets it wrong all the time. remember to be a president you need numbers not noise makers

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    Gallas 7 years ago

    Cde I. Chombo is getting the mines and minerals portfolio in the next cabinet. I’m 100% accurate about this.

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    mujibha 7 years ago

    Save, i don’t really understand why r u dragging your feet to get us arms. We r realy ready to go to war. Thats the only way of getting read of these witches. I think bennett is right, head on.

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    Patriot 7 years ago

    I still have faith in Zimbabwes ability to heal herself but a bit taken aback by the time these African intellectual giants have strangely appeared in need of over years.

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    Patriotic 6 years ago

    The party has been detroyed. ZNPF yazviita zvakare. Vakangwara havana nhamo. Vape mari chete zvese zvinofa. The truth is divided we fall united we stand, full stop.