via Tsvangirai ready to take Zanu PF head on – DailyNews Live Blessings Mashaya • 21 March 2016
HARARE – Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has hinted that he would be leading mass protests as well as stay away actions to force President Robert Mugabe to implement electoral reforms ahead of the much-anticipated 2018 general elections.
Addressing a rally in Marondera at the weekend, the MDC leader said Zimbabwe has reached a critical stage for the people to demand free and fair elections.
“We are entering a season of action, vakatirambidza kuti tiite peacefull elections hatiende kubasa because hapana zvazvinotibatsira kuswera tichitengesa madomasi pese pese, ingava nyika iyoyi (we are not going to work if they cannot grant us electoral reforms),” Tsvangirai said.
“The world is asking, are there people in Zimbabwe? Are we cowards? When people run away from police officers, what is that?”
The MDC leader also urged the youths to register as voters if they entertain any hopes of dislodging Zanu PF from power.
“Many young people are not registered to vote.
“There is need for them to register. Isu vamwe takura, haufi wakadestroyer zita rokuti Tsvangirai, ukauraya ini kune vamwe vana Morgan vakatowanda (We are now old but you can’t destroy the name Tsvangirai), you don’t destroy the messenger because of the message, the message will be the same, President Robert Mugabe must go.
“If there are Central Intelligence Officers (CIOs) and police, you will be surprised if you go and tell Mugabe that Tsvangirai was in Marondera, he will tell you that you are still behind, we have been fighting with Tsvangirai for long and I failed to destroy his party.
“We have to create another generation that will take over after us,” Tsvangirai added.
With Zanu PF completely consumed by its deadly infighting, pitting embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction against the party’s young Turks known as the Generation 40, the opposition is presently campaigning freely without interference or intimidation.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said his boss “is a grassroots mobiliser. He is presently touring the nation to know the problems affecting people in different parts of the country”.
“The anger against Mugabe’s misrule is growing by each day, as everyone is suffering,” Tamborinyoka said.
The MDC president has so far been to Masvingo, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East and Matabeleland, where he has addressed huge rallies.