Tsvangirai reveals all

via Tsvangirai reveals all – DailyNews Live 7 July 2014 by Gift Phiri

HARARE – Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the MDC made a huge error by contesting in the 2013 elections when it was clear there was going to be large-scale electoral rigging.

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party won the elections with a massive majority but the MDC maintained that the elections were stolen.

Tsvangirai said signs that the poll was going to be rigged were obvious and evident but they still participated in the mistaken belief that their millions of supporters would easily overcome any manipulation.

This is revealed in a document by Tsvangirai named Personal Reflections obtained exclusively by the Daily News yesterday. The document is set to be released today.

Tsvangirai said the MDC  thought the bumper crowds at his rallies held prior to the vote would overwhelm the planned electoral mischief. He admitted that his party failed to address flaws in the voter register.

The remarks are seen stepping up the beleaguered opposition leader’s campaign against an election that he insists was rigged by the cunning political veteran’s ruling party as his 15-year-old movement hurtles towards a crucial elective congress amid internal wrangling led by his former ally Tendai Biti.

Electoral watchdogs have said the disenfranchisement of Zimbabweans in the July 31 vote was embedded in many facets of the election — from the equipment used to the actions of key local election officials, to the politically-motivated manipulation of the voters’ roll, to the knowing passivity of Morgan Tsvangirai himself.

Tsvangirai said he took the voters’ roll query to Mugabe, who reportedly passed the buck to wily long-serving Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede.

“I remember my meeting with president Mugabe on the eve of the election, a meeting facilitated by former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo at which I tabled a copy of a couple of pages of the shambolic voters’ roll that was to be used in the elections the following day,” Tsvangirai said in the statement.

“Mugabe’s response was – ‘Ivo vanaMudede vanombozvifambisa sei? (How is the Registrar-General Mr Mudede doing his work?).’ He said this as he retracted into his chair, feigning ignorance of what was about to happen. Despite our much-concerted efforts to get the electronic voters’ roll on time and not getting it, we eventually participated in the elections without the said voters’ roll. As we in the MDC have said, we had assumed that our sheer numbers were going to overwhelm the rigging plot.

With the benefit of hindsight, we were wrong! As the results of the elections became clear to our people on the ground, the nation had once again been shortchanged in yet another electoral fraud.”

Complacency was to blame for the defeat, and surprise at the outcome of the 2013 election was more pronounced because of the confidence of the MDC that it would be returned to power.

After the poll last year, there was little sign of any celebration or violence, reflecting a desire by Zimbabweans  to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed that badly damaged the economy, when Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in a 2008 presidential vote.

Tsvangirai’s remarks are expected to bring some cheer to a movement divided over strategy and smarting from repeated cheating in national elections.

Tsvangirai noted that the Cross Over rally held in Harare on the eve of the election  was what deluded him into thinking that the sheer numbers at his rallies would ensure the president would be booted out of office.

“The lasting image of the last election that has remained largely ingrained in my mind is of the mammoth crowd that gathered in Harare on what we dubbed the Cross Over rally on July 29, 2013,” Tsvangirai said.

“It is an indelible image of a nation that was geared for change, a determined people on the brink of crossing over to a new country with new opportunities under a new and competent dispensation.”

Tsvangirai admitted that he was shockingly wrong regarding the scale of what he called the planned electoral theft, and said it was impossible for a Zimbabwean electorate to allow a president presiding over three-and-half decades of obviously weak economic growth, horrific jobless levels and general dismay at future prospects to remain in office.

The new Zanu PF government faces a host of challenges, mainly struggling to manage public expectations having been elected with a mandate to improve the welfare of farmers and ordinary people. The ruling party is finding it hard to provide immediate benefits to a restive electorate.

“Now it has been 11 months since the election on 31 July 2013 and the swearing in of the current government of Zimbabwe; but the situation in the country is dispiriting,” Tsvangirai said.

He said the question on everybody’s mind was how so much pain, despair and desperation could immediately follow what the ruling party has called a “resounding victory” that gave them an overwhelming mandate. Many Zimbabweans say they are frustrated with economic hardships including scarcity of liquidity on the market and deflation.

In recent weeks, Tsvangirai has crisscrossed the country and held rallies to push the government and change how it is managed.

“Starting on 3rd September 2013, I began a national conversation with the people of Zimbabwe. I have travelled across the length and breath of our nation, engaging in dialogue with people from all walks of life and holding rallies that attracted multitudes. In my visits to the various districts after the election, I have seen and witnessed the pain of Zimbabweans, the palpable despair amongst the people as they contemplated a future for themselves and their families under the Zanu PF regime. The ordinary people of this country are simply failing to cope with life in the current socio-economic circumstances that are upon us.”

Tsvangirai repeated his call for a national dialogue to save the economy, but previous such calls have been ignored by Zanu PF.

“Given our current economic paralysis, that national conversation to rescue the nation has become more urgent than ever before,” the 62-year-old former premier and trade unionist said.

“There is an urgent imperative for a national conversation of more players than just political parties. The important aspect is that our dialogue must this time be broadened to include the trade unions, the church, students, industry and other stakeholders.

“The broad spectrum of stakeholders in that important dialogue must discuss, find consensus and map the way forward on the current economic crisis, the endemic poverty across the length and breadth of the nation and the massive unemployment in the country.”

He denied clinging on to office, saying congress was the only platform to effect leadership change.

“We cannot be self-contradictory as to claim to be democrats when at the same time we want to remove elected leadership through a coup de tat,” he said in reference to the push led by former MDC treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and Biti for him to step down.

Tsvangirai said the MDC has learnt its lessons the hard way, but will ensure the party wins the presidency in subsequent elections.

“Lastly, despite all our shortcomings I believe, a sunrise is possible and the dawn must start within our well-meaning selves,” the MDC leader said.


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    Karikoga 7 years ago

    When naively is repeated over and over, one can call it something else …… Stupidity?

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      Wethu 7 years ago

      Don’t hold your breath….they will all participate in the coming “elections”, whenever that’ll be. Behaving like chickens queuing up for slaughter. I deeply feel for those families who lost loved ones for these fools.

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      Shaun 7 years ago

      This report is written by Tsvangirai’s boot licking spin doctor Cross. Tsvangirai doesn’t have a clue and too naive to see reality. If he did, he would step down and stop using the MDC as his personal property. His problem now is that the truth is eventually set free. His abuse and his failures are about to unravel.

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    Johann 7 years ago

    Forget the 2013 elections this idiot Tsvangirai sold out for a Mercedez Benz in 2008 when he went into a coalition with Zanu. I’m inclined to believe this man was/is working for Zanu-pf in order to expose any opposition so that it could be eliminated. He is a traitor and is culpable for many innocent lives and livelihoods.

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    Kitsi-yatota 7 years ago

    well done, Mr President, pple must learn to acknowledge mistakes n say i m sorry. its good for you marriage and your heavenly father forgives on condition that you submit be4 him, with sins that are as black as scarlet, so that he makes them as white as snow. David, the closest friend of God, coverted Uriah’s wife, but on seeking forgiveness of the Lord, his kingdom continued to King Solomon. you did a good thing Morgan

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      Karikoga 7 years ago

      “Sorry” is one thing Tsvangirai never said, I don’t know where you get that. He clearly thinks that he doesn’t owe anyone any apology, unlike the David that you talk about.

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    Tozvirevakupiko 7 years ago

    You should just have resigned mhani -haaah! Bratfuru mhani

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      He who has visited untold suffering on Zimbabwe in the last 34 years is the one who should resign. Keep your eyes on the ball!

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        Karikoga 7 years ago

        … While you keep the other eye on where you are going, otherwise uchitora bhora uchiwira mugomba. Zvino unenge waitei? Totanga patvsa here? Zvino tinosvika kupi tichidai? Tosiira vana nhaka yekutadza kuronga hupenyu whedu?

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    Tsuro 7 years ago

    On average most of these man have had affairs and the only difference is that Tsvangirai’s affairs have had more publicity through a Zanu media, bent to destroy him.

    I do not seek to justify MT’s failures, but lets be fair on the man.

    I am quite convinced he is the only man feared by Mugabe. After the 2005 Parliamentary elections Mugabe told us Tsvangirai is dead and buried…it seems he has remained a “terminator” to ZANU.

    Last year Mugabe advised MDC people to dump MT and choose a clever and learned person….advice as if concerned on the happennings at MDC. TB took the advise hook and line.

    I also note that the forces that oppose MT take ownership of afflication caused by ZANU to MDC during election. “Zanu cheated us, Zanu killed us, Zanu……” Even the Ncubes spoke of the 2008 violence as if they were also tormented by the “devil”.

    I think its easy to criticize, and think you can do better to fight the “evil one of Zimbabwe”, who has managed to outwit Tekere, Nkomo, Dumbutsena, Dongo, Sithole, Makonis etc.

    Anyway we wait for the Madhukus, Bitis and Company to deliver us……but though not an MDC member I think MT has rhino drive which keeps pushing despite, which exactly what a stubborn hyena like character of Mugabe requires.

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      Shaun 7 years ago

      Zanu flaunted numerous selected women past Tsvangirai and he fell for it. Zanu was then able to get close enough to listen to pillow talk. Looking at the events, I will leave it to the readers to guess the rest.

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    Lovemore Murungwa 7 years ago

    The guy says the same things time and again, its been like 15years everytime making mistakes. Somebody must have told him that the people are fools and we can simply believe him just like. He is a failure, a grandpa of failure

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    but Jacob Zuma has about 7 wives and is able to cope with affairs of state quite comfortably – surely Morgan may have a spin or two without getting into any trouble ?

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      Karikoga 7 years ago

      Firstly, Zuma is not able to cope, let alone comfortably. So please be careful what you wish for Zimbabwe. Secondly, it’s not so much his “womanizing” as is his propensity to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over and over. Remember Ben Menashe? I supported Morgan to the hilt since the launch of NCA at UZ in the good old days, that was before MDC was even formed, but I’m starting to have serious doubts. I agree with those who acknowledge his contribution, but let’s get real: it’s the future of our children, and their children’s children we should worry about. We can build a statue to acknowledge his contribution, but let’s wish the best possible from our generation. I’m not necessarily supporting anyone at this stage, but doggedly supporting one person in the face of serious signs of ineptitude seems to me like a second disaster awaiting our country. That’s what we did with grand ol’ Bob. We should say: never again!

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    Expat 7 years ago

    Hindsight is a perfect science. He continued into election’s despite getting advice against it ???? What good are advisers if you do not heed their advice!

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    woundedbaffalo 7 years ago

    Sipepa hakana kukwana kanofurira vana kutuka vamwe, biti chitauraka zvaunoda kuzoitira vanhu,saka todya kutuka Tsvangirai ,mugabe better than biti. Tsvangirai zvawaita izvi ndizvo zvinoita varume

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    moyokumusha 7 years ago

    This man has clearly been very autocratic and thought he was MDC just like Bob thinks Zimbabwe is his. They are of the same calibre.

    He has failed and finally acknowledges it. He should now do the right thing, apologise and resign.

    He is a has been who will no longer fool the people.

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    munzwa 7 years ago

    So now will you stand down for renewed and reinvigorated leadership???

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    What an uneducated fool. A real intellectual midget for sure!!

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    JOHNSON 7 years ago

    On such a grand level you dont work on ASSUMPTIONS…..You work with reality, so ZANU PF did not have to rig the election which MDC had already rigged against itself…an own GOAL. That is the truth. they cannot attribute their trouncing to anyone else. Which masses did the MDC expect to SWAMP ZANU PF. Ridiculous! After various gallup polls by westerners MDC chose complacency…bad managers and ZANU PF took the opportunity….good managers. End of story and end of MDC. MDC let the people down by their ineptitude despite having a phalanx of legal guru in it. This proves that education really does not work for Zimbabweans. This ia a worrying trend because all the people messing up are ‘very educated’!!!!! EDucation….my foot!!

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    Simba 5 years ago

    You know, sometimes think the man is a total idiot. I know he was warned about the elections and the ready but as one of his senior lieutenants told me, he actually was stupid enough to believe he could win a rigged election!!

    He was mesmerised by his own self-importance and thought he was invincible.

    He needs a good dose of humility before anyone will ever take it seriously ever again.

    The man is a fool and anyone who votes for him needs to see a psychiatrist.