via Mugabe has no clue: Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live 12 MAY 2014
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told party supporters in Norton yesterday that he was not going anywhere as he took a dig at President Robert Mugabe who he described as clueless.
The MDC leader, who has successfully warded off a coup attempt from within his party, told his supporters that he had budgeted for a marathon and not a sprint race.
Speaking on the backdrop of a deepening economic crisis and internal party squabbles, the MDC leader said Zanu PF, although reluctant to negotiate, will be forced to swallow its pride by the worsening economic situation in the country.
“Zanu PF will not solve the present problems. For the past 35 years, we have known only one ruler and now we must ask ourselves what happened during those years, (former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian) Smith left a surplus and then Zanu PF began to loot, president Robert Mugabe never added any value to our lives, we were all devalued,” said Tsvangirai.
Signalling out his days as the former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), when, he claimed that two million Zimbabweans were employed, Tsvangirai said under Mugabe’s rule only 300 000 are formally employed and the figures are going down as industries and companies close.
“Mugabe removed dignity from Zimbabweans, people are now tomato vendors, the culture of liberation is destruction,” said Tsvangirai.
Turning to the internal strife in the MDC, Tsvangirai said some of his erstwhile colleagues thought the MDC was “a party when it is in fact a struggle”.
“This is not a party, this is a struggle. There were some who thought that this was a sprint but it is a marathon; until the struggle goal is achieved, we are not giving up. The MDC is the only agent of change in Zimbabwe,” said Tsvangirai.
Amid internal squabbles in his party, the former prime minister claimed that Mugabe has set up a taskforce to destroy the MDC instead of focussing on the economy which is teetering on the brink of collapse.