#mugabe must retire: Tsvangirai

via Mugabe must retire: Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live 5 MAY 2014 by Lloyd Mbiba

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said President Robert Mugabe should throw in the towel because he has failed to revive the economy.

Addressing a bumper crowd in Epworth in Harare, the former premier said he will not waste time on expelled secretary-general Tendai Biti but 90-year-old Mugabe, who he said had vandalised the national economy.

He reiterated his call for a multi-stakeholder national dialogue on the economy and also growing concerns about the aged president’s health — key in driving national programmes.

He called for a convention of churches, civics, unions and political parties to formulate a response to the deepening economic crisis, adding he had an eight point plan to get the county working again.

“I don’t want to say much about these guys (MDC rebels) because I feel pity for them,” Tsvangirai said.

“I won’t be distracted by opportunists who stand for nothing.  My eyes are fixed on baba Chatunga (Mugabe) because he has failed to run the country and we believe it’s a matter of time before he comes to us for negotiations.”

Analysts say what is needed now is pressure on the government to change course and open negotiations with opposition leaders, something that has since been dismissed contemptuously by the ruling party.

And with the next scheduled elections four years away, Tsvangirai said there is need to reach a consensus beyond parochial party interests.

But the opposition leader, who is struggling to contain disunity in his own party appears to have little leverage and analysts say it is time for Zimbabwe’s neighbours to use their influence, before the chaos becomes uncontainable.

“We don’t want a second unity government but this time we want a convention that comprises of churches, civics, unions and political parties and we map a roadmap,” Tsvangirai said. “In that roadmap, we will tell Mugabe to go and rest because he is no longer relevant.

“To get the economy working again is not a problem, but the problem is people who don’t want to leave office.

“We have an eight-point plan to get the country out of the quagmire that it is in. First, Mugabe has got to come to us for negotiations because he is clueless about the economy. Mugabe must come to the negotiation table because his ZimAsset is not working.

“How can you have policy that is not backed by money? When ZimAsset was launched, we were told that their friends from Malawi would help fund it and we have seen no money coming.

“Even their friends, the Chinese, refused to give them money saying where is the diamond money? Where are the billions that you borrowed?”

Tsvangirai said the convention must also deal with electoral reforms that will lead to free and fair elections.

“The second matter in the eight-point plan is that the government should initiate reforms because we don’t want to go to elections with Nikuv and the military running elections. We will also look at education and health,” Tsvangirai said.

The former prime minister said he would not use violence to get Mugabe out of office.

“Do you want us to take guns and remove Mugabe violently? I have refused this and said I don’t want blood on my hands and we will follow the democratic way to remove the dictator,” he said.

Turning to the MDC rebels, Tsvangirai tore into Biti and his camp, branding them “opportunists.” Talk of a coalition between Biti and other opposition parties does not bother him, saying the alliance was doomed ab initio.

“I said to them (MDC rebels) come and let us fight baba Chatunga who has killed the economy and they decided to leave us,” Tsvangirai said. “They can go and form a united coalition of disgruntled and failed politicians who hate Tsvangirai with a passion. A coalition of people with malice and hatred will never succeed.

“I used to think that (Elton) Mangoma stood for something and we have discovered that he stands for nothing. We used to think that Biti stands for something and we have discovered that he is concerned about power, his ego and opportunism.”

The former trade unionist said he was not power hungry and was ready to relinquish his position if he is voted out of power at the October extraordinary congress.



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    truth 9 years ago

    we have hear this for so many times. we need stratgies to to win elections thta all

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    moyokumusha 9 years ago

    Same nonsense from Mr has been. Better plan you and your master Mugabe must both go and let someone of better standing assume control. Ivapho.

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    “To get the economy working again is not a problem, but the problem is people who don’t want to leave office.”
    Did Morgan really say this? Maybe he should take his own advice!

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    In the last government the only MDC minister worth his salt was Biti. Morgan it’s time to move on, you have become an embarrassment to the revolution – stop behaving like Mugabe.

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    nyoni 9 years ago

    They all want power. Once in their true colours come out. NO PLAN NO NOTHING NO IDEA. So what then.

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    I think Morgan should throw in the towel because he has failed to remove RG and Zanu from power.

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    Straight Shooter 9 years ago

    Look who is talking? Both of you two Gukurahundis should retire. You simply cant see the irony, silly fool!!

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    I am not the one! 9 years ago

    We humans, of all races and creeds, are a funny lot. We all seem to have the herd syndrome. Watch a crowd exit from a large venue and the door thru which the first group exits will become the focal point of the crowds to follow. Often it is seen that only when a group selects another exit does the crowd start to use the second exit and so on.
    The tribal mentality encourages this behaviour and often the education to question the practice within the context of tribalism is often “absent”. Example being that they all vote for incompetence but have no idea why other than the neighbour said so.
    This double whammy is omnipresent in Zim and has been well exploited by PF and this would be the only ticket upon which fatboy would get in (I hope).

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    Cde Chooks 9 years ago

    Campaigning for a gate after the cattle already escaped from the kraal. Too late. Where was the talk of unified opposition during the election?

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    Rwendo 9 years ago

    Thanks to the opposition’s ineptitude, ZANU PF has a huge parliamentary majority. If Morgan thinks they will hand that over because of the economy (or even because of Mugabe’s departure), he truly still does not understand ZANU PF.

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    Rwendo 9 years ago

    As for the growing cries for a grand coalition of some sort to tackle our national crisis, let us not forget what happened to calls for a new constitution.

    If this idea begins to seriously but prematurely confront this government while they are still strong, they will yet again infiltrate and either dilute or re-direct its course.

    Let us put the horse before the cart. At this stage of the game, will removing Mugabe and stabilizing the economy solve our long-term problems?

    (Was a new constitution the major priority? Is ZANU PF respecting the new constitution any more than they did the previous one

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    Saddened 9 years ago

    Tsvangirai should know better than anyone else that Mugabe will not come to him to negotiate so why is he saying these things. Mugabe doesn’t care about the suffering of our people as long as he & his clique are ok. Come up with a concrete plan or strategy then we will listen to you but until then have a good look at yourself!