Tsvangirai Wants to Engage Mugabe on Political Issues, Pension

via Tsvangirai Wants to Engage Mugabe on Political Issues, Pension by Gibbs Dibe fpr VOA Zimbabwe  21.09.2013

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he is ready to engage President Robert Mugabe on political issues affecting Zimbabwe and his pension.

Mr. Tsvangirai is quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper as saying any engagement with President Mugabe will be done for the benefit of Zimbabweans.

He is quoted as saying that he will also discuss his pension with the new government following the July 31st elections which were won resoundingly by Mr. Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

The former prime minister, who still insists that Zanu-PF rigged the polls, says he has not yet discussed possibilities of acquiring a multi-million dollar Harare mansion he occupied while he was in the unity government.

Efforts to contact his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka were in vain as he was not answering his mobile phone.

Most Western nations say the elections were a big farce as the voters roll was in a shambles and thousands of people were turned away at polling stations.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has already said that nearly 305,000 voters were turned away on July 31st and that 207,000 voters were “assisted” to cast their ballots.

The MDC claimed soon after the polls that it found 838,000 entries on the voters roll with the same name, address and date of birth but different identity document numbers, 350,000 people who are more than 85 years old and 109,000 people aged over 100.

Reacting to Mr. Tsvangirai’s remarks on engaging President Mugabe, political analyst Nkululeko Sibanda of Huddersfield University in London told VOA Studio 7 that Tsvangirai will damage his reputation if he engages President Mugabe in any political platform.

At the same time, indications are that former Movement for Democratic

Change ministers have not yet started negotiating for their pensions amid reports that the government has spent over $20 million purchasing new vehicles for cabinet members in the new Zanu-PF government.



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    Collin Mackenzie 11 years ago

    Morgan must go hang he failed to do so when he Was PM he must engage with his party step down.

    His to ugly and stupid to lead Zimbabwe period.

    What a joke.

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    Nyepudzayi 11 years ago

    Colin this is directed to you , you don’t judge an individual by his looks , it’s what comes out of the heart . I can tell you are a ZANU -PF member who has no education background. Tswangirayi is a Zimbabwean just like you or Mugabe and he has got every right to say what ever he wants for the benefit of the people, take it or leave it .
    Do you consider Mugabe handsome? You are evil ! Go and read Animal Farm by George Owel

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      soothsayer 11 years ago

      Don’t waste your energy on that person Nyepudzai,all his comments are like that,pathetic.

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      soothsayer 11 years ago

      Don’t waste your energy on that individual Nyepudzai,all his comments are pathetic to say the least.

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    hovhiyo shindi 11 years ago

    What is happening shows that Tsvangirai needs help. He needs to be hand held and given direction. He can not stand against the ZANU PF tide. He will be swept into oblivion. He should now just dream going to state house.

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    hovhiyo shindi 11 years ago

    Tsvangirai dai wadonha zvakanaka usavhuna mupini. Mupini ndewe mwana wechikoro angandorohwa nateacher. Just go peacefully.

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    Dzoromuvhu 11 years ago

    These words in this article are the reporter’s word eg “it is believed”.

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    Beckson 11 years ago

    The writer is a zanupf supporter who is trying to convince mdc supporters into believing that the mdc leadership is now clueless

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    khabo 11 years ago

    Understand for Zimbabwe to go forward doesnt only need Tsvangirai but all opposition parties need to engage with the ruling party and discuss political issues and have constructive urguements , engaging to discuss political issues doesn’t mean that you turn arround and be a sellout to you party but solely means that you need to contribute with ideas and plans for development , Tsangirai and is leading the main opposition and he can’t just sit and give a blind eye to the situation of Zimbabwe , him and all MDC T members need to be part of the solution to the problems facing the country . Anywhere people must understand , the word engage must not confuse anyone of you , please understand what is politics before jumping into conclusion . Tsvangirai is always right and having the interest of serving the people of zimbabwe .

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    Rocks tone 11 years ago

    Tsvangirai is no longer decisive let’s present facts as they are , he can’t claim to have supporters fail to claim their victory ,even if ZANU pf could have fought 15years do you think it could resists the struggle

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    kevin 11 years ago

    What pension does he need for 4 years? As a Trade Unionist he should be fighting for pensioniers who toiled for decades and are getting peanuts. Besides, he should have known what his compensation benefits (salary & pension) were before he took the PM’s job. The president’s functions do not include negotiating individual pensions. He should be talking to the Civil Service Commission. Remember MT is nothing but an ordinary citizen leading an oppostion party like others such as Ncube, Sikhala, Dabengwa etc.