Tsvangirai’s nine days with Harare

via Tsvangirai’s nine days with Harare – DailyNews Live by Luke Tamborinyika  26 NOVEMBER 2013 

Four months after the disputed election, the country is engulfed in a legitimacy crisis and a crisis of expectation as Zanu PF dismally fails to inspire and poise the nation for growth while the economy is sending disappointing signals that point to an early return to the unmitigated disaster of 2008.

The MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, with a natural and in-born chemistry with the people, spent nine days until Thursday last week engaging ordinary people in all the districts of Harare.

From Glen View to Mabvuku, from Highfield to Epworth, the people sent a loud message that despite the monumental electoral theft of July 31, they were solidly behind Tsvangirai and the MDC.

The people said they were disappointed by the many signals which pointed to a Zanu PF that would dismally fail to meet its electoral pledge; to poise the economy for growth and to inspire confidence in the people.

This is the same party that brought the economy to a virtual standstill in 2008 and they certainly cannot be expected to have a solution to the problems they caused. The people of Harare said it is like expecting a mosquito to cure malaria.

It has always been Tsvangirai’s principle that the people are greater and more supreme than power and influence. That is why, despite overwhelming evidence we have that is now contained in our dossier that this vote was stolen, Tsvangirai has simply said Zanu PF must fulfill its electoral pledge to the people.

In all the districts of Harare that he visited in nine days in the past fortnight, the message from the people was very clear.

The people were clear that the 2013 election was stolen and they even gave chilling testimonies of how it was done in their respective areas.

The country is being governed by an illegitimate government, the liquidity crunch spawned by the lack of confidence in the regime in Harare was grossly affecting the ordinary person while the broke Zanu PF does not stand a snowball’s chance in a hell of meeting even a quarter of their mammoth election promises, the people of Harare told president Tsvangirai.

Even Nathaniel Manheru on Saturday agreed that Zanu PF’s victory was a victory without a party as the reality begins to sink in after the poll.

“The fastest casualty of electoral victory is the happy world of campaigning where everything is possible. After that world goes, in comes an imperfect and dismal one, a world where it can’t,” Manheru opined at the weekend.

Only the people of Zimbabwe are not expecting an “It can’t” response from those who promised so much and stole their vote.

Accompanied at most of the outreach meetings to the Harare districts by his deputy Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general Tendai Biti, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, deputy secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada and later by Morgan Komichi the deputy national chairperson, president Tsvangirai  had a great time with the people of Harare in all the provinces and 24 districts who pledged to maintain their unstinting support for the MDC and the true and legitimate people’s leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.

From Budiriro to Epworth, Morgan Tsvangirai was told how known Zanu PF leaders in the communities became Zec officials and presiding officers, the rampant abuse of the voter registration slips that resulted in multiple voting and how, in the case of Mount Pleasant, the same Zec, supposedly a neutral institution in the election, announced two different results for the same constituency.

Tsvangirai was told of the absence of ink detectors and how thousands of buses brought voters into Harare from the rural areas. These were mainly brought into targeted constituencies such as Harare North, Mount Pleasant, Mbare and Harare South, among many others across the country.

President Tsvangirai heard how Harare South, with a deliberately choreographed geography and its astounding July 31 election statistics, could have been an outpost of rigging.

In between his meetings with ordinary Zimbabweans in the high and low density suburbs of Harare, Tsvangirai took time to visit those whose properties were demolished by Zanu PF in Ruwa, in contravention of section of 74 of the new Constitution which explicitly says people have a right to shelter which cannot be demolished in the absence of a court order.

Yet others, especially among the young people in the party were keen on showing people power, especially soon after the grand theft of July 31.

Tsvangirai spoke throughout the nine meetings in Harare with the measured response of a statesman and a true democrat.

“We formed this party with the major value that we would fight dictatorship with our bare hands and nothing will detract us from that undertaking,” president Tsvangirai told the party structures from Sunningdale, Mbare and Southerton last Thursday.

“We chose the ballot and not the bullet because ours is a struggle for democracy and not for power. If we wanted power we would have gone for guns but the difference is we simply want democracy in the country of our birth,” he said to thunderous applause from the delegates.

“We will continue to fight not with violence but with the power of the people. The change we seek will come through democratic means. That defines the MDC and we shall continue to use our bare hands to fight this illegitimate government.”

On the issue of media renewal, which has created a media feast in Zimbabwe, Tsvangirai told his supporters that our difference with other political outfits is that it is not criminal for anyone to express his ambition for any post in the MDC.

The MDC and its president will not go wrong with the people.

Imi tongai isu tiri  kuvanhu!! (You as a party must govern while we continue to converse with and engage the people!!). Hezvoko.

*Tamborinyoka is the spokesperson of the MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai. He writes in his personal capacity.



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    Janto 10 years ago

    Tsvangirai is offering people no hope but has become a predictor of bad things to come. He had his chance as PM and spent the greater part of it embroiled in controversy with women and sham marriages. He took his eyes of the wheel and Mugabe managed to beat him in the polls. He can promise people an economic disaster but the truth is that he has allowed this to happen to Zimbabweans buy failing to beat Mugabe who has has led Zimbabwe from being the bread basket of Africa to the bread beggar of Africa. How this is possible nobody knows thats why the world was shocked. The solution now is to remove Tsvangirai as leader of the MDC, he has lost the respect of even some of his colleagues in the leadership of the MDC and the electorate rejected him.

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      nesbert majoni 10 years ago

      What is being said is the elections were rigged. You are a ZANU pf cadre and you seem not agree to that. What is being said is if they won the elections fair and square why can’t they fix the economy. The west which you say Tsvangirayi is a puppet of are the same pple who can help turn around the economy. ZANU pf thought that if the AU and SADC say the elections were free and fair the west will agree and start to engage the new gvt. It was a miscalculation. They won’t help a gvt if thieves, murderers and corrupt pple. We want fresh elections in Zim. No one is celebrating the suffering but its ZANU pf who brought all this poverty to the people of Zim.

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      Mzwazwakankoviyo 10 years ago

      Talk for yourself and not the people. President Tsvangirai is getting a mandate from the people to fight on and who are you to tell him that the same people have lost hope in him.EMatebeland sithi uTsvangirai ngenkani. Ongafuniyo kayekele.

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    Hezvoko zvipi zvacho? Morgan has guts, he goes and promise people nhamo and breg about it and they ululate? Zimbabwe has gone to the dogs. What is the purpose of being told how the elections were stolen 3 months after elections? Well we are currently sitting on 3 billion debt and when mdc comes to power it will be more. How will you fix it when you celebrate poverty for your country? May be mdc think that Europe will give them money. Look at Joice Banda today. She got the money but Britain lead Europe to freeze it untill further notice. The finance minister has advised banda not to travel even within malawi because there is no money. Reason being that of corruption. For zim its better to campaign for economic recovery than to celebrate its decline. What guarantee that Europe will support mdc throughout without coming up with issues like that of Malawi. In any case how far did mdc go in reviving major cities they were in charge of these past 4 years? Handidzokere kumusha futi because there is no hope. I thought MDC is moving around giving hope to people? Manje tirikuti tirikushaya, tichashaisisa zvekuti tichasura chando paZim because zanu yatadza uyezve mdc kukama imbwa chaiko.

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      Mzwazwakankoviyo 10 years ago

      What is the solution then? Come up with a solution.Who is stopping the current government from performing and delivering on their promises. Instead of focusing on the opposition the government should deliver on its promises.

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      MDC was never in charge. The Ministries were never permitted to improve. Biti operated with a limited budget but still excelled. Zanu PF were busy shooting themselves in the foot.The police were ignoring the MDC. The service chiefs were ignoring Tsangirayi.Whilst the President was changing his opinions on a daily basis.

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    Peter tosh 10 years ago

    Africanson, you are an uneducated African who just believe zpf lies for 33 years.get a life bomboclaat!

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    Maisokwazo 10 years ago

    I really thought this was what I envisaged in my previous correspondences that MDC is the people’s party and that is very true and people can beg to disagree but the truth of the matter is MDC is the people’s party and should do exactly as Tsvangirai is doing to engage the people to go into the people talking to them listening tio them and telling them the truth and telling them reality to build hope in them. Engage communities and say something different from ZANU. ZANU is a failed nonentity and to think of something good coming out of ZANU pf is day-dreaming and no wonder the people who still support ZANU are malcontents and miscreants ignonimously literal deficient zealots of no learning and of no moral Murderers who thrive on murdering their own mothers. So I would urge true Zimbabweans to forget about Mugabe and his government and engage in activities of their own initiation without Mugabe.

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    Peter Tosh mhata yako. Tell your Morgan sbout getting some education. Akizha dzenyu mese neZanu. Mapenzi avanhu anopururudza nyika ichifa. Both zanu and mdc are helping each other to screw my beautiful country.

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    This is all talk which will get Zimbabwe nowhere.

    Zimbabwe, the time has come to rise up and destroy those who have stolen our children’s future. People power can defeat their Chinese weapons

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    Africanson you are such a disgrace to the beautiful Zimbabwe yu pupport to love. Hw can you resort to foul language at the expense of reasoning. lets have your arguments not this bad mouth breath.

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    Democracy wisher 10 years ago

    African son son u are just an empty vessel yet an empty vessel makes the worst noise.Tsvangirai has pple at heart compared to that old madala Mugarbage,wht has he done to Zim fr the past 33 years??? nothing but corruption,murdering,torturing and making those empty promises.Now Zim has been plunged into a deep cliff of poverty and hunger where its so hard to restore it.They won the elections let them restore the economy….Useless Zanuist u can’t rig the elections and rig the economy.I didn’t even saw ur celebrations fr winning the elections u are rather ashamed fr urselves…..

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    priceless 10 years ago

    As a young Zimbabwean I might have not seen much or know much. But I see I don’t have a future *MY FUTURE* in Zimbabwe is blurred. Surprisingly a person cries for the removal of Tsvangirai yet you look beyond that Mugabe has been there 33 whole years. Surely that needs no scientific thinking its common sense (the world is changing) we need new wine in new wineskins *you can’t put it in old wineskins for it will burst* . The country is far beyond ZanuPF , MDC, Independent – its about us the people “Food security, Healthcare, Jobs, Peace of mind, Freedom of speech, International standard quality Schools/Universities” among other things is all we ask for as the young generation. #We don’t care the colour of the cat, so long as it catches the mice#

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    Chirutanga 10 years ago

    Even most MPS are still puzzled on how they won the Elections.They know very well what the people of Zimbabwe want.They are leaders without followers.People have lost trust and faith in these people but they keep on imposing themselves on us.God help us.

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    Jenandebvu 10 years ago

    Africanson wefodya, imbanje dzenga dziri mumusoro. Motombomusiya kusvika mangwana because akarambe achitaura zveumbwende

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    I have tried to talk sense but your Peter Tosh insulted me. What difference does it make anywhere because the country os ruined and continues to do so. From the look of things nooone cares. I dont support zanu and mdc and i dont have to support them. The fact of the matter is that zimbabweans on both parties are just power hungry and care less about the country. It also looks like this site does not tolerate any views other than that of mdc.

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      The people that contribute on this site care.If Zimbabweans had cheap access to the Internet you would see just how much they care.The reason why it looks to you that views are one sided is because Zanu continues to refuse anyone else to try to sort this mess out.We have debated here with even supporters of Ian Smith and we here them out and answer them with sensible words and not swearing. We are engaging each other as Zimbabweans and occasionally foreigners put I their 5 cents and we answer them with what we know to be true.

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    munzwa 10 years ago

    everyone’s faith in progress has been dashed by the blatant theft of the election, no doubt. So lets work towards another UN supervised election sooner rather than later so as not to prolong the inevitable suffering that is coming.

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    Bruce 10 years ago

    Let ZANU PF rule while you engage with people its a good thing. Get to know what they want stir their hope and support. 2013 election is good, but there is 2018, ensure no Nikuv again, get people in the structures of ZANU PF rigging machinery to stop them, get support form the military, CIO, and the police. Get them whichever way, get those close to the top and influence them so that when ZANU PF plans on rigging you get information, expose it and refuse to partcipate in a mockery election, any loosing next time may be very dangerous.

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    danisa tshawe 10 years ago

    Africanson you are the man. Normally I don’t read this trash of a web page because its aligned to a political party. Divergent views are not tolerated.

    MDC supporters in this page are full of insults and undemocratic in nature.

    Just like you, I don’t blindly support any political party in Zimbabwe. I personally believe that MDC has done more harm to my beloved country in equal proportion to Zanu.

    A normal, decent person with a loving and caring heart can never call for sanctions against his people. No!

    Just as a patriotic nationalist cant beat, torture and murder his people for his to stay in power.

    Zimbabwe needs better leadership. BOB & MORGAN are two evils of same calibre.

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      Mzwazwakankoviyo 10 years ago

      So you believe that Zanu propaganda. If you were following the news just last week it was revealed that trade between America and Zimbabwe increased substantial in the past year. There are African, Asian and Middle East countries to trade with. So what this obsession with the West. Do yourself a favor and read widely so that you can contribute meaningfully to such debates.

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      There you go. You have a different opinion. I don’t know who you trying to fool but if you don’t normally read this column how come you come up with this conclusion???????

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    Michael 10 years ago

    All aspects highlighted in Tsvangirai ridiculous and worthless “rigging dossier” were all known to the MDC-T before the election, yet “IDIOT Tsvangirai” and his decay/dying MDC party still went ahead and contested the election with the full knowledge of the Zanu-PF rigging campaign. Foolish beyond belief does not fully describe Tsvangirai’s delusional action.

    I for one do not want Tsvangirai leading the future democratic Zimbabwe of my dreams. A dream of a fully democratic and prosperous nation.

    # TAG your post with the below, if you support demoncracy and are not a brainwashed zombie supporter of any particular political party.

    #These are my thoughts, remember I am not a Zanu supporter, remember I am not a MDC supporter, but I am a voter and my vote counts.#

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    Michael 10 years ago

    The truth of the matter is, if Tsvangirai leads the MDC party into the 2018 election they will loose. History has taught us this.

    People accuse Zanu of inaction and failures. Yet the best action IDIOT Tsvangirai can come up with is to go to the people and tell them the elections were rigged. We already know this information so why are you treating us like morons. What we want to know is what, if anything are you doing about it?

    #These are my thoughts, remember I am not a Zanu supporter, remember I am not a MDC supporter, but I am a voter and my vote counts.#

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    phillip mupfeka 10 years ago

    All that Tsvangirai was doing is canvassing for support. All this posturing wont get him anywhere. Tamborinyoka must stop trying to campaign for Tsvangirai in a subtle way.

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    Gondo 10 years ago

    Nyaya iyi iri pachena ladies and gentlemen, ZANU Pf won the elections with an overwhelming majority and now we expect them to deliver the goods they promised, fullstop.

    For how long are they going to blame the MDC and sanctions for their mismanagement of the economy? They are in full control of the government and we don’t want geriatrics to be ‘cry babies’. What they are doing is more like blaming the father next door for the problems in your family. They must just deal with the problems that they brought about through their mad policies.

    All we want is a better Zimbabwe for all and ZANU PF must deliver that in our lifetime because they have used all the tricks in the book including rigging, violence etc to remain in power. That’s why Tamborinyoka is saying ‘imi chitongai, isu tirikuvanhu’

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    My apologies for my bad words, sorry to everyone affected affected. I was just angry but thats no excuse. I wil control my tongue from now on. I am sorry to you all.

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      Africon your apology makes you a man.

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      Michael 10 years ago

      Though we have not always seen eye to eye on many topics, I however respect your view and I quote:

      Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1942) “I (may) disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

      The fundamental principle of freedom of speech.

      I am not sure your apologies were necessary but I am sure they were welcome. Sometimes the un-enlightened need a slap in the face for their naive understandings of reality, but fight folly with intelligence.

      “Never argue with idiots they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience” – Mark Twain.

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    Parangeta 10 years ago

    When we are all buried in our graves, at the end of the day, it makes not what if you wee ZANU or MDC, but if you loved your fellow man. White, black, brown, yellow are all God’s creation. God does not call for Indigenous separation, we are all indigenous to this Creation, all!

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    Mr Mixed Race 10 years ago

    Lets differ in our opinions and apologise when we go astray,well done Zimbabweans.

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    Michael 10 years ago

    Jack you are obviously not cyber literate. You are excused, I guess.

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    My apology is for using abusive language not my opinion or my view point. I stand by my opinion unless and until i am proved wrong. I was never taught to use bad words in my life i learnt them online especially on this site. I feel so bad about what i wrote. No opinion or lesson can be learnt in using abusive communication. It is evil and i admit i am ashamed. This does not mean i will stop saying my mind, no. I am here to stay and contribute until 1st February.

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    Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you
    Is worth saving’
    Then you better start swimming’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changing’.

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won’t come again
    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no telling’ who
    That it’s naming’
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changing’.

    Come senators, Ministers
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There’s a battle outside
    And it is raging’
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changing’.

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin’
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changing’.

    The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fading’
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changing’.

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    farai 10 years ago

    I am a ZANU-PF supporter and I make no apologies about it. This propaganda piece is part of an internal MDC-T campaign. Tsvangirai is on a campaign trail for a leadership challenge he knows is coming soon! His team is trying to destroy the legitimacy of the challenge by reasoning thus, If Tsvangirai had lost the elections fair and square, he would be viewed as a liability in his party and be open to a leadership challenge. If however the elections were rigged, there would be no justification for a leadership challenge because the lose can’t count as a lose!

    The rest of the country is being held at ransom by Morgan’s team to ensure that the “peoples leader” is unchallenged. This position also serves the interest of the West because despite evidence to the contrary, an acceptance of a ZANU-PF victory would weaken all arguments for sanctions resulting in their removal. Politically that would be viewed as a failure and weakness of Western foreign policy and is unacceptable. Acceptance would open the floodgates of contagion demands for resource ownership and self determination. A clear threat to the world order as defined by the West.

    All efforts to revive the economy will be frustrated as long as they hinge on a naive and mistaken believe that the West is about to pull a trigger on it’s head by accepting a ZANU-PF victory and removing sanctions. Whilst for the West it’s about preserving the world order, for Tsvangirai it’s about preserving his leadership, both their interests are served by rejecting the election results and continuing with the sanctions. Meanwhile the people, not Morgan, not Robert, not Barak and definitely not David but the people, continue to suffer!

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    Chanhuhwa Chidembo 10 years ago

    Cry the Belove Country

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      CHINEMBIRI TANYONGANA 10 years ago

      The Z$100 QUESTION for Farai.Was the election rigged by ZANU.PF? If not,within 100 days of ruling, there would be a masked difference in outlook with the people and corporates confident of the government’s agenda and programmes.
      The people would make the necessary sacrifices if they felt that the leadership was doing so too.
      Are the following the people’s mandate:-
      House demolitions
      Offer letter recall on only A1 farms
      cash crisis
      The list goes on.