I am prepared to vacate Highlands house: Tsvangirai

via I am prepared to vacate Highlands house: Tsvangirai – NewsDay November 4, 2015

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he does not care about his multi-million dollar government-owned Highlands mansion, which his detractors always use to accuse him of being a Zanu PF agent.


In a wide-ranging interview with South African television station, Africa News Network 7, on Monday night, Tsvangirai said no amount of malice or mudslinging will dampen his resolve to fight Zanu PF, which he accused of destroying the country.

“Have I become compliant to Zanu PF? We have our own reasons and it doesn’t necessarily mean that our actions are determined by my staying in that Highlands house, that house people always want to make an issue of,” he said.

The MDC-T leader said it was not true that the Highlands house had compromised his position, saying he was prepared to vacate it and reside in his rural Buhera home area.

“I can go and live in Strathaven or any other place. It will not change my ideas, it will not change my focus and people want to make that as an excuse, but they don’t know the background,” he said.

“I am the least materialistic person and anyone can confirm that. I can go and live under a tree. I can go and live in Buhera in my rural area.

“The fundamental thing is that when you have a contract, it must be observed, that’s the legal position.”

Tsvangirai said President Robert Mugabe knew about that contractual agreement made during his tenure as Prime Minister.

The MDC-T leader has been accused of double standards by continuing to live in a government house, while others say it illustrates his penchant for luxury and being indifferent to the plight of suffering Zimbabweans.

Tsvangirai said the root problem in Zimbabwe was about politics and not the economy. The former Premier accused Zanu PF of evading dialogue to map the way forward on the Zimbabwean crisis.

“The problem is not economical, but a political one. As MDC-T, we are not the cause of polarisation,” he said.

“We have called for dialogue to resolve this issue, we have called across the political divide that we need to put all our hands together to solve this problem (and) what is the answer from Zanu PF? ‘No, no, we don’t want you, we will go it alone.’ Now these are the consequences of defiance by Zanu PF, or the arrogance by Zanu PF.”

Tsvangirai said he was preparing for a political solution and his party was regrouping to win the next elections
He also denied allegations that his party was on the brink of a split following reports there were sharp divisions in the opposition, with the MDC-T plotting the ouster of Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa.


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    Zambuko 7 years ago



    Morgan’s mouthing off again.

    But you just promoted him!

    The one from Buhera , not the Brigadier General.

    Some things don’t change.

    What’s for lunch?

    Sadza and nyama.

    Let me have my siesta first.

    Yes dear.

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    Tanonoka Joseph Whande 7 years ago

    Yes, Sir. Tell them, Mr. Tsvangirai.
    You have been prepared to vacate that house for years and, like you rightly said, you can vacate that house any time. Tell them. Just tell them.
    The problem is that you won’t.
    This is not a new issue.
    Mr. Tsvangirai, you know that you will not vacate the house because Zanu-Pf knows you well enough and baited you.
    That aside, you should have vacated that place, which was an official residence, when you ceased to be Prime Minister.
    But you offered to buy it, instead.
    Today, you tell foreign news organizations that you can vacate that house any time. Why don’t you, Sir?
    Tell that to the Herald, The Independent, The Daily News, Newsday, etc. Why go to South Africa to deny what you are doing in Zimbabwe?
    Although I suspect that your “detractors” are using this as proof that you are willingly being used, you never helped the situation, Mr. Tsvangirai.
    Some are saying that if you were not playing a good role for ZANU-PF, you would have been kicked out of the house a long time ago, seeing as we do how they are dealing with their own errant officials.
    Remember your ‘Mayor of Harare’ those many years ago? Remember the stink about moving into a grossly expensive house? Remember what the people were saying?
    You are doing the same, Sir.
    But, Mr. Tsvangirai, you must not listen to me because, here, I only repeat what people are saying.
    Just set an example.
    Do not threaten foreign media with your willingness to move out of a Mugabe-sanctioned house; just move out – if you dare.
    Otherwise tell the noise makers that you are not moving because you like the place and are paying rents in whatever form.
    Stay put then, Sir, but do not blame the people for getting suspicious and saying you were bought cheap long ago since we see once powerful Zanu-Pf ministers and party stalwarts being thrown out of every window while you live quietly in that house.
    Just stay put and hope the people will get tired of talking about you, which could also be dangerous – politically.
    But you are a leader and you think on behalf of the people.

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    Living in that house and driving a car provided by your opponent is the best possible and simpliest way to hear and see everything you say or do ..in real time(Live) .You are intelligence infomation provider Nr. 1. Sad that you dont even realise that. They proberbly gave you also the latest smart phone and laptop and you smiled like a kid on chrismas day!