Zanu PF has caused poverty: Tsvangirai

via Zanu PF has caused poverty: Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live 1 September 2014 by Mugove Tafirenyika

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe’s 34-year octopus-like grip on power has impoverished the nation and that there was need for national convergence on the urgent need for change.

Addressing villagers in the political hotbed of Uzumba district in Mashonaland East Province at the weekend, Tsvangirai said Zanu PF thrives on violence and intimidation as well as rigging elections.

The MDC leader, who was in Uzumba for the first time since his party was formed 15 years ago, was handing over building material to people who lost their homes and livelihoods in political-related violence in 2008.

He said despite the fact that the nation was wallowing in Zanu PF-induced poverty, there was a silver lining on the dark cloud as Mugabe’s failure to address the socio-economic challenges affecting citizens will see him go before the 2018 elections.

Tsvangirai said Zanu PF’s capacity to rig elections had reached the ceiling and that his party would be in power as free and fair elections were in the offing sooner rather than later.

“Zanu PF has been rigging elections and using violence and intimidation tactics but they have now exhausted all the means there is, they have nowhere to run, they can’ fix the economy,” Tsvangirai said.

“If you take Zanu PF and MDC activists separately and ask them what they wish for, they have the same aspirations, they want progress, the youths want jobs which Mugabe cannot provide. We are all poor, both MDC and Zanu PF,” he told villagers at Katiyo Business Centre.

Tsvangirai urged the nation to unite against Mugabe whom he accused of “single-handedly destroying the country”.

“People must know that we shall soon cry the tears of joy because I don’t see us getting going until 2018. Something must happen now. Something must certainly happen and we are going for victory.

“They have exhausted all the tricks they had and now there is national convergence on what needs to be done so we will soon cry the tears of joy,” the MDC leader said.

Tsvangirai handed over cement, roofing sheets and door frames to 10 families whose homes were destroyed by Zanu PF youths.

The former PM who was in the company of party deputy national chairman Morgen Komichi had earlier toured villages of the 10 families where he came face to face with trail of destruction that the violence of the 2008 presidential runoff had left.

One of the victims, Florence Machinga, who was the MDC parliamentary candidate in the constituency, narrated how her house was razed down using petrol bombs.

Supporters from violence-prone neighbouring Maramba Pfungwe district told Tsvangirai that his visit had emboldened them despite the level of intimidation that still obtained.

“We feel secure now that you have visited us because we know Zanu PF will tremble. They don’t feel comfortable with the name Tsvangirai even just hearing that you drove through this place,” said  Maramba Pfungwe district chairman Joseph Matambo.

Other victims who received 10 roofing sheets, five bags of cement and two door frames to build two-roomed houses included Jacob Gogodo whose wife Georgina was killed in the violence, Chamunorwa Kupi, Joel Chipitera, Nyumwai Maezva and Tazvitya Konodweta among others.

Prior to the June 2008 presidential runoff, Zanu PF militia unleashed a reign of terror against Tsvangirai’s supporters which left hundreds dead while others became homeless and thousands were left displaced.


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    masvapure 8 years ago

    zviri right. next time go to Maramba Pfungwe. may be the gullible people there will see the light. vari murima zvachose

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    This is not news!!! Most reasonable thinking human beings have known this for a long time

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    It is news because Tswangirai has visited the Zpf strong hold of Uzumba Maramba Kufunga. This shows that Tsvangy still has balls despite his shenanigans. Others don’t have them.

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    The visit by Tsvangirai to the”ZANU PF stronghold of UMP” and how he openly critised Mugabe without any hinderances clearly shows how free and democratic Zimbabwe is . I have been to Zimbabwe on visits many times and I have witnessed political maturity and tolerance amongst Zimbabweans. Violence in Zimbabwe, to me , is a figmentation of the enemies of the country who would not want to see her people united, let alone prosper.

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      Nesbert majoni 8 years ago

      Uriduzvi hantie

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      Tsuro 8 years ago

      Unogarepi? I am afraid of Zanu here diaspora….I cannot even attend any opposition meetings here in diaspora for fear that I will be spotted and my mother can be made kanyama out there alone in Mrehwa. Remember Zanu is devil incarnation….and they came to steal, kill and destroy, and only allow you to play if they do not feel immediate threat of being dislodged from power.

      Makorokoto to these courageous people of Uzumba…vazhinji vanenge vachida kuwuya kumusangano weMDC, but maOne.

      Also congrates to MT, spend more time there in the Rural areas and remove fear from them. Teach them how to protect each other and communicate quickly using modern technology

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      Parangeta 8 years ago

      How is it – living under a rock?

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    Morgan you also caused poverty by sleeping all the time when you were in GNU! You should have pulled out of the elections siting non implementation of the reforms! You let Zims down, you idiot!!

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      You did let them down Morgan. Why did you go into the elections without enough reforms?? Too late now! That was your chance. You blew it!

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        masvukupete 8 years ago

        Armchair critics are extremely right, they are never wrong. Pindai mudariro if you think you can do better.

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Tsoko kuseka gudo mahobi kunge iyo isina mahobi. Zpf neMDC hapana mutsvene pavaviri ava. Vese imharadzi dzabvarura bvarura nyika yedu kuita rengenya. Zpf yapedza hupfumi hwedu ichikupira kunze kuvatorwa nokuda dzvene kubva kunyika dzekuMabvazuva nokuti vanoda zvekuomberera chete. Tiri kufa nenzara makumbo ari mudura. Tiri kufa nenyota makumbo ari mumvura. Tiri kutsva nezuva takamira pamumvuri. Tiri kunaiwa nemvura tiri mumba. MDC inopesva Zpf nemhere yemanyepo. Makore mangani vachiti pama Election egaega tabirwa. Idanhoi rakatora MDC kuti isabirwe rikashanda? Iyi nyaya ingano dzatsuro nagudo.

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    Morgan Tsvangirai…please remember your ZIDERA….and your words”amsati mashaya,mushazoshaisisa” were recommending progress on sanctions that were imposed on Zimbabweans by your pay-masters…today hunger is biting in your pocket,you start to see that there is hunger in Zimbabwe…now sanctions are on you as well..all your Western donors abandoned you…you now feel it…do not blame ZANU-PF so much…you also contributed to cause with your call for sanctions…i recall one day you said South Africa must cut all trade with Zimbabwe..what was your meaning then?? it was the invitation of sanctions….re-visit your speeches…you STUPID..

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    Tsuro (Hare/Rabbit) is well-known for its fear of and voiding at even the slightest noise or things that don’t exit ! Yu are now living in the diaspora as an economic refuge and not a political refugee and you are commenting about issues from Zimbabwe you hear through hear say, more so, from people who are pushing blindly for regime change . From the ground work I did on my visit to the country in Feb , 2014, MDC is no longer saleable, that is why even their western donors have abandoned them and also why the party is rocked with division today.

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    Ndozvireva 8 years ago

    Mese muchasura mhepo hamusati mati