via We won’t wait for 2018 polls: Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live by Godfrey Mtimba 27 APRIL 2014
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said his party will not wait for the 2018 elections because people will die of hunger considering the rate at which the economy is deteriorating in the country.
Addressing thousands of party supporters at a rally at Dewure Business Centre in Gutu, Tsvangirai said it was his party’s responsibility to take action and bring change to the country.
“We cannot afford to wait for 2018 when the country is deteriorating economically like this. We need to take action and pressurise Mugabe and his Zanu PF to come to his right state of mind and improve the situation in the country, otherwise we all perish of poverty,” he said.
Tsvangirai said this should not be misconstrued to mean he would remove Mugabe from power forcefully through the use of violence but will take peaceful means to pressurise him to come to dialogue.
The MDC president said he was confident of bringing change and a better life for the people of Zimbabwe without the use of State security apparatus and MDC rebels whom he said had been bribed to sell out the struggle for change.
“I don’t need the army, CIO and the police to defeat Mugabe and his fellows splitting from our party because they are anti-change, why because I have the most important thing, the support of the people,” Tsvangirai said.
He added that said Zanu PF has destroyed the country to an extent that the MDC cannot wait another four years to bring change to the country.
“Right now I heard him (Mugabe) backtracking on his indigenisation policy but I once told them that the policy was not useful in transforming the economy and bringing investment in the country. They are now observing their blunders but it’s too late. We need an able party to lead the country and we are there,” he said.
Tsvangirai warned that his party will not participate in future elections in the absence of a level playing field, adding he will resist the use of military officials and other security forces in the running of elections.