'Mugabe giving up'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is now too old and has given up all hope of retaining power after the forthcoming watershed poll, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai claims.

Tsvangirai told The Guardian, a UK-based newspaper, that Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 32 years since independence had naturally, through aging, lost his resilience to cling on to power.

“With his age he's frail,” he said. “To tell you honestly Mugabe is not in a fighting mood to retain power. I think he has long given up that. He knows that time and tide has gone beyond him.”

Tsvangirai was asked to confirm reports that Mugabe sleeps during important government meetings. But the PM was evasive on the issue. He however, said Mugabe had developed eyesight problems associated with old age, stating that he now relies on briefings.

“I do not think he has that staying power to study, read and develop,” he said.

“That time is gone.”

Speaking about his over three year experiences working with Mugabe, the premier said the 88-year-old had evolved.

“We have gone through an evolving relationship from a much polarised position – even you might say a love-hate relationship – because at some point we both realised we needed each other to resolve the critical national crisis we were facing.”

Asked about Mugabe's legacy, he said it would be a "mixed fortune”: “from a hero to a villain and back again to someone who has managed a transition”.

Tsvangirai said the coalition government is actually acting as a sanitiser to Mugabe who has been given a golden opportunity to clean up his mess.

“Mugabe is part of the solution because of his grip on the party and the institutions of the state,” Tsvangirai said.

“For the sake of his legacy and the sake of the future stability I hope that he behaves in a manner which observes the constitution.”

Tsvangirai was speaking in a wide ranging interview with the UK paper which touched on his love hate relationship with the Zanu PF first secretary as well as his scandalous affairs.

The MDC president was recently caught up in sex escapades with a number of women all fighting for his heart and hand in marriage, what he claimed was a character assassination plot by security operatives seeking to entrench Mugabe’s stay in power.

He eventually settled for the imposing Elizabeth Macheka, with whom he customarily wed last month. - Wendy Muperi

    Comments (2)

    “Mugabe is part of the solution because of his grip on the party and the institutions of the state,” Tsvangirai said. The sad reality is Mugabe has the “grip on the institutions of state” because Tsvangirai has allowed the tyrant to have that grip. This is the very point Andrew Marr highlighted to Tsvangirai back in 2009 after the signing of the GPA. Tsvangirai was boasting about his magnanimity in agreeing to work with Mugabe and comparing himself to President Nelson Mandela when he agreed to work with SA’s white racists after the fall of apartheid. Andrew reminded Tsvangirai that President Mandela had dismantled apartheid whereas he was working with Mugabe whilst the Zanu PF dictatorship was still intact! Tsvangirai allowed Mugabe to retain all his dictatorial powers, “his grip on the institutions of state” as he admits, and now he is using that as the excuse for his initial stupid decision. After the sham 2008 presidential run-off elections Tsvangirai did not need to enter into any power sharing agreement with Mugabe much less under such unfair terms in which Mugabe had the tyrannical powers. Tsvangirai thought he was being magnanimous in signing the GPA; he was being stupid, plain and simple!

    W Mukori - 19 October 2012

    “Mugabe is part of the solution because of his grip on the party and the institutions of the state,” Tsvangirai said. The sad reality is Mugabe has the “grip on the institutions of state” because Tsvangirai has allowed the tyrant to have that grip. This is the very point Andrew Marr highlighted to Tsvangirai back in 2009 after the signing of the GPA. Tsvangirai was boasting about his magnanimity in agreeing to work with Mugabe and comparing himself to President Nelson Mandela when he agreed to work with SA’s white racists after the fall of apartheid. Andrew reminded Tsvangirai that President Mandela had dismantled apartheid whereas he was working with Mugabe whilst the Zanu PF dictatorship was still intact! Tsvangirai allowed Mugabe to retain all his dictatorial powers, “his grip on the institutions of state” as he admits, and now he is using that as the excuse for his initial stupid decision. After the sham 2008 presidential run-off elections Tsvangirai did not need to enter into any power sharing agreement with Mugabe much less under such unfair terms in which Mugabe had the tyrannical powers. Tsvangirai thought he was being magnanimous in signing the GPA; he was being stupid, plain and simple! Mugabe may be old but if Tsvangirai thinks the tyrant is going to just “give up” power, much less to him, he is being very naïve. There are vultures within Zanu PF who have been waiting to take over from Mugabe; and they too have a very firm grip on the institution of state; a lot firmer than Tsvangirai’s baby grip.

    W Mukori - 19 October 2012

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