Zanu PF is finished: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will romp to victory in the forthcoming polls and return the isolated country to the community of nations.

Tsvangirai is squaring off with veteran ruler President Robert Mugabe, 89, in the elections the MDC president described as “watershed.”

“We are the new brooms, we sweep the cleanest,” Tsvangirai told a policy conference attended by hundreds that opened in Harare yesterday.

The election timetable is yet to be set, but the MDC leader hopes for a September poll after all fundamental reforms agreed to in the Global Political Agreement have been finalised.

Dismissing Mugabe’s Zanu PF party as “yesteryear people”, he said the ex-majority party’s rule was nearing its end as it has failed to socially transform the country.

“Zanu PF is finished, haziko (non-existent),” Tsvangirai said.

“Certainly, yesteryear people cannot provide answers to problems faced by today’s people. Today’s problems need new people, new ways and ideas.”  

The MDC leader said problems affecting the present generation cannot be solved by an ageing generation.
Only his MDC party had capacity to extricate Zimbabwe out of the current morass blamed on Zanu PF’s misrule, he said.  

“They say we have no policy, but let the naysayers understand that this is a people’s project not a Tsvangirai one,” he said.

“It is not every day that a party convenes a conference such as this one where we are going to define an agenda for transformation,” the former trade unionist said.

“My greatest motivation is sacrifice and service to the people of Zimbabwe. Don’t be afraid of Zanu PF because this governance culture where corruption is permeated into all our systems must go.

“The forthcoming election is not going to be about who can set in motion the most efficient violence machinery or who dominates media space with hate speech, it is about a generational shift.

“Don’t be fooled by Zanu PF, their time is up and we are patriotic citizens who guard jealously the sovereignty of this country,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC party was formed by workers and students’ movements in 1999 and accuses Zanu PF of misgovernance and failing to provide jobs and food for the majority. He said it would not have been possible for the organisations that gave birth to the formation of the MDC to come up with the idea if they had no vision and policies as suggested by their critics.

Tsvangirai said he is a happy man after leading the labour-backed party in spearheading the crafting of a new constitution.

“We have a new constitution, we must definitely have a new government,” he said.

He said his government will restore business ties, human rights and the rule of law.

“Having delivered on the new constitution, as the founding chairman of the NCA (National Constitutional Assembly) I have great personal satisfaction that we now have a new constitutional value system that puts the people first,” he said.

“The next election is just going to be a formality to say those whose policies are anti-people have no place in this dispensation,” said the MDC leader. - Xolisani Ncube and Mugove Tafirenyika

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