Mugabe wants to rest: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe confided in him in one of their regular Monday meetings that he wants to rest but is being forced into an early election by hardliners in Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai, 61, told thousands of his supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura yesterday that his 89-year-old rival is worried by escalating factional wars in Zanu PF and would rather have the nightmare of choosing a successor resolved by a general election slated for July 31.

“Zanu PF should not force an old man into an election,” Tsvangirai said.

“Please let him rest. Do you want him to go on top of a mountain to announce that he is tired?” asked Tsvangirai.

“Mugabe said to me in one of our Monday meetings that the problem is if I leave office today, the party would explode. Let us just go to an election and I will let you take over.”

Two factions are battling to succeed Mugabe who recently travelled to the Far East seeking medical help.
Tsvangirai told his supporters that at one point he questioned the octogenarian whether he would be able to withstand the gruelling and energy-sapping campaign.

For the past 33 years, Mugabe has been the face of Zanu PF and has failed to groom an heir.

As a result, the veteran leader is again representing the party in forthcoming crunch elections.

“I am shocked when I hear people say VaMugabe woye, VaMugabe woye (Mugabe’s slogans) when he, in essence, retired a long time ago,” said Tsvangirai.

Just before the 2008 general elections, Mugabe indicated that he would accept defeat but made a sudden U-turn, amid reports the army and a cabal of hardliners in Zanu PF prodded him to hang on.

Tsvangirai said the “nation should feel sorry for Mugabe” who he described as a hostage of hardliners in his party.

In Mashonaland Central, a perceived power base of Zanu PF, Tsvangirai came face-to-face with a people who are still living in fear as a sizeable crowd followed proceedings from the sidelines.

Earlier, Zanu PF supporters pulled down the premier’s campaign posters and threatened members of the public from attending the star rally.

Despite the presence of foreign observers, Zanu PF is allegedly blatantly rigging the electoral process, using the government system he controls, said the MDC leader.

According to the latest online poll, it is widely accepted that if this were truly fair elections, Mugabe would be trounced.

If there is a high voter turnout at the polling stations, there is a chance that his opponent, Tsvangirai, will win by enough votes to make it impossible to steal.

This is the only chance the country has of making any kind of recovery from the economic and social chasm into which it has plunged, and avoid the impending famine.

This also assumes that major international financial and logistical support would be forthcoming, a prospect that is unlikely if Mugabe were to retain power.

Domestic consumption of maize, Zimbabwe’s staple food, is 1,7 million tonnes a year.

At the moment the only maize in the country is being brought in from South Africa and Zambia and until the current crop hits the market in July, there will be little local maize.

To put this decline into perspective, until Mugabe derailed the agricultural economy with his so-called land reform programme, Zimbabwe was so productive that it not only fed itself, but exported maize to neighbouring countries and was able to hold a strategic grain reserve of a million tonnes.

 

Comments (33)

the major reason he can not take a rest is because he wont let the country go to puppets. he is still fighting, thats why he told you that mr tsvangirai.

reason - 10 July 2013

Reason, Get this down to your heart. You mean of all Zimbabweans who support ZANU PF only, there is no1 who can lead Zimbabwe except Bob? This is dictatorship at its worst to be ruled by an 89 year old grand in a country of 12m people! Zimbabwe is not a Kingdom but a repubilc!

Tambainegidi - 10 July 2013

irispective of whether Tsvangison is capable or not is not the matter at hand. The important issue is that there must be a change of government no matter what. This is the second revolution (chimurenga). Mugabe out! We need to rebrand the economy! God help us Amen.

ZIVAZANO - 10 July 2013

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iwee - 10 July 2013

It is widely accepted on the ground as not many voters have lap tops or are online that due to lack of performance MDC will be liuvcky to achieve 20% of the vote or you can be delusional and rely on MDC supporters with lap tops.

infairness - 10 July 2013

WHICH THOUSANDS ARE TALKING ABOUT. GIVE US THE PICS. THIS WAS A BIG FLOP

titus svosve - 10 July 2013

some foolish people think that they can do the president some service by speaking on his behalf.the PM and the President tell each other things that they dont even tell their wives,save alone gutter rats like you and me.they are politicians and you would be shocked to know what they say of us the povo in their private Monday meetings isu kuno ana gudo tichitukana panet.iwe vhotera waunoda ini ndovhotera wandinoda murunyararo

bhobhojani - 10 July 2013

SAVE ndozvo zvimwe tinga taure hedu

morgan is more - 10 July 2013

Save should never trust whatever the sekuru tells him at those Monday meetings.Sekuru changes like a chameleon .Way back sekuru told those in his party that he was aware of the clindstine means his juniors were tying to gunner support for them to land the job .He however told them then to start debate about succession .What became of that matter?You see, the man was not genuine when he acted like he had opened the issue for debate.Save please do not read anything into the tea time stories.

nathaniel - 10 July 2013

We know that first time CIOs jobs are to sit infront of the compute all day posting comments that denigrate tsvangirai and mdc.We have matured we know your tactics.Any negative comment about Tsvangirai is coming from a CIO working for **NU PF

chinja - 10 July 2013

There shall be no leader like MUGABE IRON FIST, MHUKAHURU, GUSHUNGO. let the old man rest in peace. We love you BOB but the time for change has come. Its GODS time now baba, please tapota Gushungo. We love you for all the good you have done and we forgive you for the worst you have done. From the SECRET SERVICE.

Gushungo - 10 July 2013

The man missed his chance to step down in '08 with some dignity. He will be embarassed and leave office with no legacy to his name.

Tanek Farm - 11 July 2013

The man missed his chance to step down in '08 with some dignity. He will be embarassed and leave office with no legacy to his name.

Tanek Farm - 11 July 2013

Tsvangirai is truely stupid, not just stupid but also brain-dead !!!! See how he called a press conference to announce a unity pact with a member of his party, and went on to claim that he had brought Mavambo and Zanu Ndonga under his fold? To actually tell a small hired crowd that President Mugabe actually connived with him to give him the Presidency of the country is to not just underestimate President Mugabe's nationalist and pan Africanist credentials but also day dream about the man himself. This shows that despite having tea with Africa's Great for more than four years Tsvangirai attended those tea sessions with a shut mind as usual, otherwise how could he fail to guage the real President Mugabe? The next President of Zimbabwe is the current one, President Mugabe; after that will come another ZANU PF President and the process will be repeated for a thousand years. MDC will die a violent death, together with its somnamblist-leadership.

Naison Nyereyegona - 11 July 2013

Some people cannot imagine that there can be life after Mugabe. Now that's what's called "brain-dead"

Tozvireva - 11 July 2013

Naison, don't be so sure. I am no baba jukwa but as I see it there is going to be beautiful life after this coming election. Save muOffice ende kulez vachanyotso kumutambidza nyanga pasina kana anopikisa. I know very well that hapana kana aimbo manikidza mudhara kuramba vari panyanga asi ivo vega ndivo vaisada kubva nekuti vanogona zvese kukunda vamwe, nekuti kuCongress kuBulawayo vese vanhu vaisada kuvhoterwa kupinda panyanga sekuru ndivo vega vaida. Zvekuti dai vakarambawo saka party dai yaka Disolver. Zvino vaperawo zvekuti kana pavachanzwa kuti Save ndivo vakunda sarudzo havana chavachapikisa, mark my words. Kana aripo zvake ane nharo kunevamwe vanoda kuzviita vakuru vakuru kumaSecurity nevamwe ah vachanyara vachisiiwa pachena sekuru vachienda kunozorora vachiona nezvemaBhizimusi avo pamwe nekurongera mbuya zvekuita.

Nyeurai Tinzwe - 11 July 2013

But ivo brother vasarara nezamu mumukanwa, Bob wont handover power, neva

Gladys Sadza - 11 July 2013

This is a very interesting debate. The think is this Nation needs healing. We need God for peace. I respect President Mugabe as the founding leader of Zimbabwe. But to abuse him at this age to stand again is going to far. There are so many capable leaders.

James - 11 July 2013

"Mugabe wants to rest", could that be Tsvangirai's campaign manifesto perhaps?

Mweni Tafara - 11 July 2013

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. HE IS ALWAYS CONFIDING IN YOU LIES AND YOU RUSH TO TELL THE NATION THAT LIKE A LITTLE BOY GIVEN A SWEET. WONDER WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO GROW UP AND USE YOUR BRAINS. THOT YOU HAD ADVISORS. TOTENDA TASVIKA.

LEO CHITO - 11 July 2013

MAPUMO WAS RITE NYIKA INO IZERE MBWENDE. WE STILL WANT OUR GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHERS TO SHOW US DIRECTION WHEN THEY CAN HARDLY SEE THEIR HANDS IN FRONT. SHAME ON US MBLENDE CHAIDZO

LEO CHITO - 11 July 2013

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. HE IS ALWAYS CONFIDING IN YOU LIES AND YOU RUSH TO TELL THE NATION THAT LIKE A LITTLE BOY GIVEN A SWEET. WONDER WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO GROW UP AND USE YOUR BRAINS. THOT YOU HAD ADVISORS. TOTENDA TASVIKA.

LEO CHITO - 11 July 2013

We all saw pictures of the bindura (rally) and the vendors fleeing as Tsvangirai approached them

Rati - 11 July 2013

Mugabe lies through his teeth he wants to die in office full stop. If he wants to rest so why does he not tell his party that I am tired. In other words he is telling us he has idiots in his party who cannot build Zi,mbabwe.

wamaromo - 12 July 2013

In shona we say ;Mukanwa makumburukwa ne nyoka". Family yedu yatinoti First Family ndeyevanhu vane mikanwa yakaumburukwa nenyoka. Basa kutuka Tsvangirayi chete pa ma rally pese. problem is they can't say what they have done to the country because they have taken us froma third world country to a stone age country saka we have to start now to move from stone age to third world country and then to third world developing country. Zvitsvinyo hazvitonge Nyika. Mugabe and his wife are a joke.

maita - 12 July 2013

In shona we say ;Mukanwa makumburukwa ne nyoka". Family yedu yatinoti First Family ndeyevanhu vane mikanwa yakaumburukwa nenyoka. Basa kutuka Tsvangirayi chete pa ma rally pese. problem is they can't say what they have done to the country because they have taken us froma third world country to a stone age country saka we have to start now to move from stone age to third world country and then to third world developing country. Zvitsvinyo hazvitonge Nyika. Mugabe and his wife are a joke.

maita - 12 July 2013

what we want is change,chero kuvhotera chimuti kana imbwa ine makumbo mana hapana chakaipa

gandanga - 12 July 2013

you voted for a constitution that you knew very little about...manje mave kuti nyaudza pretending like you know a lot about politics. mirirai kuudzwa zvekuita sezvamajaira..

ini hanguwo - 12 July 2013

you voted for a constitution that you knew very little about...manje mave kuti nyaudza pretending like you know a lot about politics. mirirai kuudzwa zvekuita sezvamajaira..

ini hanguwo - 12 July 2013

Prime Minister, you are behaving like a fool. Mugabe tells you he wants to rest, and you go on to trust him? Are you not the one who have been telling us that he is a leopard which does not change its spots, and a chameleon? Now you want to tell us that you believe him when he says he wants to rest? He is simply telling you that he will leave office with he goes to 'rest', which means when he dies.

Chenjerai Hove - 13 July 2013

Tisu anhu acho ngati vakeyi Zim pamwe pasina kutukana kana kunetsana. Ngativhotei tose tigosimudzira rwendo rwacho mberi kana sarudzo yatonga! We are a learned people and should desist from hate speech and let our leaders market their manifestos to the prospective voters! After all we are all Zimbos so let us chill hama dzangu!

Niya ndeyedu tose. - 14 July 2013

Tsvangirai manifesto: "vote me not because I have any serious issue for Zim but simply because Mugabe told me he wants to rest."

Mweni Tafara - 16 July 2013

Amwe anhu anehasha wena..... ngatingonovhotai chete takanyarara. Ahwinha ahwinha, tongoita zvaanotaura

Nyoka - 16 July 2013

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