Tsvangirai offers Mugabe safe exit

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has offered President Robert Mugabe an olive branch, telling the 89-year-old that there will be no witch hunt if he delivers a free election and leaves peacefully.

Addressing thousands of supporters at Gokwe Centre in the Midlands Province yesterday, Tsvangirai said Mugabe was too old to face retribution for anything he might have done in the three decades he has been in office.

“Mugabe’s age has become a serious national issue. We can’t elect an 89-year-old to run this country for another five years. That will be suicidal,” said Tsvangirai, who is addressing more than 10 rallies in Midlands alone.

Mugabe, who was in Singapore recently seeking medical help ostensibly for an eye ailment, is addressing 10 rallies countrywide.

“It’s time to give Mugabe a dignified exit. But I was reading in the newspaper that he is afraid of being treated like Gaddafi,” Tsvangirai said.

The Daily News reported on Wednesday that Mugabe had told supporters at a rally in Chitungwiza he fears that he might share the fate of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, killed after capture, or Saddam Hussein, the toppled Iraqi president sentenced to death by hanging.

“Mugabe should not be afraid of a Gaddafi scenario but the condition is that ‘make sure this election is free and fair. You lose and you go to retirement peacefully. No one will touch you’. With the work at hand to rebuild Zimbabwe, why should we spend valuable time chasing after the old man?” said Tsvangirai.

“In 2008, Mugabe rigged and still lost the election but refused to leave. That will not happen again. Sadc has told Mugabe that ‘look munhu wemukuru haasiye bhachi padare. Zvowotoita kubatana nemwana uyu mogadzirisa nyika mozoenda kumaelections. We have given Mugabe a chance to cleanse himself so that he can have a dignified exit. He should not squander this opportunity.”

Tsvangirai said did not doubt Mugabe’s liberation war record.

“But we argue with his record in government,” Tsvangirai said. “He has taken the country down the poverty lane. Tsvangirai is not the enemy. The enemy is poverty and underdevelopment in the country. The record is there.

“Zanu PF will come to you begging for another chance. Ask them a simple question: What is it that you intend to achieve now which you failed to do in 33 years?

“Zanu PF’s record is clear. They destroyed the economy, destroyed a vibrant economy and they have no hint on how to create a bright future for our kids in school.”

Throughout the speech, Tsvangirai was interrupted by a handful Zanu PF supporters who made rounds at the venue in two trucks chanting their party slogans.

In a sign that even Zanu PF grassroots supporters no longer trust Mugabe to win the next election, a group of party supporters who wanted to disrupt Tsvangirai’s rally sang: “Zvikaramba pamaelections totongwa nemasoja.”

But many have warned that top commanders who are living large and threatening coup do not enjoy the support of suffering rank and file in the unformed forces.

Thousands were denied their right to vote earlier this week after it was discovered the majority of them would not vote for Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai said some elements in Zec were working with Zanu PF to frustrate the uniformed forces.

Comments (50)

Mugabe's age is immaterial Tsvangison. Tell us exactly what you will do for us if we vote you into power. Being younger than Mugabe is not a qualification.

Qiniso - 18 July 2013

age is material,why should i vote for an old man who needs help to stand and can barely read a white paper.in any case the mdc manifesto tells u what he intends to do,what else do you need qiniso.

chokwadi - 18 July 2013

@Qiniso, so you want to be ruled by a 100yr old man with a 33yr record of well documented failure? Why do you have a death wish for this country? Go back Tsvangirai's rallies: He has articulated how he intends to make us alive again. But again, Zanu think they alone have the monopoly to rule.

Moe_Syzlack - 18 July 2013

No PMinister robert must answer to gukurahundi, 2008, chiadzwa killings maybe not in a court but to a commission...

justiceforzimbabwe - 18 July 2013

I'm sure Mogidza wants Bob to go in order to allow him (Moggie) time long enough to line his pockets. Paita Ngoda pa Zim. There are (some) young but corrupt leaders in some parts of the world in as much as there are equally aged but focused leaders. So, age should not be be Mogidza's main selling point for MDC.

Musorini - 18 July 2013

Aiwa zvimwe ndezvimwe AMugabe vakwegura veduwee. Pliz maaan. Chii nhai vanhu. Kwashayawo munhu ane chivindi imo muZANU here. Vose vakaitwa MBWENDE dzaaSekuru. Aiwa kani AMugabe vakura ngavazorore zvayo!!

ChimedzahMapfumo - 18 July 2013

Yes, Mugabe must tell us what exactly was going on in his head to think Gukurahundi, but he cannot do that from prison.

Benjamin Chitate - 18 July 2013

Manje so, we have been telling the people of Matabeleland and the Midlands that MT is not bothered by Gukurahundi and its effects on the people in these provinces, he does not even bother to consult you on such heavy issues. Limzwile madoda labomama, uthe yena uMgabe never committed any crime and there is no need for him to be prosecuted for it. I hope this is just to placate the army then do the Obasanjo/Taylor thingy

tsoka - 18 July 2013

Personally I think President Robert Mugabe has Entirely seen his day, he must do the right thing and rest.Zanu Pf should not force him.Its such a pity that they do not have anyone qualified to run the country since all of them have been clinging to power for 33years!!!!Mugabe should just give Tsvangirayi the button and lets upbuild our country.The past is the past, lets focus on the future.

reuben - 18 July 2013

Tipeiwo mapicture e rally yekuGokwe please. Tabaikwa nekungoratidzwa eZanu ne Herald. Kikikikikiki

Nhamo - 19 July 2013

Tswangirai, leave what you want to do to Mugabe post election, you will cross the bridge when you get there. This is the time to expose zanupf and its corrupt tendencies to your electorate, stop addressing people about what is yet not there. Give us hard core points, prove to people that you are here to change people's life's . Capitalise on the deficiencies that zanupf orchestrated during their tenure as government, talk about its corruption , personal wealth accumulation , nail them with their own hammer, zanu pf has destroyed this country to a point that no one is interested to hear the word "zanupf" Take a cue from baba jukwa, if you read baba jukwas articles you will understand that he means serious business when it comes to vilify zanu pf, who there ,what there are , what they plan to do and that there is no future in zanu pf government

Tamba - 19 July 2013

ISU toimba vamugabe vamugabe chete chete hakuna munhu wechinja anotonga nyika ino regai isu maporofita titaure takazvirota kare izvi musazvinetse henyu.

prophet jeremiah - 19 July 2013

@Qiniso: Age is very material particularly to us who are constantly witnessing this bizarre trend when most of those who gave unwavering service to our nation are dying bad deaths, in office without getting a little time of their lives to celebrate their achievements and enjoy the twilight of their lives. We see that with age such as at 90s, people experience serious health problems and mental limitations. Let us be responsible to our elders, support them and ensure they are cared for when they are towards the end of their lives. I used to like these guys but their continued presence in office is just ridiculous and mind boggling.

DZOKA - 19 July 2013

Makarekare chembere dzinenge vaMugabe dzaikandirwa makarwe, kana kusiiwa kuti dzidyiwe nezvikara zvinenge mapere nekuti vanenge vava a liability to their communities

duncane - 19 July 2013

the last horse of dying kicks!lol

cdE - 19 July 2013

iwe prophet jeremiah whatever you call yourself ,makajaira kukwira vakadzi venhu vanhu nechipofita chenhema ,uridununu remunhu

bruno - 19 July 2013

Is Zimbabwe all about 90s , Highest literacy rate in Africa 90,9% THAT GOOD,95% unemplpoyment DO WE LIKE THIS WHERE IS THE BULK OF GRADUATES GOING TO END IN? and the president almost 90 years of age.Go zanu pf we are tired of 90s that mean nothing .Go to hell mugabe

maiguru bee - 19 July 2013

Tsvangirai l am shocked that you start to say you will do ABC for Cde RG before you even WIN THE RACE. Plse speed Mr Tea Boy. What have you to offer. You are concerned about about your people who were killed in the last election, how about our people who were killed in the 1980's election. More than 20,000. You are just the other side of the coin.

Indoda EngaZiwayo - 19 July 2013

HEE TAKARWA HONDO, HEE TAKADAI KO VANHU VAMAKAURAYA SEI MUSINGAVATAURI? HAUONE KUTI WACHEMBERA HER MUGABE CHIBVA ZVICHAKANAKA HAPANA ACHAKUDA KANA NENI NDAIPOSAPOTA ZANU ASI UNEMPLOYMENT YAKANDISVINUDZA SAKA NDAVA KUDA CHINJA

CHABANGU - 19 July 2013

Tsvangison is wright we can not be ruled buy a 100 yr old man while young blood with better policies are there. You know, Mugabe if he was my father I could take him as a dependent or an under 18year old fellow meaning everything he decide is void. He can not make an contract by now. Its funny. Qiniso you want him to be in power and you are in your thirties ..so stupid person why cant you say Tsvangison take over next time it will be my chance. The issue of war is now nonsense this time want we want is bread and butter in the plates.

nosmas - 19 July 2013

Change is what we need,mugabe haana chaakagona kana 1

mupanduki - 19 July 2013

Vana Indoda EngaZiwayo munawerengawo papepa. Muchikuda kuziwa nezvinoda kuitwa neMDC nanhasi. Uri zidofo.

Chinokura Chinokotama - 19 July 2013

Vana Indoda EngaZiwayo munawerengawo papepa. Muchikuda kuziwa nezvinoda kuitwa neMDC nanhasi. Uri zidofo.

Chinokura Chinokotama - 19 July 2013

Tswangirayi, listen here - you have no right to forgive Gukurahundi Mugabe on our behalf. We in Mthwakazi we want our pound of flesh, come what may. Even if he is 100 years old, we will go for him. Should we fail to get revenge on him, we will go for Bona, Robert Junior and Chatunga - they still have a long life ahead of them. If we in Mthwakazi are still paying so heavily for the alleged sins of our forefathers Kings Mzilikazi and Lobhengula, why should we spare Bona? Why should we spare Robert junior? Why should we spare Chatunga? Never, ever!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

Those who say Morgan is campaigning on Mugabe's age are terribly wrong. Morgan is only telling the truth and at a rally there is really no much need to tell you whats on offer that's why they worked so tirelessly to produce their manifesto. Do you want Tsvangirai to go over and over again the manifesto which is freely available to anyone? No No No. At a rally he must talk of other things which are not in the manifesto of which Mugabe's age and critical health are the main issues. People must be concertized of his age and its possible effect on Zimbabwe. One thing for sure if Mugabe wins Zimbabwe is doomed for several reasons; main of which is that as soon as he wins the hidden in-fighting will be done in the open, tearing Zanu PF apart and in the process making a final blow on the Zim economy. lets not hide these factors lest we will cry soon after Mugabe wins. Mnangagwa will show his true colours; Mai Mujuru and team will be devoured. By the time this killing of one another will done Zimbabwe will be dead. lets face the truth.

Moses - 19 July 2013

i'm sad-end by people who just can not think properly all that is wanted by the general populace is an improved standard of living not struggling to have a decent meal,good health services, proper leadership and guidance,political ,socially and economical values.People should shun tongue lashing on things they they have little or no knowledge of.I understand we are Zimbabweans and have much in common in terms of our living but they are times when nature takes its course whether one likes or not things happen that way. so never say never because you are not God. Those with ears can hear and those with eyes can see ,it does not need a rocket scientist to see, let the mass decide!!!

kuziva mbuya huudzwa - 19 July 2013

i'm sad-end by people who just can not think properly all that is wanted by the general populace is an improved standard of living not struggling to have a decent meal,good health services, proper leadership and guidance,political ,socially and economical values.People should shun tongue lashing on things they they have little or no knowledge of.I understand we are Zimbabweans and have much in common in terms of our living but they are times when nature takes its course whether one likes or not things happen that way. so never say never because you are not God. Those with ears can hear and those with eyes can see ,it does not need a rocket scientist to see, let the mass decide!!!

kuziva mbuya huudzwa - 19 July 2013

Tswangirayi, listen here - you have no right to forgive Gukurahundi Mugabe on our behalf. We in Mthwakazi we want our pound of flesh, come what may. Even if he is 100 years old, we will go for him. Should we fail to get revenge on him, we will go for Bona, Robert Junior and Chatunga - they still have a long life ahead of them. If we in Mthwakazi are still paying so heavily for the alleged sins of our forefathers Kings Mzilikazi and Lobhengula, why should we spare Bona? Why should we spare Robert junior? Why should we spare Chatunga? Never, ever!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

Its time we became a serious nation, we have to look to the future of our children. The past is in the past. Like Jesus Christ said let the dead bury the dead. We have to move on to another level of thinking. Rigging, violence, intimidation, name calling; pasi na nhingi; an eye for eye.... Zimbabweans should be peace loving people. We need change and it shall come; that I can assure you. If not on the 31st but it shall come; remember God does not consider time, it was created for us human beings.

Zuruvi - 19 July 2013

Tswangirayi, listen here - you have no right to forgive Gukurahundi Mugabe on our behalf. We in Mthwakazi we want our pound of flesh, come what may. Even if he is 100 years old, we will go for him. Should we fail to get revenge on him, we will go for Bona, Robert Junior and Chatunga - they still have a long life ahead of them. If we in Mthwakazi are still paying so heavily for the alleged sins of our forefathers Kings Mzilikazi and Lobhengula, why should we spare Bona? Why should we spare Robert junior? Why should we spare Chatunga? Never, ever!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

The reoport says "Tsvangirai doesn't doubt Mugabe's liberation war record" - which war record is this one? As far as some of know black rule was negotiated by Abel Muzorewa, Chikerema, George Nyandoro et al culminating in Muzorewa being the forst black prime minister. Then there was the lancaster House Conference. Zanu or Zapu never defeated the Rhodesians. Where and when did they defeat the Rhodesians.

Emer - 19 July 2013

Typical of a shut mind and open zip, instead of clearly stating your Party manifesto, you are busy talking of Mugabe's age and safe exit. The only safe exit for Mugabe is guaranteed by the electorate , which as witnessed, still needs the clever, healthy, principled old man than an idiotic clueless younger womaniser.

reason - 19 July 2013

The mistake with PM is that he takes everything for granted. How can you Bob exit when he has not yet won. What if he loses? The same illogic opinion is to do with reform of security sector. He can only look at that if he won and found there is no compact ability with security arm. The answer really is in the ballot.

dungas - 19 July 2013

Tswangirayi, listen here - you have no right to forgive Gukurahundi Mugabe on our behalf. We in Mthwakazi we want our pound of flesh, come what may. Even if he is 100 years old, we will go for him. Should we fail to get revenge on him, we will go for Bona, Robert Junior and Chatunga - they still have a long life ahead of them. If we in Mthwakazi are still paying so heavily for the alleged sins of our forefathers Kings Mzilikazi and Lobhengula, why should we spare Bona? Why should we spare Robert junior? Why should we spare Chatunga? Never, ever!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

Emer- You are crazy. If the Rhodesians were not beaten hands down why did they run away? Who asked for a conference? Was it Nkomo ,Mugabe or the nortorious Smith.? If you the offspring of the Rhodesians go read your history.

dungas - 19 July 2013

@dungas. Its true , the Rhodesians were never defeated militarily. By the time the Lancaster House conference was held, ZANU and its ZANLA were almost down and out. -relying on poor Chinese weaponry and without major support from the Soviet Union and Cuba, which was given primarily to ZAPU. Rhodesians had bombed ZANLA to smitherens - that is a fact. To be honest, ZANU and ZANLA were actually served by Nkomo's refusal to join the 1979 internal settlement and his insistence on not going back to Zim without Robert Mugabe. Had Joshua Nkomo broken ranks and stopped the war and joined the internal settlement, Robert Mugabe and his ZANU and ZANLA would have been finished. They were saved by the Lancaster House Conference. Dont be fooled by ZANU's false version of history and the stupid bravado!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

INDIGENIZE, DEVELOP, EMPOWER & EMPLOY,.,.inzwa simba racho, mumwe ndokuti service & sacrifice,.,..akomana, muhwina sei neka manifesto kakadaro,.,,.,.ende kudyidzana nevarungu,.,,.haulumi,.,.hameno henyu

Bhururu - 20 July 2013

@dungas - where did the Rhodesians run to you stupid cretin? I have stated very clealy that Muzorewa and huis team negotiated with Smith resulting in Muzorewa being the first black Prime Minister. And I asked where and when did Zanu or Zapu defeat the Rhodesians? How old were you at the time all this happened? Zanu or Zapu never won a single skirmish against the Rhodesians. It's all lies that Zanu liberated Zimbabwe. Zanu was voted into power in 1980 by the ordinary people. By the way I do not need to read history because I was around when it happened. Who was Muzorewa then? When was he prime minister? Was Muzorewa white? Stupid cretin.

Emer - 20 July 2013

Tsvangirai must prove to the electorate that he is sharper than Mugabe and his obsession with Mugabe's age will not score him votes because every voter knows how old Mugabe is.

Mweni Tafara - 21 July 2013

Let the old go and rest pliz, he is past the retirement age. This country is for us. How can we entrust an old person of nearly 90 yrs to rule us. Kupererwaka uku.

Chanaiwa - 22 July 2013

@Mweni tafara...that's the point Age doesn't really matter. Tsvangison should prove that he is capable rather than concentrate on Mugabe's age. He is 65 and that's not young. Most of the world leaders are in their late forties

Qiniso - 22 July 2013

Anorwara pfunga angavhoterawo chembere yaka ita sababa chatunga

widzo - 24 July 2013

TRUE mugabe fears prosecution. www.profmpiya.com

Rigel Bernard - 24 July 2013

Another victory for Save this time with a wider margin. Our MDC-T rallies we don't transport ppl i buses and trucks from rural to urban rallies like Zanu Pf.

Shishito - 24 July 2013

the untold story is: those 7 unknown heros hailed from Zambia. The famous Chinhoyi 7. i dont remember ZANU fighting from Zambia. so who actually had the bravado to start the war? the first uprising in 2nd Chimurenga was championed by Nkomo when he was still a Railways Employee Leader. Guys study your history properly. The war was not a brainchild of ZANU. Yo Bob was busy trying to topple Ghanaian president then. ZANU came in later just as a stronger force but Kudoos to ZIPRA forces. Mashonaland West, Matebeleland even in Dande area, ZIPRA was popular. So spare us this ZANU liberation lies. look for a book, the Genesis of Violence br Father Francis (i forgot his surname). He is a learned black Zimbabwean. a credible War Hero who saw thick and thin. Oh! He is ZANU Pf by the way. He tells most of these facts on how our country degenerated into violence from Mbuya Nehanda's Era. Dont just argue for the sake of arguing you little brains. research your history and you will know when your leader is misleading you with his heinous treachery to manipulate Zimbabwean youth who had no chance to witness the on-goings of the war. Never get your mind warped by these deceitful facts aimed at formating your brains to a robotic stupor. meanwhile, all tru Ndebeles please desist from inciting violence through hate speech, we are all together in this. As we all can see and know the common enemy that we need to mortify and set Zim free for real. We appreaciate Father Zim's gallant efforts yet little was done to recognise his efforts. and worse, he was chasing allover the region hidding in skirts for stating his mind in truth. we are not short of facts around us. Stop dividing Zimbabwe now, its not the right time. United we stand.... so goes the saying.

silvanos - 24 July 2013

Mugabe helped many countries in Africa during the draught, he also helped to stop the civil war in Mozambique (I personally grew up in Mozambique during civil war), he helped to negotiate with RENAMO bandits in Mozambique and UNITA in Angola, he also helped to stop the civil war in Rwanda, he also played a vital role in the release of Madiba Mandela from prison and influenced Mandela to call for reconciliation with the Africaners in South Africa.

Africa - 26 July 2013

Mugabe played a vital role in the liberation struggle of Namibia. After independence in Zimbabwe Mugabe called for reconiliation with the white Zimbabwean settlers and the British gvmt of Tony Blair let the Zanu PF gvmt down. I do not dispute the fact that Mugabe BOB is now old, but the fact is, there is overwhel;ming evidence that he played a vital role in the continent of Africa, let us also look at the period he spend in jail fighting for justice for Africa and the whole world, also in ZANU PF cabinet most of the members have global experience to seek assistance to improve the economy from other countries.

Africa - 26 July 2013

In MDC it appears there is lack of that experience, Mr Tsvangirai is a difficult character to understand, one is a womaniser after the dearth of Mrs mai Tsvangirai Mr Tsvangirai was already in a relationship with another woman (prostitution), also most of the allegations that Mr Tsvangirai is making against Mr Mugabe there is no shred of evidence at all is just verbalising. I personally think Mr Tsvangirai is fit to be a minister but not a head of state because his party is full of young people who are power hungry. I have a British citizenship, I have a work permit to work in USA, Australia and Canada. I know some members of MDC purchasing waterfront properties in Australia, villas in USA and also properties in Canada is that love for Africa? if you are campaigning to be leaders in an African country and you are already buying properties in the western world, that is not love for Africa but that is betrayal. Mr Tsvangirai on his rally in Gweru mentioned about what happenned to Qaddaffi and Hussain in Irag, Tony Blair and George Bush accused Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction and failed to provide evidence, therefore they are a typical example of war criminals. Mr Tsvangirai must feel ashamed to support such people because people in the Asian continent are still waiting for evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Supporting Mr Tsvangirai is suicidal, try and look for another leader in MDC. I am not a politician or in support of Zanu PF but according to my research with some students both USA , Australian and European students they have some doubts with Mr Tsvangirai because there is no charisma at all or credebility that Mr Tsvangirai can rule the country, it seems is a power hungry person with false dreams. Mr Tsvangirai failed to use the opportunity to demonstrate that he can lead a country, now is a man of excuses and not a man of action.

Africa - 26 July 2013

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