Tsvangirai warns chiefs

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday warned traditional leaders against force-marching their subjects to Zanu PF rallies, saying this is in contravention of the country’s new Constitution.

Tsvangirai told hundreds of MDC supporters in Mashonaland East — who braved Zanu PF intimidation and threats — that traditional leaders must be apolitical.

At Murehwa Centre, one of the venues where the MDC leader addressed a sizeable crowd, vehicles ferrying Zanu PF supporters wearing party regalia constantly circled the venue — keeping a close eye on everyone attending the rally.

“I hear that some chiefs and headmen are forcing people to go to Zanu PF rallies, stop it!” Tsvangirai said.

“The new constitution does not allow you to do that. I know that at times you are also threatened but you will not stop change which is inevitable,” Tsvangirai said to applause from the crowd.

The MDC leader addressed rallies at Kotwa Business Centre, Mudzi Centre, Mutoko and Murehwa Centre.

A number of MDC supporters in Mashonaland East Province told the Daily News that fear and intimidation from Zanu PF prevented a number of party supporters from attending the rallies.

Party activists said they feared being targeted for vindictive treatment as happened in the 2008 polls.

Tsvangirai told his supporters to wear Zanu PF regalia and attend the former ruling party’s rallies in order to maintain peace but vote for him on July 31.

“This election is about choosing the future and the past. It is about the old and the young generation. It is about darkness and light which the MDC represents and Zanu PF being darkness,” he said.

“Ask Zanu PF and its leader, President Robert Mugabe what they will offer in the coming five years which they failed to do in their 33-year-old rule.

“We saved this country from collapse in 2009 when we formed the inclusive government,” the former opposition leader said.

The MDC leader said his government will create jobs and transform rural areas into semi-industrial hubs.

“Hospitals were closed, schools had become museums under Mugabe’s rule, but today, you can confidently send your children to school, thanks to the MDC contribution in this inclusive government,” the MDC leader said.

Tracy Mutinhiri, former Zanu PF minister — now MDC candidate for Marondera East constituency — said Zanu PF was employing “dirty-tricks” of intimidation in the province in a bid “to stop change from taking place”

“I am glad that the people here have a slogan which says zviri mumoyo, (it’s my secret) when it comes to who they support. They will attend Zanu PF rallies but not on voting day, it will be their secret as to whom they would have voted for,” she said.

Comments (7)

I shall not speak.Indeed i will not speak

chrispen kambasiya - 24 July 2013

Your vote is a secret. vote for a future Zimbabwe.

nosmas - 24 July 2013

Your vote is a secret. vote for a future Zimbabwe.

nosmas - 24 July 2013

Your vote is a secret. vote for a future Zimbabwe.

nosmas - 24 July 2013

Multitudes suffer because they are gullible to political lies; they are satiated in nonsensical propaganda and drink down the polluted milk of brain- washing delusions. I pray fervently for my people to taste the sweetness of freedom and realize that there is more to life than mediocrity. Democracy is a good thing but the oxymoron is that it has been the culprit behind the creation of a generation of spoilt brats. If we remain passive we shall go down history as the cowards that watched while the brutish dictator raped our beloved country. We have suffered enough, slept on empty stomachs enough, feared enough and now we must say no to tyranny and yes to a bright destiny, now is the time to break free and ensure we are never entangled again by the chains of injustice. We cannot lie on our beds and dream while our nation gets devoured by wolves, we must chose to carry our torches and go into the dark of the night, raise the clarion cry of freedom and rescue the future of our children and our children's children, if we dare not do it for posterity why waste air breathing? It repulses me to think we are turning into cowards in history; I will dare befriend change and be valiant. Can a man taste life, glory and freedom and at a later stage repose in the grime of foolery where invisible chains hold him as he sinks in the mire of yet another political invasion of lies? I have seen it with my own eyes and am greatly baffled and nauseated, how can a people still sing the praises of a political party that single handedly reduced them to scavengers?

chasemanjr - 24 July 2013

Can all those in Harare, Diaspora with relatives in the rural areas advise them to vote for change because it means a lot for them and you too. Just tell them if they keep voting for these dinossairs they will eat ma dinosar acho. Vaudzei kuti we want to help you but you should help us by voting these thieves out once and for all. Vambai ne shoko zanupf ibaye yozodzoka yagadzirisa hutungamiri hwayo huchiri mu sone age, chinondishamisa ndechekuti even vapfana, kungopinda mu zanupf vatove ne chi stone age brainwo futi ah inonzi chii zviya ku biology ndo osmosis here zviya ndakabva kuchikoro kare ndikasiya zve science kare (from young to old)

maita - 24 July 2013

i will not speak/when i see things sore to my eyes./when i hear bitter words/i will not speak. i will not speak/when the presidential speech spills blood/ön the streets where i walk./when women ululate at the sight of blood - /the blood of their own children/i will not speak.

Chenjerai Hove - 24 July 2013

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