Mugabe not his own man: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused President Robert Mugabe of being used by hardliners in the security structures of the country to prolong his stay in power.

In an address to a huge rally in Chitungwiza yesterday, Tsvangirai said Mugabe was hostage to some individuals in the security structures who are forcing him to stay.

“Do you want democracy or military rule?” Tsvangirai asked.

“In 2008 we beat Mugabe, he agreed on his own and he got to a point where he said, ‘guys, let me accept defeat’, but was told, ‘no, mudhara (old man) you ain’t going anywhere, you’ll will stay there, let’s see what we can organise.’

“They took five weeks to announce results whose outcome was that Tsvangirai has won but not enough to scoop the presidency. What does that mean? It means Mugabe is not his own man, there are people who are handlers behind him, he is a puppet........... And he knows it.”

Tsvangirai continued: “Now we have that critical challenge, that those same people who forced Mugabe to stay in office are saying ‘we don’t want Tsvangirai because he is MDC and we don’t want vice president (Joice) Mujuru because she is a woman’, that’s the challenge we have on 31 July; the people versus those who want to subvert the will of the people.

“But I want to tell you now, there is no one who will stand in the way of people’s wishes,” Tsvangirai said.

Unlike Mugabe who has ruled the country for the past 33 years and wants to rule for five more years, Tsvangirai said he will relinquish power to others.

“Mugabe calls me a cry baby, I am not a cry baby, Mai Makone, I don’t have a handiende (I will not go) attitude,” the MDC leader said. “If my days are done I will go and leave for these young men.

“After all this struggle, having lost so much in my life, having been brutalised, arrested and detained, why should I allow such a condition to prevail to another Zimbabwean? That’s not my philosophy, I don’t believe in that, but I want to assure you that come August 1, Zimbabwe will become a democratic country.”

Tsvangirai also challenged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to prove its independence.

“Now I hear that Zec has changed the law, saying they will no longer count our votes at polling stations. I want to tell Zec that we will not allow any ballot to be moved from any polling station before being counted,” said Tsvangirai.

The premier said he was going to brief the observers on the irregularities, giving Zec up to today to “rectify the anomalies”.

Comments (8)

What about a kettle calling a pot too black.A MUSTER PUPPET calling the Revolutionary leader a puppet.Where do you get your funding from if you are not a puppet?Who is calling the shots for you Mugay.Kwana

mike muchapondwa - 29 July 2013

@mike muchapondwa - nonsense. Everyone who is not ZanuPF is labelled a "puppet". There is nothing revolutionary about 95% unemployment . You use strong and meaningless words like "revolutionary" to intimidate people. Zanu was voted into power by the people, they never defeated anyone.

Eme - 29 July 2013

Eeka marevolutionery vanoti ndivo vakasunungura vanhu voponda zvavo vanhu uye kuparadza dzimba dzavo no kuti ndivo vakasunungurara.Asi zvainzi ZANU iwe neni tine basa.Saka urevolutionery ne sovereignty zvinoti urayai henyu vanhu nokuti makavarwira,dzvanyirirai no kuti makavarwira nhai? Manje Zimbos are their own liberators and you will see this on Wednesday.

Hammer - 29 July 2013

The government we got in 1980 was a negotiated gvt, no one was defeated. That is what Lancaster was all about. No one should pretend that they marched into State House in Cuban revolutionary style. Otherwise if it had been a revolutionary victory like Cuba, land would not have been an issue. Right from the start the land would have been taken by virtue of the military victory. We have to accept that there were compromises in the Lancaster House constitution if we are to record history with sincerity. And it should be noted that the war of liberation was fought by armed people, workers and peasants. Everybody fought in their own way. No guerrillas came into the country with tinned food. Peasants fed them. Nurses and doctors treated them. Workers made monthly contributions to buy fighters shoes and clothes. Let no single wing of the struggle claim to be the sole liberators.

Chenjerai Hove - 29 July 2013

The liberation came for the people, freedom and independence came for the people, but some greedy individuals took that and used it as an bribing tool as if it was won by them alone. All people had their contributions in it and frankly speaking, we will be lying if we say those "greedy people" were involved. The real freedom fighters are not even in this mess. Respect to people!

Kauchy - 30 July 2013

Come tomorrow Tsvangirai you are out your journey ends here chematamana,you lacked principles ndiyo yauri muruzira iyoyo.Mwanawevhu

Runako Shona - 30 July 2013

Zimbabwe yakasuningurwa neMaZimbos who played different roles to ensure its liberation. This, Zanu Pf wants to monopolise! Vana mai vakabika sadza, chimbwido wakabika muriwo, mujibha wakafamba neinformation, mombe, huku nembudzi zvaidyiwa nemaCdes, vana Muzorewa nanaSithole were cooling mabhunhu nematalks! So everyone played a role and we, as a nation own the liberation of our country! Saka totovhotera hedu JUICE!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 30 July 2013

@Mike"Uchatongwa". Your likes are a disgrace to Zimbabwe. Mugabe did good and bad alike but your kind fears change for lack of vision and self-esteem and hold him hostage. Synchronize with change before you become good for non-recyclable garbage bin. Mugabe's far spend, start your own life and let the old man rest.

Tonde - 31 July 2013

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