Govt withdraws Tsvangirai's security

HARARE - Former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has been stripped of his police security privileges.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson yesterday said police who were assigned to the former PM were withdrawn yesterday.

“To us it means nothing because he never expected anything good from Zanu PF especially that the inclusive government is gone,” he said.

“The president (MDC leader) is not concerned about police officers not being there at his house. He has God on his side and his protection will never be compromised through and through,” Tamborinyoka said.

Tsvangirai, who sat with Mugabe at State House mapping the country’s future as one of the executives for the past four years, was given a state convoy which was operated by security operatives, while his residence had round-the-clock armed police officers.

Tsvangirai joined the inclusive government in 2009 following a disputed poll which saw Mugabe being trounced by the former trade unionist in a March 2008 election, before violence was unleashed on MDC supporters in the run-up to a June presidential run-off.

The uneasy coalition government supervised by Mugabe, saw the production of a new constitution, which led to polls on July 31.

Mugabe won the presidential vote by 61 percent amid allegations of vote fraud and massive irregularities.
He was on Thursday sworn-in at the National Sports Stadium — a function attended by at least six serving presidents from Africa out of the 40 invited.

Although it was not clear as to what was agreed as Tsvangirai’s exit package, the Daily News understands that he will most likely retain his official Mercedes Benz while hardliners in the ruling party are pushing for his ouster from the Highlands state house.

The MDC leader moved into the official residence in Highlands purchased by government after Mugabe had denied him access to Zimbabwe House.

Mugabe used the house when he was Prime Minister but has now moved to his mansion in the expensive
Borrowdale Brooke.

The Highlands house was purchased through a loan facility from treasury and according to information available,

“Tsvangirai offered to buy the residence but negotiations on the pricing are still to be finalised.

Even though talks regarding the disposal of the house are still underway, hardliners in Zanu PF want the former premier out of the house with immediate effect.

Comments (20)

Tsvangirai wakasiya wapisa musha here?Ndiani achaenda Buhera?kunotora mainini?

Colonel - 24 August 2013

Simple protocol. Kana wasiya basa siya key dzeoffice nestationery yacho. It is not a Zanu Pf issue, stupid

Chaona - 24 August 2013

zanu pf must fix (or is it rig ) the economy rather than wasting times discussing nyaya yekatangwena. Rig this one tione!

Watikiritai - 24 August 2013

Is Zimbabwe now democratic after these elections? Obviously no we are an African country which has given democracy a different meaning.

chimwango - 24 August 2013

There is nothing unusual about this withdrawal. It is not even worth to be a news item at all because it is obvious this was going to happen. One of these days, Zimbabweans will thank Tsvangirai for having the guts and temerity to challenge and cause the Mugabe juggernaut and its whole entourage of cheats and thieves to have sleepless nights and even conjure up a formula, courtesy NIKUV, to steal the July 2013 elections without any morose. Well done Morgan - do not lose heart.

Taurayi Takabva - 24 August 2013

close security ngaibviswe, handiti waituka mapurisa acho uchiti vana ndini ndamubata hamuna ma andapeni

cde mapinganzira - 24 August 2013

Police bullshit @ Chihuri

Haruna - 25 August 2013

dont waste your time talking about tsvangirai. Think abt kuti Mozambique haichafi yakaona mvura yakachena through ethanol and hove dzese dzichapera kufa. YAMATANGA IHOMBE IYI

CHIPINGE MUGARIRE WACHO - 25 August 2013

MAI MAPOSA CANCELLOR VODA KUTIURAYISA NA NDUNGE CHAVAKAENDAKO NDACHISHAYA INI

CHIMWAMUROMBE/MUSANI - 25 August 2013

Zimbabwean elections are full of cheatings and and i'm really agaisnt this.

Tebogo Mudongo - 25 August 2013

iwe zvichapera cnt find your nonsense pa net

zvichapera - 26 August 2013

do you think elections are necessary in Zimbabwe?

morgan dube - 26 August 2013

That's obvious. You can not get protection from an opposition , how can you trust them? MDC have there own security.

Vada - 26 August 2013

That's obvious. You can not get protection from an opposition , how can you trust them? MDC have there own security.

Vada - 26 August 2013

But you are all zimbabweans and it is you who voted I think that is what people wanted we saw then braving the cold winter to govt and retain Mugabe zimbabweans love their land more than anything Morgan would have changed the police about land that was the fear

nshilimubemba - 26 August 2013

Tsvangirayi is now just as good as me. Being a President of a party does not give one the privellege of spending state funds on security issues. It is the responsibility of the party to guard its president. Mdct i sfull of confused people. I remember in one of the papers reporting that tsvangirayi was offered to buy the mansion but did not have the intention to do so. Now you are saying zanupf hardliners want tsvangirayi to leave the house' which is which now? But nxolisani ncube you are just a liability to your paper. Dont you have something to write about? You are just a disgrace to this nation.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 26 August 2013

zvamataura ndazvinzwa

chatunga - 28 August 2013

tsvangirai failed to utilise the opportunity when he was in office .

bla beem - 28 August 2013

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