I'm not stepping down: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday he will not step down and will instead face the storm, raising new doubts about an internal push to get him to quit.

At a 14th anniversary rally in the eastern capital of Mutare, thousands rallied behind the MDC leader, while on the diplomatic front, Zimbabwe’s political opposition has said any talks must lead to an audit of the disputed results of the July 31 vote and presumably a fresh poll.

Amid calls by senior party officials including treasurer-general Roy Bennett suggesting that Tsvangirai’s continued stay in power did not reflect the will of the people, Tsvangirai through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, said he will not leave before he is dethroned by congress — scheduled for 2016 — and suggested he might seek another term.

The comments are the first about his political future since his devastating but controversial defeat by President Robert Mugabe last month in a poll he says was “stolen”.

The MDC president’s remarks highlighted the difficulties he faces in getting his frustrated constituency to coalesce around him in the wake of the July 31 vote that returned Mugabe to office for a seventh term with a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

Tsvangirai has dismissed those trying to topple him as Zanu PF-backed rabble-rousers.

“The only people we know who are singing the chorus that he must go are Zanu PF because of the high blood pressure that he has given their nonagenarian leader,” Tamborinyoka said referring to 89-year-old Mugabe.

“In fact, that Tsvangirai must go for Zanu PF is not a chorus, it has become a whole hymn.”

After losing to one of Africa’s longest serving leader in heavily disputed elections, Tamborinyoka said an impression was being created in the media that Tsvangirai was afraid of the people and that he will not be reaffirmed by the people.

“Any day, any time, any hour, he is prepared to go to the people to get a mandate,” he said.

He said it was the MDC leader’s “natural character” not to impose himself on the people and said every minute he has served as MDC president, “has been a minute affirmed and endorsed by the MDC membership.”

“He will not stay any minute longer when the MDC membership feels he is no longer serving their purpose,” Tamborinyoka said. “As of now, the whole party is clear that he is our best foot forward.”

Tamborinyoka disputed allegations that Tsvangirai changed the party’s constitution to seek a third term and extend his stay at the helm of the 14-year-old party.

He said the constitutional changes were made by the people  not by Tsvangirai.

Last week exiled MDC treasurer-general Roy Bennett told South Africa’s Business Day newspaper, that it was high time Tsvangirai quit.

“Tsvangirai has served two terms and is nearly completing a third,” Bennett said.

“Deep introspection needs to be undertaken by our national collective leadership, not for purposes of looking for scapegoats, but for our party to reinvigorate its leadership with a leadership which reflects the will of our people,” Bennett said.

MDC chairman Lovemore Moyo has said his party was summoning the former Chimanimani legislator for clarification on his statement.

Comments (47)

Haunyare! Taizviziva kare kare kuti hausikuzoda kubva pachigaro kana zvodiyi. Unosvoro shoro Mugabe imi makafanana kunge ma identical twins. Kusanyara. 14 years pasina chawaita chinowonekwa. Waveluita MDC se business re mhuri yako. Your followers should vote with their feet and abandon your party. Haubatsire. Waste of space. Ndozvionita munhu mutema mu politics. Kana ivo ana Mugabe vayiita sezvaurikuita kuma 1960s. Waitofunga kuti vanhu kwavo varikungoda “freedom” vobvavaregera politics asi kubvira 1960 kusvikira 2013 vachirikutaurira vanhu kuti vachirikurwisa colonialism - 53 years vachirwisa chinhu chimwechete. Hamunakumbosiyana. Urikuita mari ne politics ne ku zivikanwa. Politics ye mu Africa unokupa fame and fortune kupfuura mamwe ma basa ese. Clinging on mercilessly to power when there is no chance of success. Haunyare.

Musona - 16 September 2013

Haunyare! Taizviziva kare kare kuti hausikuzoda kubva pachigaro kana zvodiyi. Unosvero shora Mugabe imi makafanana kunge ma identical twins. Kusanyara. 14 years pasina chawaita chinowonekwa. Wave kuita MDC se business re mhuri yako. Your followers should vote with their feet and abandon your party. Haubatsire. Waste of space. Ndozvionita munhu mutema mu politics. Kana ivo ana Mugabe vayiita sezvaurikuita kuma 1960s. Waitofunga kuti vanhu kwavo varikungoda “freedom” vobvavaregera politics asi kubvira 1960 kusvikira 2013 vachirikutaurira vanhu kuti vachirikurwisa colonialism - 53 years vachirwisa chinhu chimwechete. Hamunakumbosiyana. Urikuita mari ne politics ne ku zivikanwa. Politics ye mu Africa unokupa fame and fortune kupfuura mamwe ma basa ese. Clinging on mercilessly to power when there is no chance of success. Haunyare.

Musona - 16 September 2013

Yes,President Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is going nowhere.We the youths need to re-affirm this once again,that he is a God chosen one to lead the people of Zimbabwe from the doldrums of the demonic zanu pf and its leader Robert Mugabe.Any act to try to dislodge President Tsvangirai from the Leadership is not therefore coming from the MDC T members but from the C.I.O and other aligned zanu pf organisations such as the one of Madhuku.The youths of MDC T is the one that gives the Party the direction and no one can dispute our decision,is that clear?So President Tsvangirai will stay put until we remove Mugabe or Joice teurairopa Mujuru or even Munangagwa himself.

josefa chinotimba - 16 September 2013

Tsvangirai is a dictator. His misguided and confused supporters should realize that his continued leadership is detriment to the barely floating MDC-T ship. The truth is that Tsvangirai has become a heavy dead albatross around the neck of his titled party i.e. MDC-T. It is understandable why Bennett and other party supporters home and abroad no longer have any sympathy for the DEVIL a thrice defeated Zimbabwe presidential candidate.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 16 September 2013

Tsvangirai is a dictator. His misguided and confused supporters should realize that his continued leadership is detriment to the barely floating MDC-T ship. The truth is that Tsvangirai has become a heavy dead albatross around the neck of his titled party i.e. MDC-T. It is understandable why Bennett and other party supporters home and abroad no longer have any sympathy for the DEVIL a thrice defeated Zimbabwe presidential candidate.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 16 September 2013

opinions are opinions but the truth of the matter is that Morgan is the only man in the history of zimbabwe that had the balls to take on Mugabe and thats a fact. Lets not forget that, regardless of what people may have against his character

razor ramon - 16 September 2013

i personally dnt understand Tsvangirai.can someone tell me about the purpose of the MDC T constitution or its just a mere pile of papers that cannot be recognised??

Bosingwa Chelsea - 16 September 2013

its amazing how people can say tsvangirayi is god sent without even batting an eyelid. Tamborinyoka no one should be above principles and ideals so u are saying if tsvangirayi dies there is no democracy?

martin - 16 September 2013

Hokoyooo with Zimbabwe politics. First it was Mugabe, then Ndabaningi Sithole with his Ndonga project, then Madhuku with his NCA project and now its Tsvangirai with his MDC project. These are just personal projects for these people and nothing else. I wish if there was no politics in this world.

Exiled - 16 September 2013

dont walk this road without knowing your purpose mr president morgan. do you know that you have done more than what the zimbabweans ever expected. do know that if today zanu pf do well in the coming 5 years its because of you. so dont ever get worried about not sitting on that throne of presidency in zim. you have done more for zimbabwe. you did far more than what zanu did in the past 33 years. you dont need to try and prove it anymore. dont even worry about the people who are trying to dress you down. you are a hero and by the way robert knows it. in his hearts of hearts he acknowledges your contribution. that is why i always say he, robert is zanu by day and mdc by night and once again i want to let people know that without us realising zanu will be using juice to better the economy in the coming 5 years. president just position the younger people to fit into your shoes soon. dont be more concerned about going to the state house maybe like mandela, you had to make people aware that they can make it and then you leave. as said you have done a lot in the past 14 years. those who blame you for a few mistakes you made are foolish.

sammy - 16 September 2013

dont walk this road without knowing your purpose mr president morgan. do you know that you have done more than what the zimbabweans ever expected. do know that if today zanu pf do well in the coming 5 years its because of you. so dont ever get worried about not sitting on that throne of presidency in zim. you have done more for zimbabwe. you did far more than what zanu did in the past 33 years. you dont need to try and prove it anymore. dont even worry about the people who are trying to dress you down. you are a hero and by the way robert knows it. in his hearts of hearts he acknowledges your contribution. that is why i always say he, robert is zanu by day and mdc by night and once again i want to let people know that without us realising zanu will be using juice to better the economy in the coming 5 years. president just position the younger people to fit into your shoes soon. dont be more concerned about going to the state house maybe like mandela, you had to make people aware that they can make it and then you leave. as said you have done a lot in the past 14 years. those who blame you for a few mistakes you made are foolish.

sammy - 16 September 2013

Hahahaha,another poor but old fashioned tactic from Zanu pf.Infact the CIO is now in full swing to try to bring down this God sent man down,but i do not see them succeeding.Mark my words Mr Tsvangirai is going nowhere,infact there are no immediate plans to retire him until he finished his task.Remember we can only start counting his term when he becomes the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.Otherwise this is an internal Party issue and it is not debatable.My Party MDC T is now fighting against an infested CIO country masquerading as genuine good citizens of Zimbabwe.Some these operatives are the likes of Madhuku and jonathan Moyo the serial political flip flopper.Apa tatopanduka zvamuchese manje isu ma youths e MDC T.

josefa chinotimba - 16 September 2013

"More Girls" Tsvangirayi should step down. 14years of trying and coming up with nothing. Just retire to the 2 million dollar mansion that has been donated to you by ZANU PF and host as many 21 year old girls as you want. And take fancy Mediterranean cruises ... Oh by the way, I hope your lavish life style will continue to be spponsored by western well wishers even though you have failed to bring down the man they hate....

Bhola - 16 September 2013

Then its now confirmed that Morgan Tsvangirai is the problem in MDC and the party will continue to lose elections under his leadership. ZANU (PF) outsmarts them all the time, honai the issue yemaMayor, Zanu (PF) has won. The Mutare MDCT 14th anniversary was a big flog as Tsvangirai failed to even fill up the stadium and he was busy barking to himself making that ill-informed speech which means nothing to the majority of us. The MDCT will never win any elections in Zimbabwe as they have no political maturity and are danderheads who cannot interpret a constitution they were part of. Honai they have again lost the Kadoma elections feya feya saka rigginging is papi ipapa. President Robert Mugabe must order Mr Tsvangirai and his mistress Elizabeth Macheka out of the government mansion they are occupying as they do not recognize the elections and the presidency, They must go back to Strathaven and all civil servant never receive any packages.

Makanda Chivare - 16 September 2013

Tsvangirai is here to stay and until our mission is completed. Musona is Zanu. We will not listen to you. What senior party officials are calling for his outser/ The National executive released a statement two weeks after the election. We will not be hoodwinked by non card carrying propaganda mob that is trying to divide our party. We will resist you, we will fight on these platforms. We are ready for you. MDC is a party for its people. We love it, we share our challenges together. We will stand united.

Mavara Azarevhu - 16 September 2013

The truth is Morgan inhumwe yakatumwa kuzosunungura Zimbabwe, this God chosen son is suppose to rule this country and emancipate his people from the jaws of the crocodiles (zanu). He is the only people since from 1980 who caused sleepless nights to Zanu pf and the main idea is that whoever said Tsvangirai should go is a traitor. Why cant these useless people say the 89 year old should go. Tsvangirai hasn't feel how being a president is and he is the only one with authentic promises. Look what happened when ZANU won the elections through tricks. There is nothing better done by these people and what they are doing is to say sanctions, sanctions while they are looting everything. The problem is not Tsvangirai but the problem is the people of Zimbabwe. Tsangirai won all the presidential elections since he started in 2002 but there is no support from the hoi polio. All what we were promised by ZANU is air pies. No jobs, our roads are also very bad, no subside for rates, ZESA, water bills... By 2016 they will say again we are scratching all the rates and people will vote for them again thru fear, duress or intimidation.

Uzumbamurambakufuma - 16 September 2013

Musona na Robson Nyundo hamunyari. It seems you are someone assets. Zimbabweans are not fools. Why cant you say Ncube or Dabengwa or that former teacher should go. Nanga nanga na Morgan because you are seeing his progress in politics. In Africa there is no democracy.

Nyundu - 16 September 2013

Tsvangirai is a failed politician. Waipinda muchi coalition ne ZanuPF kuti zvidiyi? Chiyi chimwechete chawakaita mu GNU? Kufamba pasirose uchitaurira dzimwe hurumende kuti ndiwe next President iyo election isati yaitwa. Hatiterere zvinoturwa na Luke Tamborinyoka nekuti Luke munhu arikuvavarira basa rake kuti arambe aripa basa. Tsvangirai akaregera chigaro zvinoreva kuti basa ra Tamborinyoka rinobva rapera saka achida kuti Tsvangirai arambe aripa basa. Iye Tsvangirai haana chaakataura nezve ma sanctions - tinoda kuziva kuti anoti kudiyi nezve ma sanctions? Handiti iye ne vamwe vake ndovaimhanya mhanya vachiti ma sanctions ngaabiswe? Tavepapi ne nyaya ye ma sanctions? Ma sutu awakange watenga kumhiri kwemakungwa ehu President wototengesera Simon Khaya -Moyo anopfeka saizi imwechete newe. @Nyundu - Vana Dabengwa na Welshman vakanyarara varikunyara nekukundwa asi iye anozviita “maningi-ndava” Morgan arikungotatarika achitaura zvisina musoro. 14 years pasina chabuda. Ngaabve haabatsire chinhu. Arikupedzera vanhu nguva.

Musona - 16 September 2013

I suppose those who think Tsvangirayi has failed so badly should go straight ahead and form their own parties like what Ncube did and see the tears wet their boots. As presently constituted he still has traction with the masses..and the final word whether he stays or goes it is the call of the MDCT memmbership. Thats not to say he has not failed in some areas but it should be remembered that the final word belongs to the membership of the MDC.

Gutter - 16 September 2013

Yes plz Mkoma Save. Mapenzi ngaaatopaka steady chaiyo machunks haachekwi. Kuenda kupi chaiko mkadzi achiri mudiki uyo? Save for life

Salad - 16 September 2013

Gore rino aRobert varikusvika 50 years vari mupolitics kubvira Zanu ya formwa. Saka aMorgan chimbotyorai. Muchirimo mu game

Tarzin - 16 September 2013

Morgan the only saviour sent to deliver the children of Zimbabwe from the reign of terror and dictatorship

Dakarai - 16 September 2013

Chamatama hachichadi kubva apa JUICE takariramba coz riri poisonous.ramba wakadaro Richard ndokuti mugonyatso kundwa 2018.maComrades tirikupemberera.Chinoda kudya chete

Chief - 16 September 2013

In the 90s the Zpf gvt introduced ESAP and ZIMPREST because the west and IMF had refused to provide financial support to the Zim gvt. Why didnt they call them sanctions? Pamberi na Morgan. Matoto evanochema ma imaginary sanctions avo- to hell

Pudding - 16 September 2013

Morgiza will step down the day Robert steps down. Mawona manje masystems yacho.

MaSvomhu - 16 September 2013

Manje masystems yacho haati coz Mugabe will only step down aruza saka as long as morgiza aripo acharamba achingohwinha!!!!!

madhaka - 17 September 2013

Tswangirai you are starting to be a problem. You are starting to make this MDC- T your personal shop. Your girlfriends will remain voting for you. Whats the difference between you and mugabe? By the way you are his tea-boy. The struggle is for people. Resign with diginite whilst you are still relevant. You can fail three times and expect to lead the nation again. Kusinwa kudedelwana.

bhekinkosi - 17 September 2013

vakomana zita raMwari izita hombe iri, tambai nezvimwe mai havatambwe chiramu navo, God send haisi statement yekutamba nayo vanhuwe

eddy - 17 September 2013

Tswangirai you are starting to be a problem. You are starting to make this MDC- T your personal shop. Your girlfriends will remain voting for you. Whats the difference between you and mugabe? By the way you are his tea-boy. The struggle is for people. Resign with diginite whilst you are still relevant. You can't fail three times and expect to lead the nation again. Kusinwa kudedelwana.

bhekinkosi - 17 September 2013

Offcourse you are not stepping down because you have the DNA of a dictator. You are a worse dictator than Mobuto and Idamin combined. And Ignorant too.

crocodile squad - 17 September 2013

Handiendi, Handiendi, Kuenda Handiendi!

Zingizi - 17 September 2013

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 17 September 2013

plz ma Zimabwe,we shld learn to appreciate,MASAKANGANWE CHAZURO NEHOPE,5yrs ago zim was like the worst nation in this world,it was at the bottom of everything,we had nothing good to talk about ,bt if it was not of Tsvangirai,whom those good for nothing people are saying should go,,, DAI TIRI PAPI NHASI,,,lets not forget the days of ..bulgar,jolly juice,soya mince,tsaona packs,hacha..miteuro not medicine ,,talk less of kwindillions....who brought this to an end...is it not that Tsvangirai agreed to be in the GNU to save the nation...what happened few days after ?....where are we now..?...CHANGAQMUKAI MAZIMBO....MORGIDZA 4 LIFE,,,WHO KNWS MAYBE GOD WANTS TO FULLY PREPARE HIM,,,plz join me sing....tsvangirai..kakata,,,,tsvangirai dhonza ,,,

CHAKA MSONZA - 17 September 2013

@Chaka Msonza - ignorant fool. It is not true that by joing the GNU Tsvangirai IS THE ONE WHO SAVED THA NATION. On 29 January 2009, two weeks before the formation of the GNU the then Acting Minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa had introduced the multi-currency regime which transformed the economy not Tsvangirai. The NU was formed on the 13 February 2009. IGNORANT LIAR.

Musona - 17 September 2013

@Chaka Msonza - ignorant fool. It is not true that by joining the GNU Tsvangirai IS THE ONE WHO SAVED THA NATION. On 29 January 2009, two weeks before the formation of the GNU the then Acting Minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa had introduced the multi-currency regime which transformed the economy not Tsvangirai. The NU was formed on the 13 February 2009. IGNORANT LIAR.

Musona - 17 September 2013

What some do not realise is that Tsvangirai is just acting like Mugabe. If he were to be president he would act in the same manner. If MDC know what they are doing they should lead by example by renewing their leadership. They will be respected for that as that will prove they are really democratic. They should not be like ZANU who believe there is only 1 leader in Zim who is Bob.

Semhalo - 17 September 2013

What some do not realise is that Tsvangirai is just acting like Mugabe. If he were to be president he would act in the same manner. If MDC know what they are doing they should lead by example by renewing their leadership. They will be respected for that as that will prove they are really democratic. They should not be like ZANU who believe there is only 1 leader in Zim who is Bob.

Semhalo - 17 September 2013

89 years inofanira kustepa down pakutanga then Morgan ozotewerawo atonga materm ake. Wadii kuti W. Ncube na Mutambara wazorore zvavo. By the way Zanu failed to honor Mutambara, Madhuku and Ncube in their ministerial positions. Hei kikikikiki Hanzi Mutambara vakachema. Madhuku nanhasi ane mudumbu. Ncube anenge avekupenga. These old fools were misleading the nation.

Mutolilo - 17 September 2013

HANDIENDE

chokx - 17 September 2013

First and for most lets redefine democracy, may we could be dealing with two different animals here depending from whose side are you from, Mugabe or Tsvangirai. i thought one day i will meet some clue to what is democracy through MDC but, alas, the same democratical evangelist are still playing the old say " do as i say not as i do". was mr morgan's mandeted to remove mugabe or his introduction was to introduce democracy and demonstrate not only talk about it. Why are morgan' sympathiser think that he must not go anywhere, yet the constitution stipulates something contrary. If morgan's term of office has expired, let him step down and let the people choose thier leader, so dont symoathise with anyone, moegan sould step down regardless of mugabe's continuity

seka Chris - 17 September 2013

Mugabe naTsvangirai same fanana

cece - 18 September 2013

Mr Tsvangirayi, please step down. You have done your part and we appreciate that, now it's time for others in the party to take over the reigns. That's normal democracy in the party and also our beloved Zimbabwe. Do not be the exact replica of Mugabe anoti akabva hapana anokwanisa kutonga ZANU PF. THAT IS REAL STUPID THINKING.

Cde Muchamama - 18 September 2013

Tsvangson haalume asi achalumila. Musicians are indeed prophetic. Josphat somanje uri maone

crocodile squad - 18 September 2013

tambai mose mujairane

kiki - 19 September 2013

Whoever is not satisfied with Mr Tsvangirai's leadership is free to start his own political party and challenge ZANU-PF head on. What could he do ( Mr Tsvangiarai ) to prevent the fraud ? Mugabe was setting the rules for the elections. He appoints ZEC , the army and police chiefs. He actually tells ZEC what to do. He tells them when to announce election results. Calls for Mr Tsvangirai to resign is just a ZANU-PF strategy to discredit Mr Tsvangirai. Even if Mr Tsvangirai is kicked from the leadership of MDC, we will vote for him. Mr Tsvangirai is the one anointed to lead Zimbabwe. Don't be moved Mr Tsvangirai. We love you and we will rally behind you , till you finish your two terms as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Hulk Hogan - 19 September 2013

@ hulk hogan: urikureva here kuti zvawataura zvese izvi zvaitwa mu GNU and your tsvancry was sleeping, kana pane zvaakaramba sei akatendera Bob kuzodeliberater zvimwe ega, your mind is too shallow wangu thats an insult to yo own party waiziva. revise your comments before posting

chaputika - 20 September 2013

Handiende kuyenda handiende, ndinga rohwa mahara, Biti haana kana kumbo rohwa, Otonga iye asina kana kuvharirwa mu remand prison NO WAYS! Ndotoita President wenyika first, ndoita 2 terms, maybe then i will consider someone. This is what i call democracy. Kana zvarwadza moita party yenyu.

Laura - 22 September 2013

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