'Tsvangirai is our best foot forward'

HARARE - There is a sponsored cacophony that is rising against the tide of the true national sentiment — it is the paid noise that is saying Morgan Tsvangirai must go.

There is a difference between the genuine feeling of the MDC national membership and the voice and sentiment being sponsored by the people’s enemies in our midst.

The people of this country are aware of what Tsvangirai has done and continues to do for the democratic struggle in Zimbabwe.

They are also aware that he still has the fire in his belly; the energy to continue with the agenda for a new Zimbabwe.

He has been so good and popular that President Robert Mugabe and his party have had to hire an Israeli consultancy firm to steal the people’s victory.

Zanu PF’s own puny powers, without a hired hand, could not match him.

That is why it is difficult, to this date, to find the millions who voted for Mugabe; all one sees across the country are an aggrieved people from whom a future has been stolen.

Since the grand theft of July 31, there have been two national council meetings of the MDC, with the third one which took place yesterday in Harare.

The national council is the MDC’s supreme decision-making body outside Congress, which Congress overwhelmingly elected Tsvangirai in 2011 for a five-year term that ends in 2016.

After those two meetings, the national council has twice reaffirmed its support for Tsvangirai as the leader of the people’s party.

At the two national council meetings, president Tsvangirai has openly told this august body that notwithstanding his term that he is currently serving, party members are free to discuss and debate the issue of leadership renewal.

He is a true democrat who has told his party that the issue of leadership renewal is not as sacred and sacrosanct as it is in other parties where leaders serve for as long a time as the age of Nelson Chamisa!

The reaffirmation by the national council has shown that the organs of the party still have faith in his leadership.

Now, the worrying development is that the debate is no longer taking place in the MDC.

It is now taking place in Zanu PF where a fund has been created to destabilise and decimate the MDC; to decimate the character and person of  Tsvangirai.

It was to start with the ceaseless attacks on his person and his marriage, the huge payouts to MDC councillors to vote against their party; and now the sinister plot outside of the MDC structures and platforms, which plot is to the effect that Tsvangirai must be removed from the body politic at all costs.

The “removal” ranges in nature from a sponsored coup to the murky and ghastly form of “removal” that only Zanu PF can muster.

Zanu PF cannot discuss and plot around an MDC issue more than the MDC structures themselves.

Surely, the devil cannot be allowed to discuss the need for leadership renewal in Heaven.

The forces of hell cannot try to influence and rearrange the power dynamics of Heaven.

Lucifer can never be an objective advocate for change in the power structure and the perking order in Heaven!

We refuse to be stampeded into a debate that has now turned more Zanu PF than MDC.

Senior Zanu PF officials have confided in us that the party, particularly the chaos faction, are desperate for a leadership change in the MDC because Tsvangirai has caused them nightmares and remains the only portent threat to their agenda.

Given that Mugabe is in his sunset years, it would be in the best interest of the chaos faction for both Zanu PF and the MDC to have two new leaders so that there are two new brands on the political market in the near future. This is important, so the chaos faction reasons, because the Tsvangirai brand is so strong that it is not easy to erase from the national psyche.

Remove your leader, so they tell us, while we wait for ours to be removed by either natural or artificial factors so that the MDC will not have a head start over us!

The people of Zimbabwe know what Tsvangirai has done for them.

They know how he rescued this country from the precipice and how he has demystified Robert Mugabe and taught this country that it is possible to have change within our lifetime.

All the people of Zimbabwe want is the completion of the struggle.

The change of the driver of that struggle is not an issue among the grassroots supporters of the party and among the people of Zimbabwe. It is only a serious issue at Zanu PF headquarters and in the drunken discussions of pseudo-political analysts, power point revolutionaries and cyber activists.

On a people’s way to Canaan, Moses is never more of an issue than Pharaoh.

This has always been a Pharaoh crisis and not a crisis of our Moses who is taking us to the new land of democracy, freedom and justice. It is Robert Mugabe, and not Tsvangirai, who is at the root of the national crisis and who has proven to be the human impediment to our national goal.

It is Mugabe who must go. So Tsvangirai will stick to his mandate that the people have given him.

But to showcase the qualitative difference of leadership, notwithstanding his overwhelming popularity, Tsvangirai has allowed renewal in his party to be discussed and not to be swept under the carpet.

Noone in the party has disappeared or has been killed for expressing their opinion.

Tsvangirai has made it clear that he will not stay a second longer if and when the people no longer want him. And he has always said he will not die in office but will give way to new leadership at the appropriate time, not when Zanu PF has hijacked the agenda, as it has now done!

Democracy runs in Tsvangirai’s blood.

The people are his natural element and he is ready, anytime, to go to the people and engage with them.

Only next week, he kicks off his engagement programme with Zimbabweans in Masvingo province where he will meet the people in every district. The fact remains that our victory was stolen from us.

You do not tell your father that there is need for leadership renewal in the home when thieves break in and steal all the property, as Zanu PF has just done.

The profitable discussion is not to depose the father but to discuss how to protect the home from burglars in the future.

The national mood is clear that after the greatest electoral theft of our time, it is the thieves and not the victims who must go. In the meantime, Tsvangirai goes nowhere.

He has the people’s mandate and a mission to accomplish.

He has a nation to mollify, a generation to rescue and a heroic but despondent people to whom he must deliver hope, real change and transformation.

Fate has always thrown him at the deep end where he has survived every form of attack, even from the crocodiles! He remains our best foot forward!

*Tamborinyoka is the spokesperson to Morgan Tsvangirai. He writes in his personal capacity.

Comments (7)

That is very true. All the Tsvangirai must go talk is work of the ZANU PH (Power Hungry). With all the poverty and dilapidated infrastructure in Zim, how can someone surely pay millions of dollars just to steal an election? May God have mercy on us!

Zvanga Zvanyanya - 28 September 2013

The only pple who are blowing this vuvuzelas are ZANU PF coz they kno Save is a threat to them and vanohla kuti rifa renyika ravakambura vachiba zvinogona kushanduka kana hurumende itsva yapinda vangaoona moto . Our conference is in 2016 lets wait and si what the majority members of the party said not ZANU PF hoodlums . IF the majority decide 2016 he must leave then he can leave bt kwete ZANU PF . Isu kuno kuMberengwa mudunhu raChief Chingoma SAVE tikagonyera pavari ndivo tariro yedu zvimwe budiririro ingavuyavo kuno . Takaedza veZANU vana baba Rugare Gumbo hapana chavakativigira asi ZHARA NECHIKUTUMENO MUDUNHU MEDU SAVE NDIZVO CHITUBU CHISINGAPERI MVURA TARIRO YEDU IRIPAMURI KWETE PAZANU MIGWAGWA YAKANAKA KWAZVIMBA KUMBERENGWA ZERO

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 28 September 2013

Vanhu ve MDC hamunyari. Calls for Tsvangirai to step down are not being made by Zanu PF but by sponsors of the MDC who are now weary of Tsvangirai's incompetence. The Roy Bernetts, Ian Kays, former white farmers and indeed the West is busy looking for an alternative to Tsvangirai. Very soon the West will call for a conference of all opposition parties and will insist that someone else, and not Tsvangirai leads that grand party of opposition groupings. Zanu yadii zvayo? In fact, why would we lose sleep over someone we beat in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2013? Actually, it would be easier for Zanu PF to win with an even wider landslide in 2018 if the brain-dead Tsvangirai were to still be leader of the MDC-ie if there will be an MDC to talk about then.

Naison Nyereyegona - 30 September 2013

Mr Morgan Tsvangirayi must go. He fell asleep at the wheel. If there was such a huge theft of the elections, how come he wasnt aware of it? Was he not part of the unity government? How did he let ZANU out manouever him to such an extent? As a leader of the country, would Zimbabwe not run the risk of him being out manouevered by other world leaders? By countries hostile to Zimbabwe? Where was the MDC when millions was being paid to Nikuv? Where were they when ballot papers were being printed? They had no clue. They were caught up in the trappings of power in the GNU and they failed to get in touch with the grass roots. Their campaign was designed more to impress outside observers and potential allies, rather than speaking to the common man on the streets. All of this happened under Tsvangirayis watch. While in office, our prime minister developed a proven reputation of sleeping around like a wild dog, instead of focusing his attentions on winning an election. SHAME SHAME SHAME... They tried to run an overly intellectual campaign , assuming that the hunger protest votes of 2008 were guaranteed. Short sighted and ineffective. I voted for MDC in 2008, but I can tell you that I voted ZANU PF in this election because I felt that the MDC had lost track of the aspirations of the people. My vote, Good Sir, was NOT stolen. I voted for the party that made the effort to reach out to me, and not a party that made idle promises of foreign direct investment. They did not do enough to convince 245 000 resettled farmers that their land was safe... They didnt do enough to show respect for gender related issues (while Tsvangirayi was abusing women and trying to get 21 year olds to have abortions)! Can we say that calls by your national treasurer (Mr Bennet) is paid noise. There they go again. The MDC is proving itself to be dillusional. Please listen to your people.

Bhola - 30 September 2013

Good comment @Bhola. The Tambolinyokas think they are doing good by shouting at the top of their vices that elections were stolen by ZANU PF. Do these people really think before they speak? Where were they when elections were being stolen? What does a reasonable person do when he/she thinks that something may attract a thief? PLEASE ADMIT YOUR FAILURES AND PEOPLE WILL RESPECT YOU FOR THAT. And now you are blaming your power struggles on ZANU PF! CHRIST! God have mercy on these people. "Tsvangirayi has fire in his belly", VanaTamborenyoka! The only Tsvangirayi organ on fire are his genitals. PEOPLE VOTED ZANU PF AND THEY ARE IN POWER. THEY CAMPAIGNED!

Chiichocho - 30 September 2013

Good comment @Bhola. The Tambolinyokas think they are doing good by shouting at the top of their vices that elections were stolen by ZANU PF. Do these people really think before they speak? Where were they when elections were being stolen? What does a reasonable person do when he/she thinks that something may attract a thief? PLEASE ADMIT YOUR FAILURES AND PEOPLE WILL RESPECT YOU FOR THAT. And now you are blaming your power struggles on ZANU PF! CHRIST! God have mercy on these people. "Tsvangirayi has fire in his belly", VanaTamborenyoka! The only Tsvangirayi organ on fire are his genitals. PEOPLE VOTED ZANU PF AND THEY ARE IN POWER. THEY CAMPAIGNED!

Chiichocho - 30 September 2013

pwetere pwetere whats that nonsense?what u must know is that it iz ZANU's political rotten gymics to disgrace MDC.fine.whom do yu say he voted forZANU?as for me,my cast was on none other than Tsvangirai.ilove him,dai asiri iye ndisina kuita degree randinaro.what is Znu on earth?theft,bribery,rigging,corruption,greedness,in fact Znu is encompassed with gluttonous zombies masquerading as politica diplomats yet they are vampires who suck up the blood of innocent civilians,ask a grade 2 pupil

gogo - 1 October 2013

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