Mugabe snubs Tsvangirai

HARARE - Ex-prime Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai faces the prospect of leaving office without a retirement package, following the scuttling of talks with President Robert Mugabe to define his benefits.

Government is also yet to assent to the evaluation of Tsvangirai’s Highlands mansion.

“The government has not evaluated the house and as such the onus solely lies on the government to play the ball,” Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson told the Daily News yesterday.

“They have to come and evaluate the house and then give Tsvangirai the right of (first) refusal.”

With Mugabe keeping Tsvangirai at bay, scuttling discussions on the Highlands mansion, which the former Prime Minister is currently staying in, frustration seems to be setting in.

The former premier is currently living in suspense, as government has not made it clear whether it intends to evict him out or sell the house to him.

The house was bought by government for $750 000 and officials say it was renovated for $1.5 million.

A team from the Public Works ministry visited the residence two months back in a chilling stop-over.

Efforts to get a comment from George Charamba, Mugabe’s spokesman, were futile yesterday.

Official sources say hawks in Zanu PF are pushing for an order directing that Tsvangirai vacates the official residence.

Tamborinyoka told the Daily News yesterday that government has not communicated anything to his boss regarding the house.

“Tsvangirai is still staying at the official residence,” Tamborinyoka said. “We have not received any communication from the government and therefore I cannot tell you what is going to happen concerning the house.

“But according to the law, Tsvangirai has the first right of refusal if the government intends to sell the house.”

Tamborinyoka said government has not even evaluated the house.

Asked if Mugabe was snubbing Tsvangirai, Tamborinyoka said the former premier was not desperate for a meeting with Mugabe but only wanted government to evaluate the property.

“Why would he want to meet Mugabe?” Tamborinyoka said.

“About the house, it is very clear that it has to be evaluated and he must be given first right of refusal and so I don’t see any reason why he must meet with the president.”

Sources say Tsvangirai was infuriated when government fired about 100 civil servants who served in his office during the inclusive government.

“On the retrenched staff, those were employed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Tsvangirai has got nothing to do with PSC,” Tamborinyoka said.

Nathaniel Manheru, a State media newspaper columnist, last month suggested that Tsvangirai stood to benefit personally if he accepted Zanu PF’s electoral victory, which he has rejected as a fraud.

“Here is one about-turn which levies not an iota of a cost on him personally, on his party or his white benefactors. Yet it will restore him dignity, open new possibilities of engaging the winner in national spirit, for national gain. Yes, for personal gain. Even his supporters will gain too,” wrote Manheru.

“His former ministers, including his deputy, want assistance from the Zanu PF government, as indeed does he too. But the bind is a simple one: how do you engage a government you don’t recognise?

Once he recognises the obvious victory of Zanu PF, he leads his defeated supporters into becoming strong MDCs who are good, loyal citizens of the country.”

Comments (37)

Does he not have a house of his own?

peter seru - 4 December 2013

TSVANGIRAI IS A FOOL.THE SOONER HE SWALLOWS HIS STUPID PRIDE AND RETURN TO HIS HUMBLY STRATHAVEN HOME THE BETTER AND MORE PEACE OF MIND FOR HIM.THE PROBLEM WITH THIS MAN IS SIMPLY THAT HE JUST DOES NOT LISTEN TO COMMON SENSE ADVISE.ZANU WILL BAIT HIM AND HUMILIATE HIM AND I SAY YOU DESERVE IT YOU IDIOT.

MASCARA - 4 December 2013

Mascara he is not a fool. you have to see vindictiveness. A wrong will never be right because it has been done to a person who you don't like. Zimbabwe will be cursed as long as we remain vindictive. It is his democratic right to dismiss the results of the election does that stop Mugabe from ruling or will that make Mugabe be able to run this country if he cannot which he has proved well that he can't for the past 30 years or so.

Maita Manyuka - 4 December 2013

I support your argument MASCARA. Mr Tsvangirai is making a spectacle of himself by waiting for crumbs at Mugabe's table. He is making Bob feel important for nothing. It is quite clear that there is no law that gives govt officials any right to have their official residences sold to them on leaving office. If the house is valued at $750 000, then Morgan can simply buy at least 3 good houses with that kind of money. Maybe he is waiting to have the house donated to him? It seems Tsvangirai has developed a sense of entitlement over govt assets and this is a terrible psychological make-up for one aspiring to president. Just go home to Strathaven, Morgan !

Feldman Bandura - 4 December 2013

This guy is a former prime minister of this land and for heaven's sake if the law says he has the right of first refusal. Maybe chirungu ichi chiri kunetsa vanhu kunzwisisa or some just hate him to the bone. Iwe Mascara unofunga gvt yakanyararirei panyaya iyoyo. Isu vamwe we wait to see how they are going to handle the issue so we can justifiably make our conclusions. Morgan haana pressure yekudzokera kuStrathaven as some of us may want. Ngavamuburitsire zvinhu panze tione

Tibugari - 4 December 2013

Recycling old news. The norm in any walk of life is to negotiate perks at the interview or beginning of employment not after. What was he thinking? Tsvangirai made a mistake of thinking election victory was already in the bag before a single vote was cast. He should suffer the consequences of his bad judgement.

Musona - 4 December 2013

Tsvangirai should vacate the house. Where are his supporters living? In government houses? He must learn to associate with his supporters in everything. Life is hard to many Zimbabweans and so must it be to him. Living in luxary will only cost him a price.

Farai - 4 December 2013

Maybe the reporter and readers should help by specifying the excact law which says the government property should be sold in the first place and if its to be sold Tsvangirai has right of first refusal. On the issue of Tsvangirai being snubbed by President Mugabe people should note that MDC-T does not recognise the President so how then can the President talk about Tsvangirai's package when the larter does not recognise him. he will negotiate in what capacity now.

mbatatisi - 4 December 2013

what these Zanu PF folks are forgetting what they do to others sets a precedence of what will be done to them some day they will get out of power. If they make pensions a tradition like in SA it will come back to them some day. Whenever you are being cruel you are setting yourself a standard which shall be used against you some day. On another note guys let's be honest who ever wants to leave a job without an exit perk whether you are getting out voluntarily or by choice.

Ngoni - 4 December 2013

Evict the puppet!

Matambo Silvester - 4 December 2013

morgan we support yu body and soul vacate the house and go somewhere just leave the doors open and go, don't wait for crumbs from the oldman's table for real uchatonga one day hear this from me

JAYJAY - 4 December 2013

In law-abiding countries it would be a matter of principle to offer Mr Tsvangirai whatever is due to him as former Prime Minister. It would not have dependant on the "generosity" of a party leader. But then,this is Zimbabwe where ZANU PF does as it likes. No rule of law.

joseph - 4 December 2013

SAVE DO NOT WORRY WHAT THE WAR MONGERS SAY ABOUT YOU.WE LOVE,ADORE,RESPECT AND LIKE YOU.WE ENJOYED YOUR SHORT STAY AS PRIMINISTER OF ZIMBABWE.THAT WAS WONDERFUL NOW THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE HAVE SOMETHING TO BENCHMARK ON.SO FAR IF WE WERE TO ASK HONEST PEOPLE :WHAT THEY PREFER:THE CURRENT STAGNATION OR YOUR SHORT STINT IN WHICH YOU WERE CONTINUALLY PERSECUTED FOR PUSHING FOR DEMORCRACY, I AM QUITE SURE; NO SANE ZIMBABWEAN WOULD WANT THIS SPIRAL DOWNFALL. BRAVO SAVE AND YOUR TEAM OF EXCELLENCE. I THANK YOU ESPECIALLY FOR SERVING THE HEALTH AND EDUCATIION SECTORS.

BABA NASHE - 4 December 2013

Guys we seem to be having little if not zero knowledge about how this issue should be dealt with. Just wait and see the best is yet to come. Obviously the book contents will rule on this issue

murambiwa - 4 December 2013

Tsvangson should be evicted form that house as he does not deserve to be there in the first place given his drubbing by Bob. Hopefully in 2018 someone who loses with a more respectable margin may be offered the house. How can a nonentity occupy such a powerful address? Does he want to lower the value of the surrounding properties. He belongs in Mabelreign or alternatively he should relocate to Buhera

Sikhosana - 4 December 2013

MDC should have done all this whilst in power, put in that every Minister should be entitled to a pension, when they leave Office, but bcoz they thought it would be Zanu Ministers ' problem and not theirs, they did nothing, they were sleeping for 4 years whilst they had a say, now they want to wake up when the house if flooding with rain .water.

Nomsa - 4 December 2013

The house is worth 1.5million USD, if offered to buy, where is Tsvangirai going to get the money from? He is a milloner now? ZANU PF rigged the election in the manner they did because they can't stand opposition. Why is the opposition leader thinking he will treated any different this time?Iys a government house, changes are its bugged, complete with hidden cameras. Mr tsvangirai LEAVE that house. If you have 1.5million, can build another house just a good anywhere in Zimbabwe.

taps - 4 December 2013

The house is worth 1.5million USD, if offered to buy IT, where is Tsvangirai going to get the money from? He is a millionaire now? ZANU PF rigged the LAST election in the manner they did because they can't stand opposition. Why is the opposition leader thinking he will be treated any different this time?Its a government house, chances are its bugged, complete with hidden cameras. Mr tsvangirai LEAVE that house. If you have 1.5million, you can build another house just a good anywhere in Zimbabwe

taps - 4 December 2013

Tsvangirai buda tisati takukwatura you forget zimbabwe grounds when we baptised you

Colonel - 4 December 2013

We are also Government workers in the houses we are required to vacate when time comes. Is it possible to give all Gvt workers choice to by all the houses? Where will those coming after us going to stay. Buda mumba yehurumende ukaitarisa ine GP -number haisi yako. tenga yako nemari yawakapiwa nemabhunu!

FOKORO - 4 December 2013

We love to miss the point. Tsvangirai has the right of first refusal to buy if the government is selling the said property. Since the post of Prime Minister is not part of the new dispensation, in the absence of the trademark vindictiveness of Zanu-PF, selling the property would be the best way. Tsvangirai is a former Prime Minister, he deserves terminal benefits commensurate with this position. This arrangement should seen through regardless of whether Tsvangirai recognizes the current government or not. Does the current government need to be approved by Tsvangirai? We allow idiocy to take the lead in matters where responsible people are supposed to behave respinsibly.

TM - 4 December 2013

Did the government say they are selling the house?

ngubo ngubo - 4 December 2013

why does mugabe and zanu feel the need to be legitimised by Tsvangirai if they won fairly .........To rule? u cant rigg the economy PERIOD!!! no money , no budget...no salary ,no budget.

tru - 4 December 2013

One one hand, Tsvangirai does not recognize Mugabe, and says, he will not accept defeat. So that makes the situation difficult, as the same hand you are biting is the same hand you want to receive the retirement package from. That means all the other Deputy Prime Ministers, MPs and Ministers should also receive the same.

themba - 4 December 2013

I. Dont see anywhere where Tsangson says i am retirering and i want a package except for the fact t it is the writers opinion....

luke - 4 December 2013

Baba vangu shumba imi aTsvangirai stop that idiotic behavior, asekuru chero zvikanzi Mugabe akabirira angabirira zvakadaro ? Of cause I voted you bt takadyiwa asekuru. ndirikutochema mari yandakashandisa kuuya kuzimbabwe. Stop fighting and work together for the betterment of people.

clau - 5 December 2013

Go to Buhera unofudza mombe nekurima mbambaira if the Strathaven house is leased on a long term. Get out of that GoZ house.

chipaz - 5 December 2013

if u want to know a party with doolads at the helm and sub educated and uneducated fools go to zpf they never read along the lines. the eyes of their understanding are forever veiled until reality sinks

atz - 6 December 2013

Interesting. Can they not provide an alternative house. In other countries leaders move out of state houses when their circumstances change. In South Africa the presidents leave state accommodation to private homes. They reportedly build these with their own money but the bottom line is they leave state accommodation when they leave office.

Vano Tambura - 6 December 2013

THE TRUTH IS THAT MORGAN TSVANGIRAI WAS THE PRIME MINISTER, WHICH MEANS HE WAS THE FIRST OR THE SENIOR MINISTER AND THEREFORE ONE OF THE MINISTERS. ABOVE ALL THE MINISTERS WERE THE DEPUTY PRESIDENTS AND AT APEX OF GOVERNMENT WAS THE STATE PRESIDENT. IF EX-PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI WAS GIVEN A HOUSE , ALL THE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS SHOULD ALL AWARDED HOUSES. AS FOR THE EX-PRIME MINISTER BUYiING THE RESIDENCY HE IS ILLEGALLY OCCUPYING(SINCE HE IS NO LONGER PRIME MINISTER), THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO SELL A GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TO TSVANGIRAI. THE PROBLEM WITH THE ONCE- UPON-A- TIME PRIME MINISTER IS A PERMANENT ALL DAY DREAMER.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 7 December 2013

You stupid, idotic and ignorant Zanu supporters. The issue does not need the much attention you want to manufacture. Ko Save havasi vekuti vanoda imba. He wants to improve the welfare of the Zimbabweans. Chero mukavadzinga vakagara mumuti seshiri kana mubako sembira, he is the people's president. We support him religiously. ko nhasi, comment on how heroic Mandela has proved to be. Can you Zanu people ever imagine your own donkey being honoured like that? Shame u Zanu people

Tovuraigwa Nyika - 8 December 2013

In any case Tsvangirai is not desparate for accomodation,that man is a Trade unionist to the highest level ,his rights he knows,if you look closely those in so called gvnt knows (have seen) the importance of Tsvangirai in our Zimbabwean economy,hence they want his blessings of a stolen election,to those who knows Tsvangirai never will he do that for the sake of personnel benefits,those are the ethics and princepals which the Mandelas are celebrated today worldwide,Tsvangirai willo rule this country wait and see but for now never usapfugamira chidhori chaNebbukatinazzer.

terra cotta - 9 December 2013

In any case Tsvangirai is not desparate for accomodation,that man is a Trade unionist to the highest level ,his rights he knows,if you look closely those in so called gvnt knows (have seen) the importance of Tsvangirai in our Zimbabwean economy,hence they want his blessings of a stolen election,to those who knows Tsvangirai never will he do that for the sake of personnel benefits,those are the ethics and princepals which the Mandelas are celebrated today worldwide,Tsvangirai willo rule this country wait and see but for now never usapfugamira chidhori chaNebbukatinazzer.

terra cotta - 9 December 2013

If MDC-T boycotted openning of parliament because president Mugabe was officiating it will be surprising if the same party now need his blessings to acquire goverment property. Let them get the approval from the president they recognise.

mbatatisi - 9 December 2013

poor old Tsvangirai, always one not to have any dignity. Why can't he just move to HIS OWN house and keep his head high.

Nyika Ndeyedu - 9 December 2013

akarohwa fair kana achida ndaadzoke 2018 ndo patinomupa size

c, mukawu - 1 January 2015

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