Arrest Tsvangirai: Zanu PF

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has called for the arrest of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying he wants to incite a rebellion against their leader.

Zanu PF was reacting to remarks made by Tsvangirai at a rally in Zhombe on Saturday, where the former prime minister said the country, whose economy is on a downward spiral, cannot be held captive by one man.

Rugare Gumbo, Zanu PF spokesperson, said Tsvangirai should be arrested for inciting mass action.

“He made subversive statements and the law must take its course,” Gumbo told the Daily News. “I am sure the police are aware of this and they will bring him to book. We cannot allow anarchy in the country. Anyone who makes subversive statements should be punished.”

The tough-talking Zanu PF spokesperson said Tsvangirai’s call for mass action was dangerous.

“He must be living in his own world,” Gumbo said. “The same people whom he wants to protest against Mugabe are the same people who voted overwhelmingly for him. So what makes him think that they are ready to join him in his ill-fated mission? Tsvangirai should stop daydreaming.”

Mugabe, who has been leader of Zimbabwe since 1980 was declared victor for his seventh term as president of Zimbabwe on August 3, amid allegations by the MDC of vote fraud. Tensions in the country were already high due to a troubled 2008 vote.

Charity Charamba, the police spokesperson, could not immediately comment on the matter as she was locked up in meetings, while the army spokesperson Overson Mugwisi referred questions to the police.

Tsvangirai said the country, whose economy is on a downward spiral, cannot be held captive by one man.

“We know that people are facing problems but Mugabe does not care,” Tsvangirai said as he pointed to company closures and subsequent employment losses.

“We will soon be mobilising Zimbabweans to take action. Zimbabweans cannot be held hostage by one man.”

The MDC leader said since Mugabe was the author of the current problems — that have worsened since last year’s general elections — he must be dragged to the negotiating table.

“We are now a basket case. Mugabe must be brought to the negotiating table, not by the MDC but rather by the masses of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Eldred Masunungure, a University of Zimbabwe political analyst, warned that Tsvangirai’s mass action strategy will fail.

“That is a very blunt instrument,” Masunungure told the Daily News. “There is no appetite from Zimbabweans for such. It’s a futile exercise. In fact it’s absolutely worthless. These demonstrations will not take the MDC and Zimbabwe anywhere.

“Demonstrations have been ineffective since 2003 and it is for this reason that ZCTU (Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions) abandoned the stayaways. People simply don’t respond to such calls.

“The final push didn’t fly. It was a flop. So Tsvangirai’s call is but a wish and nothing more. Zimbabweans are concerned about the politics of the belly and they are not ready to go into the streets and demonstrate.

“So for me, the mass action is a blocked route. It will not take anyone anywhere. More so, it comes so soon after the elections and I don’t think Mugabe is bothered by such threats.”

Masunungure said Tsvangirai should instead be concentrating on healing fissures in his party.

“What Tsvangirai needs to do is to first heal the party because there is a civil war in the MDC,” he said. “He needs to talk to the rebels and try to find common ground. From then on, he can appeal to the other side (Zanu PF) for engagement on national issues.

“For now, it is futile to be trying to extinguish fire at your neighbour’s house while your own house is on fire. You must look inside before you look outside.”

Comments (81)

If zanupf is left to do as it wants seriously zimbabwe is doomed. MT is right. Soon something is going to give in, hate him or love him but the docile people of zimbabwe have failed the future generations. As for gUmbo of course his bread is buttered by fraud and theft of the people's will and will sing landslide victory which came by cheating not by people.

Maita Manyuka - 1 April 2014

If they arrest Dr Tsvangirai they will be digging their own grave bcz we are going to demonstrate wthr they like it or not.we awaiting for the call from the President of People not Mugabe the President for KILLERS

More - 1 April 2014

Arresting Tsvangirai will be unconstitutional in Zimbabwean. Demonstrations are allowe. Masunungure' analysis might be off radar because before 2008 people were not sure whether any other political party cofishness. So yes that realisation that mass action can and will free them from this bondage will this time motivate them to act this time.

Ziziharinanyanga - 1 April 2014

Masunungure is dead right as this will reap nothing

deeds - 1 April 2014

Mr R.Gumbo you are off tangent-what is anarchy is ZPF's incapacity to stop the economic haeamorhage-what is anarchy to bury your head n the sand pretending that all is well. Therefore, its you and ZPF whom the police should be arresting for your inaction in the face of mounting economic,socal and verily political challenges. As for Eldred, you are as always off-side-i am ready to defend my right to a better future through mass actions but since you are ensconsed in the lap of luxury at UZ you wont be party to that.

Chris MuNdau - 1 April 2014

Indeed we will demonstrate if they arrest him.Zanu pf must not try to do it because they will be in for it.Zanu pf cheated the elections,and they want to arrest Dr Tsvangirai,for what?I am strongly warning you Rugare,stop the rot mupfanami,you will regret it soon.

josefa chinotimba - 1 April 2014

Why arrest Tsvangirai? Such calls by Rugare Gumbo only serves to incite political restlessnes. Surely, it will only lead not only to dissent but political activism which has has consequences for Zanu PF. Persecute one citizen equals to utter disregard of the constitution.

spiffy - 1 April 2014

Political repression will not make people love you or respect you but rather they will hate you for that. You should demonstrate political maturity!!!

watson Oleke - 1 April 2014

Political repression will not make people love you or respect you but rather they will hate you for that. You should demonstrate political maturity!!!

watson Oleke - 1 April 2014

zanu pf must be afraid of the action. if they are doing well, why do they feel insecure? pple must demonstrate to air their displeasure.

triashill - 1 April 2014

zanu pf must be afraid of the action. if they are doing well, why do they feel insecure? pple must demonstrate to air their displeasure.

triashill - 1 April 2014

The 1998 demonstrations are what worsened this economy, and the chief architect of those demos is none other that Save. How does he propose to take us out of this mess when he is the one who caused it? I will not listen to one word from Morgan Tsvangirai. Yes, our economy is bad but still alive, and this man from Nerutanga wants to kill it. Hatidi. Demonstrate alone.

machakachaka - 1 April 2014

Gumbo Rugare is short of words. Zimbabweans did not vote for robert. however if the masses voted for robert, why should tsvangirai be brought to book for words people of zimbabwe will not hinder.why panic, mugabe is answerable for the woes and blues zimbabweans are facing. Mugabe mudenga

munyarari wakachekwa - 1 April 2014

surely, tsvangi MUST be arrested. He has failed to get anything from prophet TBJ and nothing is coming forth. He is hungry for power. Lets give him the correct music behind Chikurubi

arrest tsvangi - 1 April 2014

Fix the mess in your party first then you look at the bigger picture of ruling a country iwe TSVANGIRAI

aiwa - 1 April 2014

Iwe Gumbora, shaya dzinenge dzedhongi. Who are you to tell us what to and what not to do? Munotyeyi imi muriveruzhinji?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 1 April 2014

While it may be a good idea to demonstrate, Zimbos are too occupied scratching for day by day living and ZANU knows this. Our only way out is to make our vote is not stolen again.

Dr Know - 1 April 2014

Why is ZANU PF panicking? And Masunungure is not in touch with reality. People are hurting and we are ready for anything, including Zanu Repressive Police brutality. Taneta. Save, please show us the way, we are behind you on this one. Lets take action

Maidei - 1 April 2014

Tsvangison i don't know who advises you? Your declaration of mass action sounds came from Sikala. We warned you he came to finish you off. Urikusungwa chete. Bhururu svinura, nokuda vakadzi kwako ukainda mujeri you will meet exit orifices for your sexual appetite.

CHENJERAI - 1 April 2014

This Tsangirai is a day dreamer . Job Sikala was frothing just recently about taking to the streets for mass action and there goes the stooge thats his song now . Very soon another political failure will come singing about taking up arms and guess who will start dancing and singing that hym , its that loser obvious . What have you not tried boy smell the coffee Morgan

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 1 April 2014

Pliz those who want to revolt, do it alone , why inciting others.I beleive those without chibanzi or have nothing to do or those who are failers in life think that rotten way!!!!But some of us no!!!!!!! we dont support rubbish thoughts!!!!!!! bye!!!!!

chamangwiza - 1 April 2014

why panicking if you know all is well and people love and support you as you purport. muchapfidza .gwendo guno vanhu mu road kuma demostrations,Iwe masunungure analysis dzako ndedze nhema ziva zvekudya tumari twauri kupiwa pa UZ.

muchapfidza - 1 April 2014

Rugare dream on. Mugabe and his thug party were voted in by NIKUV. Mbavha imbwa dzevanhu. Arrest him and you will see. We are sick and tired of your evil President and party. NXA. Dog with no morals. Reincarnation of the devil himself

Vongai - 1 April 2014

people in zimbabwe are coming close to demostration whether by a call by mt or not, the zim situation is leading to that. zpf not mt is bring this. remember if you push a harmless dog to the corner it will end up biting you. watch out zpf dont be too excited and take people for granted. they are slowly changing and uniting in purpose. the political parties will not be their influence but the stomach.

see - 1 April 2014

"Zimbabweans cannot be held hostage by one man.ā€¯Mugabe is a liability and he must step down!

CHAIBVA CHAORA CHAENDA - 1 April 2014

ZANU PF behaves like a spoiled child. They think the people are that stupid to believe they voted for them when they actually cheated the people. Arresting Tsvangirai will not bring bread and jobs. The reason why you want to arrest him is because you are clueless. You still want to use your evil ways of oppression to rule Zimbabwe. Yes arrest him because that's the only thing you're capable of: harassing, intimidation, abuse, criminality and nikuving. It will give you time to take your focus from thinking about how you're failing to give people jobs and other election manifesto things you promised in vain. Of particular note is your lack of respecting the constitutional terms. When you claim to be the fundis.

Regalia - 1 April 2014

Rugare Gumbo is eating and drinking and in his world he can not see the reason why people should demonstrate and for Masunungure to say mass action wont do thats a misgudgement because last time people had pinned their hope on election and now everyone is convinced that elections will never remove zanu from power now is the tyme with civil servants not getting their salaries we shud take it to the streets and Rugare Gumbo knows kuti nobody voted Zanu if we can go thru the streets asking people today you will be suprissed that noone for voted for that party

Nechekedu - 1 April 2014

Arrest the econOmy which has collapsed than arrest MT.

peter - 1 April 2014

Masunungure imbwa anofunga kuti zvaari kutaura hatizivi vamutuma kuti azvitaure.We are fed up with this Zanunising idiocy, we are hungry and angry and President Tsvangirayi is on-the-spot.Everyone, including Mugabe wacho, kuti he lost heavily the past election but becoz of rigging, he stole our freedom.But you cant stop change, u can only delay it at your own peril.So watch out Gumbo, Masundire, Mugabe and all like-minded robbers

taneta nenhamo - 1 April 2014

Very interesting comments/counters, Just wondering if we were Greece, WHO WOULD WE BE ANGRY WITH, the EU, the god of this or that or ourselves,Yu guys make my day!

Don Wezhira - 1 April 2014

ahhh imi iye anomboshinga kubuditsa mazwi akadai iko ku zanu ndiyani iyeye,,,tsvangson is ryt,,, zim yakuda zve jambaja coz ava varikumusoro uko havana kana clue except kutongobawo twumari twushoma twasara. you dont need a degree to see kurikuenda nyika and very soon enough will be enough.. tangai masunga Happison, Mahachi,Cuthbert,Mliswa,Chombo,mpofu to name a few,,,,then mazouya zvenyu kuna tsvangson

HUMAMBO - 1 April 2014

why are pushing the panic button? because it is very true that you guys are clueless. instead of arresting the rot and the run away economy you want to arrest save and you think that will bring food on our tables. You and your party are sickening to say the least.

kt - 1 April 2014

Please udzaiwo President MT kuti vave conscious about body language and perceived signals. Most of the time vano bata musoro se munhu apererwa. That doesn't send good signals

Dereck - 1 April 2014

This is pathetic..should the ruling party be wasting everyone's time with this trivia while the country is sinking into the murky depths of poverty, penury and deprivation. Where are the priorities? This ndokufikisa approach to politics is so last century..Please Mr. Gumbo please concentrate on governance and plans to get Zimbabweans smiling again not spend productive time on this nonsense. Please...

gutter poet - 1 April 2014

Sungai economy yadai kudambuka dambuka, naTsvangson take take, hamunyare? By arresting Tsvangson, you are sending signal about what you are trying to hide. If he is dreaming why worry? Vangani vedu vanorota vakarara kunyangwa vakamuka, but who cares? Ndiwe nezviroto zvako thats it. Ko yekuti Tsvangie arota ngatisunge yabva kupi nhai iwe dofo Gumbo? Is it constitutional? Where is the democracy that you always preach of? Let Zimbabweans speak in any language they want, its their right.

paAussie Apo - 1 April 2014

This is pathetic..should the ruling party be wasting everyone's time with this trivia while the country is sinking into the murky depths of poverty, penury and deprivation. Where are the priorities? This ndokufikisa approach to politics is so last century..Please Mr. Gumbo please concentrate on governance and plans to get Zimbabweans smiling again not spend productive time on this nonsense. Please...

gutter poet - 1 April 2014

If the learned think like this its pathetic. This degree of Politics & Admin must be done by dull people in most cases. If listen to Dr Charity Manyeruke you just wander whether the analysis is from a retarded mind or someone waking up from a slumber. Something is definitely wrong with either the degree itself or the people who arquire it or both.

Magura - 2 April 2014

hatingafire mbavha dze ZANU Kuratidzira ndizvo

Rugaregumbo - 2 April 2014

What about Cuthbert Dube, Themba Mliswa, Happyson Muchechetere, Tazzen Manzizvidza, and all Zanu PF whoe corruption and crimes are now a daily consumption, must they not also be arrested Cde Tough Talking R. Gumbo?

JSC - 2 April 2014

Hapana chingatadzise tawanda tisina zvokuita saka denhai kambo Save ndichangotangira pandimire pano hapana kusiri kufa takafa kare nenhamo vamwe muchiguta apa muchinyepa zuva nezuva pamberi pevanhu vakakupinzai mabasa acho. ridzai Save tinokada kambo ikako state house pedo mhani!

Chidondova - 2 April 2014

Iwe Gumbo...we would have agreed with you this time had you earlier for the arrest of those stealing from parastals including corrupt ministers! You guys are not serious.... who is not tweeting about our economy on downward spiral? If you arrest MT then what?

Mujoni - 2 April 2014

Endayi munosunga ana amai venyu vapfanhami. Munofunga kusunga Save ndiko kuzvipedza? Nyika rikutsvedza ichienda kumawere imi you are busy threatening the Poeple's President. Makudo evanhu.

Duduza - 2 April 2014

If anyone needs to be arrested and punished it is the entire leadership of ZANU PF whio have reduced this country to a banana republic,potically and economically. They have bankrupted Zimbabwe through their corrupt leadership and primitive accumulation.

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Pumps - 2 April 2014

To shame MT please put the economy in line. Arrest the economy to silence MT

gweje - 2 April 2014

The 1998 demonstrations are what worsened this economy, and the chief architect of those demos

MOYO - 2 April 2014

This is the only language Mugabe & his demons will understand. We should have booted them out rather than trying to convince his courts. Its long overdue, we need it now!!!

miriro - 2 April 2014

point of correction.why are yu not arresting zanu pf thugs who are sabortaging th economy by giving themselves hefy salaries which is supposed to help puplic.Go hang yourselves

muti - 2 April 2014

They shud be arrested for lying to civil servants about salary increments Shame

protestor - 2 April 2014

I am getting tired of Tsvangirayi...If I was CIO/PISI/Military Intelligence I would take initiative against this bharanzi. How can u say you want a democratic/constitutional way of gvt and yet u want an unconstitutional removal of the constitutionally constituted gvt? Constitution yacho iye Tsvangirayi wacho told us to vote yes for mu referendum but now he wants to throw it out bcoz he lost elections? If Tsvangirayi disregards constitutional means to oust ZANU&Mugabe is he so naive as to believe ZANU&Mugabe will use constitutional means to stop him? Will he bring back his kids from RSA&Australia to the frontlines or is he just willing to sacrifice other people's children? Will HE lead from the front when everytime he has called for mass protests he conveniently has important meetings in Spain,Botswana,etc?????? Iwe Tsvangirayi start with a one man demo pa Africa Unity Square tiwone??????

Wezhira Wezhara - 2 April 2014

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