'Mugabe, give others a chance'

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has waded into Zanu PF factional wars, urging 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe to pass on the baton to either Vice President Joice Mujuru or Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to save the economy from further collapse.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 34 years now, has refused to appoint a successor and is widely expected to retain the party presidency when Zanu PF holds its elective congress in December.

Tsvangirai told his supporters in Seke communal lands yesterday that Mugabe was an analogue president in a digital world, and said he has no capacity to fix the mounting economic problems.

The former trade unionist, who shared power with Mugabe in an uneasy coalition government between 2009 to 2013, said as long as Mugabe was at the helm, the economy will continue on a downward spiral.

“What Mugabe does is now in the past, we must set a new direction for the country to prosper,” Tsvangirai said.

“As long as Mugabe is there as the president and at 90, no one is going to invest in the country. He should even pass the baton even to Mujuru or Mnangagwa.”

Factional fights in Zanu PF have reached fever pitch with Mujuru and Mnangagwa billed as the front-runners to succeed the ageing Zanu PF leader.

“It is better (to have Mujuru or Mnangagwa) because he (Mugabe) is stuck in the State House and doesn’t know what is happening,” Tsvangirai said.

Mugabe, who is desperately trying to contain factional wars in the ruling party, has been globetrotting, leaving the crisis on the home-front unattended

Tsvangirai said the country was also battered by an adverse global perception.

He said the real solution to the mounting economic crisis — characterised by deflation, company closures and industrial contraction — lies in an MDC-led government.

With Zanu PF struggling to revive the economy, Tsvangirai said there was an urgent need to attract foreign direct investment and also come up with a clear economic plan to extricate the country from the present economic quagmire.

Zanu PF’s economic blueprint ZimAsset, which Mugabe’s party is touting as the panacea to the country’s woes, has already been dismissed as pie in the sky by economic and political experts.

The economic blueprint needs a huge capital injection of $27 billion.

By its own admission, Zanu PF says it could take up to 40 years for the objectives of the five-year economic plan to be realised. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has already painted a gloomy outlook, with senior division chief, Simon Nyarota telling a meeting of industrialists in Harare last week that the economy would further “decline and it will be similar to the 2007/08 but this will be worse because we are dollarized so we do not have anything or a policy that will stabilise the economy immediately like what happened in 2009.”

With unemployment hovering around 80 percent and industries downsizing or closing down almost on a weekly basis, Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans were at the mercy of Zanu PF.

“The problem in Zimbabwe humbwende (cowardice),” he said. “Fear will not get us anywhere; it will not solve our problems.

“Sometimes I wish I was still young,” said the MDC leader as he emboldened his party youths to demand jobs and social services from the ruling government.

Comments (33)

Save mati kudii? moda tiite sei? ko tiunzirei pfuti imi moinda mberika. tiparare mosara muchidya saka takadzidzirei?

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water.. - 30 June 2014

Mugabe will never hand over leadership of his ZANU PF to anyone even in a thousand years.The guy loves power such that he cannot even share same with God. Of course the economy is collapsing but Mugabe does not give a damn.Worse with DisGrace on his side.

kufakurinene - 30 June 2014

That is the problem with Tsvangirai he wants to encite other people' children yet when the time comes he runs and seek refugee at some embassy, enroute to Botswana my man you don't have to wish you were young your sons Edwin and Garikai should be in front sinse ndimi munezenge muri panyanga how about it

Nyamhangambiri - 30 June 2014

After failing to defeat Cde Mugabe at the elections, Tsvangiruza wants to appoint himself as kingmaker in govt! Telling an elected leader to hand over power unconstutionally is very silly of a leader who claims to espouse democracy. About the economy, the MDCT faction leader is silent of the sanctions and their effects on the econmy , why? The people of Zim know well how he supports the sanctions that are causing their suffering.

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 30 June 2014

the economy is on freefall - the alternative is to fix it - Old man cant do it - take up arms and fix the economy must be the message to all loving Zimbabweans.

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Gilbert Muzamhindo - 30 June 2014

Save has only mentioned the problems with us Zimbabweans.Even Mugabe himself once said'NYIKA YAKATORWA NEGIDI HAYITORWE NEPENZURA'. It is true we are cowards in Zimbabwe but we desperately want freedom.How are we going to get it??

KUKURUKURA HUNGEWAPOTSWA - 30 June 2014

Zimbabweans are docile like donkeys and sheep they will never do anything to free themselves from Mugabe. He can do whatever he wants including forcing them to vote for him . Only Morgan walks around with his tail up the rest its tails in between legs in fear of this ailing 90yr Malawian . Mbendes will remain eating human waste for ever

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Sadowski - 30 June 2014

Yes, some Zimbabweans wish to rest Mugabe for different reasons. But how did Tsvangirai come up with these two names as replacements for Bob? Who told Tsvangirai that these are the best two to be considered for replacing Mugabe. Is it not a sign of weakness to urge your political opponents to keep ruling? What has gone wrong with your plans to replace Mugabe? When did Tsvangirai become kingmaker in Zanu pf?

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CHIREMBA - 1 July 2014

It is a public secret that there are two factions in ZANU PF,one led by Mnangagwa & the other by Joyce Mujuru.Tsvangirai is equally a true Zimbabwean with the right to make suggestions on anything that affect all of us including the ZANU PF leadership. 'Kuvhunduka chati kwatara hunge uyine katurike.' Yes everyone with the love of Zimbabwe & its people at heart agrees that Mugabe is now too old to be our president. He has done his part but unfortunately,we have plenty of selfish people who think they stand to lose their ill-gotten richess if Mugabe goes.

rinemanyanga hariputirwe - 1 July 2014

asi tsvangirai anondishamisa. one minute u say election was stolen and u do not recognize the government ye zanu. next thing you say the only way out is another gnu.mangwana wamuka woti Mugabe ngaape mai mujuru kana munangagwa power. what is this guy's position? is this the kind of guy we need to lead us?

chando - 1 July 2014

Mumwe wangu aneproblem yemusoro. What he says costs the reputation of his party dearly. I do not understand whether he has advisors at all. Those proposing for a renewed party seem to be right given the type of leadership exhibited by save. In my view, save is for opposition for life.

taurai - 1 July 2014

yes it true, we need a change in leadership if the pres does not trust his colleagues, even a flie we dont mind ol we need is CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP.

Hazvie - 1 July 2014

Is this guy the right guy to talk about giving others a chance. Aint this the same reason the MDC is currently in a mess because does not want to be challenged.I think its important he firts looks internally before you start lecturing others. Dailynews also please question some of these stories that your run.

Laughing - 1 July 2014

Save is being pragmatic we bare stuck with ZANUPF up to 2018 and the only way to go to save the economy is to have an energetic and sober minded person from the party to take over. After all that's provided for in the new constitution what Save is trying to say politely is that his excellence is as good as incapacitated so he should handover power to someone within the party .There are two factions led by the persons mention so nothing is wrong in suggesting that.

aluta continua - 1 July 2014

I think most people are missing the point that Tsvangirai was pointing out. He is saying since ZANU is in power until 2018 when elections are to held, they should retire their tired leader and pass on the baton to either one of the leading contenders who we all know as Mnangagwa and Mujuru until then. The rate at which the economy is collapsing needs an energetic somebody which the 90 year old is failing to do. He never said he is giving in to Mujuru and Mnangagwa, no wonder we are stuck where we are, we never seem to learn. We keep making the same mistake over and over again, voting the same tired ancient people into power.

Dr Know - 1 July 2014

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gaza - 1 July 2014

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Save suggesting that Mugabe, very old as he is,should hand over leadership to someone in his ZANU PF party.Save as a Zimbabwean is concerned that the country needs a relatively young president capable of plucking our economy from imminent collapse.This is very reasonable&responsible,NOT party politics. Zimbabwe does not belong to an individual. The so called 'leadership renewal team'led by TB is a clandestine lot not at all comparable to what Save is calling for.

mugashidzanwa - 1 July 2014

Save, Richadino Morgino Tsvangino , kubva paye pamakambokinditswa musoro ukafuta kunge bhora , pfungwa dzakazodzokedzana kuti kwadi kwadi here? Kana ndimiwo save inzwai dama iri: “Sometimes I wish I was still young,” said the MDC leader. Mucharangarira here gore riye muchishanda kuTrojan Mine muri chijaya chakasvika? Makagodii neujaya hwenyu vamwe vezera renyu nehwana hudokodoko kwamuri huchienda KuMoza kuhondo? Mapaonawoka apo save Richadino? Inzwai zvakare : “The problem in Zimbabwe humbwende (cowardice),” he said. “Fear will not get us anywhere; it will not solve our problems" Nhandi Save Morgino Tsvangino, imi mukanzi tendekai mbwende, munotendeka ani chaizvo izvo, umbowo huri hupi? Ko uyu mufana wekuTrojan Mine uyu munotii naye? Ko ipo ppanyaya yekusiira vamwe apa, zviya makazodiiko naElton Mangoma aimbotaurira imi matama iwayo iko kuHarvest uku? Makamuisa kupi? Chokwadi bofu rigotanarara kuratidza vane meso nzira? Hurwere rudzii hwakadaro? Apa dai zvaibvira save takwanawo apa.

Fairtalk - 1 July 2014

How can Mugabe know what is happening, when those around him are busy creating Baba jukwas and Amai jukwas. Tsvangirayi let Zanu PF rot on its own.Tell me the difference that Mai Mujuru and Munangagwa can bring usatambe nesu mudhara

limwaz - 1 July 2014

THE GRACELESS FORMER PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI SHOULD GIVE OTHERS IN HIS RAMSHARKLE SELF-TITLED POLITICAL PARTY TO LEAD IT. IT IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THAT TSVANGIRAI'S LEADERSHIP IS ON A CLIFF EDGE AND THIS HAS NOTHING WITH PRESIDENT. ASK BITI FOR THE REASONS.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 1 July 2014

THE GRACELESS FORMER PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI SHOULD GIVE OTHERS IN HIS RAMSHARKLE SELF-TITLED POLITICAL PARTY TO LEAD IT. IT IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THAT TSVANGIRAI'S LEADERSHIP IS ON A CLIFF EDGE AND THIS HAS NOTHING WITH PRESIDENT. ASK BITI FOR THE REASONS.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 1 July 2014

people may sae bad things bwt tsvangirai but come to think of it who made you as zimbabweans survive in 2008 and who went and brought in US dollars to zimbabwe.mugabe is very very old about 90 yrs old and still leading and you think the countrys economy can change ,as long as mugabe still rules hapana anotonga zim.Tsvangirai you are my leader but let me tell you you will never lead zimbabwe forget and smile

jiggies - 2 July 2014

people may sae bad things bwt tsvangirai but come to think of it who made you as zimbabweans survive in 2008 and who went and brought in US dollars to zimbabwe.mugabe is very very old about 90 yrs old and still leading and you think the countrys economy can change ,as long as mugabe still rules hapana anotonga zim.Tsvangirai you are my leader but let me tell you you will never lead zimbabwe forget and smile

jiggies - 2 July 2014

Morgan and company,siyai President Mgabe varipo because @ least he can control zw from Zambezi to Limpopo,.....1.libya,every1 has got guns,2. Egypt they strike any time they feel,3. Iraq they blow up public places.wakamboona here kuti mutemo uchiri kutevedzerwa compared to zw's nextdoors.......munhu akaikoromora kwamutare,otizira ku Binga,anobatwa chete..." the only President aka shora ngochani in the whole world ..... saka Tsvangirai hauna nyaya

matica - 2 July 2014

Hypocrisy on gays is there for everyone to see.Our first president, Rev Canaan Banana was a gay who even raped men. GALZ even threatened to expose gay bigwigs in our midst.Worse still, GALZ remains a legally registered organization with a very clear physical address in Zimbabwe.Why allow it to operate???

ZVEKUNYEPERANA - 7 July 2014

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