'Let's die for change'

BULAWAYO - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday rallied his supporters to make sacrifices for the party, saying liberation from oppressors is painful and sometimes involves people losing their lives.

Speaking in Bulawayo yesterday during a meeting to present an election template to provinces ahead of the party’s congress, Tsvangirai assured his supporters that his relentless struggle for change in the country would continue until victory.

The former premier offered fresh hope to his supporters, assuring them that the struggle was far from over and also urged them not to give up.

“The people who know the history of a liberation struggle will tell you that people die, people suffer in many ways and this is what we are currently going through,” he said adding that “victory was certain”.

Tsvangirai said it is the people not him who own the struggle and reminded the party structures he was addressing that the MDC was formed by the people after years of maladministration by the Zanu PF government.

“I have heard a lot of stories about personalising the party but whatI will tell you is don’t support me, support the struggle of the people because it’s their project.

“You should have a commitment to support your own struggle. This struggle is not about removing an individual but the liberation of masses from years of suffering,” Tsvangirai told the gathering that was also attended by provincial representatives from Matabeleland North and South.

Tsvangirai’s remarks came as MDC rebels calling themselves renewal team led by Tendai Biti have been riding on the claims that one of the reasons they abandoned the mainstream movement was that it had been personalised by the former prime minister.

Tsvangirai said while the party was busy preparing for the congress due in October, they were already focusing on a vigorous rebuilding exercise meant to “end decades of President Robert Mugabe’s rule.

Downplaying, the perceived party’s weakness as a result of internal frictions, the opposition leader said the organisation was not formed from the boardroom but from participation of the grassroots hence its “unshakable” strength.

He acknowledged the unfavourable manner in which primary elections were held in his party last year but attributed the chaos to Biti and company whom he said already had a hidden agenda which manifested soon after elections.

“During our primary elections things did not go down well but those who continue talking about it are misguided. We should not repeat the same mistake,” Tsvangirai said.

“You should not stop people who want to leave, you hear people say since so and so is gone what are we going to do without him — let him go,” charged Tsvangirai in direct reference to the renewal team leaders.

Some of the senior party members who attended the event are Morgan Komichi, Nelson Chamisa, Tapiwa Mashakada, Lovemore Moyo and party Vice President Thokozani Khupe.

Tsvangirai who admitted that the party was currently not financially sound to manage some of crucial administrative programmes, urged his supporters to financially support the party.

“For long this organisation has been financed by the donors, those people who supported our struggle but now that they left us, it’s time for you to support your own struggle,” he said.

Comments (18)

Tiri tese, sisonke, we are together and we do not need donors but sacrifices from true patriots who want true democracy. We need our children, grand children and generations to come to enjoy true freedom and not this chef thing currently prevailing. Yes the end is on the horizon. Fambayi nendima Save, Hamba lomufolo Save....kusvika zvanaka

Chen Chikezha - 20 July 2014

Amagwala la bathengisi are not wanted in MDC we are lucky to have a leader who is not a sell out .We love you Morgan bcoz you never put your tail in between your legs in fear of Mugabe with you in front of the suffering masses victory is certain .

Diibulaanyika - 20 July 2014

Tine Mishonga yechivanhu inowedzera nguva pabonde kuti irebe, inokudza nhengo dzana baba, inosimbisa musana, inopedza zvirwere zvepabonde, inorapa asima, zvirwere zveshuga uye newekuuchika unoita kuti pamuviri pabate. fonai pa 0737286007.All herbs does not have side effects and comes from Malawi. Free deliveries in Harare and outside we can send through swift

CHIREMBA - 21 July 2014

Change ndiyo irikuda kuunzwa naBiti kaiyo Save. Change haina kungonakira imimi moga. Mukairamba munenge murikuita justify vaya vasingadiwo change. You don't need to die for it, just allow it to happen.

zvirozviyedzwa - 21 July 2014

Tinofamba nemi Save. Chitima cheshanduko chinochaigwa nemi. Vakasara vakabata zvimacents zvavakapiwa naGono neZANU vakatosara, hativacheuki. Famba Save.

Tiringindi - 21 July 2014

Tinofamba nemi Save. Chitima cheshanduko chinochaigwa nemi. Vakasara vakabata zvimacents zvavakapiwa naGono neZANU vakatosara, hativacheuki. Famba Save.

Tiringindi - 21 July 2014

Tsvangirai - waste of space. He now says it was a mistake to go nto the GNU "without destroying the hegemony" he says! How does he propose to do so in the future? Haasi wekutedzera Tsvangirai. Hapana zviripo. Military dictatorship haibviswe ne ma elections.

Musona - 21 July 2014

tanga wafa iwewe tozotevera. hindava kuda kufurira. urikuda mari chete, mbudzi yemunhu

mbudzi - 21 July 2014

Tsvangirai ifa wega. we still want our dear life

wind - 21 July 2014

Save Tsvangirai can you clarify why donors have ditched MDC, I am made to believe that MDC managed to achieve all this because of donor funds, chii chaita kuti vasade kutipa mari ngapataurwe tizive ndatenda

Nyamhangambiri - 21 July 2014

Tiri tose Save. MT ndizvo

kt - 21 July 2014

save havafire chinhu panguva yehondo vakarova pasi nehupenyu hwavo. kungoda kuti zvinhu zvinyanye kuoma kuitira kuti point yavo ioneke. siirai vamwe mukoma. regaiwo biti aturayewo.

zvirozviyedzwa - 21 July 2014

Thank you Mr Tsvangirai. The people of Zimbabwe want jobs, they require true meaningful freedom, they require peace, true peace and a better life for all. We are fully behind you. Help us, lead us. Please. We know ZANU PF policies helped and empowered a few, making some progress in the process. But expecting ZANU PF to reverse the tide may well be expecting too much.

New Tekere - 21 July 2014

" MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday rallied his supporters to make sacrifices for the party, saying liberation from oppressors is painful and sometimes involves people losing their lives" Save should rally himself first. To sacrifice himself and die for the people. Fortunately, he didn't do that 40 years ago. Will he do it this time? You honestly think he is that type? To die for others? Just listen to this clue." “For long this organisation has been financed by the donors, those people who supported our struggle but now that they left us, it's time for you to support your own struggle,” he said. " Kudyiwa wakasvinura sematemba chaiko.

shame - 22 July 2014

From my point o view ,i c no future for mdc t ,so lets biti try ....mayb something better will happen .thank u.......

WALE - 30 July 2014

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