We will never concede defeat — Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday told Zimbabweans at a rally in Birmingham that the solution in Zimbabwe was unconditional dialogue.

He rejected outright the Zanu PF precondition that the MDC must first concede defeat in the July 31, 2013 elections.

“If they think I will concede defeat, they are deluding themselves because everyone knows last year’s election was stolen.

“I will not do it. Everyone knows that election was stolen,” Tsvangirai told a rapturous crowd.

He said Zimbabweans were facing a serious crisis and the way forward was unconditional dialogue by not just political parties but a broad section of stakeholders that includes students, trade unions, industry and the church, among other players.

He said with good leadership, Zimbabwe had the potential to reclaim its rightful place on the continent and in the world.

He dismissed the speculation that the MDC was desperate to get back into government, saying the call for dialogue was a simple demand for a national conversation that had become very urgent in the wake of the crisis in the country.

He said with Zimbabweans facing such a huge crisis, renewal team leader Tendai Biti and his co-conspirators remained misguided by regarding him, and not Zanu PF, as being at the centre of the national crisis.

He said there was “a group of former colleagues” in the MDC that went on a retreat in January, plotting, not how to deal with Zanu PF and Mugabe who he said were at the centre of the national crisis, but conspiring how to unconstitutionally  remove Tsvangirai from office.

“Ambition is not criminal but there are rules. It is only congress that removes and installs leaders in the MDC,” Tsvangirai said to applause.

“And I also want to assure you that I will not die in office like Robert Mugabe. I will leave office one day and leave others to carry the mantle forward,” he said.

Tsvangirai is in the United Kingdom at the invitation of the Royal Institution of International Affairs who wanted him to speak on the situation in Zimbabwe at Chatham House.

After his presentation at Chatham House on Friday, the MDC president entered day three of his trip with the busy schedule that included an address to Zimbabweans in Birmingham.

The MDC leader also held an hour-long meeting with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham where they discussed the various areas of co-operation, including the possibility of twinning arrangements between the city of Birmingham and some of the cities in
Zimbabwe, most of which are run by MDC-led councils.

The rally was preceded by a meeting between the MDC leader and party structures in the UK and Ireland before a rally was held on Saturday afternoon.

Later, the MDC president, who is accompanied on the UK trip by his wife and officials from his office, was yesterday night, part of a fundraising dinner in Birmingham.

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Chidondova - 28 July 2014

"I also want to assure you that i will not die in office like Robert Mugabe..." but that is exactly what you are doing as of now. You are exhibiting signs of one who is not willing to transfer power to others. Maybe you have no moral right to criticise others of the same thing you doing.

zvirozviyedzwa - 28 July 2014

I think Tsvangirai is not in power as Zviro says. When the likes of Joshua Nkomo and other revolutionary leaders including incumbent were out there in the bush fought Ian Smith's regime, wouldn't that had been considered as cowardice if they left their positions. You must learn to understand and appreciate the notion of being in revolutionary politics. How long will it take to build an MDC brand should Tsvangirai leave now and give the button to a novice like these other guys. Tsvangirai is not hanging on but what he is simply doing is to preserve the MDC brand which is good up to 2018.

Regalia - 28 July 2014

That is the argument often presented by those who hold on forever. He promised to serve for only the then constitutionally two term limit which has since expired. He had to find a way of extending this limit to allow himself lead the party unlimitedly. As a matter of principle, one has to honur their word if they are to be taken seriously in the future. Moreover, Tsvangirai's moral standing was severed by his multiple marriages private and public put together. If he has the temerity to abuse his position while he is still an opposition leader, one wonders what would happen when he has the full state machinery behind him. In my view, he comes across as a potential dictator in the making. However, the choice lies with the rest of the zimbos whether we are for such leaders or not.

zvirozviyedzwa - 28 July 2014

Who cares whether u admit defeat or not. Will that change anything anyway.

Ndugu - 28 July 2014

Why should Tsvangirai hand over MDC T leadership now? Those working hardest&praying for the demise of a strong opposition will keep infiltrating the opposition but victory is certain. Smith used the same evil tactics but he lost.Yes we care a lot,we should never surrender the noble fight to free Zimbabwe.

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Chematama is very dull!!...he now talks of unconditional dialogue to tackle the country's economic woes but the million dollar question is: WHERE WAS HE DURING THE GNU? PAAITANDANISA MADHIREZI AIFUNGA KUTI ZVICHABATSIRA NYIKA HERE??!!

ZVOKWADI - 29 July 2014

"We will never concede defeat" Is this not warning enough of what will come to pass when the wordsmith has power in his fingers? I remember Adolf Hitler and his Nazi propaganda machinery had such high flying catchy phrases during the eve of world war 2. Goebells used to say " We will never capitulate" and Hitler's favourite was " We have providence on our side" And folks, today hark the incanate speaketh . " We will never concede defeat !" Take heed. The warning is loud and clear.

Ndugu Njo Hapa - 29 July 2014

morgan, the most misinterpreted politician in zimbabwe at present. shows how strong he is. biti, mugabe, ncube all are after his neck just imagine.

see - 30 July 2014

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