Zanu PF has caused poverty: Tsvangirai

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe’s 34-year octopus-like grip on power has impoverished the nation and that there was need for national convergence on the urgent need for change.

Addressing villagers in the political hotbed of Uzumba district in Mashonaland East Province at the weekend, Tsvangirai said Zanu PF thrives on violence and intimidation as well as rigging elections.

The MDC leader, who was in Uzumba for the first time since his party was formed 15 years ago, was handing over building material to people who lost their homes and livelihoods in political-related violence in 2008.

He said despite the fact that the nation was wallowing in Zanu PF-induced poverty, there was a silver lining on the dark cloud as Mugabe’s failure to address the socio-economic challenges affecting citizens will see him go before the 2018 elections.

Tsvangirai said Zanu PF’s capacity to rig elections had reached the ceiling and that his party would be in power as free and fair elections were in the offing sooner rather than later.

“Zanu PF has been rigging elections and using violence and intimidation tactics but they have now exhausted all the means there is, they have nowhere to run, they can’ fix the economy,” Tsvangirai said.

“If you take Zanu PF and MDC activists separately and ask them what they wish for, they have the same aspirations, they want progress, the youths want jobs which Mugabe cannot provide. We are all poor, both MDC and Zanu PF,” he told villagers at Katiyo Business Centre.

Tsvangirai urged the nation to unite against Mugabe whom he accused of “single-handedly destroying the country”.

“People must know that we shall soon cry the tears of joy because I don’t see us getting going until 2018. Something must happen now. Something must certainly happen and we are going for victory.

“They have exhausted all the tricks they had and now there is national convergence on what needs to be done so we will soon cry the tears of joy,” the MDC leader said.

Tsvangirai handed over cement, roofing sheets and door frames to 10 families whose homes were destroyed by Zanu PF youths.

The former PM who was in the company of party deputy national chairman Morgen Komichi had earlier toured villages of the 10 families where he came face to face with trail of destruction that the violence of the 2008 presidential runoff had left.

One of the victims, Florence Machinga, who was the MDC parliamentary candidate in the constituency, narrated how her house was razed down using petrol bombs.

Supporters from violence-prone neighbouring Maramba Pfungwe district told Tsvangirai that his visit had emboldened them despite the level of intimidation that still obtained.

“We feel secure now that you have visited us because we know Zanu PF will tremble. They don’t feel comfortable with the name Tsvangirai even just hearing that you drove through this place,” said  Maramba Pfungwe district chairman Joseph Matambo.

Other victims who received 10 roofing sheets, five bags of cement and two door frames to build two-roomed houses included Jacob Gogodo whose wife Georgina was killed in the violence, Chamunorwa Kupi, Joel Chipitera, Nyumwai Maezva and Tazvitya Konodweta among others.

Prior to the June 2008 presidential runoff, Zanu PF militia unleashed a reign of terror against Tsvangirai’s supporters which left hundreds dead while others became homeless and thousands were left displaced.

Comments (14)

murume uyu muregerereiwo. anongo taura zvisina musoro. tauraika zvamuinazvo zvonogadzirisa matambudziko atiyinawo naisave.

zvirozviyedzwa - 1 September 2014

Haiwavo vana tsvangidhongi, tinyararirei apo, mangova skuta zvayo, imba irikuenda nezvikwereti manje manje so, street kid yomunhu.

reason - 1 September 2014

MDC T toothless bulldog

wind - 1 September 2014

Whenever they hear his name, they tremble! That's for sho. Ishumba yezanu uyu.

chido - 1 September 2014

svangie why don,t you keep your stupid mouth closed it is you how could you agree on that stupid costitution what was put in front of you just go in sit in front of your hut and try to open your blinkers

jack - 2 September 2014

what surprises me most is even those who call tsvangirai a useless whatever a day can not pass by without them talking about him. to mi i think most of them especially the biti lead function expected too much from tsvangirai even many Zimbabweans ,,if you are in support of the war one has to take part in it .musarwadziwe natsvangirai hapana paanoshaya shuga kumba kwake asi vamwe vedu vanotaura zvisina basa ana kiti yatota vakaita sana zvirozviyedzwa ndimi muri kurara madya mapete

chimbambaira - 2 September 2014

Tsvangirai lacks wisdom and vision, He is doing what he should have done when he was Prime minister. I tell you Tsvangidhongi if you had shown concern to the victims of 2008 violence and visited and offered moral and psychological support instead of visiting the high seas you would have won the elections with more than 70%, but come 2018 you wont even manage 25% of the vote. I feel very sorry for you. Lest you arrive at the usual conclusion I dont support Mbiti. Iam just sad that a man can blow such golden opportunity as you did.

Eramunah - 2 September 2014

Tsvangirai should call it a day. This fellow is power hungry. Come rain or thunder he will not rule Zimbabwe. He has no solution he is just criticising Zanu instead of him coming up with something tangible.

omega - 2 September 2014

Once upon a time an excitable but very dull man told a crowd: "Mati muri kushaya? Manje muchanyatsoshaisisa..." The same man begged, cried & grovelled for economic sanctions to be imposed on his country. The effect of the sanctions, as Chester Crocker had warned at the enactment of ZDERA, was to make the economy "SCREAM". Now the same man, who is not blessed with a functional brain or a sense of irony does not see the connection between what he once cried for and the economic problems that the country is facing!! KUSAZIVA KWAKAFANANA NEKUFA!!

ZVAZVIRI - 2 September 2014

Some pple just enjoy talking anything against MT.We're crying for a strong opposition which we now have in MDC T.Of coz those who live on ZANU PF stolen money would have none of what Tsvangirai says but would rather the nation starve & believe the rubbish coming from China.It is very clear for us all to see that ZANU PF will never revive the economy of this country with their Chinese friends.

RAMBAKUUDZWA - 2 September 2014

Zvazviri please don't keep lying about sanctions in Zim.Bob loudly told Tony Blair to keep his England while Bob kept his Zim. Bob told the nation to look EAST but that policy failed&you still talk about non-existent sanctions.Who do you want to fool with your stupid sanctions story??

KUSAZIVA KUFA - 2 September 2014

Zvazviri uridununu chsiro. We are sick and tired of your sanctions mantra. Smith survived real sanctions for over 11 years kwete matuzvi ako aurikutiudza, Who is under sanctions? For your own information we ,the populace, are under sanctions imposed on us by Zanu pf, stupid. Enda unofuga mapitocoti ambuya vako urare shit yomunhu.

Chipoto vhaivhai - 4 September 2014

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