Tsvangirai won't back down on jobs demos

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday vowed that his MDC will continue confronting President Robert Mugabe’s government over the two millions jobs the ruling party promised before elections last year.

While addressing party youths and a legislator freed from remand prison for staging a jobs demo in Harare last month, the MDC leader said no amount of arrests will deter the youths’ demand for jobs.

The party activists were arrested after staging the demo at a time regional leaders were meeting for a Sadc summit in Victoria Falls.

They include MDC MP Ronia Bunjira, Youth of Zimbabwe for Transparency and Progress member Danmore Tshuma, Bridget Nyandoro, Stanley Manyenga, Stewarty Gwebe, Unnete Chibinya and Keith Charumbira, a pastor of Holy Nations Ministries based in Mabvuku.

“Mugabe may put us in jail but he can never put the spirit of the people for freedom in jail, he can’t do that,” Tsvangirai said boldly at his Harvest House headquarters yesterday.

“Ultimately, when we are all in jail, I think we will all be safe but I don’t know whether we will have ever enough food.”

The former premier implored all MDC activists to participate in the struggle to address the deepening economic meltdown.

“As the nation faces this challenging national crisis, it is incumbent upon us, activists, members of the MDC, in participating in trying to find a solution. Kutarisa chete hakubatsiri (Just looking will not help),” the former premier said.  He urged youths to participate in any demonstration for the right cause.

“I just want to say thank you very much for the sacrifice, let’s hope that when workers are demonstrating, when the vendors are demonstrating, when students are demonstrating, when the poor and the women and the youth are demonstrating for rightful causes, we have to participate,” he said.

“But of course, hapana (there is no) struggle isina (without) sacrifice, ndokunowuya (that’s where) heroism yacho (comes from),” Tsvangirai added.

Last month, Tsvangirai warned that he was withdrawing the call for dialogue with Mugabe, and is now focusing on mobilising the people to confront the government.

“We are drawing a line in the sand and we shall pressurise and mobilise the people because those who claim to be in charge have not demonstrated any desire and commitment to solve the pressing national issues.

“They have become bystanders while the country burns,” Tsvangirai said. After meeting Tsvangirai, the activists declared that they would continue fighting.

“We have to take the struggle forward. They tried to harass us in jail but we refused and told them that we know our rights. Our spirits will never be broken,” said Bunjira, one of the activists.

 

Comments (15)

idiotic

peter mayor - 11 September 2014

Are the jobs the only thing Mugabe has failed to deliver to Zimbabweans,Tsvangirai should be ashamed of himself don't use jobs as an excuse to abuse the youths.

beyond - 11 September 2014

No Mugabe has committed a lot of sins to us zimbabweans he formed gukurahundi . to kill zimbabweans Murambaswina .rigging elections the list is endless . but he has not been confronted at all and this is the time to do that viva Morgan uyinkunzi .

Diibulaanyika - 11 September 2014

You are now getting it right Morgan, that is the leadership stlyle that suits the current situation in the country. Leading the nation into defiance of the illegitimate regime.

Jackson Magaya - 11 September 2014

And what happened to the MDC T jobs in the" juice". We will also demonstrate for the jobs we were promised by Tsvangson in his juice.

Ndugu - 11 September 2014

@Ndugu; the MDC-T is not in power. How can they provide jobs when they are not in charge of what happens to the industry and FDI. Reasoning is vital before you post anything. Your hatred of the MDC-T has clouded your reasoning.

mzwazwakankoviyo - 12 September 2014

Beyond is typical of a ZANU PF idiot .There are myriads of ZANU PF misdeeds but jobs are only a starting point. Just recently the demonstrators were foolishly branded western agents to frustrate Mugabe at a Vic Falls SADC meeting.Yes,among many other things,we need jobs.Mugabe is a president for us all, MDC T,MDC N,MKD or ZANU PF. We all need jobs although hypocrites&cowards would rather suffer in silence.

NYADZI DZINOKUNDA RUFU - 12 September 2014

What is wrong in demonstrating for promised but not forthcoming jobs?Everybody needs a job,be they ZANU PF,MDC T,ZANU NDONGA etc. If these demonstrations were nothing serious,ZANU PF would not set their ZRP onto the demonstrators. Politically immature people foolishly hate these noble demonstrations.

KUREMARA KWEPFUNGWA - 12 September 2014

Tsvangirai is a real pain in the lower end for the ZANU PF guys and those in leadership because he is always on point hitting them where it hurts by telling them what they do not want to hear, which is the truth. He was in Uzumba last week visiting poor villagers whose livelihoods were destroyed during election time for simply having a different opinion, yet they would like us to believe that the elections were very peaceful and the will of the people was reflected in the outcome. Where are the 2 million jobs that the people voted ZANU PF 'overwhelmingly' for? The youths under Tsvangirai's wise leadership are simply asking for those promised jobs among other issues, what is so wrong with that that you would set riot police on the hungry and almost hopeless youths?

Dr Know - 12 September 2014

MDC members/supporters and their mad MessiahTsvangison!!! hahahahaha kkkikikiki,aaah yaaah,ndaseka zvangu. When are you going to stop this madness and start participating in intergrating povo so as to get into resuscitating our economy that was destroyed by the arrogate British and Americans?l feel very shame maningi!!!!

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 12 September 2014

MDC members/supporters and their mad MessiahTsvangison!!! hahahahaha kkkikikiki,aaah yaaah,ndaseka zvangu. When are you going to stop this madness and start participating in intergrating povo so as to get into resuscitating our economy that was destroyed by the arrogate British and Americans?l feel very shame maningi!!!!

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 12 September 2014

MDC members/supporters and their mad MessiahTsvangison!!! hahahahaha kkkikikiki,aaah yaaah,ndaseka zvangu. When are you going to stop this madness and start participating in intergrating povo so as to get into resuscitating our economy that was destroyed by the arrogant British and Americans?l feel very shame maningi!!!!

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 12 September 2014

@Hapaz wena mfana yo head must be kokayi you talk of British and Americans destroying our economy where was Mugabe may be he was in Asia for eyes treatments Where was he ? Why does he let foreigners come to destroy our economy while he is sleeping . That cheap politic is so common even villagers in madlambuzi drinking sikokiya will tell you that American never destroyed our economy but this sithutha Mugabe . .

Diibulaanyika - 12 September 2014

kusadzidza kwaTsvangirai . . . . . .ndepapi paskanzi mabasa 2million achauya muna2014? dhofo chairo! if you do not understand what economic programme is ask rather run around disturbing the peace of hard working Zimbabwe people . . . .MORGAIN waidofora kuchikoro nanhasi uchirikungodofora . . . . failure specialist!

nhazi - 13 September 2014

Idiot Nhazi or is it nunzi What did the country benefit from Mugabe 's pile of degrees ? You are the one who is a siruturutu bcoz you easily forget like nkuku yena suthile sikafu yo granny Matibili and zanu have said so many many many times that they will create 2m jobs but bcoz you are always intoxicated by sikokiyana you can not remember that . You can know a fool when he or she start talking Nhazi is a fool.

Diibulaanyika - 13 September 2014

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