Don't blame squatters: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the government is clueless about solving Zimbabwe’s housing crisis.

Speaking in Epworth, a shanty suburb in Harare, yesterday — where government is demolishing illegal structures — the MDC leader said as a result, squatters should not be blamed for allocating themselves land.

“You cannot blame people when they allocate themselves land because government has failed them. There is no one to even account why there is no water or sewer system.

“Government does not have a programme to build people’s homes or create jobs for people. We (MDC) will try and... make people have clean sources of water like boreholes,” Tsvangirai said, adding that the government was supposed to ensure people had suitable homes and amenities.

His statements came as Pentagon area residents vowed to stay put and resist whatever government did to them or their property.

Damuson Damuson, the MDC’s Epworth chairman, said Zanu PF had clearly neglected them so that it could manipulate the poor in the area.

“No one will remove us from here. Zanu PF needed this area poor so that it can use the people. We suffered a lot of violence especially in 2008 when our sisters and mothers were raped,” he told Tsvangirai.

Meanwhile, the MDC leader said men in Zimbabwe had allegedly lost “their manhood” as they now depended on women for their livelihood.

“The crowd here... is a sign of high unemployment in the country. These people are a representative of the 85 percent unemployment...,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC president said Zimbabwe was now a nation of vendors.

“But where have you seen a country that has an economy sustained by vending? People need jobs,” he said.

Tsvangirai said the level of fear among Zimbabweans was appalling after a local nurse refused to give him statistics of diseases in the area.

Comments (7)

And now with Mugabe as SADC Chair and AU Chair..there is no future for these poor people. ''Pamberi neAfrica''..useless leaders. We will see a new wave of uprising...soon.

Garikayi - 30 January 2015

vadzoka save vambenge vasipo havo. may be vanga varikumbo vhima vhima se munhu webasa rake.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 30 January 2015

You know what? i like this guy 's observations . Man have lost their manhood bcoz they are being looked after by their wives who are vendors . What else can you want spot on Morgan shows you live among the poor of the poorest citizens of this country you know how they live . You told these morons pretending to be running this country that they should not let people crop every way like mashroom as that would destroy the country but they ignored you now its to late the country is dead , again you said people will suffer heavy under zanu but those in reserves chose to accept intimidation and and lies from zanu voted for useless ailing Mugabe now they are under serious poverty .Morgan you are a leader with a clear vision and all what you talk is what the poor of the poorest in Siachilaba in Binga and Madlambuzi or Ndolwane in Plumtree are saying . Meanwhile Morgan try to learn local languages as a way of kicking out tribalism in our country as a way of promoting other local official languages in the country and that will make you totally different from Matibili I trust you will do that bcoz you listen .

Diibulaanyika - 30 January 2015

Remember Gaddafi akmboitawo Chairman we AU but aripi nhasi?

Fox Makwiravana - 30 January 2015

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