Tsvangirai stages huge Harare rally

HARARE - Thousands of people yesterday turned up for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare, where the MDC president demanded that President Robert Mugabe resigns as his wife had now allegedly usurped power from him.

The surprising massive turnout in Highfield high density suburb put paid to suggestions from the former prime minister’s detractors that Tsvangirai was fast fading into political oblivion.

Speaking at the rally, MDC national executive member Job Sikhala said people had turned up in their numbers because Tsvangirai was “their only saviour from the evil rule of Zanu PF.”

“People came here because they are hungry and suffering and that is why they are here. Most families cannot even budget for a month because the money is not there. They only budget $2 for two weeks and that’s how bad the situation is.

“So they came here to see you (MDC) president and hear what the way forward is because people cannot continue wallowing in poverty. We are ready to go on the streets and demonstrate peacefully, just like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi did,” Sikhala said.



Joanna Mamombe, Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) gender secretary, agreed with Sikhala saying students in universities and colleges were suffering terribly because of Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s misrule.

“Things are tough out there for students. Government is failing us as students. We are being chucked out of universities for failing to pay full fees at once.

“There are no students’ loans or grants. So you can see that things are not moving,” Mamombe said.

On his part, Tsvangirai — who spoke for about 40 minutes — demanded Mugabe’s immediate resignation, accusing the nonagenarian of allowing his wife to usurp executive power from him.

“We are no longer sure who is ruling between him and his wife. If Mugabe is old and tired and is allowing his wife to take power and make executive decisions we say ‘No’ to this.

“When a president is tired he should simply resign and go and rest, and allow those who are capable to run the state of affairs of the country,” Tsvangirai said.

A fortnight ago Mugabe was forced to take the unusual step of announcing to the world that he was still in charge of both the ruling party and the government following months of frenzied speculation regarding the alleged undue influence that Grace now had on him.



But instead of dousing the speculation, Mugabe’s attempt at asserting his authority appeared to feed the widespread belief that Grace was now firmly in charge of Zimbabwe — with most social media chatter in fact suggesting that the nonagenarian’s unusual move had only served to confirm the speculation.

Tsvangirai said yesterday that the country was in a crisis because the ruling party did not have leadership.

“There is no longer any leadership in Zanu PF and that is why we have this crisis as a country. Zanu PF has no capacity given its infighting and divisions. It has no capacity to deal with the crisis.

“From the so-called elections in 2013, nothing is improving and things are getting worse. Then you have someone say he will invade the remaining white-owned farms.

“He then goes on to warn judges not to handle (Didymus) Mutasa’s case.

This shows that there is no rule of law in Zimbabwe. With no rule of law how can we attract investors,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC leader said further that Zanu PF had failed to deliver on all the promises it had made in 2013.

“In 2013 Zanu PF made lots of promises of jobs and economic expansion among others, but up to today the party has failed to fulfil even one of these promises,” he said. He also declared that no one should tell his party when to stage peaceful demonstrations saying, “We have capacity to mobilise people. We will not allow anyone to determine our agenda. We will define the agenda and time.”

Tsvangirai also said he wanted to launch an international campaign to “conscientise the world” about the growing Zimbabwean crisis.

“We want to launch national and international campaigns to make sure that the world knows what Zanu PF is doing to people of Zimbabwe. We want to go to Sadc countries and ask them that since you are the ones who endorsed the so-called 2013 elections are you aware of what Zanu PF is doing to the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

He went on to vow that he would liberate Zimbabweans from “the evil rule of Zanu PF.”

“We have an obligation to liberate people of Zimbabwe once more. In 1980 we were liberated from the settler rule and this time we have to liberate people from Zanu PF’s evil rule so that they enjoy justice, freedom and solidarity.

“But it doesn’t come freely but through service and sacrifice. We shall liberate ourselves because no one will liberate us,” Tsvangirai said.

He also said the MDC would never participle in elections without necessary electoral reforms.

Comments (35)

Mugabe should have the good grace to step down. Or maybe she is not a good Grace?

Philip Machanick - 8 March 2015

Tsvangirai's popularity is surging because he speaks what the people want to hear,he has the right message for the people.He understands what the hardships that the people are going through.He is the mountain on which when the people stand can see tomorrow, a better tomorrow. Zpf has taken people for granted for far too long and Mugabe does not care about our suffering.Getting to 91 yrs of age and probably more is NOT a blessing from God at all as he and his cabal would want us believe but it is actually a CURSE!God wants Mugabe to be tormented while still alive as he sees himself being denigrated by whomsoever over the worsening crises in this country.People are calling him names every day because they are angry with him,world leaders are isolating him everyday,China is cheating him in their deals and Zim is not benefitting in any way,industries are closing down, people are starving,his zpf party is going to the dogs, he has more enemies now than ever before,Grace is making things even worse not only for Zimbabweans but for Mugabe himself and the whole of Zpf and everything is jist not right for the Commander in-Chief and you say his long life is a blessing?The man is experiencing his hell and may God make him live longer so that Mugabe continues to see what he had not wanted to see.

Cde Dokora - 8 March 2015

The west donates hundreds of millions for our amenities and education. China gives us loans on heavy interest. Who is a better friend??? Where is Zanu-PF's logic?

Mbareboy - 8 March 2015

This is the man who used to speak bad about Idi Amin, this the man who used to denounce Mobutu Sese Seko, and is the same man who paid several visits to Dr Witchdoctoctor Kamuzu Hastings Banda. It is not a surprise at all. Mugabe rule on as Kamuzu did.

Domingos - 8 March 2015

Despite spirited attempts to destroy him, Tsvangirai is still standing and one cannot help but admire him. How many people have survived a 24/7 onslaught from the CIO, Army, ZRP, ZBC, Sun Mail, Herald? This man is the only one who can galvanize support and lead us out of this mess. We were told he has lost support and sinking into oblivion but where are these people coming from? Mugabe is using taxpayers cash to go after innocent people who are telling him the truth.

Disaster - 8 March 2015

Tswangirai like all of an imperfect man but the only one with courage to face up to the evil of zanu. zimbabweans need to get real and rally behind the only change agent we have. we are embarrassing ourselves complaining about a91 yr old man. they have successfully used tribalism to entrench their power also taking advantage of the un employable poor young men they move into zanu youth to work as mad dogs. Zimbabwe is losing grip with reality and complete loss of morality. every revolution has a cycle, those who fought for independence did their bit therefore this crazy idea that people like Morgan are not liberators is Zanu excuse to rule and make way for their children. Zimbabweans are more opressed, poorer and suffering more than they did during the Smith regime. Its so sick to think hundres lost years in exile some never returenes and those who did have either died in misery because of a heartless group of greedy people. we must unite behind tswangirai because the alternative is suicide of the nation.

paulina - 8 March 2015

The people are right. For the brief period he was Prime Minister people ate bread for dollar for two and there was apparent improvement in their way of life. Right now everything is going haywire again.

perfect moyo - 8 March 2015

One refreshing thing about Tsvangirai's rallies is that people attend on their own accord.This is unlike what Mugabe does, use of violence, threats and force marching people to his rallies.Morgan has popular support, Mugabe does not.As a result Mugabe rigs elections.He knows that Tsvangirai shld have been this country's president a long time ago had Mugabe not been denying Tsvangirai access to his rightful throne.Democracy dictates that no matter how much the incumbent may dislike an opposition leader but if the opposition leader wins an election the incumbent should give way.Mugabe lost all the elections to Tsvangirai but resorted to cooking up results.Zimbabweans let us be vigilant and not to be cowed down into submission by an illegitimate ruler,an election rigger whose intention is to turn this country into Mugabe dynasty.

Cde Dokora - 8 March 2015

Problem ya Tsvangirai ndeye strategy. when it matters most it seems that is when the man blanders. Imagine where he could have been if he didn't criminalize Mugabe and threatened to take him to the Hague! He certainly had a clear chance which he lost when he cornered Mugabe and the man has a right to fight for his life and that of his family. yes the guy has support, but support on its own may fail to put him into power. politics is a game that needs both - brain and grassroots support. if he is looking to rule the country, he has to learn to be moderate in his speeches. that is where i see his self inflicted harms.

taurai - 8 March 2015

I vote for Tsvangirayi is a genius, NO! I vote for Tsvangirayi because a vote for Zanu is a vote for madness

Phaphamani - 8 March 2015

The statement should have read "not because he is a genius"!

Phaphamani - 8 March 2015

How about Save do it the Itai Dzamara style? Or vanotya kudzokororwa iya iya?

Gatsi Rusere - 9 March 2015

we need a third son to rule zimbabwe mugabe failed, tsvangirai failed .the doctor might rule zim

wezaka wezhira pamware - 9 March 2015

i dont care who is rulling, i dont care who is in the state house. what i care of is bread and butter on my table. but as it stands, it seems the one in the state hse is not doing his part to allow us to afford bread and butter.what option do i have? SAVE panyanga!!!

ZIM1 - 9 March 2015

come voting date. MDC will be crushed by ZANU PF. hameno

wind - 9 March 2015

All affected parties and opposition parties need to take a step back and seek God's wisdom and His will. Like him or not MT won 2008 and 2013 elections. Yes he made mistakes but show me one man who has not made mistakes. ALL opposition parties should form a coalition heading up to 2018 and hopefully before. MT should be the president elect with all leaders of opposition parties holding top positions in the new government. Each party then has 5 years to campaign and strategise for the next elections and to try and win a free and fair election. If we do NOT unite with a common cause we will be lost yet again. Our opposition parties must grow up and mature. The only ideology to have is, "What would God want and what do the people of Zimbabwe need? Please guys. Put your squabbles and past hurts aside, forgive and get on with the job. That is if you are a truly patriotic Zimbabwean.

Freedom4Zim - 9 March 2015

REMAIN HUMBLE AND FOCUSED MORGAN. THAT IS ALL GOD IS LOOKING FOR. THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE ARE HUMBLE AND FORCUSED AND WANT A LEADERS WHO SAY GOD IS OUR OUR ONLY SOURCE

see - 9 March 2015

MAKOROKOTO TSVANGISON akagadzirisa zvichemo zvavo saka vachagodei

fish - 9 March 2015

Kwakatanga nyika kuparara ndokuzoteera pfungwa dzevanhu. Yangove njake njake. You have the resources required to sustain good life in Zimbabwe. The problem is now everybody in Zimbabwe is brain-dead. Wait for Mr East. Wait for Mr West. So what ? Zwirema chete ndozwinochema nyota makumba akanyura mutsime.

Chorosi - 9 March 2015

when i look from where we are coming from with this Morgan guy i really see the future so bright with him.i am not his supporter but truth be told he has stood the test of time and is the only man who is going ressurect Zimbabwe.watch close as zpf divides itself to pave the way for Morgan.phambili ngo Tsvangirai

tronix - 9 March 2015

Mr Tsvangirai, I think your biggest weakness is telling people what they want to hear and not backing up your words remember you were in power for a short period and within your tenor you bought a million dollar house for 3 million where you thinking of the masses then? now you are a commoner and looking at the common man's needs NICE

as i see it as it is - 9 March 2015

So far, ndipo pane hope yedu maZimbos. Forget about the UMDC, they are very useless guys, ma Degree okutambisa chete. Save ndizwo

Lever Dewah - 9 March 2015

Once more Mugabe had a sleepless night when he sees thousands of zimbabweans thronging zimbabwean grounds only to listen to his most hated man Morgan. He has rigged elections thinking the guy 's popularity would fade hey but nada mani . demonise him beat him kill his wife , bribe the Ncubes and the Bitis of this world hoping to kill mdc t but the guy is even becoming more and popular by day , This guy is not fake he is really . Now what are all those fake sooth sayers who were hallucinating telling us that Morgan has lost his mojo saying when they see such a huge crowd which even Mugabe using govt resources can not attract . Chesa mpama anembo akujaatana , hezo ko bwa Morgan uyinkuzi wena.

Diibulaanyika - 9 March 2015

My best african leaders are our own Morgan and Raila Odinga of Kenya the some former Kenyan vp Odinga oginga jaramongi . These guys are very brave and charming and not foul mouthed and exactly what africa seeking .

Chimedza matombo - 9 March 2015

morgan is another handiende. he will do everything he can to ensure he stays in power. that includes changing the constitution of the party. therefore there is no difference btwn zanu and mdc t. achasvika dzake 36yrs ari president we mdc t. we don't want leaders of that calibre no. in a democracy, leadership should have limited terms even if one was indispensable like mdc t people want us to believe that tsvangson is. kana term yakwana, inenge yakwana. so tsvangis is not an ideal example of good leader. he is equally very power hungry.

zvirozviyedzwa - 9 March 2015

"He also said the MDC would never participle in elections without necessary electoral reforms" Tsvangison... We have heard this beat before. First things first, move out of the Govt house and be a man enough, stop this flip-flopping nonsense.

Qiniso - 9 March 2015

me sure that like in 2009 Mr Tsvangison will deliver tangibles, resuscitate Gomo, Pare and the horticultural plantations of Ruwa and yonder. He can't do it now for he ain't in government. It's not like he is an angel, but that he can bring change like before. issue is that some criminals manage numbers and the number managing institutions corruptly to disadvantage Zimbabweans. guys lets not take it personal, we need to move forward like say Kenya. Mugabe, Mujuru, Mutasa, Munangabga have had over 3dacades of personal aggrandisement, killing and exiling youthfull persons otherwise the human capital of the infant republic. for now, guys Tsvangison is the way out. without him, J'burg remains the capital.

david maombo - 10 March 2015

populist ideologies are tsvangirai's greatest weakness,the guy should wake up and smell the cofee because the reason why he is not occpying the statehouse is not because he hasnt gunnered enough votes to land the coverted post , but Zpf's cowardice. instaed of wasting time doing rallies, think of a post election strategy because people need not be told that the revolutionary party is dead and buried.

fire links - 10 March 2015

Tsvangirai spoke for us all

Lobes - 10 March 2015

VOTING FOR THE SAME CORRUPT AND INCOMPETENT LEADER HOPING AGAINST HOPE THAT THIS TIME HE WILL DELIVER IS FOOLISH, IT SHOWS THESE PEOPLE WILL NEVER LEARN. WELL IT IS SIMPLE ENOUGH, AS LONG AS NOTHING IS DONE TO ADDRESS THE COUNTRY'S UNDERLYING PROBLEMS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WILL LANGUISH ABJECT POVERTY. THE PEOPLE ARE STUBBORN IN THEIR FOOLISHNESS BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO LEARN THAT BY REFUSING TO THINK AND TO LISTEN TO REASON AND LEARN FROM THE PAST THEY HAVE PER SE CONDEMNED THEMSELVES TO MAKING THE SAME STUPID MISTAKE OVER AND OVER. THERE IS A HEAVY PRICE TO BE PAY FOR BEING A FOOL – SUFFERING - AND ANY EVEN HEAVIER PRICE TO BE PAID FOR BEING A STUBBORN FOOL - ABJECT POVERTY. THE PEOPLE CAN BE AS STUBBORNLY FOOLISH AS THEY WANT THEY WILL FIND ABJECT POVERTY IS A BOTTOMLESS PITY, THEY IS ALWAYS ROOM TO SINK! VANHU HAVASATI VANYATSA KUONA NHAMO, VACHAIVONA NOKUTI NHAMO INONZI CHISVUNHUDZA MAPENZI! NHAMO INENHARO VASINGADI KUDZIDZA, NDIVO VAINODA INOVASVUVURA SEGAVI ROMUTONDO KUSVIKA VADZIDZA! VANOTEVA TSVANGIRAI NOKUTI HAVASATI VAIONA NHAMO. WAIVONA WAIZIVA!

Wilbert Mukori - 10 March 2015

wilbert you are right

Bhoramusango - 10 March 2015

Whilst I agree that MDC-T lacks strategy at the same time no matter what strategy they come up with they will never win as long as ZANU PF uses state machinery to manipulate elections. It is common knowledge that MDC-T has won all the last elections. It is us the people who are letting the MDC-T down as we are supposed to refuse to be manipulated. In other areas people clearly wondered how ZANU PF had won. Until there comes a time that we stand up as the masses and say no to these Nikovu Zim will never be free to choose a party and leader of their choice. I stand to be corrected as these are my personal opinions.

moses - 11 March 2015

Many times we here this thing that mdc t lacks strategy . I do not know what is that nonsense .But what amuses me is non of those who say mdc t lacks strategy have given examples which the party lacks and that shows shallow thinking . Mention those strategies . If mdc t lacked strategy it could be history by now like forum party of zim . zum zanu ndonga , zapu and many more who were easily wiped out by zanu pf . The only problem in this country is the people who are so docile and coward and that has let down Morgan very much .MDC T lacks nothing but zimbabweans lack bravery .How many times people have been told to take to streets to protest against the bad situation that is prevailing in the country but prefer to do that behind closed doors of their homes . Cowards will always eat shiite and will remain slaves for ever .

Diibulaanyika - 11 March 2015

Keep on knocking the doors of Zimbabwe. Zanu pf and Zapu was once again an Opposition to Ian Smith one day YOU SHALL RULE THIS COUNTRY.

Didymus Mutasa - 12 March 2015

when the mdc wuold get voted in it also means the tax payer has to build a whole new borrowdalebrook of course in a other area SO NO FOR MDC.

jack - 13 March 2015

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