Tsvangirai to report Mugabe to Sadc

BULAWAYO - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai intends to write to the Sadc to register his discontent at what he says is President Robert Mugabe’s lawless running of the country.

Tsvangirai, who addressed journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Wednesday, singled out the shocking intimidation of the judiciary by Mugabe as one of the grave matters driving him to register his grievances to the regional body.

Mugabe recently declared that he would want to know the judge who would take up the pending case, led by former Zanu PF stalwarts Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, challenging the legality of the December Zanu PF congress.

The 91-year-old’s controversial utterances were immediately interpreted by legal experts as a clear sign that he was interfering with the Bench and undermining the separation of powers between the Executive and the judiciary as espoused in the country’s constitution.

“We will continue to engage Sadc, because we are not an island. We will engage them even if we do not agree with everything that Sadc may propose,” Tsvangirai said.

“For instance, we do not agree with Sadc when it comes to the observer mission which came to a conclusion that the elections were not free and fair and went ahead to endorse the outcome of that election. I think it’s a contradiction,” he said.

Tsvangirai said despite the fact that Sadc is chaired by Mugabe, coupled with the regional body having made some controversial decisions in the past, they still have the right to draw its attention on ill-fated developments unfolding in the country.

“I will be writing to Sadc again reminding them of the deteriorating situation that is taking place in this country especially when the head of state is actually undermining judiciary process and the judiciary independence,” the opposition leader said.

In a statement to the Daily News this week, Information minister Jonathan Moyo defended Mugabe’s “misguided and uncalled for” utterances saying “what the president said is well within his legal rights in accordance with the rule of law given that he is the second respondent in the matter”.

Tsvangirai also condemned the Zanu PF terror tactics accusing them of kidnapping journalist-cum-activist Itai Dzamara whose whereabouts remain a mystery.

“When you have got a colleague abducted in broad daylight and we don’t know where he is. We are back again to a situation where these experiences are now common processes.”

“So it is in that context that I say the demon is back. We thought we had moved away from these kinds of activities. I can’t even mention that we have so many MDC activists whose disappearances and deaths have not been established and the perpetrators have not been brought to book,” he said.

He further condemned the incident where baton wielding anti-riot police on Wednesday besieged the party’s Harvest House headquarters where they allegedly demanded some baton sticks allegedly seized from their colleagues during an afternoon demonstration by party youths.

“This is unconstitutional, its unlawful they are returning to the police brutality and that should be condemned even by peace-loving Zimbabweans. I think the police have taken the law into their own hands and that should stop.”

Comments (21)

Zimbabwe zimbabwe enough is enough of SADC. They have shown who they support so its a waste of time. Lets just demonstrate and bring the country to an indefinate stand still until reforms are done. no work, No car on the road, no nothing just nothing until the country becomes ungovernable

Matuzvi Kunhuhwa - 13 March 2015

letter to SADC. Isnt His Excellency R G Mugabe who will be the first person to open that letter? gegegegegegegeda. Chimoita tione MT, pamwe uchahwiza asi gegegegeda. rega ndiseke zvangu

wind - 13 March 2015

A clever way to go report to AU and UN as well . At least the world can know that Mugabe 's moment of madness sickness has resurfaced again . We know they will do nothing but they will know about it . There is very small string that is still holding on and it is a matter of time andit will snap once and forever . All zimbabweans must have the spirit an injury of one is an injury to all . Itai 's injury is to all of us lets stand up especially youth keep the fire burning the power is in your hands . Clearly police in this country are now useless how can they cry for a helment which was taken away from them during a fracas in the street instead of looking for Dzamara .you see the Border gezi products where they are leading us now . Meanwhile where are the other political parties why are they shutting up like that or this confirms that Only mdc t is the only party that exist in the country .What does Mutasa and Gumbo say about what is happening please guys speak we want your side of the story before we judge you or you are still with Mugabe.

Diibulaanyika - 13 March 2015

people seem to forget onething,politics is about building credibility ..when you are head of a organisation like SADC in the manner mugabe is,its ceremonial,so when your country man write to the body you loose credibility,its copied to AU,there the secretariat will ask,you cannot run to that office and tell them to tear it ,its not zanu pf offices ,whether it wiltles down ,but credibility is compromised..and its 1-0

chokwadi - 13 March 2015

The problem with people who support Mugabe is that they are stupid. I remember when I was at college (UZ) there were two guys who used to support Zanu. When I told them that Mugabe does not have any economic policies I was almost eaten alive. When I pointed out that Mugabe was not the best leader to lead our country;- not in 1980, not in 2000, not in 2008, not now;- they wanted to kill me. They had all sorts of excuses and said Zimbabwe is gold. Today both guys live in South Africa. One was lucky he got a presidential scholarship, the other is languishing. The point is Mugabe supporters are selfish and stupid. They don't have the country's interests at heart. They don't think about tomorrow. They just harp from one Mugabe created hype to another. They pretend to be intelligent, but most are just stupid desperate hooligans. Some are in the rural areas, with no single cow, or plowshare, can't even afford colgate, but they support Mugabe like crazy. The most useless people are holding this country at ransom

Phaphamani - 13 March 2015

Reporting Mugabe to Sadc? Now we have a huge baby called Morgan.

machakachaka - 14 March 2015

Going to SADC would be a sober idea but the problem is SADC itself is a toothless bulldog when it deals with its big guns like Zanu Pf,ANC,FRELIMO,SWAPO

carson macate - 14 March 2015

really, reporting to SADC is as ceremonial a move as it is inconsequential. Since 2000! To the African Union as much. Evil organs that defend killer elements like our own Mugabe, the Sudaneese and the Kenyan. Note that the AU mandarins make Mugabe their Chair. What does that mean? My opinion is to diplomacy the EU, NATO, the G20 and China over all that this our once revered is making suffered in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries. Their decision always have a material impact on the people of Zimbabwe. Let us begin to think out of his realm.

maombo david - 14 March 2015

Raise the issue with SADC, AU and UN. They may not do anything but we cannot just fold our hands and wallow. At least there has to be some form noise,

magara wadonono - 14 March 2015

As far as SADC is concerned Tsvangirai is a corrupt and incompetent idiot was so they will ignore him!

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PRINCE PEGRAM - 21 January 2016

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