Tsvangirai open to Mujuru pact

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday hinted that he was ready to work with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, as long as she harboured the same “change” agenda — and also reaffirmed that the MDC would not participate in the forthcoming by-elections until comprehensive electoral reforms had been put in place.

Speaking in Harare after his party’s National Council had met, Tsvangirai emphasised, however, that he had not yet been approached by either Mujuru or former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa to flesh out the much-talked-about proposal for them to join forces.

He said Zimbabwe’s seemingly intractable problems needed a united approach by all relevant players, adding that his party was mulling participating in “a national convergence conference” that is set to bring together all political parties, civic society organisations and other stakeholders to try and find solutions to Zimbabwe’s deepening political and economic crises.

“There is a proposal to have a national convergence conference and we endorse that. We believe Zimbabweans across the political divide should be able to come together to talk about our crisis and talk about a solution.

“In light of that, there was a development in the party with those who had left the party coming back and we will welcome everyone in the big tent.

“This country needs a solution and the more we are together, the more we are united and the better for us. We will continue to encourage everyone to join the agenda for change and democracy that we started and hopefully we will have it in our lifetime,” Tsvangirai said.

Expounding on the possibility of him working with disaffected Zanu PF stalwarts, he said he had not had a personal discussion with Mutasa.

“We formed MDC because we didn’t believe in Zanu PF policies. What has changed? After all kana uchinyenga munhu, unonyenga nemumaradio nemumapaper here? (we can’t reach out to each other through the media); or you go and talk to the person?

“He hasn’t talked to me. He hasn’t approached me. If he wanted to engage on that particular proposal, why doesn’t he approach me? I am hearing it for the first time,” the opposition leader said.

Tsvangirai also insisted that the party would not be participating in the forthcoming by-elections until comprehensive electoral reforms had been put in place.

“The council was very emphatic that the position taken by our national congress in October that reforms must precede any election in Zimbabwe has been vindicated by the recent by-elections which we condemn very strongly,” he said.

He said his party was not going to “legitimise a flawed electoral process as there was still manipulation of the voters’ roll and other electoral chicanery”.

“MDC will uphold resolutions of the congress that unless there are reforms, participation in those by-elections will be futile, or any election for that matter, until those reforms are achieved. We believe that position is in line with our constitutional provisions,” Tsvangirai said.

The former premier said President Robert Mugabe had failed to act in accordance with the guidelines on elections spelled out by the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) and the African Union (AU).

Mugabe chairs both bodies.

“We have noted the inability by Mugabe’s government to solve the country’s problems …deepening poverty. We also noted government’s failure to implement provisions of the constitution.

“(Journalist-cum-pro-democracy activict Itai) Dzamara’s disappearance still remains an important issue and cannot be allowed to disappear on the radar of Zimbabweans and of the international community.

“We also noted that what is happening in this country will not end until the people are able to be mobilised to take action to pressurise government not only to release Dzamara but to stop all abuses.

“Mugabe should behave in a manner that upholds the principles of Sadc and AU,” Tsvangirai said.

Comments (13)

the problem with tsvangirai is that he is also power hungry and a handiende type. once he steps into the office he will definitely overstay his welcome perhaps way into 100yrs. notice how he changed the constitution. Zimbabwe will be a better country with people who are content to serve the stipulated terms of office. his motive for joining mujuru is all about power not the betterment of the country. if he had the country at heart, he would have groomed someone within his party to takeover from him. but guess what? the guy is another handiende.

zvirozviyedzwa - 12 April 2015

HATINA BASA NEKUSAENDA CHINE BASA KUTI KANA ASINGAENDE ARIKUITEA ZVINE MUSORO HERE. AKAKONEWA ANOBVA.

GAMATOX - 13 April 2015

Mujuru must just start her own party to reduce support base re zanu pf.By so doing MDC will get te majority

chimusoro - 13 April 2015

anotadza kuenda sei kana constitution yeMDC T and that of the country ichiti a President is allowed to serve 2 terms.Pessimism and confusions ndiyo iri kutiuraya tichifa nenzara.Wotarisana naTsvangirai tsvee kutarisa kuti Mugabe wauraya nyika ngaabve,wakutoziva future senge ndiwe muprophet

mukoma toky - 13 April 2015

Who said Mujuru is interested in a pact with you?

Sanli - 13 April 2015

All know that Morgan Tsvangirai will get into bed with anyone. (His usual foreplay is to drop his trousers.) All also know that Joice Mujuru is a corrupt incompetent lying looter. All also know Morgan Tsvangirai is an illiterate idiot.

Nico Kuipa - 13 April 2015

wait and see. morgan will do well in election and he is the man who is about to introduce democry in zim. fight for freedom is different from ruling a country. what morgan is doing at present is fighting for freedom just all of us. thereafter we can vote him as the president of the country wich is different from president of the party.

see - 14 April 2015

Sick & tired of this useless'HANDIENDE NONSENSE.' People are fighting for real freedom not individuals.MT remains our leader into a free Zimbabwe. We don't need weak leaders in the name of democracy. We have to achieve our goal first then changing of leadership will be done democratically. It is the enemy who cries for change of opposition leadership to give ZANU PF breathing space.

ngoromera - 15 April 2015

Democracy from a power hungry Tsvangirai. If you can't see the resemblance to Mugabe then you must be blinded by desparatIon. Endai na Morgan kwa TB Joshua monogadzira ma problems e nyika. Zim needs its leaders to focus on economic policies that lure investors at our own reasonable terms Kwete kungobowa mahuman rights ne Freedom of speech. Ana zwelithini vaka ita freedom of speech vakati foreigners out hezvo maakupondwa kundazu. Makambopihwa chikafu nema elections nemahuman rights here . ndimi munoti mukapihwa ka saga ke rice nemadonors moti varungu Varibhoo. Pihwai ma tractor nemafarming skills. Machina nema whites arikuda kuinvestor need to employ local people kwete kuunza vanhu vavo. Morega kutukana m#@#a dzana mai venyu nekuti by now u should know it doesn't mean anything.

levelheaded - 18 April 2015

Tinoda Tsvangirai ne ne hudofo hwake ihwohwo Mugabe kwete kutungamira nyika hakuna basa maxifundo ndosaka Mugabe ava kukuitai vakadzi vake muchingongo munanzva,harakabvuka yapera zvayo basa.Kunyepera kumuda muchida kuvharirwa corruption dzenyu,manje achaenda chete tikuonei vakadzi vaMatibiri.

Chitsiga - 18 April 2015

What we want is food on the table.even if he stays until he is 200years old we dont care.

juju - 19 April 2015

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