Zim crisis set to escalate: Tsvangirai

HARARE - The political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe is now  way beyond control and will escalate further before a solution can be found, Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC leader said.

Addressing a handful of workers who turned up for the Workers’ Day commemorations organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in Harare yesterday, the former labour leader said the country’s problem was a political one.

Tsvangirai accused president Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party of rigging their way to power in the 2013 elections resulting in a “crisis of legitimacy and a deep national crisis”.

He said foreign investment which is necessary to extricate the country from the current economic quagmire will not be forthcoming when there is a 91-year-old trying to stay in power for ever.

“I am surprised he is not ashamed of chairing the AU and Sadc when all the leaders there qualify to be his grandchildren.

“So what is the way forward? Nobody will come to our rescue in this country, it is our responsibility to liberate ourselves and I want to say before the crisis ends, we have to escalate it so that we find a solution to it,” Tsvangirai told the workers.

“Workers, we do not need anyone to tell us what our situation is like. Already some of us believe that if we act in solidarity of your efforts we are doing it for the sake of liberating Zimbabweans so let’s be brave,” he added.

The former ZCTU secretary general said the number of workers in the country had tremendously dwindled as they used to fill this stadium in the 1990s accusing Mugabe’s government of waging “a war of attrition against the workers”.

Commenting on the recent xenophobic violence in South Africa, Tsvangirai concurred with South African President Jacob Zuma that African governments were also to blame as most people fled to South Africa to seek better fortunes.

He however, condemned the killing of blacks by fellow blacks saying it was unAfrican.

Addressing the same gathering Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leaders Simba Makoni announced that his party and others including Tsvangirai’s MDC, Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu and Lovemore Madhuku’s ANC had formed a coalition aimed at tackling Mugabe.

Speaking on behalf of the four parties Makoni told the workers that it was not only them who were under siege but the country in its entirety including even the ruling elite themselves.

“I am here representing four political parties in trying to deal with the problems the country is facing and these include MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai who is here, Zapu President Dumiso Dabengwa  and Lovemore Madhuku’s NCA.

“The four of us agreed to work together and we are courting others including other politicians in and outside the country. We are also engaging non politicians, business people and everyone who cares about the welfare of this country to join us. Let’s all stand up and fight because we are being ruled by cruel, corrupt and greed leaders who only care about themselves,” Makoni said.

ZCTU president George Nkiwane also slammed Mugabe for paying lip service to workers’ plight.

“What we are witnessing in Zimbabwe is leadership failure. The country is in a crisis and from the look of things, this year is going to be one of the most difficult years ever with the country facing drought yet government does not seem to be in a hurry to mitigate the situation,” said Nkiwane, adding that more than half the country’s population depended on food aid.

Commenting on the disappearance of journalist-cum human rights activist Itai Dzamara’s  almost two months ago, Nkiwane also laid the blamed on Mugabe.

He called on the authorities to come clean on Dzamara’s whereabouts demanding that he be brought back alive.

“These barbaric acts shy away from basic freedoms, rights and protection as guaranteed by the national constitution. Dzamara’s disappearance after criticising president Robert Mugabe must be condemned by all progressive forces and he must be brought back, ” the ZCTU president said.

The workers also demanded that Mugabe provides the 2,2 million jobs he promised as well as remittance of union dues from employers by his government among other things.

The May Day commemorations were also attended by Members of Parliament drawn mainly from the MDC.

Comments (17)

It was pointless holding this rally there no longer any workers left in Zimbabwe.

nyimo - 3 May 2015

please don't blame the president anymore. He is 90 years old. You seem to be missing the whole point. People no longer support the way Morgan keeps blaming the president instead of himself.

banho - 3 May 2015

foreign investment is not forth-coming so is foreign donations for the mdc t party. that says much for both zanu and mdc t. a handful of workers implies very low turnout. in my view morgan is now out of by sell date. he needs to respectfully give ways to someone else within his mdc t to continue the fight otherwise mdc t is fast expiring.

zvirozviyedzwa - 3 May 2015

Thank you Morgan for addressing the few workers that are remaining in the country and that shows you are a worker and have the workers at hart you are not an economy terrorist . We will stand by you till you become president of this country . You are the only guy who refused to be Mugabe 's zombie .

Chimedza matombo - 3 May 2015

@banha The buck stops with the man at the top. That is how it works in the earthly and spiritual realms. So what if he is 90. That is his own fault for clinging onto power. And he is NOT the president. MT is. When all is said and done and the truth emerges: maybe on judgment day: the true results from 2002, 2008 and 2013 will emerge. I can assure you it will be a very interesting day. 90 year olds should be long retired!

Freedom4Zim - 3 May 2015

We have now leadership failure ruling side by side with leadership fatigue.This combination will not explode until the people explode.

Abri - 3 May 2015

Morgan your approach to issues does not work. i guess you were not using your brains when you said i quote "...it is our responsibility to liberate ourselves and I want to say before the crisis ends, we have to escalate it so that we find a solution to it". If i come to your office with my interpretation of your words line by line and implications, i wont be surprised if you down these words cause they means nothing at all. you mean people should die so the remaining can vote you into office? really? and obert gutu has already prepared a dossier to defend your words implying you didn't mean that. In as much as Mugabe is old, MDC also need to change itself before it think of changing the nation. there have been many developments since you took to the helm of mdc some 16 years ago and your approaches, your thinking lines and processes are no longer in sync with current situations. How can you say lets escalate the current crisis??? to what levels???? when you lead learned people be careful. worse still if you lead and aspire to lead a god fearing people be extremely careful with your choice of words. are they practically implementable?? Chitovah wanyarara

pasi nemhanduuuu - 4 May 2015

2 days before voting started, Morgan said he would be president and no-one would arrest him for announcing the 2013 poll result. Why did he claim he was definitely going to win and be president, then claim three days later that he had been duped by Mugabe? If he is so dump and easy to dupe, then he shouldn't be president anyway.

machakachaka - 4 May 2015

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Robin - 4 May 2015

@Pasi nemhanduuu, do you really understand what 'to escalate' means. Yo comment is hinged on wrong interpretation of what ' to escalate' mean. Wat is meant by MT is that,we have to report the issue to some other authorities like maybe SADC,AU,UN and other bodies so that the problem is solved. This is wat escalation means. it means you are reporting the problem to other higher offices so that it can be solved. Where were u schooled? Yu are an unlearned Zanoid, trying to defend tyrainism.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 4 May 2015

@Pasi nemhanduuu, do you really understand what 'to escalate' means. Yo comment is hinged on wrong interpretation of what ' to escalate' mean. Wat is meant by MT is that,we have to report the issue to some other authorities like maybe SADC,AU,UN and other bodies so that the problem is solved. This is wat escalation means. it means you are reporting the problem to other higher offices so that it can be solved. Where were u schooled? Yu are an unlearned Zanoid, trying to defend tyrainism.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 4 May 2015

@Pasi nemhanduuu, do you really understand what 'to escalate' means. Yo comment is hinged on wrong interpretation of what ' to escalate' mean. Wat is meant by MT is that,we have to report the issue to some other authorities like maybe SADC,AU,UN and other bodies so that the problem is solved. This is wat escalation means. it means you are reporting the problem to other higher offices so that it can be solved. Where were u schooled? Yu are an unlearned Zanoid, trying to defend tyrainism.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 4 May 2015

Zvokupedzerwa nguva taneta. Vamwe we were busy doing other things. the same statements aSAVE akubhowa. ini ndakati handiguriko. wasting my time. Taitoona zvedu bhora remabhuza

wind - 4 May 2015

@wind what do you mean if u say mastatement asave akubhowa. MUGABE is clinging to power nekuda kwevanhu wanenge imi wanomirira kusunungurwa nemumwe munhu. the burden is not only upon one person but upon everyone to liberate ourselves, just like what the so called zanu comrades did. If you ever dream of being in a zimbabwe which flows milk and honey by pinning hopes upon one person whilst you are sitting on you hands then you are lost

kure - 5 May 2015

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