'Mugabe exit won't help Zim'

HARARE - A pumped-up opposition leader — Morgan Tsvangirai — said yesterday that only the “total” removal of Zanu PF from power, and not just the inevitable exit of President Robert Mugabe from high office would change Zimbabwe’s fortunes for the better.

The former prime minister during the government of national unity told reporters at a media conference at the MDC headquarters in Harare that the ruling party’s misrule now ran so deep that not even the death of its leader could, on its own, mitigate the ever plummeting fortunes of the country.

Tsvangirai spoke as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to die, with poverty and unemployment levels reaching record highs.

At the same time, Mugabe’s Zanu PF is consumed by deadly factional and succession wars pitting embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters against the party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) group.

“Many people think that if Mugabe dies, the problem that has created the current crisis will go away. To be honest, Mugabe or no Mugabe, the system has entrenched itself and that is what we need to transform.

“If we do not transform it, we will get more of the same thing, whether it is Mnangagwa, (former Vice President Joice) Mujuru or whoever will take over. If the system has the same tentacles, the same governance culture, then the people of Zimbabwe will not be liberated,” Tsvangirai charged.

Turning to the dire political situation prevailing in the country, he said even the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, had been convinced before the hotly disputed 2013 national elections that Mugabe harboured thoughts of being Zimbabwe’s life president.

In that light, Tsvangirai added, the only way for the country to move forward was to mobilise people to be even more engaged in political processes because ultimately it was only the people who could change their destiny and that of the country.

Turning to the yet-to-be launched People First party that is presumptively led by Mujuru, Tsvangirai said the MDC will only enter into discussions for a coalition with the outfit when the movement had formalised its existence.

“It is two years to the next elections and coalitions can only be formed by political parties as institutions. So far, the media is referencing People First, but I do not know whether that party has been formed.

“At individual levels, people are having their own initiatives. But certainly, there are no coalition talks that I am aware of. People wish that the opposition could work together and we also believe that it is the best way forward.

“When election time comes, perhaps it will dawn on all political parties to find a coalition. At the moment, there is no talk of a coalition,” the MDC leader said.

Tsvangirai went on to warn Zanu PF that under the ambit of the National Election Reform Agenda, the opposition would do everything possible to ensure that the 2018 election were fair and credible.

“We will not fight any colleague in the opposition. What a beauty it would be to go to an election with two parties, Zanu PF and the rest of us, and then, people will have a credible choice. I have no doubt that that desire for change will be achieved,” he said.

Since Zanu PF controversially retained power in 2013, the country has been on a downward spiral, with the economy bleeding hundreds of thousands of badly-needed jobs and social service delivery hitting an all-time low.

Apart from public hospitals now effectively serving as mortuaries, restive civil servants have also been toyi-toying intermittently for their salaries and bonuses as the country’s broke government fails to meet its obligations.

 

Comments (14)

Thats a 1st Mr Tsvangi.yu read well.pple first exists in newspapers for news.they nudged her to form the party.not her own creation.They want yu tsvangi for spporters so they can get the donar money.thats why they want to be incharge of yu,to make yu mujurus assistant.she wont merge wth yu at top no,rugare organised a few backing from diplomats n was promised cash ,if they can hav supporters of mdc magnitude.Yu Tsvangi hav no money bt suport,they hav sme cash promise bt no followers.be warned Tsvangi.yu about to be swallowed .

viola gwena - 8 February 2016

Young Morgan is very correct that RG Mugabe created a diabolic mafia system that goes beyond his life. In fact whichever faction takes over, we shall be in trouble all the way. The system is all about creating populace poverty to enable them control and self enrichment. True. An X in the ballot box will not buy us freedom. As it is, Zanu PF have got MDC in a spot. Boycotting elections is exactly what they want. Some former MDC former leaders are actually Zanu PF cadres working across enemy lines. Biti's party for an example could participate in sham elections to give the exercise a credibility semblance. We are are our own worst enemies. An experiment of chimpanzees indicate that they cooperate with each other only if they directly benefit but not when they share. Are Zimbabwean at that level of thing? Zanu PF leadership are definitely at that chimp level, by letting the country break to this magnitude for as long as they themselves benefit. Straight democratic voting is not going to work because Zanu PF government is not accountable to any vote appraisal as witnessed in 2008. We are done for as long as we have chimpanzees are running the show. We need to bite the bullet and for broke.

Mbareboy - 8 February 2016

Viola Gwena is just another chimp!

Mbareboy - 8 February 2016

Very true words - “Many people think that if Mugabe dies, the problem that has created the current crisis will go away. To be honest, Mugabe or no Mugabe, the system has entrenched itself and that is what we need to transform. “If we do not transform it, we will get more of the same thing, whether it is Mnangagwa, (former Vice President Joice) Mujuru or whoever will take over. If the system has the same tentacles, the same governance culture, then the people of Zimbabwe will not be liberated,” Tsvangirai charged.

david taylor - 8 February 2016

Dreams r a right.caryon dreaming.yu always talk of if Mugabe dies,have yu also thot of wht if Tsvangirai dies.yu think he has a contract wth God?coz if he dies the little that is there in opposition will be fudged,gone.theris no other noticeable character .All pretenders,dreamers.yu culd say all of them are rejects of either zanu or mdc..so bfo yu dwelv into zanu affairs proposing leaership change for us,deal wth yos.sortout yo nonsense in mdc.deal wth yo leadership crisis.in zanu we ok .we r organised n ready for elections under mugabe n mnangagwa.if yu dont like it tuff.join us n come to congress for our elections,other wise shut the front door n fudge off.leav us alone.

viola gwena - 8 February 2016

Sisi viola kkkkk yes mdc,shut the front door n fudge off.wawooo.this lady.

gire - 8 February 2016

She now sounds white.hey.1st time I hav herd this,fudge off.editor wht do yu think?fudge off.kkkk

kays - 8 February 2016

Haha. Mr Tsvangirai plse fudge off n shut the front door. I wil tel my boy tday to ffffffudge off.

nancy - 8 February 2016

Viola yu nuts.yu axactly profesor moyo.

rambanepasi - 8 February 2016

I like this mbuya.in her 60s she cn talk like that.viola come to my party 21st birthday.yu wi be my auntie,bt yu must drop yo zanu gown by the door n cme in clean.

bob - 8 February 2016

Bob shut the fudge up.noone wants to cme to yo sily party.Mdc forever.

kilian - 8 February 2016

Viola yu hav toomany enermies,g40,mdc,people 1st.uchvagona? Manje G40 ndanzwa kuti yavekukutsvaga.ndiwe wakauya ne zapu woman ukavhiringidza zvinhu.ngwena akange afamba.chengera.yo lacoste wont protect yu.

chaka - 8 February 2016

right now mugabe recieves birthday presents from companies which did not pay theor salaries .and he says he cares about people???

tsano - 9 February 2016

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