Tsvangirai marks 64th birthday

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai celebrated his 64th birthday yesterday in a private ceremony that sharply contrasted with the lavish 92nd birthday bash thrown by President Robert Mugabe in the drought-torn Masvingo Province.

Tsvangirai has led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) since it was formed in 1999 to challenge Mugabe — the sole ruler since the former Rhodesia gained independence from Britain in 1980 — and his Zanu PF party.

But the ex-labour union leader has failed to dislodge his nemesis in three elections, although none of them was free or fair, according to the MDC and Western observers.

Tsvangirai spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the MDC hosted a private function celebrating the former Prime Minister’s birthday.

“We don’t believe in nationalising the birthday of our president as compared to Zanu PF which held a lavish bash in celebration of their leader’s birthday,” he told the Daily News yesterday.

“To us, we believe that this is a private function. We are hosting a private function to celebrate the birthday of our president and we are going to give him some gifts.

“We cannot hold a lavish birthday party whilst people are struggling to get food, everyone is suffering because of Zanu PF’s misrule.”

Zanu PF spend $800 000 at the 92nd birthday bash for Mugabe.

On Wednesday, during a parliamentary question and answer session, Musikavanhu MDC MP Prosper Mutseyami said Zanu PF should have built hospitals with the money they splurged at Mugabe’s bash.

Mutseyami’s suggestion came after the deputy Health and Child Care minister Aldrin Musiiwa said government did not have adequate financial resources to complete hospitals built in resettlement areas five years ago.

“Since the government is so concerned about the challenges that people are having in rural areas, why they not take the money that is being used by the Vice President who is staying at Rainbow Towers and the money that we used at the president’s birthday; bring those resources together and assist two or three clinics to operate?” Mutseyami said.


Comments (7)

Let them eat crumbs from the table or starve to death! We don't care about you Zimbos, in the ZANU pf phylosophy!!

Dunlop Munjanja - 11 March 2016

One year before retirement. By 2018 this guy will be 66. The country needs young blood mid 35 to mid 60s to run around and do the back breaking work needed to turn this country around and elders should be in an advisory role.

Galore 123 - 11 March 2016

Nonsense. At seventy seven, he could still be an active and agile president. The notion of celebrating in the middle of poverty, though, puts him a few steps closer to Mugabe. Why not just remind us about the birthday without having to be festive about it?

Mr Dete - 11 March 2016

Legend of the seas.. haana cash mazuva ano

changara - 12 March 2016

Tsvangirai must be respected for opening our muths,in the days of toi toi pane aitaura zvamukuita izvi,thnk zimbos don juss pop-up

the eye - 15 March 2016

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