Tsvangirai will win 2018 elections, says Mliswa

HARARE - Former Zanu PF bigwig, Temba Mliswa, has predicted that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will “once again win the 2018 elections” — even if he does not reach an electoral pact with former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

At the same time, and with Zanu PF drowning from its seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars, Tsvangirai himself is taking advantage of the mindless bloodletting in the governing party, traversing its former strongholds around the country with little interruption.

MDC sources told the Daily News yesterday that with Zanu PF “completely consumed” by its deadly infighting, pitting embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters against the party’s Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40), the opposition was at the moment relatively free to campaign as and where it wished.

“President Tsvangirai is a grassroots mobiliser. He is presently touring the nation to know the problems affecting people in different parts of the country.

“The anger against Mugabe’s misrule is growing by each day, as everyone is suffering,” Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said.

The MDC president — who has so far been to Masvingo, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland, where he has addressed huge rallies — will this week take his nationwide tour to the politically-volatile province of Mashonaland East, where he has previously been denied access to his supporters by Zanu PF thugs.

He is set to hold rallies at Kotwa Growth Point in Mudzi (Mutoko), Zaire Business Centre in Wedza, and Sadza Growth Point in Chikomba District, before proceeding to Chambara Business Centre in Chivhu.

On his part, former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West, Mliswa, told the Daily News that Tsvangirai was currently having it his way in areas that were hitherto seen as Mugabe’s fortresses because war veterans who used to back the nonagenarian were angry that they had been badly let down by him.

“The only people who could stop Tsvangirai are war veterans and all indications are that Tsvangirai will win the elections again in 2018 without the need for a coalition with Mujuru’s People First,” Mliswa said.

He added that without war veterans campaigning for Mugabe, Zanu PF had no capacity to do so “and that will translate to a peaceful election, as the margin of terror that the ruling party has been depending on will disappear”.

The former Hurungwe West legislator also said the former freedom fighters’ political allegiance was now shared among Mujuru, Mnangagwa and the G40 camp — a situation which he said made it difficult for them to be a factor in the 2018 elections.

Mliswa said the other factor that would most likely work in Tsvangirai’s favour was the fact that Mujuru and her allies had “a tainted past and will have difficulty in convincing the electorate that they have repented”.

“If they had resigned like what Nkosana Moyo and Nathan Shamuyarira did, they would have no problems getting people behind them. Worse still for them, people out there still sympathise with Tsvangirai that he was not given the chance to take power when he won elections in 2008,” 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.

Comments (12)

Sure Themba inyani lonto. Kuphelile nge Zanu. It's time for u to go around telling pple to vote for Mogern and also speak out how zanu do it when rigging. Come tell us Themba

dembo - 16 March 2016

i very much agree with Temba ,he is the only meaningful politician without dark paint,going save we will win,invite these war vets to your side

murehwa - 17 March 2016

It is refreshing that a former zanu member admits that Morgan is popular and will defeat zanu in next elections . True Morgan and mdc t do not need to work with zanu puppets pretending to be opposing zanu , He has what it takes to beat zanu hands down and it is the masses behind him .

Diibulaanyika - 17 March 2016

Themba calling Mujuru and co 'tainted' is a matter of the pot calling the kettle black. He is talking sense but he should remember kui uye wachowo is tainted by his association with ZANU from which he like Mujuru and co had to be fired not on ideological basis but because he had become big headed.

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CHINAMBWE - 17 March 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 17 March 2016

a tainted past- Temba lower your voice and watch your step as everyone was once a ZANU PF.

lyf - 17 March 2016

yes tsvangson is the peoples president-in waitng

society - 17 March 2016

The electorate must emulate what Mudhara Mogen always says about puppies taking turns to gain sight. Theba has gained sight , and for that , Machinja let us take that opportunity and let him insight his olden fellows to see light in Mudhara and not that old wine in a new bottle purporting to be rosy. Mujuru's manifesto is just a copy of our leaders' trajectory.

Wiston Nyekete - 17 March 2016

Zimbabwe, iboterekwa

Boterakwa - 17 March 2016

Temba, you also have a dark past. Who was biting workers like slaves just yesterday. Who terrorized Hurungwe villagers for not touring the so called line. Iwe Temba- shut up thus polities.

felix - 18 March 2016

Temba you now realize you were in the wrong train. Even war veterans have woken up to see that ZANU PF can easily throw you out of a moving train. It is high time people start talking of genuine change to bring back Zimbabwe to where it was in 1980. Instead of building the economy ZANU PF has been building empires for it's members at the expense of the majority of the people. Enough is enough let's change the horse to vote for. Morgan take advantage of the situation. 36 Years with the same failing leadership is hard to accept in a country with so many learned and able bodied people. Zvinorwadza kuona cake richiparadzwa navanhu vatutu ruzhinji tichidya nhoko dzezvironda

Masiyapambili - 19 March 2016

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