Tsvangirai is the real deal — Mliswa

HARARE - Former Zanu PF bigwig and leader of pressure group Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard), Temba Mliswa, has reiterated his strong belief that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will once again “easily beat” President Robert Mugabe in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections if they are free and fair.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the garrulous former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West and Hurungwe West legislator — who swears that he is not an MDC supporter — also said Tsvangirai was the only opposition figure who had the requisite “appeal, support and capacity” to dethrone Mugabe and Zanu PF from power.

Mliswa said contrary to the view of some commentators who had “erroneously concluded” that Tsvangirai was finished politically, the former trade union leader had not lost any ground since Zimbabwe’s hotly-disputed elections in 2013 which were controversially won by Mugabe and Zanu PF.

“Tsvangirai is the man. He is the right person at the right time, and with the right message to take on Zanu PF with his massive support. Even those in Zanu PF readily admitted that he is still a powerful force after last week’s demonstration.

“All those people who do not believe that he has the numbers are insane. Tsvangirai and the MDC did very well by organising that (Harare) demonstration and it was good that the courts allowed the demonstration,” he said.

Mliswa, who is energetically lobbying Zimbabwean youths to participate in the 2018 polls in numbers through Yard, said the reality that some people often wanted to expediently wish away was that Zimbabwean politics was “a game of numbers”.

“The statistics are there. There is no other politician in Zimbabwe who has single-handedly got a million votes other than Morgan. Zimbabwean politics is about numbers.

“The problem is that some politicians and opinion makers try to wish this away. Mugabe has support in rural areas and Morgan has massive support in urban areas,” he said.

“Most of the people who criticise Morgan are in the middle class, and are just armchair critics on social media and other platforms. Unfortunately, social media does not vote. For example, those in the rural areas do not have smart phones, let alone money to buy airtime.

“Morgan’s support has been consistent since 2008. We must not be fooled by what happened during last year’s by-elections where Zanu PF acted in a fashion similar to playing a football match alone, and went on to declare itself winner,” he added.

Mliswa also showered praises on Tsvangirai whom he described as “a practical man as opposed to some political intellectuals”.

“The struggle is not just about intellect. Mugabe is an intellect but look where he has taken the country,” he said.

Mliswa’s comments come after Tsvangirai led a massive MDC protest march in Harare last Thursday, which the party dubbed the “mother of all demonstrations”.

Among some of the issues that the MDC was demonstrating against included Zanu PF’s failure to fulfil its promise to create 2, 2 million new jobs by 2018, as espoused in its pie-in-the-sky 2013 election manifesto, as well as a demand for answers following Mugabe’s recent claim that $15 billion worth of diamonds had been lost in the Chiadzwa diamond mining fields.

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.

This is not the first time that Mliswa has given Tsvangirai a ringing endorsement. Earlier this year, he also similarly predicted that the former prime minister in the government of national unity would “once again win the 2018 elections” — even if he did not reach an electoral pact with former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

He also said then 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”.

Mliswa 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.

Late last year, Mliswa also said Mugabe had become his party’s common enemy, as warring factions jostled to succeed him.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News, he said Mugabe was becoming unpopular within his party because of his criticism of war veterans and turning a blind eye to corruption.

He also said Mugabe’s recent castigation of the security sector was hypocritical, adding that the nonagenarian had only served to empower the opposition by dividing his party through reckless statements that savaged war veterans.

“He is against the war veterans, he is also equally pushing away (embattled Vice President Emmerson) Mnangagwa. He went on to blast war veterans leader (Christopher) Mutsvangwa for petty issues.

“This is the time for war veterans to come together. This is the time they must unite. What happened to Mujuru is what is happening to Mnangagwa,” the former football fitness trainer said.

Comments (17)

it is prayer if people can have the same understanding like mliswa. suprising biti and his degrees dont see this plain truth that Save is the man and only opposition leader who have given bob torrid time since ndependence. swallow your pride and go back to Morgan. Chamisa the people are seeing you and people love but please your time is coming be patient keep the fire burning. lets give Morgan final chance.

run - 22 April 2016

MR MUGABE is failing to read the mood of the people , also the vendors in town are not yesterday vendors but Graduates who are unemployed.MLISWA is very right here come 2018 its bhora musango.TSVANGIRAYI HAS THE CAPACITY AND PEOPLE .

chemutengure - 22 April 2016

Temba knew this for long now he is telling the truth but he must tell us if he won the election in Hurungwe West or he stole it . These ex Zanu PF should stop telling us about Tsvangirai we know everything about him, they should tell us how they used to rig the election or else they must just Zip up

Mudhara - 22 April 2016

Mliswa is out there to discredit Mujuru , the real deal is whereby by all opposition forces come together for the benefit of all ZIMBOS, FOR A GRAND COALITION

lyf - 22 April 2016

I could not agree with you more @lyf. I too believe Mliswa is out there to cause confusion. He too close to Mnangagwa (related) I should say, and he has always disliked mai Mujuru. This praise for MT is not at all genuine but a tactic that he is trying to use to divide potential partnerships among opposition forces. I think we all can see through his not so subtle nudge nudge and wink wink efforts.

tino - 22 April 2016

temba is a credulous charlatan who flip-flops like a certain professor, though without the equal fashion & style. he sees himself as an authority that can dictate which candidate is right & which candidate is not! at one time he is on jabu, the other time he is pushing joyce to act, today he heaps praises on morgan. temba is seeking relevance & attention for his own self agrandisiment. he thinks he has got a grand stand in zim politiks yet he is just a nephew that basks in the faded glory of his estranged uncle! morgan need to be wary of these elements that used to show him unreserved hatred while in zanu and are now trying pat his back for the sole reason that zanu had ejected & refused them a proverbial THREE TIMES! President Tsvangirayi, ndapota, mdc dont need to coalesce with anyone; the pple know what they want and dont be fooled by these iscariots who want to dine with the Christ and the devil at the same time.

SaManyika Chaiye - 22 April 2016

We shall see how it goes come 2018. Things need to change, but as it stands, pen/ballot vs war-vet/gun. I guess you know which one wins.

Rashe - 22 April 2016

we will always support an inclusive party like MDC which does not terrorise its own electorate but making it spectator to its own country. Zanu stop telling us about a war which has brought misery and made us loss our youth era. its for old people except for being our adviser

deetee - 22 April 2016

mliswa just seeking relavance,YARD has found no takers

truth - 22 April 2016

Dont underestimate zanu.viola gave a hint she is campaining in mutoko already.

Ghandi - 22 April 2016

As far as Mliswa is concerned he is testifying that Morgan Tsvangirayi has been winning all the previous elections resoundingly, straight to the point ladies and gentlemen. He is being haunted by the truth so he has seen it noble to say it through this platform. During the time he was part of the cruel Zanu PF he could not do so because he was feeding from the same pot with his former grand masters ,only that he has lost the favour of his former masters. This guy needs to be understood and taken seriously, why? ,because he is now speaking like a divorced partner who calls a former better half all sorts of names simply because now knows they will never be together again. What is now needed is to have faith in the new voting system that is said to super seed the fraudulent one that ZEC and Mugabe used to steel our sacred votes to continue oppressing us. Thank you Mr Themba Mliswa for exposing Zanu PF.

sukaihari nyamasvisva - 23 April 2016

AHHHHH AMuliswa mareva idiiii apa pambile naSave Changamire...

tish - 23 April 2016

he has stopped smoking ganja with bhasikiti that is why he is telling the truth. he knows the limitations of his uncle didi and aunt joice's since he worked with them in zanu. tells about violence and rigging then themba. you will then become our darling isu machinja!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 24 April 2016

Lots of pluses and minuses associated with Grand Coalition. In the MDC we know very well than Morgan is the man and that we have been winning elections. But unfortunately, we also know that we failed to take over power and then levers of Government. Among potential partners in the coalition; who will provide that LEG and if none; then do we need it! Mai Mujuru, Dabengwa and them must bring clear matrix on the table and Mliswa should speak more to that than things we already know! By boycotting elections we admitted that we failed to take over power after winning elections! POWER POWER n POWER; NOTHING ELSE!

Save - 24 April 2016

mliswa wakuzviona nhasy nekuti wadzingwa mu zanu.shut up and suffer the results of being used by this regime for a long time

ZIDANE - 25 April 2016

This young man has learnt a lot in zanu pf and Themba Mliswa really know s very well that Mugabe can not stand President Morgan Tsvangirai nomatter kukapisa kana kutora,Mugabe know this very well,so thank you you Themba.Hezvo ko naSave come 2018,dzii paState House.

Cde Hokoyo - 25 April 2016

There is something ironic about the 8th number. In 2008 it was a near miss and in 2018 what is it going to be

chipandambira - 28 April 2016

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