Tsvangirai to lead Masvingo demo

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will lead MDC’s demonstration against President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s misrule in Masvingo tomorrow.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, told the Daily News yesterday that the former prime minister — recently diagnosed with colon cancer — “was ready to carry on with the struggle”.

“Tsvangirai will definitely be in Masvingo. He himself has said he is actually more worried about the country’s political economy, which is in a dire state, rather than his health,” Tamborinyoka said.

“As Tsvangirai said, misgovernance and just plain cluelessness at the national level have become a more dangerous cancer, even more dangerous than cancer of the colon,” he said, adding that Tsvangirai “is more worried about people who are struggling to get food”.

Tsvangirai and the MDC — credited with steadying the country’s shaky economy between 2009 and 2013 after agreeing to share power with long-serving Mugabe under a coalition government — have staged three mega demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare over the past three months.

MDC spokesperson, Obert Gutu, said the Masvingo protest is to register displeasure with Zanu PF’s continuing misrule, the party’s failure to fulfil its 2013 election promises to create 2, 2 million new jobs, as well as demand answers and transparency on Mugabe’s recent claim that $15 billion in diamond money was stolen, among other things.

“The Masvingo demo is one of several marches that the MDC will be rolling out as part of our road map to a new and democratic Zimbabwe,” Gutu said.

“The MDC has always advocated for peaceful resistance to the Zanu PF dictatorship. We will be demonstrating against the Zanu PF regime’s failure to provide jobs for the people, contrary to their election promises.”

According to Gutu, the MDC will also be demonstrating against lack of adequate government support for the starving.

“As you know, Masvingo is one of the hardest hit provinces when it comes to issues to do with food security. Thousands of villagers are on the verge of starvation in Masvingo province and the government hasn’t been providing adequate food aid.

“The little food that comes is distributed on partisan lines only to Zanu PF supporters. The people of Masvingo province are hungry and angry. In addition, the MDC is also very concerned about the humanitarian disaster that is currently affecting villagers who were resettled to make way for the construction of the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam.”

Since Mugabe and Zanu PF won the hotly-disputed 2013 elections, the economy has been on a downward spiral, with thousands of companies shutting down and hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs — worsening poverty levels in the troubled country.

In recent months, economists have said Zimbabwe has once again hit the depths of humanitarian and economic crisis that were last experienced in 2008, when the country’s seemingly unending political crisis precipitated an economic meltdown of monumental proportions.

Comments (6)

hande save hande muyera dziva. hezvoko. demonstrate also against the thieves that are hiding from zanu mutasa and mujuru.

josphat mugadzaweta - 5 August 2016

so what if tsvangirayi leads from the front?has he been leading from the back?

truth - 5 August 2016

huyai huyai save tatakumirirai we are right behind u.handei tose vana wezhira tiratidzewo patimire.nhamo yatakaona yakwana the country is ours too why kuramba takangochengeta vanhu vakundikana ikozvino taneta pliz.

MASVINGO - 5 August 2016

ZANU and Mugabe must be afraid very afraid their lion Morgan is back and ready to claw and bite them out . KKKKKKKK lets move on gents lies that 2m jobs were going to be created are haunting those who ottered them .lies lies lies and lies by zanu are now exposed and people now know it was a political gimmick and have learnt a lesson not to trust this bunch of liars the biggest of them being Mugabe and zanu who thrive on political gimmicks each time they are cornered .VIVA Morgan

Diibulaanyika - 6 August 2016

What is this "political economy" that Tsvangirai is worried about now? As much as I applaud his valiant efforts thus far, this guy also needs to admit that he has run his course and not continue to monopolize the leadership of his party.

Martingee - 6 August 2016

muchingohukura,we are going tu win 2018 election.i am very patriotic to my country and president Mugabe as well.nyika haitorwi mufitizve nevachena never.idyai maridzavo dzamurikutambisa muchitumwa.

Truth son - 7 August 2016

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