Opposition parties back Tsvangirai

BULAWAYO - Opposition figures have thrown their weight behind MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai saying he has the credentials to lead the envisaged grand coalition that observers say could end Zanu PF’s near four decade rule.

Speaker after speaker spoke glowingly of the former trade unionist during celebrations to mark the MDC’s 17th anniversary.

Fellow opposition parties were in attendance at the mega celebrations that were held in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The Joice Mujuru-led Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) was represented by former Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire, had nothing but praise for the indefatigable Tsvangirai, the only man who has ever beaten President Robert Mugabe in an election.

Mavhaire described Tsvangirai as a solid opposition figure who has been able to withstand the trials and tribulations of the treacherous local politics that are often characterised by violence and intimidation.

“We are just joining opposition politics but we are following in your footsteps, we are learning a lot and your courage inspires us. It is never easy to get united but the leadership of Tsvangirai is inspiring. As People First we agreed that all forces that are fighting for the removal of Mugabe are important to us,” Mavhaire said.

Tsvangirai and Mujuru have formed a formidable tag-team that has led demonstrations against Mugabe over the past three months.

The two are presently under pressure to form a coalition amid concerns that time could be running out.

Zimbabwe plunges into elections in two years’ time and Zanu PF is desperate to ensure that the grand coalition comes to naught.

Speaking at the same function former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West province Temba Mliswa, who now leads the Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard), said there is no doubt that Tsvangirai has what it takes to lead the much-hyped grand coalition.

“The secret that I have for Zimbabweans is that we have to rally behind Tsvangirai in our own different ways,” Mliswa said to a rousing applause.

“I am not saying this because I am looking for something and mind you I also want to be president but before we do that why can’t you support one person, let’s put Morgan Tsvangirai in power first then we fight for other positions later,” Mliswa said.

“As for me president Tsvangirai, I am an honest person, I ... admire your courage, to me courage is important even the Bible talks about courageous leadership.

“I am here for the second time to celebrate your anniversary not because I like MDC but I associate with progressiveness of MDC.  I am somebody who can equally start my own party but I don’t see a reason when there is a like-minded organisation which is worth to support,” Mliswa said.

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Comments (11)

if you want to be part of a coalition with morgan as president as herein envisaged, then I agree with you 100%. if you think someone else should lead that coalition then you better get lost here and now!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 3 October 2016

Kkkkk. Wasting time putting Tsvangison in front. He will be beaten clean and smart. He has failed several times and his close ties nevarungu will work against him. I will not vote for a white stooge.

Chido - 3 October 2016

I would like to thank those who are now realising that Morgan Tsvangirai is the man to follow as a leader when it comes to opposition politics. The man has seen it all.In terms of age of political parties MDC-T is the second born from ZANU PF. For the 17 years if Tsvangirai was a weak leader, he would have dropped the towel. If we are to come up with a resounding win let us rally behind Tsvangirai as the leader of the coalition. All other opposition parties that are against the idea we have to check if they are genuine opposition parties or are there just to disturb electorate.

mugwagwa - 3 October 2016

some people like Chido have been completely brainwashed by ZANU PF.KKKKKK.This is a global world and we need varungu/whites as much as they need us! period!

wangu - 3 October 2016

Chipo I don't think u are a real Zimbabwean,,because real Zimbabweans knows that Tsvangirai won every elections he contested.U can call someone who worked hard to get something & get robbed in the process a failure.U are one of the people we don't want in our country ,,sellouts,,

matsotsi - 3 October 2016

CHIDO, If you fall under any of these descriptions : 1. Your father has never paid any Taxes since 1980 2. You and your father now own many farms 3. Your father and or you now employ more Zimbabweans (like slaves )in your houses than was ever done by white Rhodesians 4. Your father does not stop at Tolls 5. Your family own some of the Mangoda s 6. You or your father do not pay Custom Duty pa border 7. You or your dad own some of the world's most expensive cars 8. You do not understand that some of the most racist people on this planet are your now New Masters ( wasinina kana chikristu chekunyepera, ma hedeni chaiwo) Then, I understand why you are anti Tsvangirai.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 3 October 2016

Chido is just a useless coward who hates whites for nothing,whats wrong newe,u stupid maggot,it shows kuti hauna pfungwa this day and age ,just think uone kuti how many people support President Tsvangirai to be the Leader,to hell newe Chido.Tsvangirai ndizvo,tozoona pamberi. Dr Tsvangirai managed to beat Mugabe and his Zanu Pf smartly since 2002 to 2008.

Uncle Lol - 4 October 2016

Chido, better remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all the doubt.

Chemical Solution - 4 October 2016

Please encourage young people to register to vote. Let us also educate people in the rural areas. There is ignorance about the electoral process and intimidation from Zanu. We also need UN supervision of our election processes.

Shumbaimwe - 4 October 2016

I agree and we now have a tool that has never been used to its optimum. .. SOCIAL MEDIA! Lets use every outlet:Facebook, Twitter, watsapp etc. Lets encourage the youth.we voting for our future now.

Young Zimbo - 4 October 2016

tsvngison idhara even if u fail to rule dont worry save ndimi president izvezvi cos u are the person who last won an election in zimbabwe its only that makarambidzwa kuenda ku state house but we love u so much u ar a humble, respectable and an honest man who does not like conflicts among his own but this time chimbotsamwaiwo save

masvingo - 4 October 2016

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