Mugabe's end imminent, says Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says one of the options available to long-suffering Zimbabweans to force President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF out of power is to embark on peaceful mass protests.

Tsvangirai’s comments come as Zimbabwe is caught deep in the throes of a debilitating political and economic crisis that is manifested by growing citizen unrest, severe cash shortages, and high unemployment and poverty levels in the country.

And even though authorities have managed to quell most of the dissent by unleashing law enforcement agents on the populace, there is ongoing simmering anger against the government, as life for ordinary Zimbabweans becomes harder and grimmer by the day.

Speaking to South African online publication, the Daily Maverick, Tsvangirai said the country’s economy was now dead, adding that Zimbabwe had now reached what he called “rock bottom”.
“There’s no way we can go beyond where we have gone, we are at rock bottom. The only option available to us is to rise. That’s my optimistic assessment. But, of course, we have to do so in the right manner. And we can do it in a short period of time,” Tsvangirai said.

The former prime minister in the short-lived government of national unity also said Mugabe’s days in office were now numbered.
“The endgame, to me, is nearer than it has ever been. The State is fragmented. Zanu PF is fragmented. The centre is not holding.”

Tsvangirai’s sentiments come as the main two factions brawling for supremacy in Zanu PF have escalated their public fights, taking each other to court and viciously smearing each other through State media.
Despite Tsvangirai’s comments, Mugabe has shown little interest in bowing to the sustained pressure from the opposition parties and civil society for him to retire, instead unleashing police to crush all dissent and demonstrations.

On Sunday, police smashed an MDC rally that was scheduled for Zvishavane.
In his Daily Maverick interview, the MDC leader said different political parties and social movements must come together and put in place a framework that could deal with Zanu PF’s misrule.

“The opposition and social movements have been emboldened by the actions they have taken; they are in a more aggressive position, which is good.
“There is also international isolation and the continued demand by the international community to put conditions on the Mugabe government to be rescued from their own economic situation. It’s a fantastic combination. There’s a convergence,” he said.

Analysts say a united opposition fighting with one purpose will bring to an end Mugabe’s long rule, especially at this time that the country’s economy is dying and the increasingly frail nonagenarian is fighting to keep his warring Zanu PF united.
According to Tsvangirai, the 2018 elections also have to deliver change, or “there is nothing left for the people”.

“I don’t believe that any authoritarian rule has permanence against the will of the people. Yes, the old man may appear invincible, but you must understand that the democratic struggle has chipped in a slow but consistent way at his control.
“I have always said that the first thing we must agree is that Mugabe must retire. The danger of having unceremonious removal of Mugabe will create a chaos scenario.

“We must find a way of persuading him, if he can be persuaded to exit with a dignified exit. Not that I support him, but the first stage is to get him out of the way,” Tsvangirai added.

Comments (4)

I think Mr Tsvangirai is right and showing great statesmanship. There is no need to be militant like some rebel leader in the jungle. Most deposed despots took over power violently and their demise was almost the result of bad karma. In other words, what goes around comes around. This tone of peaceful transition should be supported by all progressive Zimbabweans. We want leaders not rulers. Violent removal of the incumbent will result in a new strongman. An end must come to such leadership styles in Africa.

John Kachasu - 9 November 2016

Sure mr president vamorgan Tsvangi pfungwa yenyu yakanakisisa chose saka manje just try ku identifaya vamwe varume 5 nevakadzi bishop veroma from his church,.....vamwewo mabshop akatsiga mairi ....kwoitawo vamwewo ma elders navana mai ma elders 2 mose kuita seven....monogwadama paari ...muchikumbira kuti baba anzi chi retireyayi....motaura zvakanaka zvekuwakumbira movirira.....ndapota itai izvi vemapaper/newsmen pasina musadaidze vemapaper and story iyoyo inoperera ikoko haifanirwi kubuda mu any paper......pamwe murikutadza approach iyi ipfungwa yangu kangaidze tingatambisa nguva tichiti zvichanaka zvisingafi zvakambonaka kana iwo vasingani....tinopera nenhamo ngatichangamukei madzimbahwe.....chi post ichi...mapindire wakaita tikaita zvenharo isu tisu tinopera ....garai nawo pasi....kwete unity gvt nawo paane imwe generation kana kuzoita unity gvt zvinoita no problem as of now tauriranai nawo zvakanaka pamwe zvingaite pane dzimwe nzira dzose

dofo - 9 November 2016

Mugabe came into power via violence. He staid in power via violence. He's not going willingly. When the almighty calls him than only. What we citezens have to fight for is a New Zimbabwe after Mugabe. A proper democracy, not this nonsense.

Young Zimbo - 9 November 2016

Ngaende ngaende hatichamuda akurwadza kudarika aids

baba Gedza - 10 November 2016

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