Tsvangirai, Ghana president in private talks

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to hold private talks with newly-elected Ghanaian President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo soon after his inauguration, the Daily News learnt.

Tsvangirai was invited to Akufo-Addo’s swearing-in ceremony expected to be held in Accra, Ghana, today.

MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa — who accompanied Tsvangirai on the trip — told the Daily News in a telephone interview from Accra yesterday that the former prime minister would also meet opposition leaders and other political parties’ representatives from across the continent.

“Tsvangirai will have private talks with the president of Ghana and we have also scheduled other meetings with other political parties from the continent as well as civic groups,” he said without naming them.

Chamisa said the meetings were important for the MDC and Zimbabwe in that they would give the party an appreciation of the power dynamics on the continent.

He said the experience will inform the MDC’s trajectory in its quest to take over power from President Robert Mugabe — who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence 36 years ago.

“Ghana is a symbol of democracy leading the pack along with Botswana and South Africa so it’s a good template of good governance,” Chamisa said.

“This is the kind of foot print and signature we must replicate Africa wide because it spells beauty and sweet music to the lives of Africans.

“I have seen the street lights here, I have seen the roads and I have listened on national television, the discourse where citizens engage politicians bringing them to account. It is such public scrutiny that is very important for our own democracy.”

“We are also learning how to deal with policies of succession and power transfer...from one party to the other,” he said.

Chamisa added that their invitation to Akufo-Addo’s inauguration ceremony also emboldened their resolve to ensure that next year’s general elections are free, fair and credible — taking a leaf from the West African country.

Since year 2000, Zimbabwe’s elections have been marred by irregularities amid allegations of voter manipulation by the ruling Zanu PF and State agents.

“Zimbabwe should be the opposite of Ghana and the twin of Gambia.

“We must have credible elections respecting our liberation struggle credentials of self-rule and one-man-one-vote.

“In essence, it’s the sovereignty of the will of the people marking the victory of the ballot upon the bullet,” Chamisa said.

He added: “The Yaya Jammeh spirit is a bad spirit. It must be quashed. Political leaders must know there is life beyond political power.

“They can’t be the full-stop to people’s aspirations because any attempt at that will result in them being stopped by the citizens.”

After initially conceding defeat, Gambia’s president Jammeh is now refusing to hand over power to Adama Barrow.

Comments (10)

kkkkk day dreamers you pple .the bullet is powerful than the bullet...

soko - 7 January 2017

kkkk you day dreamers ...the bullet is more powerful than the ballot

soko - 7 January 2017

In Zimbabwe, ZANU PF will not give any chance to any sellout party lead by stooges who cannot spell the word ``patriotism`! Nehanda forbid!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 7 January 2017

"ZANU PF will not give any chance ....." Yaaah ask Smith, he thought the same. You can't suppress the people forever. The only constant is change. We all know what happens to dictators, murderers, thieves in the the end!

Diego - 7 January 2017

in zimbabwe next year ppl;e are going to remove the useless govt that was imposed by whites onto us since 1980. All zimbos now are tired of being ruled by a 100 year old and next year they will put to the end zanu rule we are f......kin tired

SIBONGILE - 7 January 2017

This is a replica of va Mugabe ,love of foreign trips,travelling,flying .Food on the aeroplane .Hotel life .No seriouseness .Non productive trips.Mr Tsvangi and Mr Chamisa, vaMugabe may indeed have come thru Ghana in his struggles to be president .Thats all that was to it.Ghana is a far country ,far from us.Yu have done nothing in SADC.Absolutely nothing.Yu once invited the Kenyan prime minister ,wth no tangible results.Yo foreign policy or campaigns are weak on struttegy.Poor insight.What will Ghana do if yu loose by crooked ways.I cant remember when last yu met Zuma .Have yu met the new Zambian president.Yu didnt even go to his inauguration.Yu watched on t.v.Yu seem to behave like chauya chauya,lets do that.Yu are heading for disaster.Yu are preparing to win an election yu are boycotting?When Zanu wins a few more by elections we are going to do smething mischieviouse in parly.We will catch yu by surprise.Even some of yo hungry mps will second the move.Yu will be hard done.YO 2018 will be a farce.

viola gwena - 8 January 2017

At least Morgan does not use tax money paid by citizens to attend to some international invitations ,And it is refreshing he is highly respected for what he stands for pple of zim hence he is invited to witness the coming in of a new president ahead of a sickly and frail election thief ,

Diibulaanyika - 8 January 2017

@viola There was a time I thought you had seen the light. Pity me. You are nothing but a snake in the grass, just like the rest of the zanu magotts ruining our country. With the exception of Khama, the rest of the SADC lot are as corrupt as bobo. Magufuli is an exception as well. They have watched Zim sink into lawlessness with glee. Watch the economy viola or are you too blind to see? Your zanu is stealing, looting, destroying, and neglecting. The economy is the joker in the pack.

Dunlop Munjanja - 8 January 2017

The economy is standing by itself.It wont fight yo war.I also want a strong opposition.,to give Zanu the nudge.But hey.The economy can change ,then what Mdc? In 2008 and 2013 , economy was at its lowest,no economy bt still Mdc is not in power.Which economy are yu talking about?Its down now so do it.Do what yu think can catapult yu into power,nadda.Mdc is a replica of Zanu.Its now Za u s baby.clar.Opposition is dead.Maybe when Mujuru joins mdc .only maybe.

viola gwena - 9 January 2017

@ Viola u are a mental case , sorry for all the insults . for l now understand that u are not well dear.

Ndoda - 9 January 2017

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