'Ghana President behind Tsvangirai'

HARARE - Ghana’s newly-inaugurated leader Nana Akufo-Addo has apparently pledged to help opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to ensure that Zimbabwe stages both free and fair polls in 2018.

This emerged after Akufo-Addo and the Movement for Democratic for Change (MDC) leader had engaged in what was described as “private but comprehensive discussions” in Accra on Saturday regarding Zimbabwe’s rot.

Party vice president Nelson Chamisa told the Daily News by telephone from Accra that Tsvangirai’s discussion with the
Ghanaian president had happened in the context of Saturday’s swearing-in of the former opposition leader’s defeat of, John Dramani Mahama, in widely-hailed elections a month ago, with the country subsequently witnessing a rare peaceful transfer of power on a continent blighted by political crises.

Interestingly, President Robert Mugabe, who is holidaying in the Far East at taxpayers’ expense, was for once conspicuous by his absence at the inauguration which was attended by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Equatorial Guinea leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leaone, Ethiopia’s Mulatu Teshome, Idriss Déby and Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara, among other leaders.

Chamisa said the new Ghanaian president had said all African countries must adhere to the African Union pact on free, fair and dispute-free elections.

Describing Tsvangirai’s talks with Akufo-Addo as a “big and vital victory”, Chamisa told the Daily News: “They discussed the 2018 election, our politics and the economy, democracy in Africa, the lessons that can be learnt from the Ghana elections, as well as the election stand-off in Gambia”.

Local opposition parties, emboldened by rising public anger over Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s worsening misrule, hope that the forthcoming 2018 elections will finally usher democracy in the troubled southern African country.

On his part, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News yesterday that from the briefings he had got from Accra, Tsvangirai and Akufo-Addo had discussed a number of key topics, including the democratisation of the African continent and the importance of holding free and fair elections.

“As the MDC, we feel greatly honoured that our leader was accorded the opportunity to mix and mingle, as well as to compare notes with some of Africa’s respected leaders who believe in democracy, transparency, good governance and accountability,” he said.

Comments (6)

This Akufo,not even one week as Ghana president he is already running the whole Africa.Take yo time to settle in Ghana.Maybe sortout yo Gambian stories there 1st.Africa is too complex,its not a donkey ride .

viola gwena - 9 January 2017

Well done the undisputed people's president Save. Well done Akufo. Do not be distracted by the dictators. The writing is on the wall for all the african dictators.

zvakwana - 9 January 2017

@Viola , ask yourself why the Ghanian president prefered to invite and engage Tsvangirai instead of your acting gugurahundi president Mnangangwa . The Ghanian president is not running the whole Africa as you ill think but he is having a vision which will soon be a mission in Africa .

Khalabemgeza - 10 January 2017

This is ZANU speak being displayed by @viola. Akufo has dared invite the main opposition leader to his inauguration and all of a sudden, he is running the whole of Africa!! Whilst the geriatric bob is gallivanting in the far east, where he is supping up to the Chinese and their empty promises, we have the evil croc and sidekick Mpoko. Both were not invited to Ghana. That;s got to send a powerful message to the oppressive ZANU. Hence auntie viola has got her knickers in a twist.

Dunlop Munjanja - 10 January 2017

@Viola asi dai ari Bob, anoti vanhu ngavabude muUN ndiye waunoda kunzwa. Vanhu munoda chii chaizvo. He just want to witness a free and fair Election in the Whole of Africa. You have just started finger pointing already. I wonder what you want in life, others are allowed to say what they want others not WHY WHY WHY

chamubhurugwa - 10 January 2017

@Viola asi dai ari Bob, anoti vanhu ngavabude muUN ndiye waunoda kunzwa. Vanhu munoda chii chaizvo. He just want to witness a free and fair Election in the Whole of Africa. You have just started finger pointing already. I wonder what you want in life, others are allowed to say what they want others not WHY WHY WHY

chamubhurugwa - 10 January 2017

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