Tsvangirai speaks on post Mugabe era

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes the removal of Robert Mugabe as president must be followed by free and fair elections.

He told thousands of people who had gathered at the Africa Unity Square in support of Mugabe’s impeachment motion that comprehensive electoral reforms must precede his removal to enable Zimbabweans to freely excise their franchise rights in the next election.

“The issue is not about Mugabe to go as a person, the question is for those of us who are saying he should go, what are we going to do for the people of Zimbabwe.

“We are saying we want a process, we will all agree on that we first want to build a different Zimbabwe, and we want a democratic Zimbabwe.

“Now, a democratic Zimbabwe is not going to be built by another undemocratic process, continuation of Zanu PF policies and character and culture must stop.

“Issues of violence, issues of human rights abuses, issue of violating the Constitution must stop.

“We want to sit down and build Zimbabwe. I want us to build from the beginning. First let’s have a free and fair election,” said Tsvangirai.

He urged Zimbabweans to register to vote in the ongoing biometric voter registration blitz that ends in January.

“Please go register to vote, we no longer want an election that is disputed and conflicted,” he said.

“There must not be confusion over what we want, the issue of Mugabe must go didn’t start now.

“For some of us, we tried democratic ways to have him go but it was not possible, everybody remembers 2008.” Tsvangirai won the March 29, 2008 poll but fell short of the majority needed for an outright victory.

He withdrew from the subsequent run-off election because of State-backed violence against his supporters but Mugabe went ahead with the one man-vote despite a wave of international condemnation.

A series of events —that started with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ominous letter this month that he would return to rule Zimbabwe following his unceremonious dismissal by Mugabe eventually led to the despot’s celebrated downfall yesterday.

Although he had resisted a deadline issued by Zanu PF to step down on Monday, Mugabe had remained a lame duck president after his ministers snubbed him and his members of Parliament moved the motion to impeach him.

For some, Mugabe will always be the hero who brought the country’s independence from the British in 1980 and that is acknowledged even by his former allies who turned against him after he had been “captured’’ by his ambitious wife Grace.

In his last days Mugabe abandoned his former allies and took advice from his wife, a former typist who wanted to be the president.

The army stepped in and set the people on him.

He is gone.

So even though he somehow survived several crises and even when some had written his political obituaries, the ever cunning Mugabe always survived, but finally with his faculties failing and old age taking its toil the 93-year-old was left alone by his former comrades who, although they loved him, regarded him as a captured president in the arms of “counter revolutionaries”.

Mugabe was once a hero in the eyes of his people but along the way he lost support as he nurtured corruption and led to the economic implosion.

He was accused by the West of trampling on human rights and sanctions were imposed upon him in 2000 after he led a populist invasion of white-owned farms.

Since then the country’s economy took a precipitous descent, whose major highlight was record inflation that reached 9 billion around 2008/9.

Political analyst MacDonald Lewanika said at the end of the day Mugabe chose a more dignified route than the impeachment one which he was forcing people to conduct.

“Unfortunately, this resignation in light of the military intervention, expulsion from Zanu, the marches and impeachment process will be a large part of what defines his legacy,” said Lewanika.

Analyst Vivid Gwede said with Mugabe’s fall Zimbabwe has crossed the Red Sea after a long walk in the wilderness and this is the end of an era as well as the beginning of another.

“But, as we celebrate, we must reflect on what got us to where we are. A popular African proverb says a man who does not know where the rain started beating him cannot know where he dried. As Zimbabweans we must insist on full democratisation of our State and maintain the culture of holding leaders to account,” he said.

Comments (10)

The opposition should be more warry now that Mugabe is gone and being replaced by Ngwena. Zanu PF is regruiping and Chinamasa said it that there is no role for the opposition here. After the regrouping and recall of all those expelled it will be stronger. The opposition must demand a fair electoral field during the transitional period. They should remove the toxic legislation which has been put by Mugabe to stiffle opposition demands. There is need to educate their electorate not to fear going to vote as it is the only way to change. They should de,mand the harmonization of the laws to the constitution of the country and demand the diaspora vote where the bulk of the opposition support base is. If they worked yesterday they need to double their efforts now. They also need to demand for security sector reform because remember the generals demand last time that they dont salute anyone who is not one of them. The army had done well but they should not keep hanging in the air to influence the political landscape. They need to look elsewhere to see how the police or army behave. They should not be partisan

Zvighubhu Ngondo ngondo - 22 November 2017

We have been shouting on top of our voices since time immemorial that Mugabe had become a liability to the people of Zimbabwe.Unfortunately most of zanu pf leaders and their supporters would label us as Western sponsored puppets bent on regime change.A few weeks ago the same dictator was overwhelmingly chosen by all the provinces to stand as their zanu pf candidate for the 2018 elections.The irony of it is that the same people who had chosen him represent the party in the presidential elections all of a sudden miraculously gained their sight to see that the old man was no longer fit to rule Zimbabwe olny after the defence forces had intervened and had signalled their intentions to kick out the old and ailing dictator.Zanu pf is full of unprincipled people who only follow wherever the wind is blowing.I will bet my last bond coin that if at all MDC is to win the 2018 elections,the same hoodlums and opportunists in zanu pf will be the first ones to tell the world that zanu pf was no longer relevant and fit to continue ruling Zimbabwe.Just a few weeks ago zanu pf leaders would stampede to bootlick Mugabe and his wife and pledging their allegiance the the former first family.It really beats me and boggles my mind to really define these zanu pf people.They are cowards who cannot say out their thoughts and feelings opening on account the zanu pf party practises dictatorship to an extend that they can even kill those that opposes the leaders.My advice to these people is that they ditch the zanu pf party and join the opposition parties and MDC T in particular and together awe can re build a new Zimbabwe where people with different views and thoughts can co exist without shedding of innocent blood.They should ditch the party whose leaders have been lying to them all these years and urging them to vote for Mugabe when all they wanted was a chance to loot the national resources with reckless abandon.

Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 22 November 2017

We have been shouting on top of our voices since time immemorial that Mugabe had become a liability to the people of Zimbabwe.Unfortunately most of zanu pf leaders and their supporters would label us as Western sponsored puppets bent on regime change.A few weeks ago the same dictator was overwhelmingly chosen by all the provinces to stand as their zanu pf candidate for the 2018 elections.The irony of it is that the same people who had chosen him represent the party in the presidential elections all of a sudden miraculously gained their sight to see that the old man was no longer fit to rule Zimbabwe olny after the defence forces had intervened and had signalled their intentions to kick out the old and ailing dictator.Zanu pf is full of unprincipled people who only follow wherever the wind is blowing.I will bet my last bond coin that if at all MDC is to win the 2018 elections,the same hoodlums and opportunists in zanu pf will be the first ones to tell the world that zanu pf was no longer relevant and fit to continue ruling Zimbabwe.Just a few weeks ago zanu pf leaders would stampede to bootlick Mugabe and his wife and pledging their allegiance the the former first family.It really beats me and boggles my mind to really define these zanu pf people.They are cowards who cannot say out their thoughts and feelings opening on account the zanu pf party practises dictatorship to an extend that they can even kill those that opposes the leaders.My advice to these people is that they ditch the zanu pf party and join the opposition parties and MDC T in particular and together awe can re build a new Zimbabwe where people with different views and thoughts can co exist without shedding of innocent blood.They should ditch the party whose leaders have been lying to them all these years and urging them to vote for Mugabe when all they wanted was a chance to loot the national resources with reckless abandon.

Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 22 November 2017

While itz plausible that zanu pf might b starting on a fresh page in what might b a real democratic dispensation ;where they shrugged off n thing to do with the one time called one centre of power;but it remains to b seen if they have embraced differently some most worst habit among their midst-that shielding the post of party presidency fr open contest at party congresses,preserving it for one person like in the past era of Mugabe.Which is the same desease which kept Tsvangirai to this day in the so called opposition.Constitutions are trampled upon or manipulated in order to keep one person at the helm-but in no time prove to b destructive to the political grouping in question;numerous splinter groups emerge;since all avenues to express dissent will hv bn closed.I urge all zimbabweans to non parsanly speak against this local political act across the national body politic which includes the opposition in the advent of this new political dispensation without Mugabe

addmore gudo - 22 November 2017

Tsvangirai & company are no an alternative at all;people run a high risk of being manipulated at the end.See that Tsvangirai manipulated the constitution of his party in order to remain to as long as it takes;I wonder what will stop Tsvangira to manipulate national the constitution once he attains the so called two thirds parliamentary majority since he is already in the habit of changing constitutions to suit his whims, with such lack of independence even in the MDC of opposing the leader & survive.He has already shown traits of Mugabe when he brought the controversial issue of Mudzuri & Chamisa into the party presidency against his party commrades

addmore gudo - 22 November 2017

BOYS DZE OPPOSITION.......LET ME ADVICE YOU REQUEST TO BE PART OF A TRANSITIONAL GVT THAT CAN LAST BETWEEN 5 & 10 YEARS AND CREATE A DEMOCRATIC/TRUE DEMOCRATIC FOR OUR CHILDREN. NEXT YEAR VOTING MUST BE POSTPONENED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICES IF ALL REFORMS ARE COMPLETED NOW LETS FOCUS ON REFORMS AND BUILT ECONOMY BRING THE FAMILY ZIM TOGTHER ONCE MORE AS ONE FAMILY CONSOLING EACH OTHER FOR ALL WHAT BAD HAPPEN UNDER MUGABE RULE COMPANSATE THE VICTIMS OF MURAMBATSVINA AND GUKURAHUNDI AND OTHER JUSTFIABLE HUMAN RIGHT ABUSES. AND PUT OUR UBUTHU AHEAD OF EVERYTING AND AFTER THE 5 YEARS WE THEN START OF I BELONG TO MDC OR ZANU PF ALL MUST STOP BECAUSE THEY ARE THE CAUSES OF DIVISIONS AND POLISATION FOR THE FAMILY CALLED ZIM ALL POTICAL PARTIES SHOULD SHUT UP IN THE MEAN TIME OR BETTER ONE PART STATE FOR 5 YEAR WE ARE FED UP OF STREET POLITICIANS WHOM WE DO NOT EVEN TRUST AND KNOW .IF WE TEST THESE STREET POLITICIANS THEY WILL NEVER PASS THEY ALWAYS CHANGE GOAL POST TO MAKE POLITICS BUSINESS FOR THE EXPENSE OF THE ZIM FAMILY AND IF IT WAS NOT GENERAL CHIWENGA WHO WAS SUFFERING THE PEOPLE SOO PLEASE ALL POLITICAL PARTIES SHUT UP YOUR MONTH THE ARMY AND THE COMMANDER MUST GIVE DIRECTION IF YOU STILL NEED YOUR POLITICAL STREET POLITICAL PARTIES.

dofo - 22 November 2017

@ Janana wa bikaz -Well said. And I fully support Tsvangirayi in his call for free and fair elections to follow. PEOPLE must understand that its PROCESSES, NOT PERSONS that must be followed in the building of good and vibrant economic and political systems. This cult of following PERSONS led us mudondo na Magabili. PEOPLE think of PROCESSES that will lead us in the direction of political democracy and economic revival. As it is, the BULLET has spoken and accomplished what it did, and all Tsvangirayi is saying is: After the BULLET, let the PEOPLE BALLOT SPEAK!!! Its processes folks REGISTER TO VOTE!!

Will Blackman - 22 November 2017

I hear that the resignation letter was just a HOAX. Mugabe NEVER wrote that and wanted to get into the impeachment process that would leave his coup plotters damages without repair as he was going to expose them. The impeachment process would meant that he will be called in to the Parliament Committee that would sit publicly to defend the allegations against him. Now the army decided to tighten the ''kidnapping'' of Mugabe and wrote a FAKE resignation letter.

Chan - 22 November 2017

If the military can stage a coup in broad daylight and the world blesses it ...woe unto the opposition should you win against ED. We all know that the opposition never stood a chance against even a frail looking RGM.

Emmerson Muna - 23 November 2017

Be the change that you want to see most in the world

Qinisela Possenti Ndlovu - 1 December 2017

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