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Why Morgan Tsvangirai has earned my vote

By Jacob Nkiwane

It is Saturday, September 15, 2012, and the events of March 6, 2009, came flashing back into my mind like a hunter’s light. It was a sad and darker day for those who knew Morgan Tsvangirai, more so for those who knew his wife.

Tsvangirai says he found true love after 3 years of searching
Tsvangirai says he found true love after 3 years of searching

On that day, Tsvangirai lost his wife of more than 30 years. I was in the United States when I received the news. Zimbabweans both at home and abroad were shocked and saddened. Although Susan died in a car accident, a lot of theories were circulating regarding the cause of her death.

Losing a partner from death especially in the manner Tsvangirai did is heart breaking. He had no time to condition his mind to the loss. Emotions high, confusion reigning and a country still expecting him to deliver, Tsvangirai was quick to quell the rumours by insisting it was merely an accident. He was a public figure and a Prime Minister and felt the need to assure his people and country that all was well.

Painful as it was, he picked up the pieces and moved on. Starting that evening, he was alone. When he left hospital, he went back home to sleep alone in a bedroom he had shared with his wife for decades. He was in his late fifties and never imagined dating, let alone getting married again. But life is full of problems and surprises. I can imagine him sleeping on that bed again, alone.

The dating playgrounds had changed since he last played the dating game. The country had new life dynamics especially on the political front. As a new entrant into the corridors of power, he was oblivious of the subtle deceit awaiting him. Where was he to start? Church? From his own party? Arranged dates? It was not easy considering the boundaries and limitations set by his political profile.

Regardless of the circumstances he found himself in, he had to find a partner from the dating jungle full of liars and pretenders ready to prey on him. Dating by itself is not an easy endeavour, no wander there are millions of people failing to find the right partner. It is worse for people of Tsvangirai’s age. The pool of possible brides shrinks as one gets older. Whoever is in the market at that age has a past.

Understandably, he found himself trying the younger age group with negative consequences. His focus then changed to mature women. He was innocently naïve to believe that everybody in the market was looking for genuine love. Messengers of doom were also in the pool swimming with the rest.

Locardia Karimatsenga came into the picture and he was quick to believe he got what he wanted. Everything about his love catch was choreographed. Cameras were rolling when she was sweeping the yard, going to the bathroom and all that could be captured in camera. As it turned out later, the cameras were a ghostly witness later to haunt him.

He soon realised that the pool he believed to be an oasis of love was in fact a trap. The alligators were the main occupants of the pool, lying low and still, with eyes wide open. They knew Tsvangirai was hungry and thirsty and therefore an easy catch. Their plan to make a meal out of him failed when he decided to throw back his catch and change his fishing pool altogether.

The underwater predators followed him, ready to make sure he doesn’t get better fish either. Luckily, he was more awake of the impending dangers and managed to get better fish. He was yet to make a meal using the same waters. The predators would have none of it and they made sure the pool was dirty enough to spoil his meal. In the end he decided to roast his fish and ate it dry. It may not be what he wanted but at least he had a meal.

The man has walked past booby traps and challenges before and emerged victorious. They tried to kill him when he was a trade union leader at Chester House. They refused him his passport and right to travel freely. They framed him for treason. They tried to kill him in police custody and the whole world was shocked by the sight of his swollen head and face. The list goes on and now they denied him the right to marry a person of his choice.

But Tsvangirai never contemplated unorthodox means to ascend to power despite the fact that the world was on his side.Does he deserve to be President of a country? Absolutely! The fact that Tsvangirai can be challenged by any person in court and say whatever they want to say about him is reason enough for me to believe in him. He is a simple man, one of us who will never use the security apparatus to harm his own fellow citizens.

Tsvangirai has stood firm in both jeopardy and misfortune. His hands are not dripping with blood. He has not taken anybody’s wife, nor did he harm or cripple anybody in the process. If Zimbabweans want a simple leader who is determined and committed to serving his fellow citizens, then Tsvangirai is the answer. I have no doubt that he made his own mistakes along the way but I can look into his eyes and trust him.

With a long and dangerous charge sheet on Robert Mugabe’s table, I cannot look into his eyes and trust him, let alone have the courage to look into his eyes. I am determined more than ever to vote for Tsvangirai. He has earned my vote.

Jacob Nkiwane can be contacted on e-mail: [email protected]

  • Tru to e word.a lot of us tend to get excited wen e media s pourin scorn on e person of e PM.he is a man strong enough to tolerate all e pain exerted on him by his political enermies, frm wthin(MDC) n outsid (zanu)gud luck SAVE u also ve mine

  • riri

    Tsvangirai willl never rule Zim even know he is a toothless dog

    • Mwaimbodei

      What will you do suppose he does?

    • Chihera

      I think he is already!! lalalalalalalaaaaa

  • Hamadziripi

    Much as you said about Mugabe here, but you didn’t mention that , these people you mentioned as his victims are just giving him the opportunity.What makes me sick with MDC both of them is , they are played the same tricks, and now I became to understand them as moaning parties.
    He has done all these dirty tricks to those opposing him within his own party, as you said again Umdala wethu, Sithole, the only convincing opponent and was able to repel these dirty tactis was Tekere.
    Surely on Tsvangirai, Mugabe was given the opportunity in a silver plate by Tsvangirai himself.It is an insult to people like Sithole who were preys to these dirty games unaware, they were real victims.
    I am just an ordinary man in the street, what has happened concerning the Prime Minister’s issue , I have more questions to the Prime Minister’s focus more than the behaviour of Mugabe and his gang.
    No doubt in my mind , I am really fed up of Zanu pf regime and there is no way they will ever convince me to vote for them.The question in my mind voting for Prime Minister Tsvangirai , is I am voting back Zanu PF only change is the name.
    My desire and hope as a father is a real change for the people and better future for our kids.
    The Prime Minister’s situation cannot blame anyone else, but the Prime Minister.If he is a decent man should admit his mistakes and apologise to his new wife, his children, grand children, family and all his supporters and move on.
    Now with Zuma, its now known well in South Africa but again, they wait to respond than to repel as the moaning parties do in Zimbabwe.Remember it was South Africa’s ANC who have entertained Mugabe’s mischeavious long and if they are not careful , it will explode in their face.
    Finally SADC are letting him get away with it, in the end they will all be his victims, the question is why are they sleeping?……

  • Sgonondo

    100% right

  • Legend40

    If you dont have anything to write about why dont you thow away your stupid pen.
    What do you know about love. The guy destroyed our economy in the name of democracy. The same way he destroyed his humanity. He is a stupid womaniser he does not deserve to be our President

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  • Mwaimbodei

    Yah, bro Nkiwane, you sound right. Yes, Mr Hama, Mr PM may seem not to have the capability to bring the change that you may call change, but remember its not always radicalism that always work for the better of the majority of the people.

  • Sarudzai Moyo

    GNU PM Morgan Tsvangirai in terms of his relationships has lost the plot. When you are a leader, you must LEAD by Example in all spheres of life. His sense of morality is a shambles, especially when Zimbabwe is dealing with AIDS endemic. There is also the issue of Children born out of wedlock, & single mothers dumped, and therefore have to struggle to raise them up by themselves. These children then grow up, having a childhood cut short to begin to labor to help assist the mother (thats if she’s fortunate to still be alive not having succumbed to AIDS) fend for the family, sometimes sacrificing their Education.

    Enough is enough, this is an issue which is being experienced all across Zimbabwe. Two wrongs do not make a right, and l feel that the PM came short, by trying to justify himself. l also blame ourselves as Zimbabweans, because we don’t condone wrong things, and encourage the people who made the mistakes to blame someone else, or ‘political opponents’ (The President, Dep. PM , Chiefs & Senators didn’t force him an grown up Adult man to do what he did). This is wrong.

    Mr Jacob Nkiwane, you have the right to express your opinions, but this article trying to justify what’s happened, is totally wrong especially as most people feel that the PM’s infidelity issues are so uncalled for. To then praise him, when there’s evidence (children born & him agreeing to pay maintenance) that he was ‘having affairs’ (being diplomatic) with women, without protection, and then not accepting responsibility, come on, that’s wrong.

  • Nuetral

    i am happy because with Tsvangirai we can say what we want and no one arrests you. He is the only choice for us as Zimbabweans. We will vote for him

  • Sydney08

    African leaders will always have skeletons in their closets or dirty that is swept under the carpet.Tsvangirai’s behaviour has been appalling and unacceptable, but I do not think that he deserves to be chastised by returning Zanu-PF into power, because theirs is worse than that of Tsvangirai.However their Zealots, like Jonathan Moyo etal are now singing on top of their voices saying pple shld discard Tsvangirai, I do not think that is the way to go.This man had a very bad phase in his life and I am sure he must have leanrt a lot out of it.If he does that while he is president, he will be brought to justice immediately.The Constitution that will be used to anoint Tsvangirai as president is a very democratic one, which is not subject to personal manipulation, like what Mugabe did for the past 32 years.Due to this scenario Tsvangirai would be censured if he is found to be an immoral president.For Zanu-PF to come out and say because he has been sleeping with women, then he needs to be rejected is hypocritical on their part, because Zanu-PF are the ones who purport to hate the values of the West.If he was in the West, Morgan would not have had any chance at all, of let alone remain MDC president, but thank God he comes from a country where a leader’s personal sexual life does not take precedence over his public duties.Zimbabwean politicians are all the same, they sleep with women everywhere, they have chn born out of wedlock, only that they have not been closely investigated.They are pouncing on Tsvangirai’s carelessness because he is a formidable political opponent.

  • Petty

    A well written piece Jacob. It made me think twice about Tsvangirai. I now understand why he acted the way he did. He got my vote too


    What a load of crap. Of course you are entitled to your opinion even if it justifies the actions of a leader who is highly undesciplined to say the least. It is the behaviour of Zimbabwean men that has seen Zimbabwe loose thousands of people due to HIV/AIDS. Corrupt and promiscous ZANU(PF) led Zimbabwe to the current state of poverty and the sad but true fact is that one day ZANU(PF) will be replaced by an opposition led by a corrupt and promiscous leader.