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Tsvangirai opens door for fired Mnangagwa

Morgan Tsvangirai vs Emmerson Mnangagwa
Morgan Tsvangirai vs Emmerson Mnangagwa

In an interview with Sabc on Wednesday night, Tsvangirai — leader of the country’s largest opposition party — said Mnangagwa will not have it easy outside Zanu PF and should seriously think about his future in politics.

He said: “I think he has to think seriously about his future. He has to think seriously about what role he has to play in the future of the country. If he thinks he is going to be given any role without him playing a part, it would be naïve for him to think that way”.

Tsvangirai, who has fought President Robert Mugabe since his days in the trade union movement, seemed to suggest that Mnangagwa should join the “big tent”, which he is negotiating with Zimbabwe’s fringe opposition parties so that they can present one presidential candidate to take on the ageing Zanu PF leader at the 2018 polls.

Two coalitions — the MDC Alliance and the People’s Rainbow Coalition — have so far emerged, led by Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru, respectively. Talks to forge an alliance between the two opposition leaders broke down mid this year as both wanted to lead the coalition.

After Mugabe showed his deputy the door early this week, accusing him of showing little probity, Mnangagwa is under increasing pressure from his allies to join opposition politics.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the former vice president who is now in self-imposed exile, did not hide his desire to lead his countrymen, vowing to fight back and lead Zimbabwe at some point.

Whether he will strike a deal with Tsvangirai or go it alone still remains unclear. Few will, however, be surprised if they strike a deal because they have previously been said to have a working relationship.

In the early 2000, it was revealed that Tsvangirai had talked with independent mediators on behalf of Mnangagwa, who was the Speaker of Parliament then, and the then commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Vitalis Zvinavashe.

The MDC leader was later to reveal that “they wanted my assurance that if Mugabe retired, the MDC would take part in a transition towards new democratic elections”.

Tsvangirai named retired army colonel Lionel Dyke, a close associate of both men, as a mediator.

In a leaked WikiLeaks cable, a senior MDC official was quoted telling United States embassy staff in Harare that South Africa’s African National Congress had agreed to a Zanu PF plan for Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe, while offering token representation to the opposition.

Recently, Reuters reported that Mnangagwa was envisaging cooperating with Tsvangirai to lead a transitional government for five years with the tacit backing of some of Zimbabwe’s military and Britain.

Quoting sources, the wire service said its sources left open the possibility that the government could be unelected with the aim of avoiding chaos that has followed some previous elections.

This unity government, it said, was to pursue a new relationship with thousands of white farmers who were chased off in violent seizures of land approved by Mugabe in the early 2000s.

Tsvangirai dismissed the report, describing it as “grossly false”.

In a statement, the mainstream MDC said, “Nothing could be further from the truth. For the record, president (Morgan) Tsvangirai has never held any meeting with Mnangagwa, whom he last met four years ago during the time of the inclusive government.

In an interview with Sabc this week, Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe could lurch into instability because of the manner in which Mnangagwa was expelled.

He was, however, quick to warn those who might be tempted to grab power using unconstitutional means to observe democratic tenets.

“It’s a traumatic experience for the country; you know it’s one thing to dismiss your vice president, it’s another thing when that decision affects the stability of the country. I think it’s a security risk, and I find this whole decision totally not in sync with the imperatives we are supposed to be consoling,” he said.

“The biggest fear is the issue of instability; you know that the power structures in Zanu PF are distributed with the forces that are outside civilian control so that’s the biggest fear. However, I always plead that if the nation has to take the route towards unconstitutional change of government, then you may as well kiss the democratic project goodbye and I hope that those who have the temptation to see opportunities for unconstitutional change are dissuaded from pursuing that,” added the MDC leader.

He said there was need to create conditions for a free and fair election ahead of next year’s polls.

“Now, In the face of (Robert) Mugabe determined to retain power by whatever means and firing his deputy, I think chances are we may face somebody who wants to retain power by whatever means. And I think it will be unfortunate if the next election is not conducted in a free and fair manner and that’s what I hope we should avoid,” he said.

“The chances of her (Grace Mugabe) taking over by hook and crook emanates from the fact that this is a dynasty arrangement and one would not be surprised if part of that arrangement is to set aside her position in the ruling party and from the events that have taken place, Mugabe can roughshod everyone into believing that Grace (Mugabe) can be a good candidate.”

He said what was happening in Zanu PF just shows how the ruling party has misplaced priorities, as they should instead be dealing with the economy and wellbeing of citizens.

“Look, Zanu PF as the ruling party is supposed to deal with the critical national questions like the economy, like unemployment and poverty that is prevailing in the country. The country should never have reached that level of poverty if Zanu PF had provided the leadership that is necessary (to pull the country) out of the crisis. The decision that has been taken has far reaching implications, not only are you destabilising the ruling party, you also destabilised the nation, and to what effect, one wonders what effect that will be.” Daily News

  • Ndokugona munoda kunyatsobatira chimudhara pacorner

  • Which door when did got a door?

  • Fake news!

  • Amaihwe. Saka the mighty crocodile has been reduced to seeking shelter from Tsvangirai’s tent

  • Yaa gud move, totora ma warvet ese tikapinda panyanga tomudzinga futi

  • Its not true

  • muchavhota moga overconfidence dzisina basa endai muno campaigna kuUzumba

  • l’m now G40

  • l’m now G40

  • Tsananguro dziye nhai baba.Zadzisa zvakavakwa kare zvichava semhinduro muno.Gud move.

  • Why the desperation siya so

  • Another reason why iam not going to vote for Mdc.

  • They have always been friends.It’s an open secret.

  • Ah

  • Rumors

  • We need crocodile to facilitate the hand over of power from the dying regime to a new dispensation after an election victory by the opposition in next year ‘s watershed elections

  • Fake news tgers nothing like tht

  • if Tsvangirai joins with this guy I’m not going to vote MDC for the first time since 2008

    • True that

    • Thus your funeral

    • kkkkk isn’t it a strategy?

    • It’d be a marriage of convenience, in politics you dont use emotions. I’d love it if they join forces, I’m sure Tsvangirai is well aware that Mnangagwa is far from the path to heaven.

    • Dont use emotions my brother. Tsvangirai alone failed to remove Zanu eventhough he won each and every election. Mnangagwa will be there to help Zanu not to cheat as they always do. He knows the tricks they used.

    • Rega iwe , MDC yakaneta iyi

  • Saka Tsvangirai ijende

  • I would rather vote for a donkey should that happen .

  • Uyu ngaasangononga all other people’s rejects uyu. It’s too early let it cool down a bit and see

  • mnangangwa guerrilla fighter? how ridiculous

  • Ed is the master mind who appesed his principal to silence mdc together with securicos it is no point in abosrbing them all who are suspende neva mdv did its voice and its sadac and au to intervene basing on ed s threat

  • Please Garwe u must not join any1,,be your own,,,,,,,,all these guys are failers esp Tsvangirai don’t join him

    • You totally lost..who is a failure uri dofo wanzwa

    • Kkkkkkkk koiwe for hw long hve been surpoting tht Tsvangirai,,,my bro Tsvangirai has already failed t read Mgabes tricks,,he is a looser from both sides,,,politically and even healthy

    • Tsvangirai is a better msn than ED,Bob and you

    • Tsvangirai is not a failure … It’s Mugabe and ED who failures

    • kana zanu ichiita maitiro ayakaita vice president funga kuti ana tsvangirai vaizoitwasei. we need to support tsvangirai nehuwandu

    • Aaaah guys I think Zimbabwe is a one party state, ,,,there must b anotha Zanu pf,,not this one of Mugabe,,but if Munangagwa come with his Zanu pf surely he will win

  • Now you are talking Save.

  • We don need him, ED must suffer alone. What change is he going to bring

  • stop making such decisions without consulting the supporters, he is part of the mess that we are in now

  • There goes Morgan again compromising his ass again

  • Ed has plans other than this, his objective is to dislodge a sexual transmission of leadership. Never think he will come on his own, those who are still in the system will play the role.

    • 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 tell me you are joking

  • WTF

  • Aaaah tamba navana Bite vanepfungwa dzinonga dzako

  • Anyone who puts thier trust in Bob & Morgan need to check in a mental institution

  • MDC yacho yakanet ndiyo tym yekutora advantage for 2018 elections

  • How low, calling a murderer to join you lead Zimbabweans. I don’t see any blessings in your union.

    • He has to gather lots of info on rigging not to use him to lead,nope kkkkk

    • Yengiwe Nyoni oyu bayanda kumujaya. Wamvwa na mwanakwe wachita accident. Bayanda abole kudilwe ajatwe

    • Mushe abafwe boonse bakajaya Bantu egukurahundi

    • Mushe abafwe boonse bakajaya Bantu egukurahundi

    • Mushe abafwe boonse bakajaya Bantu egukurahundi

  • That marriage will never work

  • Cancer iyo mukat haisat yasvika nekumusoro here? Coz u no longer thinking Save. 4get abt that croc

  • Well said Sir very diplomatic as is usual ,if Mnangagwa must make his mind ,will forgive him ,even Paul was forgiven and became a soldier of Krist

  • Save makurasika njere manje makuita kunga makambotsvira mumba door rakavhurika siyanai nevanhu awo makutimbowa manje…

  • Don’t just take anything tsvangirai

  • Keep that door closed, in fact lock it you gullible fool.

  • Birds of the same feathers flock together.

  • Tsvwngirai ibenzi

  • Tswangirai u don’t have trust on your supporters u have, now u focus on coming elections, than to open door for someone else.its too late.

  • Mugabe is miles better than ED

  • He is not that stupid to join a gang he knows has no chance against the state machinery. He will probably try to dislodge Bob using his influence on the generals but ubfortunately for him they have all deserted him. Its the Zanu PF way.

  • Wakuda kutidzinga kumdc iwewe hatidi ngadzoke kuzanu

  • Zanupf media is lying,Tvangirai never said those words

  • ED just expose how ZANU riggs ma elections we will thank you for that

  • Tsvangirai is a biased person maybe its a planed thing hw can he trust ppl frm zanu pf theyll destroy him Tsvangirai must step dwn also say no to old guys we want chamisa

    • Old at 65 yrs, wht abt Trump who ruled at 74. Talk abt other things nt age wise. If it is clean to wrk with Mnangagwa y not allow him to the Alliance for the total destruction of Zanu pf. Remember wikileaks, Garwe had agreed to work under Tsvangirai, so this is the good tym to do it to remove Mugabe dynasty from the power.

    • Xvana Trump ndezvekuAmerica

  • Go ahead…if u do win elections he will work on dethroning you…the guy is over ambitious n evil…I wll not speak/I rest my case….

  • E.D was the master mind of zanu he have all political tricks and strategies to destroy ZANU and strong information which have been kept for years by state security will leak so mnangagwa and tsvangson can be a good team zanu is going to be pieces of rubbish and many zanu ministers high profiles in zanu are going to rote in chikurubhi .

    • Kkk do u think it wil gonna work

    • It won’t @Tendai Wakabva pachigaro kucommand centre end hakuna opposition inosvika ko.

    • It won’t @Tendai Wakabva pachigaro kucommand centre end hakuna opposition inosvika ko.

  • Something wrong with Morgan now
    .sefuna inyanga sibili.uMnangagwa noo sibili.NO TO GARWE PERIOD!

  • I think the opposition leader missed a point on his recent utterences. People do not not want to associate themselves with people who abuse them and deprived them their democractic right provided by the constitution to elect the government of their choice. Mnangagwa was part of the regime and inviting him to te democratic movement will be a catastrophe and betrayal of the MDC voters. It is early and ill-advised for the alliance leader to utter such reckless and devisive statements considering his health at the moment. Eventually , do we really want Mnangagwa or Mujuru in the matrix? The answer is NO because if they were not expelled from Zanu they were still part of the regime. To Tsvangirai and company please do not mix grain and chuff , let them suffer and become political redundant.

  • Kwakurasika manje Save

  • MDC is going to be zanu pf why they keep doors open to the ex ZANU PF members.

  • They must team up for the better man of the country

  • Muchanyeperwa ne media imi

  • He is crazy

  • Uri dhodhi Tsvangirai ita zvinhu zvako wega usaite zvema groups shit yemunhu

  • Tsvangirai can not be trusted

  • Aaaahh

  • I vharaz iyi

  • You see when your motivation to politics is power at any cost, you will always grab anything that you think will make that dream a possibility. Tswangirai is picking from the ZANU dust bin hopping to find a good left over. Shame on him. Mnangagwa is a thug and thief, he has been saying pasi ne MDC since the formation of MDC, question is why open your doors to such a snake? He needs to be jailed and charged for the crimes

  • Madaness

  • Mr Tsvangirai dont play with our minds by accepting this crocodile to our party. We may as well send you packing if u invite this shit guy to our beloved party

  • MDC is not in any way worried about Mnangagwa.We are busy with voters registration. Media is in business & to sell their stuff, they come with alk sorts of speculation & dellusion.Mnangagwa has his bone to chew alone.I wonder if he still has the teeth.Ichooooo

  • hatimbodi kuzvinzwa kuti munangwagwa vaku mdc vakagoja bannet for 2.5 years mujere iyeye

  • At the moment the Crocodile is out sight probably never to return and the stealth hand of Jonathan Moyo is lurking in the shadows….nothing but a brilliant mind thats out on a mission …. exciting times.

  • Crazy master run out of ideas nxaa

  • i dnt thnk its a true nyaya.

  • It’s not a good idea he is evil munangangwa mdc will lose vote if they accommodate locust

  • Tapiwa Munjoma Ngoni Mhonde Leonard Chirenje

    • why…these people seem not to understand that we don’t want these old goats anymore.

  • This is just another social media lie

  • Paul

    Tsvangirai shld go

  • Richard Richad Tawanda Tarumbwa your mind is too clouded by your hate for Mnangagwa. If you think a man who works well with others, concede defeat, makes way for Mujuru to become VP after winning many provinces is worse than Mugabe who sees himself as a God then obviously your standards are too low and you have an agenda to make Grace President who is already showing signs of being the worst detector

  • Don’t be too hasty with your opinions. This matter can go either way. Let’s agree that this is one of the few catch 22 situations in which whichever decision he makes he will be judged for it. What if he is betting on large numbers from anyone who wants progressive change

  • this fool called Morgan he,sold the struggle in 2008,by joining that rubish gnu,now this,pliz chamisa and biti join hands so we complete what we started in 1999 this Morgan guy looks like the sickness is affecting his brains

  • Tsvangirai is trying to be kind however this ED is mastermind of all genocides and ZANU cruelty. It’s not about a strategy of removing ZANU from power but about preventing what ZANU is doing to the people. Is he fucken serious that he wants to employ ZANU strategies into MDC?

  • Confusion

  • Confusion

  • Heyi mdara siyana navanhu avo. Munhu uyu haana kana chinonzi support kunze kwemadhara ake.

  • Heyi mdara siyana navanhu avo. Munhu uyu haana kana chinonzi support kunze kwemadhara ake.

  • Why opening the doors to these madhara. Gavazorore vakauraya nyika kare voda kuramba vachingouraya kusvika rini

  • That’s a big lie

  • i think tsvangirai will never ever do that.

  • Bhora Resimbi

    Fake reporting ,That will be the end of MDC,why take enemy of the people what will be the difference between zanu and mdc then?