I have to relate to Mugabe: PM

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has denied media reports that President Mugabe had told him he wanted to quit but was scared his party would disintegrate along factional fault lines.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

"So the question of the story that I read in the media that he had confided in me that he was resigning I don't know where that came from," Tsvangirai told reporters.

"I said yes, the question of age is catching up, the question of health is catching up and I'm sure that advisedly he would be in a position, for the sake of the country, for the sake of his legacy, for the sake of his children to consider stepping down. That’s the context I said that. I did not categorically say that he told me that he wanted to leave but he was being held ransom. Surely that was an exaggeration by the media. I did not say that."

Mugabe's deteriorating health has been the subject of much speculation in the local and foreign media. But his frequent trips for medical treatment in Singapore have apparently alarmed his party Zanu (PF) and his military allies- a dangerous situation that could prompt an army takeover and subsequent suffering to the Zimbabwean people under another tyrant leader.

Asked about his perception of Mugabe in the three years he has worked with him in the GNU, Tsvangirai said there was good and bad.

"There are some things that I can praise him for but there are certain things that I will certainly condemn him for," Tsvangirai said. "But at a personal level we confer, we communicate, we exchange, we disagree, perhaps he thinks that that’s the best tactic to manage me, I think it’s the best tactic to manage him. I think it’s a quid pro quo thing, and I think it has worked."

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