Tsvangirai to meet torture victims

At least 150 000 people countrywide are nursing injuries inflicted on them by Zanu (PF) supporters during the bloody 2008 presidential run-off election campaign, says the MDC-T.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Addressing party supporters at the burial of Safirio Dance, an MDC-T activist, at Mangwandi cemetery in Masvingo over the weekend MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he would continue in his mission to dislodge President Robert Mugabe from power.

The MDC-T leader, who has cut his cavalcade of around six to a single vehicle, said the brutality shown by Zanu (PF) and its supporters in 2008 still haunted many families.

“Some 150 000 people were injured during that bloody campaign and I have decided to set aside every Tuesday to meet some of them, scattered around the country,” he said.

“Since the formation of the MDC-T supporters have asked us what benefits they derived from supporting us. The answer is that most if not all got nothing from us,” said Tsvangirai. “I have nothing to give them, but what I can promise is that we will rule this country one day. When we are in power all the benefits you have been clamouring for will be visible,” he added.

Removing President Robert Mugabe and his party from power would not be an easy task and would need dedicated people prepared to work for the party even without getting any visible material benefits, said the former Prime Minister.

Sources said the party had managed to persuade donors that Tendai Biti’s break-away Renewal Team had no political clout and would not be able to challenge Zanu (PF) in any election. “Donors had been misled that the MDC Renewal team had the potential to dislodge Zanu (PF). But after seeing the goings on in that wing, donors have assured us of funds to bank roll party activities,” said a highly placed source with the MDC-T who requested anonymity.

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