The pictures apparently sparked a storm and brought back into the spotlight stories of the former premierâ€™s improper association with women, forcing him to explain.
Tsvangirai, Wednesday, took to micro-blogging site twitter to defend what he called was nothing sinister â€œbut a president at peace with his peopleâ€.
â€œWherever I go in Zimbabwe, supporters ask to have photos taken with me and I have no reason to deny them a photo with their president.
â€œI had photos taken with a lot of people in Gweru over the weekend including a group of ladies coming from our meeting. I have done that on so many occasions and I don’t know why with 1000s of photos of myself with supporters, this could be called a scandal,â€ Tsvangirai said.
â€œThey should rather be focusing on the national of despondency, suffering and a crisis facing the people. (Than) scandalising a president who is accessible to party supporters, where is your photo with your president after the rally?â€
Zanu PF MP and politburo secretary for science and technology, Jonathan Moyo, pulled no punches in an exchange with MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu.
â€œMy friend & brother @GutuObert as MDC-T spokesman what’s the official take on these sights from Legends of the Park?â€ Moyo asked.
â€œThose pics are inconsequential. We should discuss more serious issues guys. Is it an offence to pose for a pic with fans and supporters? Nothing indecent about that pic,â€ said Gutu who earlier on had claimed the images were photo-shopped.
Moyo was not done just yet.
â€œThank you my brother for confirming their authenticity. Have a great day! Of course not. Great pictures indeed. Legend of the Parks! Of-course. His (Tsvangirai)â€™s open zip reputation is well known. From Legends of the Seas to Legends of the Parks. Handei tione! Indeed. Morgiza has serious zip governance challenges!â€ jabbed Moyo.
Following the unfortunate death of his wife Susan in a car accident in early 2009, Tsvangirai has been associated with a litany of women including the embarrassing incident before he married his current wife Elizabeth in which he reportedly married Locardia Karimatsenga Temba traditionally before a nasty fall-out for which he was forced to pay over $200, 000 in damages.
In one of the photos that came out in 2012, the MDC-T leader appeared relaxed with a woman on cruise ship called the Legend of the Seas in Singapore.
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