Are we cowards: Tsvangirai

“THE world is asking, are there people in Zimbabwe? Are we cowards?”

Wants Zimbabweans to toughen up ... Morgan Tsvangirai

Wants Zimbabweans to toughen up … Morgan Tsvangirai

These were the frustrated remarks of former prime minister and opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai as he addressed supporters at Rudhaka in Marondera on Saturday.

The former trade unionist has been trying, and repeatedly failing, to topple President Robert Mugabe since establishing the MDC back in 1999.

On Saturday, Tsvangirai suggested Zimbabweans were not working with him.

He complained: “When people run away from a neighbourhood police officer, what is that?”

President Mugabe turned 92 last month and continues to rule out retirement. His Zanu PF party has nominated him as its candidate for elections due in 2018 when he will be 94 years old.

The prospect perplexes Tsvangirai.

Said the MDC-T leader: “At 94, Mugabe wants to contest? The problem is that Mugabe wants to die in power.

“This other day I was with Mugabe at Sheraton [Rainbow Towers Hotel], and he said to me, Tsvangirai will you please watch out this step.

“You will fall down if you are not careful; imagine him saying that to me?”

Tsvangirai insisted that he is the country’s rightful leader, arguing he defeated Mugabe in the 2008 elections.

“Mugabe has since acknowledged that I defeated him in 2008 but the question remains, why is he still in power?

“Give power to the mandated person, the person who was elected by the people. The whole world knows of a mandated leader,” said the MDC-T leader.


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