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I am not finished yet, says Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he is not finished, vowing to use other political means to invalidate the July 31 elections.

BY OUR STAFF

This followed his withdrawal of the Constitutional Court petition challenging President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s resounding win which he attributed to massive rigging.

Tsvangirai surprised many when he withdrew his ConCourt poll petition on Friday night, citing the non-availability of crucial vote material which formed the basis of his court challenge.

But Tsvangirai yesterday said all was not over despite the withdrawal of the petition as the MDC-T would now take the fight to reverse the electoral outcome to the political and diplomatic arenas.

“Many of you have been made to believe that this marks the end of the road for us, that by withdrawing the court case, we have conceded defeat,” Tsvangirai posted on his Facebook page yesterday.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The struggle has not ended. It is just starting. We have never closed our avenue to continue with the political struggle. This is a political crisis and it requires a political solution.”

Tsvangirai said he still enjoyed the mandate of his party as well as the support of “millions of people who voted for change” on July 31.
“Using that mandate, I will continue serving the people until we achieve the desired results,” he said.

Tsvangirai said Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku had narrowed down the petition to one based on affidavits, yet he wanted to call witnesses to lead evidence on how the elections had been rigged.

“Because of those two roadblocks placed our way, it was futile to proceed with the case,” he said. “It became very clear to us that this case was being predetermined.”

MDC-T spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora said the party had no option but to take the fight to the political and diplomatic arena, as the legal route would have caused “injustices”.

He said the “political struggle” would involve peaceful and democratic means.

“We will apply political pressures guaranteed and protected in the constitution,” said the MDC-T spokesperson.

Pressed on what the “political struggle” entailed, Mwonzora could only say “Read the constitution. It’s clearly spelt out.”

He said, on the diplomatic front, the MDC-T was lobbying a number of heads of states, including those at the Sadc summit which ends today in Malawi.

“We will approach Sadc and the African Union [AU] and we are going to provide them with evidence [that the election was rigged]. We will increase political pressure. We are not going to give up,” he said.,

Mwonzora said Tsvangirai would continue with his consultations of the party provincial councils with the latest one he visited being Manicaland.

He said the consultations would soon be taken to the district and branch levels.

“What is critical is that the president [Tsvangirai]’s message is of peace. There is unanimity that elections were stolen,” said the MDC-T spokesperson.

Mwonzora said the MDC-T did not know why Justice Chidyausiku has summoned Tsvangirai, Mugabe and ZEC lawyers to appear before him tomorrow following the withdrawal of the petition.

He said his party would stand by its decision to withdraw Tsvangirai’s poll petition.

The source said MDC-T would also approach the Sadc Tribunal, which will be set up within the next two weeks, with the hope that it can also deal with the matter.

There have been suggestions that behind the scenes talks have started, with the aim of starting formal talks between Mugabe’s Zanu PF and the MDC-T.

Tsvangirai has, however, said he is snubbing all Zanu PF overtures and will not join in on a new government of national unity.

‘Tsvangirai can use civil disobedience’

A close confidante to the outgoing Premier said the court challenge had been withdrawn on the realisation that this was not a legal problem but rather a political one.

“This is a political issue and not a legal one,” the confidante said. “The political onslaught should have commenced when Sadc directed the parties to go back to the Constitutional Court following the Mawarire hearing.”

The source said the legal route was not tenable, as it could be overtaken by political dynamics.

The source said peaceful civil disobedience was one of the approaches the MDC-T could follow in their quest to seek political change.
“The new Constitution explicitly guarantees freedom of assembly and freedom to petition, so civil disobedience can be used so that they are heard,” the confidante said.

“He [Tsvangirai] is a political leader and says he has people who follow him and he can show that by directing them on what to do.”

However, Tsvangirai’s previous attempts to force change through civil disobedience have been fruitless, particularly with the Final Push of 2003.

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21 Responses to I am not finished yet, says Tsvangirai

  1. Skuula August 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Asikana, SWAG group, kutaurisa munonyanya, u will always be the tail, infact munonyadzisa, why papa like a crazy chicken, u talk of things u dont know and understand, u perish cause u lake knowledge, dont let the children of Zim suffer anymore, if u want to be in the streets u (TSVANGCRY) must also be there. U lost the elections u lost the case again, what a loser. Shame on u, little knowledge is very dangerous. Roy ur financial gate is closed, and slowly u a becoming toothless bulldog. Uchafa uchichema, very soon divorce, and maintainance kumwana vavakuramba vemusango. Shame on MDC Tsvangcry.

  2. tinto biti August 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Tsvangirai is finished! He can fantasize but this will not help him. B\He better goes to Buhera kunorima mbambira and forget about politics. We dont want him in MDC anymore. To hell with him, which party mandate is he talking about, which people are behind him when they rejected him at the polls. He is a big fool!

  3. Taurai Zhou August 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Tsvangirai has failed period. The MDC and the democratic movement should look for a new leader

  4. robobo August 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    next time get David Blane (magician) to do the voters roll for MDC.
    He is better than NIKUV !

  5. Matii August 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Roy Bennett threatens to leave with all his money, next thing Tsvangson reverses course and starts talking abt civil disobedience, LMAO. Makes you wonder who is really in charge…

  6. Colonel August 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Mhano mhano emuroyi kunyepera kutya dzvinyu akasungurira nyoka muchiuno handizvo zvandavinga pano,saka wavingai nhai Tsvangirai?

  7. chimwango August 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Tsvangirai is not yet finished for he is the only one with the largest number of supporters.If he was cheated in the contest it does not mean he lost the election.For to say so is the same as promoting robbery during electoral contest like what some of the regional leaders did by endorsing a stolen election.That is a very bad act to the people of Zimbabwe who were expecting a free and fair out come.They are trying to force us to agree to what we did not choose.SADC leaders please lead by good examples.

    • andrew August 19, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      I personally don’t feel Tsvangcry got more votes from the electorate. He must patiently wait for 2018.As for now he has to go and roost.zuva ravira for him.

  8. Akonwa Haasiyi bhachi Padare August 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Zita rangu ndiro dimikira/tsumo inotsangura zvataurwa naMr. T. This article did not have enough substance to dignify it with publication, let alone a Headline. Unless of course the motive was to push sales voumes for the tabloid. I think the bottomline is that Mr. T is a staunch supporter of ZANU-PF and he was putting It over the eyes of the West to make them think there is an opposition party in Zimbabwe. You did a very splendid job of putting the Brits and the Americants and the Ausies off track. They will never wake up to the realization that you took them for a loooong, long, long ride. Well done Cde Morgy. Let them them fantasize about regime change and neo-colonialism. Inside your heart (Pamberi neCde RGM) and at night you are feasiting with your father and laughing together so hard at the Brits and their colonies for being so guilible! Good Work Morgiza.

  9. Gutter Poet August 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    @Akonwa- if only it were that simple…What people wait to see is whether their oridinary welfare is going to improve. That dear sir, is the bottom line.

    • Akonwa August 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Gutter, come to think about it, it might actually be even simpler. Was it a case of Samson and Delilah = morgan and leocardia? Or Morgan and Eliza Macheka (remember Macheka is a very prominent ZANU-PF Cadre.) vamwe ve MDC ndivo vakarambidza Morgy kuroora Loecar. Vakamuti ko sei kuzoda mukadzi weZanu iyeye? Achibva kurambidzwa weZanu anga asinganyatsozivikanwa, hoyo kumwana waMacheka.! Remember Americans still naively believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack. So u might still naively believe that Mr. T is anti Mugabe.

  10. cde mapinganzira August 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    u ar done for mr tsvangirai, dont waste the electorate’s time who voted for their beloved cde mugabe who is going to be inaugurated this coming thursday. muchaita BP

  11. jojo August 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    so why didnt tsvangirai take this evidence he claims he will not take to sadc to court?

  12. valerianstefan August 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    tsvangicry u failed ur life, u failed in GNU, u failed in elections u failed ur party, u failed the case.plz dont fail our nation by plunging us into hardships again. Zim is better off without ur fat face.u can go and hang.hatina kumanikidzwa kunovhota.

  13. watanga August 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Zanupf should apologise to all thieves in jails. The reason they owe an apology to thieves is they stole elections and yet they are scotfree. Shame on zanupf to celebrate theft, robbery and chicannery.

  14. King Tubby August 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Tsvangirai akaita secretary-general weZCTU, president weMDC uye prime minister weZimbabwe. Ndiye anoudzwa kupusa newe hako wakatadza kuita chero prefect kuchikoro. Zvinosetsa. MaYouth Officers ibai munyerere mari yenyika muchiripwa kugara.

  15. Mutavara August 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    In your head Tsvangirai!!! Otherwise you are finished. Mugabe is 89, and your are behaving like a 5 year old or a 99 year old. Your party has let people down – lack of foresight, lack of strategy and lack of ambition … You can not claim ZPF rigged and the say you don’t have sting evidence to prove it … You know what Morgan – you are a big joke. Go to Buhera unomukira kukama n’ombe – wakundikana!! Wakawanza chibhachura

  16. Mutavara August 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    In your head Tsvangirai!!! Otherwise you are finished. Mugabe is 89, and your are behaving like a 5 year old or a 99 year old. Your party has let people down – lack of foresight, lack of strategy and lack of ambition … You can not claim ZPF rigged and the say you don’t have a string of evidence to prove it … You know what Morgan – you are a big joke. Go to Buhera unomukira kukama n’ombe – wakundikana!! Wakawanza chibhachura

  17. Tozvirevakupiko August 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Some, if not most of the people saying ‘Tsvangirai failed’, have never raised even a finger to challenge the rotten status quo of the Revolutionary Party – cowards who sit in the terraces and never attempt to go into the arena – and thus the sad failure many an African nation. Its a long road to democracy!

  18. naome August 19, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    It was a long 13 years of disturbance to the Zimbabweans. If only Tswangirayi had not come to the aid of Britain (to offer to remove Mugabe’s government so as to drain land redistribution) when the government started engaging them to compasate the farmers whose 800 farms were up for take over by the Government, Zimbabwe would be somewhere now.
    Back to the drawing table now after losing 13 years. Zimbabwean Whites you have no option now but to engage with the Zanu P.F government and revisit the plan of 1997 if that is possible and see how you can be part of the Zim dream, economy for all. All people equal and being given equal opportunity. That is the only guarantee of sustainable peace and economic prosperity. Blacks can not go it alone and white can not even go it alone either. They should put aside the syndrome of puppetism where the accepted blacks by whites are those blacks who are easy to lecture to. Equal engagements and equal treatment of one another is the Zimbabwe that we dream of.

  19. dungas August 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Morgan has very dad advisers. His advisors, since they are foreigners , are not in touch with the realities on the ground. In their futile objective of removing the father of revolution, they even forget simple political principles to a point that they have actually destroyed Morgan”s political career, not knowing they still need him as a front.

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