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Love scandals: Tsvangirai hits back

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday took a dig at the MDC Renewal Team leaders Tendai Biti and Samuel Sipepa Nkomo saying the two were not qualified to criticise his personal life.

By Richard Muponde

Tsvangirai told members of his party at the Small City Hall that he was not averse to criticism but was against personal attacks.

“If you say Tsvangirai I don’t agree with you on this principle, I have no problem with that,” he said, adding he would not tolerate people that concentrated on fighting his personal life and spending “the whole day talking about Tsvangirai and his women.”

“I will ask you, don’t you have women also? I told these boys from the Renewal Team not to be personal but focus on the issues of principle where we may differ,” he said.

“I said if you continue I will tell you that you took someone’s wife when you are an elder in church. I will also tell you that you left Harare saying you were going to Nyanga but later got involved in an accident in Chegutu while in the company of a girlfriend.”

During a recent meeting at Stanely Square, Biti kept referring to Tsvangirai as “Gumbura”, the incarcerated church leader Robert Martin Gumbura who was convicted of raping women from his congregation.

Tsvangirai’s reputation has been rocked by a string of love scandals since the death of his wife Susan in a car accident in 2009.

The former Prime Minister said his team should focus on removing Zanu PF from power.

“Mugabe should be pushed out of power not to wait for a miracle to happen,” he said.

“He should know that he has no legitimacy. Zanu PF has already reached the dead end. Where will they go? They are now saying let’s talk. If they come now, we are a little bit cleverer; we will start by dismantling their hegemony and then form a government.

“Last time I think we were a bit foolish by going into a GNU (government of nation unity) without destroying this hegemony. However we have learnt from our mistakes.”

Tsvangirai said MDC-T would emerge stronger from the congress slated for October in Harare. He was in Bulawayo to explain guidelines for the congress.

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