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Tsvangirai regains mojo

MASVINGO — MDC-T president and former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday pulled a bumper crowd of over 15 000 in Masvingo.

By Tatenda Chitagu

Mucheke Stadium was full to the rafters as thousands of MDC-T supporters converged to celebrate the party’s 15th anniversary.
The celebrations came a few months after the party was rocked by a new split led by Tsvangirai’s former secretary-general Tendai Biti who has now formed the MDC Renewal Team.

But the split did not deter the MDC-T supporters from painting Masvingo red since Friday as thousands in their party regalia and holding posters walked or drove through the streets.

Throughout the day, there was joyful singing and dancing at Mucheke Stadium as supporters, who had travelled from different parts of Masvingo province and beyond, patiently waited to be addressed by the MDC-T president.

Tsvangirai, who was in apparent fighting mood, was accompanied by his top officials including vice-president Thokozani Khupe, party chairman, Lovemore Moyo and organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa.

He called on his supporters to take President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF head-on by embarking on crippling nationwide mass street protests to demand an end to the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

He said Zimbabweans had to break from the cocoon of fear enveloping them and confront the situation or risk suffering forever at the hands of Mugabe and his party.

The country is facing an economic crisis characterised by a crumbling industry, liquidity crunch, unemployment and widespread poverty among other woes.

Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans had suffered for too long at the hands of Mugabe and could no longer afford to remain docile.

“The time has come to say ‘we cannot continue to be docile in this abyss. We are too docile as Zimbabweans, yet everyone has a right to public expression of disgruntlement, not to keep on complaining in your house without doing anything about it,” he said.

“The constitution allows demos, yet the police arrest people. But if they will take us to jail, we will fill up those jails. I am waiting for a day when workers, the youths, vendors, business, in fact, everyone, get into the streets and protest. That will be the day when Zimbabweans wake up from their slumber.”

He said the road towards his party attaining 15 years had been very bumpy, having lost several elections at the hands of Mugabe in polls which he said were rigged.

“It has not been an easy road. We lost some colleagues along the way at the hands of the same dictatorship which we are fighting. The MDC is a mixture of joy and tears today. We refused to run and decided to fight,” the former premier said.

Turning to the state of the party, Tsvangirai blasted the MDC Renewal grouping for being over ambitious and impatient.

“Pane vamwe vanovhima vane munyu muhomwe. Vamwe voti zvandinonokera [there are those that go hunting with salt in their pockets and others that say the struggle is taking too long],” he said.

“Such people will never survive in the MDC when they have unbridled ambition and are interested in looking for positions.”

Tsvangirai said the MDC was celebrating its 15 years when the country was going through debilitating economic hardships. But he re-affirmed the party’s commitment to unseat Mugabe and Zanu PF.
“We are celebrating 15 years on a sad note because the country is on the edge. The country is not like what it was when we formed the MDC.

“The situation has continued to deteriorate, but we remain determined to achieve the objective of freeing this country,” he said.

13 Responses to Tsvangirai regains mojo

  1. Real action must be on the streeet September 14, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    tsvangirai use these numbers to bring down mugabe’s government. zvekunakidzwa nekuunganirwa izvi hazvichinje zvinhu. surely with the numbers you have and a proper strategy in place yu can easily turn the tables. you don’t necessarily need to use evryone but your urban support base to do that. start planing now, and lets see real street action now!!

  2. chimwango September 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    If planned proper the street action will achieve its intended purpose ie to remove Mugabe’s party from stolen power.Noone from outside will help us without our intiative.

  3. Vakapusa September 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I wonder what biti and company are thinking, they think the people of Zimbabwe do not have brains.Who does not know that biti and company were part of the so called failed Tsvangirai party.Everyone knew what biti was there for as a lawyer…to advice the PM and now we lost through what everyone could see in their eyes..fraud and violence.biti, you just want power and unfortunately it is not coming, go back to law offices and I bet your renewal party will never get even 7 thousand supporters.

  4. eagle September 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    what takes man years to achieve by his own strength, God can achieve in an instant

  5. Aliphelithemba September 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    All what Zimbabweans are looking for are decent lifestyles,equity and prosperity .Its a full year after last year’s general elections .The situation on the ground is increasingly one of desperation.

  6. Jori September 15, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you Masvingo and Zimbabweans for showing that change is not achieved over night. A strong message to Mbiti & Comp.

  7. Dukwa khozi September 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I will support mdc t l until we get to canan thanks to masvingo for the suport

  8. solomon September 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    It’s normally even in the bible the history of the chosen people others failed to rich canan they died before but chosen

    I think biti is not person he looks what we called thinking forward tsvang go

  9. NGOROROMBE September 16, 2014 at 11:25 am #


  10. maita September 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    He has the numbers but somewhere vana Makarau play games and it will be out of his control. This country is a military state lead by a pseudo president chete period.

  11. sodhar yaCongo September 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    To start with this guy Mbiti is he not the one who walked limping in small shoes at the airport paaibva kuSA anzi anosviko sunga achinzi adeedzera maresults zvisiri pamutemo here. Sandiye here akaburitswa muhusungwahwo nekuti akasarudzwa naTsvangirai kuti amiririre bato munhaurirano dzeGNU. Ndosaka vakuru vakati kurera imbwa nemukaka mangwana inofuma yokuruma nhasi chohukura renewal renewal from what iwe waive mumwe aiva nepfungwa dzaipaza musangano. Kuita mavideo uchichema hee ndabirwa ndabirwa izvi waisava nepfungwa dzeumunhu. Chimboita tione kwaunosvika isu hondo tomira naTsvangirai

  12. david maoko September 21, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Had God the will, those still in the fold would remain resolute; fighting to the liberation of them hodes to date imprisoned in the ZANU sugarcandy ideology that first failed in the USSR, in YugoSlavia, Romania, Zambia, and to date Zimbabwe. Had God the willingness, all parties consientised to discern the ZANU PF wrought squalor, Madhuku, Makoni, Ncube must immediately come together with Tsvangirai and do away with the coterie of militia-like warlords led by Grace Marufu aka Mugabe.
    This aint time for ego or boardroom squabbles. It’s time to save Zimbabwe! Afterwards, especially during the transition period or the early in new life of the eventual administration, we strategise on what to do with Tsvangirai. Because his crowd tactics have the effect of making him believe in himself exclusively, and quarrelling as like Job Sikala has had the effect of amplifying this godlike character in this anti-ZANU desperateness. We need liberation, more than change.
    Presently, bad as he may be, he is the man of the moment. Ask Zimbabweans.

  13. ashley samkange September 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    I would like to say thank u all zimbabweans for supporting mdct. But we have a very big problem yekuti hatidi kuzvirwira if mr tsvangirai said let’s fight for ou wrights hazvirevi ivo ndongava pinde mustreet but he must be our director or comander. So isu tino fanirwa kushinga torwa tokunda. Avo vari kuti vatsvangirai ibvai a ivo ngavabve. Nhai iwe biti mdc yaka umbirwei? Iwe chawa tadza kutaura kuti vana vezimbabwe vaite. Vari pamwe chii? Hausiwe wakambo batwa uchiti vatsvangirai vahwinha uka sungwa? Izvozvi ukati tabirwa maelections? Ko wakuti vatsvangirai vadii dai vaita hondo here? Koinga pose waiti tiri kubirwa? Shamwari ita sewaka dzidza nhaika? Comander hamiswe pfuti dzichirira zanu namugabe vachipo saka bvisai zanu namugabe sechi rangano first apa muchiri musango saka kubva kwava tsvangirai hatisati takutozvi funga now. Kumbira ruregerero udzoke tiende mberi nechimurenga. Vatsvangirai musadzoke tapota tiri musango ngatirwei ndatenda yound advance

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