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Tsvangirai to lead demos

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is headed for a fresh clash with authorities amid revelations that he plans to personally lead street protests being organised by his opposition party from the frontline.


The opposition party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora on Friday revealed to The Standard modalities for the protests against the worsening economic crisis in the country would be worked out soon after the opposition party’s elective congress set for next month.

“The protests will be more coordinated. The party leadership will be at the front in some of the protests depending on the situation. Definitely, the leadership, including president Tsvangirai, will be there on the front,” Mwonzora told The Standard.

Tsvangirai last week told a South African television channel, E-TV’s 360 Degrees, that his party was working on strategies to force Mugabe’s government to address the country’s economic woes.

He said the country’s free falling economy would likely push the election dates closer than 2018. Tsvangirai’s remarks came after he had told thousands of party supporters who thronged Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo for the party’s 15th anniversary last Saturday that it was now time to adopt a confrontational approach against the government.

Mwonzora said the party leadership, including Tsvangirai, would be on the frontline during the street protests to show that the party was not setting up its supporters.

He said the presence of the MDC-T leadership was meant to show commitment to finding a lasting solution to the problems facing Zimbabwe.

“It is definite, we are going to protest. The aim of the peaceful protests will be to force government into positive action. We are the official opposition and our duty is to force government to act in a responsible manner,” Mwonzora said.

He said the protests would be for all the affected Zimbabweans, not the MDC-T alone.

“At the congress, we are going to come up with a roadmap of our strategies,” Mwonzora said. The MDC-T will be holding its congress in Harare at the end of October.

Asked how the protests would succeed in the face of ruthless police response to street protests, Mwonzora said: “We are going to see that. Definitely we are going to protest. We will be doing this in terms of the laws of the land.”

Mugabe is known for using force to thwart dissent. In 2007 Tsvangirai and several other opposition officials and civic leaders were savagely beaten when they tried to organise a peace rally in Highfield suburb in Harare.

An MDC-T official who preferred anonymity said: “Tsvangirai is brave, if it means being on the front, he will do that. It is time for action. The MDC needs to show that it is prepared to die for the people.”

Already MDC-T youths have been having running battles with the police while trying to hold peaceful demonstrations to pressure Mugabe to provide the two million jobs he promised the electorate ahead of last year’s July 31 polls.

Tsvangirai’s calls for protests have been met with mixed feelings, with some people accusing the former premier of attempting to endanger the lives of many Zimbabweans in the face of a brutal police force.

Mugabe himself has already threatened to deal ruthlessly with any “form of lawlessness”.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday rubbished Tsvangirai’s proposals for mass action and street protests, describing the opposition leader as “a desperate man with no programme or sense of direction.”

He said this was the reason why Tsvangirai was being deserted by influential party officials, including former secretary-general Tendai Biti.

Gumbo said Zanu PF was on course to resuscitate the economy through the US$3 billion deal signed between the country and Russia for the establishment of a platinum venture in Darwendale.

“No sensible Zimbabwean will join him in his so-called protests.
Zanu PF is working hard to implement programmes that will solve the economic problems the country is facing,” he said.

“Zimbabweans will not accept such a project. He is wasting his time and energy.”

Political analyst Alois Masepe said protesting for the economy should be a spontaneous people-driven movement.

10 Responses to Tsvangirai to lead demos

  1. tik tak September 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    thumbs Tsvangirai i will definately join the demos if you are at the forefront.

    • L. Makombe September 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

      When you have nothing to offer, this is what you do, back to the destructive ZCTU days when the stay aways destroyed the same industries and jobs we are now crying for. Who in his right senses would join Morgan kana Biti and company left because of his lack of clear thinking. Shame on you tik, tak

  2. Dzoraivhoti September 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Ndozvaingoitawo ana Mumugadhafi ana Saddam Hussein nana Gabho vachiti havateerere zvinoitwa nevanhu. As long as Dr tsvangi vari pamberi chete we know kuti all the media will be there to show to the world wat a Sadc Chairman does to his pple. Kkkkkkkkkk let’s wait and see hapana kusirir kufa.

  3. Zanutovuyoko! September 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Chitima cheshanduko hachisi kuzomiswa chero nani zvake. Let those who make the mistake of trying to violently break the demos do so at their own peril. The day of reckoning is near.

  4. Isu Zvedu September 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Save ndizvo, count me there, vakafira kuhondo yechimurenga munoti vaida here. As long as the demos are done above board handione chakaipa ini. Vana Gumbo kungotaurawo asi chokwadi munochiziva, Hu hero hwamurikuzvirova matundundu nahwo nhasi (Zanu PF) makahuwana kuburikidza nemademo iwaya, nekusada kudzvinyirirwa nevarungu. Nhasi ndimi mavekutidzvinyirira makurambidza vanhu mapeaceful demos, chii ichocho

  5. kikikiki September 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Morgan apererwa !

  6. Asylum September 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Tsvangirai saPresident haazoendi pafront bt pafront pachaenda mfana wangu wepa 687 Mandebvu st ST Mary’s anonzi Job Sikhala. Ndaona Bob aenda kwaZvimba kunomwa tea neshiri.

  7. Shepy Tarzy September 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    I will join let’s do it, the time is up!

  8. zimbo@heart September 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    And those around Tsvangirai shall plot to sacrifice kids so that their leader is installed. God said NO.

  9. kafuri isina jira September 26, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    At first zanu pf was not wrong even the age of our leaders does not affect the governance of this country Mugabes plans an dreams about this country was perfect but the only problem he have now is his sorroundigs he was supposssed to work with young literate artfull people who are able to adopt quickly in times of change those pple whom he is calling ministrs right now they do not worth it they are supposed to be headmen i know vividly that some of them fought for us to be liberal from white minority to majority rule but luke now we have only change the style from minority rule bondage to majority financial bondage.Chinamasa ndiye amava kuisa pa pron what iniquities have he done but naiyewo Chinamasa wachowo ichembere inazvo anotora ministry yarambwa nema graduates iye ane ordinary level oti ndoida.Saka gwendo runo uchapera shoka.

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