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not stepping down: Tsvangirai
September 16, 2013
Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday
he will not step down and will instead face the storm, raising new
doubts about an internal push to get him to quit.
At a 14th anniversary
rally in the eastern capital of Mutare, thousands rallied behind
the MDC leader, while on the diplomatic front, Zimbabwe’s
political opposition has said any talks must lead to an audit of
the disputed results
of the July 31 vote and presumably a fresh poll.
Amid calls by
senior party officials including
treasurer-general Roy Bennett suggesting that Tsvangirai’s
continued stay in power did not reflect the will of the people,
Tsvangirai through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, said he will
not leave before he is dethroned by congress, scheduled for 2016
and suggested he might seek another term.
are the first about his political future since his devastating but
controversial defeat by President Robert Mugabe last month in a
poll he says was “stolen”.
The MDC president’s
remarks highlighted the difficulties he faces in getting his frustrated
constituency to coalesce around him in the wake of the July 31 vote
that returned Mugabe to office for a seventh term with a two-thirds
dismissed those trying to topple him as Zanu-PF-backed rabble-rousers.
people we know who are singing the chorus that he must go are Zanu-PF
because of the high blood pressure that he has given their nonagenarian
leader,” Tamborinyoka said referring to 89-year-old Mugabe.
that Tsvangirai must go for Zanu-PF is not a chorus, it has become
a whole hymn.”
to one of Africa’s longest serving leader in heavily disputed
elections, Tamborinyoka said an impression was being created in
the media that Tsvangirai was afraid of the people and that he will
not be reaffirmed by the people.
any time, any hour, he is prepared to go to the people to get a
mandate,” he said.
He said it was
the MDC leader’s “natural character” not to impose
himself on the people and said every minute he has served as MDC
president, “has been a minute affirmed and endorsed by the
not stay any minute longer when the MDC membership feels he is no
longer serving their purpose,” Tamborinyoka said. “As
of now, the whole party is clear that he is our best foot forward.”
disputed allegations that Tsvangirai changed the party’s constitution
to seek a third term and extend his stay at the helm of the 14-year-old
He said the
constitutional changes were made by the people not by Tsvangirai.
Last week exiled
MDC treasurer-general Roy Bennett told South Africa’s Business
Day newspaper, that it was high time Tsvangirai quit.
has served two terms and is nearly completing a third,” Bennett
introspection needs to be undertaken by our national collective
leadership, not for purposes of looking for scapegoats, but for
our party to reinvigorate its leadership with a leadership which
reflects the will of our people,” Bennett said.
Lovemore Moyo has said his party was summoning the former Chimanimani
legislator for clarification on his statement.
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