‘Mnangagwa is a nonentity in politics’ – Tsvangirai

MASVINGO – Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), Morgan Tsvangirai described Vice – President Emerson Mnangagwa as a political nonentity who would not win any election against him under normal circumstances.

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Addressing thousands of party supporters at a rally at Mucheke Stadium B grounds on Saturday, Tsvangirai posed sarcastic questions to the crowd.

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“Who is Mnangagwa by the way? What is it? (Chii ichocho?). If I defeated (President Robert) Mugabe several times, will that Mnangagwa stand a chance? He is just a nonentity,” asked Tsvangirai.

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Tsvangirai went on to launch the ‘no reforms no election’ campaign as MDC-T mulled pulling out of parliament if Mugabe’s misrule continues.

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“We can recall our MPs from Parliament; we are still assessing the situation. We have already given them the 14 seats we are not going to contest on June 10 because we demand electoral reforms first. If Zanu PF is only concerned about power and not the people, we will give them the power but what I know is that people will soon revolt against the government.

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“We will not participate in any election if there are no electoral reforms. We say no reforms, no election. We are doing so because we need to escalate the crisis in the country and if we do not act that way, there will be no resolution to the problems Zimbabwe is currently facing. These problems need no prayers nor tears but real revolutionaries to combat the challenges,” Tsvangirai said.

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MDC-T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora also assured party supporters that they would fight for a total new voter’s role before the 2018 elections.

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Last week Mnangagwa has said that the opposition MDC-T is depended on the Zanu (PF) government on all policy issues.He was launching a water augmentation project in Masvingo on Friday.

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Speaking at the poorly attended event-cum rally of less than one thousand people, Mnangagwa said that if oxygen was paid for as water is done, MDC-T would only survive on the revolutionary party’s mercy as they hold no power in policy making. The crowed however showed disgruntlement as Mnangagwa went on to mock MDC-T for boycotting the forthcoming by-elections.

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“If this air we breathe was paid for as water services to council, MDC would be surviving at our (Zanu PF’s) mercy as they have no policy making positions.

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“”They have nothing to offer the people… all they do is to boycott elections while we continue to rule. They (MDC-T) have no legacy without calling for election boycott. We shall rule…and rule… and rule while they continue to boycott the elections,” said Mnangagwa.

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Meanwhile, in an ironic turn of events, Mnangagwa after recently acknowledging the importance of keeping productive white commercial famers, today applauded and thanked the donor community for bringing development in various parts of the country and further urged donor partners in Zimbabwe to remain accountable or they risk having resources pulled out.

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“I thank the various Western countries for raising money through Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Zim-Fund) which was channelled towards water argumentation for many Zimbabwean cities and rural areas. The projects would go a long way in the supply of clean water to the generality of Zimbabwe thereby reducing chances of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

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“I also urge all donor partners to be accountable for all funds channelled towards them because if the funds are misused, we simply risk having our supportive partners withdrawing their assistance,” further said Mnangagwa.

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Also present at the event was Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Lars Ronnars, ministers of Finance Patrick Chinamasa, Environment, Water and Climate,Saviour Kasukuwere, Masvingo Minister for Provincial Affairs Shuvai Mahofa and MDC-T  appointed Masvingo Mayor Hubert Fidze.