Monday, August 05, 2013

(HERALD ZW) Tsvangirai in shocking July 31 U-turn
Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:14
Lloyd Gumbo in Gokwe

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday made an incredible somersault that will shock even his handlers from Western countries when he said that his party wants elections to be held on July 31, but Zanu-PF wants them to be postponed. This is despite Mr Tsvangirai’s recent various public attempts to have the polls postponed.

Addressing about 1 000 supporters at Gokwe Centre, some of whom had come from as far away as Zhombe, Kwekwe and Redcliff, Mr Tsvangirai brewed a shocker when he said he would fight hard to stop Zanu-PF from postponing the elections.

“I heard that now they want elections postponed from July 31, but we are saying no,” said Mr Tsvangirai.

“That will not happen. We want them to be held on July 31.”

Mr Tsvangirai seemed to have forgotten that he filed an application at the Constitutional Court recently attempting to postpone the elections indefinitely, saying he wanted reforms to be carried out first.

The elections were saved from being postponed after the court dismissed his application.

President Mugabe this week said Mr Tsvangirai, together with the leader of the other MDC faction, Professor Welshman Ncube, recently petitioned the African Union calling on the continental body to defer the polls. This is despite the fact that all the electoral processes starting with the special vote have already been conducted.

Their latest action followed similar attempts to have Sadc influence poll postponement remarkably failed after the Constitutional Court dismissed calls for postponement of the polls.

Mr Tsvangirai, who has mastered the art of vacillating on several issues, claimed that Zanu-PF was now pushing for postponement of the polls.

President Mugabe on Monday told thousands of party supporters who thronged Marondera that the electoral process had reached a point of no return. The President said the AU could not influence postponement of the polls, adding that if the continental body sought to influence that then Zanu-PF would not accept it.

Mr Tsvangirai said his party wanted all Zimbabweans who are in the diaspora to come back and utilise their skills here.

“The biggest problem we are facing as a country is that our university graduates are not employed because there are no employment opportunities,” he said.

“Now there is no difference between university graduates and those who attained Sub A.”

On that issue, Mr Tsvangirai failed to mention that jobs shrunk in the last decade after his party played a leading in having Western countries impose sanctions on Zimbabwe which resulted in industries closing.

Mr Tsvangirai defended poor performance by his party’s legislators and councillors, saying they failed to deliver because Government did not give them money for developmental projects. He begged them to vote for him than to vote for Members of Parliament and councillors only.

Mr Tsvangirai castigated former party officials who opted to stand as independent candidates after losing at the primary elections under controversial circumstances.

He said urged his party supporters to refrain from politically motivated violence.


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