The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Scared, Cries Foul

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Saturday morning market outside Bulawayo City Hall

Chegutu — WITH 19 days left before the country goes for the harmonised elections, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is already crying foul over alleged rigging by Zanu-PF. Addressing a rally at Neuso Business Centre in Chegutu East, a Zanu-PF stronghold, Mr Tsvangirai, in a clear sign of a man scared of the elections, attributed the peaceful environment prevailing in the country to a change in tactics by Zanu-PF from alleged violence to vote rigging.

Reputable organisations in and outside the country have already pointed to a Zanu-PF victory. "We are aware that (President) Mugabe wants a peaceful but rigged election," he said.

Mr Tsvangirai has in the past used violence as a scapegoat after losing to Zanu-PF.

He claimed that the country's security forces were feeding him with information on how the election would be rigged.

"Rwendo runo takavamaka sebhora. Mapurisa, CIO nemasoldier hapana zvandisingazivi. Ndingatomuudza Mugabe kuti wadya zvakati," he claimed.

Interestingly, Mr Tsvangirai and the MDC-T are fiercely calling for security sector reforms accusing the country's security forces of aligning to Zanu-PF. In a bid to wrestle rural support from Zanu-PF, Mr Tsvangirai said if his party wins this month's elections, it would donate building materials like asbestos and window frames under his party's rural transformation plan. He laughed at the rural folk for living in pole and dagga houses reminiscent of the Mbuya Nehanda era.

"Shuwa, shuwa munoda kuramba murimudzimba dzanga dzinana Mbuya Nehanda? Tikapinda imi munoforoma zvidhina, Government yokupai marata nema window," Mr Tsvangirai said.

He reiterated that the MDC-T was anti-indigenisation and intends to invite foreign friends "be they from China or America" to invest in the country. Mr Tsvangirai told villagers indigenisation was "an asset grabbing" Zanu-PF programme with no benefits to the people. Zanu-PF argues that the indigenisation programme is an exercise designed to economically empower the once marginalised Zimbabweans pointing a lack of meaningful development realised through foreign direct investment over the last 33 years. He said if elected into office the MDC-T government would activate the Anti-Corruption Commission and arrest individuals he accused of corruption.

Mr Tsvangirai once again accused Mines and Mining Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu of amassing wealth by swindling revenue from Chiadzwa diamond sales.

"Munhu anga achifamba nemapatapata ava nebank. Bulawayo ne Victoria Falls zvese ndezvake. As MDC-T we will deal with that. Anti-corruption should investigate everything vanhu vasungwe."

He dissuaded Zimbabweans from engaging in politically motivated violence saying while supporters from different political parties would be trading blows, he would be seated with President Mugabe discussing the future of the country.

Shockingly, Mr Tsvangirai discouraged Zimbabweans from engaging in promiscuous behaviour to help prevent the spread of HIV and Aids.

"With Aids, we have to make sure people get ARVs. Asi mbwandirayi haikona kungoita zingopa-ngopa," he said.

Before he married Elizabeth Macheka, Mr Tsvangirai dated a chain of women in and outside the country and received widespread condemnation from Zimbabweans.

He also impregnated a Bulawayo woman Ms Loretta Nyathi with whom he sired a son. At one time Mr Tsvangirai was accused of refusing to acknowledge parentage of the toddler.

The MDC-T leader is on a whirlwind tour of Mashonaland West province canvassing support for his party in the harmonised elections. From Chegutu East he headed for Kariba where he is set to address rallies. He is accompanied by MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and other party officials. Mr Biti spent the better part of the Neuso rally studying the Zanu-PF election manifesto.

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