Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

Zimbabwe: One Way or Another, Morgan Tsvangirai Must Go

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Photo: MDC-T
MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a rally.

Pity Morgan Tsvangirai. The veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader is facing a little opposition of his own, and he's not coping too well.

His party looks certain to split yet again, destroying in the process one of the few remaining challenges to uninterrupted Zanu-PF rule. Mugabe is loving it. Tsvangirai, on the other hand, looks weaker than ever.

There was a time, not too long ago, when Morgan Tsvangirai personified everything that was good about Zimbabwe. He was tenacious, fearless and determined to challenge the authoritarian one-party state that Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF was intent on creating.

He rallied the masses, campaigned vociferously, stood firm in the face of threats and intimidation and vicious personal attacks.

He represented a Zimbabwe that refused to be bowed into submission; one that knew the difference between right and wrong, between democracy and kleptocracy. He wasn't just the leader of the opposition; in many ways, he was the opposition, and he gave Zanu-PF a serious run for their ill-gotten money.

In fact, he didn't just scare the ruling party, he beat them fair and square in the first round of those 2008 elections. Zimbabweans wanted change. They wanted Tsvangirai.

For the veteran opposition ...

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