New Zimbabwe (London)

27 June 2014

Zimbabwe: State House Too Far, Majongwe Tells Tsvangirai

COME the 2018 general elections, Zanu PF will again canter to an emphatic victory and President Robert Mugabe can expect to lead Zimbabwe as long as he wants and can - thanks to a hopeless opposition, Raymond Majongwe has said.

The outspoken Progressive Teacher's Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general gave his damning assessment of the opposition's prospects at the next elections when addressing a public meeting on corruption in Harare Wednesday evening.

Majongwe recounted warning MDC-T chief, Morgan Tsvangirai, that State House was a journey too far for the opposition leader.

"I told this to Morgan Tsvangirai in the early 2000 when we were together with the late (William) Nhara who died after being caught with Diamonds at the airport. I told him point blank that the State House is too far. I am saying this as my own man and I do not represent anyone," Majongwe said.

President Mugabe turned 90 this year and reportedly struggles with poor health but that was no cause for delight on the part of a weak and badly splintered opposition, Majongwe added.

"Zanu PF will get a clear victory (in 2018) because they are already on the ground campaigning in preparation for the elections. President Robert Mugabe is 90 and he still has 14 more years with us if we are to recall that his mother died at 106."

The country's largest opposition party has effectively split again after Tsvangirai rejected calls to resign and make way for a new leadership.

A group calling itself the MDC Renewal Team said Tsvangirai had played his part after losing three successive elections adding he was also betraying the founding values of the party by using violence against those who disagreed with him.

Efforts to mediate the dispute collapsed and the Renewal Team is now moving to set up a separate party with a view to forming a grand coalition with like-minded groups.

The development has left Zimbabwe without an effective opposition, Majongwe lamented.

"We do not have an opposition in Zimbabwe the reason why Zanu PF is doing what it wants," he said.

"Mugabe is flying out day in and day out because he has no one to challenge him. Zanu PF is in charge and in control. We also do not have a strong civil society.

"The civil society we have is the one which wanted to dislodge Zanu PF and failed dismally to. Now it wants to reinvent itself by supporting Zanu PF victims and by so doing they are wasting resources on useless programmes."

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