New Zimbabwe (London)

18 July 2014

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Will Never Rule Zimbabwe, Says TZ Leader

LITTLE known opposition leader, Jacob Ngarivhume, on Friday said MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai would never rule Zimbabwe because he lacks strategic thinking.

Ngarivhume is the president of the newly formed Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) party.

Addressing a press conference in Harare to discuss his arrest by the police last week, Ngarivhume said Tsvangirai's biggest blunder was to join the inclusive government in 2008 when Mugabe was at his weakest.

He was responding to a question from a journalist why he was confident of dislodging Mugabe from power when the MDC which had massive support on the ground had failed.

"We have always said the MDC should not have joined ZANU PF in the inclusive government. In terms of strategy there was lack of it," Ngarivhume said.

"Politics is not only about the number of people you have; it's also about strategy. You drink that cup of tea with Mugabe you are finished."

Tsvangirai and a smaller faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube joined a government of national unity which was led by Mugabe in 2009.

Critics say Tsvangirai failed to push for political reforms whilst in government as he was outwitted by Mugabe during the tenure of the inclusive government.

The MDC has contested every election since 2000 and lost all elections. It blames the loss on rigging and violence by Mugabe's supporters, charges the ruling party rejects.

Last July ZANU PF delivered the ultimate sucker punch on Tsvangirai and his MDC party when it secured a landslide victory in a controversial election dismissed by the West as fraudulent.

Tsvangirai rejected the election results claiming they had been rigged with the help of an Israeli company, Nikuv.

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