Zimbabwe Needs an All-Inclusive Fresh Start, Says Tsvangirai

President Robert Mugabe, left, has been displaced by his long-time comrade-in-arms, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
20 November 2017

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says utterances by Zanu PF officials on Sunday at party's central committee meeting has caused confusion which will undermine an otherwise good opportunity that would have steered the country towards a "fresh start."

His comments come after Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs, Patrick Chinamasa, said the ruling party was undergoing a "cleansing process" and it didn't need the opposition.

Tsvangirai called for an all-inclusive process to take the country to "legitimacy" as it is the only way forward in the current crisis which saw the army staging a coup claiming it was getting rid of 'criminals' around president Robert Mugabe.

In a press statement released Monday, Tsvangirai reiterated calls for an internationally-supervised process for the forthcoming elections, starting with the current voter registration exercise and ultimately the election itself.

Zanu PF Lacoste faction officials Sunday dismissed any hope for a government of national unity with opposition.

Last Saturday, Zimbabweans overwhelmingly responded to the call by the war veterans to demonstrate in support of the army's actions.

Tsvangirai also deplored President Mugabe's televised address during which the aged leader made it clear he was still in charge despite the demonstrations and despite him being fired by his party.

"The speech dampened the people's spirit and dimmed their hope for the nation to move forward. Therefore, the so-called negotiation with the army did not produce the dignified exit that the nation was expecting."

Tsvangirai said the Zanu PF purges that were announced at the conclusion of the party's central committee meeting on Sunday further factionalised an already divided party something "which does not bode well for a party in government that is expected to solve the challenges facing the ordinary people".

"It would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was about power retention at all costs."

"We in the MDC are deeply alarmed that the action spearheaded by the military, which they said was part of normalising the situation in the country, is in conflict with the party's position, which is causing further anarchy in a party that must prioritise the people and their challenges.

"As a consequence, the call by the MDC and its alliance partners for an all-inclusive process to take the country to legitimacy is the only way forward. We reiterate our call for an internationally-supervised process for the forthcoming elections, starting with the current voter registration exercise and ultimately the elections itself," said Tsvangirai.

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