Forgive Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai tells West
2012 July 25 14:43:47 | 3353 Views
- Ingabe ikuphatheleni i-MDC, njalo kusizani ukuyivotela? | 2013 May 13 17:03:55 | 3100 views
- Ikuphatheleni iMDC, kusiza ngani ukuyivotela? | 2013 May 08 19:28:47 | 2874 views
- MDC-T on course | 2013 March 27 14:05:12 | 6788 views
- People will vote for a party with sustainable economic programmes | 2013 March 04 02:36:52 | 7603 views
- Introducing: Election (2013) campaign articles | 2013 March 02 11:08:41 | 6133 views
- Mugabe arrives in Addis Ababa, | 2013 May 23 19:32:01
- Mugabe to tell TV viewers how he wooed Grace | 2013 May 23 07:55:35
- Mugabe, Tsvangirai share a lighter moment - video | 2013 May 23 06:51:52
- Mugabe condemns Liverpool's Luis Suarez | 2013 May 23 06:37:42
- Kasukuwere hits back at Tsvangirai | 2013 May 23 00:32:08
- Prostitute dies during love making, 'resurrects' in coffin | 2013 March 23 10:13:12 | 85987 views
- Woman sends photo of naked President Mugabe via Whatsapp | 2013 January 10 15:04:10 | 46924 views
- Zim woman who had sex with boyfriend as son watched named | 2013 January 31 09:05:43 | 45311 views
- Man marries mother-in-law after his wife died | 2013 January 16 11:05:42 | 30844 views
Tsvangirai told the Australian media at the end of his visit on Monday that there was too much obsession with Mugabe, which he said threatened a peaceful solution to problems facing the country, Newsday reported.
"There is a paranoid obsession with Mugabe of yesterday and the Mugabe who was part of the 3,5 years of the coalition government," he said.
"That is progressively - I think part of his pre-occupation with his legacy.
"And part of that legacy is to leave Zimbabwe in a stable and progressive future."
Tsvangirai criticised former British Cabinet minister Peter Hain for calling for more sanctions on Zimbabwe. Hain told the House of Commons last week that sanctions must be widened not suspended because there was evidence Zanu-PF would use money from diamonds to fund electoral violence.
"Now Hain may know the Mugabe of yesterday, and I cannot defend Robert Mugabeâ€™s actions before the coalition government," Tsvangirai said.
"I was part of that abuse.
"I was part of the state-sponsored violence.
"I was a victim of those things. What we are saying is that the country must move forward and Zimbabweans would like to be given a chance to move forward."
The EU on Monday resolved to resume direct aid to Zimbabwe, but to maintain the decade-old travel ban and asset freeze imposed on Mugabe and his inner circle until after the referendum on the new constitution. Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi yesterday told journalists in Harare the move by the EU was a non event.
"The statement or the decision by the EU is totally, totally irrelevant and meaningless and as far as the Zimbabwean government is concerned it is a non-event," he said. Yesterday (Monday) the EU issued a statement in which they demonstrated clearly that they either did not listen to the demand of our delegation or they did not understand us but whatever the case, their statement is just a demonstration of arrogance."
In May, a delegation made up of the three parties in the inclusive government was sent to Brussels to negotiate for the sanctions to be removed.
Tsvangirai said he preferred the whole sanctions regime to be removed to allow for more reforms. He said he worked well with Mugabe, but accused securocrats of threatening democracy.
"A peopleâ€™s transition to full democracy (in 2008) was therefore thwarted by a few individuals at the helm of national security institutions who felt their privileges were under threat," Tsvangirai told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.
"Nothing should ever be allowed to stand in the way of the peopleâ€™s will and now that we have become a global village, the world should not stand by while gun-toting musketeers instill fear among innocent civilians wishing to elect leaders and political parties of their choice."
The PM also spoke about Mugabeâ€™s health saying the 88-year-old ruler had confided in him that his frequent trips to Singapore were for check ups on a problematic eye. This year, Mugabe has visited the Asian country twice for medical check up. "Well, the reason why he has been to Singapore is because he has got this cataract in his eye," he said.
"Thatâ€™s why he has to go to Singapore for attention. I think every three weeks he has to go there. So he goes there for those checkups. His eyes are not in a good condition."
Tsvangirai is now in New Zealand.
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 23 | 820 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 23 | 422 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 23 | 500 Views
Nomalanga Moyo | 2013 May 23 | 163 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 23 | 993 Views
Mkhululi Mthunzi | 2013 May 23 | 772 Views
Ndou Paul | 2013 May 23 | 1559 Views
Soccer Laduma | 2013 May 23 | 1022 Views
Financial Express | 2013 May 23 | 1074 Views
Velempini Ndlovu | 2013 May 23 | 1339 Views
ZUPA Team. | 2013 May 23 | 958 Views
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 23 | 3686 Views
Business reporter | 2013 May 23 | 799 Views
Vince Musewe | 2013 May 23 | 1049 Views
Sapa | 2013 May 23 | 2153 Views
Sapa | 2013 May 23 | 2425 Views
AFP | 2013 May 23 | 1988 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 3583 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 3804 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 4016 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 3268 Views
Njabulo Ncube | 2013 May 23 | 3377 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 4016 Views
Gordon Rayner and Steven Swinford | 2013 May 23 | 2331 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 2470 Views
BangShowBiz | 2013 May 23 | 1686 Views
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 23 | 786 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 23 | 1091 Views
Blessing Ivan Vava | 2013 May 21 | 1883 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 21 | 4618 Views