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I won't seek Mugabe revenge – Tsvangirai

2013-07-30 10:05
Zimbabwean MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai addresses thousands of party supporters at his last campaign rally before elections set for 31 July, in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai addresses thousands of party supporters at his last campaign rally before elections set for 31 July, in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday that he does not harbour any feelings of revenge against President Robert Mugabe, according to a report.

Newzimbabwe.com quoted Tsvangirai as saying that he wanted the 89-year-old Zanu-PF to live long to witness his prospective government.

"As l stand here before you, l am a survivor. I was beaten and incarcerated for no good reason," Tsvangirai said. “I was treated like a common criminal but l am not bitter. l have reflected upon everything that has happened to me and to my family and l have forgiven my tormentors. l have prayed for them and asked God to forgive them.

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"The reason is that l don’t want to become a prisoner of bitterness and revenge. I want to be free l also want us to move forward because l am a builder and not a destroyer."

Tsvangirai was addressing thousands of his party supporters at his final campaign rally in Harare.

The MDC-T leader, who says hundreds of his followers have been killed by Mugabe loyalists since his party was formed in 1999, urged his supporters not to seek retribution should they win elections slated for Wednesday.

"Ndoda kuti mese muone remangwana (I want all of you to see the future). The vision of a new Zimbabwe," Tsvangirai said. "Under my leadership, cast away your bitterness and join me in rebuilding Zimbabwe. Let us show maturity by embracing our erstwhile opponents some of whom are not repentant.

"By walking hand in hand with them as we build a new Zimbabwe, our freedom will never be complete until we throw away the shackles of bitterness after all this is done."

Tsvangirai said he wished Mugabe to live long.

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