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Tsvangirai 'a reincarnation of colonialists'

2012-08-07 13:08

Cape Town - Zimbabwean political analysts have taken a swipe at Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for his attacks on African nationalists, saying his utterances were "inspired by his sponsors who are trying to rebrand him as a new African leader to pursue their neo-colonial agenda".

Tsvangirai has been criticising African nationalists at various forums and recently called for a "third revolution" against liberation heroes, according to the Herald online.

Addressing delegates at the recent launch of Africa's Third Liberation, a book written by Geoff Hurst and Greg Mills in South Africa, Tsvangirai accused African liberators of betraying the ideals of the fight against colonialism.

"They [Africa’s liberators] went into office without a plan and today, the new crop of African leaders has to deal with the economy to provide jobs to the millions of our young people," he said.

Tsvangirai had earlier attacked African nationalists at a public lecture during his recent visit to Japan.

When he returned home, he called for a revolution to oust nationalist leaders in Africa.

"Independence and freedom are different. The nationalists brought independence, but have failed to deliver on the promises. Instead the country has gone into reverse. The nationalists have become the enemies for demanding that what they deserve includes their political freedom," he said at a memorial service for a late politician at the weekend.

Rebranding exercise 'doomed'

Political analysts, however, said Tsvangirai’s reactionary agenda was uncalled for, but targeted at his sponsors ahead of national elections in Zimbabwe.

Zanu-PF legislator Professor Jonathan Moyo said the rebranding exercise was doomed.

"This attempt is doomed and that is why revolutionaries believe that Tsvangirai is a Jonas Savimbi and little Chiluba.

"The whites have exposed his treachery because nationalists had their initiatives of their own thinking hence the slogan ‘We are our own liberators’, so the white man’s attempt to re-brand Tsvangirai as a new crop of African leader is futile."

Zanu-PF apologist Christopher Mutsvangwa said Tsvangirai was inspired by white rule "nostalgists", adding that he was a "reincarnation" of the colonialists.

Another political analyst, University of Zimbabwe lecturer Dr Charity Manyeruke, expressed shock that Tsvangirai believed nationalists have no vision.

"That the nationalists had a vision for Africa is not debatable. It is very clear that through their efforts we have had our independence, education for all and such programmes as the land reform," she said.

Comments
  • Gavin - 2012-08-07 13:27

    anything that gets in the way of Mugarbages cronies ability to rape Zimbabwe will always be criticized. china wants a dictatorship in Zim so that they can plunder Zim of her resources. a democracy would stop this dead in its tracks. I will celebrate the day Bob dies - not that it will change anything.

      moeketsi.matli - 2012-08-08 09:11

      wait untill you face your own demise and laugh at yourself for being stupid

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-08-10 16:53

      tsvangirai is an indo aryan creation.this is what indo aryans have been doing to distroy and dominate others.take one of thier project his image as a saviour.put him in power through militari business using the tricks call elections kikiki.then continue raping the natives through unscrupulous multinationals with capital build with the blood of indians.unpardonable savage people.

      eddbobo - 2012-08-17 15:32

      things will get worst if that guy drops

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-07 14:04

    The downward spiral continues, but if this is what the people want, then this is what they'll get. (same as they're getting now - a very raw deal). Might as well put on the ballot paper - "would you like to remain jobless and starve? - put X here"

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-07 14:10

    I'm not surprised that Zim is in the state it is now - with educators that think Mugabe's brand of nationalism is working... "That the nationalists had a vision for Africa is not debatable. It is very clear that through their efforts we have had our independence, education for all and such programmes as the land reform," What has she been smoking? The only vision the African nationalists have is to see how long they can r@pe their people before being forcefully overthrown.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-07 14:22

    Tsangarai must just be sent to UK to live there because he's there to serve western masters.So bugger him.

      mmanonose - 2012-08-07 16:23

      Why dont you take a nap if you dont have anything to do?

  • ronald.z.mazorodze - 2012-08-07 14:23

    it remains un-debatable that Morgan Tsvangirai is a puppet of the West, we recently saw him confidently and proudly asking the Australian Government to 'temporarily suspend sanctions against Zimbabwe prior to the election season' temporarily meant that provided he loses the election, sanctions will be replaced. this is nonsense, absolute madness at its highest. so he has a plan? a plan of having the West playing us like violins? he is a disgrace to the movement, i would put him, zuma, chiluba and savimbi in the same boat, drown it for the sharks to feed

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-07 14:42

      Ronald - sit back and let the world go by because you're not helping. What is really happening in Africa is just so far above your head, you have no idea how bad it is, or just how bad it's going to get. Nothing to do with Colonials Ronald, the path of destruction we are now on is the course set by your own leaders.

      keith.fincham - 2012-08-07 14:59

      Ronald Ronald Ronald... The West have no interest in 'playing you like a violin'. What do you have to offer beside a funny joke and a good giggle around the dinner table? You give yourselves to much credit. No one cares about you. You are cutting off your nose to spite your face. Feeble.

      boby.mafi - 2012-08-07 15:58

      I do not know what kind of "analysts" News 24 contacted but l know they all belong to the same school of thought that thinks Africa's greatness is achieved through uncritical romanticizing of its past leaders.I do not buy the argument that anyone who criticizes Africa's past leadership is a stooge of the west.That is the same very pathetic reasoning that has landed the independent continent into a form of paralysis and its history a succession of man made disasters.Its the same dualist reasoning that make many think because China is not a western country it is not capable of exploitative relations even when they are there to be seen by any decent thinking person.According to this school of thought any person who shouts anti-western rhetoric is a savior of the continent even when he rapes its women, maims and kills its citizens.As a result we have a malfunctioning system and no one responsible for the poor results, Mugabe kills, rapes, and maims and is not made accountable for it because he shouts anti-west rhetoric loudest.corruption is rampant everywhere on the continent and we have no idea how to get rid of it because we have lost agency, we don't cause anything to happen the west does.Unless we can deconstruct local and western agency in the affairs of the continent we will keep going round in square circles. Any act of deconstruction is indeed an act of construction. You cannot be free from what you do not understand and cannot criticize.

  • alex.mahlobogoane - 2012-08-07 14:31

    I'm disappointed by tsvangirai's unfortunate recent comment about the role of the nationalist cadres across. This incoherent comment is indeed vouch to the view which said that this tsvangirai is puppet of the imperialist- who is used to undermine the gains that our nationalist leadership has achieved since the independent of our countries against the imperialist regimes in the continent. This statement in essence vindicate president mugabe that MDC under this puppet tsvangirai seek to subjugates the zimbabweans to the neo-colonialism tendency which is leading by one of us.\r\n\r\nThe achievements made by out nationalist leadership across the continent is necessarily beyond dispute. This tsvaringai must first appreciate the role his imperialist masters played in frustrating the process toward a true independence of our continent. He must mentioned how his imperialist masters has coopted stooges like him to start unnecessary wars in the continent aiming to undermine the ability of our nationalist leadership in the continent. This view by this fellow seek to please his masters- in essence this fellow does not have views of his own,he lack a necessary original thinking as leader! Down with sponsored views down.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-07 14:39

      So to you "original thinking" is the same as thinking of new ways to screw over the people you are supposed to be uplifting while still being able to blame it on whites? Wake up and see the sense spoken by the man - all African nationalists ever do is enrich themselves under the guise of "struggle" against the "evil" white man. They don't give a damn about anyone but themselves. Are you blind or just don't want to see the truth?

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-07 14:54

    With the rate that the Nationalists leaders are going on to reverse the gains of the revolution in Africa. I cannot help but to think twice about what the PM of Zimbabwe is saying!

  • howard.komati - 2012-08-07 15:19

    Tsvangirai has never been ill treated by white people. Whites are dangerous bt most blacks who never or who actually dnt have scars frm whites will behave like puppets like as he does! I remain loyal to the ANC until the end of time! I dnt care wht Tsvangirai

  • boby.mafi - 2012-08-07 15:25

    I do not know what kind of "analysts" News 24 contacted but l know they all belong to the same school of thought that thinks Africa's greatness is achieved through uncritical romanticizing of its past leaders.I do not buy the argument that anyone who criticizes Africa's past leadership is a stooge of the west.That is the same very pathetic reasoning that has landed the independent continent into a form of paralysis and its history a succession of man made disasters.Its the same dualist reasoning that make many think because China is not a western country it is not capable of exploitative relations even when they are there to be seen by any decent thinking person.According to this school of thought any person who shouts anti-western rhetoric is a savior of the continent even when he rapes its women, maims and kills its citizens.As a result we have a malfunctioning system and no one responsible for the poor results, Mugabe kills, rapes, and maims and is not made accountable for it because he shouts anti-west rhetoric loudest.corruption is rampant everywhere on the continent and we have no idea how to get rid of it because we have lost agency, we don't cause anything to happen the west does.Unless we can deconstruct local and western agency in the affairs of the continent we will keep going round in square circles. Any act of deconstruction is indeed an act of construction. You cannot be free from what you do not understand and cannot criticize.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-07 16:17

    You see in the post colonial world there are 2 kinds of non-European leaders: those who are craven puppets and allow the West to manhandle them and their countries, and there are those who oppose the West. The West relentless criminal gang, driven along by capitalist greed and avarice, is always angling for their weak spots in order to flip them over--as you flip over a turtle and watch it flounder. Tsvangirai is an enemy of Africa!

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-07 16:44

      Sounds to me that you are describing the ANC?

      boby.mafi - 2012-08-07 19:02

      Fidel you sound politically naive and academically disastrous.Political flaws in leaders are not that narrowly defined unless of course you are regurgitating party propaganda.Even leaders whose rhetoric is anti-western need to have their agenda interrogated in the manner it serves the interests of African citizens.Many post independence leaders hide their greed, corruption, brutality and incompetence behind anti-western discourses.If you think leadership crisis in Africa is only defined by the dual dichotomy of pro western and pro pan Africanist, then you are probably one of the naive South African youths high on post independence euphoria.You need to be more intelligible,more critical than that otherwise your country will find itself where all other post independence states are now, which will be a tragedy indeed.While there is interference from the west, we cannot only ignore our own flaws/ills at our own peril. No political system is neutral or inherently good it must always be interrogated by the citizens.Stop being naive!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-07 16:57

    Fascinating dialogue here, is this African style discussion and intelect?

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-07 20:43

    Morgan has tried by all means to rule Zimbabwe without any success and he has lost his temper and mind as well.He needs to be more specific on who is he refering to as african nationalist leaders and apologise to the rest of other african liberators.Calling him a puppet is senseless because people like fidel,who has just commented on this story can not spend even a week in a Zimbabwean town because of food shortages and electricity blackouts caused by stupid Zim nationalists.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-07 20:43

    Morgan has tried by all means to rule Zimbabwe without any success and he has lost his temper and mind as well.He needs to be more specific on who is he refering to as african nationalist leaders and apologise to the rest of other african liberators.Calling him a puppet is senseless because people like fidel,who has just commented on this story can not spend even a week in a Zimbabwean town because of food shortages and electricity blackouts caused by stupid Zim nationalists.

  • Mzimba58 - 2012-08-08 13:32

    When i look at the face of Tsivangarai and Biti, all i see is restlessness at the lack of quick fix solutions associated with their so called vision that is if at all they have vision for both Nation and the Party they claim to represent!! They are totally confused and full of darkness in themselves!! They are in part afraid of Elections now which while in opposion they so much wanted!! Hypocrits, they are!!!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-08 19:57

    This Morgan is a real creep idiot getting funded by his british colonial masters.What a sell out he is to africa and a disgrace to the african human race.Shame on him poepsak soon he will be taking care of Brother leader Mugabes DONKEYS

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