Tsvangirai challenges Mugabe to TV debate

2013-07-23 12:09

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has challenged his arch rival President Robert Mugabe to a live television debate to discuss their party policies ahead of elections scheduled for next week, a Daily News report says.

Tsvangirai who was addressing thousands of people who attended an MDC rally at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru said the debate would help Zimbabweans see who has the best plan to uplift their lives.

"As we move closer to the election, I am also challenging Mugabe to a live debate on television, where each one of us will articulate our policies on how to make Zimbabwe a better place.

"I am challenging all the presidential candidates to a public debate so that Zimbabweans can see who has the best plan to uplift the lives of Zimbabweans," Tsvangirai said.

Tsvangirai said he was not afraid of such a debate as his party had clear people-oriented policies.

"This is a defining election because it is the last mile," he said.

In more progressive countries, politicians take part in televised debates where they get the opportunity to articulate their policies to the electorate.

In other mature democracies like the US, such debates have a huge bearing on the outcome of the election.

If Mugabe accepts Tsvangirai's challenge, it will be the first of its kind in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, however, has in the past turned down such challenges and in the current campaign, the 89-year-old Zanu PF presidential candidate has been criticised for spending campaign hours dwelling on history instead of pushing through his party’s policies for the people if he is re-elected.

Read more on:    mdc  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  us  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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