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Tsvangirai in US for Democrat convention

2012-09-05 11:55
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (AP )

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (AP )

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Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has taken a swipe at Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for abandoning a critical principals meeting to attend the Democratic Party Convention in the United States, a report said on Wednesday.

Tsvangirai was invited by the US President Barack Obama to the Democratic Convention where Democrats are expected to endorse Obama as their presidential candidate for the elections set for November.

A report by the Herald online said Tsvangirai had hurriedly left for the US, ignoring a meeting where political principals were expected to, among other things, discuss amendments made to the country’s draft constitution by Zanu-PF.

According to the report, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed Tsvangirai was in North Carolina at the invitation of the Democratic Party, which he said shared the "same interests and principles" as the MDC.

"He is there with the full mandate of the party as he is on a drive to strengthen our international relationship with other countries.

"The constitution-making process was completed and we now have a draft constitution.

"It is President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party who are trying to rewrite the Global Political Agreement and refusing that document to go the second all stakeholders’ conference."

Mwonzora said there was no need for principals to meet to discuss the draft constitution.

Bad political investment


However, presidential spokesperson George Charamba rubbished Mwonzora's claim, saying it was clear Tsvangirai favoured foreign interests ahead of national issues.

"It is clear where the priority of the MDC president lies. He values his spectator status in front of the mini drama of the Democratic Party more than he does issues to do with the future of his country.

"His interest is always outward, it is never inward. There is also a compelling reason for him to do so. He is going to assure the Americans after the Freedom House survey, which projected him as a bad political investment for the Americans," he said.

Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, said Tsvangirai confirmed the widely-perceived view that he was a loyal servant of the west.

"This confirms what we have always been saying that his [Tsvangirai] interests are not here. He is a servant of those countries that used him and this is where my uncle Morgan Tsvangirai has gone to.

"It is a shame and people should put a clear distinction between politicians with good leadership qualities and those politicians who are occupying public offices without substance," he said.

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