Zimbabwe

Tsvangirai is a stooge, says Sata

2012-01-26 11:39

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Cape Town - Zambian President Michael Sata has branded Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai a "stooge”, saying his policies are not known, Zimbabwe’s Herald website reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Sata - also known as “King cobra” because of his sharp tongue - said: "We don't know the policies of Morgan - he has other people speaking for him rather than speaking for himself."

Sata who took over as president of Africa’s biggest copper producer after a surprise September 20 election victory, said Tsvangirai would not block Mugabe’s push to abandon the unity government.

"You people, the Western countries, you taught us that democracy is elections. Now somebody wants elections and you say no... There will be elections and Mugabe will go and someone else will take over but not someone imposed by the Western countries," Sata said.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed an inclusive government after signing the Global Political Agreement in 2008. However, a string of outstanding issues, including Western-imposed sanctions and pirate radio stations beaming into Zimbabwe from outside the country have remained sticking points.

Read more on:    mdc  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  michael sata  |  robert mugabe  |  zambia  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
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