Mugabe ready to cede power – Tsvangirai

2012-07-25 08:12

Wellington - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is ready to cede power if elections planned for the troubled African nation do not go his way, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Wednesday.

Tsvangirai said he did not believe Mugabe, who disputed election results in 2008 and eventually retained the presidency under a power-sharing deal, would risk another round of violence in Zimbabwe.

He said 88-year-old Mugabe, who has led the country since independence in 1980, wanted to protect his legacy and would abide by the result of a ballot scheduled to be held within the next 12 months.

"I'm sure he will accept the result," Tsvangirai told reporters during an official trip to New Zealand.

"I do not see any reason why he should plunge the country again into another dispute.

"I think he's committed, for his own legacy and the legacy of the country, to move forward and he has to accept the result if it is conducted in a free and fair manner."

Tsvangirai confirmed he would stand against his arch-rival Mugabe in the election, which is set to be held under a new constitution, a draft of which was finalised on Friday.

He described the draft constitution as a "progressive step" which he hoped would help Zimbabwe emerge from decades of violence and instability.

New chapter

"Although we have suffered, there is no way we can bring back our loved ones," he said.

"We need to open a new chapter. That's why I say revenge should not be on the agenda. There should be reconciliation, rebuilding and reconstruction. That should be the future direction."

To help the country move on and rebuild its economy, Tsvangirai said the international community should ease sanctions if Zimbabwe showed a commitment to staging legitimate elections.

"No country can progress with such measures against it," he said, adding that sanctions had put a "financial squeeze" on the economy, which has stabilised in recent years after hyper-inflation followed the 2008 election.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who received a briefing on the situation in Zimbabwe from Tsvangirai, said there was a compelling case to lift sanctions if elections went ahead.

"If free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe, and therefore a free and open voice can be given to the people of Zimbabwe, why wouldn't the global community respond in kind and support that new regime?" he said.

New Zealand imposed sporting and travel sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 over alleged human rights abuses by the Mugabe government.

  • tatsee - 2012-07-25 08:38

    You,my good sir,are naive!U have no idea what kind of animal bob is

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-25 08:39

    It's easy for him to make that statement when, even if the elections don't go his way after he has beaten and bullied the electorate into voting ZANU-PF, his eternal friends the SADC will come to his aid to make sure that he is returned to power. The end of this man's tyranny will only be achieved when he is lying in a pine box, swallowed up by the land that he has desecrated through his misrule.

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-07-25 08:40

    Its about friggin time... Bob has destroyed an amazing country and its time for him to fall off the end of the earth... Good riddance!!!

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 08:48

      He never destroyed any country but the sanctions did. We are tired of lead by the west's puppets like Tsangarai and cyril Ramaphosa.And what i like the most is that this puppet Tsangarai is talking all this nonsense meanwhile DR Robert Mugabe has never responded to any of the rubbish is spewing!!! Bob is Not going to give his country to the former colonialists NO!!!

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-25 08:54

      moron.sebata Were you born stupid, or did you take special classes?

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-25 09:00

      Morama - You need to go and look at occam's razor. I present you two options for African failure, and you have to use it to decide which one is more plausible. 1. An international cabal of people in smoked filled rooms have plotted for generations about how to undermine Africa. For hundreds of years, they have devised devilish methods of exploiting Africans and keeping them underdeveloped using a nefarious web of sanctions, colonization, war and other methods. 2. African 'leaders' just aren't very good at leading a country. Wake up! It's number 2! No one cares about Africa enough to go to all that trouble. In fact the world would breathe a huge sigh of relief if the continent sunk into the ocean, taking it's bottomless begging bowl and never ending supply of exportable social problems with it.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-25 12:03

      Morama... please just STFU. It was funny at first, now its just sad.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 14:16

      @Janatheoi,Oh you thought i was joking/ I am for real stands for what i believe is rite...You can't say you are free when the welath of your country is still dictated by the former colonialist.Economical power is powerful tool to have than political.If you beleve south africa is free then think again because what happened in Zimbwabwe would here in S.A even though the aftermath would be of temporary basis like now in Zim where the imperialist realised that it's not only Zim that's suffering but even themselves....SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED AND I KNOW YOU AREN"T HAPPY ABOUT THAT?

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-25 16:04

      @ Morama...The question is..why were the sanctions imposed in the first place? Do some (real) research first, educate yourself properly on the subject by viewing all the facts, then come and try and sound clever on here. And also, take off your racist glasses. Before you have done that, please go sit in the back of the class and let the grown-ups talk. And STFU.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-07-25 08:41

    A leopard doesn't change his spots. Mugabe will cling to power with every last breath he has by riggg=ing or ignoring the elections

      everesto.karuru - 2012-07-25 15:25

      God is for everyone no one who is above him he is only the one who have the power of anointing our ruler zimbabwe is just like a heaven god loves it!!!

  • - 2012-07-25 08:44

    I hope these elections will be free and fair, i know there could be teargas and rigging, thats how it is so sick thou

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-07-25 08:44

    Ja right.....please he is ready before every election LOL then what happens???

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-25 08:45

    Tsvangirai himself has been at the helm of MDC since 1999. New blood is needed for MDC to go forward after Mugabe.

  • sean.efstratiou - 2012-07-25 08:47

    and pigs fly, if he is ready to cede power it's only cause he's on his death bed

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-25 08:48

    Go straight to the Hauge.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 14:24

      @sean,why you never said that after the killing of Saddam hussein and Kaddafi? The whole world knows that there were no weapons of Massive destruction in Iraq but anyway the man and the civilians are kileed for ?Let those two criminals go there first.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-25 08:51

    morama - you are a prime example of an uneducated chimp!

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 14:28

      @Dawn usaul News24 troller,To have different view doesn't make me that but your tiny stupid stereotype mind tells you that.I last been to Tertiary institution in 2011 at Great Abington,Cambridge...I hope you have an idea now?

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-25 16:05

      Cambridge? With THAT english? Please...

      blessing.mancitshana - 2012-07-25 22:05

      Morama, l hev never been your fun cause l will never go with the ones starved of logic. l trust this is not the platform to parade the institutions you hev dreamt of attending or thought you hev attended, a logical response to that issue of you being uneducated was going to tell much about you and your reasoning, kodwa/but/porque your response is a great insult to the Cambridge if they are for sure having a graduate of your calibre. night school will fully accommodate you not for english lessons only but opening you more around how to engage in discussions and open forums like these. Your first test, "what is an imperialist by the way? Khuluma ndoda mhlawumbe singakunceda/ speak man probably we might offer a helping hand in your cause "confusion"

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-07-25 08:58

    Tsvangarai said:"We need to open a new chapter. That's why I say revenge should not be on the agenda. There should be reconciliation, rebuilding and reconstruction. That should be the future direction." This sounds exactly like Mugabe when he was first elected.

  • Pieter - 2012-07-25 08:59

    Dan trek ek soontoe, sal baie potensiaal wees vir besigheid!!!!!

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-25 09:23

      They wouldn't have you, Piet. Tsvangarai is just as racist as Mugabe.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 14:30

      ? f@@@k is that now?

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-07-25 09:06

    "if elections planned for the troubled African nation do not go his way" which simply means the elections will go his way... We've heard this all before, nothing will change, blood will spill and Tim will keep running the place further into the ground with complete disregard for those staving masses that have kept him in power so long...

  • mparrster - 2012-07-25 09:07

    morama.sebata what is it like living in compleat denial and ignorance?

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-25 14:45

      @mparrster,Ignorancy is dangerous than the mortar itself.I don't feel offended because most of the people in this forum like to criticise those that tends to differ with them.Why has Mugabe never implemented this radical changes immediately after getting political power from Britain?Easy,to educate his people first and then tackle the economic issues so that there be equality.Zim is one of the educated countries in Africa so the old man has realised that the time was then when he took the farms and recently Implats volunteered to give 51%.

  • flysouth - 2012-07-25 09:10

    I have never heard anything as naive as this - Tsvagirai should by now know better! Mugabe will not go unless he is carried out feet first and the pathetically supine Zimbabwe people do not seem to have the courage to take any action to rid themselves of the pestilence that is Mugabe. Zimbabweans need to grow a pair. - 2012-07-25 12:44

      Zimbabweans fought a civil war against white minority rule for 15 hard years. When they talk about war, unlike most of us, they are talking from experience. Its a path they wouldn't want to tread I guess. We always threaten war, but we haven't experienced it first hand. I think if Zim never had that civil war, it would as we speak, at war.

  • ptmakgato - 2012-07-25 09:19

    one day Zim will be a better country and ya all want to go there, i hope they will treat you as you treated them. And i just pray that Tsvangirai doesn't make the same mistakes that SA made.

  • 2zbunu - 2012-07-25 09:30

    That will be a real Halellua for the Zimbos & SADC region even Africa at large.

  • savannah.stories - 2012-07-25 09:53

    How many times does this guy say this before elections...he never seems to learn! The art of deception!

  • Tafae - 2012-07-25 12:16

    Ha ha ha. . .and I m the Pope!! Oh schucks was that a pig flying out of the windows. Verbal diarrhea is that contagious, . . .

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-07-25 12:22

    As a gesture. This is in the best interest of the Zimbabwean people as it is the infant steps to nation building. We(South Africans) were there once, and as futile as Mugabe's words might seem, it is the only hope Zimbabweans can go on... What the people of Zim do thereafter, can only be up to them, of course taking into all the support gained and capabilities of their leaders.

  • glenview.rungano - 2012-07-25 12:42

    Zimbabwe will never be a colony again !!!, this puppet is dreaming too much, he is busy running around leaking white man's a@@@@

  • ntemi.mark - 2012-07-25 13:56

    wow! philemon! come on matey mugabe&mandela? if u can say mandela yes l'll certainly agreed with u matey,but mugabe? l'm not quite sure about that,probably if there were no mass kills in matebeland pple of zim were killed mate,

  • adam.paya - 2012-07-27 11:47

    Mugabe is the only African president who was brave enough to drive oppression out of the country Zimbabwe. I give him a thumb up for that. But not forgetting again that rulling for a long time never assisted Zim to be a developed country. He need to step down and see a better Zim enriching its children. Zim is one of the countries with minerals that can boost the economy of the country.

  • muchade - 2012-08-22 11:26

    Myself as a zimbabwean i am fade of false promise from our leaders.First thing is that whjen someone wants a position he have to be falseful.Second African leaders are never honest i wonder why?.Third our Pesident had gone enough with the country moreover is someone who has history & knows how painfull it is to shade blood.Our country is one of the African rich nation but is being misruled.We do not want war,that is the reason we are silent but we are somehow fade up with unfair rule.In the next coming election we advice all Zimbabweans to stand with one spirit of silence and discipline must be maintained so that the elections prevail peacefully & fair so that we have a peaceful nation & start to develop the country together we can make a change.

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