'Obsession with Mugabe won't help'

2012-07-25 14:37

Cape Town – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has urged the world to soften its stance on President Robert Mugabe, saying the veteran ruler is critical for a smooth transition of power in Zimbabwe.

NewDay reported on Wednesday that Tsvangirai told the Australian media there was too much obsession with Mugabe, and that this threatened a peaceful solution to the problems facing the county.

"There is a paranoid obsession with Mugabe of yesterday and the Mugabe who was part of the three-and-a-half years of the coalition government," Tsvangirai said.

"That is progressively - I think part of his pre-occupation with his legacy.

"And part of that legacy is to leave Zimbabwe in a stable and progressive future."

Tsvangirai, who is winding his official visit to New Zealand, told journalists in that country that "Mugabe is ready to cede power" even if elections planned for the troubled African nation do not go his way.

He 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.

Tsvangirai 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.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai were forced into a coalition government three years ago to avoid a tip into fully-fledged conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election.


  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-25 14:49

    Once he's done there is a seat waiting for him at the Hague.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-25 15:15

      First the Hague. Next stop Hades.

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 15:37

      ...Robber Mugabe... ...from Zimrobwe...

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-25 16:36

      Best way for a smooth transition is a bullet neatly sliding into Mugabes cranium

      Nyaradzaimukurazhizha - 2012-07-25 16:41

      Mugabe knows The Hague is a real possible next stop for him if he lose power. He clearly has no intention of losing power and so Tsvangirai is talking nonsense.

  • thando.moloi.9 - 2012-07-25 15:15

    I am now very cautious about commenting on news scribed by someone. The media is losing its credibility daily.

  • Bradley Froud - 2012-07-25 15:26

    this vermin Mugabe, like Selebi, must die already. They are thieving oxygen from decent life on earth!

  • Mark - 2012-07-25 15:44

    This plea for softening attitudes towards Mugabe, is to be directed at Affected parties, not the politicians. Let us hear what the dispossessed farmers and the persecuted Ndebele have to say. Lets hear from the countless Refugees who fled Zimbabwe under his tyranny.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 16:21

      Yep, lets hear the truth Rustic! We are not going to get it from politicians are we?

  • Jymiro - 2012-07-25 15:48

    Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC are now maturing politically. Zimbabwe problems must be solved by Zimbabweans in order to be an everlasting peace in Zimbabwe. Any outside aggression by imperialists masquarading as defenders of human right wil distroy Zimbabwe as they did in Iraq, Libya and Egypt. Imperialsits agenda is always a selfish agenda, protecting their own and their obbession with Mugabe stems from the non cooperative position of Mugabe and Zanu PF. These are good lssons for the ANC. Phamberi Tsanagari

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 16:55

      I see you are not in favour of humane treatment of humans Jymiro? How many Zimbabweans have been murdered under Mugabe's dictatorship? I suppose that is all right with you? I suppose the failure of the Zimbabwean economy is also just fine with you too! You , by the way you speak, may be 'well connected' in South Africa.Possibly because of this ,your arrogant opinion seems to just roll off your lips with ease. Jymiro, I would suggest that you'd better start studying the Chinese language very quickly because you are going to need it more than the "Imperial" language that you are presently using.- Just remember they wont ask you for your 'valued' opinion when you owe them more money than you can count,and they kick your clever ass into oblivion!

      oscar.tshuma.73 - 2012-07-29 06:39

      Zimbabwe is our country..remember we ara becoming a global village,lets allow to be criticised and move on mugabe and tswangirai i salute yu.

  • Nyaradzaimukurazhizha - 2012-07-25 16:36

    PM Tsvangirai can not seperate wishful thinking from reality. The one reform PM Tsvangirai claims progress has been made on, the new constitution; is a waste of time. Mugabe saw to it that the new constitution will do nothing to stop the scourge of political violence or him from standing for re-elections, just to name two of the burning issues. It the new constitution was the super drug to cure the nation’s ills then Mugabe removed all the active chemicals, it is now nothing more than a placebo. Mugabe continues with his campaign of violence. Whilst PM Tsvangirai was in New Zealand there were reports of Zanu PF thugs with the help of the Police disrupting an MDC rally in Zvimba and declaring it an MDC “no-go” area. No doubt PM Key saw the reports and knows PM Tsvangirai is in denial of the truth. The West must be sick and tired of all this mindless nagging to lift the sanctions and, to make matters worse, from people like PM Tsvangirai who should be arguing for the tightening of the sanction. Really, Western government have better things do to; if people like PM Tsvangirai want to shoot themselves in the foot, let them. The tragic reality is it is the ordinary people of Zimbabwe who have paid dearly for PM Tsvangirai’s blunders in the past and will pay dearly for this blunder too!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 17:02

      Thank you Nyaradzaimukurazhizha for enlightening us all. Most of us don't trust this and see it as a political ruse.

      Mutsvene - 2012-07-26 13:03

      Iwe Nyaradzai stop calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe.If you have personal issues over your dad,former police commissioner,Mukurazhizha a member of BSAP,dont drag innocent lives into them.We in Zimbabwe feel these sanctions.

      alfredtimire.vuranda - 2012-07-26 13:16

      Nyaradzai you got bigger balls than most man who share this forum.

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-07-25 21:29

    Thamk @harper for clearing things up. people always talk about Mugabe going to the Hague, please know your facts. Zim is not a signatory of that ICC thing and Mugabe wont be prosecuted

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-26 14:41

      I'm sure he will be judged by his own people, Ghadaffi style.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-07-26 11:35

    Morgan Tsvangirai has at last shown his true colors. good know the world knows exactly what it is dealing with and cannot act all surprised when thing go down the drain.

  • kelvin.richards.7 - 2012-07-27 14:39

    The PM must have suffered some memory loss after being beaten-up and loosing too three stolen elections. I hope one of his advisers update him with reality.

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