Tsvangirai in US for Democrat convention

2012-09-05 11:55

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.

  • Adrian Jack - 2012-09-05 12:18

    If the MDC Party approved of this mission, then Tsvangirai didnt do bad. ZANU PF will never like whatever MDC does, good or bad.

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-05 12:26

    How many times has Mugabe missed Cabinet meetings while on health checkups in Singapore?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-05 12:27

    Morgan would attend the Mad Hatters Tea party for a free lunch. So What!

  • mario.b.ndlovu - 2012-09-05 13:05

    wasnt Mugabe in Iran last week elsewell if its them its okay but if others go their cry

  • admire.kabasa - 2012-09-05 13:15

    robert is angry because he wasn't invited

  • daniel.coetzee.9 - 2012-09-05 13:37

    Which comes first, your Country or the eggo of the "leading party".

  • daniel.coetzee.9 - 2012-09-05 13:53

    I do agree with you betsy.fulton. Zimbabwe is such beatuiful Country.

  • boby.mafi - 2012-09-05 14:34

    Zanu PF is a funny lot, they deliberately frustrate the constitution writing process by arbitrarily amending what the three negotiating parties had agreed to after three years of difficult and meticulous work and now blame Tsvangirai for attending to urgent progressive business.They are the ones trashing national concerns for selfish political preservation.All those familiar with the goings on in the GNU will be shocked by the degree of hypocrisy the former ruling party has sunk to!Awful spin job Charamba!

  • Melusi - 2012-09-05 14:44

    Mutasa is saying Tswangirai is not a good leader as if Mugabe is. A good leader does not cause his people to infest SA looking for beter life. No. Nkomo chose to be inferior to Mugabe to prevent further killings of his people. Thats a leader who have people at heart and is not selfcentred.

  • tshadayelvis.nimohola - 2012-09-05 17:24

    George, it is high time you stop being a puppet of ZANU PF. You surely think that Zimbabwean mases would belive lousy attack on Morgan? You have failed the people of Zimbabwe and it is high time we need to stand for the truth. Wake up George time is not onn your side!!! ZANU PF's time is over.

  • pngee - 2012-09-07 07:44

    I see Morgan has jumped on the gravy train as all black leaders do! He is looking flourishing, but I see his jilted wife is demanding USD 15.000 per month maintenance? That is R135,000.00 per month. How much is Morgan earning? Who need that huge amount to live on, will it be taxed? These people have no limit when it comes to wasting money then asking their neighbours for loans. PATHETIC!

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