Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai is a fool if he was not misquoted by a local daily which said that he wanted to work with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, one of the paper’s readers said in a comment to the story.
“If Morgan is not being misquoted then surely Mogiza is a FOOL,” the reader said, in response to a story in the Daily News which quoted Tsvangirai as saying that he was ready to work with Mujuru to ensure that President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front are comprehensively defeated in the 2018 elections.
“As the MDC, we formed our party after we saw ZANU-PF’s misrule. Even former senior ZANU-PF officials have also now come to see this misrule for what it is, so we are open to working with them,” Tsvangirai was quoted as saying at a rally in Muzarabani.
Tsvangirai is on a four-day tour of Mashonaland Central province, Mujuru’s home province and once her stronghold. His tour ends tomorrow in Mount Darwin.
Mujuru was expelled from ZANU-PF last year and has unveiled her manifesto though she has not officially launched a political party.
Opposition parties have been tripping on each other to work with her since her expulsion.
There were, however, mixed feelings about Tsvangirai’s statement judging from the comments by Daily News readers of the story.
“Tsvangirai will join ZANU-PF if they ask him to join. Remember 2008 guys. With all the support he had, he opted to appease ZANU-PF by joining them thereby giving Mugabe a legitimate mandate to rule the country. The guy tasted power and will not let go till he is 100yrs old. He is also a handiende type,” one reader said.
“Alliance with Mujuru maybe only if she agrees to be the junior partner in the coalition. She has a lot of loot to protect and has a heavy ZANU baggage hanging from her shoulders. Despite all the Runaida hype I doubt whether she has any grassroots support. I think working with her is very risk(y),” said another who signed as Josphat Mugadzaweta
“Tsvangirai and Mujuru are the biggest obstacles in our way to genuine freedom and democracy as both of them are about as plastic and artificial as you can possibly get. Their background and track record clearly spells it out. Both, I absolutely guarantee you are controlled by ZANU PF. You have to try and understand the background: Mugabe well realizes that ZANU PF is now hugely unpopular and being blamed by the majority for the poor state of the country and all the suffering and misery that is going on. Desperate to try and somehow remain in power, Mugabe has created opposition parties which he firmly controls hoping that they will look after his best interests and form a grand coalition after the next rigged elections. It is so important that everyone realizes what is going on,” wrote another going as Spokes Mutoko.
“Just make sure u are not betraying us again Tsvangirai before u do it,” wrote Dembo.
But, a reader who signed as Diibulaanyika, differed.
“A brilliant move working together does not mean abandoning one 's political party but mina bamba lapha wena bamba lapho .So if Mujuru is now fighting the people's number one enemy like Morgan then sure they must not fight each other but fight their enemy . But I do not know about people who are still intimidated like pikininis then that is unfortunate people should learn to be brave and resist threats like what we did in the 80s in Matabeleland when we refused to vote for ZANU although the whole region was full of red barrets gukurahund . Why people from Mashonaland can not copy from those Matebeleland who can not give in to intimidation?”
Better Devils put a spanner: “Mujuru and Tsvangirai are better devils. Tsvangirai cannot bring needed investment and money to the country but Mai Mujuru has world wide appeal which will bring in investment so Mai Mujuru to be leader of the unity and Tsvangison to follow her then Zimbabwe will have a chance. The question is Tsvangirai willing to be mai Mujuru's junior?”
Diibulaanyika responded: “Well it is known that Morgan has millions of supporters across the nation and as for Mujuru what is known as of now is that she only have supported in her home area with about 20 000 people so for someone to start hallucinating about strongman Morgan being junior to someone is daydreaming and fating publicly.”