Tsvangirai tells his supporters: I heard you all


Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai today told his supporters whom he met during his six-week tour of the country that he had heard them all and was hoping that 2018 will be the year when “we all start afresh”.

He said in a statement that what was soothing about his nation-wide tour was that “we all agreed that 2018 is a perfect opportunity for the nation to start afresh; to build a new country and gather the broken smithereens of our scattered hope”.

“It was comforting that regardless of all your legitimate and genuine grievances against this regime, you still hold the hope for our country and its future; that 2018 shall be the year we all start afresh.

“To the youth and the students with whom I conversed, remember you are the real stakeholders of the future. You must shape that future, your own future, by participating in the politics of your country.

“Remember we agreed that the onus is upon you to register to vote, to vote and make your voice count and to secure and defend that vote. You cannot outsource your future to anyone.”

Tsvangirai  thanked an old man from Binga who told him: “Don’t follow Mugabe’s footsteps”, adding “your wise words to me, said with passion and conviction, will always ring in my mind”.

Full statement:

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

President Tsvangirai's public statement to the people of Zimbabwe after his one-and-half months on a countrywide listening tour

“I heard you”

Fellow Zimbabweans, I want to say from the outset thank you for making me wiser. After a one-and-half months tour to all the country’s provinces and listening to your many voices, concerns and inputs most of them from outside the party I lead, all I can say is “Thank You Zimbabwe.”

From Beitbridge to Nyamakate, from Binga to Nyanga and from Plumtree to Chipinge, I wish to say I heard you all.

We sat under trees and discussed many issues about the country we all love. We huddled in round huts, conversed in town halls and sat under trees and tents and communed about the past, the present and the future of our country.

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