Quit power, we’ll guard you- Tsvangirai tells Mugabe

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Tsvangirai tells Mugabe to step down

Zimbabwe MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has assured President Robert Mugabe that he will not be prosecuted for past atrocities if he steps down and retires from active politics now.

Addressing a National Electoral Reform Agenda rally in Chinhoyi yesterday, Tsvangirai said: “Mugabe should retire now because he no longer has the capacity to think much about this country anymore.”

“We say the best way to get out of this quagmire is for you (Mugabe) to retire. We will protect you wherever you will be. Just pass on the baton for the good of this country,” Tsvangirai is quoted by NewsDay as saying.

Tsvangirai said there was no need to come hard on Mugabe, saying the veteran Zanu PF politician had “run his race and there are things that he did right for this country”.

“Mugabe can only go if we are in a strong coalition that is based on mutual trust and I’m not prepared to work with people who do not trust me,” he said, adding some opposition parties were just a fundraising platform with nothing to offer the electorate.

Separately, Mugabe’s rival, Joice Mujuru, is quoted by The Zimbabwe Standard saying Zanu PF government was now bankrupt of ideas to turn around the country.

She said Zimbabwe has been isolated from the rest of the world by President Robert Mugabe’s undiplomatic angry outbursts against other world leaders.

Mugabe has on both local and international forums blasted other countries and even global institutions which have then turned their backs on Zimbabwe.

“We have leadership bankruptcy in Zimbabwe. This is the biggest problem in Zimbabwe,” Mujuru is quoted as saying.

“The problem in this country is that we were so entangled in fear [of Mugabe and Zanu PF]. No one dared challenge Zanu PF for fear of politically-motivated violence and murder,” she said, adding that at one point her supporters were victims of such fear.

Turning to the proposed coalition, Mujuru said the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between her party and MDC-T had shaken Zanu PF to the core.

She said the partnership was going to provide a viable alternative to the electorate.

Agencies