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Tsvangirai in SA for a deciding meeting

Published: January 6, 2009

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By Moses Muchemwa
Bulawayo (ZimEye) – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has moved from Botswana to South Africa where he is scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss the power-sharing deal tomorrow.

Reports say Tsvangirai will meet other top party officials from Zimbabwe. Part of the opposition officials grouping for the meeting are MDC vice-president Thokozani Khupe, the secretary-general Tendai Biti, MDC chairman Lovemore Moyo, the organising secretary Elias Mudzuri, national spokesman Nelson Chamisa and the chairpersons of the Women’s assembly and Youth league Theresa Makone and Thamsanqa Mahlangu.

The MDC meeting is set to run from tomorrow until Friday and will map the way forward regarding the unity deal that was signed between Zanu-PF and the MDC on 15 September.

Last month, Tsvangirai warned that his party would walk out of the peace agreement if president Robert Mugabe’s regime does not stop abductions and prosecution of MDC members. Therefore, the Johannesburg meeting is expected to drop a bombshell on Mugabe since Zanu-PF seems unwillingly to give in to MDC demands.

In his letter to Mugabe recently, Tsvangirai asked South African president Kgalema Motlanthe to intervene in the talks and call for another meeting with Mugabe.

Reports said a full SADC summit from will now convene from 13 to 15 January as the regional block seeks to find solutions to the political impasse between Zanu-PF and MDC.

Analysts said the power-sharing deal was likely to drag since Mugabe has taken a month-long leave. The 84-year old leader is said to be in Malaysia with his family at a time when Zimbabweans are dying of cholera and malnutrition.

Zimbabweans hope that a unity government with Tsvangirai is a lasting solution to problems facing the country.
(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)
(Moses Muchemwa is a journalist and partner with the ZimEye. He can be contacted at mmuchemwa@zimeye.com)


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9 Comments on "Tsvangirai in SA for a deciding meeting"

  1. Justice Furusa on Tue, 6th Jan 2009 10:23 am 

    We will see how far this goes, BUT the dear Prime Minister Morgan T appears to have a long way to go!

  2. Errol Grosvenor on Tue, 6th Jan 2009 11:20 am 

    I want the zimbawean people to know that there are people in Barbados praying for them, evil can never defeat good,the lord will deliver you from the bondage of this Magabe regime sooner than you think.

    keep the faith, Errol

  3. Bone Thug on Tue, 6th Jan 2009 12:56 pm 

    We do not need a GNU until and unless Bob decides to do what is right…an equitable distribution of power!
    Thanks for the prayers from Barbados….its really refreshing to know someone from that part of the world cares.
    To SADC….if u continue to support BOb…We the people of Zimbabwe are prepared to wait!!!

  4. Soup on Wed, 7th Jan 2009 12:33 am 

    GIVE SPACE TO SAY THIS PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF MISMANAGEMENT OF RESOURSES BY THIS REGIME ,BUT HOW LONG SHALL WE CONTINUE TO SUFFER WHILE THE PARTY THAT THE WHOLE REGION IS PINNING THEIR FAITH TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY IS IN EXILE.

    ZIMBABWEANS HAVE GOT A PROBLEM OF ALWAYS DENYING THE TRUTH .THE TRUTH IS MR MORGAN TSVANGIRAI MUST COME HOME AND SAVE THE ALREADY COLLAPSED ECONOMY AND SAVE THE FEW SAVIVING PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE .I DO NOT SEE ANY BUSINESS HE IS DOING IN BOTSWANA OR SOUTH AFRICA .

    I REPEAT AGAIN ,ZANU PF WILL NEVER STOP KILLING US BECAUSE TSVANGIRAI IS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY .

    MUGABE WILL NOT GOING TO STOP FORMING HIS GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OUR MDC HAVE PULLED OUT FROM THE TALKS .
    FROM MY ANALYS,BY DOING THAT WE ARE PROLONGING MUGABE’S ERA AND THE PEOPLE’S SUFFERING FOR ANOTHER
    5 YEARS .

    AGAIN CALLING FOR NEW ELECTIONS NOW UNDER THIS SETUP WILL NOT HELP OR SAVE ANYTHING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WILL BE AGAIN KILLED ,CUT HANDS .REMEMBER THE 27 JUNE ONE RACE HORSE (LONG SLEEVES AND SHORT SLEEVES )

    TO MR TSVANGIRAI PLEASE DO THE NOBLE THING AND JOIN YOUR PEOPLE AND LET’S SUFFER TOGETHER .

    YOU SHOULD NOT BE LIKE MUGABE WHO DON’T WANT ZIMBABWEANS BUT THE ASIANS.
    GREAT LEADERS ARE KNOWN BY BEING APRTHY

  5. the nation on Wed, 7th Jan 2009 11:50 am 

    Remember, an african president is the sole ruler
    until death. Luckily most people don`t live longer than 100 years. That leaves what? Another 16 years
    to care for his people? Thank GOD!!!???!!! ( or maybe someone/something else).
    You Zimbabweans should pray for your presidents good health and long life three times a day and stop lamenting.
    If you don`t like your personal or countries situation
    it´s up to the people to do something against it.
    Who are the people???? YOU ARE!!!
    GOD will not help you if you don`t help yourselves!
    nels.mand.

  6. Memory on Wed, 7th Jan 2009 7:33 pm 

    The talks have failed and should be done away with.It is no longer worth it.

  7. talk back on Thu, 8th Jan 2009 6:57 am 

    Do u think if Banda was well and forever young Malawi would have been able to remove the yoke of his dictatorship from its neck. NEVER!! Mugabe can beat up, intimidate & kill people but his day is coming. He cant hide from age and its taking its toll.He too will be no more. And bliss will it be on that day….

  8. Chematsenganzungu on Thu, 8th Jan 2009 1:16 pm 

    Dead man Walking

    Mugabe is dead brainwise. He only await a brain surgery to deal with a few cells still alive, the Kamuzu Banda style. Shame the leaderless, poor Zanu PF still relies on this corpse for Marxist doctrines.

    They have Mutambara as Mugabes replacement. Mugabe showered him with praises and vowed to groom him as the next Zimbabwes Premier.

  9. Errol Grosvenor on Sun, 8th Feb 2009 3:16 pm 

    Is it possible for mr Tvangirai to call all Zimbaweans to a rally of pray with all the diffrent religions praying for God’s mercy and deliverance, for God sets up kingdoms and he removes them no ruler is more powerful than God our Father.
    We in Barbados are praying for your nation and your deliverance.keep the faith.

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