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Tsvangirai is a stooge of the West: Gwisai

by Byo24NEWS
03 Mar 2011 at 20:09hrs | Views
Incarcerated former MDC Member of Parliament for Highfield, Munyaradzi Gwisai has described the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai,  as a stooge of the West and a capitalist.

The unsavoury remarks were made during the state's outline given in court by Edmore Nyadzamba on Tuesday.

Nyadzamba said Gwisai  is alleged to have told the 44 people charged together with him for treason, not to replace President Robert Mugabe with prime  minister Morgan Tsvangirai because he was "a stooge of the west and a capitalist".

The trial, in  which  Gwisai and the 44 others are being charged with treason and attempt to subvert a constitutional government, was postponed to Monday next week.

Gwisai, who was expelled from the MDC in 2002, told the court that the current government of Zimbabwe was an anomalous antithesis of democracy.

He said the International Socialist Organisation(ISO)  that he leads in Zimbabwe believes  that socialism is better than capitalism and wants a new constitution that will allow free and fair elections where the rulers will have the mandate of the people.

"This is an anomaly, it is not a government based on the will of the people," a defiant Gwisai said.

Gwisai's views on the MDC are in sync with those of London based International relations professor Stephen Chan.

Chan believes that Mugabe is still central to Zimbabwe because of the MDC 's failure to exert itself in government. He argues that Europe, which has imposed targeted sanctions on Zanu PF will have no option but to do business with Zanu PF.

"Suddenly, all of Europe needs Zimbabwe as a trading partner, as a business partner, as an investment partner, as a customer and as a purchaser of European goods and services. Europe, as a result, will start doing business with Zanu PF in 2011," Chan said

Constitutional expert Lovemore Madhuku also believes that  the MDC is not pulling in its full weight and should do more to for the rights of the people who voted for the party.

"We cannot continue to blame Zanu PF. What are the other parties in the government doing? We should be hearing that these issues –treason charges and arrest of activists- are debated furiously in cabinet," said Madhuku.

MDC spokesperson and Minister of Information Technology Nelson Chamisa told reporters that his party was the weaker partner in the unity government.

"We are in government as a struggle; we are the easy target in the inclusive government and are caught  in between fighting to be in government and fighting for human rights. Action is not for the MDC alone," Chamisa said.

Chamisa said his party, which won the majority votes in the harmonised elections of March 2008, was not threatened by other people's views no matter how contrary they were.

"It has not been easy dealing with Zanu PF. It has not been easy even for ordinary people to deal with Zanu PF," Chamisa said

Source - Byo24NEWS