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'Mugabe did some things right,' says Tsvangirai

by Staff reporter
14 Jul 2013 at 07:50hrs | Views
In Mhondoro, Tsvangirai, seemed to praise Mugabe's legacy, but said it was time for him to rest.

"Mugabe did some things right. It's his legacy," he said. "But now we are saying, go and rest. There is nothing wrong with that. Mugabe's problem is old age.

"He forgets that the GNU (Government of National Unity) was crafted for him and not for Tsvangirai who had won the election. Mugabe's henchmen from the police, army and CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) are coming to me informing me on the things to watch out for. I know everything. I can even tell you what he has eaten today. If you want to vote for Mugabe, it's your choice, but it will go into the Guinness Book of Records that the people of Zimbabwe have given a 90-year-old man five more years to rule the country."

This came as Mugabe told Zanu-PF supporters at a campaign rally that the MDC-T-run Finance ministry deliberately refused to fund Zanu-PF-initiated programmes, including the agricultural sector and general elections, to discredit him and his party.

"Small-scale farmers need assistance as do industries, which have crumbled," he said. "All these were not being supported because the Finance ministry was in the hands of MDC.

"They did not want Zanu-PF-initiated programmes. Even our children on scholarships were not being funded all in an effort to humiliate Mugabe and Zanu-PF.

"We don't want to go back to the unity government."

Finance minister and MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti said the party had only agreed to join the coalition government with Zanu-PF on humanitarian grounds following nearly 30 years of economic plunder.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai was in the middle of teh week forced to cancel campaign rallies scheduled for Murombedzi business centre and Chinhoyi, after police reportedly denied him clearance. Both centres are located in Mugabe's backyard, with Murombedzi just 10km from his rural home.

Source - southerneye