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Asante Sana: Morgan Tsvangirai Needs an 'Army to Retire'

Harare – Zimbabwe media is going gaga with indications that MDC-T President Mr Morgan Tsvangirai might retire – sending citizens into diver...

Harare – Zimbabwe media is going gaga with indications that MDC-T President Mr Morgan Tsvangirai might retire – sending citizens into diverse tantrums over the man – viewed by many as a hero for confronting Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF - taking a lion's share of votes from the ruling party in past tightly contested plebiscites.

Before the onset of the colon cancer bout, Tsvangirai endured a barrage of deafening calls for him to pass on the baton – but due to overwhelming support and other other reasons, he remained at the helm.

Derick Matsengarwodzi
The vocal calls were first heard in 2014 – in a letter penned by the then treasurer Elton Mangoma.

Mangoma – a victim of MDC-sponsored violence had warned that the opposition leader was morphing into another Mugabe  – who before his ouster by the army in November 2017 had ruled the country for an uninterrupted 37 years.

Among his excesses were 'problem with women', staying in a government mansion after the inclusive government and leading the party for 14 years into a losing streak against Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai During the Unity Government 

“No one should be a leader for ever. We do not want to find ourselves with the same problems Zanu-PF is facing over succession. There are many people in the MDC who are capable and an extraordinary congress will be decisive in that respect,” Mangoma told the media then.

Again in 205, Tendai Biti sounded the warning shots, almost repeating what Mangoma had noted.

“Tsvangirai has become the elephant in the room and an albatross to the opposition in the country and the democratic struggle in the country. He will become a worse dictator than Mugabe – what with reports that he wants to ban social media as well as indications that he is now signing the party’s accounts,” Biti had earlier warned.

He added the Tsvangirai was now running the show in every respect- in short, he had become another Mugabe in the making – still the calls fell on hard ground ad were subsequently trampled upon.

And now, after Emmerson Mnangagwa's courtesy call on the ailing opposition leader, Tsvangirai has given a clearer example that he is ready to give up active politics. But for a man who has been at the helm of the most vocal opposition party, id he ready to relinquish power and leave his juniors to take charge. 

“At a personal level, I feel an air of satisfaction as I reflect on the great journey we have travelled together even as I seriously ponder about the future. I am looking at the imminent prospects of us as the older generation leaving the levers of leadership to allow the younger generation to take forward this huge task that we started together so many years ago with our full blessing and support,” revealed Tsvangirai in a much circulated speech.

But before we dust our trumpets, Tsvangirai – just like Mugabe has to carefully meander the succession debate within his party, before he can rest peacefully. 

“It was therefore not by accident, but by design that when I disclosed to you my health status, I also took a bold step to appoint an additional two Vice Presidents to assist me,” he said, torching the succession debate that engulfed Zanu-PF, blistering the party into tatters.

For now, Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri have to wait in eager anticipation – hopefully not planning to do what Mnangagwa did to his superior for refusing to pass the baton as anticipated.

At least his disclosure gives confidence to the nation. – Additional reporting from Online Sources

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