President Tsvangirai rounds up Mash Central tour

President Tsvangirai rounds up mash Central tour

President Morgan Tsvangirai rounded up his tour of Mashonaland province by holding three meetings with opinion leaders, students and the party's provincial assembly in Bindura town today.

His first meeting with opinion leaders was a robust three-hour engagement with war veterans, church leaders, commuter bus drivers and touts, traditional leaders, pensioners, artisanal miners and spirit media. The opinion leaders made invaluable input in matters of elections, policy and the new governance culture post-Mugabe in 2018.

The people's President then addressed the party's provincial assembly where he urged the party machinery to gear up for delivering victory in the 2018 watershed election.

Fear and intimidation remain the key impediments to the people's free expression in the province, where Zanu PF continues to emasculate traditional leaders to coerce people to vote for a particular political party.

In his third and last meeting in Mash Central, President Tsvangirai engaged students from Bindura University, whom he urged to determine their own future by voting and making the right choice in the next election.

The future belonged to the young people and they must define, defend and secure that future by participating in the politics of their country. The young people risk being a lost generation unless and until they, grab the opportunity in 2018 to sculpt a sustainable future for themselves.

Tomorrow, the people's President moves to Robert Mugabe's home province of Mashonaland West for three days, where he will conclude his national tour of all the country's provinces. The tour continues to be a highly enriching exercise, with President Tsvangirai receiving invaluable and strategic input both from within and without the party, particularly from community leaders who are not ordinarily in the party.

Accompanying President Tsvangirai to Mash Central today were his two deputies Hons. Thokozani Khupe and Nelson Chamisa, National Chairperson Lovemore Moyo, Organising Secretary Abednico Bhebhe and his deputy Amos Chibaya, Secretary for Elections Murisi Zwizwai, Deputy National Spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo, Deputy Treasurer General Charlton Hwende and Women and Youth Assembly Chairpersons Lynnet Karenyi and Happymore Chidziva.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications

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President Tsvangirai engages Guruve

President Tsvangirai in Guruve

President Tsvangirai took his Mash. Central tour to Guruve, where he engaged in a frank conversation with community leaders about the crisis facing the country as well as the next watershed election which Zimbabweans must use to usher in a new government and poise the country for growth, democracy and development.

Among the people he met were 27 village heads, pastors, vendors, business people, touts, commuter bus drivers and war veterans.

The trend of the issues emerging from the provinces remains the same: grinding poverty, violence, fear, intimidation as well as the continued abuse of traditional leaders, among other issues.

The people's leader saw evidence of physical and emotional scars arising out of sustained Zanu PF violence in previous elections. President Tsvangirai had a tough time calming restive community leaders who have suffered violence from unpunished perpetrators who continue to roam free in the communities every day.

The emerging national consensus, however, is that the next election is a Presidential election as only a new leader for the country would have the executive authority to positively impact on the lives of the people.

Accompanying the President were senior officials from his office, Deputy Organising Secretary Amos Chibaya, Deputy Spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo, Women and Youth National Chairpersons Lynnet Karenyi and Happymore Chidziva, Deputy Treasurer General Charlton Hwende and National Executive members Gift Chimanikire, Gilbert Kagodora and Memory Mbondiah.

Tomorrow, President Tsvangirai winds up his tour in Mash Central with an address to Bindura University students and the party's provincial assembly.

On Friday, he moves to Mashonaland West, where he will wind up his national tour next Monday.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications

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