President Morgan Tsvangirai’s statement to the people of Zimbabwe

President Tsvangirai

Fellow Zimbabweans, I write to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for the overwhelming support you continue to give me in my temporary period of indisposition.

The personal messages and the support you are giving me and my family is humbling. I want to thank you all for that awesome support to the party and the family, including my loving wife who is by my side as I return to full recovery.

I am equally aware, however, of the morbid wishes of some of my fellow countrymen. But I want to assure them that Morgan Tsvangirai will soon be back to be the usual pain to those at the helm of mis-governance; those who oppress the people and who are turning a blind eye to all this sickening poverty around us. I remain fully aware of and concerned with what we are all going through collectively as a people and as a country.

I am told that they have closed the country down today. All the suffering and struggling vendors have been asked to close shop and join a march to prop up the ego of Robert Mugabe. It is lost on them that it is the country--and not the people--that must be on a brave march to stability and progress.

To friends and foe alike, I want to assure you that I am recovering. I assure you that I must not be the cause of any national uncertainty. The irony is that yes, I may be indisposed, but I am more worried about my country and its economy that seem to be in a far much worse state than my personal state of health. It is the country that we all love that needs urgent healing. It is our country that must be the biggest worry for all of us, not only for our personal sakes but for the sake of the legacy we must leave behind for future generations.

Rest assured, I am on the path to full recovery and I will be joining you soon to continue with the struggle for freedom, peace, democracy and national prosperity.

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MDC condemns rampant corruption at the Ministry of Energy

Samuel Undenge

At a time when the bankrupt Zanu PF regime is literally begging for cash to fund the day to day activities of government, the thoroughly clueless and visionless Zanu PF leadership, headed by the nonagenarian President Robert Mugabe, has since approved a $400 million dollar deal as a tender to a misguided high school dropout and ex-convict who has gone to town with a blank cheque splashing gifts and insulting anyone and everyone who dares question the source of his "wealth."

It is a matter of public record that one Wicknell Chivayo is an ex convict. It's also public knowledge that the Gwanda power project is yet to take off. There is no evidence of public works having commenced on the project to date. The majority of Zimbabweans are incensed by the crude and ostentatious manner in which one Chivayo has been splashing ill-gotten tender money including spoiling Grace Mugabe and her family with gifts and free upmarket restaurant meals in in Dubai. Simply because one Chivayo has "donated" some of his dirty money to bankroll the Zimbabwe national team, the Warriors, as well as purchasing air tickets for a few stranded Zimbabwean ladies in Kuwait , he is now the new national superman. And even his dirty past has been sanitized as money changes hands in high office towers. How cheap!

The MDC is deeply appalled by the fact that the solar tender to one Chivayo's company, Intratek, was not awarded based on proper tender procedures. Even the Energy Minister, Sameul Undenge, has since publicly admitted that the award of this tender was dodgy and also that the advance payment of $5 million to Intratek was downright criminal and clearly improper.

Surprisingly, however, Undenge is now unashamedly and desperately trying to absolve himself of any improper and downright corrupt conduct. This is a very shameful and disgraceful act of dereliction of duty on the part of Minister Undenge. In any normal and functional democracy, Minister Undenge should have been immediately fired from Cabinet that is, if he hadn't seen it fit and proper to voluntarily resign in shame. It is apparent that corruption and graft are easily tolerated within the rogue Zanu PF regime. President Robert Mugabe has never fired any Cabinet Minister for corruption. The long and short of it, therefore, is that Mugabe himself is the face of corruption and willing and dealing.

Through some opaque and corrupt so-called indigenization process, a little known ex-convict by the name Wicknell Chivayo won the tender under very suspicious circumstances. There is overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that Chivayo is nothing but a front for some highly placed and extremely corrupt Zanu PF regime functionaries and apologists. Chivayo is nothing but a runner for well-connected local and international criminals and wheeler dealers.

Only recently, Mugabe publicly disclosed that at least $15 billion worth of diamonds from Marange/Chiadzwa diamond fields was unaccounted for. It would appear that corruption is part and parcel of the Zanu PF regime's DNA. Once again, the MDC would like to call for the immediate resignation of Robert Mugabe and his Cabinet.

As for Energy Minister Undenge, he is the alpha and omega of corruption within the country's energy sector. Only recently, he was in the news for awarding a so-called public relations contract to a dodgy and briefcase company fronted by one Psychology Maziwisa and Oscar Pambuka. Samuel Undenge is not fit and proper to remain as a Cabinet Minister. He is essentially a common law criminal masquerading as a government official. What a shame!

The MDC calls upon the country's law enforcement agencies to immediately launch criminal investigations against Samuel Undenge, Wicknell Chivayo, Pyschology Maziwisa, Oscar Pambuka and all other persons who are either directly and/or indirectly connected with the corrupt shenanigans that have been taking place at the Energy Ministry.

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Obert Gutu
National Spokesperson
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