President Tsvangirai winds up Manicaland tour

President Tsvangirai winds up Manicaland tour

President Tsvangirai today wound up his three-day consultation programme in Manicaland with a breakfast meeting with business leaders and an address to the provincial assembly.

It has been an enriching engagement with opinion leaders from Chipinge to Nyanga. The consultations revealed fear and intimidation in the communities, abuse of traditional leaders, scepticism over ZEC independence as well as the biometric voting system.

President Tsvangirai has been on a tour to consult people on the crisis facing the country and the governance architecture post-2018, among other issues.

The popular people's President is going on a short break and will resume the provincial consultation programme in Mashonaland East after which he will move to Mashonaland Central and lastly Mashonaland West in early March.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Movement for Democratic Change

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President Tsvangirai wades into Manicaland

President Tsvangirai wades into Manicaland

President Morgan Tsvangirai today kicked off his consultation programme in Manicaland province with a highly successful meeting attended by over 200 opinion leaders in Chipinge.

Traditional healers, traditional leaders, pastors, civil servants and other community leaders engaged in a highly interactive meeting with President Tsvangirai that lasted three hours. The community leaders made invaluable strategic inputs on key issues to do with the alliance of opposition parties, elections as well as a new-governance culture after 2018, which they said must be inclusive.

The traditional leaders reiterated the grievances raised by their colleagues in other provinces. These include intimidation and violence by Zanu PF against their subjects as well as the chiefs and headmen themselves.

On alliances, the traditional leaders in Chipinge gave their thumbs up but urged President to use his due diligence to vet all political parties before making a decision to work with any one of them.

The community leaders said they wanted a truly free and fair election in 2018. They bemoaned their abuse by Zanu PF and pledged that they will not allow themselves to be abused to frog march people to vote for a particular political party but will let people express themselves.

The turnout of over 200 opinion leaders is one of the biggest gatherings addressed by President Tsvangirai during this tour.

This afternoon, the popular MDC leader will be engaging opinion leaders in Chimanimani. Tomorrow, he will be listening to the views of Zimbabweans in Nyanga and Mutasa districts.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications

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