Cathrine Biswick and Mercy Bofu
Zimbabweans yesterday slammed MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and his party members for boycotting Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day celebrations, saying it was now clear that the opposition party was serving Western interests.Mr Tsvangirai, who is smarting from a heavy defeat by President Mugabe in the harmonised elections, also failed to attend the Heroes Day commemorations at the national shrine on Monday.
Speaking in Harare yesterday, incoming Norton legislator Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa said Mr Tsvangirai boycotted the institution that made him the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. “The absence of MDC-T means they have no respect for the people who brought the vote and democracy they are enjoying. It means that his identity with the army was pedestrian,” he said.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa said the votes brought Mr Tsvangirai and his party into the inclusive Government in 2009 and led him to his final defeat on July 31.
“It is the same vote that made it possible for the MDC-T to become a party and for Tsvangirai to become the Prime Minister. It is the same vote that made it possible for him to lose,” he said.
The Zanu-PF Politburo member Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said MDC-T members were angry after being defeated by Zanu-PF.
“We expose ourselves in various ways and the MDC-T shows us that they are angry. They thought that they were going to make it but they have been defeated,” he said.
“The citizens of Zimbabwe chose a leader who is responsible just like what they did during the harmonised elections when they elected President Mugabe into office,” he said.
Another Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Patrick Zhuwao said MDC-T’s failure to attend the national events showed that the party disrespected the liberation struggle.
“MDC-T has already showed us lack of respect for the liberation struggle with their absence. It is a party sponsored by some Western countries. “We are Africans and we respect our national events and that is why we are here,” he said. Mrs Margret Marenja a Harare resident also had no kind words for the MDC-T.
“The presence of MDC-T or their absence cannot stop Zimbabwe functioning both economically and politically. We are Africans not Westerners so we cannot rely on them they are there to loot us not to serve us.”
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