"Sekai Holland and Zimbabwe Exiles Paranoid" - Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai leaves No. 10 Downing Street after a meeting with embattled British PM Gordon Brown. Tsvangirai had earlier dismissed Sekai Holland and the Diaspora as "paranoid" and "obsessed".
Looks very pleased with himself, doesn't he?

Not only has Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe called his own minister of National Healing, Sekai Holland, as well as Zimbabweans in the diaspora "paranoid", but he has also stated that "if you wanted a Mugabe ouster, you should have staged a revolution."

Tsvangirai made the comments during an interview on Monday with BBC Radio Four.

Mike Thompson, the interviewer, tried to bring up the subject of the continued harassment of MDC-T officials, MPs, Civil rights activists and journalists by referring to an interview he had in Zimbabwe two weeks ago with Sekai Holland.

He resisted naming the Minister, but that did not stop Tsvangirai.

"I know who we are talking. We are talking of Sekai Holland is it?" Tsvangirai said.

The interviewer confirmed this.

Tsvangirai then says, " I, I'm afraid that the paranoial fear is an environment that used to exist in the country before the inclusive government and once the inclusive Government was there the situation has improved for the better."

Obviously, Thompson was not buying this.

So came the question on the exiled Zimbabweans in the Diaspora:

Mike Thompson: Even Zimbabwean exiles here, when you were speaking to them on Saturday night and you said, "Come home, we need you, things are now stable", they jeered. They just didn't believe it, did they?

MT: Well they didn't and I think, I think it's, it's, it's a paranoid obsession of what was happening before, and I will not be the one to force them to accept what I am explaining.

So Morgan Tsvangirai is quite pleased with the "progress" he and Mugabe are making in abducting MDC-T leaders and human rights activists.

Just last week, WOZA women were beaten up for marching peacefully in the streets of Bulawayo, with three of them having to be hospitalised. But this is just paranoia as far as Morgan Tsvangirai is concerned, a figment of the imagination of the WOZA women and others?

Perhaps this is as good a time as any to respond publicly to a question Conor asked me on Facebook a few weeks back: Is Tsvangirai just naive or is has he been co-opted. That was the question.

The answer we must settle on now is that Tsvangirai has indeed been co-opted into ZANU PF. His defence of Mugabe and ZANU PF tactics and brutality beggars belief, it goes beyind the call of duty, unless that duty is to spruce up Mugabe at all cost. Even a blind and deaf man would realise there is something wrong with this arrangement.

Yet it is clear that the PM believes what he says and he says it with conviction. Like I said before, there is no mysterious strategy at play here from the Prime Minister. He has simply surrendered to Mugabe and ZANU PF and wants Zimbabweans from all walks of life to join in the capitulation.

If not, you are paranoid and are talking nonsense, you should be deported because everything is fine back home.....if you felt so strongly about Mugabe going, why did you not stage a revolution...you failed to do this so stop pointing fingers at me..... This is the Prime Minister's message to Zimbabweans.

What he seems unaware of is that, in order to stage a revolution, people need a revolutionary leader (Yeltsin mounted a tank sent to blow him and his supporters to pieces, for example), not one who runs away to Botswana at the height of violence, leaving his supporters to face the music, rudderless and lost and unprotected...

The repeated failure of the leaders who were given the people's votes in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008 to mobilise people against electoral theft led directly to Mugabe realising that this tactic of violence worked.

And that is how he defeated the people.

It is not the people that are to blame, but the leadership to which they looked for a lead on how to react to Mugabe's violence.

The lead they got was running away to Botswana or Australia or South Africa.

Which is what they did.

But now we know this: Tsvangirai's message to Zimbabwe is "Surrender to Mugabe as I have and everything will be fine. You will not be beaten, tortured or thrown in jail on trumped-up charges. Mugabe will not go, not matter what you say you want, so surrender, capitulate."

And, oh yes, "You'd better listen to me." Or else.


  1. Knowledge RuheyaJune 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Tsvangirayi is a crook. Indeed I agree that Morgan Tsvangirayi has sold out. Time will tell.

  2. Morgan Tsvangirayi is a traitor. He flip flops everytime. First he joined the liberation struggle, then ran away even before training to join whites. After war he bounced back to ZANU PF where he was appointed political commissar at Trojan Mine (Bindura) and later Secretary General of ZCTU (ON ZANU PF ticket). He made another somesault when he joined MDC in 1999. Now why should we be surprised when he is back to ZANU PF as he has already shown through the reckless statements he is making now. That is typical of Tsvangirayi. A snake. Pure and simple.


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