Published On: Thu, Dec 1st, 2016

I am fit to run the party- Tsvangirai

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Simon Munyoro

HARARE – THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader , Morgan Tsvangirai has assured party supporters that he is healthy enough to run his political outfit.

The opposition leader made the remarks during a press conference held today at the party’s headquarters, Harvest House in Harare while responding to a question on whether he was still healthy enough to play his role after considerations that he did not participate in anti-bond notes demonstrations.

“I had not promised to participate in the demonstrations and after all political parties are not run through demonstrations. All I can say is that I am still healthy enough to lead the party,” he said.

The MDC leader had called for the press conference to announce the welcome of party members who had deserted the political outfit.

Among the returned members are Paul Madzore, Pearson Mungofa, and Victor Zifodya.

The opposition leader noted that it was key to forgive each other and find the way forward after acknowledgment of past mistakes.

“They have decided to come back home and we should understand that sometimes people take hasty decisions but as a leader I have to be conscious and learn to let go. The biblical parable of the prodigal son tells us that the lost child was given more attention upon his return.

“This should send a clear message to other party supporters who might begin to complain on why returning members are being recognised. It is normal because struggles assume different forms,” said Tsvangirai.

At the occasion, Tsvangirai castigated the government over the recent introduction of bond notes citing that they are an indication of a very poor and struggling economy.

“The introduction of bond notes, which I prefer to call  bond papers are a result of ill-advised policies and are also the final nail to the coffin of a dying economy. The multi-currency regime should have been an opportunity of creating our local currency but that did not happen on time.

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“I advocated for the introduction of the rand after considering that Zimbabwe depends on the South African economy but unfortunately the government has opted for bonds,” he added.