ZIMBABWE – MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday said President Robert Mugabe blundered by firing a younger leader in former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, as he continued his charm offensive to entice the frozen Zanu-PF veteran into a coalition ahead of the 2018 elections.
Tsvangirai last week reiterated that he stood ready to work with former Vice President Joice Mujuru to ensure that President Robert Mugabe and his brawling post-congress Zanu-PF were comprehensively defeated in the crunch 2018 national elections.
Yesterday, he told mourners in Wedza during the burial of Harare deputy mayor councillor Thomas Muzuva that Mugabe no longer had the capacity to lead the country.
He said Mugabe and Zanu-PF had failed and given the current crisis, the country could implode by December. He said Mujuru could have done a better job than Mugabe.
“There are people who are 90-something but they fire someone who is 60 years old, that is a serious contradiction. The young must fight, while the old take a rest,” the MDC-T leader said in a pointed jibe at Mugabe.
Mujuru this month published her vision for Zimbabwe, which was described as a manifesto that signaled her return to active politics by observers.
A group of Zanu-PF officials fired for allegedly supporting her faction are regrouping under an outfit known as People First and claim she is their leader.
Tsvangirai’s conciliatory tone towards Mujuru came a few days after reports that coalition talks between MDC-T and People First were stalling because of mistrust.
The former Prime Minister praised Mujuru after the publication of her manifesto describing her as bold.