I COULD BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT :TSVANGIRAI
MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai says he wants to be the next leader of Zimbabwe but he will not “privatise this opportunity.”
He told CTV News that :“We don’t want to go through another Mugabe phase. The next leader of Zimbabwe must be elected. Who knows, I may be one, but there other contestants to the leadership. So I’m not at all privatising this opportunity.
What is important is that we now need an irreversible process of irreversible democratisation – otherwise all this effort would be in vain.” He said Zimbabwe needed free and fair elections.
“What does that mean? It means we need to put in place mechanisms for a free, fair and credible election process.
We still are due for elections in 2018, and I am sure that the maximum period is about August. So we have got eight months in which to prepare for those elections. And I am sure by then we should be in a position to create conditions for free and fair elections — voter registration, no violence. So for us, it is a non-negotiable position if we are to enter a new phase.
Can that happen with Mugabe and his wife remaining in the country?, he was asked.
What will happen – no harm will be intended. Unless there are crimes committed that can be discovered. I mean, that will be a different process.
As far as I am concerned, any criminal prosecution must arise out of the crimes committed, which can be established beyond any doubt.
But as far as I’m concerned, people who just want him to step aside because of old age and about his wife, it also depends whether she has committed any crimes. Would you be supportive of the leadership under Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa?
Well that’s far off the mark, because as far as I’m concerned, we haven’t even began to engage. If we are to engage to say, ‘How do we restore the country to legitimacy?’ then that discussion will include of course some transitional mechanism.
Our priority is to ensure that we create conditions that will return the country to legitimacy. That’s my preoccupation.”