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Helpless, fearful Zimbabweans keep Mugabe in power – Tsvangirai

02 March 2016, 23:00

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says "helpless" and "fearful" Zimbabweans have helped President Robert Mugabe hold on power, according to a report. 

Tsvangirai said most of his fellow countrymen have been "complacent" in keeping the nonagenarian in power, New Zimbabwe, said.

Addressing people at a prayer meeting marking one year since human rights activist Itai Dzamara's disappearance, the former prime minister claimed that Zimbabweans "have not challenged Mugabe enough".

Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans should rally together in order to bring about change in the economically struggling southern African nation.

"It is time we organise ourselves, not just because of Itai, but because of the desperate situation in which we find ourselves in... But also the helplessness with which people are just airing our grievances without any solution insight, and I am asking myself when is this going to end," Tsvangirai was quoted saying.

Mugabe, 92, has been at the helm for nearly four decades, and has been accused of gross human rights violation and election rigging. He has also been blamed for the country's economic slump. 

A recent survey, however, indicated that Mugabe was more popular than his long-standing rival Tsvangirai. 

The research by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) showed that almost half of Zimbabwe's adult population would vote for Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party if elections were held tomorrow, although they feared him.

Tsvangirai has failed to unseat the long-time ruler in almost all the elections since the formation of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party about 17 years ago, thus, sparking calls for his removal after his failed attempt in 2013. 

- News24


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