|Biti speaks at the Tsvangirai Memorial Lecture in Nyanyadzi|
– MDC vice
president Tendai Biti has praised former party president, the late Morgan
Tsvangirai as a champion of the struggle for democracy whose name will forever
in Nyanyadzi recently, Biti said Tsvangirai had done what many had deemed
unthinkable by defeating Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF in the first round of the
March 2008 elections.
greatest achievement. He won resoundingly by over 70 percent and Mugabe
admitted to this fact.
knew he had lost and wanted to hand over power but his henchman refused and had
to play with the figures so that Tsvangirai would not have the 50 percent plus
one vote majority needed to win the elections outright,” said Biti.
coming closer to taking over power after polling 47.87 percent against former
Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe’s 43.24 percent.
however, made to wait for more than five weeks by the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (Zec) which did not announce election results amid allegations that
the electoral body was cooking up results to rescue Mugabe by reducing
Tsvangirai’s victory margin so that a run-off could be declared.
June 27, 2008, election run-off though he knew he had won the first round but
had to pull out to save his supporters who were being killed by Zanu PF with
the help of the army and other security agencies.
of 2008 during the presidential run-off. President Tsvangirai agreed to the
run-off even though he knew he had won resoundingly.
people and many were killed while others were left with life-changing injuries.
Women were raped and babies were cut out from pregnant women. This was the
brutality unleashed on our people.
Tsvangirai had to pull out of the run-off to save his people and had to agree
to a Government of National Unity,” said Biti.
communications, David Panganai told TellZim News that the memorial lecture was
the starting point in MDC’s efforts to establish a Morgan Richard Tsvangirai school
role played by the late Morgan Tsvangirai in fighting for democracy in the
country is indelible. The party’s resolution is to start a school of ideology
in his honour,” said Panganai.