My biggest mistake was to contest in last year's elections: Tsvangirai admits


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has admitted that his party made a mistake by participating in the July 2013 elections.

Tsvangirai noted that since it was clear that President Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF) would rig the election, MDC-T had no good reasons to contest in the process.

Mugabe and Zanu (PF) went on to win the election with a landslide, a result disputed by Tsvangirai.

"There were indications that the election would be rigged, but unfortunately we were misled by huge crowds at our rallies, especially the Harare Cross Over, that our vote would overwhelm any Zanu (PF) mischief," Tsvangirai was quoted as saying in a document.

Tsvangirai partly blamed his defeat to complacency and Zanu (PF) rigging through massive disenfranchisement of his supporters.

"The voters' role was shambolic and its electronic copy was not availed to all political parties well before election date."

According to Tsvangirai, it was impossible for Zimbabweans to allow back into office a president presiding over 33 years of weak economic growth, horrific jobless levels and general dismay at the future.

Eleven months have elapsed since the Zanu (PF) government came into office, Tsvangirai said, but the situation remains dispiriting.

"The question on everybody's mind is how so much pain, despair and desperation could immediately follow what the ruling party has called resounding victory," said Tsvangirai, pointing out that Zimbabweans were frustrated with economic hardships such as the scarcity of liquidity on the market and deflation.

The embattled MDC-T leader said his recent visits around communities revealed that people were hopeless under the Zanu (PF) government.

As a solution to the crisis, Tsvangirai suggested that there be national dialogue which incorporates more players such as the church, trade unions, students, industries and other stakeholders.

The 62 year old former Premier denied clinging on to office, saying congress was the only suitable platform for legitimate leadership change.

He remained hopeful that his party would eventually clinch the presidency.

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