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Tsvangirai Expected Back Today

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected back in the country today after spending close to a month shuttling between Botswana and South Africa to try and raise international awareness of the worsening political situation in Zimbabwe.


Tsvangirai left the country amid rising post-election violence and delays by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in announcing results of the presidential poll.

This week MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said Tsvangirai was set to address his first campaign rally since the March 29 elections in Bulawayo on Sunday.

“President Morgan Tsvangirai will on Sunday address a star rally dubbed the ‘New Zimbabwe Victory Tour Rally’ in Bulawayo,” Chamisa said.

“After the White City rally Tsvangirai will take his tour across the country and will visit every village and town as he thanks the people of Zimbabwe for voting for the MDC and its president.”

He said that the MDC planned more rallies to mark the end of President Mugabe’s 28-year rule. Meanwhile, Chamisa said MDC legislators held a two-day workshop with local and international experts where they discussed “legislative issues”.

They also deliberated on a campaign strategy for the run-off, which is expected to take place before the end of July.

“The New Zimbabwe team comprising recently elected MDC parliamentarians and senators, will on Thursday gather for a two-day caucus in Harare where they are expected to brainstorm on the legislative business they will be conducting in order to improve the people’s living conditions,” said Chamisa.

“MDC parliamentarians will also take the two-day gathering to prepare for the presidential campaign for Tsvangirai…”

He claimed that his party “convincingly trounced” Mugabe and other presidential contenders in the first round of elections. Official results show that Tsvangirai garnered 47,9% of the vote against 43,2% for President Mugabe.

Tsvangirai’s result fell short of the 50% plus required by law for him to form a government.

The MDC won 99 seats in the House of Assembly against Zanu PF’s 97 and 24 senatorial seats during the March 29 elections.

Chamisa said the combined seats of all “democratic forces” were 110 House of Assembly seats and 30 senatorial seats.

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