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Tsvangirai must just shape up or ship out

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is a public figure and his private life will have a bearing on how he performs on the political front. Therefore anything that generally concerns him is of public interest as it is likely to have an effect on this nation.
As the current prime minister and aspiring president the decisions he makes in finding a wife reflect positively or negatively on his aptitude as a leader. While as human beings we are all fallible and prone to making mistakes, how we react to those mistakes is also important, besides ensuring they are not repeated.

Based on Tsvangirai’s love life, post the death of his first wife Susan in 2009, question marks have been raised about his leadership qualities because of the recklessness with which he managed his romantic affairs. If the allegations made by Tsvangirai’s former lovers are true, the premier needs to put his house in order and focus on the promise he made to Zimbabweans when he assumed office three years ago.

As the hullabaloo over his love life dies down, one hopes Tsvangirai will finally learn from his mistakes and set his sights on the task at hand.

The Lorcadia Karimatsenga Tembo issue remains a distraction to Tsvangirai since this week she vowed to pursue her US$15 000 a month maintenance bid and insists she remains the premier’s wife until he officially divorces her.

Tsvangirai must tie up all the loose ends in his personal life and concentrate on finding solutions to the myriad of problems bedeviling the nation.

If he were to continue along the same path, he would be no different from Zanu PF which we want out of power. As a nation we can ill-afford having a president embroiled in one sex scandal after another or a profligate spender who has girlfriends strewn everywhere.

The president Zimbabwe needs and deserves should be leading by example, fighting for the elimination of HIV/Aids and ensuring economic empowerment of the impoverished majority.

The last thing we need is a leader who acquires power and wealth to benefit a connected few at the expense of the rest of the nation.

We have already had 32 years of the same and that mistake will not be repeated.

Most Zimbabweans are languishing in poverty and unemployment while diseases which have been eradicated in other countries such as typhoid and cholera continue to wreak havoc.

Zimbabweans are suffering from Zanu PF’s ruinous policies and in desperate need of people-centred leaders. Tsvangirai should step up to the plate and provide that.

Otherwise, the electorate will look to other candidates to dislodge Zanu PF and usher in an era of socio-economic prosperity.

Dorica Moyo,

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