Friday, 7 October 2016

"It's my property," insists Tsvangirai of $4 m Highlands mansion - the maths does not add up.

We all know that Politics is not an exact science with clear cut answers but rather an art with no clear cut answers.

Arithmetic, for an example is an exact science, so 1 + 1 = 2 and will never be anything else.

In Politics, an art, one can argue A = B and be correct and yet because both A and B are not clearly defined and exact variables one can also have A < B, A > B, A ± B, etc., etc. and each one of them considered right!

Morgan Tsvangirai is deliberately trying to politicized the $4 million Highlands mansion he was allocated when he was Prime Minister to confuse everyone.

“How does my house compromise me? This is my house. This is not anybody’s property, it’s my property,” he has argued when the point was raised, not for the first time, that he should vacate the property now that he is no longer PM.

The question of who is the rightful own of the property can easily be settled by answering the question who paid the $4 million price tag on the property. As far as public record goes, the property was paid for using taxpayer’s money; if Tsvangirai disputes that then he should produce the proof that he has repaid the loan.

Tsvangirai was allocated the mansion at the time because he made a big fuss about his own house being unsuitable for someone of his senior position; this is a familiar tale to the people of Zimbabwe.

VP Mphoko and his family were holed up in the five-star hotel for nearly two years, at taxpayers’ expense. Like Tsvangirai, he insisted that all the houses offered to him were not good enough for a man of his high office! It took the determined resolve of people like Sten Zvorwadza to finally flush him out of the luxurious accommodation!

Whilst one can understand the need to provide more secure accommodation for senior public officials, the nation expects the individual concerned to be reasonable in their demands. When the individual leave office they are expected to vacate the allocated accommodation. It is absurd for each ex British PM or USA President to be provided a 10 Downing Street or White House at public expense.

What Tsvangirai and his MDC friends must never forget is that they were elected on a ticket to delivery democratic reforms and end the Zanu PF corruption, oppression and this corrosive culture of entitlement.

The very fact that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends failed to implement even one democratic reform throughout the five years of the GNU does raise the question of their being compromised. Mugabe bribed his Zanu PF cronies and thugs to buy their dogged loyalty and to do his dirty work; bribing MDC leaders would have been second nature to him.

SADC leaders accused Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders of “enjoying themselves whilst in government and forgetting why they were there,” in sheer frustration at MDC’s failure to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU.

“I am not answerable to Saviour Kasukuwere. He doesn’t know anything about this house. He is just trying to make political hot air out of something that he doesn’t know,” argued Tsvangirai.

“He doesn’t know that I have a house which has a contract and I advise him to talk to President Mugabe before he starts uttering something that he doesn’t know.”

If there was any deal made between Tsvangirai and Mugabe then it only proves that he was compromised. Zimbabweans risked life and limb, and over 500 lost their lives in 2008 alone, to elect Tsvangirai to end the rot created by Zanu PF, he has not only joined the rot but he even has the chutzpah to demand we allow him to keep the loot now questions asked!

Morgan Tsvangirai must vacate the $4 million Highlands mansion allocated to him when he was PM, he no longer holds any high public office and therefore must leave. That is as crystal clear as it is mischievous to try to cloud the issue.  


Nomusa Garikai said...

The $4 million Highlands Mansion was paid for using taxpayers' money and it is to the taxpayers, not Kasukuwere or President Mugabe, that Tsvangirai is accountable to. Tsvangirai should tell us why we should allow him to keep the mansion.

We all know that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends kicked all democratic reforms into the tall grass so not even one reform was implemented in the five years of the GNU. We are in this hell-hole today because no reforms were implemented.

What the nation wants to know from the former Prime Minister Tsvangirai is whether he and his friends were bribed, and the $4 million mansion was part of the bribe, to forget about implementing the reforms.

Tsvangirai is accountable to the people of Zimbabwe and it is they who will in the end decide whether or not he can keep his loot!

Zimbabwe Light said...

Is that law going to stop the gross mismanagement, the rampant corruption and the lawlessness, the three killer diseases behind the country's economic meltdown and chasing away would be investors? If not, then the bond notes have already started to fall in value before they have started circulating!

After 36 years of cheating, bribing, bamboozling and even murdering anyone Zanu PF considered a threat to its iron grip on power; the economy is the one thing the corrupt and tyrannical regime will not be able to cheat. With unemployment now a nauseating 90% plus and everything collapsing, the regime is failing to pay its civil servants there is no way this can go on forever. This Zanu PF regime has to go and go it will!

VP Mnangagwa can start crafting a law to stop regime change because that is what he will need next!