HARARE – Recent events surrounding the marriage and wedding of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are a reminder to the Premier that his road to the presidency is no stroll in the park.
The PM should expect more thorns and pythons on the path as he wades the puzzle to State House — some thrown by his enemies with others flying from within his own party.
While those in Zanu PF having a good laugh at the PM’s love web, there are others even within his party who are silently celebrating.
Politics is like that, hence the call for Tsvangirai to have a look at his party’s closest advisers, or more so what has become known as his “kitchen cabinet”.
The PM should know the more he nears the throne, the more those within his party eye that hot seat, indeed a pointer that triggers dirty motives and suspicious deaths.
A scenario close to home is few years before Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 when top leaders within Zanu PF’s liberation started dying in mysterious circumstances including decorated war hero Josiah Magama Tongogara.
As the fight towards majority rule loomed, the tussle for power also saw the mysterious death of a top Zanu PF official, Herbert Chitepo.
Tsvangirai must wake up to the reality that there are others within his party who are also eyeing his post and would capitalise on any silly mistakes that can spoil his image and lower his popularity.
Today, the majority of those who support the MDC would rather stick with Tsvangirai than choose another leader within MDC to run as its President.
Zimbabweans in general, the civic society, media and even the international community, Sadc included, have invested a lot in Tsvangirai, building him into the leader he is today.
For years, Zimbabweans had looked hopeless as President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF monopolised our lives, thwarted democracy and completely threw the rule of law out of the window.
But it was Tsvangirai who stood up in 2000 to make a bold statement; that he was ready to challenge Mugabe.
Unheard of in the early days of independence, Tsvangirai was to pay for that bold challenge.
In the early formations of the MDC, a group of militants descended on Tsvangirai at his offices and beat his lights out for daring to challenge Mugabe.
The beatings seemed to be the baptism of fire for Tsvangirai’s political career as he took the bull by its horns, and indeed he was tossed in the air several times, including that brutal assault on him by police officers in 2007.
Zimbabweans saw in Tsvangirai a brave man — a saviour who was ready to die for Zimbabwe’s liberation from Mugabe and Zanu PF.
The 2008 Presidential elections are testimony of the trust that Zimbabweans had in Tsvangirai and his bid for the hot seat was supported by many.