“We cannot allow our nation to be trapped indefinitely by the failed policies of the past, while countries around us prioritise people’s rights, economic development and the rule of law,” he said in his latest Newsletter.
Tsvangira’s statements comes as on-going interparty talks, to solve Zimbabwe’s politcal woes, have once again failed to yield fruitful results by the end of the deadline set by Zuma who has been mediating the talks initiated by SADC.
Zuma, who was in Zimbabwe recently had raised the southern nation’s hopes by saying Zanu PF and the two MDC formations, who form the inclusive government had agreed on a package of measures that were supposed to have been finalised by Tuesday followed by a report to SADC. No sooner had he said that, President Robert Mugabe, told his party’s politburo, the party’s highest decision making body, that nothing had been agreed and nothing would move until sanctions go.
Tsvangirai said he was extremely encouraged by the visit of Zuma. He said his attention to detail and dedication to breaking the impasse in order that Zimbabwe make progress on delivering services and freedoms to the people was heartening and thanked him for his continued role as facilitator.
“However, after the most recent round of negotiations it appears that the issues that have stalled progress for more than a year are still being used to avoid creating the open, free and prosperous society that our people demand and deserve.”
He added: “The continued unilateral actions by some amongst us is a threat to cohesion within the Government. We must act and speak together in matters of national interest within the spirit of consensus and collective responsibility which is the foundation of the transitional Government.”
“As a nation, we have obligations to our citizens and the international community to promote the rule of law and human rights if we are to assume our rightful position in the international family of nations.
“Therefore, there can be no place in the new Zimbabwe for hate speech or the persecution of any sector of our population based on race, gender, tribe, culture, sexual orientation or political affiliation. All of us are entitled to our own opinions on certain values and beliefs, but in order to move our nation forward and achieve national reconciliation and healing, we have to uphold and foster the fundamental principle of tolerance, including tolerance of people that have chosen to live, believe and vote differently from ourselves.
“For too long, many of you, my fellow Zimbabweans, have not had the freedom of choice. Our new constitution shall be the cornerstone of a new society that embraces this particular freedom of choice and tolerance of both majority and minority views,” he said.
Tsvangirai said there will shortly be new independent daily newspapers on the streets of Zimbabwe, in line with his promise to open up the media space to ensure that the voices of the people are heard and listened to.
“Until this process is complete and the State media has been transformed into a truly public media and independent radio and television licenses have been issued, Zimbabweans will continue to face difficulties in making informed choices,” he said.