Zimbabweans residing in Botswana have reacted with mixed reactions to the recent decision by Zimbabwean Prime Minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, to pull out from the Government of National Unity, with some saying it was a very good decision whilst others say that it was both a bad and good decision.
Amongst those who say that it was both a good and bad move on the part of the MDC leader is a Gaborone-based engineer, who prefers to be called Graham only.
He said that he was very disappointed by the move and that the move had shattered hopes for his country to come out of the mess in which it is in and shadows rejoin the international community.
”This move by the MDC leader has greatly disappointed me when I was thinking that my country was getting on the right track to recover,” he said.
On the other hand, Graham said that he thinks the move was good because one cannot be expected to work sincerely with another when he is continuously being harassed and persecuted by the same person he is supposed to treat as a colleague in government. That this has come to the present stage, Graham says that proves beyond doubt Mugabe’s real colours and that he cannot be trusted.
On what should be done to correct the wrong, Graham says that SADC AU and UN should intervene and this time around not treat Mugabe with kid gloves as has happened in the past.
“International organisations should come to our aid and they should not treat Mugabe with kid gloves like they have been doing all along.” Another Zimbabwean, Tanonoka Whande, a Botswana-based journalist, also feels that what the MDC leader did was both wrong and right. He said that it was wrong in that he had raised Zimbabwean people’s hopes that things were going to be okay since the people did not want him to join this government in the first place.
Whande says Tsvangirai stayed too long when things were going badly and should have pulled out a long time ago to show the gravity of the situation.
“Tsvangirai stayed in government in spite of all the negative things that were happening. This made people think that the MDC knew what they were doing only to see Tsvangirai surrendering after people had made so much sacrifice,” said Whande.
Gloria Made, a Zimbabwean food vendor at the Gaborone Bus Rank, says that the news had broken her heart as she was expecting the situation in her home country to be normalised in a matter of months. She fears that things are likely to go from bad to worse.
”I was sad when I heard the news on this and I fear that things will go worse in my country,” she said. “We need a break from all this mayhem so we can get on taking care of our families. This madness has to stop. Enough is enough.”
Gordon Dube, a brick layer, says that he has always known that nothing would come out this as long as Mugabe was involved.
Dube says that he was surprised that people worldwide were celebrating during the signing of the agreement.
“As far as I was concerned, nothing was going to come out of it and I have even told my friends who were optimistic about this and they did not believe me,” he said.
More frightening, he said, is the news that some war veterans have already started harassing and even beating up innocent people they suspect of supporting the MDC.
“Any so-called solution that includes Mugabe is doomed to fail.”