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Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai


Morgan Tsvangirai is the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the biggest faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

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Morgan Tsvangirai was born in 1952, and left school early to go work on a mine. He spent ten years working in the mining industry, rising to the position of general foreman and becoming a union activist.

Starting as the branch chairperson of the Associated Mine Workers Union, he later became Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the most powerful union position in the country. Under Tsvangirai's leadership, the ZCTU moved away from the ruling Zanu-PF.

In 1999, Tsvangirai entered politics, founding the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He ran for president in 2002, finishing second with 42 percent of the vote. He is running again for president in 2008.

Tsvangirai has been the target of violence over the years. He has lived through three assassination attempts, including one in 1997 in which unknown assailants tried to push him out of a 10th storey window.

Tsvangirai has also been arrested and charged with treason twice, and accused of inciting violence. Both cases were eventually dismissed.

In March 2007, Tsvangirai was arrested on the way to a prayer meeting in Harare and beaten a local police station. A member of parliament who was arrested with Tsvangirai told BBC News that Tsvangirai suffered a cracked skull and "must have passed out at least three times."

Agence-France Presse reported that President Robert Mugabe later said, while reporting to his party on a meeting with fellow southern African leaders: "Yes, I told them he was beaten but he asked for it... We got full backing, not even one (leader) criticised our actions."

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Morgan Tsvangirai
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Date of Birth: Mar/10/1952
Website: http://www.zim...
Place of Origin: Zimbabwe

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Morgan Tsvangirai is the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the biggest faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

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Author: chachacha
Sat Jun 13 09:01:08 2009

Zimbabweans of all walks of life should strive to work for tangible democracy, rule of law and human rights. Anything less to this benchmark leads to corruption and total unfairness. It is now important for us as Zimbabweans to work hard to eliminate all sources of corruption and prepare ourselves for equal opportunities. It is also this time that we should be realistic and do away with such stupid myths like obtaining diesel directly from the ground without the need for refineries. Our Children should now go to school so that we can develop a worthwhile resource base for… [Read Full Text]

Author: mabhiza
Sat Jun 13 08:38:52 2009

Tsvangi used to claim that he held keys to unlock the economic sanctions he called for to Zimbabwe..What happenned to those keys?,The imposers have changed locks, they're refusing to lift the economic sanctions with rigid determination..All they now do is hype about humanitarian aid becoz of a guilty conscience of the untold suffering their economic embargo is inflicting on innocent zimbabweans..This western induced suffering was mearnt to catapult that evil serpent-tsvangi to power make zimbabwe a western client state ruled by white house and 10 downing street who would reverse the gains of our revolution like the land reclamation..The… [Read Full Text]

Author: Chacho
Sat Jun 13 09:19:18 2009

Mabhiza You are right brother, what MDC havs to contend with is the fact that sanctions makes a nation difficult to manage. It is sinister to assume Zimbabweans will be mesmerised by peanuts, and forget the source of our crisis.

The MDC induced sanctions have been meant to discredit Government and people of Zimbabwe will realise that true statesmanship is not brought in by illicitly inviting enemies to destroy the family silver. There are better ways of campaigning for support or sympathy. We might have been in a better position now. They are learning the hard way.

Author: afric35
Sat Jun 13 10:27:36 2009

Moyondizvo no one has to destroy you Mugabe, Zanu-pf and your loyalists to them are doing just fine on your own... Stop crying about how the rest of the world is your problems when the root of the problem is within Zimbabwe and until the root of the problem is removed no matter how much people give the people of Zim will suffer..

Author: emily_sorensen
Mon Jun 15 10:37:13 2009

Takunya, Mabhiza, Moyondizvo

Why do you create three people when we know you are only 1? You all spurt the same nonsense that you would have to be a brainwashed individual, so brainwashed that there could not possibly be more than one of you.

There is no 'economic embargo' on Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans are free to trade with whoever they chose.

Why are you so stupid to think that the fact your money is frozen in a foreign bank account has something to with the MDC? Do you think your rigging of elections, murder and torture of innocent Zimbabweans and theft… [Read Full Text]

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