Morgan Tsvangirai speaks…
CNN’s Robyn Curnow asks Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai if Zimbabwe is a safe bet for investment.
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) — Zimbabwe’s long-standing political conflict will not be resolved unless a fair election takes place, says Morgan Tsvangirai, the country’s prime minister.
Speaking to CNN’s Robyn Curnow from Johannesburg, Tsvangirai said: “The country will not move forward unless you have a credible and a legitimate election, so we have to get that mandate.”
He added: “The time will have to be decided on the timing of it but certainly going to election is the one that will provide that exit strategy.”
In 2009, Tsvangirai, who has survived three assassination attempts, imprisonment and beatings, entered into an uneasy power-sharing agreement with his arch-enemy of years, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe.
He says that a compromise was necessary in order for the country to put its recent beleaguered history behind and move forward.
“When the country was confronted with chaos and anarchy, we rescued our country and saved it in order to have the long-term stability that we are looking for,” said Tsvangirai, a former miner and trade union boss who helped form Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party and became its leader in 1999.
One of the goals of Zimbabwe’s national unity government is to drum up investment for the country’s fragile economy.
Marketplace Africa spoke to Tsvangirai about his deal with Mugabe, investment opportunities in Zimbabwe and the country’s future.
CNN: Zimbabwe is a deeply troubled nation and there is still so much uncertainty. It would still make an investor incredibly jittery.
Morgan Tsvangirai: Generally things have calmed down to a situation where there’s peace and stability and that the political and economic reforms that we are implementing are good for business. There’s no country without risks.
CNN: But this is Zimbabwe and it’s a very particular country.
MT: But I think Zimbabwe, compared to other countries, it’s advantageous and here the country’s risks are reduced.
CNN: You are now part of Robert Mugabe’s government. How does it sit with you?
MT: Well, let me just disclaim that — I’m not part of Robert Mugabe’s government.
CNN: You’re a partner in it?
MT: It’s a shared compromise out of a political crisis. Yes, we are partners in government — I share the same executive authority with Robert Mugabe.
So what I’m saying here is that the political architecture we have built is a transitional architecture in order to softline the crisis. The winner, the loser, we all are in this together, that’s why we have to build the confidence that is necessary to push the country forward.
More here: CNN
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