DEPUTY Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi says the late MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai must be remembered as a sellout who brought sanctions to the people of Zimbabwe as well as a coward who tried without success to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle.
Tsvangirai passed away on 14 February 2018 in a South African hospital from advanced cancer, having been at the helm of opposition politics in Zimbabwe for close to ninenteen years.
Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Mutodi was unforgiving to Tsvangirai, saying: “As we reflect on the life of Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, we believe he was a sell-out who fought to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle.
“For inviting sanctions, we view him as really a sell-out and a coward who believed whites are a better race than blacks.”
However, the same Mutodi, writing in 2018 just a day after Tsvangirai’s death, described the late MDC leader as deserving of hero status.
Screen grab from Mutodi’s Facebook post on 15 February 2018, the day after Tsvangirai had died.
Mutodi then said Tsvangirai was a peaceful, brave and law-abiding citizen who worked well with Zanu-PF in the Government of National Unity.
Responding to Mutodi, MDC Treasurer-General David Coltart said the deputy Minister was being rather insensitive.
“I am not sure what you think you are going to achieve through this post. Aside from being wildly inaccurate all you have done it create hurt and anguish for those who respected him.
“And as for those who “invite sanctions”; your ruinous party has done the most to invite sanctions.”