Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai apologises for his love triangle
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai used the MDC-Ts 13 anniversary celebrations in Bulawayo at the weekend to apologise for his love triangle that has blighted his otherwise outstanding role in the struggle for democracy.
Tsvangirai was linked to a string of women with two of them eventually taking him to court on the eve of his wedding to Elizabeth Macheka a fortnight ago.
He told an estimated 20 000 people at White City Stadium that he had learnt from his mistakes and wanted to apologise to anyone who has been hurt.
It was not only Lorcadia Karimatsenga and Nosipho Shilubane who were hurt by Tsvangirais philandering, but also millions of Zimbabweans who put their faith in him to transform this country into a nation built on strong morals.
Tsvangirai must be applauded for his courage to be able to say sorry because there is no such culture among Zimbabwean politicians.
Our politicians wrong us every day, but never care to apologise.
It appears none learnt from the late Edmund Garwe who quit Cabinet after his daughter was found in possession of leaked examination papers.
The former Education minister was mocked by some who said he was a coward, but to others he had set the benchmark for our politicians to have the courage to say: I am sorry, I messed up.
Tsvangirais scandals raised questions about his commitment to protect womens rights and the fight against HIV and Aids, which is the biggest challenge facing Zimbabwe today.
The country has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world and one of the main drivers of the scourge is the tendency by many to have multiple sexual partners.
It is in this context that the outrage against the Prime Ministers conduct must be understood.
But it must also be mentioned that in our situation where politicians appear to take the electorate for granted, it takes a leader with a conscience and morality to say: I want to apologise to anyone who has been hurt.
Now that he has apologised and assured the nation that he has put order into his personal life, Zimbabweans now expect Tsvangirai to start delivering on his promise to secure a better future for
The biggest task at hand is ensuring that the groundwork is laid for free and fair elections that President Robert Mugabe wants held in March next year.
Indications are that Mugabe and Zanu PF are up to their old tricks again as they seek to regain total control of Parliament in the next polls.
This means that Tsvangirai and his troops have to keep their eyes on the ball.
The Prime Ministers scandal had become a handy sideshow for those in the inclusive government who were not interested in reforms and it is our hope that since he has settled down, we can now concentrate on things that would make us a better nation.