Tsvangirai announces return date

Zimbabwe's opposition leader will head home this weekend despite fears for his life.

    Tsvangirai is set to return to his home country after more than a month away [AFP]

    Tsvangirai won the first round of voting at the end of March but not by an absolute majority.

    He has spent most of the time since then outside the country, prompting some 

    politicians in Zimababwe to raised questions about his decision to stay outside the country for such a protracted time.

     

    "You can't wish to be president of Zimbabwe by remote control," Jonathan Moyo, a former information minister, said in an interview published in The Herald, a state-run Zimbabwean newspaper, on Thursday.

    Regional crisis

     

    Tsvangiriai had planned to return to Zimbabwe last Saturday but delayed the trip after his supporters alleged that there was a plot to kill him.

    The economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe has led to an exodus from the country.

    More than three million Zimbabweans are said to be living in neighbouring South Africa.

    Resentment that foreigners are competing for scarce jobs and houses has led to a wave of anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa in the past 10 days. Zimbabweans bore the brunt of the violence.


    Tsvangirai told a crowd of Zimbabweans outside the police station in the Alexandra township, where the violence started, that Zimbabwe's crisis had spilled over into South Africa.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?