‘Tsvangirai fiasco may harm political brand’
“There are many-faceted angles to this issue, as a political acumen Tsvangirai is a brand. There are many factors that give shape to a brand and his brand has suffered due to his scandals. In as much as his brand is concerned, the Prime Minister messed up,” Rusero said.
“However, if we look at his political popularity, then the issue is very peripheral.
“The way the issue has been hyped by certain armchair analysts might actually make Tsvangirai be seen by the public as the victim.”
Former Zimbabwean Ambassador to China Christopher Mutsvangwa was of the opinion that successful politicians should be able to effectively handle their personal matters for them to be trusted with national affairs.
“In Western countries and in many other countries, the family is the basic building block of society. Now, if you fail to run your family, how then will you be able to run issues that affect the whole society?
“This is really the litmus test to which you can tell if one is a good leader or not,” he said.
“He (Tsvangirai) thinks every dress he meets, he must have a relationship with it.
“For women, power and money are the biggest aphrodisiac, so you must be able to know that and be able to control yourself because these issues can really spoil your reputation.”
Another analyst, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said Tsvangirai failed to handle his personal matters in a manner befitting the country’s Premier.
“There is need for a forensic audit of the goings-on relative to the arrangement of his affairs,” Ruhanya said.
“He is lucky that he is dealing with a rotten political party (Zanu PF). And that is the advantage that he has, but he must show contrition. He needs to have a morality bath. He will survive only because his political opponents Zanu PF are rotten, a party that is associated with murder. So if given a choice, do you think that the public will choose a murderous party over a polygamist?”
Tsvangirai, who married Elizabeth Macheka at the weekend, is embroiled in a bitter court wrangle with estranged lover Locardia Karimatsenga.
South African Nosipho Regina Shilubane’s bid to block the Premier’s wedding for allegedly reneging on his promise to marry her fell through.
Meanwhile, Tsvangirai has taken a week-long break following his wedding, but would remain in the country for “urgent” government business, his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said yesterday.
He said Tsvangirai would not go on honeymoon as is the norm with newly-weds.
The Premier had his marriage licence cancelled by Harare magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi on Friday, a day before his wedding day, and High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu upheld Mutedzi’s ruling that night after Tsvangirai’s appeal.
Tsvangirai, however, proceeded with the wedding at a glamorous event in Umwinsidale under the African Marriages Act.