Friday, October 9, 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai, not worthy of the peace prize?




Morgan Tsvangirai, the current Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was rumored to be the hands on favorite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize.  He of course did not win; as it was announced this morning that President Barack Obama will recieve the honor. 

Born in 1952 in the central part of the country.  He is the eldest child of a large family.  As such he was unable to finish his education due to financial concerns and left school to help support his family.  In 1974 he began working in the mines.  He eventually worked his way up and then became involved with the labor unions.  His influence within the unions allowed him become the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in 1989.  In 1999 he formed the MDC, The Movement for Democratic Change.  He is the main opposition to Robert Mugabe.  The brutal and murderous dictator of Zimbabwe. 

He has been arrested many times throughout his adult life during his campaign to bring change and peace to the people of his country.  One of the more recent arrests being in 2007, when he was also badly beaten.  He has been arrested and tried for treason on several occassions. 

Last year he was involved in a car accident while driving down a two lane highway.  A truck hit them head on.  This is one in a line of people who opposed Mugabe that were killed in car accidents.  It has happened at least on three other occassions.  He was relatively unhurt in this accident, but his wife was not so lucky and was killed. 

 In 2008 he ran for president, and the initial counts showed him getting 60% of the vote.  As time passed the votes dwindled and was allegedy shown that he gotten only 47.9% of the vote.  Zimbabwe law requires a majority to win the election outright or a runoff must be done.  As the runoff got closer, the violence in the country increased and at least 300 people were murdered. 

After the election Tsvangirai left the country to help settle the violence and to stay out of jail.  Eventually he and Mugabe came to a power-sharing agreement and he was sworn in as prime minister on February 11 of this year. 


President Obama, the first black President of the United States, won this honor simply for not being President Bush.  I would not say that is far more important than what PM Tsvangirai has actually accomplished for the pursuit of peace in the world. 

8 comments:

I love being Right said...

Nice post. I hope you don't mind I put a link to it on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Amen....Give the Nobel Peace Prize where it should be given.

Janie Lynn said...

There are SO many more deserving people out there. Really.

Anonymous said...

So so many more deserving. Going to jail does not qualify one to win a Nobel. Even President Mugabe spent 11 years in jail under the racist Rhodesian regime. Tsvangirai is more myth than substance.

Just a conservative girl said...

Anonymous:
He is far from perfect and does have some issues with hypocrisy, especially when it comes to the IMF. But he is far more deserving than President Obama. I am in no way saying he is the most deserving, I am just trying to show that he has actually accomplished things towards bringing peace to the people in his country. Where there is government stability, there is peace. The more stable governments that exist the more peaceful the world will become.

bluecottonmemory said...

I so agree with you! Heros and award winners are supposed to be people who put intentions into action and achieve the intended result with unusual valor. If intentions were just enough, we would all have these awards.

I am so glad I found your blog!

Opus #6 said...

There are many others more deserving. The Nobel Committee revealed themselves to be small minded and small of spirit by this empty gesture.

Mary Baker said...

All I can do is shake my head, the left has finally jumped off the cliff into sheer deception. They are living in their own dream world, they are so totally disconnected from American that is humorous. We as Americans must bind together, and turn our nation around. We do not have a government or a body of representatives who stand on behalf of our voices. So we must begin the great task of instituting a new government. On November 2010, we will have that opportunity. No one in congress should remain in congress, these people have become victims of their own arrogance and corruption. We need a totally new set of leaders in every area of our lives. Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a prime example that the Left are in complete denial. Since when do a person win such an award for doing absolutely nothing.

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