Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (pictured), leader of the MDC-T party, issued an open letter on 22 July, a day after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara. Below is the full text of the letter:
My fellow Zimbabweans. Yesterday I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Robert Mugabe and Prof Arthur Mutambara. This document commits our three parties to a framework of negotiations that will take place over the next two weeks. I know that in signing this Memorandum of Understanding, I represent the hopes and aspirations of millions of Zimbabweans to end this crisis as soon as possible. Honest, hardworking Zimbabweans who want nothing more than a life that offers peace, security, economic opportunity, democracy and social and personal development. This is a responsibility that the Movement for Democratic Change and I take with the utmost seriousness.
This Memorandum offers the most tangible opportunity in the past 10 years to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. But, our signatures alone do not guarantee that we will be able to make the most of this opportunity. Our signatures on this document must be accompanied by acknowledging some very basic truths:
We are Zimbabweans who want only what is best for our country and our citizens. Our shared goal is best achieved in a climate of tolerance and stability, not divisiveness and anger. We believe that wanting a more democratic future or expressing an alternate political opinion should be viewed as a right and not a declaration of war. No one has a monopoly on patriotism.
We believe that the will of the people is the fundamental basis on which to ground our negotiations. We acknowledge that these negotiations can only proceed and succeed if the rule of law is restored, if people are able to go about their business in safety, if the public media refrain from using hate speech to polarise the community, if the persecution of MDC MPs, members and supporters ceases, and if humanitarian organisations are allowed once again to provide aid to the millions of Zimbabweans in need of assistance.
For my part, I call on all Zimbabweans who believe in the ideals of...