Anti-Mugabe coalition possible, but hurdles persist

HARARE - After years of political dominance by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF, conditions are ripe for a grand coalition against this non-progressive force.

 But even, though, circumstances for this essential push are fertile — against a movement that has enjoyed electoral success by hook or crook —  quite a number of unnerving developments and issues seem to be standing in the way of this noble idea.

 Firstly, Zimbabwe’s opposition forces characterised by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have proven to be a namby-pamby lot or mob on many critical issues — even after joining a coalition government four years ago.

Secondly, the lessons of 2008 vote where a culture of greed, intolerance, over-inflated egos, and outright ineptitude reared its ugly head are still too fresh and likely to torpedo what seems to be an inevitable path or goal.

 Thirdly, the fact that Tsvangirai’s MDC — possibly the centrepiece of this grand coalition — has already held its “primaries” may also mean this project is imperilled, as the other smaller partners will not find space to be accommodated.

 Sadly, this has been our nation’s tragic course (of missed opportunities) since 1980, hence Mugabe has been allowed to rule over us roughshod.

 In lieu of the foregoing, it raises the question, therefore, about Zimbabwe’s political prospects, especially given Zanu PF’s confidence.

 While Tsvangirai’s group and formation has come closest to dispatching Mugabe to the dustbins of history, the role and significance of a united front against the octogenarian leader cannot be overemphasised.

 On the firm belief that some people, notably Dumiso Dabengwa and Simba Makoni, have
really warmed up to the idea of a single block, the available evidence is disheartening, though, especially after some key players such as Welshman Ncube have dismissed the venture.

For heavens’ sake, the fact that major players including Tsvangirai himself have not made any meaningful pronouncements on this issue, does not give nor offer any comfort.

And while the Daily News welcomes such progressive moves to enhance the country’s democracy — through political alternatives, we also feel it is our role to examine and interrogate their feasibility, especially in these times! - Staff Writer

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