Makoni backs Tsvangirai

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has expelled his rebellious allies who plotted to topple him, has received backing from opposition Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MDK) leader Simba Makoni.

Makoni, a former Cabinet minister in President Robert Mugabe’s government, joined forces with Tsvangirai ahead of the July 31 election and has rallied behind the MDC leader in the latest turmoil.

There have been overtures by expelled MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti to court Makoni, but he told journalists at his party headquarters in Harare yesterday that unlike the smaller MDC faction leader Welshman Ncube, he believes in an all-inclusive coalition that includes Tsvangirai.

While Ncube has said he was open to a coalition with Biti, he has ruled out joining hands with Tsvangirai again.

“The grand coalition should include everyone,” Makoni said.

“I do not buy the Welsh perspective. If Welsh is saying exclude Tsvangirai and Tsvangirai is saying (the coalition) is for all, then I back that perspective. I am about uniting, not dividing. I want Welsh to be in, along with Tsvangirai.”

Following the latest split in the MDC that has seen Biti break away from the main MDC formation to lead the so-called renewal faction, Makoni says he has engaged both leaders to try and heal the rift but to no avail.

“I have met both (Tendai) Biti and Tsvangirai and I have expressed the view that it is not in the interest of the democratic forces,” Makoni said.

“But we are caught up in the blame game.”

The former Zanu PF politburo member said Zimbabwe is suffering from the “big man syndrome” where most of the leaders believe in their individual invincibility.

“In the MDC, we should try to reconcile and reconnect, it is not in the interests of our parties to split,” he said.

Asked if he had been invited by the renewal team to the looming all-stakeholders convention, Makoni warned against rushing into such indabas before consulting the people.

“I am working to persuade all of us to work together,” he said.

“I however, have not been invited to the All-People’s Convention. I caution compatriots against the urge to rush.”

Revealing progress in his overtures to the country’s leadership including those in Zanu PF to form a grand coalition, Makoni, who ruled out ever rejoining the party, said there were so many bigwigs in the ruling party who were keen on joining the grand coalition but were crippled by fear.

“There is agreement that we need to work together but I have confronted this animal called fear because many are afraid to come out in the open,” Makoni said. “They say if we are seen with Simba, we would be in trouble.”

Describing Mugabe as “a prisoner of the past”, Makoni said the 90-year-old leader’s role in rescuing the country from the clutches of the crippling economic woes lay in freeing his comrades from the prison of fear.

“I have not been approached by anyone to rejoin Zanu PF and I have no intention of rejoining Zanu,” he said.

“Like the president, Zanu PF as an entity has no capacity of creating a working again Zimbabwe, but there are people in Zanu PF who have the capacity to get Zimbabwe working again.”

Comments (22)

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Thaulo - 8 May 2014

young man you had spoken as a young chinos in zanu pf their are guys who can make zimbabwe work again even in MDcs but they are failing to choose the right leader like you Simba. Sei wakakurumidza kutiza mumusangano , musangano wasara mhumhi nemapere zvinozvifunga nemhuri dzadzo kwete ruzhinji rweZimbabwe kusiya kwangu ini Chinos

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water,, - 8 May 2014

Simba Makoni is spot on.

Rambakutongwa - 8 May 2014

tsvangirai, makoni, ncube ndimi chete mungaunza change mu zimbabwe. siyai zveumbimbindoga.

chipazhamongo - 8 May 2014

Makoni is right. Biti's bürden is to remain credible after an unceremonious exit from MDC-T. What a political limbo-Racing to the bottom when one is thinking of getting to the top? A miss could be as good as a mile. I think the greatest coalition leadership after Tsvangirai's is in Simba Makoni.

florence - 8 May 2014

I have always liked that coalition and i am still behind it. Morgan, Ncube, Dabengwa,Makoni, Biti,Madhuku and even ana Mawere who wanted to stand as presidential candidates in the last minute in last year's elections. They should form one strong coalition to remove the government. They should draw now the roadmap to 2018 elections. Its time they should be planning how to mobilise people and come up with plans to curb electoral fraud because i tell you,ZANU PF will never allow the diaspora vote for nothing if it works to their disadvantage, there is a cache somewhere.I tell you the figures that will come will surprise you all. You will hear of a million zanu pf supporters in the diaspora. If they win the election then they should share power. Give other leaders positions in the government so that they all contribute to the betterment of the country.

Shona - 8 May 2014

Simba Makoni talks of a grand coalition!!.Was'nt that the idea before last years election, and more to the point why didn't you your self be part of this grand coalition. This is a bit like bolting the stable door after the horse has run off. GRAND STANDING is what we've got. By the way I do agree with the idea, but lets get commitment and action from all especially you Mr Makoni.

ronaldos - 9 May 2014

2018 is too far away, it needs to be before the end of this year, if we are serious about economic recovery.

ronaldos - 9 May 2014

Simba is a spent force, the moment he supported an idiot, he also proved to be one. Honestly how can one in his right senses rally behind a failed opprtunist such as the demi-literate tsvancry.

reason - 9 May 2014

kubatana ndiko chete vakomana!!!!!! thomas mapfumo kambo kanonzi "vanhu vatema"

karanda mission hospital - 9 May 2014

In ZANU PF we the so called educated or technorats like the Chombos, chinamasas, the gonos, murerwas,parirenyatwas, sekeramayis, kerekes just to mention a few but what are they doing with those degrees. they are busy looting, enriching themselves and destroying the economy with their ideologies. these educated people they still use the fascist principle which Biti want to do the same but using the wrong portfolio and unscrupulous means to get the helm of MDC. Let him hold a rally in his own rural area and see how many people does he get. Matthew 6:33 says, "See ye first and everything shall be added unto you". let us seek God first as a nation and we will get the solution. No one has the solution either ZANU PF or MDC but God.

wemachongwe - 10 May 2014

simba akatabwa shiti ne zanu akanzi uka rwisa mugabe we will vote you in as the leader of zanu, apa ndiBob aitemura urban vote ye mdc whoever gave you that idea bob saved your political skin and makoni was the condom that was used

Harare - 10 May 2014

I meant to say BOB AITSEMURA URBAN VOTE YE MDC

Harare - 10 May 2014

Iam of the opinion that the united front must come togather and come up with a nuetral leaader like Simba. What Tendai and his team does not amount to anything. You need not to wait for another election to prove this, ask Welsh.

Analyst - 11 May 2014

Pple like REASON have absolutely nothing to offer.Yes UNITY of purpose deserves support but we should be wary of traitors & infiltrators.It is a pity a once respected leader clearly confessed denying MDC-T an outright win in 2008 which could have brought the much sought after change.We can't work with such pple. Why rebel only to call for a united coalition thereafter?Can we trust such pple?

MANGACHENA - 12 May 2014

Pple like REASON have absolutely nothing to offer.Yes UNITY of purpose deserves support but we should be wary of traitors & infiltrators.It is a pity a once respected leader clearly confessed denying MDC-T an outright win in 2008 which could have brought the much sought after change.We can't work with such pple. Why rebel only to call for a united coalition thereafter?Can we trust such pple?

MANGACHENA - 12 May 2014

Makoni and Tsvangirai you are right the problem in MDC is age vana vadiki thats why vachiita zvavanoita vakabva ku UZ same time zvokuti Brian ravo rakafanana,we need vanhu vakuru mu MDC almost age ya Prime Minister check Kana va Prime Minister vachitaura even pavaiva mu government vanoziva zvavanoita coz of age.

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kabila - 15 May 2014

WEMACHONGWE yu started yo argument but you messed it in the course of expression.this was due to your weightless emotions of constructing the idea of GOD...politics is not a spiritual thing bredren....draw rationality points not such insticts......revise yo post.

rastason - 15 May 2014

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