Coalition: Plot to dupe donors

HARARE - Over the past few weeks, the MDC led by Welshman Ncube and an outfit led by Tendai Biti have been talking glowingly about their “grand” coalition.

Some of their officials have even described it as a “grand coalition of democrats”.

The following questions have to be answered: Is this coalition indeed grand? Is it indeed a coalition of democrats?

Is it capable of prosecuting the democratic struggle in Zimbabwe?

What is needed in Zimbabwe is change; for Zimbabweans to be delivered from an oppressive regime and the debilitating poverty, misery and oppression that the Zanu PF regime has condemned them to.

For the efficacy of this change, Zimbabwe needs a strong change agent capable of tearing down the regime’s hegemony imposed through a combination of brute force, fraud and subterfuge.

It is submitted that the so-called grand coalition will suffer a still birth. Its Achilles’ heel is that it is an elitist project which seeks to exclude the masses. It is inextricably grounded in politically unhelpful intellectualism. The other problem is that it seeks to exclude the biggest political players on the land currently, which are Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC.

There can be no dispute that Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC have an undisputed mass appeal among the workers, the middle class, the unemployed and the peasants in Zimbabwe. Thus, excluding Tsvangirai and the MDC is excluding the real representatives of the down-trodden and oppressed masses of Zimbabwe. A coalition that excludes the down-trodden and oppressed masses in Zimbabwe can never be called grand.

From their boisterous statements, which are turning out to be just hot air, the coalition will be made up of small political parties, churches and civil society. Strangely, the majority of civil society has professed ignorance of this project as they have not been involved in it.

Further, most churches have also not been consulted over this project. Maybe, the organisers presumed that once they announce the date and venue of the grand coalition meeting, the churches will come flocking to the venue.

Such presumptuousness betrays the arrogance and vanity of the organisers of this ill-fated event. What Zimbabweans appear worried about is that in the mind of the organisers of this event, they want to convert civil society and churches into a political party.

Firstly, no meaningful civil society organisation will want to throw away its impartiality and independence by dabbling in partisan politics. No church will throw away its independence and be seen as an appendage of a political party whose future although not known, looks decidedly bleak.

However, converting civil society into a political party is actually a process designed to exterminate the very civil society they purport to integrate. This is amply demonstrated by what Lovemore Madhuku did to the NCA. At the stroke of foolishness he reduced a once vibrant and successful civil society organisation into a Lilliputian political party with virtually no following.

However, the democratic revolution that we are in thrives in an environment where there is a vibrant and independent civil society. Therefore the conceptualisation of this coalition is not well grounded in sound political philosophy and history.

Bad drivers of good cars spell disaster always. None of the drivers of the so-called grand coalition leaders has any sound democratic credentials. Most of them have presided over grave injustices in their political parties. Their common trait is their disdain and contempt of the masses.

They are elitist and proud with most of them thinking that no wisdom can come from people who are not lawyers. They are well known for manipulating the constitutions of their parties to give themselves more power and to undermine elected leadership of the parties.

Some of them had to import leaders of to their splinter groups only to depose those leaders at the earliest opportunity. Once they became leaders of the little political fiefdoms, they became some of the most trigger happy political party presidents on the land.

One of them had to dismiss the majority of his elected Members of Parliament. Recently, some of these political gladiators sought to remove an elected president and elected leaders who did not agree with their project in an unsuccessful palace coup. —

The long and short of it is that this is not a coalition of democrats but a coalition of budding, scheming and manipulative dictators who have no clout or ability to prosecute the democratic struggle.

The main motivation behind this coalition is to hoodwink the donor community into releasing funds into this elitist enterprise on the basis that this outfit will advance the cause of democracy in Zimbabwe.

It is clear that the so-called grand coalition is a clear example of deceptive, elitist politics of exclusion. The planners seek to disqualify people who will win elections to lead the coalition ahead of them. In other words, they seek to be stars in the absence of the sun.

Clearly therefore, there is no future in this Grand Coalition which is basically a Grand Deception.


Comments (13)

Looks like Mwonzora is beginning to feel the heat!!!!

Davidzo - 1 June 2014

If Tsvangirai was as brilliant as you want the readers to believe then why has he failed to deliver the democratic changes he has promised all these year. He is the sun, you say, then he must be one of those red dwarfs, a spent force. You, Mr Mwonzora, you are the one who insisted that the Copac constitution - which you carried around like Leonardo De Vinci carrying the Mona Lisa - would deliver free and fair elections. It did no such thing of course, because it is a weak and feeble document not even worth the paper it is written on. You are the one who is full of hot air. MDC's popularity was based on one thing and one thing only - desperation. The people were desperate to end the Mugabe dictatorship and desperate people do desperate things in this case they did not pay due attention at what kind of leaders they were electing to carry out the important task of ending the Zanu PF dictatorship. After the breath-taking incompetence of the MDC throughout the GNU SADC and the donors, who are savvier on these matter abandoned MDC en masse. I agree the Zimbabwe electorate a lot slower but trust me they too are going to abandon MDC. You are right the MDC renewal's effort to form the grand coalition is doomed because the same breathtakingly incompetent MDC leaders plus a generous sprinkling Zanu PF rejects are in it. As for the Tsvangirai MDC faction, you lot are desperate to be included in the coalition regardless because on your own you will fade even faster. For all his shortcomings Tendai Biti did given MDC-T some semblance of direction and purpose; something you, Douglas Togaraseyi Mwonzora, have failed to grasp and will never ever provide? You should stick to writing and singing song in praise of Tsvangirai from now on; your Copac composition was no good but keep trying you must be good at something other than producing copious amounts of hot air!

Wilbert Mukori - 1 June 2014

ko nhaiwe Tendai Mbiti ko unonyarei kungonyora yako article pane kumirira ku commenta afta all wo commenter dondo hahahaha. you were fired coz u re a fool dont ever think kuti tingakuvhotere tovhotera Tsvangson, takabva naye kure and dai pasina iwe tingadai takawhina 2013 elections

treg - 1 June 2014

Ya, Doug is now feeling the heat, instead of going ahead restructuring the party he is biz pestering the renewal team, waivamo mu COPAC , chii chatakawana

sam - 2 June 2014

Why did BITI not join Ncube on the outset? This is a "FOOLS GRAND COALITION"-a coalition of SELLOUTS being supported by some educated idiots who still think Zimbabweans will worship university degrees. Professors especially those of law have proved&demonstrated their idiocy beyond any doubt. In fact they are well known' sellouts:' hence some of them thought tribalism would guarantee them success. Zimbabweans really know their common enemy irrespective of tribe. Let it be known that,poor politicians thrive on racism, regionalism&tribalism .

jambanja roga - 2 June 2014

No one ever said MT is brilliant.. But why didn't BITI & CO join Ncube from the word go if they had seen democracy in him? The people are no longer gullible to believe Biti,Mangoma,Mafume,S Nkomo etc's clandestine actions. Their call for the so called LEADERSHIP RENEWAL in MDC-T was simply directed at MT to kill all the spirit of the struggle for true democracy. The grand coalition by these fake democrats is doomed from the outset. The people are solidly united behind MT who is fighting on their side. Yes ,one of MT's weaknesses was TRUSTING BITI&CO but that is forgivable.


Well done Mwonzora! For the first time you really went to town on your own party. The next thing we are going to hear that you have jumped ship and joined another political party-most likely the dreaded ZanuPF! I wish you could reread your own articles and reflect on them objectively, then you would realise that you are criticising your own party. What you wrote is actually very relevant to the situation on the MDC-T!

Kunta Kinte Dread - 2 June 2014

If this renewal project is all about a new approach to the democratization process in Zimbabwe, Y then vana mBiti vachiramba vachida kushandisa zita raTsvangirayi and MDCT. If they think they have better ideas ngavatange yavo party ine zita ravo UDF yacho iyoyo tivone kwavanosvika. Resign from Parliament and create room for by elections tivone ka kuti vanhu vanoti chii. My definition of democracy is vanhu. How ironic that you "suspend" every other person in the MDCT standing committee and leave yoslf, what criteria was used to target those who were reportedly "suspended" Its like saying this company is making losses and I am the Administrator however I will recommend that we fire everybody else except me. Utter stupidity yamBiti

Air Marshal - 2 June 2014


ricky - 2 June 2014

What a masterpiece Dr Mwonzora,this is good indeed.From today onwards i will call you Dr,this is good.As for Tendai and his henchmen its over for them,just wait.We are going to do what we did to welshman and others.they are going to lose their constituences,the people of the great nation Zimbabwe just love Dr Tsvangirai.Biti doesn't have any following at all,ask Welshman,Lovemore and others,they will tell you.wait for the demise of Biti and his henchmen.

josefa chinotimba - 2 June 2014

I once read a misleading newspaper article calliing Zimbabweans "A NATION OF EDUCATED IDIOTS.'' People have the right to reject psuedo democrats who are merely oppostion splinter groups hungry for both money&power. Zimbabwe is a nation of educated,clever people who refuse to be taken for a ride by hypocrites. Given the crowds at MT 's rallies,there is no doubt that the man is still well supported in Zimbabwe. How can Nkomo claim that they can't go to Harvest Hse for fear of violence-- from their supporters? Rubbish!!

makudo ndeamwe - 2 June 2014

Excluding Tsvangirai will be political suicide not only to the grand coalition guys but to our great country, Zimbabwe.Zanupf will easly cruise to a win because of the resultant divided vote.I think Tsvangirai is strategically better and well positioned to the down troden voter.Mr Biti , with much respect I think you misjudged the political mood-we still want Morgan or someone who would have come from Mdct structures and probably reinforced,recommended and presented to the people by MT.

cypriano - 3 June 2014

The basic principle of any political party is to have numbers of people following them. If you do not have people behind you then you are wasting your time, find something else to do. There are people in life who when they speak they attract many people and those who do not attract people, despite their intellectualism. Despite his weaknesses just like everyone else,the fact is MT has got large numbers behind him.

Nyamasvisva - 4 June 2014

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