MDC rules out GNU deal

HARARE - The MDC has ruled out the possibility of talks for another Government of National Unity (GNU) with the “crumbling” President Robert Mugabe-led Zanu PF government.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said any talks with Zanu PF, would be a betrayal to their millions of supporters.

“As MDC, the last thing we would want to do is to betray the millions of people who support us by entering into a treacherous and nicodemus association with the crumbling Zanu PF regime,” Gutu said.

His statements come following unconfirmed reports that the country’s largest opposition political party was having talks with the Mugabe-led Zanu PF party to form a unity government for the second time. The revelations were first revealed by the Daily News on Sunday last week.

The two parties were in a government of national unity which ran from 2009 to 2013, before Mugabe went on to win a contested election.

Gutu said that his party was not desperate for positions and would never be involved in talks for another GNU.

“There is absolutely nothing like that happening and we are also equally bamboozled and puzzled by the origins of this fictional story.

“This talk of GNU 2 is a fictional story that would make a very good movie storyline. Let me make it abundantly clear that the MDC is not engaged in any talks with Zanu PF in order to form GNU 2,” Gutu said.

He was however quick to state that the only possible talks that the MDC was pushing for with Zanu PF were for electoral reforms before the holding of the 2018 harmonised elections.

Gutu said the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai recently launched a document for the kind of electoral reforms that the party would want to see put in place before the holding of the 2018 elections.

“We are at all relevant times engaging the State organs like the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in order to push forward our electoral reform agenda and our legislators are also busy fighting in parliament to have the relevant electoral reforms implemented and more importantly to have all the laws of the country harmonised with the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Gutu added that there were more than 400 pieces of legislation that were still to be aligned with the Constitution.

Against this background and in a bid to force Zanu PF to effect the electoral reforms, MDC filed a Constitutional Court application. The case is yet to be finalised by the courts.

Through the party’s secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC said in the application that, “There is no law which permits the holding of elections under electoral laws that are ultra vires the Constitution. The current Electoral Act without the necessary alignment with the supreme law of the land is incapable of enabling a free and credible election.”

Previously Zanu PF has remained adamant on the electoral reform issue, claiming the MDC would not see the changes that it was clamouring for.

Tsvangirai has stressed in the past that his MDC party would not participate in future elections without the necessary reforms having been put in place. True to the party’s stance, it did not participate in the June 10 by-elections, following vacancies that were created in the House of Assembly. This followed the expulsion of MDC MPs and other Zanu PF parliamentarians that were sacked for allegedly plotting Mugabe’s ouster.

The MDC argued that the current electoral system was heavily skewed in favour of Zanu PF and provided fertile rigging ground.

With growing concern over Mugabe and his Zanu PF party’s failure to turn around the economy, rumours for a unity government were breathing a fresh life to people’s hopes for a better day. A controversial non-governmental organisation, the Zimbabwe Institute is said to be organising meetings among political parties “but only for electoral reforms” according to an MDC insider.

Since its controversial re-election, the Zanu PF government has presided over an unprecedented economic free fall which has seen thousands losing jobs.

The economy is now in free fall, with the clueless government running short of ideas to rectify the situation and improve people’s lives.

Educated youths have turned to vending to sustain their lives, while the 91-year-old Mugabe is spending more time trying to salvage his deeply-divided party, as the battle to succeed him takes a notch up. 

Comments (12)

At the expense of revealing my shallow (or a lack of) understanding of the workings of passwords and some such security measures in use all around us in this modern age, I would like to appeal to the women and men who seem to be spending sleepless nights developing novel applications commensurate with today's standards to devise an on line national ballot system. Surely this can be done considering all the latest technological advances surrounding us today. Otherwise banks should have been struggling with methods of security. We should be able to cast our votes in the comforts (if indeed we have any comfort) of our homes, or as we walk along the potholes. Why can't this be done? The arrangement should be in such a way that statistics will be automatically displayed as the voting process proceeds for everyone to follow. Where are the technological wizards that I am appealing to? In the west, I guess, although I believe Mr Arthur Mutambara may be one of these minds.

Mr Dete - 22 September 2015

sashaa lmep no doubt is a crook.

Mr Dete - 22 September 2015

its now time to honour the constitution. we have suffered enough just because some other people have decided to personalise the country

chairman - 22 September 2015

its now time to honour the constitution. we have suffered enough just because some other people have decided to personalise the country

chairman - 22 September 2015

Never believe one single reassurance from anyone in the MDC simply because if you analyze their track record there is just so much evidence to show that they are totally incapable of keeping their word. As an example think back to the time when Morgan Tsvangirai assured everyone that he would never sign that previous GNU agreement without all his preconditions being honored? He signed without any of his preconditions being met. Morgan Tsvangirai also said he would not participate in the 2008 2013 elections unless certain reforms to the whole election process were made? He participated in those elections without a single change being made and even having access to the voting register. The MDC have proven to be the most useless and incompetent opponents to such an extent I often wonder whose side they are really on. DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THE MDC SAYS.

Spokes Mutoko - 22 September 2015

Spokes Mutoko: But Biti and Mangoma, the men we had very high regard for sold out. They were the negotiating on behalf of their party. Why did agree to the deal without those reforms. They had a hidden selfish agenda. What followed after the 2013 is proof to that.

Jackson - 22 September 2015

The way Mtoko is speaking really indicates that his real name is Biti. If not Biti he is Mangoma. U betrayed Tsvangirai just to score some silly points. Of course Tsvangirai made a mistake to trust u but let me tell u the truth we will forgive him for putting pple like Biti and Mangoma in front, and we will listen to the mdc. Everyone must do this cos of how hard and deep the mdc has fought for the oppressed pple of Zimbabwe. Zanu pf has oppressed pple in so many ways that many pple don't even know how a better life feels like. They now want to come with their evil way of GNU to hell with them. Tsvangirai pls never ever in the beautful country of Zimbabwe allow that to happen again. We have suffered a lot that we are no longer afraid of suffering. They have showed the whole world that they are best election riggers but very poor on building economy so let them deny the reforms and let us see where they will end. Pls keep this up..... no reforms no elections.....no reforms no GNU. We only want to see free and fair elections. Let the Dumisos and mavambo participate asi nhamo ichadzosa vanhu kunzira yeupenyu. Mtoko usangowawata unotigodosa.

dembo - 22 September 2015

The gossip of the GNU is not confirmed, and as a spokes person its unprofessional to comment on each and everything that come through. Instead busy with how to manuever in the pending election of 2018, its so close than what you think. ZANU PF has already started campaigning with ever one considered to be ZANU PF getting a ministerial post. Its nothing but campaigning. Makosine Hlongwani a mere journalist getting a ministerial post. While at ZBC beside bein journalist and CIO what else. Even the likes of Judith Makwanya, its amazing that ZANU PF has ran so much of uselessness that they are thoroughly confused and paranoia. There was no budget for this blotted government, but an old man like Mugabe can not even recall that he has some of these ministerial titles already.

aminab - 22 September 2015

The truth is Biti and Mangoma sold us Zimbabweans to the last coin.They pretended to be negotiating in good faith on our behalf but it was to they selfish advantage if there was any at all.I watched Tendai Biti on your tube, witnessing a group of people from a ZUPCO bus who had come to vote for the second time to go unchallenged in a court of law.Nxaa

Nkululeko - 22 September 2015

you are blaming the tools not the carpenter mfo wethu @jackson. the problem is tsvangirai not biti and mangoma. he has personalized the mdc party. if the constitution had been followed biti or another would have become the leader of the party. tsvangson has become a dictator and a handiende in the mdc. people see these tendencies and react against them. don,t blame biti. he knows when to tell a dictator 'enough is enough'. he has courage unlike many of us who put up with so much for ages.

zvirozviyedzwa - 22 September 2015

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