Mangoma resists coalition

HARARE - Elton Mangoma’s newly-formed opposition Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) has hardened its opposition to a political deal with other opposition parties.

An opposition coalition is seen as critical to the outcome of the closest election for a generation expected in 2018.

Analysts say none of the myriad opposition political parties would be able to form a government without the support of other opposition parties.

But the RDZ ruled out a coalition at a news briefing yesterday.

RDZ spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya said they are not going to do a deal, particularly with Joice Mujuru’s People First.

“When it comes to coalitions, we will not look at personalities, however, as a party we will not unite, have coalitions with people whom we don’t share the same values,” Muchauraya told the news conference yesterday ahead of the party’s first congress in Harare on Friday

His comments marked a hardening of the RDZ position, which has progressively toughened in recent months.

Led by Mangoma, who formally split with his erstwhile comrade and PDP president Tendai Biti in June this year, the party will hold its inaugural congress in Harare on Friday running into Saturday.

“The congress will act as a sign post of doing new things in the country which is recording high and alarming rates of unemployment, low standards in service delivery, the economy being in a comatose state and the country slowly going towards a pariah state,” Muchauraya said.

Mangoma spearheaded the formation of RDZ following the announcement by the MDC Renewal Team that he had been suspended pending disciplinary action on charges of violence and divisive behavior.

Before that, he was serving as treasurer-general in the Renewal Team that was formed after another split with Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

Comments (11)

Mangoma is just seeking relevance in Zimbabwean politics.He is nothing and of no significance or value in real politics.A grain of salt might have significance if dissolved in Indian ocean than him in the politics in Zimbabwe.Am sorry to say that man, but indeed a fact.You enjoyed relevance when you were in MDC-T, not because we knew you or you played any role but being associated to the party.Shame on your barbaric belief that you can derail any coalition process kkkkkkkk.Am sorry man but a fact.

Nkululeko - 21 October 2015

its the journalists who go to the asking silly questions which deserve silly answers.

Komboni - 21 October 2015

Nonsense Mangoma is lunatic only few confused idiots will waste votes for this moron

Diibulaanyika - 21 October 2015

Mangoma is of no significance in Zim politics kkkk

Comrade - 21 October 2015

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Comrade Nungu - 22 October 2015

Hahahaha this country has gone to bongas... who is Mangoma in the real big politics of Zimbabwe.

Godfrey - 22 October 2015

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