'Work together for Zim's sake'

HARARE - A top cleric yesterday urged the country’s splintered opposition movements to work together if they are going to contribute meaningfully to the country’s democratisation process and development.

Speaking in Harare at the signing ceremony of the National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera) pact — where former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai was the only high-profile politician present — Bishop Ancelimo Magaya exhorted opposition leaders to speed up their mooted coalition plans.

Most leading opposition figures sent low key representatives to stand in for them at the signing ceremony.

Nera is a pact involving political parties in which they pledge to work to together to demand critical electoral reforms in the country, amid perennial claims that the electoral playing field is heavily skewed in favour of President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF.

Magaya, who brokered the pact, hoped that the signing ceremony, was the beginning of big things to come for the country.

“You guys, you have formed your own political parties thinking that you have answers to the current crisis, but learn to understand that as political parties you have weaknesses and strengths. Working together is the solution.

“Let us by all means desist from self-serving agendas at the expense of the bigger picture. At times it is better to lose the battle and win the war.

“We know you have personal differences as political parties but you must learn to work together for the good of the country. I think this is the start of good things to come,” he said in his impassioned plea.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu played down the absence of the leaders of other political parties.

“Yes, we have engaged them and consultations are ongoing. This is work in progress. It’s very possible for us to unite. There is more that unites us than what divides us. Personality differences and egos can be managed,” Gutu said.

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