Tsvangirai, Mujuru sign 'elections' deal

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru have come closer to forging an alliance to oust the post-congress Zanu PF from power after the People First movement signed the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) document that agitates for crucial electoral reforms before the next national elections are held in the country.

A top cleric who is leading the process to unite the splintered opposition in their demands for a raft of electoral reforms ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 elections, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, told the media in Harare yesterday that Mujuru’s People First movement had finally signed the document which at least 10 other opposition parties, including the MDC, have already inked.

“Yes, I can confirm that People First signed the Nera document on Tuesday through Didymus Mutasa,” Magaya said yesterday, a development that Mutasa himself also confirmed.

“Yes, I signed the document. We are prepared to take the necessary steps to create a conducive electoral environment in the country,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

Well-placed sources inside both the MDC and People First said their signing of the document set in motion the process of the two outfits eventually coming together in a long-mooted electoral pact between Tsvangirai and Mujuru — despite concerted efforts by President Robert Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF to torpedo such a deal before it happens.

Magaya said it was the church’s responsibility to take part “in an agenda that will see Zimbabwe united”, adding that discussions had also taken place with various civil society organisations.

“We have talked to a number of different political parties. I have been to the offices of the People’s Democratic Party and those for the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe.

“The whole idea behind this effort is to make sure that Zimbabweans put aside their small differences and start to concentrate on the bigger picture,” Magaya said.

The cleric also revealed that the parties to the signed agreement would meet tomorrow for a national convergence gathering dubbed the Zimbabwe National Agreement Platform, where Zimbabweans from across society are expected to come together “to discuss the situation which is affecting our country”.

He added that the meeting, which would take place at the City Sports Centre in Harare, would treat all parties in attendance as equals.

Since Mujuru launched her Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development manifesto, which received widespread approval, the widow of the late liberation struggle icon, Solomon Mujuru, has come under heavy political attack from her former comrades in the post-congress Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai has also accused the ruling party of trying to throw spanners in the works and scuttle the mooted alliance between him and the former VP, allegedly including using some elements in the MDC to do that.

With the post-congress Zanu PF consumed by vicious factional and succession wars pitting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on one hand and the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 on the other, the opposition is confident that it is only a matter of time before the ruling party is turfed out of power — particularly given that the economy is also in free-fall.

The Daily News has previously reported that Tsvangirai and Mujuru have been talking through emissaries over the past few months, to explore how they can work together to challenge Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

And Tsvangirai and Mujuru’s aides, including Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo have also gone on record to reiterate their political outfits’ eagerness to work together.

Tsvangirai said in October that Zanu PF was working hard to stop him and his party from working with Mujuru and her People First movement, whose transformation into a political party is said to be imminent.

The veteran opposition leader said it was clear that Mugabe was rattled by the prospects of the MDC working with Mujuru to turf him and the ruling party out of power in the 2018 national elections.

He said so desperate had Zanu PF become about the issue that the party was allegedly trying to infiltrate the MDC and other opposition parties with a view of scuppering the mooted pact.

In that vein, Tsvangirai urged the opposition, including senior officials from his own party, to be careful about being used and manipulated by Zanu PF.

“I am worried about the apparent infiltration by Zanu PF agents who want to destabilise opposition alliances. They have gone into overdrive in making sure we are divided going into the 2018 elections.

“Speaking as the president of the MDC, I would like to make it clear that we are, and that we will work with Mai Mujuru and all other opposition parties to ensure that we deliver real freedom and a better life to all Zimbabweans.

“We need to unite with other progressive forces instead of raising alarm about non-existent posts,” Tsvangirai said.

Mugabe’s warring party split into two bitterly-opposed formations at the end of last year at the height of its internal ructions, with its purged liberation struggle stalwarts moving to initiate the re-establishment of the “original” Zanu PF — which uses the slogan People First.

Comments (35)

We do not know all the details and the motive and concessions made in the discussions. Please do NOT accept people like Mangoma, Chris Mutswangwa and Prof Ncube. These guys are agents of ZANU PF and will derail your good intentions...PLEASE listen to me. I represent the silent majority but we know that these pwople are part of a ZANU PROJECT Destroy and Anihilate (BVONYONGODZA). Save please stay away from the widow called Teurai....love and politics do not go hand in hand. No more bedroom strategies!!!

gamuchirayi - 17 December 2015

Its happening at least in the papers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wezhira - 17 December 2015

We are very happy when good people get together for the good of all the people in Zimbabwe.Save we salute you Mai Mujuru represents good standards She might have been in an organization that she could not criticises like all the others but at the end of the day we are all Zimbabweans and we deserve the best.Lets watch out sugar is no longer available in shops.There is still more to come.We really need to conduct massive prayers for the Nation.We can only win by God's mercy.We have thousands of Zimbabweans who are ready to pray.Lets get together in prayers.Bishops,Church leaders and all right thinking people lets tell each other to pray.God will listen to us if we are many of us.Remember God pledged to Abraham that he will not destroy Sodom and Gomorah if there were 50 people.How about thousands Christians getting together for prayers for the country?God will definitely answer our prayers.Please pray tonight with Zimbabwe as your main focus of your prayer

midlands patriot - 17 December 2015

Kuna Mai Mujuru naMorgan Tsvangirai! I don't only speak for myself but am the voice for many in the wilderness. We love you for who u are. Tsvangirai the resilient leader who suffered just like many of us. Mai Mujuru the veteran of the liberation, and former liberal in the burning Zanu Pf. When u decide to unite you carry the hope of many Zimbabweans. Now is the time to set aside the debate on who should be holding which post but to work as a coalition. What this means is that you need to start searching for formidable representatives in the various constituencies. For example there are those who contested the 2008 elections as independent candidates and did very well even if some did not win. These are a key ally because some performed better than formidable opposition. Take them on board. Negotiate with all splinter MDCs. Also negotiate with the chiefs and headman and assure them about their future. It is also time to penetrate the youths by giving them sustainable income generating ventures before the 2017 campaign. Surely it will work. Personally I am prepared to work in many constituencies underground to lure the youths with sustainable selling ideas not kungopa doro aiwa. We are behind you. Hamindizivi hangu asi kuna Mai Mujuru I remember one day muchibvunza mukomma wangu kuti uri mwana waEneresi here? You also shook me hands for a giving my opponents a huge contest. Thank you for departing from the Monster. Kuna Morgan lets fight the battle this time mwari vatibatsira by shaking the house. Ikozvino kwava kunzi liberation credentials hadzichina basa.

PAMBERI NE UNITY - 17 December 2015

Ini ndiri Chief. Munyori Pamberi neUnity wabaya ded nomukanwa. Isuwo tinodawo shanduko asi munongzivawo zvinhu zvakaoma. Musawona kuenda kwatiri kuita kumisangano mazuva ose moti tiri kutsigira matakanana ari kuitika munyika. Aiwa kwete. Dai maipindawo mumoyo dzedu maizoona kuti zvakatotiomerawo. Asi tingagodiiwo kana pasina chaiye watinoona kuti uyu ari serious nekuda kutungamirira vanhu. Kunyarara tichitambira zvinhu hatiregere tichatambira asi chokwadi pakauya vanhu vanoratidza kubatana tichabatanawo navo. Chokwadi kune vamwe vana vari mumaConstituencies matigere vanodiwa neruzjinji ndivo sarudzai vakumiririrei. Ichokwadi pane vamwe vakavhoterwa zvakanyanya asi vakazvimiririra zvinoreva kuti vakazobatanidza nezita reMovement vanobudirira.

Chief - 17 December 2015

THANK YOU MQI MUJURU! THANK YOU MR MORGAN TSVANGIRAI. GOD WILL SURELY GUIDE YOU. MUSQMBOTYA HENYU. POVHO INEMI.

true - 17 December 2015

Tsvangirai will be outplayed yet again. Remember Mujuru comes with all the zanu machinery and trickery with her...MDC-T already has some regressive zanu sympathisers in it who will appeal to Tsvangirai's zanu commissar past. Mujuru is part of the problem and cannot be the solution going fwd if Zimbabwe is to break away from the past. All the loot and crimes committed under her watch or benefitted from how are they going to be investigated and justice served when she is PM/President/Deputy?

Black Diamond - 17 December 2015

So excited about this sure mwari ngaakudzwe. Zvanga zvanyanya. Pamberi Namai Mujuru Pamberi naTsvangirai

AT LAST - 17 December 2015

Black Diamond wakurasika papi. What we need is a change in the system and change has already stated hauoni hare kuti vanq mai Mujuru are already working underground. This is why you see all that is going on in Zanu Pf. That shows kuti they are serious and have a huge following of sympathisers. After all tese takambenge tiri maZanu Pf by default. Saka ivo ndovakaita sei. Kudzingwa muZanu kunotoratidza kuti pane zvavari zvisiri Zanu Pf ndozvatiri kuda izvozvo

Chief - 17 December 2015

BLACK DIAMOND wakanzwa here paya pakanzi naMutsvangwa "I will always respect Mai Mujuru..." Zvaireva something chiona nhasi akaburitswa kureva kuti a huge number is fornMai Mujuru. Vakawnda plus pane vamwe vaifunga kuti Mnangagwa achapinda panyanga ivavo vatoshanduka vakutodawo zve Opposition. Remember in politics there are no permanent friends save for interests only.

Chief - 17 December 2015

CHIEF mabaya dede nomukanwa. Soon muchaona split dzichienderera mberi. Pamberi naMai Mujuru naMorgan Tsvangirai na Tendai Biti

Gudo - 17 December 2015

CHIEF mabaya dede nomukanwa. Soon muchaona split dzichienderera mberi. Pamberi naMai Mujuru naMorgan Tsvangirai na Tendai Biti

Gudo - 17 December 2015

CHIEF mabaya dede nomukanwa. Soon muchaona split dzichienderera mberi. Pamberi naMai Mujuru naMorgan Tsvangirai na Tendai Biti

Gudo - 17 December 2015

Guys my Proposed structure for the coalition. PRESIDENT(STRIVE MASIIWA), VICE PRESIDENTS (JOYCE MUJURU & MORGAN TSVANGIRAI), SECRETARY GENRAL (TENDAI BITI), SPOKESPERSON (RUGARE GUMBO) SHADOW MINISTERS INFORMATION(NELSON CHAMISA) STATE SECURITY(DYDIMUS MUTASA) FINANCE(SIMBA MAKONI) ENERGY (ENGINEER MUDZURI) INDUSTRY (NTULI NCUBE) SMES (WILLIAM NYEMBA) PRIMARY AND SEC EDU(DAVID COLTART) HIGHER EDUCATION(PROFESSOR JONATHAN MOYO) PUBLIC SERVICE(DZIKAMAI MAVHAIRE) FOR A START I THINK THIS IS GOOD

Bush - 17 December 2015

thank you save for your resilience for over 15 years. you refused to be bought by rwavhi Mugabe. for mai mujuru however, having been part of the machinery that brought perpetual misery to the country, I don't see how she has changed colours overnight. additionally she is holding on to perhaps the largest post-independence loot ever held by a power couple!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 17 December 2015

Kkkkkkkkkkiii kusimbisana kwevasina plan? that gvt structure dude seriously. Strive as president Mutasa as Security Chief Kkkkkkki do you even think the security apparatus will accept that. we have our own issues in Zanu pf but we are one party hapana mhuri isina zvayo. guys lets first get the sanctions called for by Morgan removed. Government is a complex institution and deals have been signed, contracts have to be honoured this is in the future. Zimbabweans as a people have to change attitudes too and join the international competition and not just kungochema yes reforms are needed and we can't hide from facts. Noone from outside can solve our issues but ourselves come on guys stop the blame game. get your alliances or pacts or whatever together lets meet 2018 l believe we will win and the least result would be coalitions with some small parties. whats your prediction? how are you to get there. Isu tatova busy time when you start arguing like you allege we are doing we will be done and have moved on tiri paCampaign so when you come we will done. So guys sort yo side and stop saying we are infiltrating you where is the the evidence if you know them then expose them??? Come 2018 we are ready

Zanu PF - 17 December 2015

Signing the document is a giant step forward.Remember every political party that is opposed to zpf is better together with other opposition parties than being alone.Let the Mangomas and the Bitis come on board.Our common enemy is Zpf and not the two guys I have mentioned or other.

Cde Dokora - 17 December 2015

@ gamuchirayi.... you are against prof ncube simple because you are a sick tribalist.prof is a principled leader of which in a million years morgan will never be.morgan single handedly destroyed the mdc.i agree with the notion that all forces must unite regardless of colour,creed or tribe.its the only way to defeat zanu pf but with narrow minded people like you zim will take a million years to be free from the bondage of zanupf.

handsome - 18 December 2015

The biggest traitor of all: Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Add Joice Mujuru to this nasty cocktail and you have pure poison. Regardless of what they might now say about Mugabe, everyone just has to realize that these two are Mugabe's greatest asset and one that he can totally rely upon to get back into power again. NEVER EVER trust Morgan Tsvangirai. How much more of his actions and behaviour do we have to experience to realize whose side he is really on? WAKE UP ZIMBABWE.

Facelift - 18 December 2015

@ Facelift you are so right. We all well know that Mugabe does not tolerate any real opposition - he eliminates them. Placard holders merely denouncing the system have been severely beaten and ended up in jail. Yet Joice Mujuru was publicly accused of plotting to overthrow Mugabe, conniving with imperialist agents and gross corruption yet somehow, through some magical touch this lady has never even spent one minute in jail or even been investigated. Surely Zimbabweans must now see through it all and realize that both Tsvangirai and Mujuru are Mugabe's agents. Their purpose is to split the vote and form a grand coalition with ZANU PF, meaning that nothing will have changed? PLEASE WAKE UP ZIMBABWE to what is actually going on.

Straight Talk - 18 December 2015

unity haina kuipa. i don't like mt but if he joins mai mujuru as a junior partner then he has my vote. what is important is to open a new page in zim politics.

zvirozviyedzwa - 18 December 2015

We are being led by Idi Amin,Amin's rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement ,Right point 1.) Mujuru was Mugabe's Ally for some time unless or if she is totally confused she can pretend to be of human nature now,because back there in 2008 ZANU PF lost the election to the MDC and she was aware of all that ,now that Tsvangirai is standing fame and ZANU PF's hopes of retaining the hot seat of being the countries leaders and continue stealing ,we are watching you and your plans might lead us to a shameful countries as ZANU PF did.

MDC'S T GOD FATHER - 18 December 2015

Black Diamond,surely you are black heartened.You criticize what is good for the majority.Sometimes it is good to awaken the sleeping soldiers when there is a bird flying past like what I presume you are doing.But at times it is dangerous when there is a soldier with a live bullet in the port.I personally support the deal

Nkululeko - 18 December 2015

Well people first is not a political party it is just an imaginary party which does not exist . Mutasa just signed as an individual bcoz This thing people first is an imaginary political party which is allegedly being led by Mujuru who is very reluctant to openly say so bcoz she dislikes offending zanu her beloved political party which made her to be what she is today , So how can a sane person talk very much about an unregistered political party with no known offices which runs like a terrorist group which does everything in hiding . Lets stop this habit of talking about non existent things bcoz will be wasting time on useless things .

Diibulaanyika - 18 December 2015

Guys don't be fooled by all those people who criticise the coalition ndiwo ma Agents eZanu PF. They pretend to be with us to sympathise. They want people not to believe manje tava kuziva. Remember this paper is for the learned and educated hatingoteerera zbese zvese. PAMBERI NE COALITION PAMNERI naTSVANGIRAI PAMBERI naMai Mujuru. Hatidzokere shure.

ninja - 18 December 2015

People must know that the pact was signed by 10 registered political parties and Mutasa just signed as an individual bcoz he does not belong to any registered political party Mujuru is always shut she has never said she belong to this so called People First thing and she is not special any way she must remain shut up and enjoying her loot in silence .

Diibulaanyika - 18 December 2015

The country has reached 11th hour, Vana Mucheka dzafa voda kukwana pavasinga kwane. MDC-T has 73%, and does not need a coalition with any one. MDC-T has enough people to form Government. Each party for itself winner takes all, for accountability purpose.

X-MAN IV - 19 December 2015

nothing new

Legend of elegance - 23 December 2015

Mai Mujuru,makaita basa rose munyika ino.Pane ma kambani,zvikoro,zvipatara nezvimwe zvakawanda ndimi maitungamidzwa mberi vasingazive kuti vokupai uchenjeri hwenyika ino.Endai mberi mutisunungure tatambudzika .Kunge nyika haina anotungamirira .Tiriko kumashure kwenyu tinokutsigirai musanete tatosvika kumagumo kwenhamo nematambudziko.

jacob zanda - 24 December 2015

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