Grand coalition must be driven by common cause

HARARE - The emergence of many opposition political parties in the country is healthy for a democratic society but this should not divide the electorate.

The political parties should work together as a united force to ensure that they can win against Zanu PF, a party currently reeling in dicey and endless factional and succession fights.

In 2008, Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, garnered eight percent of the vote that denied MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai outright victory.

Since then, opposition political parties have been mulling a grand coalition against Zanu PF.

But it appears in this noble idea, they face serious challenges of fighting amongst themselves, due to misunderstandings on ideologies.

Some have been quarrelling on who should lead the grand coalition. At the moment, the idea is not about fighting for positions, because what is at stake is bigger than that. In any case, what they agree on far outweighs their differences.

What all these opposition political parties want to achieve is to ensure that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF is gone and that should act as a guiding principle for now.

The opposition political parties should take advantage of the squabbles that have dismantled Zanu PF.

The governing party, led by a frail 92-year-old Mugabe, is embroiled in deep factional fights that have seen several stalwarts being ejected from the once-strong organisation.

The purged officials have either formed or joined other political parties.

Amid this confusion, it is the only chance that the opposition political parties have that they can capitalise on and reap results.

A divided coalition will not help, as Zanu PF has a lot to its advantage, including State machinery.

Zanu PF can campaign freely without any hindrances, while other opposition political parties are often violently attacked, with certain areas actually declared no-go territories.

Little has been done to bring the perpetrators to book.

The governing party has a monopoly of access to State television and radio stations during campaign periods as well as any other resources necessary which are always at their disposal, putting the opposition political parties at a big disadvantage.

Such circumstances should act as a uniting factor for opposition parties to ensure they fight for one cause.

The 2008 situation should be avoided at all costs because a divided opposition will split the vote, which gives Zanu PF an advantage.

The issue is that the governing party has failed dismally in its entire 36-year reign. They have done nothing for the majority of the people and their welfare.

Millions of people are staring at starvation, with no clue when their next meal will come from. Industries have closed down and unemployment levels have reached unprecedented levels.

There is serious fatigue around the country and the only hope now lies in the coalition of opposition parties.

Thus, these opposition parties should avoid at all cost diving votes if any meaningful change is to be registered in the country.

Comments (8)

Someone enlighten us about this Zim constitution. Are no coalitions allowed, after the vote so that the majority rules?

mubvunzo - 18 March 2016

36 years no solution

toti - 18 March 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 March 2016

tsvangirai should lead the coalition because he remains a true threat to Mugabe's position.

owen - 19 March 2016

its true!we asking all those that are involved in forming an opposition grand coalition to be focus on taking out Zanu Pf so that the country can be put again on map, get cleaned of poverty and all corruption.please heed our prayers,we don't want such greed people to mess again with peoples lives.but also we need to know the plan of how you gonna rule as a grand coalition?

tsviriyo - 19 March 2016

Fellow Zimbabweans,what is the Police Commisioner doing actually? just sitting in his office while his police are corrupting the country.from the boarder to Harare yo have unnecessary roadblocks,only to be solicited of money!this is now the most corrupt institution in our country,its better you call off roadblocks Mr Chihuri or you step down,you failing totally.there are now toll gates,police should be checking faulty vehicles or searching for criminals,noways,when you stopped you know you feeding a police family,that is bad .Hands up to Mr Tobaiwa Mudede,you have done a great job sweeping corruption in the passport offices and making it run so smoothly,thank you very much Sir! Mr Chihuri,please follow suit.

tsviriyo - 19 March 2016

Coalition now is not capitulation, it means you get an equal and better chance to fight later for your rightful place after beating ZanuPF and its fossil!

Nooshie - 20 March 2016

If those many opposition party leaders are in for the good of Zimbabwe, then a coalition party will happen

cheng - 27 March 2016

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