'Opposition coalition needs Mujuru, Tsvangirai'

HARARE - A respected South Africa-based think tank has said the recently-signed Coalition of Democrats (Code) by five “fringe” opposition political parties, must include political heavyweights such as Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-vice president Joice Mujuru,  if the pact is to win against President Robert Mugabe in the 2018 general elections.

Code is the name of the pact that was signed on Tuesday by Simba Makoni’s Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD), Elton Mangoma’s Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, Welshman Ncube’s MDC, Zimbabwe United for Democracy and the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (Dare).

Cape Town-based NKC African Economics (NKC), said Code needs to attract Tsvangirai’s MDC, Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (Zim PF) and Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), if it is to provide a meaningful challenge to Zanu PF.

“The formation of Code is an important development in Zimbabwe party politics, but the new formation has some way to go yet before it poses a realistic challenge to Zanu PF and…Mugabe.

“Important to its prospects would be the inclusion of the major opposition groupings such as MDC and ZPF, in particular.

“Without at least one of these, the chances of success come 2018 will fall away.

“Preferably, the coalition needs both. What the development does suggest…is that the fundamentals in Zimbabwe’s political environment are shifting and the once invincible Zanu PF is shedding support at a potentially fatal rate.”

The organisation also said the inclusion of Biti’s PDP in the pact might be of significance.

“…Mujuru… would bring military backing and widespread support to the table,” NKC said.

It also further noted the non-inclusion of the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zimbabwe African People’s Union, adding that even though all the political parties have not rejected the possibility of joining Code, the integration process is complicated.

“Egos and claims on overall leadership will be key issues. It would also be a consideration for parties such as ZPF whether their interests would be best served by joining or going it alone,” NKC’s commentary said.

Comments (14)

I believe the difficulties people are facing will be enough of an incentive to vote the ruling elite out come 2018 unless a miracle to change the economic situation between now and then

Be Real - 3 June 2016

no sane person can vote for zanu pf

nyoshi yamalwani - 3 June 2016

Zanu lost the last 2 elections but they rig, everyone knows that. Unless there are measures or reforms in the electoral system zanu will rig again and remain in power unfortunately. At the moment no-one is talking about those reforms and you think you can win the next election? Wake up opposition!!

misty - 3 June 2016

Many small parties with very few supporters will not make any difference but its a good start. What is needed now more than anything else is for people to register in their numbers. Zanu PF will do everything it can to get an advantage starting from registration all the way to voting and counting. Zanu PF knows no one sensible can vote for a 94 year old.

Inyika - 3 June 2016

MDC-T maybe but Mujuru? Come on that will be one way to ensure that it suffers a still birth. Mujuru and co are Zanu to the core. Long after they were fired they were still contesting being fired saying it was unprocedural etc. They wanted to get back, I'm sure if Matibiri turned around and said all is forgiven they will go back running. If people have really suffered enough the last thing they want is to extend another olive branch to Zanu reloaded...that will be very dumb. But then again as G Carlin put it 'never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.'

Galore 123 - 3 June 2016

I will say it again: 0+0+0+0+0 = GRAND ZERO. The only parties that will make a difference are MDC-T and maybe ZPF. Otherwise those other groups that are masquerading as parties must just fold and join the two.

Tahir Iqbal - 3 June 2016

MDC-T and Mujuru's can do wonders but Mujuru should not lead bcoz we dnt trust her much

tapedza madhubeko - 3 June 2016

Mai Mujuru has support of army people. Besides, she was very popular while in government, even among MDC groupings. She is a sensible woman whom one can talk to and come to an agreement.

Yes Mujuru - 3 June 2016

President: Tsvangirai Vice President: Makoni P.Minister: Dabengwa V.P Minister: Mujuru M. Finance: Biti M.Defence: Ncube M.Industries: Mangoma M. Home Affairs: Mutambara Chairperson: Dare Secretary: General Madduku Just thinking code of ten parties.

moto - 3 June 2016

hapana zvethink tank isingazivi zimpolitics. pasi namujuru aiba namugabe. why doesn't the think tank recommend coalition in south Africa. morgan will win alone. how can we combine with joice who is even scared of coming of her twenty roomed house in chisipite?

josphat mugadzaweta - 3 June 2016

Which army are people talking about here? are you forgetting that E.D engineered the ouster of Mujuru, and for lacoste to be the force that it currently is is because of Chiwenga and company. Army ndeyaMnangagwa veduwee

mish - 3 June 2016

opposition in zim needs psychaitric attention

truth - 4 June 2016

If Zimbabweans really want to get rid of Mugabe, then all of the opposition parties need to unite to do so. I am amazed at how many smaller splinter parties there are. UNITE.

An ex White Zimbabwian - 4 June 2016

leave everything to God he will see what he can do dont worry zimbabweans God has a plan people. A little bit of patience is needed. believe guys. faith and hope is what is needed

endtime - 4 June 2016

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