Coalition talks gather steam

HARARE - Opposition political parties which are signatories to the National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera), will meet in Harare today in an endeavour to try and expedite their quest to form a grand coalition against Zanu PF ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

The country’s biggest opposition party former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, as well as the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) that is led by former vice president Joice Mujuru, have both expressed their willingness to participate in a grand coalition in those polls — a prospect that has shaken President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party to their core.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, told the Daily News yesterday that his party would be represented in today’s meeting, which sources see as a critical building block towards the formation of a grand coalition.

Nera convener, Didymus Mutasa, also confirmed the meeting, saying the people of Zimbabwe would have the responsibility to choose the leadership of the grand coalition.

“We will sit together as Nera principals on Tuesday ... We have agreed to work with what I refer to as a coalition of political parties. We had a government of national unity in previous years but it did not achieve very much.

“In my own opinion, we will work together as political parties without choosing a leader of the coalition because we have no mandate to do that. People are the only ones who have the mandate to choose a leader,” Mutasa said last week.

The former State Security minister said he had no doubt that the coalition would bury Zanu PF in 2018.

“We need to work together. We need to be united as Zimbabweans so that we will achieve our objectives. Our objective is to take away from us the yoke of poverty and slavery.

“It is important for us as African people, as people of Zimbabwe particularly, to start to walk away from Egypt to Canaan. I would say there is need for an overhaul of all the processes in Zimbabwe, there is need for change in Zimbabwe.

“We have a Constitution which is a very excellent document. What we need is to respect the rule of law,” the senior ZPF official added.

Analysts have in the past said that Mujuru, who was Mugabe’s deputy for 10 years, could provide the much-needed bridge that opposition parties have been missing to ensure the smooth transfer of power if they win the 2018 elections.

They also warn that without a broad coalition involving all the major opposition players, Zanu PF could “once again easily manipulate the vote”.

Comments (11)

coalition is the way to go

lisbon ncube - 19 July 2016

coalition nembavha dzezimpf will be a disservice to the people of Zimbabwe. they are the cause of the current misery.

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 July 2016

MURIKUNONOKA.......fambisai yepetition UN must interven bobo anotora vanhu ve zim sevana vake its a no......tell that UN to also interven even in peacefull situation vasamirire vanhu kuti titange tamarana kana kuurayana ngaiuye izvozvi UN yacho bobo is bullying other players and lying to much......if is not feking us ngaasa pfeke ma suite iwayo....uye no pay or salary for him yaakatambira nemaridzese dzainadzo ngaape state...those people .convoys tec protecting him must be withdrawn he is not special must be like everyone else.......we have so many educated people who can qualify for that job from jonathan moyo......to ngwena to mutsvwanwa to morgan tsvangi to chamisa to mai mujuru......to about 1 million qualified zimbabweans for that job including myself.....lets unite tobvisa teteguru......but i need to remind all presidential aspirants......this position is a job like any other job.....terms and conditions apply......uniting all zimbabweans and lead into prosperity.....with all black or white but law and love must drive all of us together......makaro kwete kwete...... we all all the same .....

dofo - 19 July 2016

hatisati takanganwa amai Mujuru kuti you are as worse as Mugabe. it was better if you were alone but with the likes of Didymus its a complete no no. what will stop you from rigging even the leadership race no no no

king - 19 July 2016

What is the value of a coalition without a socio-economic turnaround strategy?

ADF - 19 July 2016

Tsvangi needs coalition wth Khupe.Its a better move that will solidify mdc,not mujuru.khupe has more apeal than mujuru n company.

viola gwena - 19 July 2016

Viola you are so igonorant,or just plain stupid.How can Tsvangirayi and Khupe have a coalition when they are in ther same part.Or should we re-define coalition.Go back to school viola.

Janana wa Bikaz - 20 July 2016

Zimbabweans dont want coalition esp with those who were part of ZANU PF. NO. NOT AT ALL. What we want is a National Transition Forum from those parties who have MPs in Parliament and not the likes of Eqypt Dzinomunenzva's unknown party or ZiPF thugs. The national transition forum will just make sure that they create a clear road map to free and fair elections, reform the ZRP, the army,ZBC, ZTV,Herald so that these bodies remain non partisan. The is also need of reconstitute ZEC completely, remove Tobaiwa Mudede and Chihuri. Elections can be in 2018 but with the National Transition Forum In cahrge of gvt operations. One other thing needed Mugabe and Tsvangirai should not be heading this NTF, maybe someone who is part of any political party at the moment but a person with reputation and stature,the likes of Pastor Evan Mawarire or Mutumwa Mawere ot if the worse comes to the worst, even myself.

Robsugar - 20 July 2016

we can expect a reformation in our political field only and only if radical changes took place in our opposition realm. currently to think that MDC will win the election come 2018 is suicidal .Joice Mujuru might be a demon but she is a demon that knows the devils method-something we been desperately asking for .now to judge a born again congregate because of her past will not help but rather it takes back all the spirit ndatenda.

murambatsvina - 20 July 2016

@janana.its yu who is a stupid brain.Viola sees the rift between Tsvangirai and Khupe.They need to work together.Ignorants like yu r very quick to comment then think later.

musa - 20 July 2016

The parties must focus on levelling the playing field and get their supporters to register, otherwise we will see a repeat of 2013 where some party clandestinely registered their supporters and blocked the registration of perceived opposition voters, by deliberately slowing down the process, during the limited ZEC initiated registration period. Huge crowds at rallies do not automatically translate into votes.

more of the same - 20 July 2016

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