Tsvangirai, Mujuru on charm offensive

HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai will lead his party’s demonstrations in Gweru today where former Vice President Joice Mujuru holds a rally, as opposition forces step up campaigns to stop the current economic rot blamed on President Robert Mugabe’s government.

This comes as calls for opposition parties to unite and dislodge Mugabe and Zanu PF grow louder among pro-democracy and other interest groups.

Mujuru, a former vice president of Zanu PF for 10 years now leads the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) while Tsvangirai is a veteran of the opposition trenches who almost ended Mugabe’s reign in the controversial 2008 election.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told the Daily News that the march against Mugabe in Gweru will be louder with Tsvangirai leading from the front.

The MDC president was diagnosed with colon cancer and has been receiving medical attention since he went public about his condition.

“We are going to be in Midlands South, we have divided the province into two. Tomorrow we are going to make a loud and sonorous message against Mugabe and the president will join the proceedings,” said Tamborinyoka.

Interestingly, Mujuru will also be in the same town today — and Tamborinyoka said it something that is welcome.

“We are happy that they (ZPF) will be there, remember these people are now our allies, it will never be a crowded arena because the more the merrier against this dictatorship, we must mobilise against Zanu PF and send them away.”

Mujuru’s spokesperson Gift Nyandoro said the coincidence is “symbolic and will show the world that Zimbabwe has come of age”.

“She will be in Mkoba as part of the continuation of her national tour, the coincidence is symbolic because it shows that Zimbabwe has come of age, there won’t be any incidences of violence because we share the same values,” said Nyandoro.

Analysts have called for Tsvangirai and Mujuru to join hands if they are to end Zanu PF’s 36-year-old rule and both parties are agreeable that such a union is likely.

“The coincidence relays the message that there is national leadership crisis in Zimbabwe, because the convergence of Mujuru and Tsvangirai shows that Zimbabwe can speak with one voice in the absence of leadership. Enough is enough, there is political consensus that things are not working,” said Nyandoro.

On the other hand MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the rallies are a “continuation of our programmes to roll out mass demonstrations in each and every major city, town and growth point as a build up to the grand master demonstration that will be taking place in the capital city in the next few weeks”.

On whether Mujuru’s rally will be a counter attraction, Gutu said “the main enemy of the majority of the people of Zimbabwe is Zanu PF and not Joice Mujuru and her political party”.

Mugabe and his government have presided over the collapse of the once thriving economy which is now in a near comatose state.

Government is currently battling to contain swelling public anger which has seen strikes and riots stoking high political temperatures in recent weeks.

Mugabe and his government blame western governments for the wave of protests although critics say they mirror the mood among the impoverished ordinary Zimbabweans.

Comments (8)

That's what we want.Let's unite guys just to make sure that if the dictator tries to rig it will be impossible. Change we want not competition

Matsotsi - 13 August 2016

Opposition forces should step up pressure against Mugabe who is virtually taking state affairs as part of his personal business,Gushungu Holdings.People and other democratic forces should now allow that sort of conduct.

Gen. Spinola - 13 August 2016

Opposition forces should step up pressure against Mugabe who mixes state affairs and regards them as part of other his private company,Gushungo Holdings.People and other democratic forces should not allow that sort of conduct otherwise, history would judge them harshly.

Gen. Spinola - 13 August 2016

Time for straight talking. Tsvangirai has done his best but at times politics favours fools. His time to score may be up. Mujuru, if I happen to meet you in the street ndinokupa mbama. You and your late husband Solomon had the key to our country posterity. You sold out for your love of ill-gotten wealth. Therefore you are out. To lead a country you have to be founded in the hearts and minds of the people after demonstrating what you exactly stand for. Yes you may take advantage of of tzhe situation but when the euphoria is subsided people will want to know who you are.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 13 August 2016

Trust neither of them - both are about as artificial and plastic and as artificial as you can get. Vote for either one of them and you are voting for Mugabe. All of us should by now know and realize that any genuine opposition gets nailed by Mugabe.

Mbewa - 14 August 2016

this is nothing but an adulterous alliance which will concieve an adultered child,as zimbabweans we must be wary of such alliances and stick with zanu

truth - 14 August 2016

that's what we were for guys let's unite and fight this corrupt gvrt

chitovea - 15 August 2016

i jux want to know who Mujuru is? Yes u have leadership in blood but I hate chameleon symptoms in Mujuru. She was the party of the ruling party for decades and she did nothing to our countrybut help others to loot and enrich themselves on the expenz of the country now she is said I will restore Zimbabwe kkkkkkkkk what a foolish statement if so Zanu pf will do the same coz these are pipo of the same york same hands. Now akuti lets fight corruption. kkkkkkk how can u fight corruption with corruption minded? Mujuru has nothing to give us but to take herself bak into the office and start looting again. she used to say pasi nechamatama now lets unite nechamatama chiya.... Naicho chamatama chinazvoo. Ndopaunoona kuti zim politics is personal business

gilbert advocate - 16 August 2016

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