Opposition gangs up against Mugabe

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru sent fresh shivers down the spines of President Robert Mugabe and other panicking Zanu PF bigwigs yesterday when they publicly flaunted their readiness to join forces against the ruling party ahead of Zimbabwe’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

In a move that political analysts described as “very significant”, Mujuru — now leader of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — held hands and also joined Tsvangirai during another massive demonstration in Gweru that was organised by the former prime minister in the government of national unity’s MDC.

“This public show of solidarity was very significant. You know, perception is especially powerful in politics both in terms of symbolism and numbers, and this Gweru tango between the two leaders ticked all the right boxes. If I were in Zanu PF I would be very worried,” analyst Shepherd Mntungwa told the Daily News on Sunday.

And in a reciprocal development that was also variously described as “historic”, Mujuru — who was hounded out Zanu PF in December 2014 on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe — was later joined by the MDC top brass at her own rally in the same city.


Mujuru and Tsvangirai united to demonstrate against Mugabe's misrule in Gweru.

Thousands of MDC and ZPF supporters, as well as passers-by in the Midlands capital, cheered and treated both opposition heavyweights like they were rock stars.

“Today is a historic day to us. It is the day the MDC and ZPF are coming together to fight for our space. We want the people of Zimbabwe to work as one and not be divided. Today we found a way of working together to deal with the issues that are affecting us.

“The MDC and ZPF are like puppies of the same litter but which take different days to start seeing. The MDC was the first to see Mugabe’s problems, so you cannot accuse me of having failed to realise them when the MDC did,” Mujuru told the ecstatic gathered crowds.

Describing yesterday’s scenes as ‘heart warming’ Tsvangirai — who recently announced that he was suffering from cancer of the colon — showered praises on Mujuru for joining the MDC in its protest.

“Did anyone ever dream of Mujuru becoming a part of the opposition? I want to congratulate her together with the ZPF leadership for seeing it necessary for us to have this joint programme. It’s not by accident that the MDC and ZPF are here together.

“I know that there will be a lot of talk, especially from Mugabe because he is afraid of the people, and by the end of the day he will even be afraid of leading Zimbabwe. We in the MDC respect Mujuru for the contribution she has made to this country. Mujuru is not the enemy,” Tsvangirai said.

Analysts say a united opposition fighting with one purpose can finally bring to an end Mugabe’s long rule, especially at a time that the increasingly frail nonagenarian is fighting to keep his warring Zanu PF united.

Mugabe was recently dumped by war veterans who have since announced that they will not be campaigning for him in 2018 because he is allegedly a ‘hard sell’.

The war veterans have been one of Mugabe’s strongest pillars and have waged brutal campaigns against the MDC over the past 17 years to keep Zanu PF and its leader in power.

A few weeks ago, Tsvangirai also reiterated his willingness to work with Mujuru and ZPF, saying the enemies of the people who needed to be booted out of power were Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News on Sunday then, he warmly welcomed Mujuru to “the side of the people”, adding that the formal entrance into politics of ZPF would serve as an additional arsenal to long-suffering Zimbabweans in their quest to dislodge Mugabe and Zanu PF from power.

The battle-hardened MDC leader and former prime minister in the government of national unity said the “sad reality and incontrovertible truth” was that Mugabe and Zanu PF were the “singular negative catalyst” behind Zimbabwe’s political and economic crises of the past 36 years.

In that light, he added, all the people and organisations who believed in a democratic and better Zimbabwe, and who were prepared to put their “bodies and souls on the line in the fight against the Zanu PF kleptocracy” were for the people and therefore allies “in the struggle”.

“For me, they (Mujuru and ZPF) are definitely not the enemy. They appeal to a certain constituency and are part of the opposition now. They are certainly not the problem.

“The problem is, and has always been Zanu PF. So, in terms of accepting … their role and space in the struggle, there is no issue there. I see nothing wrong with them,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC president spoke then after Mujuru had officially launched her party in Harare, where she also openly expressed her willingness to work with other opposition parties in the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe.

Picking up on the partnership theme, which has sent Zanu PF into panic mode ahead of the 2018 elections, Tsvangirai said it was clear that the MDC shared many beliefs with ZPF on critical issues such as democracy and respect for property rights.

However, the indefatigable former trade unionist cautioned that there was a significant hurdle that opposition parties, Mujuru’s ZPF included, had to deal with — even if they worked together and won elections — and this related to how to transfer power.

“There are many State institutions that continue to be abused to thwart the people’s will. Whether it’s Morgan Tsvangirai or Amai Mujuru, or anybody else, we have to force conditions, conditions that will allow for the mandate of the people to be observed.

“The fact is that Mugabe has always sustained his power through military means and pillars. And this is not likely to stop anytime soon. On the other hand, we know and have never said that the military is an enemy of the people. We have always said people must be professional and that they must respect the Constitution.

“If the Constitution were to be observed in both letter and spirit, I can tell you that Zanu PF will not last one more day in power. If we were able to beat them in 2008 as we did, in 2018 they will be chicken feed,” a confident Tsvangirai said.

In an earlier interview with the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, Mujuru also spoke about the country’s uneven political playing field, but suggested that she had the capacity to reach out to the critical security sector that is led by her liberation struggle comrades.

Analysts also say Mujuru, whose liberation struggle nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood), and whose husband Solomon was the first black post-independence army commander, could provide the much-needed bridge that opposition parties have been missing to ensure the smooth transfer of power if they win elections again.

However, they warn that without a broad coalition involving all the major opposition players, Zanu PF would use “its usual thuggish and foul methods” to retain power in 2018.

In 2008, her late husband - Rex, the revered liberation struggle icon and Zimbabwe’s first black military commander, was accused by Mugabe and other Zanu PF bigwigs of having engineered the 92-year-old’s stunning electoral defeat to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in that poll.

Comments (36)

This is the best ever.That's what we want,,but Tsvangirai must be the leader. That will make everything perfect. The guy deserves at least 5years as Zimbabwe's president &then Mujuru.

Matsotsi - 14 August 2016

The mantrix of the rural vote is wth the comrades.

viola gwena - 14 August 2016

good for de people

chivo - 14 August 2016

It would be more newsworthy if the joining of hands was in solidarity to fight the continued domination and exploitation of the African person and Africa's resources by the former slave and colonial master and the Chinese by empowering the black person. Africa needs a new breed of leaders not these worshipers of white people. African leaders should respect themselves and their own people not a white father Christmas.

ADF - 14 August 2016

ADF haunyare kana.

iweka - 14 August 2016

ADF ,your comment smacks of stinking racism that is only existing is your flipping rotten brains.What does killings and abductions of people with divergent views has to do with the white man?What has unabated looting of national resources has to do with the white man?What has corruption in the highest echelons of power has to do with the white man?When the government fails to observe laws of the country as enshrined in its own constitution,should we really blame the white man?Go and hang ADF.

Janana wa Bikaz - 15 August 2016

a person dying of colon cancer needs alliances to remain relevant,what new ideas does tsvangirayi bring to the table?as zimbabweans we are tired of this clown,he must just stick to bed hopping and leave us to roll out service delivery and empowerment programmes to the masses,@dailynew,please continue exposing this moron,his intellectual deficiencies,dictatorial tendencies etc

truth - 15 August 2016

@Janana wa Bikaz - you are right (although i don't subscribe to insulting others on the platform). There is absolutely nothing to blame the whites or Chinese about corruption and abduction by the black government. The parroting of such rhetoric is a result of years of brainwash among our people. The kind that says a view that says don't murder, don't loot, don't abduct is not colonial at all. Its the right thing to do.

XG - 15 August 2016

@Truth or Falsewoods, your comments must only be Satanic if not devilish. How on earth do you celebrate that someone is dying of colon cancer. Wishing the death or sickness on someone is evil. After all you boast of enrolling mass empowerment programmes, or you are referring to mass impoverishment of Zimbabweans through ill advised policies as well as self enrichment of your cronies through corruption. And you call that mass empowerment?

Viona Ngwena - 15 August 2016

Zvamunoti hamudi varungu vans UDF what ever u calling y self.Why can't u stop using all that came with whites &go back to the bush.Narrow minded people are still existing in our country.U can see yrself that two black people are holding there hands teaming up for change but u putting a white man in between. We know yr propaganda ZANU people. Stop yr useless language&face the truth.U took all the farms but failing to produce,,u sold almost everything instead of producing.

Matsotsi - 15 August 2016

@ADF as a demonstration of you contempt for anything white or Chinese why don't you cease wearing Western style clothing; cease driving Western and Asian imported cars; cease taking our European invented medicines; cease attending schools or classes where Western style mathematics, physics and science is taught...and just go back to wearing skins, living in mud huts and living under despot dictators. Might then you be happy?

White Colonial Boy - 15 August 2016

This truth guy must give his Address.He must be open so that we see how he looks like,,because everyone wants to see the devil face to face&ask him questions.

Matsotsi - 15 August 2016

Guys I stopped trying to reason with truth because he is just another one of Mugabe's condoms that will soon be dumped in the bin. We have no room in the new coming Zimbabwe for goblins like that. Like his father Mugabe like son (Truth)

Tich - 15 August 2016

truth msunu kanyoko. mntwana wehule.

Masende Enkunzi - 15 August 2016

Ana ADF naana truth vakazvarwa chembere dzaenda kudoro ana amai vavo vakavadonhedzera pasi. Ndosaka vachiita sevasina kukwana.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 15 August 2016

@ADF,thats an excellent observation,it amazes me how much energy tsvangirai and his bootlickers expend on fighting a black govt yet he was nowhere near when the whiteman was oppressing us,however my brother we cannot abandon our fight against white domination and exploitation because our stance is principled and tsvangison is opportunistic,this incestuos pairing between him and joice will yield nothing,no amount of vulgar by the likes of @Enkuzi will stop me from exposing the serious flaws in tsvangirayis character,the country has been held to ransom just to quench his idiotic statehouse ambitions,as zanu pf ,we promise to rid this country of the likes of tsvangirai mawarire and all they represent

truth - 15 August 2016

Iwe Truth Zviri Correct to criticise any government isingaite zvido zvevamhu and also zviri Wrong kusapota zviri wrong zvinoitwa ne government kuruzhinji rwevanhu.

Anywhere Anytime - 15 August 2016

As reluctant as I am to credit Mugabe with anything there is one thing I do have to credit him for: where there might have once been a few racial barriers based on the color of a person's skin, Robert Mugabe has removed all that and made whites and blacks closer than they ever were before in their common desire to rid this country of an evil system. There are of course the odd exceptions but especially among the ruling elite and their sycophant supporters but overall white/black/Asian you name it, we all now stand together committed to restoring sanity and progress back to this country.

Rhodie - 15 August 2016

@Truth.Politics is realy politricks.Yu n Me belong to Zanu bt backing 2 different leaders,factions.Yu want to sell yu product .im selling mine.bt I have a huge advantage over yo sales team.My product yu want ban bt thats what our market wants.Even tho market complains about mine I can still repackage it and stamp correct expiry date 10 yrs.Yo product ihas expired.its a 1990 product bt yu rubbing off that expiry date n fodge a 2023.Yu sell yo product holding guns against buyers wheres mine I sell from backyard ,bcoz yu have declared it ilegal.yu paid municipal cops to confisticate my product.bt even tho I have ques of customers behind the shop.I wrap mine and it stays good.When yu wrap yos the paper falls away or wrinkles bcoz of the expired product inside.it smells.mine is aroma.Truth my dear little brother,come to us ,yu can get our product n satisfy yo clients,who are sneecking into my yard for stocks.come .Yo product is hard sell.Market is aware whats inside yo expensive wrapping,expired.

viola gwena - 15 August 2016

kkkkkkkkkk,yu never cease to amaze me tete,no comment @viola gwena

truth - 15 August 2016

@viola gwena,they cancer of the colon in simple terms is that the colon will now be rotting if not already rotten,does that make tsvangison a rotten product that should immediately be pulled off the shelves?its smelly now and can stench the entire shop

truth - 15 August 2016

@Truth.kkkk.Samanyika Chaiye can answer.Samaz whera yu.Truth has an opinion for yu.dnt stress Samaz I forgave yu for that mishap.

viola gwena - 15 August 2016

I have tried to tell the clients that product is not good,bt they want find out themselves.So Truth,if yu want to remove that product beter watch yo back bcoz the owners are violent.They forcefully spoonfeed their clients,even those that are full.its "open yo mouth silly "n the spoon is shoved into the mouth.if its rottern ,rutsa n come back for more.

viola gwena - 15 August 2016

@Viola uyiskhokho sometimes. U are the only one in this platform who can checkmate izanga elingu lies phecelezi uTruth

Ndoda - 15 August 2016

Mai Mujuru na Baba Morgan, we salute you. The revolution, the fight for the people's freedom is bigger than individuals. It takes courage and sacrifice to put the people first. Unlike Mugabe who is the owner of the ZANU PF party, the Commander in Chief, the President and First Secretary the sole and authentic sole of power and the sole architect of economic and political confusion, Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC President is not a one man band cum dictator. If Mugabe was a benevolent dictator running a successful economy it will be another issue. But the Truth is the guy is an economic disaster. I appreciate my brothers who are paid to praise Mugabe at all costs, it is your job and I respect that. However the end of the Mugabe dictatorship is nigh and you too will be free from the burden of defending the indefensible.

Viva Unidade - 15 August 2016

thanks tsvangison and mai mujuru at least taakutanga kutaura apa because mushandirapamwe ndiwo waakudiwa but mai mujuru vanofanira kuuya kumashure kwa tsvangson coz vagara vakazoonawo mumashure make

masvingo - 15 August 2016

People like @ truth do not belong to this planet . They have so much untold hatred against other Zimbabweans. It's a shame to mock Tsvangirai simply because he has colon cancer. God forbids.

MELISA uz - 15 August 2016

@truth,little did MDC supporters know that by singing,'zanu yawora,zanu yawora',it was actually save who had rot in the colon

jojo - 15 August 2016

Good people...let us leave Truth alone. He is not his own man. He is a hireling performing his master's bidding.

Viva Unidade - 15 August 2016

Coalition is inevitable.

Netanyahu - 16 August 2016

Coalition is inevitable.

Netanyahu - 16 August 2016

Coalition is inevitable.

Netanyahu - 16 August 2016

In every change there is always resistance. When Zimbabweans fought for change during Rhodesia there was massive resistance towards change. Some people were comfortable under th Smith regime...even today most people are comfortable under th current zanu pf regime. This is now th information age not th Industrial or Stone Age. We need to adapt to this new era/age including our thinking.... It's time to change or perish...

Dhewa - 17 August 2016

This fellow who writes his name as 'truth' is indeed working for his supper. What is most painful is to have him in a new and democratic Zimbabwe as an exponent of the new system. Such people tend to defend the new leaders as if they always had great love for them, and may even be given leading positions. As you all can see, he hides behind a pen name and when the time comes, no one will know him. He will purport to have always been on the right side. I tell you Diibulaanyika, you will work with 'truth'side by side in the new Zimbabwe order and you will never suspect anything because he will be vociferously insulting Zanu and singing praises for the new leadership.

Yeoman Thomas - 18 August 2016

This fellow who writes his name as 'truth' is indeed working for his supper. What is most painful is to have him in a new and democratic Zimbabwe as an exponent of the new system. Such people tend to defend the new leaders as if they always had great love for them, and may even be given leading positions. As you all can see, he hides behind a pen name and when the time comes, no one will know him. He will purport to have always been on the right side. I tell you Diibulaanyika, you will work with 'truth'side by side in the new Zimbabwe order and you will never suspect anything because he will be vociferously insulting Zanu and singing praises for the new leadership.

Yeoman Thomas - 18 August 2016

This fellow who writes his name as 'truth' is indeed working hard for his supper. What is most painful is to have him in a new and democratic Zimbabwe as an exponent of the new system. Such people tend to defend the new leaders as if they always had great love for them, and may even be given leading positions. As you all can see, he hides behind a pen name and when the time comes, no one will know him. He will purport to have always been on the right side. I tell you Diibulaanyika, you will work with 'truth'side by side in the new Zimbabwe order and you will never suspect anything because he will be vociferously insulting Zanu and singing praises for the new leadership.

Yeoman Thomas - 18 August 2016

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