Reviving MDC plans for 2018

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC yesterday gave another sneak preview of its resurgence as a major political force in the country, as well as its 2018 national elections strategy.

It also said that it was leaving the door open for former party bigwigs — including Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube and Elton Mangoma — to rejoin the movement as it fine-tunes its machinery in preparation for the eagerly-anticipated polls in two years’ time.

Speaking at a media briefing in Harare to welcome back several former senior officials who had left the party together with Biti to form the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), secretary general Douglas Mwonzora said all right-thinking Zimbabweans were welcome in the MDC.

“These are tale-tell signs of the type of animal that the party is going to be come 2018. We are going to mount the biggest political challenge of our lives and we have left the door open for Biti, Welshman Ncube and Mangoma to return.

“The fact that we have been engaging with these leaders at various levels makes us optimistic that they will come back because what should unite us is principle and we are fortunate that Tsvangirai is not an arrogant leader.

“We have been receiving even youths from Zanu PF who are defecting in disgruntlement over the selectivity in their party, as well as the unbridled corruption in government,” the former Nyanga North legislator said.

Among the former party officials who were welcomed back yesterday were former deputy Indigenisation minister Tongai Matutu and ex-Glen View MP Paul Madzore, who crossed back from Biti’s PDP — which also recently lost its deputy leader, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, to the fledgling Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), sparking a war of words between the two parties.

Writing on his blog, Biti said while he was disappointed to have lost some of the key members of his party, the PDP would move on.

“No political party owns an individual and the movement of individuals from organisations and institutions, commonly known as the right to freedom of association, is an essential foundation of the democracy we believe in.

“In a contested African space, freedom of association is less important than its corollary, the right to freedom of dissociation. So we hold no grudge against our comrades who have left us, as indeed we have also left others,” he said.

Analysts have said a united opposition stands a strong chance of ending President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s long rule.

Comments (11)

Biti just swallow your pride and return to the big tent chopu chopu its for the benefit of yours first,...........more to follow

peaceamaker zano - 19 October 2016

mr biti u used to inspire me , bt am not sure you are quite a good leader but rather a strategist

Advocate 2020 - 19 October 2016

madzore and matutu did the right thing. mbiti mangoma and ncube should do the same. sipepa needs to think again because he has effectively joined zanu.

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 October 2016

"A house divided can never stand" 2018 GRAND COALITION is Zimbabwe's best chance at a brighter future.

Young Zimbo - 19 October 2016

biti was the best finance minister (GNU) Swallow your pride Pamberi nekubatana

Naphiri Chisayi - 19 October 2016

Well spoken Young Zimbo, even if MDC reorganises itself and all come back together without joining with other parties like ZPF, Mavambo, Zapu etc, they should forget and smile for they will have once again let down the Zimbabwean people. Alone they cant win. If Zimbabwe enters 2018 elections without a coalition voting will be useless. Zanu PF will win. A CODE Vs Zanu PF election will itself motivate people to vote. Anything less is likely to be game over in favour of Zanu PF.

Icho - 20 October 2016

Welman , Biti and MAnagoma you are tru democrats, you dont have the people at heart you ahve yor won selfish agenda , you are greedy munokara power. the truth of the matter is hamusi makawana power. mukaenda pagrassroots appa humzivikanwi , tsvangirai ndicho chibaba kana muchida kubvisa Zanu pf, if you dreaming of becoming president(s) of this cpuntry one day, zororai muri kutamaba nenguva nokuti even kumaconstituency kwenyu hamuhwini, dzikamai muite zvinosunungura nyika..........walewezaka

walter musakanye - 20 October 2016

Khupe must stop tribalism,imposition,corruption and rigging in Bulawayo province

mlandu - 20 October 2016

Well, Biti go ahead. Tsvangirai want yellow bones at the expense of the struggle. Whatever the case might be Biti was justified in leaving chematama to concentrate on womanising

mhepo - 20 October 2016

Mose vana mbwiti.wncube/mushoriwa,mangoma musakare mari......otakuku testayi chete......tikakubata kuti waka joina politics pamusaka pemari urovha rwakurova tichakuedza......tikazviona chete tichakuisa mujeri uye hapana anouya kuzokuona.....mofanirwa politics muine pfungwa yakanaka yekumover zimbabwe forward with good ideas etc.........saka dzokai ku big tent.......1 next time no pay ,, no ...benefits to politicians...Concelors no pay,MP NO PAY....PRESIDENT NO PAY....NO BENEFITS ALL is voluntary work only people with proof of money are allowed to take those position everybody must go back to manufacturing and activities that add value to the economy.....tarisa kwamatiendesa you chancers and oppotunists ,,greed ......sakani imwe akazoti you are satanic

dofo - 20 October 2016

Biti uri Mbiti

masvingo - 20 October 2016

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