Opposition should stop squabbling

HARARE - In one of our recent issues, we pointed out that a grand coalition of all opposition political parties is the way to go, but it seems we jumped the gun as egos of politicians yet again stand in the way of such a noble idea.

Past experiences have taught us that a united front has better chances of defeating Zanu PF than a divided one but it seems as though selfish ambitions are getting the better of the political leadership.

There is this question of who is the first among equals, MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai or Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru.

Yes debating on such an emotional issue should be encouraged but it should also be constructive and objective and there is certainly no need for name calling and cheap pot-shots.

Of course we are not there to direct the trajectory of the grand coalition talks or who should be in charge. We are here to tell it like it is and show the politicians the pitfalls and shortcomings of a divided opposition.

It does not need a rocket scientist to understand that it is of critical importance to harness Tsvangirai’s urban support with Mujuru’s appeal among the rural folk especially in Mashonaland provinces.

No doubt such a formidable partnership will deliver the knockout blow for Zanu PF, which is currently running along factional lines. Reckless statements from self proclaimed honchos of either the MDC or ZPF should not be allowed to muddy talks of a coalition because this is what the broad masses are interested in.

Thus the politicians should learn to sublimate their parochial interests for the good of the nation because in them the nation has invested hope for a better future, yet the disturbing trend is that some are now caricaturing those with whom they want to join hands.

We are aware that people are living in abject poverty yet the signals coming from the opposition parties show that there are some individuals who are hellbent on self aggrandisement and only want to advance their party interests.

Mujuru and Tsvangirai should show the world that Zimbabweans are a mature people who are ready to embrace unity in order to defeat Zanu PF and of course bringing an end to the rot that party has spawned for 36 years.

Zimbabweans need a new direction and only dialogue involving all the major parties will shape that.

With the keenly-anticipated 2018  drawing closer each passing day, we would like to tell those in opposition parties to hasten coalition talks and show us that they mean business.

Zimbabwe needs selfless men and women who are ready to compromise for the good of the people, which is the chief law.


    Comments (3)

    As for me and my family,we will only vote for a GRAND COALITION in 2018.So put your house in order or we will hold on to our votes - and they are quite substantial!

    Chikata - 2 November 2016

    It was Simba Makoni who split the vote in a previous election and stopped Tsangvirai from winning outright. It will happen again unless the oposition form a grand coalition and stop squabbling. Marget Dongo is doing just that.

    vortex - 2 November 2016

    Opposition parties should stop whining and work out their issues. Whats the use of having 50 opposition parties when you can come together and rally behind one leader. Lets learn from others and not act like typical Africans who can do nothing but complain. As elders and leaders, try to give us something to learn from that doesn't include lying on our backs and complaining....

    Concerned student - 13 November 2016

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