Tsvangirai speaks on Mujuru, Mutasa

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the public spats between former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her erstwhile Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) colleagues, Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, will not scuttle the country’s mooted grand coalition.

Addressing the media on Thursday after the MDC national executive met in Harare, Tsvangirai also asserted that it was his prerogative to choose the alliance partners he would work with in next year’s eagerly-anticipated national elections.

The remarks by the former prime minister in the stability-inducing unity government came after calls by Mujuru, who renewed her bickering with Mutasa and Gumbo this week, that the two liberation stalwarts be expelled from the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) — a lobby grouping of opposition parties pushing for electoral reforms ahead of 2018.

“The question of their infighting will not in any way affect coalition talks because it is the MDC which will choose who to work with or not. We will not ignore the national sentiment for a coalition.

“I listened to the people on the issue of political alliances and that as a party we must exercise due diligence on who we work with, as some of these political parties do not have proper structures and membership, while others are surrogates of Zanu PF.

“I am confident that collectively we will not fail the nation and future generations to whom we must bequeath a stable, prosperous and democratic country underpinned by growth and opportunities for all,” Tsvangirai said.

“We must leave our footprints on the sands of history so that in future we will be able to boldly stare history in the face and say in 2018 we charted a new direction for our country. Together, we can do it,” the former labour union leader added.

Mujuru, who now leads the newly-formed National People’s Party (NPP), after she “sacked” Mutasa and Gumbo from ZPF, before the two elders turned the tables on her, said earlier this week that her former aides should not be part of Nera.

“The reasons that we expelled the group of elders are still there and it will be difficult to continue working with them.

“As a party, we are still deciding on the best way forward. We cannot work with the same people whom we expelled,” Mujuru’s spokesperson Gift Nyandoro told the Daily News.

But Nera legal advisor, Douglas Mwonzora — who is also the secretary-general of the MDC — said emphatically that ZPF would remain part of the group.

“ZPF remains a member of Nera and, unfortunately, . . . Mujuru did not give any official confirmation about the expulsions of the Mutasa group. We only read about that in the newspapers.

“To complicate matters, there was a hint by people in ZPF that they did not want to remove the other group from Nera.

“What has complicated matters is that a new party called NPP has been announced. So, we are awaiting advice from both NPP and ZPF regarding their representation in Nera,” Mwonzora said.

Mujuru announced last month that she had expelled Mutasa, Gumbo and five other party heavyweights — on account of them being alleged Zanu PF agents, and working to topple her from her then interim ZPF position.

But no sooner had she made this surprise announcement than the situation turned into a complete farce, when Mutasa and Gumbo announced at their own press conference that they had also similarly and summarily expelled Mujuru from ZPF.

Mujuru was later dealt a further body blow when she suffered mass desertions, including receiving resignations from some of her other longtime top aides such as Sylvester Nguni, Ray Kaukonde and retired brigadier-general Aggripa Mutambara.

Last week, Mujuru moved to formally cut her ties with ZPF when she formed the NPP, ending her relationship with her erstwhile colleagues which dated to their time in Zanu PF.

Before problems rocked ZPF, Mujuru had been working behind the scenes with Tsvangirai and other smaller parties towards the formation of the planned grand opposition coalition.

Comments (6)

Itz only 2018 which will tell if n thing said by Tsvangirai& his party is of n significance,since he might receive another daunting defeat fr Mugabe & his party.The two promising dictators who think their names' brand are bigger than our common effort to fight for democracy face a possible ,serious humiliating defeat fr the longtime ruler, even in their so called coalition grouping which failed to capiture the support of inclusive progressive forces of democracy.The two are no instrument in the common effort to build the pillars of the people's democracy but only valtures of power-hence forming new parties with bootlickers when faced with democratic processes intending to sweep them out(Tsvangirai& Mujuru)

addmore gudo - 11 March 2017

There are morons galore on this planet and @addmore gudo has just added to that number......."progressive inclusive forces of democracy...."? That animal doesn't exist in the zanu camp. A camp that only knows of violence (degrees in violence remember?), rigging of elections, looting, driving posh cars on potholed roads, promising millions of non existent jobs, ignoring cries from the masses, ....etc etc, list is endless. And you talk of a common effort to build the pillars of democracy? Your head must be firmly stuck up bob's backside.

Dunlop Munjanja - 11 March 2017

morgan leave out these zanoids and start campaigning now. what membership do these parties have and how about if they return to zanu like mliswa? its better to fail alone than to perform a self-annihilating dance of the jungle with these rootless cultural bastards, groping in darkness for lost identity!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 13 March 2017

Who will head this so called grand coalition Tsvangison?

Qiniso - 13 March 2017

And @Dunlop..why insult others? Addmore has point. You have to accept that Tsvangison and Teurai are the birds of the same feather...in a nutshell both spent forces. Seriously...you sound well connected in Tsvangison's camp, tell us who will head the so called coalition? Tsvangison has 4 deputies. Teurai has 2 deputies. Add Tsvangison and Teurai, you have 8 dudes who want the same post. Dont forget uDidimasi and the screw and loWelshman is expecting the same post.

Qiniso - 13 March 2017

If some of the opposition political parties are left out of the coalition,there is a possibility that they(the opposition political parties left out)migtht form their own coalition.Think about this carefully before denying any opposition political parties to join the coalition.We dont need two coalitions.

widzo - 22 March 2017

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