Tsvangirai, Biti set to reunite

HARARE - After years of mudslinging, the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti, are now back on talking terms with the latter saying it has now realised that it was pandering to Zanu PF whims when it used to attack the former prime minister.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said it has always been Zanu PF’s wish to see Tsvangirai and Biti squabbling but those “dark days” are gone now as opposition parties start to engage with the aim of forming a grand coalition.

“The tiff was exaggerated by our enemies which is Zanu PF. As we always said that there are no personal differences between...Biti and...Tsvangirai.

“Tsvangirai is not our enemy our enemy is Zanu PF. As for the talks, we are in talks with different opposition parties including the MDC.

“We have mandated our leadership to handle the issue of coalition talks. We are happy that all opposition parties are now seeing the importance of the coalition.”

Pictures of Tsvangirai and Biti in smiles at a National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) gathering  last month went viral on social media with many opposition fanatics urging the former allies to unite and work together towards ending President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year-old reign.

Apparently, rattled by the prospects of a grand coalition among opposition parties, Mugabe sought to pooh-pooh the envisaged alliance when he addressed his party’s central committee on Friday last week, but for Tsvangirai the nonagenarian is now running scared.

Sources close to coalition deliberations that are taking place behind the scenes, as the country hurtles towards the watershed 2018 elections, told the Daily News that Biti and Tsvangirai could reunite anytime soon.

“Biti and Tsvangirai’s relationship has improved they are in talks and most senior members in Biti’s party now support the idea of the reunion of the two.

“The picture of the two at the Nera demonstration drew positive comments from the people and now both parties are eager to work together. Tsvangirai and Biti are having meetings to iron out their differences and soon the deal will be finalised,” the source said.

However, according to the PDP, it is not wise to have a coalition now because Zanu PF would infiltrate opposition parties and weaken them before the 2018 polls.

“The question which only remains now is when is the coalition? However, because of the nature of the regime we are dealing with we can’t have the coalition way before the elections because we will end up infiltrated by Zanu PF.

“Also some parties are still working on holding their congresses, but definitely the coalition will come,” said Mafume.

Asked who should lead the broad alliance of opposition parties, Mafume said, “what is needed is consensus among opposition parties”.

Yesterday, Tsvangirai, through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, said Mugabe is running scared as opposition parties show strong signals that they could unite before the crucial 2018 plebiscite.

“They thought that it was going to be difficult for us as Zimbabweans to work together, obviously, the regime is panicking. There are overwhelming reasons for them to panic because we are surely coming together,” said Tamborinyoka.

“Zimbabweans are congregating and there is an overwhelming unity among Zimbabweans. The economic and social problems are bringing the people of Zimbabwe together. In 2018 it will be the people of Zimbabwe versus this minority regime.

“We don’t care about Zanu PF fights. We feel sorry for those who are on a massage chair because they will go back to their rural area but it’s not a crime to be old.”

Comments (5)

vapei ucouncillor neuvidco chairmen vanhu ava save. they cannot come back and overtake is who have been behind you since 1999. these people have eaten their cake and now they want to have it again. makudo akanzi poreraiko, naivavowo vana mbiti.

mukovhe wa tshilidzi - 10 April 2017

When are we going to hear about plans, feasible plans, from the opposition to resucitate our country in virtually all spheres: the economy, the politics and the social realms ? I think people have heard enough of of these leadership wrangles and, I am afraid to say, its now sounding like a deliberate distruction from real issues by by leaders who have nothing to offer in terms of ideas to bring us back to life. Its clear Zanu-PF will soon be history due to its catastrophic failures but people need to be shown the new road, a clear road to what comes next. We are swimming in muddy waters at the moment. We need a messiah inspite of all noisy clammerings in the political landscape whose course is definitive, unpurtabbed by all these damn distructions.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 April 2017

Hey while i do not like zanu for reasons every one sane knows please do not say every stupid thing that happens its caused by zanu . Biti is power hungry and greed he thought he had more support than Morgan but he had a rude awakening when he discovered he had nothing at all . Now he clearly sees Morgan winning next year that is why he is trying to talk sense so that may be he can be given the finance minister post after elections . But that wont happen again you messed up full time

Diibulaanyika - 11 April 2017

@Diibulanyika whatever man! Aren't all politicians greedy and power hungry. What matters now is that he's no longer working for Zanu PF. Pamberi nekubatana kwemapato anopikisa even though I don't like any of them. A bunch of incompetent people who ride on our anger and don't invent anything new

Ndosvotwa Mhani - 12 April 2017

One other thing: These guys are not going to win an election if they don't have money. They need a massive, publicised, fundraising campaign. Give us ways to donate even ma$0.50 through EcoCash. Go around the world and publicly seek funding. They stopped going to the western world because Zanu PF said it was a sign they were western funded. Idiots! They keep letting Zanu PF win. Just admit yes we are funded by these guys because they no longer like you who they used to fund

Ndosvotwa Mhani - 12 April 2017

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