Gumbo slams Tsvangirai coalition

HARARE - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) co-leader Rugare Gumbo has said his party will not join MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s mooted grand coalition, arguing it is “opportunistic and exclusive”.

He rubbished the alliance —which has seen Tsvangirai sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with former ally Welshman Ncube and ex-Vice President Joice Mujuru — saying it was “rushed and lacked full consultation”.

Gumbo, whose fledgling outfit recently split for the third time, hardly two years after its formation, told the Daily News yesterday that ZPF would seek to forge ‘‘an all-inclusive” alliance outside the one being championed by Tsvangirai.

“We will not be part of such a coalition which came about through a rushed process without the consultation of stakeholders, including war veterans, the business community, civic society and social groups . . . because it will not yield the change that Zimbabweans are yearning for,” the former Zanu PF spokesperson said.

This comes as Tsvangirai’s MoUs with Ncube and Mujuru —who recently ditched ZPF to form her own National People’s Party (NPP) following an ugly row with Gumbo and others — have been widely seen as a harbinger to a grand coalition that will see the country’s opposition parties field a single presidential candidate to take on President Robert Mugabe in the 2018 elections.

While Gumbo has distanced his party from the coalition, his co-leader in ZPF, Didymus Mutasa, is on record endorsing Tsvangirai as the “natural” leader of the coalition.

Describing the long-time Mugabe rival as a “real fighter for democracy”, in a previous interview with the Daily News, Mutasa said Tsvangirai has fought hard in the battle for political change.

“For me, Tsvangirai should be the natural leader of the coalition because of who he is. The man has suffered a long time for political change in the country and what the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) stands for what Tsvangirai and the MDC built and the rest of us are latecomers in this game,” the former State Security minister in Mugabe’s government said.

“We want a leader who will pursue a Pan Africanist agenda, someone who will do what we thought Mugabe would do but failed, and as ZPF, we want to have discussions about who should lead the coalition because when we wanted to do it while we were still with Mujuru, she prevaricated,” Mutasa said.

Interestingly, Mujuru formed the NPP after falling out with her former allies on allegations that they were Zanu PF agents and accused them of stalling coalition talks with Tsvangirai.

In response, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said “Gumbo . . . has got it horribly wrong”.

“He is a former Zanu PF member and he knows very well that we are dealing with a rabidly tyrannical and fascist regime that is now beyond reformation,” he said, adding that “coalitions give us numbers and a certain degree of unity and focus as we confront the Zanu PF regime in next year’s elections”.

“As a strong coalition, our push for electoral reforms is also more forceful and effective. There is absolutely nothing opportunistic nor exclusionary about a formidable coalition. In fact, no genuine and patriotic opposition political party has been deliberately excluded from the coalition talks,” Gutu told the Daily News.

Comments (10)

This Gumbo is confused - he doesn't add an ounce of value at all. You are free Rugare to start your own coalition with your "stakeholders" to deliver whatever it is that you helped to pull down in the first place.

Sagitarr - 3 May 2017

Ana Gumbo munongowawata muchitsvaga publicity....I suspect muri ma ZANU trying to cause confusion in the opposition ranks

mutape - 3 May 2017

Gumbo ,you now seem to be more confused than Bob.You are just an old fool kicked out from zanu pf when you still wanted to be part of that establishment.You are now seeking relevance by barking trash.Go ahead old man ,form your own coalition with the likes of Themba Mliswa,Lacoste,Sarah Mahoka,Sandi Moyo,Mandiita wefodya Chimene and so forth and see if anyone cares.You kept on propping up Bob to be your leader since 1980 forgetting that you also had the democratic right to be lead.Now with age not on your side just forget it old man by not falling into old Bob's trap of wanting to die in politics.

Janana wa Bikaz - 3 May 2017

Gumbo ,you now seem to be more confused than Bob.You are just an old fool kicked out from zanu pf when you still wanted to be part of that establishment.You are now seeking relevance by barking trash.Go ahead old man ,form your own coalition with the likes of Themba Mliswa,Lacoste,Sarah Mahoka,Sandi Moyo,Mandiita wefodya Chimene and so forth and see if anyone cares.You kept on propping up Bob to be your leader since 1980 forgetting that you also had the democratic right to be lead.Now with age not on your side just forget it old man by not falling into old Bob's trap of wanting to die in politics.

Janana wa Bikaz - 3 May 2017

Gumbo ,you now seem to be more confused than Bob.You are just an old fool kicked out from zanu pf when you still wanted to be part of that establishment.You are now seeking relevance by barking trash.Go ahead old man ,form your own coalition with the likes of Themba Mliswa,Lacoste,Sarah Mahoka,Sandi Moyo,Mandiita wefodya Chimene and so forth and see if anyone cares.You kept on propping up Bob to be your leader since 1980 forgetting that you also had the democratic right to be lead.Now with age not on your side just forget it old man by not falling into old Bob's trap of wanting to die in politics.

Janana wa Bikaz - 3 May 2017

Blame Gumbo at your peril, Tswangirai has clear greed for power nothing eslse. There is no solution for the country from this generation of Leaders who have dinned with the present system. Prop up the young dictator for god sake the current one will be swept away by nature soon,

gearge bango - 3 May 2017

Mujuru was right that time she accused these old fools of being ZANU agents.

Matsotsi - 3 May 2017

VaGumbo vakangogara vasingazivi zvekutaura kubvira vachiri kuZanu. Dzinokuta. Don't ever take anything from him.

Zvenyika - 4 May 2017

If Gumbo does not want a coalition with the real opposition parties then he must go it alone and see how many votes he will get otherwise he must continue with his assignment of confusing the electorate to please his master.

Ndabaningi - 4 May 2017

Gumbo is someone who is mentally deranged. Does he have a Party in the first place? ZimPF now is led by A Mutambara so which party does he belong to? Keep quite old man and enjoy the drama of change.

Chemical Solution - 4 May 2017

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