Dump coalition: Tsvangirai advised

HARARE - Outspoken secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Raymond Majongwe, has urged opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to dump the mooted grand coalition — saying many of his would-be partners do not add any value to his bid to oust President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF from power in next year’s national elections.

This comes as Tsvangirai has hailed the progress that has been made by the opposition this far, towards the finalisation of talks to form the planned electoral alliance ahead of 2018.

The MDC president has already signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with former vice president Joice Mujuru and his once secretary-general, Welshman Ncube.

“Tsvangirai must know that these one-man political parties that are calling for a coalition with him are not only insincere, as the majority of them are Zanu PF projects, but will also not add any value because they have no supporters.

“The mooted coalition must not be like a bowl of salads in which all vegetables have a place.

"The MDC must realise that its strength is in the people and they must concentrate on mobilising their people and all the groups that have been with them since their formation, and identify with them, not some structures which they did not form,” Majongwe told the Daily News.

“There are some hard lessons for the MDC to learn, especially after the (Pearson) Mbalekwa fiasco where he suddenly turned up for Zanu PF primary elections when he has been Tsvangirai’s chief security aide.

“The party must listen to people who tell them the truth because they are genuine. However, you will find that they will label me Zanu PF because they want me to tell them that even if you do nothing you will win against Zanu PF.

"No, I will not say that because I mean what I say and I am genuine,” he added.

Majongwe has recently been criticised in the pro-democracy movement after he warned that Mugabe would win next year’s elections if the opposition did not put its house in order.

But analysts believe that only a grand coalition stands a better chance to beat Mugabe come next year.

Oxford scholar, Phillan Zamchiya, said yesterday that the political indicators on the ground justified the need for an alliance.

“First, Tsvangirai’s vote has been constant in the past three presidential elections. He has been getting around a million votes in all the three elections.

"In 2002, 2008 and 2013 Tsvangirai had 1 258 401, 1 195 562 and 1 172 349 votes respectively. This signifies the need to think outside the box in order to grow the vote.

“The MDC also has some political deficiencies which require other actors to augment. For example, it lacks liberation war credentials and is viewed as a party without a history by its opponents,” Zamchiya said in a Facebook post.

Tsvangirai has for the past few months been working feverishly behind the scenes with Mujuru and other smaller opposition leaders to finalise the grand coalition.

Analysts have also repeatedly said Mujuru, whose liberation struggle nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood), and whose husband Solomon was the first black post-independence army commander, could provide the much-needed bridge that opposition parties have been missing to ensure the smooth transfer of power if they win elections again.

They have also warned that without a broad coalition involving all the major opposition players, Zanu PF would use “its usual thuggish and foul methods” to retain power in 2018.

Comments (17)

Thuggish behaviour shown by Majongwe, we know he is being funded by Zanu PF to steal our victory in 2018, no turn back for a coalition, we want to outperform Zanu PF in 2018 with this grand coalition-Forward ever with Coalition, we don't want to split votes for Zanu PF to rig the elections again-Majongwe we don't want u to destroy our confidence that we have inbested in a mooted coalition deal that can b the best solution to dislodge Zanu PF from power. 2018 is our chance to start a new gvt led by a coalition principals-No no no to Zanu PF in 2018, we have suffered enough-time to have real, great Zimbabwe with a new gvt not led by Zanu PF

Tackura - 30 May 2017

Grand coalition yes only with Tsvangirai as its leader others as followers...not all vegs have space in this veg salad. Mujuru Biti Welshman etc are position seekers which the new dispensation must not tolerate...no bloated government after 2018

Sinyo - 30 May 2017

Grand coalition yes only with Tsvangirai as its leader others as followers...not all vegs have space in this veg salad. Mujuru Biti Welshman etc are position seekers which the new dispensation must not tolerate...no bloated government after 2018

Sinyo - 30 May 2017

Mr.Raymond Majongwe,are you part of the grand coalition or not?

wise - 30 May 2017

Vamajongwe muri vejongwe printers tokuziwai stereki..... makadhkwa nekutengesa manje mosvikepi nehusatanic hwenyu hwekuda mari shuti up.....never comment on grand co...

dofo - 30 May 2017

While I don't doubt Mr TSVANGIRAI's popularity I wouldn't advise him to go into the 2018 elections alone. A coalition with serious partners is the way to go. I suggest that political parties should go around holding rallies as a measure for their popularity. Some of the so called leaders of political parties who by the way are too vocal have to convince the electorate that indeed have the support base compared to Tsvangirai's MDC-T and Amai Mujuru's NPP. After having said, I TOTALLY disagree to the idea of choosing the coalition leader through a primary election.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 30 May 2017

While I don't doubt Mr TSVANGIRAI's popularity I wouldn't advise him to go into the 2018 elections alone. A coalition with serious partners is the way to go. I suggest that political parties should go around holding rallies as a measure for their popularity. Some of the so called leaders of political parties who by the way are too vocal have to convince the electorate that indeed have the support base compared to that of Tsvangirai's MDC-T and Amai Mujuru's NPP. After having said this, I TOTALLY disagree to the idea of choosing the coalition leader through a primary election.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 30 May 2017

Lets only wait for 2018 &see if Tsvangirai will win the elections.Lets only wait & see if he could do it even in a hundred yrs,if he can live up to that.If Tsvangirai is not replaced as n front man no opposition will win elections even in a hundred yrs.Opposition needs a complete overhaul & rejuvenation if they are n thing to go by-they must demonstrate democracy not autocracy to win n elections in this dispensation of emerging clear minded youth

addmore gudo - 30 May 2017

There goes another idiot, how much did zanu pf pay him. Majongwe ngaende kunovhuyiswa mbudzi. Why is it that some people want to grab lime=light by uttering nothing. Majongwe, millions of people start with one person, thus a few people from those minute parties will contribute a lot to next year's grand coalition. Go away majongwe people do not need your stupid advise, thank you.

nhemacena - 30 May 2017

MAJONGWE IS A SELL OUT. TEACHERS NEED TO KNOW THEY ARE BEING REPRESENTED BY SOMEONE WHO IS BEING FUNDED BY ZANU PF. TO HELL WITH MAJONGWE ADVISE WE DONT NEED IT IN THE MDC.

Bonganilishe - 31 May 2017

WHEN DID MAJONGWE START TO BE SYMPATHETIC TO THE ZANU GVT, THIS GUY IS EATING IN THE GRAVY TRAIN.

Bango P - 31 May 2017

A real baboon is wiser than ADDMORE GUDO. What joy is getting from the misery inflicted on Zimbabweans by this rogue regime?

Gandanga - 31 May 2017

I agree with Majongwe - what value, even in voter turnout, do some of these parties add? Most of them have never even participated in a plebiscite before!! What value do "liberation war" credentials add - fear, violence, force? What criteria is used in defining someone as a "political analyst"? A degree in POLAD? or mere rumbling? Some of them should actually shut up. For some one to even be called an analyst some sort of logic and attention to facts should prevail in what they say. For one to say MDC has no history clearly shows the "analyst" has never worked in their life - MDC is a labour -based party, whose origins are ZCTU. Tell us more about these so-called analysts, their age, background etc "Oxford-scholar" tells us nothing. Being in UK does not mean one is intelligent. The nation is neither interested in spilling any more blood nor in having "bloody" leaders whose stupidity has ruined its future. Brains are required to move Zimbabwe forward not the trigger finger.

Sagitarr - 31 May 2017

Coalition is a good move but other partners need to be vetted cause some of them are suspects

gidza - 31 May 2017

in as much as majongwe maybe a sell-out but he has some grain of truths especially on the fact that our dear movement should keep a watch on spies who have infiltrated the part ranks to cause confusion. I also doubt the intelligence system in the mdc, no wonder why these infiltrators advised tsvangirai to flee the country after he won the 2008 elections so that they can temper around with the results to their favour

padenga - 5 June 2017

in as much as majongwe maybe a sell-out but he has some grain of truths especially on the fact that our dear movement should keep a watch on spies who have infiltrated the part ranks to cause confusion. I also doubt the intelligence system in the mdc, no wonder why these infiltrators advised tsvangirai to flee the country after he won the 2008 elections so that they can temper around with the results to their favour

padenga - 5 June 2017

I agree here with Mr Majongwe.Elections are 2018 and look time wasted and time lost ,trying to broker a deal with these Coalition prospective partners.Can you trust Mangoma or Biti or Ncube as bona fide parties? Time is running out .The most important job is to put trust in electrolates and the donors. Abandoning these agreement coalition seem practical and start to mobilise people and encourage the youths to register to vote is what we all need.

Manfred - 29 June 2017

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