Mujuru tears into Tsvangirai

HARARE - Former Vice President and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru laid into Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday, saying his July 31 deadline within which opposition parties must form a coalition was not feasible and that the MDC leader’s underlings were being overexcited.

Mujuru told the media after signing an alliance pact with Gilbert Dzikiti of the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (Dare) at her party’s offices in Harare that although opposition parties were racing against time to consummate the coalition, there was need to be realistic with the deadlines.

She said as far as her party was concerned, no such deadline exists.

“We do not have a deadline for the coalition yet. What I am saying is that July 31 is not a practical date. It should be stressed that it is not about the date, but finding trust with each other. Unfortunately, there are some people who have a big brother attitude. Let us work together and let us not attack each other in public,” said the NPP leader.

“This mentality that only I can do this is wrong; let us self-introspect and agree on a leader who is acceptable to everyone. We know that there are some who are sending their underlings to set the agenda,” she added.

This comes as the MDC top brass has made it clear that it is either their leader, Tsvangirai, who should lead the envisaged grand coalition or no one else.

Tsvangirai and his confidantes have gone further to give a July 31 deadline for all those interested in coming on board to do so or be left behind.

On Sunday, MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa also told a rally in his Kuwadzana constituency that those who were not comfortable with Tsvangirai leading the coalition were free not to join the so-called big tent.

“On the issue of coalition, the president is having coalition talks until the end of July, after 31 July, we will close the (coalition) gates. Those who agree with us we will walk together, we want everyone to come. Vanhu vose vanoziva munhu anga achivhima nguva yose, iwe woona mhuka yakabatwa gumbo wotora banga wocheka musoro, ndeyako? (you don’t reap what you did not sow). We walked a very long journey, we want democracy but for now it’s not good to have many political parties; we must give president Tsvangirai a chance,” said Chamisa.

Mujuru’s new found partner and Dare leader, Dzikiti, had no kind words as well for Tsvangirai and his party, which he accused of sponsoring fly-by-night political parties to strengthen his hand ahead of negotiations for the grand coalition that could take place this week.

“There is a proliferation of sponsored parties and the gathering of the so-called 10 parties that endorsed Tsvangirai over the weekend was one such thing. They are some civil society organisation that we know want to divide the opposition by sponsoring these parties,” said Dzikiti.

As she signed the alliance pact with Dzikiti, Mujuru claimed that the deal does not affect prior agreements she had with Tsvangirai or mean that the two will not be working together.

“Late last week, we signed an electoral alliance with Zimbabwe United for Democracy (Zunde) in the spirit of inclusivity; inclusivity being one of our core values as a party. It is in the same spirit and in keeping with the provisions of our MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) that today we are signing an electoral alliance agreement with Dare. It is equally in the same spirit that you may have heard that the MDC has signed other MoUs with more opposition parties and therefore should not be read to signal discord among coalition partners,” said Mujuru.

She said soon the principals involved in the coalition talks would be coming together with an official position on the grand coalition.

“The clarion call for a united coalition to guarantee change come 2018 has been heard and I can confirm our party commitment to the coming together of genuine opposition forces to deliver victory for the people of Zimbabwe,” said Mujuru.

Contacted for comment, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the MDC was not behaving like a big brother and will not discuss about the coalition in the media.

“Our trajectory on coalitions has always been made abundantly clear. We will never, ever negotiate and/or discuss coalition issues in the media or the in the public domain.

“There is something that is called quiet diplomacy. Believe you me, when you are cutting coalition deals, quiet diplomacy is more effective than megaphone diplomacy. (President Morgan) Tsvangirai is personally handling all our coalition deliberations and, to date, we are perfectly happy with the progress that has been made,” said Gutu.

Comments (18)

Those who are shouting loudest about "inclusivity" have no tangible support on the ground...only virtual, arm-chair supporters. It's best to leave them alone. How many voters do they have apart from their imposed so-called leaders?

Sagitarr - 19 July 2017

Chinoshamisa ndechekuti pese panotaura Mujuru anenge achi opposer Tsvangirai yet on Tsvangirai side they say everything is in order. What exactly is going on between these two parties????.Are they contesting against each other,,or else it's just a strategy of confusing the enemy. The truth here is,MDC is the big brother like it or not Mujuru,,because they started the struggle &they are big,as for Mujuru,,like chamisa said,,irikufaya kuita Mucheka dzafa&that only raises much doubts about your mission.The question is,,can u be trusted???

Matsotsi - 19 July 2017

Zimbabweans join me in my very new song 'Tsvangirai tiyambudzei, kuno kwaita moto .Tsvangirai tinunurei tafanedzaraaaaaaa,mujuru tisiyeyi wo tinota Morgiza

safangendlala - 19 July 2017

Zimbabweans join me in my very new song 'Tsvangirai tiyambudzei, kuno kwaita moto .Tsvangirai tinunurei tafanedzaraaaaaaa,mujuru tisiyeyi wo tinota Morgiza

safangendlala - 19 July 2017

Truly speaking, Mujuru wants to destroy MDC.Because her comments are very clear.Please Tsvangirai,I know u are a good&forgiving man,,just forget about this woman.She is a zanu agent targeting u only.Mujuru is bad news,,she is going to split the votes&she wants to win MDC supporters by acting as if she is a good messenger from heaven.Watch out Zimbos

Matsotsi - 19 July 2017

kkkkkkkkkkk vana mujuru hanzi moona mhuka yakabatwa gumbo imi morowa musoro moti mhuka ngeyenyu hwezvoka izvo.....kkkkk ndaseka.Asi my advice Madam president musamhanya uye refrein from shouting the peoples president Dr morgan Rechard Tsvangirai

dofo - 19 July 2017

Bona fide opposition parties should proceed. Mujuru is the fly in the ointment. She is following a script from their well choreographed zanu plan to hedge their bets post Mugabe. It will suit her if this thing carries on until 2018 and by then it will be too late to actually campaign meaningfully.

Galore - 19 July 2017

my question is does Tsvangirayi really need this lady?

Eihcir - 19 July 2017

Mujuru is a ZANU PF creation creature. She is showing her true colors now. She just joined the opposition politics 3 years ago and now she wants to compare herself with Tsvagirai who have been into this political landscape for 20 yeras.NO ways. Biti, Simba Makoni and Welshman Ncebe are the true Comrades that we must join hands with

shshgd - 19 July 2017

Mujuru is after something not genuine coalition. Best is just to leave her alone and it would be clear what she is really after. There are a number of issues to be attended to by individual parties in preparation for 2018 so time limit for coalition should be adhered to - end of July thats it.

Pythias Makonese - 19 July 2017

It's very clear that Mai Mujuru wants to lead the coalition in next year's presidential elections.Unfortunately for her,she doesn't have enough support to win that election.We all support Mr.Tsvangirayi to stand as the coalition presidential candidate.He won it(presidential elections)before.We are confident that he can win it without Mai Mujuru.

widzo - 19 July 2017

Track record ya Mujuru is littered with bungles and failures! She cannot build or manage anything. Her marriage na General Mujuru, her performance as Zimbabwe vice president, as leader of People First, now as leader of NPP, yawatadza kuvaka. Disaster after disaster. Wakuti time ishoma yecoalition. Manyepo! SIMPLY PUT- "YOUR HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER", and WILL NEVER BE! Totally disorganized. You are wasting THE PEOPLES TIME!!!

Will Blackman - 19 July 2017

I think the MDC T camp is beginning to realize mujuru is actually working for zanu like what some of us have always been saying. The question in my head is simply why can't MDC realise that they really don't need to join with anyone at all. All they need to do is campaign and educate the voters about the election, the people are hungry for that. This dull mujuru is getting to my nerves now eish.

misty - 20 July 2017

leave Tsvangirai & friends to go it alone.Make the unity of purpose in code & take him head on.We all know he won't win

addmore gudo - 20 July 2017

It is a shame to see some people still thinking Mugabe is unbeatable despite the fact that he was humiliated by Morgan in 2008 and next year he will finish off this old useless Mugabe . As for Mujuru we all know she lacks respected as we all remember at one time she insulted the father of the nation for saying her ministry award a license Econet . She is one of the most destructive leaders in the country who destroyed our economy . I wonder if she know that she has no support right across the nation she is not trusted at all bcoz she is zanu the party that gave her riches .Now she angry with Morgan bcozz she wants to talk talk talk talk unending coalition talks so that her party zanu can have time to campaign hence blaming Morgan for reason at all .

Diibulaanyika - 20 July 2017

Whoever has the normal five senses (the sixth sense not necessary) should have seen that this bullfrog called Teurai brings nothing other than chaos and confusion to any party she get linked to. She thinks because of Solomon she is something worth to be counted in Zimbabwe. Don´t forget at JC level she passed only one subject - history.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 20 July 2017

True if Joice did not sleep with Solomon while in the bush camps in Moza she would be nothing bcoz she has no brains .She can contest with her NDA NDUs coalition next year presidential elections she will get nothing zero

Diibulaanyika - 20 July 2017

Nelson Chamisa, I used to respect you. If you equate Zimbabwe to hunted game then alas, we do not know what you intend to do with the animal after you kill it. Eat it up? So what's the difference between you and ZANU PF?

Jonso - 1 August 2017

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