Tsvangirai faces fresh problems

HARARE - Former vice president and leader of the fledgling National People’s Party Joice Mujuru and other opposition chiefs who stayed away on Saturday from the launch of an electoral alliance which chose MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai as its main man, say the grand coalition is not yet a done deal.

This contrasts sharply with what Tsvangirai and other opposition leaders, who converged at the Zimbabwe Grounds, in front of other support groups, to sign and launch a coalition dubbed the MDC Alliance.

On Saturday Tsvangirai signed a pact with former Finance minister Tendai Biti of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Welshman Ncube (MDC), Jacob Ngarivhume (Transform Zimbabwe) and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF)’s Agrippa Mutambara, a retired army chief.

As far as the larger sections of the opposition movement are concerned, this is the grand coalition that they have been waiting for and its leadership has been decided.

Mujuru, who stayed away from the launch of the coalition on Saturday yesterday, however, told the Daily News talks to “form the coalition” where still ongoing.

“What happened yesterday (Saturday) must be applauded because it shows the spirit of working together among progressive forces to achieve the ultimate goals of dislodging Zanu PF and Mugabe is still there.

“Our negotiating team had engagements with the MDC last week and talks are ongoing. The only difference is the timing and as the NPP we believe that once we have concluded talks we will make an announcement once and for all.

“Coalition talks are not an event, it’s a process of interrogating areas of common interest and those where there is divergence with a view to coming up with an agreement on all grey areas and that is what we are doing with the MDC and other parties,” Mujuru’s spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro told the Daily News.

Former Finance minister and leader of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD), Simba Makoni, said he had not been invited to Saturday’s historic event, adding that he was surprised that Tsvangirai and others had launched an alliance without other parties such as his.

“We were not invited to that coalition and we could not have gate-crashed the event. Besides we already have a coalition in the form of the Coalition of Democrats (Code) to which we invited them but turned us down saying they were not ready at the time.

“We expected that they would come back to us to tell us that they are now ready for a coalition and we surely would have come together because that is what we set out to do when we came up with Code two years ago. However, they never gave us an opportunity to be part of them,” Makoni said.

Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa cast doubts about joining Tsvangirai in the coalition.

“Did you want us to dump our parties to join an MDC alliance when we do not even know what they are up to and what their strategy is?

“We formed a coalition, Code, and invited everybody and they turned us down so what do we do. They decided to form their own coalition so should we also jump ship and join them? We are not MDC.

“I suppose it is possible that we can come together, talk and come up with another coalition but I don’t see us joining the MDC coalition,” Dabengwa told the Daily News.

They all took turns to endorse Tsvangirai as their candidate to take on Mugabe in the much-anticipated plebiscite.

In his keynote address, Tsvangirai said he personally brokered the peace deal with his two estranged former secretaries-general, Ncube and Biti.

Ncube broke ranks with Tsvangirai in 2005 following an acrimonious disagreement over the party’s participation in that year’s senatorial elections while Biti left the MDC in 2014, a few months after the party suffered a thorough hiding during the previous year’s elections.

Analysts had repeatedly said a coalition involving Tsvangirai and Mujuru would present a formidable challenge to Mugabe and his quarrelling colleagues next year considering that the widow of the late decorated liberation icon — Solomon Rex —possessed strong liberation credentials and intimate know-how of Zanu PF’s election mischief.

Mujuru’s absence left many wondering whether she would oppose the coalition and go it alone or join hands with Dabengwa, Makoni and Mangoma in the Code.

Tsvangirai expressed hope that Mujuru and others would soon be joining the “big tent” despite the fact that the MDC Alliance is already portioning constituencies amongst themselves.

The duo signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU) in May, which lifted the mood of thousands of ordinary Zimbabweans looking for an alternative to Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Analysts yesterday said the coalition still needed the likes of Mujuru and Dabengwa as they were still vital in the opposition's quest to defeat Mugabe and Zanu PF.

“The MDC Alliance is an important step in the right direction towards a grand coalition, but it is not enough.

“There are unique electoral benefits that remain missing that Mujuru, Dabengwa, and Makoni would bring to the grand coalition hence the need for continued engagement towards a game- changing and formidable grand coalition.

“Beyond a coalition, the most important thing to focus on is electoral reforms to level the electoral field. If the opposition fails to secure electoral reforms then they must ensure they have the tools and mechanisms to monitor, track, and expose electoral rigging for the world to see and be convinced beyond a shadow of doubt. It has proven difficult to demonstrate that the 2013 elections were rigged in the absence of hard evidence to back up those claims,” said rights and political expert, Dewa Mavhinga.

Comments (16)

we don't even care about mujuru, makoni and dabengwa. we all know that they are zanu pf puppets. we are very happy that the original mdc is back. kana ari Simba makoni kkkk better anyarare, une ma votes mangani plus wakaonererwa 2008. bhora mberi guys, pasi nezvimbwa sungata zve zanu pf

Chatikobo - 7 August 2017

mujuru is a non-entity until we see her support base. there has been no indication of massive defection from zanu after she left. even those chefs with left with have abandoned her.

zuze - 7 August 2017

Its becoming clear that this COALITION is all about POSITIONS which may mean that if they win we will end-up with a much bigger cabinet and possibly 4 vice- presidents.

Sinyo - 7 August 2017

I think this is the team that beat Mugabe in 2008 so really any other is an aded advantange but for for now thats the team to beat so dont worry about Makoni whio split the vote by his 8% in 2008 things could have been different so with without Makoni/Mujuru Dabengwa worse becaus hehas no constintuence to talk about since 22 december 19** So just leave him alone with his problems SO the three have done their home work bcz they did it in 2008 so they can still do it again

2008 Repeat - 7 August 2017

Aivo iwe Makoni neiri dofo Mujuru pfutseke mhani!! We do not need you at all. You are part of ZANU projects!!!!

gamuchirayi - 7 August 2017

it is worrying so much to hear bad news from MDC T party about everyone doing as he or she pleases. Mr Tsvangirai, you cant just dump your perfect allies like Ms Thokhozani khupe.in this instance, you totally wrong.it is always good to consult with your allies first. We don't expect you to be adamant and be selfish Mr Tsvangirai when we facing a difficult time in prep of elections. I suggest you go back to your council,apologise to Khupe and have a consensus.hundini hwakasiya Jira mumasese vaTsvangirai.as for the Alliance,we need UNITY and stop too much talking to media and concentrate on mobilising voters,especially to rural areas where you are not known,please,hear us!

tsviriyo - 7 August 2017

Mujuru is just there for confusion,,she always talk rubbish. She was expecting that She will be imposed as the coalition leader&destroy the opposition. She is fake.Right now she is being protected by CIO,,&for what?????.Mujuru wanyangira yaona,,MDC ine vapfanha vakafunda, vanoonesa.Go back to baba Bob

Matsotsi - 7 August 2017

Hello guys; all is in order because this is MDC Alliance of MRT, TB & WN. Other forces were witnessing the Re-Alliance back into original MDC and they will form a Coalition with MDC. For those that may decide otherwise; tough luck and no stressing. If Joice takes a different route, its entirely her decision. If she joins; then she must bring in 2 things 1. rural mashonaland vote 2. strategy on how to take over power because MDC has never lost elections but has always failed to protect ballot and take over power; The Military Factor!

Save - 7 August 2017

Kurota kwaana Mujuru naana Makoni. Ngatibvirwe kumhepo isu. Pavakanzwa kuti deadline its end of July they dragged their feet either to prove that kana tisina kupfugamirwa there will be no coalition , or they will be the ones to dictate the pace.

Ziggy Zigawo - 7 August 2017

There is something always surprising about Zimbabweans, people claim to form organizations. When you look into it you will find that the leader is actually the only person in that organization. In Zapu we hear of Dabengwa only, Madhuku and Chivasa are the only faces of NCA. Mujuru's party is herself only. You have Makoni being the only member of MkD. Dabengwa is saying we formed a coalition and invited them, who is we and how many supporters do you have.

Ziggy Zigawo - 7 August 2017

Is Dewa Mavhinga saying there is no "hard evidence" to prove Zanu PF has been rigging elections and therefore we should continue contesting the elections with no reforms? The refusal to see the evidence before him!

Patrick Guramatunhu - 7 August 2017

Honestly this opposition in Zimbabwe will never dislodge Zanu PF. They negotiate in bad faith trying to outwit each other for positions. In a normal situation Tsvangirai should pave way for a healthy president. We all know he is ill despite whatever brave face he betrays, the dude is not well. He should stop thinking about himself. Look at Robert. He created divisions in his party to divert attention from himself and prolong his rule and self interest. While Lacoste and G40 continue bickering and fighting, Robert is the only Winner for his throne is not challenged. Our situation is in a very sorry state to say the least. The opposition is in disarray and Zanu PF is burning but strategically positioned because its in power. Muzenda said Zanu ichatonga kusvika ma donkey amera nyanga. He was Right.

juju - 8 August 2017

Mujuru, Dabengwa and Makoni, between the three of you you'd be damn lucky if you could command a total of thousand members. Wise up and jump on the feedom train, it ain't stopping for noone!!

Jonso - 8 August 2017

This is the beginning of a New Zimbabwe and congratulations to us Citizens of Zimbabwe because "CHANGE IS COMING"... I know it, We know it, They know it. The goodness of the Lord is upon this land and Great shall be this beloved nation of ours. All other forces shall join this Alliance movement and as a UNITED FORCE no man shall scatter it. its stronger than before and its the end of suffering for all of us.

Taenda Nenyika - 8 August 2017

The idea of an MDC Alliance is grand. The team should now work to mobilise those who support it in the rurals but are under Zanu PF voting sanctions and slavery to brave it out once and for all. Those who think voters are stupid can go form their own coalition of idiots. Its their choice.

Sagitarr - 8 August 2017

For sure and for certain the ultimate goal is to take power from The Chikwambo chanetsa vana MuZimbabwe. So Mujuru and Makoni's involvement in the game will add flesh in the Coaltion but never the less if they are not willing let them do so at their own will peril.It wont stop the Coalition from taking power.The Coalition should now go on and strategise on getting the Power because in voting its kinda obvious that it will win but how toake power is the issue because honestly which kind of a fool can vote for an already raptured party with an Old chap like Mugabe.

ZVAKORA PAZIMBA - 9 August 2017

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