Change name, then we talk — Mujuru

HARARE - Leader of the newly-formed coalition — People’s Rainbow Alliance (PRA) — Joice Mujuru has insisted they will only join forces with the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC Alliance after it adopts a neutral name, among other conditions.

Mujuru, who also leads the opposition National People’s Party (NPP), argues that the name MDC Alliance is derived from Tsvangirai’s MDC, which almost represents his party’s interests and is exclusionary.

This comes as opposition political parties are on record claiming that a grand coalition is the only way to win against long-ruling President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in 2018’s election.

Though the opposition parties remain positive that they will eventually find one another, three distinct groups have so far emerged in the run-up to next year’s elections.

As it stands, Mujuru was over the weekend chosen to lead PRA, while on the other hand, MDC’s Tsvangirai is leading the MDC Alliance and Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader Elton Mangoma is leading the Coalition for Democrats (Code).

Asked about the new development, Mujuru’s spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro, said his principal’s nomination to lead the PRA does not mean that they are not going to be working with other like-minded political parties, but emphasised the need for neutrality, even in names.

“What is clear from yesterday’s (Saturday) launch is a testament of what a coalition should be. This is a coalition with one goal, one logo and a neutral name.

“This, however, does not become an exclusion not to work with others. That does not stop us from engaging with others,” Nyandoro said.

Queried how they were going to coalesce in light of three different coalitions with distinct leaders having emerged, he said when the time comes, they will select a leader through a consensus and democratic means.

“If you see some of the aspirations set as a matter of public record, Mujuru has been selected through consensus.

“Where consensus fails, parties’ representatives will be involved. In our view, it won’t be a problem, there will be a selection of the members through party organs.

“We want this to have legitimacy. The selection of Mujuru or Tsvangirai to the leadership position is agreed through a consensus. But in the absence of that consensus, let’s show the people we are democratic. The ultimate goal is to fight the dynasty,” he said.

PRA members are on record against the use of the name MDC Alliance as the name of the coalition.

They argue that the name of the coalition must be neutral and not refer to any party which is a player in the coalition, amid indications by MDC, which is the biggest opposition party in Zimbabwe that the name will not be changed.

This has resulted in the mooted grand coalition suffering major setbacks with clearly less than 12 months to go to the next elections. The coalition has been wobbling, with no distinct conclusion having been made, creating chances that it might not come to fruition in time.

While some of the misunderstandings are emanating from a party level, the squabbling is also being escalated to inter-party with differences around the allocation of seats and the name of the alliance taking centre stage.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said they were also willing to work with other democratic forces willing to end a “Mugabe dynasty”.

“We are on record and willing to work with all patriotic Zimbabweans, who want to see the death of the Mugabe dynasty, who have reduced everything to a fiefdom.

“We are willing to work with everyone in the big tent. We don’t look at the people’s race, ethnicity or colour. As long as one is a patriotic Zimbabwean willing to work hard on our shuttered economy, we are willing to work with them.

“This is what we have always been saying, we don’t discuss in public. In the domain of company law there is something called measures and acquisition.

“You only hear on the day of acquisition that such and such a company has acquired something. This is exactly what happens in politics,” Gutu said.

Comments (8)

Out doing each other in coming up with a fancy name . Day dreamers.

chimuti - 13 November 2017

If MDC Alliance is sincere and wants to be a government in waiting they need to stop wasting energy on people like Joyce Mujuru...her outfit has not even been tested electorally and yet she wants to hold people to ransom. Afterall she is zanu through and through and this same zanu is the reason why Zimbabwe is in the predicament that it is in. Zimbabwe needs a clean break and start afresh. If you carry these zanu sleeper cells you will find yourselves in the same predicament as in the GPA coalition government where no meaningful program is agreed and implemented and the only thing you agree on is increasing your salaries and buying new cars. Let Mujuru go into coalition with her other zanu types like ED. Whilst you are at it you might want to encourage that ZIMPF Mutambara fellow to join Mujuru as well.

Galore - 13 November 2017

What about Rhodesian Front for a new name and a new start?

Thomas Moyo - 13 November 2017

isu vezanu tirikukudushai tsvee zvekumobiliser voter registration muri kurwirwa zita

g40 - 13 November 2017

Mujuru is just a warvet who by some miscalculation in ZanuPF, she ended up vice-president of Zimbabwe. Zanu definitely boosted her EGO, which has lingered on despite being chucked out. She doesn't have what it takes to be leader. She messed up People First, and in ZNLWVA she is not respected that much as Dabengwa is. Too much ego and power hungry. MDC should be engaging ZNLWVA and Dabengwa because they can deliver credible numbers in their constituencies. ZNLWVA acknowledges MDC alliance, so why bother about Mujuru who does not acknowledge you. MDC stop wasting time with Mujuru, getting fed up with her stupid game. She is JUST A WARVET, bitter at the way she was treated by Gire, a non-warvet!

Will Blackman - 13 November 2017

MDC Alliance does not need Joice "Teurai ropa" Nhongo. Let her do her thing. MDC is a 17 year old brand supported by civil people voluntarily. Noone is in MDC under duress. Please MDC leaders steer clear of these bloody people, they might want to start spilling blood again. They represent confusion and hatred and will compromise our freedom moving forward.

Sagitarr - 14 November 2017

A high percentage of people would agree that to dislodge ZANU PF from government at the 2018 elections, the opposition has to be and stand together as a unitary force. The fragmentation of the opposition vote will give ZANU PF a clear lead. As I see it, likely MDC Alliance, Code and PRA will get a fifth each of the vote. Giving ZANU PF a clear two fifths to win. So guys in MDC really why not be fair and use a neutral name like all the other parties in the proposed Grand Coalition? Without that unity in the opposition, another '2013' result becons. I dont think Mujuru is a problem in the opposition. ED would be a welcome bonus too!!

Shingirirai - 14 November 2017

...and of course who leads the proposed Grand Coalition has to be chosen through a vote, in true DEMOCRACY fashion. Then the Grand Coalition can start to campaign in earnest. To me, TIME is running out guys!!

Shingirirai - 14 November 2017

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