Chamisa, Mujuru cosying up

HARARE - MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and National People’s Party (NPP) president Joice Mujuru are moving towards joining forces in order to fight President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party as a cohesive unit at the forthcoming general elections in July.

NPP spokesperson Jefferson Chitando confirmed the talks, saying these have reached an advanced stage.

“Since the death of (founding MDC president Morgan) Tsvangirai in February, talks between the two parties for a coalition have never stopped and it is our hope that the talks will be concluded as soon as possible because that is the only way we can have Zimbabwe working again,” Chitando said.

“Mujuru has been meeting other leaders of opposition parties lately although I cannot tell you details but it is reality that meetings have been held not only with Chamisa but with other leaders as well”.

Chitando expressed hope that an announcement would be made soon. Chamisa’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka referred questions to MDC acting spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo saying he was on study leave.

While Khumalo was not immediately available for a comment, Chamisa is on record extending an olive branch to Mujuru and Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa.

Addressing MDC supporters at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda last weekend, Chamisa said he was mooting a grand coalition with Mujuru, Dabengwa and other smaller parties in order to dismantle Mnangagwa and Zanu PF’s hegemony.

“The people in this country need to be united. I asked Mujuru and Dabengwa and other small political parties to join me. We need a united front to beat Zanu PF,” he said.

Analysts are unanimous that a united opposition, fighting with one purpose, could easily bring Zanu PF’s rule to an abrupt end, especially at a time when Mnangagwa is facing rebellion in his party over the just-ended primary elections.

Several losing Zanu PF Members of Parliament have been threatening to run as independent candidates or vote for the opposition in protest over alleged rigging of the primary polls.

Proponents for a grand coalition believe that 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.

Comments (3)

"TO CHANGE WITH CHANGE IS AN UNCHANGEABLE STATE" The sad, sorry, pathetic state of Zimbabwean politics - recycling the same deadwood and hoping we will get change. MDC-T were focused under Tsvangirai. False unity by ex-Zanu PF (disgruntled leaders) to form ranks with the opposition is a sure recipe for the perpetuation of the Zanu PF hegemony.

Daniel 5 - 30 May 2018

A coalition means you agree that you can not beat Zanu PF and so you are just trying to console yourselves by ganging against the giant (Zanu PF). You are actually losing a lot of your people because of bringing in parties that only have names and no supporters . It now appears that its a coalition of very dull people .

Hayibo. - 30 May 2018

Hayibo you are nothing but just a cheap biological being.You know very well that MDC thrushed the old dictator Mugabe hands odwn and the same junta that is now at the helm are the very same people that denied Tsvangira victory taking over as head of state.So what has changed that will make people change their mainds and vote for the Junta?Mugabe actually had a better chance of winning than the military junta iripo iyi despite his ripe age.Parties are just forming coalitions in order to reduce the chances of rigging by zanu pf.What has the military changed in orderfor people to vote for them?There is no democracy under military government,things will actually be worse than when the former old dictator was there.

Luke Munya Mabika - 30 May 2018

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