THE MDC has distanced itself from talks of a coalition to unseat Zanu PF and said it would field Welshman Ncube as its presidential candidate in harmonised elections expected sometime this year.
REPORT BY KHANYILE MLOTSHWA STAFF REPORTER
The past three weeks have been abuzz with reports of the two MDCs and several other political parties forging an alliance to dislodge Zanu PF.
However in a Facebook post yesterday, MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said the party was not interested in a “pact with anyone.”
“The truth will always out. Having been told all along that our party will not achieve anything measurable on a political Richter scale in the next elections coming this year, we are now suddenly bombarded with plea and force to join hands with and ‘assist’ MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai defeat Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe,” Dube said.
“The once-discarded Welshman Ncube is now being called all sorts of nice things in enticing him to play ‘maid of honour’ to Tsvangirai. The big question is why? Why are the selfish now pretending to be selfless? Why are they asking for the aid of a teaspoon when they claim to have a shovel with which they will load their wheelbarrow full of votes? There is more to this ‘grand plan’ than meets the eye.”
Dube added: “Who says that Morgan’s win equals the defeat of Mugabe if Mugabe and Tsvangirai are defined in terms of political DNA, political upbringing, political ethos, political value system, character and actions? For us it is about the ethos and character of Zimbabwe post Mugabe and that begins with voting for the change you can count on all the time, every time. For us principle, truth, fairness, honesty and dedication to keeping and delivering on one’s word are the pillars on which our party and president are founded. For these reasons, Welshman Ncube will contest for the Zimbabwe presidency.”
Efforts to forge a united front between the two MDCs for the 2008 elections fell apart at the last minute over differences about candidate selection.