No talks with Mujuru: Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says his party has not yet held any formal talks for a possible coalition with the People First (PF), a movement linked to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Mujuru and Tsvangirai
Mujuru and Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with a South African television station, Africa News Network 7, on Monday night.

Since the announcement by PF officials, including former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and the former secretary for administration in the ruling party, Didymus Mutasa, that they would regroup and join others in fighting Zanu PF in 2018, there has been a lot of speculation of talks between PF and MDC-T.

But Tsvangirai said the ex-Zanu PF officials needed to start by forming a party first before committing themselves to the talks.

“To my knowledge, there has never been any coalition discussions. There have been expressions, public expressions, from Mai Mujuru’s group (and) we have equally said that those who would like to work with us, including Mai Mujuru’s group, must first of all create institutions so that it becomes an institutional discussion, not individual discussions,” Tsvangirai said.

This comes at a time when the former Premier was intensifying campaigns to reconnect with his grassroots supporters to prepare for a potentially bruising fight with the ruling party in 2018.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu told NewsDay yesterday that his boss would be embarking on whirlwind provincial tours starting with Mashonaland West today.

“President Morgan Tsvangirai is embarking on a tour of Mashonaland West province commencing tomorrow [today]. He will be meeting with the local party leadership as well as holding public rallies,” Gutu said.

Tsvangirai is set to visit Hurungwe Central constituency today, tomorrow he will be addressing a rally at Alaska Township in Chinhoyi, then on Saturday he will be at Dombwe business centre in Chegutu East constituency before rounding off on Sunday at Cassa Ground, Zvimba East constituency.

According to Gutu, Tsvangirai will be explaining the party’s position regarding the deteriorating economic situation in the country as well as clarifying why the party had adopted the “without reforms no elections” resolution.

Gutu further said Tsvangirai would outline various measures that the party was taking to ensure the Zanu PF government gives in to their demands for electoral reforms before the holding of the next harmonised elections.

“The MDC realises that the Zanu PF regime has totally failed to resuscitate the comatose economy and, as the government-in-waiting, we have found it necessary to reach out to the toiling masses of Zimbabwe in order to give them hope as well as reassuring them that the darkest hour is just before dawn,” Gutu said.

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8 Comments

  1. SaManyika Chaiye

    President Tsvangirayi forward with rallies from now till 2018!
    Forward with meeting party structures untill 2015.

    Zimbabweans, throng the rallies in support of MDC until we rescue ourselves from the the prevailing econo-socio-political atmosphere. Register to vote and inspect the voters’ roll so that we are not disappointed on the last minute. Lets engage one another peacefully and canvass support from all spheres were we have influence. Conscientize family & friends and lets keep encouraging one another to support progressive and sound policies that are practical to global economics that are tried & tested. Lets ignore localised and unrealistic policies that only exist on paper without and bankable ideologies.

  2. Vana Mujuru appear confused.Once a Zanu always a Zanu…

  3. Mujuru is enjoying this attention being MYSTERIOUS and sought after….I hope there is a plan to all this otherwise people will easily get fed up with her ‘silence is golden’ approach. She should also remember there is still so much to be done before the 2018 election and time does seem to be FLYING while she sits in limbo land. I suppose this might be because of the people surrounding her..I dont think having people like Didymus Mutasa, Jabulani Sibanda and Gumbo is reassuring an iota. In addition her other suitors like Tsvangiaryi here have no interest in forming government but just to be called the biggest opposition is all they want..As for Biti, Mangoma and Ncube ava ndeve lotto! If there was a time a real vacancy existed in people’s minds for a new ORDER..it is now and Mujuru will lose her front seat on this if she continues pussy footing and mickey mousing around with people’s dreams…Time is running out fast for her to make her MOVE!!!! Politics in Zimbabwe is a ‘hard hat’ area, she has to SAY her piece before it is too late!

  4. Mujuru is enjoying this attention being MYSTERIOUS and sought after….I hope there is a plan to all this otherwise people will easily get fed up with her ‘silence is golden’ approach. She should also remember there is still so much to be done before the 2018 election and time does seem to be FLYING while she sits in limbo land. I suppose this might be because of the people surrounding her..I dont think having people like Didymus Mutasa, Jabulani Sibanda and Gumbo is reassuring an iota. In addition her other suitors like Tsvangiaryi here have no interest in forming government but just to be called the biggest opposition is all they want..As for Biti, Mangoma and Ncube ava ndeve lotto! If there was a time a real vacancy existed in people’s minds for a new ORDER..it is now and Mujuru will lose her front seat on this if she continues pussy footing and mickey mousing around with people’s dreams…Time is running out fast for her to make her MOVE!!!!

  5. Pliz leave those Zanu people,they have a hidden agenda to bury the strongest opposition party. An intelligent tactic delay by Mujuru and team so that Morgan will remain unsuspicious of their moves, watch out.

  6. Although PF claims to use a simple approach towards it’s entry into opposition politics, it is a high time for it’s founders to realise that opposition politics is reserved for the bold, robustic, vibrant and all-round mindsets. Time is on their side to arrange themselves and then seek like-minded partners for a coalition’s dialogue. Toppling the govt of the day by vote is no joke. The Ugandan and Tanzanian opposition coalitions were haphazardly organized but their effectiveness hardly materialised. Remember you have conflicting manifestoes , unsettled speculation, egocentric approach, conflict of interest, separate grassroot support and many more differences to harmonize. Your opponents are also at work to destabilise your efforts. PF’s seriousness has not been attested and thus the current opposition must tread carefully and wait for their (PF) preparation before giving them full confidence. They may be enticed to rejoin their mother party. However, if you wait until the last minute to plan your coalition talks, you will receive the shock of the year. Let the opposition make hey when the sun shines.

  7. pachinopisa.com

    this lady was pushed out of zanu and still holds the loot that she accumulated during her zanu stint. additionally she hasn’t told us anything about all the brutalities committed by the party during her days as second in command. there shouldn’t be any talks with her as it will be equivalent to talking with zanu… a betrayal of the long suffering masses

  8. Tsvangirai displaying his political arrogance again.The guy seams to be obsessed with power to an extent of failing to read the political campus.Even though I hold nothing against these guys but my humble conviction dictates that failure to unite with Mujuru will either delay or abort his trip to the state house.Let them be reminded ,Moses their role model shared powers with seventy elders in the wilderness when he realized the Canaan mission was energy sapping and impossible.After several disappointments from September 1999,Tsvangirai should be the first in calling for the coalition which I doubt so much with Tsvangirai and his cabal’s appetite for power and illusion.If the truth,is told without fear of MDC T sympathizers.The so called mdc t is saturated with opportunists,premature politicians with intellectual malnutrition which requires immediate political diet .These so called tourism rallies have not saved MDC previously,they should adapt multi-strategic plan of campaigning.Risking the lives of innocent citizens in the name of a rally…telling them that zanu pf has failed,the economy is decaying ,there is infighting in zanu pf ,there is corruption and 2018 is the final push the prose and cons of mdc poem which has lost juice and necta.My 50 cents bond coin to these Mdc prays and worship singers is that,why don’t they take developmental projects in constituencies where Tsvangirai can visit to officially open or hand over these projects.This sounds better than politics of lamentation and rally politics.As if that is not enough the guy should direct his energy in uniting the party which lost its much needed brain holders like Welshman Ncube,Tendai Biti,Siphepha Nkomo and Elton Mangoma.They might not have grassroots support as we are forced to believe but they hold much needed brains which MDC T desperately needs at the moment.Come 2018 MDC T will cry again because of their ego and illusion.Those people coming in numbers are not voters but zanu pf agents designed to hoodwink mdc fanatics that they hold much needed support for them to relax and reject the much needed coalition with progressive forces.History is a great teacher of which it is littered with such coalition opposition forces which dislodged the incumbents. These guys should not under estimate Mai Mujuru because i’m on the ground.People are saying Tsvangirai is clueless,hence they cant vote for him again.They want to try Mai Mujuru,because one should send a thief to catch a thief.It is from this background in which we advise these guys to fold their tails and accept the coalition with Mai Mujuru to boost confidence with voters.

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