Tsvangirai pushes for Mujuru meet

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly anxious to meet former Vice-President Joice Mujuru as the main opposition party leader’s bid to form a grand coalition to challenge Zanu PF in the 2018 elections gathers momentum.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Mujuru, whose People First (PF) project is yet to be transformed into a political party, has emerged as a strong force in opposition since her expulsion from Zanu PF in March last year where she was accused of plotting President Robert Mugabe’s downfall.

PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed yesterday that Tsvangirai had made overtures to engage Mujuru on a one-on-one basis to conjure up a formidable opposition alliance ahead of the 2018 watershed elections.

Mujuru and Tsvangirai

Mujuru and Tsvangirai

“They [MDC-T] have been pushing for a meeting of the two leaders [Mujuru and Tsvangirai], but we are yet to launch a party, she does not have the people’s mandate as yet and it would be difficult to see the capacity in which she would meet him,” Gumbo said.

The former Zanu PF spokesperson, however, said Mujuru and Tsvangirai would meet “at the appropriate time”.

“We will get them to meet, but when the right time comes. Tsvangirai has met (Didymus) Mutasa (former Zanu PF secretary for administration). We will continue to engage,” Gumbo said.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu, however, denied reports that the two had already held secret meetings.

“No such meeting ever took place. President Morgan Tsvangirai has been on record stating that any formal consultations with Joice Mujuru and her group can only start to happen when she has formally launched her party,” Gutu said.

“How can our leader talk to people who are yet to form their own party? Morgan Tsvangirai is a mega brand, but he is always willing and able to sit down and compare notes with the leaders of any progressive and democratic political parties with whom we share the same values, vision and aspirations.”

Asked if the MDC-T has sought to arrange a meeting between the two, Gutu was evasive saying: “We are presently fully engaged with the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), which has been agreed upon by more than 13 political parties, PF included.

“The MDC is a very keen and enthusiastic participant in the Nera trajectory. We are a party that believes in national convergence on all key and material issues that concern the welfare of the majority of Zimbabweans.”

Tsvangirai has boycotted all by-elections held after the 2013 harmonised elections demanding implementation of key electoral reforms and levelling of the political playing field to guarantee credible election results.

The country’s opposition has been weakened by internal fights and splits. The MDC-T, in particular, the biggest political grouping outside Zanu PF, was crippled by a second split inside 10 years following its electoral defeat in 2013.

Calls have been growing from across the country for an opposition coalition to take advantage of the internal succession struggle bedevilling Zanu PF and Mugabe’s advanced age ahead of what could be a defining election in 2018.

Almost all opposition parties have shown their willingness to form a coalition and Tsvangirai has publicly invited others to join his “Big Tent”.

11 Responses to Tsvangirai pushes for Mujuru meet

  1. Alib January 8, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    What a joke – a union of two useless has-beens.
    Typical of Africa, politicians with nothing to offer out of delusion think the world will stop spinning without them around.
    Both have seriously blemished lives and careers.

    • Darron January 8, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      So what do you suggest garden

    • muchaka January 8, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      @Alibee ko ukambotaura zvaunofunga zvingaite kuti inake pane kutuka vamwe …..useless pakudii iwe uri useful wadii .

  2. People last January 8, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    MDC “Big Tent” with ZANU PF? These People First guys were shouting pasi ne MDC since 1999 and were with Zanu PF for 35 years.So if Tsvangirai cannot defeat Zanu PF he its good he has decided to join them. What a vision.

  3. peter john January 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Rubbish

  4. Vision January 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    @Alibee its time Zimbas bury differences of the past & unite for a better tomorrow. Hatred & intolerance when we all belong to the same country will never get us anywhere

  5. ruhanya January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    unity of purpose is key,individualism doesnt help the nation to progress socially, politically n economically. we need to b united cdes

  6. Hayibo ! January 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Small parties are small because their leaders have small brains too . Tsvangirai wants to combine with other small parties thinking you can then beat Zanu PF . You can not beat them that way . If you really want to win , just join Zanu PF and you will win with Zanu PF . Besides this you will always lose and cry foul . Zanu got 63% and Tsvangirai plus all the other parties got the remaining 37% Suddenly you think if you combine all small parties you will win , Shame shallow thinking .

  7. Wezhira January 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Now i understand why Zimbos are good for nothing, all they do is shout ateach other mapedza mose mozhamba nenzara. Morgan is better coz he has an idea he thinks will push the country forward if you think his idea is bad why not offer a better one? Instead f shouting at each other while the country burns

  8. muvhuro January 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    Mr Tsvangirai this is where you lose it…why looking for Mujuru, instead she should be looking for you. Looking for someone without a party neither structures, FORGET NOT THAT YOU ARE A REPUTABLE BRAND ON YOU OWN…..BETTER CHAMISA

  9. Fundani Moyo January 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    I am beginning to strongly believe that Tswangirai has always been a ZANU project. In2008 he won the elections and ran away to Botswana instead of standing his ground and leading people for mass protests.. During the GNU he failed to stand up for Roy Bennett and also did not insist on the necessary reforms as a precondition for joining the GNU. Now he is out of government, but still refuses to vacate the government residence. Then came the by-elections, he called for a boycott knowing fully well that by so doing those seats would be won by ZANU. He is aware that Mujuru’s departure from ZANU was not voluntary and all the mess the country is in happened at her watch – the denial of human rights, silencing opposing voices, brutalizing innocent civilians from Gugurahundi to beating up and murdering white farmers; to the atrocities that visited the nation, mainly in Mashonaland, in the run-up to the 2008 elections; not to mention the deliberate destruction of the economy and the attendant consequences it has had upon Zimbabweans. Mujuru in leadership cannot prosecute her “partners in crime” who have looted the country’s diamonds, allocated themselves industries to run aground – the list goes on. I find his overtures mind boggling to put it mildly.

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