No deal with Mujuru: Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday denied claims by National People’s Party (NPP) leader, Joice Mujuru that the two parties had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a grand coalition.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

WORLDS APART . . . MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai chats to his National People’s Party counterpart Joice Mujuru at a rally last year
WORLDS APART . . . MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai chats to his National People’s Party counterpart Joice Mujuru at a rally last year

This came hardly a week after Mujuru told party supporters in Masvingo that she had signed an MoU with Tsvangirai, which would see the latter emerge as leader of the proposed grand coalition to challenge President Robert Mugabe in next year’s presidential race.

But, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, in a statement yesterday, said although his boss had opened up “fruitful negotiations with several political parties” over the past few months, he was yet to seal a concrete pact with any of the parties involved in the coalition talks.

“I wish to state that president Tsvangirai has not signed an agreement or a memorandum of understanding with anyone, even though he is currently engaged in fruitful discussions with several political parties, including the NPP,” Tamborinyoka said.

“Once the process of alliance talks and engagements is complete, president Tsvangirai will update party organs and the people of Zimbabwe on the outcome. We are alive to the fact that both these coalition talks and the next election are not about Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai or any other political leader for that matter.

“The next election is about the people of Zimbabwe post-Mugabe and their opportunity to lay the ground for an inclusive society well-poised for economic growth, stability, democracy and massive transformation of our governance culture.”

Tamborinyoka said any coalition was likely to go beyond just political parties and was also about forming strategic alliances.

“As president Tsvangirai, two weeks ago, told the national council, these alliances are likely to go beyond political parties to include key and strategic networks that we cannot divulge for now,” he said.

“Put simply, the next election is about the people and not the leaders, which is why president Tsvangirai is encouraging everyone, particularly the youth, to register to vote so that they can determine their own future and not outsource that precious future to anyone.”

Mujuru, whose party has been rocked by mass defections and resignations of top officials over the past few weeks, is on record confirming that her deal with Tsvangirai was already done.

“We signed a memorandum of understanding with Tsvangirai, which has a roadmap that we agreed on, which outlines the strategy,” she said in Masvingo last Thursday and NewsDay has an audio recording of the speech.

“We also tabled our differences and resolved them.”

Contacted for comment yesterday, Mujuru’s spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro appeared to have been caught flat-footed and was at pains to explain the contradictory statements by the two leaders.

Nyandoro blamed what he termed Mujuru’s unnamed detractors for fomenting “deliberate mischief” to “cause confusion and disharmony between MDC-T and NPP’s leadership and party supporters”.

“We have not signed any MoU with Morgan Tsvangirai and his party… She did not make such pronouncements, she did not endorse Tsvangirai as the leader of the coalition,” he said.

“These are deliberate mischiefs to cause confusion between MDC-T and NPP’s leadership and party supporters.”

The contradictions are likely to come as good news to Zanu PF, whose leader, Mugabe last Friday mocked the opposition parties’ “grand coalition”, satirically saying it would result in a “grand defeat”.

12 Comments

  1. Lets wait for 2018 & see who will win,& afterwards what will happen

  2. these fools, in as much as we want zanu pf to fall, with these kind of politicians we have its never gonna happen

  3. MDC Why do you doubt yourselves when majority Zimbabweans are backing, dont waste your time trying to sleep with enemies the sprouting parties are power hungry if those small parties still have same Agenda why dont they come join the part and we fight together, if they were genuine why trying new brands for the same motive, mai Mujuru ngawatenge card reMDC wagoona kuti Morgan angawanyima chigaro here, that way we are really guaranteed her serious paRigime change Project kwete zvekuda kuita maBoss. MDC you are loosing the plot by concentrating your energies on useless coalitions instead of nursing your cells and other important organs, Zanu Pf once boasted their infinite ways to win elections, this is it wane maziso ngawaone

    1. makes sense

  4. Enough rhetoric! When are we going to receive factual and authentic news about the progress of the coalition, if any? Flip flopping Tsvangirai and Mujuru have become political albatrosses. Relying on the two (alone) has turned the opposition wing into a marktiming mode whereas their competitors’ star continue to rise. Its foolhardy to hope against hope that Zanu PF disintegrate and create a vacuum for you. Unless Zimbabweans defy all odds and think outside the box, change will remain a pie in the sky.

    1. This rubbish is also bothering me, honestly its today something, tomorrow another, all the damn time, at this rate we’ll just be crying come 2018, i really doubt this is any sort of strategy. Why not just shut up about it until pane zviri solid zvekutaura.

  5. tichangovhotera Zanu pf zvopera. Amai kana VP Mnangangwa wongoita president and then vongobvisa ma policies akaiswa naHis Excellence the likes of indigenisation.becz naSave hatione chakanaka chinobuda the guy is confused. Mujuru ngajoiner MDC atenge Card semunhu wese kwete kuda kuramba achingoita political player muZim. Ndivo vanhu vakunganisa change muZimbabwe ivava. I think VP Mnangagwa akanyatso campainger mushe kaa togona kuona Zim ichinja isu kwete ans Save ava. Pamberi NA NGWENA PASI NASAVE NAGUSHONGO

  6. In as much as we want ZANU PF out of power, but i think these opposition parties are useless, coalition, coalition, since when? time is ticking out, Now i believe Makandiwa’s prophecy that the next president of Zimbabwe is in diaspora right now, these opposition party leaders are just power hungry and clueless, by this time i expected the coalition to be a done deal already and all these opposition parties should be holding grand combined rallies, clearly showing people that they have joined hands. Mwari chitipai mutungamiriri chaiye anotonga Zimbabwe anobva kwamuri,

  7. Let us form our own party the Povo Party

  8. Yep, its time you clown opposition got together and sorted things out like adults instead of f@cking around and messing with peoples hopes, aspirations and dreams! something bigger than you could come out and f@ck you both ZANU and MDC by that time! Grow up you opposition b!tches before time overtakes you!!!

  9. It’s not a matter of just forming a grand coalition for the sake of it, a lot has to be considered. If at all a coalition is going to be formed, timing has to be perfect. In my opinion, its too early to form a coalition as this will give ZANU PF time to study the coalition strategy and try to sabotage it by year end. ZANU PF is a devil and has to be taken by surprise at the last minute. The coalition must have a short life just before elections and a longer stronger life after the battle has been one.

  10. Haaa mjuru and tsvangirai same same madofo ese,no strategy,clueless.

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