Tsvangirai, Ncube kiss and make up

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) ahead of next year’s elections, a development that ends a 12-year acrimonious relationship that followed the split of the original MDC in 2005.


DONE DEAL ... MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai (left) shakes hands with his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at the former’s  residence in Harare yesterday
DONE DEAL … MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai (left) shakes hands with his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at the former’s
residence in Harare yesterday

In an unprecedented show, both Tsvangirai and Ncube apologised to Zimbabweans for causing the infamous split of 2005, which is believed to have contributed to the opposition parties’ successive election defeats by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Addressing journalists after the signing ceremony, the two opposition leaders took responsibility for Mugabe’s successive victories in 2008 and 2013, saying had they remained together, Zanu PF would have long been thrown into the political dustbin.

“Today, we continue the journey that we started yesterday (Wednesday) with (National People’s Party [NPP] leader) Joice Mujuru; a journey, whose destination is a democratic, free and prosperous Zimbabwe under a caring government,” Tsvangirai said.

“It would also be equally dishonest not to recognise that in our journey with Ncube, we both made our own mistakes. We split our party in 2005.

“The cost of that vote-splitting, in addition to the blatant manipulation of (election) results, delayed change for the people of Zimbabwe in 2008. It takes humble leadership to accept one’s mistakes, but it takes bold leadership to correct those mistakes.”

Yesterday’s signing ceremony came a day after Tsvangirai made a similar pact with former Vice-President Mujuru, who now heads NPP.

“It is in this respect that I am both relieved and pleased to have signed an MoU with Ncube, as a first step towards undoing the damage we caused ourselves,” Tsvangirai said.

Tsvangirai and Ncube were among the founders of the MDC in 1999 along with other opposition politicians such as the late Gibson Sibanda and People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai Biti, before the party was hit by two splits in 2005 and 2013.

“Today, Ncube and I will open a new chapter and craft a political agreement that should see us harness and combine our known electoral strengths to face our common opponent as a united front,” the former Prime Minister said.

Tsvangirai vowed that next year, Zanu PF would be confronted by a combined force of opposition parties, who “are sick and tired of Mugabe’s failed leadership”.

“If anyone in this country expects us to contest the next elections separately, as we did in 2008 and 2013 and expect a different result, it will not only be a third moment of real madness, but the highest form of insanity and none of us is insane,” he said.

The MDC-T leader evoked the name of one of Zimbabwe’s founding nationalists, the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, as he illustrated how Mugabe and his regime had failed the country.

“However, to embark on this transformation agenda, we need to extricate ourselves from the shackles of the corrosive dictatorship and economic mismanagement gripping our nation State,” Tsvangirai said.

“Father Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo, in his memoirs, while exiled in England, wrote something very profound: ‘The hardest lesson of my life has come to me late. It is that a nation can win freedom without its people being free.’ His words still ring true today as they did then.

“As Zimbabweans, we are still not free, but none but ourselves can free ourselves, and to do so we need to work together.”

Ncube, in his remarks, said he took responsibility for the 2005 split, describing the decision by both himself and Tsvangirai as not in the nation’s interest.

“The decisions that we made were clearly not in the national interest in particular in relation to splitting of the MDC that the president (Tsvangirai) referred to,” he said.

“We accept that we divided our people and the vibrancy of the party, which we should not have done.

“I do take responsibility for those mistakes, but what is more important, as it stands, is for us to not just accept those mistakes, but begin to take steps that are necessary for us to be accountable to the people of Zimbabwe.”

Ncube said Zimbabweans were eager for a coalition and the signing of the MoU marked the beginning of that journey.

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  1. its a good political move by the two.they dont have to neccessarily love each other to be able to work together.common interest would dictate that they work as one.

  2. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together. Where there is a will there is a way. Keep the flame burning.

  3. T.K.. Mudzimuirema

    There is need to urgently tell the nation what the National Foreign Policy will embrace and how it will differ from the current one.

    1. Wezhira wezhara

      Zvema Policy hazvisi zvekuita announce prematurely. MDC ndiyo yakaunza idea yeLand reform in their 1999 manifesto and ZANU PF hijacked it nejambanja. That is for the campaign period my brother.

      1. tendai chaminuka

        @Wezhira wezhara zvokwadi usazuwa uchidero and please do not distort information.The issue of Land Reform was tabled at the LANCASTER House Conference and this distribution was to start after 10 years.That puts it at 1990 and MDC was formed when if I may ask.The prolonged 9 years was caused by the white farmers who were refusing to offer part of their land for reform thus leading us to the Land Repossessions of 1999.Ini zii zvangu semuGrade 7 akamitiswa

        1. Wezhira wezhara

          ZANU PF was not willing to implement the Lancaster House resolution from 1990 to 1999 my friend and only panicked after the MDC announced. 10 years dzakapera muna 1990 from 1980, so why were they waiting from 1991-1999. Hausi grade 7 asi waita mudoko paPolitics kkkkkk.

        2. Wezhira wezhara

          MDC was also formed in 1999

        3. Wezhira wezhara is perfectly correct on that one. Remember the UZ,Polytechnic disturbances when students were advocating for Aggrarian reform and the Gvt was tight-lipped on the issue. Moreover the Gvt only gave in when the veterans of the struggle wanted to take land either way. Go and read the various manifestos at that time.

      2. Usanyepe. Nkomo is the one who brought the issue of LAND REFORM and he lost elections in 1980. The Whites voted against Nkomo because of that not knowing that it will be against them one day.

      3. Wezhira you are very correct. In 1995 when i got into the then Chinhoyi Technical Teachers College, now Chinhoyi University, i pounced on an document that was evaluating the success and failures of ESAP, Tsvangirai in that document was saying ESAP was a dismal failure and was encouraging the government to speed up the process of land reform. He was complaining about the delays. When MDC was formed, it was also advocating the land distribution to the people. The govern ment was then awakened and fast tracked this issue because they had realized that the MDC would gain millage by the issue of land. Because MDC was by then not experienced in politics it was overpowered in this land issue.

  4. But why was this done at tsvangirai’s residence?

    1. Watanga jojo, give it a chance.

    2. Hazvina basa izvo. Even if they would have done it at state house or in Mbare, it still would be the same

    3. Ndivo President ka

    4. Probably because if they had tried to do it a public venue the ZRP would have denied permission for a political gathering and shown up in riot gear and attack all innocent bystanders in the process to ensure it didn’t take place,

    5. Musorousiriwegomo Tsvangisto

      Tsvangisto ndiye dhara ravo thats why vari ku signer one one naye not as a group

  5. tendai chaminuka

    Nhai Welshman your split naMorgan was premised on your wise advise to him that you should contest the Senatorial Elections which he refused and he is still refusing to contest in any by elections.You are busy visiting Tsvangirai at his house whilst zanu is putting up structures.These MOU have nothing to do with forming a combined force to dislodge Mugabe but are meant to show a face to Morgan’s international financiers so that they release the much needed cash which is supposed to bankroll MDC-Tsvangirai in the coming elections.However it is bound to fail coz team yenyu ndeye tora mari united thus the major objective will not be attained.Leaving us the poor electorate under the bondage of the SHAKE SHAKE Administration

    1. lol, mukurwdziwa ka, manje mati madii

  6. Thank you. Well done to all involved, signs of maturity and commitment to fix things.

  7. Ncube is a CIO….mirai muone

  8. Wezhira wezhara

    @tendai Chaminuka you missed a point. The venue has nothing to do with the MOU because these people, from what I am reading, want Tsvangirai as the Presidential candidate. Whether it was done on the street, the fact remains, but it would have served to denigrate their noble idea. I am ZANU PF but will vote for Tsvangirai as President if Mugabe refuses to go sideways because surely I cannot invest my future and that of my children in a 94 year old person’s hands. That will be the only way to save this country, so Mr Mugabe, please call for an extra-ordinary congress where you shall not be a candidate and people vote through secret ballot. We would accept your counsel as an elder but zvimwe zvawava kuita mudhara iwe does not make sense. Kudzinga investment nekuda kunzi you are principled ko zvombo zvema China nema Russians maitorereyi muhondo zvavari varunguzve?

    1. tendai chaminuka

      @Wezhira ,Government is not made by one person.It is only a colonial mentality which believe in a Mugabe Regime because its in reference to a black nation whereas if it was European nation its A Bush or Obama Administration.Mugabe haatongi ega.Mugabe is a blessed gentleman zveMutumwa and God gave u ample evidence by making him live to such an age.The problem ndeyedu isu mkoma Wezhira we can not better what Mugabe did,we will rather compete against him.It’s a pity.

    2. tendai chaminuka

      @Wezhira I do not dwell in politics.I am just a disgruntled voter who has been let down by people I had faith and trust in-the opposition.I came to realise that they are just after accumulation of personal wealth

  9. I will vote for MDC if they make Ncube VP (and only 1 VP). I think Mtambara should also come back “home”. They must now register the party as 1 MDC for the elections.

    But knowing Zim politicians they will all be power hungry and another split before the elections.

  10. Bootlickers like chaminuka have no space in a democratic zimbabwe

    1. tendai chaminuka

      @Anon what democratic Zimbabwe are u talking about.If the demagogue Mugabe as you label him can accommodate you,why should your so called Democratic Zimbabwe not accommodate divergent views.You have genocidal tendancies

  11. Fellow Zimbabweans, whilst everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. I suggest that lets give this process a chance. To me this is the best news every rational Zimbabwean would want to hear at this point in time.

  12. we need new blood, take heed from Malema’s speech, that the revolution is not made for one person it has to be handed over to other to continue with it, so all the gains have been overshadowed by the problems in Zim, i am hopeful that the MoUs will bring something better for the country – all the people despite political affiliation. up to today i wonder why people where beaten on the independence day.

  13. These MOUs are coming too early enough for ZANU PF to start scheming surprise splits just before elections. Mirayi muone. When does “Once beaten twice shy” apply. Where are our strategist?

  14. “Grand coalition leading to a grand defeat”, “Zero plus zero equals zero”.

  15. strategies that is working against the Ruling Party is Fielding same candidate who is now exhausted from the look of things. so if they change the candidate they will have a better chance now even a independent person can gunnner more vote on presidential seat, on Parliamentaly seats it will still be devided though

    1. If you are seeing zero’s here you are blind to reality. Sweet and seemingly brilliant to quote but with an evident sense of damaging ignorance .

  16. We are heading towards the promised land,this united front is a key to new Zimbabwe.
    vacharwadziwa vakazvirega

  17. You reunite and call yourselves a grand coalition,promising vanaMujuru and all other looters and murderers kuti musatya continue because hatisi kuzosunga munhu for the past wrongs kana tapinda! Mungasunga ani and seiko imi makaba mose muGNU? GRAND COALITION OF NEW LOOTERS timeousily positioning themselves for a post 2018 new Looting Committee( cabinet? ) of Zimbabwe’s public resources!! The new scramble for African resources panew Berlin—kumansion kwaTsvangirayi ka! Hatichije mhungu(Zanu-PF) nemarovambira ! Coalition yacho zvose neZanu mujeri is your rightful place,some of us we are not blind to the reality obtaining

  18. kkkkk hayaaaas

  19. @tendai chaminuka I have been seeing your comments for some time now and would want to start by confessing that what I am saying to you now is being influenced not only by your comments on this current discussion but more similar comments from you, that you posted in the past. You sound blinded by the zunufication of national programmes to the extent that you must now be having a different dictionary for terms. Independence was fought for by the generality of Zimbabweans with the major objective to gain political freedom that entitle every citizen equal opportunity and rights over national resources. These rights include the right to political opinion and that of aspiring to lead the people of Zimbabwe and no one party has the sole right to lead the people of Zimbabwe. This idea where everyone who sees the wrong in this ZANU PF government being labelled a puppet of the west of pushing for a western agenda is nothing more than a political gimmick and a trick that has continuously been used to downplay development of the nation. Corruption is happening and can not be corrected because the family of ministers running the country can not deal fairly with such issues. Nepotism, favouritism, chicanery, fraud, murders, thefts, injustice, corruption and moral decay have become the order of the day yet as the lapdogs of the ruling elite you continue to spew false ideologies to erect false images about our poor and insensitive leaders. For once just consider the vast majority of Zimbabweans and begin to advocate for better leadership and good governance!

    1. tendai chaminuka

      @ Marine30 Which better leadership and good governance should I advocate for when your beacon of democracy Morgan Tsvangirai tears apart the constitution of his party by imposing Vice Presidents without the input of party cadres.Saka what will happen if he becomes the State President, an Idi Amin in waiting.Does your democracy allow leaders to abuse women the way our blued eyed boy did.If America could force its C.I.A Head to resign over his affair with his secretary why do they allow their tax payers money to be spent on a opposition leader who is doing the same at a large scale.What it simply means is that there do not care about the moral and good governance of this country.They would not want us to be at the same par with them in terms of HOLINESS.Africa is a dark continent and as such should operate in its dark way.


  21. ‘Doubting Thomases’ should know that change must start somewhere. It can take any form/shape but the fact is that it has to take humans not angels. Lets learn to offset ourselves from ‘Mugabe’s protracted political cocoon’ and not always foresee failure from all perspectives.

  22. I am ery happy at this development, Dr Tsvangirai continue on this path that is what Zimbabwe need at the moment. You have my full support, as you know a single vote can make a difference. Hopefully we will not have unfavourable developments towards elections.

  23. Nyoka inyoka hazvinei kuti imhungu kana rovambira, dzinouraya dzose saka titsvage nzira dzekuti Zanu neMdc zvibve muchivanze .

  24. @tendai. ufunge imwe old age is not a blessing yekuti you are good. no. its a blessing yekupihwa mukana wekutendeuka pakutadza kwako. Do not be fooled God cannot mocked. Just because you live long does not mean its a sign of an acceptability of your deeds by God. You can be a very young and die. 100 years is not that God is applauding you. And besides, let us not fool ourselves, our deeds are not so mysterious that we need a rocket scientist to figure them out if they are good. or bad.

  25. Finally hope!! Any news right now is good news!!

  26. The generality of Zimbabweans have cried for a united opposition and the different leaders seem to have listened. What then is this noise about? Surely we can’t be blinded and sidetracked by a few clearly misguided who as it shows on this forum are in the majority.

    Anyone who thinks the current leadership we have must continue in government can’t be with the people. ZanuPf has had an eternity to steer this country out of our now problems, which are now entrenched. And the party does not seem to have any plan at all while our problems mount.

    Surely it is time the people of this country tried a different formula, new ideas, new leadership. Let us all register to vote and put new people in government.

  27. The generality of Zimbabweans have cried for a united opposition and the different leaders seem to have listened. What then is this noise about? Surely we can’t be blinded and sidetracked by a few clearly misguided people who as it shows on this forum are in the minority.

    Anyone who thinks the current leadership we have must continue in government can’t be with the people. ZanuPf has had an eternity to steer this country out of our problems, which are now entrenched. And the party does not seem to have any plan at all while our problems mount.

    Surely it is time the people of this country tried a different formula, new ideas, new leadership! Let us all register to vote and put new people in government

  28. Now they is some hope that freedom is coming tomoro never mind some cio trying to talk bad about Morgan and Ncube they are actually so scared and do not know what will happen when zanu goes next year .When they think of the killings of innocent citizens they did under zanu instructions naturally they are terrified come 2018 uze nenjabulo kazulu weZim zim

  29. Tendai Chaminuka must be smoking pot from another planet. Who has a record of dating his secretary/typist? Didnt Morgan demonstrated to you what he is capable of during GNU? All economic indices then said it loudly what the man is capable of doing. Kleptomaniacs like you are the only ones who are crying for status quo to remain.

  30. It takes a real man, indoda sibili, with a big pair to admit he has made mistake in the past. For that Mr Tsvangirai, you have earned my vote, all your indiscretions of the past are forgiven.

  31. That is a small step for the leaders, but a MEGA STEP towards the liberation of this beautiful Nation. Thanks Mai Mujuru, Thnaks baba Tsvangirai, Thanks Homeboy Ncube. maratidza maturity. Where is my fellow intellectual Madhuku? Ko, vadhara vangu vana Mutasa varipiko tibatane nhai veduwee?

  32. vakomana apa vagona ko pana Makarau apa hatikuvadzwi here.nekuti kulhe vaiti vane 500 tricks dzeku rigger.nekuti BVR kit ikatengwa ku china tanyura gentlemen.

  33. @ WEZHIRA , u a right , @ Tendai Chamu , urikuita uchirasika , since 1980 They started to distribute Land bcz of MDC , all along that were Silent Y ? Meaning the Formation of MDC makes them to distribute Land to people , as a result they use a wrong method. Land should be shared , BUT USE RIGHT METHODS. SANDO Kuna WEZHIRA.

  34. @ MUKARANGA sorry sorry may u don’t know this Guy called MUTASA , he is a killer he kills , he killed already . I know him . Rusape is my home twn their are graves for his deeds . so plz don’t push anyone to be close to that monster . plz

  35. It is a fact that during GNU THATS WHEN ECONOMIC PROSPERITY began.Most bought cars and bought/built houses. The international community had confidence in MDC leadership. If MDC WILL RUN GOVRNMENT ALONE, MORE PROSPERITY WILL BE ACHIEVED. SO VIVA COALITIONS. ALLUTA CONTINUA.

  36. ko Chematama akunzi DR? But Tsvangison akashata pameso

  37. Welshman has no choice after his shelf-party garnered only, was it 2.68% in the last election and Mugabe with 61.09%?

  38. I meant to say Welshman’s party is a briefcase party.

  39. Now the whole ZANU pf seats in Mathebeleland are gone. and some in Midlands especially lowergwelo;Zhombe and Silobela.

  40. @ GIDZA ? SORRY, that cheap politics

  41. There is hope in Zimbabwe.Now bring Matemadanda,Mutsvangwa and Jabulani Sibanda

  42. we don’t need a grand coalition muzim.we nid a new party tt is led by a young leader.futi zanu will eventually come out as th winner in th eagerly anticipated 2018 votes.we don’t want pple lyk themba mliswa in our politics.we need a leader who would represent the poor lyk the eff in south hence the call fo a new party.all the atha parties ar for the rich who have had access to th state resources over th years.let’s organise a new party tt is not a faction of zanu nor th mdc.

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