Mujuru, Biti pact flops

A PROPOSED coalition deal between Joice Mujuru, leader of the National People’s Party (NPP), and Tendai Biti of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which was due to be signed yesterday in Harare, stalled at the last minute owing to “sticking” issues that needed to be ironed out.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

NPP leader Joice Mujuru (in purple) during an MoU signing ceremony with Zunde leader, Farai Mbire (left), which was attended by NPP co-vice-presidents Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (wearing glasses) and John Mvundura (back to camera), NPP secretary-general-designate, Gift Nyandoro and other party officials (Pic: Blessed Mhlanga)
NPP leader Joice Mujuru (in purple) during an MoU signing ceremony with Zunde leader, Farai Mbire (left), which was attended by NPP co-vice-presidents Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (wearing glasses) and John Mvundura (back to camera), NPP secretary-general-designate, Gift Nyandoro and other party officials (Pic: Blessed Mhlanga)

The two parties’ failure to enter into a deal further casts doubt on the opposition’s capacity to form a coalition against President Robert Mugabe in the next general elections.

Mujuru, who has a standing bilateral coalition agreement with MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was due to sign another with the PDP leader, but the deal flopped after Biti’s team failed to turn up amid claims there was bickering in the PDP camp over the deal with the former Vice-President.

NPP secretary-general-designate, Gift Nyandoro confirmed that the proposed signing ceremony had stalled at the last minute for reasons best known to Biti.

“Our technical team had worked on all the modalities and had prepared everything for the ceremony and we were ready to have the same done, but it did not happen because the team from PDP did not turn up,” he said.

“We are yet to get communication from them on what could have happened that made it not possible to sign the deal.”

But PDP spokesperson, Jacob Mafume told NewsDay the signing was deferred to attend to sticky issues in the proposed memorandum of understanding (MoU).

“We will not be signing the agreement today (yesterday), but it will be signed,” he said.

“There are sticking issues that had to be agreed on before the signing and these are being addressed. For today (yesterday), we will not be signing anything.”

Sources in the PDP said while Biti wanted the deal, he was being opposed by Lucia Matibenga, who felt a pact with Mujuru would be akin to selling out.


Matibenga is reportedly more inclined to signing a deal with Tsvangirai rather than Mujuru, but, on the other hand, Biti is reportedly against his former boss.

Biti’s party recently nominated 100 prospective parliamentary candidates, who will contest in the 2018 elections, a move seen as a hint that his party was ready to go it alone in next year’s polls.

As consolation, Mujuru later settled for an MoU with the Zimbabwe Union of Democrats (Zunde) at the NPP’s offices in Avondale.

Mujuru inked the deal with Zunde leader Farai Mbira, committing her party to coalitions, saying only a united front would dislodge Zanu PF in next year’s elections.

“We were both in agreement (NPP and MDC-T) at the time that we needed to avoid the big sister, big brother mentality and promote the spirit of inclusivity, inclusivity being one of our core values as NPP,” Mujuru said.

“As you may be aware, MDC-T has signed two more MoUs with MDC and Transform Zimbabwe. It is in the same spirit and in keeping with the provisions of our MoU with MDC-T that today we are signing an electoral alliance with Zunde.”

She said most media reports on the talks were untrue because her party was committed to delivering a grand coalition.

“Politicians being politicians, I know there has been a lot of bickering, posturing, grandstanding and speculation happening in the media, but I want to assure you that behind the scenes negotiations have been going on in earnest,” Mujuru said.

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26 Comments

  1. A shear waste of time–0+0 =0

  2. So Farai from Zunde came by himself because he is a one man party. That coalition benefits no one.

    1. Farai Mbira is a pretender. He is NOT the leader of ZUNDE. He acts in a personal capacity. He is not entitled to use the ZUNDE name.
      ZUNDE stands for Zimbabweans UNited for DEmocracy – not any variation that Mbira dreams up.
      ZUNDE is led by exiled Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe, Benjamin Paradza.

  3. kkkkkkk! Of all the people, Mbira has no value at all. APA NPP yazvishoresa. Zunde is a three mbira brothers project Hapana hapana

  4. Is Mujuru following a genuine cause? I am in the dark.

  5. Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti can you please iron out your differences and form a coalition at the earliest opportunity. We are suffering. You should trust in yourself than trusting Mujuru. Paonei nekukasika varume we are behind time.

    1. I second the motion

      1. I do not second the motion-you desert and come back and can we form a coalition-what has changed

  6. Chiremba Wematombo

    One will be wondering what ZUNDE is really all about? They have never even organised a town hall meeting to show if they have anyone and they have never participated in any election?

  7. LETS ONLY SEE IT COME 2018,NOMORE STORIES &SPECULATIONS

  8. MAI MUJURU IS INDEED CLUELESS,

  9. We are already in the second quarter of 2017, and yet people are haggling for positions, when are these power hungry individuals going to prepare for elections. You are bickering on how to share the spoils of a hunt, when you have not yet set out for the hunting expedition, and not guaranteed of a successful kill. It’s like young boys in elementary school, who engage in furious fights for the love of the most beautiful girl at the school when none of them have ever approached her, and worse still she does not fancy any of them.

  10. Muchaona Mapera

    Where is Egypt Dzinemunhenzva, he an join this npp, zunde circus

  11. Tsvangirai-Ncube Coalition is the best because the two have participated in elections b4 and have known big support bases. Mujuru doesn’t have much support. She refused to participate in by-elections as she knew her lack of support will be exposed. Biti must just rejoin MDC or else let him go it alone. He doesn’t have a support base & is a traitor. I however feel for Lucia Matibenga and wonder why she left MDC in the first place.

  12. Hi Fellas, It seems Tsvangirai and Biti never learn. In 2008 they won the general elections, instead of standing resolute they doubted themselves and got sweet talked by ZANU-PF and joined a Government of National Unity where they got treated like babies, ridiculed and painted as clueless.Now they want to dine with Mujuru of all people. Why? Really Why?. Don’t they have intelligence departments in their respective parties? Then they should look for us and hire us for a good job to be done. Mujuru is a none entity and brings nothing to the two parties.Now these two gentlemen should go out and convince War Vets,the Youths, Army personnel, Air force, CIO, Police and Chiefs that these groups will remain at work, get their benefits, jobs for youths and housing,all benefits for chiefs, residential stands for youths and all workers etc.That will bring votes.Talk about fixing the economy, eradication of diseases,provision of better medical care and facilities, taking care of disabled people and the aged.Rural development.Victory is yours to lose.Come on MDC-T. You can do better.Tell people about the rot they see. Corruption and many more issues. Ques at the banks, the education system, displacement, joblessness, Migration veduwe the list is endless. So where do you need Joice? Hapana

  13. the question is , how many people came with mrs. mujuru from zanu pf? the same question applies to biti. how many people followed him from mdc-t? boardroom politics is a luxury zimbabweans cannot afford. mdc – t alone managed to defeat zanu pf in 2008. these coalitionists are aside show, the problem in zimbabwe is that elections will definitely be rigged in favour of zanu pf in the current environment. the only solution is a powerful rebellion by the entire zim nation, not making unhelpful deals in expensive hotels.

  14. Farai Mbira is a pretender. He is NOT the leader of ZUNDE. He acts in a personal capacity. He is not entitled to use the ZUNDE name.
    ZUNDE stands for Zimbabweans UNited for DEmocracy – not any variation that Mbira dreams up.
    ZUNDE is led by exiled Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe, Benjamin Paradza.

  15. I see people already positioning themselves in anticipation of a victory.Is this genuine love for Zimbabwe ????

  16. Biti haana deal confusion yaiwe between maMDC POVO yaivhotera MDC Mutambara vachiti ndeya Tsvangirai.

  17. Coalition or not, Zanu-PF has already one next year’s elections.

  18. a waste of time indeed from the so called opposition.

  19. Biti is a greedy person, besides whatever people see in him. For people who put people first, I guess
    Morgan, Ncube & Mujuri, finish and clary. Everything will stall if Biti is in there, he believes in the Zanu way, trying to get away with everything all the times. I never liked him at all. I will be the first to throw stones at him, a real disgrace

    1. unenge usina kunatsokwana wo sa mai mujuru iwe

  20. Same shit different toilet

  21. Elections are won at ZEC not the polling station. Yes a pact is necessary but less time should be spent on this and shift focus to ZEC. Whatever they poll, Zanu will top it. Why is the 2013 voters roll not available? No credible electoral body should give that answer in this day and age. It will be used to rig again, that’s why ZEC doesn’t want a diaspora vote, it messes us their tally (which is already being worked on).

  22. I sincerely feel your fears,yes sometimes politicians jus need to work for the people and forget their egos BT guest what,,lessons from zim top political guru won’t allow these DUmp guys to see sense than positioning themselves

    someone is rite there its time to
    leave the ZANU minded to ZANU so that we create time to fight zec FO irregularities,

    Forward wit patiance! !;!! BT we don’t have much time and there is still much to be done

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