We’ll go it alone: MDC-T

THE opposition MDC-T has said it is ready to go it alone in next year’s harmonised elections if its intended coalition partners develop cold feet, in the latest episode of opposition parties giving conflicting statements about the formation of an alliance to face off with President Robert Mugabe.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora
MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora

Addressing MDC-T supporters on Sunday in Kuwadzana, MDC-T secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora said if the much-anticipated coalition continues to be elusive, they will go it alone.

“When we talk about unity, we want genuine unity,” he said.

“There are some who were backbiting just to spoil the unity of the people of Zimbabwe.

“(MDC-T leader) Morgan Tsvangirai wants unity of all people in Zimbabwe and he has a place for every person, but there are those who don’t want and Tsvangirai is saying ‘if you don’t want, I can go it alone’.

“That is if they (other opposition parties) don’t want, but we are saying we want people to unite.”

Tsvangirai has so far signed memoranda of understanding with Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP), MDC and Transform Zimbabwe.

He declared that by July 31, opposition parties involved in coalition talks would have ironed out their differences before going on the campaign trail.

While most parties have given the thumbs-up to the alliance, they continue issuing conflicting signals, with Mujuru and Tsvangirai said to be at odds about the coalition, with the former reportedly preferring a larger coalition, while the latter wants something lean.

NPP spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro yesterday said the party was likely to sign another coalition with another party today, further evidence of the gulf in the approach to the broader coalition.

Last week, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tendai Biti failed to show up at the signing on ceremony with Mujuru, prompting her to sign a deal with Farai Mbira of the Zimbabwe Union of Democrats, which analysts view as further evidence that the parties were further apart than thought.

Commenting on MDC-T’s remarks, PDP spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said there was no need for panic as yet.

“A coalition is a must. If we are to take this country towards democracy, we need to sit down and not panic,” he said. “Elections are still in the distance and the nomination court has not yet sat, so we cannot talk about going it alone.”

MDC spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi said Mwonzora’s remarks do not apply to them, as they are about to clinch a deal.

“Negotiations between the MDC and the MDC-T are in progress and both parties are conscious of the time factor,” he said.

“The people should expect an election-winning deal soon. The negotiations are very live and progressing well.

“I think Mwonzora was referring to other parties, not the MDC. The deal is still in the oven and a spiced product will be on the table very soon.”

Jacob Ngarivhume, of Transform Zimbabwe, said they were on course and will not be distracted.

40 Comments

  1. Ndebele Spokesman

    Go alone we will vote for you, leave them they will learn more about Zimbabweans, some of them they think they are big parties but they have never been in an election before.

    1. Egipiti Please batana naTsvangy. ari kuda mubatanidzwa urgently

    2. muNdevare ndiwe mudzviti une vabereki vakauraya vaShona vakawanda. Ndikataura zita rako rechiNdevere ndinorutsa uye ndonkwesha rurimi ne jick chaiyo.

  2. josphat mugadzaweta

    going it alone is the only viable option rather than spending 100 years negotiating with these mickey mouse parties with no known support!

    1. Go it alone Muwonzora you have been beating ZANU PF since 2000 and some of these small parties they dont even command a constituency not even a councellor or an MP why waste most of your time with these malcontents look MURASA is begging ZANU PF to come back afa ne nzara kkkkk they are sheep in w

    2. NOMUSA GARIKAI

      Coalition or no coalition Zanu PF will still rig the vote and win so all this coalition talk is a waste of time!

  3. true josphat. in fact one man parties are trying their luck to ubuse morgan and people like ncube.

  4. Mdc has bn Zanu stapple food

  5. liberty masunda

    MDC – T won an election in 2008. They already have a record for winning. Other parties have nothing to show for their politics which they joined many years ago. Why should MDC-T beg these people.

    1. Mdc is not begging other political pxart tto join them but itts the willll of every zimbos

  6. zviroto ngazvirambe zviri zviroto kkkkpwaa

  7. lets do it alone because we wasting time for a colliation whith many power hungry people like Joice Mujuru and others … will win again

  8. Seriously there is no need for a coalition with parties who have insignificant number of supporters. All it will lead to is squabbling for positions.

  9. MDC T thinks that they will will, even if they win they will run away of the country instead of going to state house like what they did in 2008. They won in 2008 what did they do obout their victory. We will wait and see 2018 is around the corner.

  10. The coalition fiasco! They have become victims of their own circumstances in this “negotiated democracy.” Nonetheless, let them say nothing, do nothing and be nothing bearing in mind that choices have consequences.

  11. All this shows that MOGIZA has the people at heart… no-one should be left alone as one people. i believe if we wait until July 31…. anenge aramba ngaarambe and definitely it will be time to walk alone. united we stand and divided we fall… I asure you all that “CHANGE IS COMONG”…. I listened to Mwonzora, surely “CHANGE IS COMING”

  12. Rejoice Ngwenya

    Go it alone and LOSE alone, who cares? ZANU.PF will celebrate …. yet again. Wake up and smell the coffee, Douglas.

  13. The MDC decision is right ,they cant continue talking with greedy people.

  14. Going it alone is the deal here, Zanu pf is already in tatters ,MDC is for all Zimbabweans. Taneta kubiwa pfungwa nevanhu ava vanoda kuziva Kuipa kwezanu nokuti vakadzinga ,their souls,blood and calibre is Zanupf .

  15. KKKKKK Rejoice Ngwenya usarwadziwa na Save Simbi inogaya dzimwe simbi.

    1. Dondo unomboziva here kuti kenza yemuchaza inorwadza zvino simbi iri papi

  16. leave this bastards alone go it alone MDC T you can do it

  17. People like Mafume have no idea about politics. Mugabe has the constitutional right to call for early elections. Do they not not see that ZANU PF is already in election mode. Why is Mugabe travelling across the country solicitating forthe youth support? Why are ZANU PF supporters already secretly
    being registered?
    And our clever Mr Mafume thinks“Elections are still in the distance and the nomination court has not yet sat, so we cannot talk about going it alone.” With partners like this who needs coalitions?

    1. ODONGO

      MDC should know Zanu PF by now and should be fully awake and know what it takes them to WIN.

    2. True to that!

  18. ZANU PF yakatishatira munyika yedu yeZimbabwe, no MDC-T donn do it alone, toda coalition, ya mujuru, Biti na Ncube, zvimwe zvima party hazvina basa izvo

  19. 2018 Elections results
    Zanu Pf 61%
    MDC T 29%
    NPP 9%
    Other 1%

  20. Go alone MDCT if these other small parties are taking time to make a decision.You are the biggest opposition party and people will actually vote for you.Dont waste time on waiting for these little parties.Now is the time to go to rural areas and mobilise our grand fathers and grandmothers.

  21. QUITE WELCOME -let MDC-T go it alone.But their only votes are thoz clamouring above.If Tsvangirai & Mwonzora are foolish to that extent,let them try it.Same,same results all the time.Thisz a sure Mugabe win as of all the years & followed by the same groaning voices of false & baseless claims of.rigged election as usual.plz reduce Tsvangirai’s pride,take him head,make the unity of purpose in code.Tsvangirai & his emisaries is not zimbabwe nor zimbabwean opposition

  22. QUITE WELCOME -let MDC-T go it alone.But their only votes are thoz clamouring above.If Tsvangirai & Mwonzora are foolish to that extent,let them try it.Same,same results all the time.Thisz a sure Mugabe win as of all the years & followed by the same groaning voices of false & baseless claims of.rigged election as usual.plz reduce Tsvangirai’s pride,take him head on,make the unity of purpose in code.Tsvangirai & his emisaries is not zimbabwe nor zimbabwean opposition

  23. I feel MDC yakagara ichihwina pasina coalition so ehats the farce about coalition, MDC just restrtaegise

  24. people years have changed those people who used to vote for MDC T majority are fade up. As for me why would i keep voting for people who are not organized. Mugabe needs to go but we need vibrant leadership not jokes everyone wants power anyway lets see what unfolds

    1. NOMUSA GARIKAI

      Exactly!

  25. Bobs Chivengwa

    i think other parties are not comfortable with the inclusion of Joyce mujuru in the coalition. The reason why there is now NERA, CODE and so on. MDC- T made grave blunder by entertaining Joyce and her surrogates. She does not have any known electorate and one wonders how MDC-T as a big institution was excited to engage her and sign the MOU. Joyce is one person who is going to be a nuisance if ever the grand coalition is going to materialize as anticipated. Hers is a case of the quest to gain lost pride and political relevance where she will at all cost would want to be at the top and this will not go down well with other stalwarts of opposition politics. Thus seasoned opposition politicians from different parties are treating the grand coalition with caution.

    1. NOMUSA GARIKAI

      MDC-T had a big following before the 2013 elections not any more. Most of the rural people have deserted the party after all the years of broken promises. It is foolish to risk a beating or worse from Zanu PF thugs for the sake of a bunch of losers like Tsvangirai and company!

  26. Zim must first be liberated first so that its people will go to the polls without fearing the repercussions of voting a leader of their choice- In other words im saying a ballot will not work in the face of zanu pf

    1. NOMUSA GARIKAI

      This is exactly what SADC leaders told MDC leaders in June 2013 but of course MDC leaders would not listen. It is madness contesting an election you know will be rigged!

  27. Reforms,reforms please. MDCs combined can win,but in the absence of a level playing field guys..??chimoto!!

  28. NOMUSA GARIKAI

    So MDC failed to get even one reform implemented during the GNU and has now failed again since the July 2013 elections. The party made a big song and dance about bringing the opposition in its big tent grand coalition and the too has come to nothing. What reason or excuse does the party have left to justify its contesting in an election that Zanu PF is set to rig?

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