Tsvangirai, Mujuru trade barbs over coalition name

NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) president Joice Mujuru has locked horns with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai over the identity of their proposed coalition deal, with the former Vice-President saying she was uncomfortable with the name MDC Alliance, which she claims portrays the most prominent player.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/NQOBANI NDLOVU

NPP leader Joice Mujuru
NPP leader Joice Mujuru

Mujuru, through her party’s secretary-general, Gift Nyandoro, yesterday wrote to Tsvangirai’s chief negotiator, Jameson Timba, expressing her misgivings over the terms of the deal and the name given to the coalition pact.

“NPP remains firm and clear that the formation of a genuine and democratic coalition should be done under an all-embracing common name and logo.

“For the record, the NPP would never advocate for other parties to join a coalition going by the name NPP Alliance,” Nyandoro wrote.

“You expressed willingness in assisting NPP on how they can join the MDC Alliance given that any desire to join the same is no longer a matter to be decided by MDC-T alone, but it’s now a process to be subjected to the MDC Alliance political grouping.”

Mujuru further challenged Tsvangirai to primary elections to decide the proposed coalition leadership question, saying she did not believe in the allocation of positions in the boardroom.

“The question of how seats are to be allocated between parties is also a matter that can be easily resolved by both parties having to involve participation of leadership at constituency level so that comprehensive and all-inclusive consensus is built instead of boardroom seats allocation,” the letter read.

Mujuru said her party was not going to go back on its demands.

“These are reasonable democratic demands and we will not accede to anything other than our position. Our national executive met and made that resolution and we are now bound by it,” he said.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora chided NPP, saying if they had any complaints they should bring them to the negotiating table.

“I have read the statement by Nyandoro, and my own impression is that he is negotiating in the Press.

“We do not negotiate in the Press, but at the negotiating table,” he said.

23 Comments

  1. Splitting hairs for Nuts when the electorate is crying for new leaders to rule this country

  2. Siyanai naye uyo. Havana brain. It is the name MDC that has the support. You can’t sell a new name now.

    1. Siyanai naye uyo anoto zvipengera haana kana MP kana Councilor kana mujobo wema paper mu kanzuru akuda kuoma musoro . Infact NPP shouls come as a joing member to MDC which has its own councillors and MPs and Senators for that matter Joice should come in as a card carrying member from ward to cell ngaasa rotomoke a leorpard is a leorpard will never be a LION

  3. Its like what happened to ZANU and ZAPU coming up with ZANU PF, kumedzwa kwe ZAPU.

  4. Mujuru is part of ZANU PF, she has the opposition locked in meaningless chaos while Mugabe gets on with his campaigning.

  5. Unconquerable Chibaba

    NPP IS NOTHING BUT A ZANU PF PROJECT. THEY ARE TRYING TO DERAIL THE PROCESS. IT IS EITHER THEY ARE IN OR OUT. THEY HAVE NO NUMBERS THEY CLAIM. THEY WERE ROUTED IN BIKITA.

    AFTER ALL MUJURU BECOME VICE PRESIDENT THROUGH MUGABE`S MANIPULATION TACTICS. AFTER USING HER, SHE WAS LATER DUMPED. ED WAS THE PEOPLE`S CHOICE THEN BUT MUGABE CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE TO FAVOUR MUJURU MAY BE TO APPEASE THE LATE REX THEN.

    THEY CAN COME ON BOARD OR GO ALONE AND SEE IF THEY WILL WIN ANYTHING NOT EVEN A COUNCIL SEAT.

  6. NPP is very luck. If they are to field candidates for primaries they wont be represented in constituency because MDC-T will win everything. Why cant people see? In a fair election surely no candidate from any party cant win against MDC T candidate. Tsvangirai should just accept this silly proposal and beat everyone hands down.

  7. These Mujuru people are not serious Brand MDC is well known and you can’t introduce a new name to the electorate now the name MDC have been around since 1999 and they’ve got numbers , Mujuru is a new player in opposition politics she should swallow her pride and join the big tent for the benefit of the country. She can not mobilise people as the mdc

  8. Just leave the bitch out in the cold nxa.Mujuru is not a leader she cant be a president,watch her interviews she cannot answer simple political qstns.And with less than 12 mnths to elections we cannot risk cmn w a new name most pple cannot read but the know the initials MDC so that whr they will put their X

  9. true sg

  10. she is not a true leader at all where is a tact ?apart from serving in gvt mdc, got it alone

  11. All what this NPP wants are positions for themselves, not the liberation of Zimbabweans from ZANUISM. Let them stay out of the MDC Alliance and nobody will care a hoot

  12. *her tact

  13. Why are you still trying to work with the bitch, leave her alone hana kana basa uyo

  14. Correct NPP,the name shld not be MDC Alliance.National Alliance will be a gud name

  15. What is this NPP thing?

  16. On this one Mai Mujuru is right.Lets go fo National Alliance.

  17. Instead of wasting productive time negotiating an electoral pact with the Queen Bee,the MDC and it’s alliance partners should focus on mobilising the electorate to go out in their multitudes and register to Vote.Let us not forget that Baba Chatunga brought our beloved nation to it’s knees with the help of a trusted queen ? called Joyce Runeinda Mujuru. Queen Bee is useless in more ways than one, And She is a ZANU Pf project.

  18. Varume every vote counts.Mujuru interms of support,is next after Tsvangirai when it comes to opp politics.MDC Alliance is a done deal and we are now waiting fo a grand coalition now.Tsvangirai is not a fool to try to bring Mai Mujuru to the table.National Alliance for Zimbabwe is the way to go.

  19. amana Tsvangison you are wasting time locked in silly discussions nembuya iyi…she is too demanding whereas wat she is claiming to be bringing to the table is unsubstantiated….havana support mai ava she is just an opportunist..do you really think with the little time yasara to the elections you will be able to create a new brand and try to sell it to the electorate vakaita interest, especially the rural electorate…..ndipo pamunozorohwa neZanu ipapo…look Mugabe is busy meeting the people through his forced attendance Youth Interface rallies, imi muri busy delieberating on a name..nxaaaa mhani

  20. Lets give the devil his due! Although I cast doubts on NPP’s sincerity, I share their sentiments line, hook and sinker. There is more to a name than meets the eye. Its the retention of the prefix ‘MDC’ that makes khupe and her comrades believe that their positions are being subjected to intruders. An outfit with a new name, new officials and new constitution brings a new outlook. This however does not imply that the current parties and their respective constitutions are wound up. We cannot accept to be cowed into submission in everything but at the same time we should not overlook or wish away all grievances. Nonetheless, NPP should refrain from changing goalposts or end up as the third force.

  21. If MDC is sincere in its calls for a broad coalition then they should subject themselves to scrutiny from fellow partners. You know Mugabe did not start with 41 years at the helm of Zanu. First it was one day, one year, ten years, twenty, thirty, fourty and now 41 and still counting. If Tsvangirayi knows that for him to have changed the MDC constitution to remain at the helm from 2000 until today and still counting is by the people’s desire, then he and his MPs whom he is even protecting from his own party hawks should face the people and get the go ahead. This big brother mentality should stop and if Mujuru was like Egypt Dzinemunhenzva they would not be negotiating with her. Like her or not she has some notable political clout and leverage in the security sector which may come in hand should they win the elections.

  22. Zimbabwe haiwa. Ko kana Tsvangison achiti ane support, anotyei kuenda kumaprimaries? Vanhu vemuno tine problem yekuti leader watinotsigira ari perfect and yet ukatarisa uchaona kuti there is nothing democratic about MDC. The top guy boasts kuti party ndeyake and mari dzaakarooresa vakadzi nekubhadhara madamages ndezeparty (I never heard kuti Tsvangison has at least tuckshop somewhere). Akazotonga munomukwanisa here iye achitoratidza kuti he is selfish and greedy. Hee akarohwa hee akazoitwa sei, vakafa vangani nenyaya dzepolitics idzodzi pamunototi hee nhingi chete ndiye anofanira kutonga? Chionai zvino Chamisa nevamwe vake vaiti kwanzi Tsvangirai akadzingirira mhuka yasvika pakuneta, imhuka ipi yamunoreva? Ngaaibateka tione akasabva mazino asabvura nereshure zondo. Why do you want to hero worship ordinary mortals vanozofuma vokushungurudzai mangwana maakuvatsoropodza? Look at what is happening elsewhere in Africa and other continents where a leader elected today tomorrow he is thinking of extending his term beyond what is mandated by the constitution by manipulating the latter. Unofunga munhu akangwara wekuti anotadza kuita invest mari yaaiwana achiita basa rekusasana nevakadzi mumaboats paakazonzi ‘Legend of the Seas?. If the so called MDC Alliance is certain of its current popularity, let them stand the test and accept the challenge yemaprimaries, kana vakunda fair and fine, votungamira. Wese atsoropodza kana apikisana nepfungwa dzaTsvangi anongonzi muCIO or ndeweruling party, ko vana Welshman nana Biti zvavadzoka madii kuudza boss wenyu aramba kuvatambira? haa munotinyaudza mhani vanhu veMDC, hamuna kumbosiyana nevamunosvora vacho, kufunga kunenge kunokunetsai. He is the face of the opposition yes! A very confused face. Mheno!

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