Tsvangirai hits ground running

OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has wasted no time chairing a meeting of the MDC Alliance principals as the campaign for next year’s general election gathers momentum.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Tsvangirai, who has been endorsed as the presidential candidate for a grouping of pro-democracy parties under the umbrella of the MDC Alliance, met his co-principals in Harare yesterday for the first time in weeks after being taken ill to South Africa.

In a statement, Tsvangirai said the meeting had resolved to trigger a nationwide programme that will see different structures of their parties working together.

“The principals resolved that all party organs nationally must convene to establish alliance co-ordinating committees and immediately organise joint activities with specific reference to voter education and registration mobilisation at every level,” Tsvangirai said.

He added that the respective national organisers of the parties to the MDC Alliance would spearhead the programme.

Tsvangirai said the indaba also established “various national alliance committees” for the smooth running of the general election campaign. Zimbabweans will go to the polls next year and Tsvangirai despite failing health has remained defiant declaring his wish to depose Zanu PF’s presidential candidate the soon-to-be 94-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

“(The committees) include communications, organising and networks, international relations, legal services, electoral reforms, youth and women. Professor Welshman Ncube (MDC leader) will be the Alliance spokesperson,” the former Prime Minister said.

“The Alliance urges the people of Zimbabwe to register in their numbers as we prepare for watershed 2018 elections. At the heart of the motivation for the formation of the Alliance was to avoid splitting the vote in favour of the status quo.”

Following the formation of the MDC Alliance led by Tsvangirai, former Energy minister Elton Mangoma was this week also endorsed as presidential candidate for another opposition coalition, whose other leading figures are liberation war stalwart Zapu’s Dumiso Dabengwa and former Sadc secretary-general Simba Makoni.

Mangoma will front the Coalition for Democrats (CODE) in next year’s elections.

Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru who at one time was expected to join hands with Tsvangirai in order to present a formidable challenge to Mugabe yesterday also announced her own coalition with fringe opposition groups dubbed the People’s Rainbow Coalition.

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9 Comments

  1. i think these guys are wasting time you need to mobilize people to go and register to vote, thats what matters now.

    1. Is this not what they are saying

    2. how do ypou suggest they mobilize? have you registered to vote yourself>

  2. Facing Mt Zimbabwe

    Dabengwa and Mangoma, it is very difficult to understand your reasoning why you have separated yourselves from the majority and yet the struggle is all about the same cause. Uku ndookunonzi kuputsa chirongo maakusvika chaiko. Remember it is a wise bamboo that bends with the winds of change.

  3. mai mujuru ndoona kunge muchirimuzanu

  4. As we keep saying, these surging parties/alliances may be seeking positions in a collective bargaining agreement with the stronger parties. They however have no agenda and should thus be wished away.

  5. iam happy mujuru is not party of the coalition, she is the zanupf who killed,tortured and harrased mdc sons and daughters in 2008 . bhora mberi SAve,,

    dabengwa namakoni namangona iparty yemaexcutives cht no supportaz

  6. mai mujuru havaite guys

  7. Tsvangirai hits the ground running, but going where? He is still blubbering about people registering in numbers but ignoring the reality on the ground. ZEC have only registered 250 000 in the first month of BVR. The exercise is shambolic and painfully slow just to frustrate would-be voters to stop them registering. Tsvangirai cannot continue to ignore these vote rigging tactics!

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