MDC Alliance extends olive branch to Mujuru, Mangoma

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC Alliance has extended an olive branch to the other opposition coalition groups — People’s Rainbow Coalition led by Joice Mujuru and Elton Mangoma’s Coalition for Democrats — to come on board and form a broad grand coalition before the end of next month and contest the upcoming election under one umbrella body.


The call was made by MDC-T vice-president, Nelson Chamisa at an MDC Alliance campaign rally in Epworth yesterday.

“The president (Tsvangirai) travelled throughout the country and met various stakeholders from traditional leaders, church leaders to opinion leaders and so on and so forth. They all told him that we must come together. We are here as an alliance,” he said.

“Let me tell you, the MDC Alliance is not an option for us, but the only thing to do. We are actually of the view that we should have a grand coalition with people like Mujuru. She should bring what she has to the table. Mangoma should also bring what he has to the table and we take it from there.”

MDC Alliance is currently on a mobilisation drive, although it is battling internal fissures triggered by Tsvangirai’s ill-health.

People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai Biti told supporters at the poorly-attended rally that Tsvangirai remained their presidential candidate despite growing calls for him to step down on health grounds.

NewsDay has gathered that much of the resistance to Tsvangirai’s candidature is coming from his top lieutenants in the MDC-T.
“We have moved from the politics of individuals to team work. Tsvangirai remains our president and leader. We are working together as a team because we no longer believe in the big man mentality. This is a shared journey for all Zimbabweans,” Biti said.

Other notable MDC Alliance officials at the rally were MDC-T acting president Elias Mudzuri, MDC vice-president Edwin Mushoriwa, Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume and Zimbabwe People First’s Agrippa Mutambara, among others.

From the MDC-T side, vice-president Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora and treasurer-general Theresa Makone were conspicuous by their absence.

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  1. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment… Magoma was bashed by mdc-t youth at Tsvangirai’s instigation and today the same youth want to work with Magoma as a puppet because if he doesnt behave, they will bash him. No, never, never, ever to a coalition with those thugs.

  2. Comment…mangoma haana kurohwa kamwe chete,akazorohwa futi achinzi anyenga mukadzi wemunhu,apa akanga ave kuparty imwe na Biti.

  3. “…… Tendai Biti told supporters at the poorly-attended rally that …….”
    Sho us the images, i was there and i would not call that crowd poor…..

  4. Pasinemhanduuuuuuuuuuuu

    what do you mean by “poorly attended” Mr writer. the turnout was good.

  5. No doubt Newsday and Daily News have join hands with Zimpapers stable to write lies about MDC T and MDC Alliance. They talk about the poorly attended rally how many supporters were they expecting to call it a bumper rally considering MDC A had been previously denied to hold a rally in Glen View. Instead of applauding those who attended for their bravery and faith that this rally will go ahead. In terms of absence Mwonzora rallied supporters to attended the rally on all MDC platforms and informed them they he will not be able to attended as he was in SA with Treasure- Gen on party business. Presence of Mudzuri, Chamisa, Biti, Mutambara and Ngarivhume was not enough to convince you that there was no such imaginary fissues in both MDCT and MDC A. Thank God your newspaper is found online if it was on the streets only you could be start seeing dwindling of sales.

  6. what do you mean by poorly attended rally please musanyepa please

  7. MDC T the hope for zimbabweans

  8. MDC is only our future government.

  9. Newsday makapiwa chiiko na ed hatid kungangadzwa isu viva mdc

  10. Pink lies. The rally was well attended. XOLISANI NCUBE you are pathetic

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