Mnangagwa rules out Tsvangirai coalition

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday ruled out another coalition with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai shortly after visiting the ailing opposition leader at his Highlands home in Harare yesterday.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

“Currently, there is no need,” he said shortly after meeting the former Prime Minister.

Pressed further on the question of a coalition, as there was a strong lobby for it, Mnangagwa insisted there would be none.

“We are a democratic country, people can lobby for anything,” he said curtly.

Since Mnangagwa’s rise to the presidency, there have been calls for a unity government, which many hope is the best way out of the economic crisis, but these have been dismissed by the ruling party.

Mnangagwa, with his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, paid a largely unexpected visit to Tsvangirai, with pictures portraying an unwell MDC-T leader.

The President said Tsvangirai, who is battling cancer of the colon, was recuperating well and would soon travel to South Africa for further treatment.

“He is fine. He is recuperating very well and he says he will soon go back for further medical check-ups in South Africa,” he said.

Mnangagwa and Chiwenga’s visit comes amid reports that the government has offered to fund part of the former Prime Minister’s medical bills.

Last year, former President Robert Mugabe reportedly came to the rescue of his political nemesis by providing
$70 000 for medical treatment.

The MDC-T leader has been unwell for close to a year after being diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
He has been frequenting South Africa for medical treatment.

Mnangagwa was received by Tsvangirai’s deputy, Nelson Chamisa, the former premier’s wife, Elizabeth, and
MDC-T secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai.

Chamisa said the visit signified the dawn of a new political era characterised by passion for one another regardless of different political ideologies.

“It’s a welcome thing. It’s African to care for one another, it’s very Zimbabwean, and this is the new politics we would want to see,” he said.

“The politics of working together and of feeling for each other, this is the direction.

“I hope that it would be the kind of talk that would be walked and the kind of walk that would be sustained.”

Chamisa said he hoped the compassion shown by Mnangagwa and Chiwenga would be sustained in the forthcoming elections.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said the two leaders discussed the current cash crisis affecting the country and the need to engage the international community.

“The two leaders discussed the current dire situation in the country, the plight of the people, the cash crisis afflicting the country, the urgency of free and fair elections to ensure a return to legitimacy, as well as the need to engage the international community so that the country rejoins the family of nations,” he said.

14 Comments

  1. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…On the eve of the planned impeachment of Gushungo, the lacoste cabal(125 seats) entered into a devil’s agreement with Mdc-t(75 seats) in order to meet the required 2/3 majority as G40 held 72 seats refused to support it. ED heads a minority govt can be defeated if a vote of no confidence is tabled hence his newly established relationship with Tsvangirai.

    1. Dude… agreement or no agreement, mdc was still going vote in favour of mugabe’s impeachment.

    2. I will tell you one thing Ngwena has my vote this year and we will make sure he wins zvinemutsindo as vamugabe would put it and Im sure even Tsvangirayi him self knows whats best for Zimbabwe, if i where you I would stop dreaming about a vote of no confidence, ndezvamwari izvi get real.

      1. where is yo sense

  2. Welcome visit and very refreshing for a change even if reporters here and there tried to smuggle questions which had no relevance to the trip it was a good show by the President and his vice.

    1. looks like another coup, the same way that a courtesy visit was made before the resignation.

  3. Thank you very much Mnangagwa and Chiwenga. May God bless you.
    On Tsvangirai, am sad to see him in such a condition. He should have stayed single after the death of his wife. These women he married have questionable backgrounds.
    I WISH HIM A SPEED RECOVERY.

    1. yaaah mukadzi waakatora kumunhu anoita zve zanu pf uyooooo ndiye akamupa poison iri kumuuraya slowly and slowly. aidai akarega kutora tht zanu pf sibling otherwise paidai pasina cancer iyoyi

  4. Wish u well Mr Tsvangirai but as for politics please give it a rest and allow others to carry the baton we appreciate yo priceless contribution.

  5. Comment…how do you guarantee kuhwinha zvinemutsindo with your single vote???

  6. looks like another coup, the same way that a courtesy visit was made before the resignation.

  7. Well done Lacoste it shows political maturity. As for Tsvangirai , please pass the ball to others.

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