Tsvangirai, Mujuru in fresh talks

KEY negotiators in Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC Alliance and Joice Mujuru’s People’s Rainbow Coalition have reportedly left for South Africa for fresh talks aimed at providing opposition parties with a platform to form a broad coalition to challenge Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa in this year’s elections.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Coalition for Democrats and other relatively small parties were reportedly part of the negotiations that will commence in Cape Town, South Africa, tomorrow and would be facilitated by international groups.

Intriguingly, the newly-formed New Patriotic Front (NPF), which is linked to the G40 faction in Zanu PF, reportedly has an interest in the new coalition talks and was pushing for Mujuru’s inclusion.

This followed a meeting between Mujuru and former President Robert Mugabe last week, where the latter reportedly apologised for pushing her out of Zanu PF and government.

Sources said the coalition talks were being disguised as a workshop.

An invitation letter gleaned by NewsDay read: “In Transformation Initiative (ITI), International IDEA, Trust Africa and the Zimbabwe Co-ordination Group (ZCG), IRI, Osisa and HSF would like to formally invite you to participate in an experience sharing workshop to review best practices and lessons learnt in electoral and governing coalition building across Africa.

“The organisers recognise your personal experience, expertise and interest in this subject.

“The first day will consist of experiences from selected countries and the second day has been kept relatively open to enable more organic discussions.

“This, we hope, will enable participants to engage more effectively with each other on specific matters of mutual interest.

“The first day of the workshop will entail conceptual and theoretical presentations and practical interactive sessions during which
participants will discuss and reflect on strategies, tools and resources to enhance effective coalitions.”


MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said it made a lot of sense to attend since he has previously presented papers on coalitions in other countries.

“It is a workshop for sharing experiences on coalition building in Africa,” he said.

“Our understanding is that since we have formed our coalition in Zimbabwe, the purpose of the workshop is focusing on how to make meaningful coalitions and avoid the obvious problems associated with alliance building.

“For us, it is an educational workshop, it is not to firm on anything, so we are not going to South Africa to form any coalition with anyone.
“We don’t have to go to South Africa to do that.”

Mujuru was reportedly already in South Africa.

Her spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro, initially promised to look into the matter, but was not answering his phone later.

According to the sources, MDC Alliance partners were in sixes and sevens as to the way forward, although there was consensus that they would boycott the meeting.

“You might find some within the alliance expressing interest in the meeting, although it has been agreed that all principals must not attend,” a source said.

“The basis being that Mujuru was invited to join the alliance, but she refused and nothing has changed. In fact, there is suspicion that she wants to hijack the alliance because Tsvangirai is not feeling well.”

In the MDC-T, the meeting would reportedly put rival factions at loggerheads, as some were interested in the meeting while others were not.
“About four people were invited to the meeting in South Africa, the three vice-presidents Nelson Chamisa, Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe, together with the secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora.

“However, since Tsvangirai has not given the green light, the leaders might not go fearing that they will be chastised within the party for attending such meetings that Tsvangirai himself previously snubbed,” the source said.

Others claimed yesterday that former Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, personally phoned some opposition politicians inviting them to the meeting.

They told NewsDay that Kasukuwere was of the view that since Tsvangirai was not feeling well and might not be in good shape by the time of elections, opposition parties should rally behind Mujuru.

“There is more than what meets the eye. Kasukuwere was calling some leaders and personally inviting them to the meeting,” the source said.
“He was saying since the MDC-T is failing to agree on the way forward, it might be prudent for everyone to rally behind Mujuru,” claimed another source.

“This has raised eyebrows, considering that Mujuru refused to work with the MDC Alliance and that she is linked to Mugabe again, this might work against the coalition, hence, some leaders are hesitant.

“They view this as disingenuous to the real transformation that the genuine opposition is seeking.”

Former G40 kingpins – Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao – reportedly worked behind the scenes to form their own party, NPF that will challenge Mnangagwa at this year’s elections.

Last year, ITI tried in vain to bring the opposition parties together following a series of meetings in South Africa.

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12 Comments

  1. tsvangison do not allow yourself to be used you are good enough to give ed a run for his money as a stand alone, all these small parties will make jokes out of your big political outfit

  2. We at MDC don’t want to be tainted with anything called zanus please,the name is a curse in the zimbabwean society at large.MDC Cadres,let us be united and fight one common enermy-ZANU PF because they have totally destroyed zimbabwe.We want development in zimbabwe for everyone to live in.Chamisa,Khupe,Mudzuri and others stop fighting,work together for the better of MDC and the Zimbabwean population at large.Zanu pf don’t have the people at heart,hence they sees it fit to destroy everyone and infrastructures for their self enrichment.Down with their evil spirits.

  3. Some of the ideas which are sprouting up now could have come from advise by Bob after meeting Joyce and there were told to team up and upstage ED as the deposed leader is so hurt and will not stop at anything until ED is out of the picture, Tsvangison do not buy these new proposals your party is being used by those with hidden agendas.

  4. Yes that is the truth and reality-Elisha. Zanu pf will never and ever develop Zimbabwe and they are there to make sure that they have oppressed,suppressed and get richer and richer day and night and developing Zimbabwe is not Zanu pf’s agenda.Plesae all you zimbabweans take hid of my words and let us get rid of all these evil doers.No any place for G4OS and Zanus.

  5. Well ,showing such desperation in front of voter going to private meeting joining everyone and going back to Robert just to block Mnangangwa if it was in other countries they’d be punished for that. Why not sit and show Zimbabweans what what they are made of. The population need food on the table not.The are really taking people for granted.I don’t a leader who has borrowed ideas from America,etc. You want to go to other country to hold an election meeting .why not in Zimbabwe. Jonathan and Kasukuwere are the ones desperate. I thought Mujuru was smarter than this. You are being used. Electorate show them what you are made of. You will be used for their personal purposes.All these people have either a farm,50 roomed house or truck what does the electorate have .Zero. Come on Zimbabweans. You are the Kingmaker. The ball is on your hands. Do the writing thing.When I was a teenager my parents for the first time were drives by a gun by the Rhodesian forces in Chivi South to go to Berejena to vote for Muzorewa. Come on.

  6. Comment…asi mujuru na mugabe ndozvavakaronga kuti batanai na tsvangirai mukunde.E.D mnangagwa because mugabe nemukadzi vakarwadziwa

  7. Wasa, iam always in pain because of what i was seeing and experiencing when i grew up during the Rhodesian era and then the Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and Zanu pf’s era. What a waste and mess in life for black people.If people don’t have vision,don’t mess others.Today Zimbabwe should be at the top 10 in Africa for being a developed country,but what are we today right now.Changing governing party and government always is the only key to stardom. Wake up all you Zimbabweans and let us all shun tribalism,nepotism,selfishnes, evil minds and jealous as Zanu pf is full fond of these.

  8. Better ED than Mujuru, Kasukuwere, Zhuwawo and Moyo.This is a ploy to bring RGM,Grace and the rest of the disgraced G4O back into politics. MDC Alliance, attend at your peril!!

  9. MDC mese MDC dont attend this meeting. Leave those power hungry G40 malcontents na Joice Mujuru vaite zvavo vega. MDC you have the capacity to upstage Zanu PF without these thugs and thieves running away from the crimes they committed under Mugabe rule. These G40s were inflicting injury and death on opposition supporters so must never get sympathy votes from the electorate. MDC be reminded that those G40s and and small parties rushing to register as political parties have no supporters and want to cash in on Alliances. MDC Alliance iyoyo is enough to take on Zanu PF to the wire and forget the rest. Meanwhile mai Mujuru you are a disgrace. What do you want from Mugabe. Shame on you. You shouted, “Ngaaende Ngaaende Mugabe!!” at Zimbabwe grounds at defining moment when Zimbabweans took to the streets to oust Mugabe. Barely two months you are alleged to be forming a political alliance with Mugabe and G40. Where exactly are you standing and whose wishes are you representing if not your own political and selfish agenda. Garai pasi mhai. Kasukuwere, gara pasi, Jonathan Moyo, gara pasi, Patrick Zhuwawu, gara pasi infact G40 mese garai pasi. Take your sabbatical and leave us to develop our nation. After all ED is doing a great job for Zimbabwe. Keep up Ngwena we respect you. Tsvangirai we keep praying for you and we hope you will recover in time to lead a campaign for the true and represantative opposisition alliance in Zimbabwe. God bless Zimbabwe.

  10. Why dnt they all just shut up….all the MDC guys and The ExZanu Pf and just Join Nkosana Moyo….The Real Makoya…True essence of leadership… A new Era…A new Way of doing things…Let’s Do away With Party politics

    Vote APA In 2018
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  11. MDC dont dine with enemy. No to G40

  12. Nkosana Moyo,left his Zanu pf pars for reasons best known to him and his foes.What is good about him. I said, anything tainted with Zanu pf is not worthy in Zimbabwe and Nkosana Moyo was party and parcel of evilness although he had decided to take refuge. APA don’t have any support hence join hands with MDC because we don’t want useless parties splitting our votes.

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