Mujuru, Dabengwa ready to join Chamisa

OPPOSITION parties’ talks to form a grand coalition to challenge Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa in this year’s polls have reportedly reached an advanced stage with several leaders, among them Joice Mujuru (National People’s Party), Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu), Ambrose Mutinhiri’s National Patriotic Front (NPF) and several others stampeding to join Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The MDC Alliance, whose presidential candidate is Chamisa, is a loose coalition involving seven opposition parties — namely MDC-T, Tendai Biti’s PDP, Welshman Ncube’s MDC, Transform Zimbabwe (Jacob Ngarivhume), MCD (Matthias Guchutu), Zanu Ndonga (Denford Musiyarira) and Zimbabwe People First led by Agrippah Mutambara.

On the other hand, Mujuru also leads another alliance known as the People’s Rainbow Coalition — made up of four opposition parties. These are NPP, Lucia Matibenga’s PDP, Zimbabweans United for Democracy Party led by Farai Mbira and Gilbert Dzikiti’s Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment.

In an interview yesterday, NPP secretary-general Gift Nyandoro said they would only decide the way forward after the wrangle between Chamisa and his rival Thokozani Khupe over use of MDC-T party symbols has been resolved.

“We have been following events which are unfolding with keen interest. We have learnt from our legal department that the courts are still to make a decision on the matter where our colleagues are trying to resolve their in-house challenges in the legal route,” he said.

Nyandoro said negotiations with Chamisa would not be difficult as the NPP and the MDC-T already have a memorandum of understanding signed in 2017 before
negotiations collapsed over minor administrative obstacles to do with symbols for the proposed coalition.

“We have an MoU with the MDC-T and until when such matter is resolved, we will remain guided on what steps to take. Our understanding is that our MoU is for MDC-T and we wait for the decision of the court so that we see who to approach and deal with,” Nyandoro said.

He added: “Time is running out but in a game of politics, a night is a very long time. The hopes are very much alive.”

Nyandoro claimed they had shelved coalition talks with MDC-T officials to give them time to mourn the passing on of their founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai who died in February after a long battle with cancer.
MDC-T spokesperson Tabitha Khumalo, yesterday said their doors were open for like-minded parties that wish to work under Chamisa.

“The possibility could be there but in terms of us as a party, our 2014 resolutions stated that we should work on the issue of convergence then form the alliance after which we have a big tent. So, all like-minded parties are welcome. If that is their wish our doors are open and we will cross that bridge when we get there,” she said.
Dabengwa also confirmed efforts were still underway to work on a grand coalition.


“The effort is still there and I think we are trying to remove some of the obstacles that have been hindering progress,” Dabengwa said.

Asked which parties were involved, Dabengwa said: “I think we are looking at the main formations that are there, the main alliances that exist.”

NPF spokesperson Jealous Mawarire said they were ready to join the Chamisa-led coalition provided it was all-inclusive.

“We have always been very clear that we subscribe to the notion of working together. We said we are working on our structures so that when we go for coalition we will bring substantial and invaluable capital to the objective of forming a coalition,” he said.

“For us the forming of a coalition entails quite a number of things, namely an objective analysis of areas where one party is strong and where it is weak and the deployment of the best candidates in those areas.”

Coalition of Democrats (CODE) leader Elton Mangoma also said his grouping had no problem working with people who shared same views with it.

“As CODE we have a formula of working with others. We said we will not use our names for the election. We use a common name and the agreement on what we are going to do for the country so that we don’t look at personalities but issues,” he said.

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39 Comments

  1. josphat mugadzaweta

    stay where you are. you have realised that you dont have any support now you want to piggyback on our hard earned support

    1. So true. Dabengwa has zero support.

  2. IF TRUE….. 2018 ELECTIONS WILL GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST ELECTION TO BE EVER HELD IN ZIMBABWE

  3. finally the two are going nowhere and its a good face saver so that the alliance is lambasted as a bigger team

  4. As a member of Mujuru’s NPP i would like to make it clear that we will not join Chamisa Mdc Alliance not in a thousand years but we can have a Grand Coalition where all political parties will treated as equal !! Giving the notion that Mujuru is stampeding is very disturbing and falsely giving a picture that Chamisa is the game changer in town . Its an open fact that NPP support base is just the same as that of Chamisa Mdc Alliance .!! For the meantime we will not shift our focus away from our Provincial rallies that are attracting thousands of people since we have come to realise that the Mdc is not sincere on these talks because of the big brother mentality that they are exhibiting !! We don’t want the story to confuse our supporters !! The fact is we will contest the coming election as PRC until the Mdc stops to treat other political parties as inferior on this struggle !!

    1. Ntokozo Nyathi

      My friend you are a terrible mistake in politics you are wise if you do not repronounce Ian Smith’s words. After all these guys do not need you in the first place and never pretend to be the best man for Mother Mujuru . THIS is politics youngman

  5. As a member of Mujuru’s NPP i would like to make it clear that we will not join Chamisa Mdc Alliance not in a thousand years but we can have a Grand Coalition where all political parties will treated as equal !! Giving the notion that Mujuru is stampeding is very disturbing and falsely giving a picture that Chamisa is the game changer in town . Its an open fact that NPP support base is just the same as that of Chamisa Mdc Alliance .!! For the meantime we will not shift our focus away from our Provincial rallies that are attracting thousands of people since we have come to realise that the Mdc is not sincere on these talks because of the big brother mentality that they are exhibiting !! We don’t want the story to confuse our supporters !! The fact is we will contest the coming election as PRC until the Mdc stops to treat NPP as a “small” party on this struggle !!

    1. ndazvishaya wo ini

      handei tione mukoma ne big party yenyu. chokwadi mochiziva. mujuru should contest to be an mp in her area. let one presidential candidate run with ed. simple mathematics will help save zimbabwe. not zvamuri kutaura. chances of mujuru winning presidential election are non. so its better for her to support chamisa for now

  6. Comment…mdc alliances stay away with these failed politicians without following and some of them are there to disturb anebhora chamisa vogowesa ma own goals …stay away with mujuru ,mangoma ,and their failed alliances .mutinhiri and his corrupt g40 ,its to take davengwa bcz he is respected by zipra forces.

  7. Ana Chambati. Kikiki. Idyai mari makanyarara. You dont want to be treated as a small party in this strugle!!!!!!!!!!. Really, are you not even smaller than the way you think they perceive you. Joinai makanyayrara tinshaiwa kwekuzonyarira

  8. This is an honest invitation to these other small parties and it is not a crime to be a small party, Join where all the people are and not to where some people are. Where all the people are i mean.

  9. The mooted alliance will only lead to more fractures within MDC T.

  10. 0+0=0 Zanu PF will win resoundingly

  11. I believe joining forces is 4 the best so we can win the elections but as 4 Thokozani khuphe she must stop whatever she is doing coz she is tryng to stand in our way of reforming our country but claiming to care about Zim

  12. I believe joining forces is 4 the best so we can win the elections but as 4 Thokozani khuphe she must stop whatever she is doing coz she is tryng to stand in our way of reforming our country but claiming to care about Zim

  13. This message is 4 a miss Khuphe plz step aside allow Chamisa to deliver us he is our hero this has been a long journey we dnt need the likes of u that wil b taking us back so plz back off we are tired of living like this called foreigners we want to stay in our country and work there but Khuphe wont let us yet she has nothing to lose if she stop fightng Chamisa but as 4 us we gonna lose great deal to Zanu and their fucked up cabinet if she dnt back off

    1. The mere fact that other parties are waiting for the MDC-T internal squabbles to be resolved shows that those with rational minds see that Khupe’s case is valid. The problem that most people like you are facing is that you view the matter as Khupe vs Chamis, NO, it is Khupe vesrsus the National Council that made a short cut to leadership succession! For me, the National Council is heavily infiltrated by Zanu Pf, hence the bungling in the leadership succession.

  14. MISORO YENHUNZI CHERO IKAITA 1000 HAIREMI KUDARIKA MUSWE WE NZOU . ZANUPF NDEYE MADZIBABA YAKAUYA NE ROPA(ALTAR) SACRIFICE YAKAISWA NE ZANUPF NDIYO INOKUKUNDAYI PAMBERI PA JEHOVA . MUNENGE MAIWANEPI IMWE ALTAR INODHINGURA YAKAISWA NE ZANUPF NEVENYU VAPFANA VANOREMBEDZA MABHURUKWA ZVICHAKUTORERAI NGUVA. ED PFEEEE

  15. Chamisa grabbed power. Khupe was and is still clear that MDC-T leadership crisis can be resolved through Congress. And she is ready to support the Congress winner. But Chamisa doesnt want. Can you see how Chamisa is destroying our party through candidates imposition. How long has MDC taken on for its primary elections and for how many constituents. Its now payback time to his Vanguard and some of them are ready to be MPs

  16. The problem is mese mukuda kutonga zvigaro hazvikwane manje

  17. Khupe was already an mdc-t rebel even while Tsvangirai was still alive & firmly in charge. She must stay as far away as possible from mdc-t. Nobody really knows what’s going on inside her head but one thing for sure she is a liability to the struggle

  18. mutongwizo ropa rehondo wovheti

    Comment…chisa mbama chisa tinewe chamisa

  19. WELL SAID CHAMBATI HOW CAN THIS JOURNALIST POTRAY AS IF PRC AND OTHER PARTIES ARE STAMPEDING TO JOIN MDC ALLIANCE WHEN IN FACT HE IS THE ONE WHO TELEPHONED NYANDORO, DABENGWA AND MANGOMA TO ESTABLISH THEIR POSITIONS. THERE IS NOWHERE IN THIS ARTICLE WHERE THERE IS STAMPEDE. LEARN TO STICK TO FACTS MR JOURNALIST OTHERWISE YOUR PAPER WILL LOOSE CREDIBILITY. AND TO MDC ALLIANCE SUPPORTERS EVERY CITIZEN HAS RIGHT TO CHOOSE HIS HER PARTY OF CHOICE. WE CAN NOT ALL BE PUSHED TO CHOOSE MDC ALLIANCE NEVER, THE MORE YOU TRY TO FORCE THE MORE PEOPLE GET TO DISLIKE YOU JUST LIKE ZANU PF. I CAN NOW SEE STRIKING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ZANU PF AND MDC CHAMISA. THEY ARE ALL VIOLENT TO PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO OPPOSE THEM.

  20. vana Chambati tibvirei apa. I don’t think NPP is of any significance to the MDC coalition. Otherwise NPF irinani by far and the MDC Alliance should consider it because it has a rural base, better strategists and mobilisers plus bag. Vana Mujuru ava michato yembwa iyi. In Manicaland we may need NPF to fill in all constituencies that were given to the Alliance partners, except Chimanimani East where PDP has an edge. The truth is that PDP, ZimPf, MDC-Ncube & Ngarivhume are causing more problems than solutions kwavakapihwa in Manicaland. Zanu Pf is going to sponsor independent candidates from disgruntled MDC-T members to split the MDC Alliance vote. Alternatively, Khupe achawana ma sympathisers. Pa Alliance apa Mogiza dzakajutwa, they took advantage of his sickness.

    1. Comment…imi mipurwa ye zanu pamunenge muchiba isu hamutione ikoko apa moti zanu yakauya neropa iropa rudzii rinoba

  21. They can go join Chamisa, I for one as Zapu supporter ill join khupe, I hate tribalists with all my heart.

  22. Sorry even though you come together the greater moment will be when you all lose to ED why because you ‘re all driven by selfish ideas okuda kutonga and so jealous that ED is the president you do not even have anything for people hatiti Maphunza nzou kwakuti chiropa ndechani Chiluba bandauko what a fragmented coalition will bring Zimbabwe is worse poverty

  23. Kunyangwe mukajoinana mese mukumama neZANU kkkkkkkkkkk.

  24. Muchadya tribalism yenyu iyoyo. For as longas we remain divided ,,we will die suffering.. Do you think Khupe will win any election?? Nevweer EVER. SORRY

  25. What a bunch of gullible morons! Instead of demanding postponement of elections until ZanuPf junta is excluded from participating in civilian elections the morons are falling over each other to participate blindly in election where the junta will doubtlessly rig/win. These opposition idiots are unwittingly legitimizing an illegal junta.

  26. What a bunch of gullible morons! Instead of demanding postponement of elections until ZanuPf j*nta is excluded from participating in civilian elections the morons are falling over each other to participate blindly in election where the junt* will doubtlessly rig/win. These opposition idiots are unwittingly legitimizing an illegal ju*ta.

  27. What a bunch of gullible morons! Instead of demanding postponement of elections until ZanuPf j*nta is excluded from participating in civilian elections the morons are falling over each other to participate blindly in election where the junt* will doubtlessly rig/win. These opposition idiots are unwittingly legitimizing an illegal ju*ta.

  28. Ngulube who are you to tell another human being with a democratic right to stop doing what they believe is right.just because you have b…. Does not mean you are always right and your opinion matters the most. I can smell patriarchal tendencies there please keep them emzini Wakho if you have a home at all.your chamisa boy can win elections if he is popular with or without khuphe.he already has alliances can you people leave khuphe alone. As long as you do not address the tribalism tendencies kaChamisa wenu Lowo forget the Byo vote. Asifuni bumbulu thina

  29. Two heads are better than one. Nonetheless, Chamisa must brace up for a new battlefront from these ‘dissidents’. They have been meandering in the political wilderness for long and their exact motives have never been established. It must therefore be clearly spelled out to them that the top ranks have already been sealed and thus they have to settle for the lower remaining ones, if any, in no uncertain terms. A tighter internal security is necessary lest all secrets of the alliance will be at stake. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  30. Nathaniel Ebel

    All shall be revealed soon maZimbabwean don’t fight over this…

  31. The game is between Mnangagwa and Chamisa. All others can just watch from the stands, they have no support. Joining Chamisa is an admission that they can’t go far on their own. And Chamisa should be careful who he sups with. Ukapusa mfana achawona garwe rava pachigaro zvakare if you trust Biti, Mujuru and Ncube. I like politics dza Mnangagwa and Chamisa, they don’t deviate from what they believe in. Mnangagwa has never left Zanu PF, and Chamisa has never left MDC-T. Kwete vamwe vanongochinja ma party pese pese, vangwarireyi.

  32. maitiro enyu aya chinjaaaa

  33. Yes Machakachaka, useless political thathamachanzizi and spoilers are harbouring the election conditions in zimbabwe and these people do not have the good future of zimbabwe, hence they don’t love zimbabwe. We fought the war together and it is high time now to fight zanu pf together again and get rid of it out from the people it had impoverished.

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