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Failed grand coalition: Did the MDCs hand over victory to Zanu PF?

President Robert Mugabe (Zanu PF), MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC President Welshman Ncube, Zapu boss Dumiso Dabengwa and Kisinoti Mukwazhi will battle it out for the keys to State House after successfully lodging their papers with the Nomination Court on Friday.


There had been plans for a pact to unseat Mugabe, which appeared to have gained momentum when Mavambo Kusile Dawn president Simba Makoni pulled out of the race last week, in support of a grand coalition.

The opposition parties had united after President Mugabe unilaterally passed amendments to the Electoral Act and subsequently decreed July 31 as the election date.

The two MDC formations further united at the Sadc summit in Mozambique that eventually asked Zimbabwe to approach the courts for an extension of the election date by two weeks. The Constitutional Court will hear the application for an extension on Thursday.

In a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, MDC secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga all but poured cold water on a grand coalition with MDC-T yesterday.

“Can someone tell me why people are so obsessed by a group of people they claim are so irrelevant to the political landscape, if it is a fact that this party [MDC]is so small and insignificant, then just wait and play the vuvuzelas on the first. You can’t on one hand abuse us, while asking us to join hands with you, it has to be one or the other,” she tweeted.

Tsvangirai spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told The Standard yesterday that fielding separate candidates is part of democracy, though it would have been better for like -minded parties to come together.

Tamborinyoka dismissed the assertion that Zanu PF had been given an electoral advantage, saying there is a national mood for change and people “can start writing the epitaph for Zanu PF”.

Analysts had predicted an electoral pact between the two MDC formations saying they had learnt from the mistakes of 2008.

Tsvangirai got 44,87% of the votes, which were inadequate to secure him the presidential post. Mugabe got 43,24% while Makoni managed 8,31%.

Had the two formations entered into a coalition, Tsvangirai would have smiled all the way to State House.

6 Responses to Failed grand coalition: Did the MDCs hand over victory to Zanu PF?

  1. McAaron June 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Power hungry idiots are still engaged in self serving politics. National politics is still to be born in this country. For now its tribal, regional and kinsman politics, with governments that resemble village courts, laughing stock, a sad situation for such a great land.

  2. Gutter Poet June 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    @McAaron- I think it might be too quick to start calling each other names..the election is still 31 long days away, there is still a chance for the unity that people crave. Priscilla also has a point, you dont kick those you are courting in the teeth..Everything points to a grand coalition as the date draws near. The majority party, which is the MDC must practice proper courtship not arrogance which has no place in a marriage. Thats not to say the courted should also look at herself in the mirror objectively and stop imagining that the sun and moon rise out of her behind. They do not!

  3. jah June 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I like that gutter.This is politics,you just cant jump into bed now,thats what a girl does when u propose.You dont have to put all your cards now,there is 14 days left to withdraw,so the opponent wont have time to muddle the marriage.Just keep your heads cool,these people know what they are doing.

  4. Sir Alex Ferguson June 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    ZEC taking almost one month to announce the results and you stil believe these results, sure ma Zimbo.

  5. Izvozvi So July 1, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Tsvangirai got sexed 48.% not 44% yamanyora pamusoro apo. Munonyadzisa kunyora nhema. I am your reader but kana muchidai muri full time journalists how can we trust your news!!!!

  6. Tsano July 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Its not late if these people have zim at heart not selfish indvidual interests

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