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Fight for positions scuppers coalition

PROSPECTS of a grand coalition of major political parties in the country to push President Robert Mugabe from power in this month’s elections have faltered because of fights over leadership positions, sources have said.


There had been moves by MDC-T, MDC, Zapu, Zanu Ndonga and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn in recent weeks to forge alliance to enable the ouster of the 89-year-old leader who has been ruling for over three decades.

Sources said the grand coalition failed to materialise because of disagreements over the allocation of parliamentary seats and the leadership structure.

The MDC led by Welshman Ncube on Friday formed and announced a separate pact with Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu in Bulawayo.

Speaking to journalists in Bulawayo last week, Ncube and Dabengwa said they were not closing the door on Tsvangirai but would only “engage MDC-T in the event of a presidential run-off”.

Dabengwa said when Tsvangirai approached them he had a plan already, which unfortunately was “not acceptable”.

He also alluded to the fact that the MDC-T delayed in approaching them with the idea of a coalition.

‘leaders short-change electorate’

University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Professor Greg Lennington said it was a pity that the parties were failing to form a solid pact that would increase their chances of booting out Zanu PF.

“It is very disappointing that the parties will not stand as one large group. This is bound to split the votes,” said Lennington. “It is not fair on their supporters who have to stand and watch while their leaders make such a blunder.”

“We have been in discussion with Ncube since December and Tsvangirai only approached me four days after the Constitutional Court ruling on elections, surely there was no time for discussions,” he said.

The court last week ruled that elections be held on July 31, in line with Mugabe’s proclamation.

Although there seemed to be a general consensus to field Tsvangirai as the Presidential candidate, other posts like that of the vice-presidents have remained unresolved.

While MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe has maintained that she would not relinquish her post to MDC leader Welshman Ncube, the latter has complained that as a senior member he should get a top post.

MDC-T spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said his party was very clear on the issue of “like-minded” individuals coming together for a common purpose.

“My boss [Tsvangirai] has clearly said that for the benefit of the electorate, it is better for those of a like mind to rally together.”

He, however, could not be drawn to shed light on the grand coalition saying he was reading about it in the newspapers like everyone else.

A senior MDC-T official, who requested anonymity yesterday, however ruled out the possibility of a grand coalition before this month’s make-or-break elections.

“People should wake up to the reality that there won’t be a grand coalition involving Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube,” said the official.

“The two have never attended a meeting where they discussed that issue. There is no agreement in place.”

The official also dismissed reports that Tendai Biti would take over from Khupe as MDC-T vice-president.

“The reports by the State media that Tendai Biti will replace Thokozani Khupe as vice-president are hogwash. Khupe was elected at congress and Biti is secretary-general, I really don’t know where this is coming from.”

MDC secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, in an interview after filing Ncube’s nomination papers, said no one had approached them to talk “about a coalition”.

“No one has approached us to talk about a coalition. We have only been reading it in the papers,” she said.

But other analysts speculated that the Ncube-Dabengwa mini-alliance was a prequel to the grand coalition of all the five parties which is to be announced this week.

They said the two staged the event to throw off the scent of their real strategy.

Obert Gutu, who announced last week he had been appointed Tsvangirai’s chief election agent, yesterday afternoon hinted that negotiations for the grand coalition were ongoing. He wrote on his Facebook wall: “And who said the grand coalition has flopped? Surely, surely the gods must be crazy! This morbid campaign of misinformation and disinformation will drive some people nuts.”

15 Responses to Fight for positions scuppers coalition

  1. Kufandada July 7, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    There are 2 separate mini coalitions.
    Mavambo and Zanu Ndonga have entered a coalition with MDC-T.Reketai Semwayo is standing as MDC-T candidate for Chipinge,pa Ndonga po.Simba Makoni is supported by MDC-T to stand against Chinamasa.The MDC-T candidate for that constituency has been withdrawn.Welshman Ncube and Dumiso Dabengwa would do the country proud if they withdrew their Presidential nominations without any preconditions.That will make them real statesmen.How can they fight for Vice Presidency before winning elections.Khupe is prepared to give way,but problem is between Ncube and Dabengwa who both want to be Vice Presidents.The parliamentary seats may be left to the districts and constituencies to resolve among themselves.

    • Jonathiel Moyowaonda July 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Thank you Kufandada. A fragments or fractured coalition does not help us at all except Mugabe and his ZANUPF. We expect good news soon.

  2. real prof July 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    If Ncude was really for change why didn’t he approach Tsvangirai than wait to be approached. That man is working for Mugabe I tell you.

    • john ndebele July 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      What is the reason for forming an alliance against an opponent whom we have been told all along his claim to being in the state house is because of rigging, intimidation and so on. We have been made to believe countless times that the opponent is so unpopular and one baba jukwa has predicted an 85% win for the blue eyed boy Morgan whose popularity we are made to believe is so immense. Is they something we are not being told and was the need for an extension to ensure reforms are made all the need to iron out the differences in forming a grand collision sorry coalition. Have those that are behind this project ever reasoned why someone would vote for Tsvangirayi instead of Ncube or vice versa. These elements are fishing from the same pond the reason why Ncube seem to be gaining ground in some MDCT constituents is that he carries the protest vote of those same MDCT elements disgruntled by its leadership,performance. A coalition would shut out these elements who will either not vote or go for ZPF.

    • Socrates July 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Allow me to illustrate the stupidity of your line of thinking:

      1. If I want to be an MP of a constituency do I wait for the constituents to come to me and tell ask me how they should make me their MP?
      2. If a man is interested in a woman does he wait for the woman to come to him and tell ask him how they should make me their girlfriend?

      If not, then why are you expecting Ncube to approach MT to ask MT how he, Ncube, can help him into the the state house?

      Rank insanity!

  3. lobengula kumalo July 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    my bones have already alerted dumiso to put that CHARIS RUDD trained lawyer in his proper employee position. through you induna emissary makwati, I have composed an email directing dumiso that welshmen can only be hired to work FOR not WITH dumiso to ensure zambezi water fountain grand coalition project will rapidly reestablish Bulawayo as the iconic capital and ultra modern CITY OF ALL PEOPLE in joyous development unity unity unity not more of the same that RUDD my bones are gathered and scatter here nharira hills whenever I need to intervene against “fly blown piece of paper” that lawyers unfairly prepare without remorse and I will ensure no divisive tribal law of england is imposed on any inch of munhumutapa empire again and so welshmen and all lawyers can take that text message of my bones to the bank! dumiso unite today not for monkey business but to complete zambezi water fountain of unity that will provide instantaneous rewards to THE ICONIC FUTURISTIC CAPITAL CITY OF ALL PEOPLE bulawayo. my abundant blessings for that are with thou now.

  4. Nothingtochange July 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Wasting time!!!!!!. You don’t stand a chance against ZANU PF coalition or no coalition becoz the number of people who are going to vote for ZANU PF is a CONSTANT in this equation and that number is always above 50%/

  5. Jingeni July 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm #


  6. tsoka July 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Is there something I am missing? If RGM is going to get the 50%plus one votes it does not matter whether there is a coalition or not, either way he would have won. If the split is for instance 40,30,20,10 in favour of RGM then the other guys can team up to form a run off coalition. The sharing of the parliamentary seats caused the breakdown of the 2008 coalition and there had been no negotiations from that time on the issue. I think people need to be realistic, as much as we all want ZPF out, it should not be at all cost. People have constituencies they answer to and to just go into a coalition without even knowing what you will get out of it is political suicide. Zimbabwe can not sink any lower than it did. A lesson need to be learnt from the Egyptian debacle. Removing Mubarak failed to deliver the aspirations of the people because Morsi pandered to the needs of his own supporters and ignored the minorities.

  7. UNDEREMPLOYED July 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    The politics of personality over nation-building…yet Africa continues to blame its Colonial past.

    Given the trauma that brought us to this point…such behavour amongst so called leaders is a disgrace upon the children of this nation.


  8. mahwan July 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Now that we see how dome these leaders are, we are now going the JUKWA CAMPAIGN.
    Lets not vote for any one other than the party which has the most votes MDCT! This may b the only way to dislodge this zanu. coz zanu may live fir ever, zvaana ncube naana dabengwa ndezvekupenga, vanoda kuti zanu irambe ichitongA. Baba jukwa is right.

  9. Rigel Bernard July 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    MDC-T, MDC, Zapu, Zanu Ndonga and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn should come together in support of mdc-t. the other fellows should contest parlimentary elections. we need them in the parliament for balance

  10. muchaota July 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    ko Kana zanu isisina support why worry about coalition.zanu is bigger than even ka mubatanidza kevapanduki.zanu ihombe bvunza obama,blair,morgan,………

  11. hope July 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Zanu already has results. When announced you will think a coalition would hv made a difference and start blaming Ncube and Tsvangirai unnecessarilly. With the military,CIO. Makarawo all judges etc the writing is on the wall

  12. Stop-a-Thief July 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Ndiani achirikuda Mugabe&zanupf??

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