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Selfishness blots out Zimbabwe poll grand coalition

A grand coalition to unseat President Robert Mugabe is failing to materialise because some political leaders are pushing for self-serving agendas rather than national interest, analysts have noted.


They said if major political parties had united in the 2008 election, Mugabe would have been voted out of office to usher Zimbabwe into a new and progressive political dispensation.

During the elections, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai got 47% votes and Simba Makoni of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn polled 8%.

If Tsvangirai and Makoni had come together, they would have easily defeated Mugabe who got 43% and avoided a run-off.

Analysts said Mugabe, who has been ruling the country for over three decades, could prevail in the July 31 harmonised elections if leaders of major political parties in the country remained divided and continued to pursue self-fulfilling agendas.

Attempts by the MDC-T, MDC, Zapu, Zanu Ndonga and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn to form a coalition against Zanu PF in the past few months have failed amid accusations and counter accusations.

This has resulted in two coalitions being formed along tribal and regional lines.

MDC-T has joined hands with Simba Makoni’s Mavambo and Zanu Ndonga and their leaders come from Manicaland province.

On the other hand, MDC led by Welshman Ncube and Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, both from Matabeleland, have also formed their alliance.

Other than enunciating their party policies to the electorate, the party leaders are spending most of their time taking a pick at each other at campaign meetings, an indication that it is unlikely that they could come together before the elections.

On Friday, Ncube described the coalition led by MDC-T as fake.

University of Zimbabwe law lecturer, Professor Greg Lennington said it was unfortunate that major political parties in the country had failed to form a coalition.
“I think it would have enhanced their prospects of winning the upcoming elections had they formed an alliance,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate.”

He urged the party leaders to stop forming alliances along tribal and regional lines as nobody would benefit from that.


Political analyst, Dumisani Nkomo said no political party had the luxury of thinking it had the majority following.

He said every vote was important if the political parties wanted to remove Mugabe and Zanu PF from power.

“When dealing with a dictatorship, it’s also possible that where certain political parties has no people, elections might be rigged in favour of those parties to ensure there is no outright winner,” said Nkomo.

“So if there is a coalition, Zanu PF cannot rig in favour of any party other than itself. It can play with the smaller figures to prevent victory for one political party.”

He said it was not too late for the parties to forge an alliance.

“Remember in 2008, Makoni came on the political scene a few weeks before elections but managed to get 8%,” said Nkomo.

‘Tsvangirai, Ncube the real deal’

National Association of Non-governmental Organisations (Nango) chairperson, Effie Ncube said the two coalitions were neither tribal nor regional but political.
He said the only winning coalition in Zimbabwe was the one that involved Tsvangirai and Ncube.

“This is just politics,” he said. “In this election, Tsvangirai needs Ncube [Welshman] and Ncube needs Tsvangirai so they need to urgently reach an agreement.”
But he was quick to point out that at the moment the “leader of change” in Zimbabwe was Tsvangirai.

“He [Tsvangirai] must ensure that every anti-Zanu PF vote is a vote for Tsvangirai. No single vote must be lost,” said Effie Ncube. “He must make sure that Ncube, Dabengwa, Makoni and Ndonga are all on board.”

The Nango boss said Makoni’s political support could have decreased since 2008 because the former Sadc executive secretary disappeared from the political scene after the polls, only to reappear now.

Makoni could not be reached to comment on whether he had brought to the coalition those “senior Zanu PF officials” who were supposed to defect to his party when he launched Mavambo just before the 2008 elections.

Presidential aspirant, Kisinoti Mukwazhe blamed the MDC-T for the failure of the coalition. He said they had agreed to rally behind Tsvangirai under the banner “One Zimbabwe, one Presidential Candidate”.

“But the MDC-T technical team killed the project because they thought they are too big and wanted to steal the thunder,” said Mukwazhe, who claimed to have been part of the initial coalition negotiations.

Efforts to get a comment from MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora were fruitless yesterday.

20 Responses to Selfishness blots out Zimbabwe poll grand coalition

  1. Gutter Poet July 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    This appears to be a high stakes gamble..there are some who believe they can get away with it by waiting it out for the second round so as to extract as much benefit for themselves as possible..this is dangerous slippery ground..what happens if there is no second round? In politics it is clever to hedge your bets and not play a zero sum game. Of course they are some in the biggerparty who believe a coalition would further push them further away from the centre of power..these are lot are a pathetic lot..for how can you start thinking about power when you are pushing the same power to form government further and further away..Everyone should take step back and listen to what people in Mainstreet are saying: Form a coalition NOW. People are not interested (and rightly so) in who is wrong or right they want to see a COALITION. It would be playing with fire and coming out to rubbish this coalition is playing with EFFLUENT, an ill advised move given the precariousness of water delivery in the land!

  2. tsoka July 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    There is a misguided lot within the Zimbabwean population who have this dismissive attitude towards other politicians and just want to use them to attain their own objectives. As much as people want ZPF out by yesterday, this should not be at any cost. We have parties that spent a good part of 4 years trying to appease ZPF in the hope that the leopard would change its spots. We heard how some parties went to town in their praise for the President, showering him with all manner of accolades at every opportunity, globe trotting with the message that Zimbabwe is ok for business and requesting our skilled manpower to return home, whilst denigrating their erstwhile colleagues calling them village politicians, working in cahoots with ZPF to keep other parties from contributing to the trajectory that our country ought to have taken. We have a party trying everything from bribing other party MPs and promising them a place at the feeding trough. Now that push has come to a shove it is this very same party, which by the way spurned overtures from other parties in 2008 with the misconception that the party did not need anyone to topple the dictator, which is now trying to hoodwink Zimbabweans into believing that they are interested in the unity of all democratic forces. Zimbabwe can not sink further than it already has, therefore this talk of now or never is misguided. yes for some leaders its now or never, but some still have time on their hands and they are patiently waiting for the right leadership to take over, then a coalition of proper democratic forces can come into being. The moral of the story is always know which side your bread is buttered and usazo tondera bako mvura yakunaya

    • magame July 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Tsoka. Cutting yo nose to spite yo face hey. Other politicians may have time on their hands but zimbabweans don’t and they will punish them.

    • Mthombeni Ndhlovu July 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      All reasonable people should respect differing views and avoid taking each other forgranted while wasting time. Tsvangirai can ONLY win on July 31 NOT a runoff.

      Zim needs the proper coalition as cited by other fair minded subscribers to this poll prep.

  3. magame July 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    True. We don’t care who is wrong. Let’s close our eyes, form the coaltion get the job done and open our eyes to start a new life.

  4. skindeep July 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Coalition or no coalition ZANU PF will win. The fact of the matter is ZANU PF has the support of more than 50% of the electorate. Don’t get carried away by dubius Baba Jukwa polls where even a non Zimbabwean can vote or Zimbabweans in the diaspora can vote, or even someone unregistered can vote. Don’t forget that ZANU PF strongholds which are rural areas are most likely not to have much access to the internet.
    MDC wake up from your deep sluimber!!!!!

    • Gutter Poet July 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      @Skindeep- we cant wait to see your own polls from which you drew the conclusion you mention above..short of this, then yours is like many who criticise this Jukwa poll, idle waffle. This is not to say I support the findings of the Jukwa poll but it is there for people to interrogate and criticise where is yours???

    • Fatso July 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Remember us pple in the rurals can now access internet on our mobiles like I am doing now.
      Baba J is the real deal dismiss him at your own peril. The catch word here in Mt Darwin is ‘Ziva nemoyo’

  5. Madhinkekomo July 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Lets criticise fairly, from what we’re reading from various papers it seems MDC-M has the monopoly of talking rubbish about MDC-T & its leader concerning this coalition thing,& its fine with its backers,so there we are,stuck in the 2008 scenario,wake Zimbabweans so its only Tsvangirai who must bend for others?

  6. Tafirenyika July 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    @Skindeep. I could not have said it better. You are spot-on. These guys are going to be decisively defeated by ZANU P.F.

  7. Tafirenyika July 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    @Gutter Poeter. With due respect, I am convinced you got Skindeep dangerously wrong. The fact that he has not proffered an alternative survey does not preclude him from interrogating veracity of other surveys or opinions. What Skindeep has simply done is try to link findings of that survey and what he or she has as facts on the ground. By so doing, he or she has identified what he or she regards as foibles or gaps in that opinion poll. Instead of mercilessly attacking him or her for failing to provide an alternative opinion poll, it is advisable that we interrogate whether what Skindeep has put forward are facts that can genuinely contradict the Jukwa survey. I submit!

    • Skiddy July 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      ZANU will only win if they rig…..there is no chance in the world they will win because Zimbabweans will never forget the brutality of the party. Think about it, why would any sane person believe ZANU PF’s lies this time when they have had 33 years to make a positive difference in people’s lives?

  8. otto July 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    welshman ncube should just swalow his pride and join tsvangirai.he is d one who started all this on d other hand busy criticising tsvangirai,he is selfish

  9. Comrade Bhunu July 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    You MDC-T people don’t grow..Why are you so worried about the grand coalition failure if you know that Tsvangirai is going to win the July 31 elections.You are already making excuses for losing the elections to Zanu Pf..hehehehe kwai ku rigger kudii?Kurai apa, ndokusaka muchingoruza.Mbwende dzevanhu!!

  10. chabaya July 15, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Zanu pf will never win Zimbos have since been tired of Znu pf nonsense the work of the coalitin was to make it difficult for Zanu to birira otherwise Tsvangirai can win alone.

  11. Guvnor July 15, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    I live in Mainway Meadows and I have watched ZPF parcel out small pieces of land right in front of our houses to people to open small businesses like tuckshops, sadza restaurants etc!! On each of those, there are ZPF posters to vote Ace Lumumba and some other ZPF oke I didn’t even bother to remember his name. Now my question is, I built that house using MY resources and hard work. It has not been easy, I received no loan from anyone and I have had to go without a lot of things in my life and that of my family. Now, on the stroke of some guys “brilliant’ idea or strategy to get votes by “empowering” this lot to start “businesses” and so earn a living, the value of my house has plummeted irrecoverably as I now face a shanty town where people are selling live chicken, on the next stall is a barbershop, the next the woman is cooking sadza, next is a car wash, next who knows? maybe a brothel!! This is very very unfair to other people like the residents as we’ve had our investments in those houses damaged. They dug a pit latrine for a toilet for the vendors?? Now I would like to advise Ace, that whilst I otherwise would have given him time in his campaign, he’s proved that this young Turk in ZPF is utter nonsense and they will do anything to get their votes. For that reason Sir, you are not getting my vote this coming election and COME HELL OR THUNDER, I AM VOTING. To the recently “empowered” in my neighbourhood, you are an EYESORE as far as I am concerned and YOU WILL NOT GET ANY BUSINESS FROM ME WHATSOEVER. Furthermore, I have spoken to neighbours and friends and they feel the same and we have a strategy going, no business for you. We will see how long you will last there.

  12. Banyile July 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I am disturbed by people who want Welshman Ncube to unite with Tsvangirai.
    This is a way of shortchanging the electorate. What if i do not see anything good in
    Tsvangirai ? Let us have as many candidates so that whoever wins is chosen from a
    pool of leaders. To me these coalitions that some people are terming them tribal are
    very health because they give credence to the call for devolution.

    • john July 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      “Let us have as many candidates so that whoever wins is chosen from a
      pool of leaders. why shortchange the electorate”

  13. Qiniso July 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Why should we always be led by people from Mashonaland? Why cant Tsvangison let Ncube leads the collision? We are tired of failed leadership from that region.

  14. Black Crow July 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    if tsvangirai thinks that he has the support win the election, why worry about welshman ncube. the fact that people are saying welshman should “swallow” his pride and join tsvangirai it means that they are admiting that welshman has huge following that can decide an election.

    if he has a huge following, then the ball is in tsvangirai’s court to be crafty and find a suitable formula to accomodate welshman. if tsvangirai fails to do so then he hasnt mastered the political game so he will remain an opposition leader.

    in the first place why would tsvangirai need welshman to fight from his (corner) remember its the same tsvangirai who refused to fight from welshman’s corner when mugabe took sides with mutambara. he bluntly said welshman should fight his own wars.

    for the people of matabeleland this is an election where we need to control parliamentary seats in our territory and neither MDC T nor ZANU Jongwe can give us that power. the presidential election is a different ball game altogether, it is not our priority so tsvangirai has a big task of convincing mashonaland electorate that to vote for him instead of zanu jongwe’s mugabe. in matebelaland there is no problem, mugabe wont get any votes. so honestly speaking, the problem is in mashonaland not matabeleland.

    political analysts should be telling tsvangirai and his people to campaign hard in mashonaland where mugabe is still getting votes.

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