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MDC Factions Seal Deal

THE two factions of the MDC this week sealed an agreement to work together to defeat President Robert Mugabe in the presidential run-off set for June 27.

 

Mugabe will square up against the MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai in the election.

Officials from the two factions met in Bulawayo where the agreement was hammered out.

The meeting followed earlier contact between the two sides held in the same city on Sunday.

Sources who attended the meeting said Tsvangirai met with the other faction’s president Arthur Mutambara, his deputy Gibson Sibanda, secretary-general Welshman Ncube, treasurer Fletcher Dulini-Ncube, and party official Hilda Sibanda.

In Tsvangirai’s entourage were his vice-president Thokozani Khuphe, party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa, and deputy secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada.

“The meeting discussed several issues regarding the political situation in the country and the run-off,” one of the sources said. “Both parties agreed on the need to work together in the run-off and the Mutambara faction said it will vigorously campaign for Tsvangirai.”

The two MDCs now have control of the House of Assembly as they together won 109 seats against Zanu PF’s 97. The factions in April agreed to work together in parliament but couldn’t agree on a pre-run-off pact.

According to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results of the March 29 presidential election, Tsvangirai won 47,9% of the votes cast and Mugabe 43,2%. Independent presidential candidates Simba Makoni and Langton Towungana shared the difference.

The MDC claims that Zanu PF has deployed state security forces – the army, police and intelligence units – across the country to campaign for Mugabe ahead of the run-off.

The army, has, however, denied pitching campaigns for Mugabe or involving its officers in acts of violence, terror, and intimidation of opposition supporters.

The deployments, the MDC claimed, has triggered a wave of violence nationwide, which has claimed more than 60 lives, 200 missing, 3 000 hospitalised, and 25 000 internally displaced.

On the other hand, Zanu PF accuses the MDC of embarking on a violent campaign trail that has seen houses of its officials being destroyed by MDC supporters.

By Nkululeko Sibanda

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