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Biti, Ncube’s MDCs unite

The Welshman Ncube-led MDC and the Renewal Team will on Wednesday officially sign a unity accord to become one political party and start preparing for a joint congress, The Standard has learnt.


Spokespersons of the two MDC formations, Nhlanhla Dube and Jacob Mafume, confirmed the development in separate telephone interviews.

They said congress would adopt a new name and colours for the new party as it rebrands to contest the 2018 elections.

The parties have been holding talks led by their respective secretary-generals Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Tendai Biti since the beginning of October. The discussions were centred on the amalgamation of the two political entities into one party.

“It’s true that we will sign an accord to give effect to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)that was signed by the two parties in October on forming a united MDC party,” Dube said.

“The signing of this document will give us a roadmap on what needs to be done and when, including issues of policy audit, amalgamation of structures and other processes leading to a congress that will elect leadership of the united party.”

Mafume concurred: “We will be signing a MoU that shows our commitment to uniting the parties and [which will] give us a roadmap on the processes leading to the joint congress.

“In the meantime, before the congress each party will retain its identity as we implement the roadmap. We will only dissolve ourselves at the congress and immediately assume the new identity.”

The new party will be a regrouping of formations that all came out of the original MDC that was led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

The party will become the first proper unification between opposition parties after the dismal performance in the 2013 general elections in which Zanu PF won resoundingly amid rigging claims.

Mafume said the “reunification will strengthen the party and increase our membership”.

“This is based on the founding principle of the MDC,” he said.
The development will further isolate MDC-T which last year formed a loose broad alliance with Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, Zanu Ndonga and Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu. The alliance, however, collapsed soon after the 2013 elections with each party going back to their little political spaces.

Political analysts have for long said that the country needs one big viable opposition party than a multiplicity of small parties that have a negative effect on the fight to dislodge Zanu PF from power.

Ncube’s group differed with Tsvangirai over the participation of the then MDC in the 2005 senatorial elections. Tsvangirai overruled the decision by the MDC’s national council to participate in the senatorial elections resulting in the party splitting.

Tsvangirai’s MDC further split in April after the party’s national council voted to suspend Tsvangirai and six other party executives for fanning violence and abusing power.

His party has twice failed to recall 18 MPs and Senators including Biti from Parliament and will go the Constitutional Court route to achieve the objective.

10 Responses to Biti, Ncube’s MDCs unite

  1. Hapana zvamunondiita November 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Ths Ncube-Biti circus wl nt last, n soon wl crumble. Rega titarise

  2. Emmanuel November 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    This is what the people want

    • makwinja November 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      What do you mean by people? If that is what you want it does not mean that is what others want.

      • Bvute Mapfute November 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

        The people includes him and his household. Who knows you might change your mind and join him, still people right?

      • Bvute Mapfute November 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

        The people includes him and his household. Who knows you might change your mind and join him, still people right? After sometime your jealousy neighbors might feel left out and should they join, now we are talking a solid block. Guess what happens next the other blocks join and you become a formidable force. They appoint you a spokesperson. As the voice of the people you share with the World, “This is what the people want,” right spokesperson Makwinja. Did you notice I was at pains trying to be politically correct?

      • Bvute Mapfute November 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

        Knowing you Makwinja you are going to deny it and say over my dead body. You and that little hardheaded little man Mugabe who is now sinile and suffering from dementia, could be alzheimer both obvioudly is Grace’s reality. Nobody in Zimbabwe, born of a woman can call calm yo her storm. Grace’s problem is obvious to older ladies, the woman is suffering from hot flashes, unfortunately menopause is kicking in. Do you see Joice making a big deal after the blabbing? Been there, done that she knows what is going on in that woman’s body. Its not insight, oh no people please, its a women thing, they know. I am sure if it was you could be scared too not knowing kuti achatunda here after menopause. I have news for my darling doc turn tsuname. Any woman even at 90 years, we got to match Bob’s age to maintain some form of fairness, is still in business. Let me tell you, where there is a will there is a way. I am not going to lie to you because in old age, one is no longer a spring chicken like mhandara dzinotunda nekiss, yes sir kiss. It takes an older woman quite some time but if she has resolve she will get her orgasm period. Period meaning full stop but not menstruation cycle. Pasi chigare chembere dzayiramba kufadzwa muviri vachitya kuita chimimba mutekwa.

      • Mbongeni Sakhe November 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

        Emmanuel and me (2) are people, and I guess many others. If you (makwinja) do not agree with something it does not make it false, no matter how unpalatable it is to you.

  3. Mike Hove November 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    This reporters wants people to believe the wrong this, how can he say:

    “Tsvangirai’s MDC further split in April after the party’s national council voted to suspend Tsvangirai and six other party executives for fanning violence and abusing power”.

    He should make it clear that the April meeting of Tendai Biti and others did not have the ingredients of a council meeting and its decisions/resolutions were a nullity.

  4. sekuru mugabe November 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Varume vane vision ava.

  5. ajao November 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Vanopenga vana biti politics haisi law tell them

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