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Tsvangirai gets mega coalition boost

At least 10 political parties under the United Citizens Alliance (UCA) yesterday have thrown their weight behind MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in a huge boost for the former prime minister who is mobilising an opposition alliance to challenge President Robert Mugabe in next year’s elections.

By Obey Manayiti

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

The parties said they would rally behind the “tested” Tsvangirai because they believed he was the best candidate going into the make or break harmonised polls.

The parties include Freedom Front, Zanu Ndonga, National Democratic Party, among others.

The meeting where Tsvangirai was endorsed was supported by Concerned Citizens Support Network of Zimbabwe.

UCA chair Jeolson Mugari said the #novotespliting campaign they launched yesterday was meant to ensure the opposition contested the elections as one force.

“We are going to visit all the provinces. Our next stop is Bulawayo and from there we will visit the whole country. This is going to cascade to all the provinces,” he said.

“Our preferred candidate is Dr Morgan Tsvangirai. Suppose we put Mai Mujuru (Joice-National People’s Party leader), she only has two years in opposition.

“We have to go with Dr Tsvangirai because he has managed to stand the test of time against Zanu PF.”

Musician Hosea Chipanga, leader of the Kingdom of God on Earth political party, who also attended the event said he had decided to enter the political ring because his music was always interpreted politically.

“I now want to turn what I had been singing about into practice,” said Chipanga, who said he registered his party with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission last June.

He said the idea of a coalition meant bringing parties with a big and small following together to achieve electoral victory.

National Electoral Reform Agenda youth chairperson Tawanda Kalonga said the opposition could not afford to split votes in next year’s polls.

“We can’t afford to split the votes again come 2018 elections. As the Nera youth forum we are saying let’s run behind only one candidate who is Morgan Tsvangirai,” he said.

Tsvangirai has been negotiating with a number of opposition parties to form a coalition to challenge Mugabe (93) who wants another five-year term despite his advanced age.

10 Responses to Tsvangirai gets mega coalition boost

  1. Chiremba Wematombo July 16, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    This marks the formation of the grand coalition – supported by the three large parties – MDCT, NPP and MDCN and more than fifteen smaller parties………and counting!! The coalition is endorsed by the Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe, any meaningful NGOs and CBOs, most of the country’s churches. Its also very clear that most of the remaining political parties will sooner rather later also sign up for the Tsvangirai led coalition as that is the only coalition which makes all the sense for the eventual emancipation of Zimbabwe………AHOY ZIMBABWE!!!!

  2. Bvudzijena July 16, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Dr Joice Mujuru’s doctorate is an achievement/merit which is different from Morgan Tsvangson’s honourary doctorate, Gire, Fidza, Killer Zivhu, all daft

  3. Dinko July 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Mega??

  4. Gudo Guru July 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    I am failing to understand this issue of splitting votes. Does it have a place in a vibrant democratic society? How come ZANU PF does not worry about a split in votes, it is only the opposition i.e MDC T. The avoidance of splitting the vote can not be the reason these coalitions are being formed. If it is the case, then the coalitions are doomed to fail. Let us watch the space

  5. Tingoringo July 17, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    The coalition is almost there. Well done Save.

  6. Taf Mur July 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Ahoyieeeee President Tsvangirai Ahoyieeee!!!!!!!!!!!
    A new Zimbabwe is imminent. Cant wait for 2018

  7. Horoya Gire July 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    MDC T is the largest political party in Zim. Why should they want to conglomerate with nonentities. This will fortify Zanu pf rigging methods so that at the end they’ll have the last laugh… so loud it will be!!

    • Dombodema July 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

      Big as you think how many times have they lost elections?

  8. Vhatsv July 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Guyz this issue of splittng votes is the way of failing on2018 ,just emagne Zanu pf will stand for itself while MDC and othrs sharing votes, its now looks like we are just playing a woned game here, let us be one, and have one president at a time

  9. Razmataz July 21, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    Winning an election is about numbers….if you don’t understand why splitting votes is key for the battle against ZANU PF then you don’t live in Zimbabwe.

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