Grand coali­tion faces col­lapse

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OP­PO­SI­TION par­ties’ plan to gang up against Zanu-PF in the next har­monised elec­tions are hang­ing in the bal­ance as the par­ties ac­cuse each other of back­stab­bing and be­ing the rul­ing party’s projects.

In May five op­po­si­tion par­ties formed what they called a grand coali­tion, which they said would give them a bet­ter chance against Zanu-PF.

The five are Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD) led by Simba Makoni, Re­newal Democrats of Zim­babwe (RDZ) fronted by Elton Man­goma, the Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube-led Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC), Demo­cratic As­sem­bly for Restora­tion and Em­pow­er­ment (DARE) led by Gil­bert Dzik­iti and Zim­bab­weans United for Democ­racy (ZUNDE) whose pres­i­dent is Farai Mbira.

Dr Joice Mu­juru’s ZimPF has, lately, been in­cluded in the coali­tion talks.

How­ever, ne­go­ti­a­tions seem to have hit a snag as the groups do not trust each other.

This comes fol­low­ing de­fec­tions to ZimPF by PDP vice pres­i­dent Dr Sa­muel Sipepa Nkomo who took 50 mem­bers with him.

The party’s Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial as­sem­bly met over the week­end to re­flect on the de­fec­tions and map the way for­ward.

PDP’s pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Mr Ed­win Ndlovu said the as­sem­bly re­solved that the na­tional lead­er­ship should not join the coali­tion with­out learn­ing of ZimPF’s mo­tives.

“Even though the party is known to be lead­ing in coali­tion talks, the Bu­l­awayo prov­ince is now wary of ZimPF and now be­lieves it’s a Zanu-PF project to desta­bilise the op­po­si­tion. The prov­ince has asked the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive to scru­ti­nise ZimPF thor­oughly be­fore sign­ing any­thing with them as they might be work­ing for Zanu-PF,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said the party’s pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the in­clu­sion of ZimPF in the grand coali­tion.

Mr Ndlovu said the pro­vin­cial as­sem­bly were wor­ried that Zanu-PF re­jects Dr Mu­juru and Messrs Dzika­mai Mavhaire and Didy­mus Mu­tasa could be work­ing for the rul­ing party.

Mr Ndlovu said the pro­vin­cial as­sem­bly rec­om­mended to the party’s na­tional lead­er­ship to con­tinue work­ing with other par­ties on the fiz­zling grand coali­tion.

He said they re­solved that the party should swiftly re­place Dr Sipepa Nkomo.

Mr Ndlovu de­clined to name the can­di­dates that were tar­get­ing Dr Sipepa Nkomo’s post but sources within the em­bat­tled op­po­si­tion party said six mem­bers were eye­ing the VP’s post.

“The party is ready to re­place him. We’ve can­di­dates that have shown in­ter­est in tak­ing up his po­si­tion. These in­clude Pa­trick Thaba Moyo who is for­mer Bu­l­awayo Mayor and the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, Ge­orge Mkhwananzi the party’s deputy spokesper­son, Prof Phi­lani Moyo a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, Ku­caca Phulu for­mer pro­vin­cial chair­man, Sikhum­buzo Ndi­weni na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, Pas­tor Du­miso Mat­s­hazi na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, Mqon­dobanzi Magonya another na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber,” said the source.

ZimPF spokesper­son Mr Methuseli Moyo de­clined to re­veal his party’s po­si­tion re­gard­ing the grand coali­tion.

Mr Moyo said those po­lit­i­cal par­ties who have been com­ment­ing about the grand coali­tion should con­tinue do­ing so. — @nqot­shili

Dr Joice Mu­juru

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