Coalitions: Tsvangirai says no appetite for 'loner' Mujuru

Staff Reporter

Morgan Tsvangirai

OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has ruled out an electoral alliance with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, saying she does not have structures with her mooted party still at the level of discussions between individuals.

The former premier was addressing supporters in Bulawayo at the weekend when he rejected media reports suggesting a deal had been reached with Mujuru to fight President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party at the next elections.

“There are media reports saying my party has joined forces with a party led by a woman. It’s not true,” he said.

 “We want to enter into partnership with other opposition parties that are competing with us so that we fight for electoral reforms in order to have free and fair elections. All we need to do is create conditions for free and fair elections in 2018.

“We welcome new people in our party but not parties that are still in the process of mobilising people to join them.

“We have made it clear that those who would like to work with us must first of all create institutions so that it becomes an institutional discussion, not individual discussions.”

Mujuru and several senior government and ruling Zanu PF official said be support her were fired over allegations she plotted a coup against Mugabe.

The former vice president denies the allegations and has since challenged her accusers to prove their charges in court.

She is however said to be mobilising allies for the formation a new political party which is yet to be formally launched.

Activists say work towards the launch of the proposed People First (PF) party continues on the ground.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai also addressed divisions in his own party at Sunday’s rally which was held in Luveve on Saturday.

The former premier is a reportedly being challenged by senior party official Nelson Chamisa with the row also manifesting in the fight over the chairmanship of Bulawayo province.

“We must focus on preparing for the elections,” the MDC-T leader said.

“I know that most of you are beginning to lose faith in the party. Don’t have doubts about your party. We must have faith, we must believe and we must be strong. I want to assure you that despite the challenges we will find solutions.

“If there are any people that are doubting the party perhaps they are in the wrong camp. Our mandate as a party is to defeat Zanu PF in a free and fair election.

“It’s therefore important for us to destroy the forces that frustrate the party and hinder us from moving forward.”


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