“We are open for coalition with smaller parties”-MDC-T

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

Zimbabwe’s largest opposition political party the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai have once again reiterated that they will join smaller political parties in a bid to oust Zanu PF.The country’s political parties are currently in talks to unite ahead of the elections in an attempt to remove the Zanu PF government which has been in power for 36 years.

Currently the only coalition of political parties that is existing is the Coalition of Democrats which has six small political parties.

In a statement the MDC-T highlighted that while it was the ‘biggest party’ they was need for the coalition in order to remove Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.

“It is also without doubt that the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai is arguably the largest and most popular political party in Zimbabwe judging by the sheer size of its massive grassroots support base,” they said.

“Although the MDC is a big political party with massive grassroots support, we have consistently stated that we will never adopt “a big brother” attitude and thus, treat other opposition political parties as minions and fringe political operators. In our quest to establish a new, democratic and developmental state in Zimbabwe, we are always willing to collaborate and synergise with all other democratic political parties, big or small,” said their spokesperson Gutu in a statement.

The party also noted that they would work with the country’s former freedom fighters to allow for a better coalition to ouster the ruling party.

“The MDC is going to forge sustainable and workable alliances with all organisations that cherish the creation of a new Zimbabwe that will abhor autocracy, corruption and dictatorship. We are pleased to note that genuine war veterans, with solid and impeccable liberation war credentials, have, of late, openly shown their appreciation and indeed, respect for the role that President Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC have played over the past seventeen years, in peacefully and bravely confronting the brutal Zanu PF regime,” said Gutu.

The party highlighted that their strength lies in the fact that their leader Morgan Tsvangirai defeated Zanu PF in the 2008 elections.

“Indeed, President Morgan Tsvangirai is the only opposition political party leader who managed to beat Robert Mugabe in a Presidential election in March 2008.Mugabe himself, in a rare feat of candour and honestly, recently disclosed that President Morgan Tsvangirai had won the March 2008 Presidential election by more than 73%,” they said.

The party said that it was possible to defeat Zanu PF in the 2018 plebiscite and this was the reason they had joined the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA).

“This is the major reason why, under the NERA trajectory, the MDC has joined more than seventeen other opposition political parties in fighting for the adoption of electoral reforms before Election 2018.The MDC strongly believes that without electoral reforms being adopted, the Zanu PF regime will always continue to rig elections and thus, deny the people of Zimbabwe their constitutional right to choose a government of their choice in a free and fair election,” concluded Gutu.

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