MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said his party will not join Zanu PF through the back door by entering into an alliance with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who now leads a new political party, Zimbabwe People First.
Addressing more than 500 MDC-T supporters at the party’s provincial offices in Chinhoyi yesterday, Tsvangirai said the opposition risked “limb and arm” fighting Zanu PF and would not allow somebody “who saw the light recently” to lead them.
“Some (opposition parties) have just come out saying we are better and for us we do not shout at them, but we encourage them to join hands with us to fight for free and fair elections in the country. You shall hear very soon in the papers that Tsvangirai and Amai Mujuru are in a coalition – that will not be true . . . we are happy that they have seen the light which we saw long back and they cannot just say they want to lead us. No, we cannot come out of Zanu PF and risk our lives to revert back into Zanu PF.”
Tsvangirai also took a swipe at Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s remarks that there were some people within Zanu PF saying that after President Robert Mugabe’s reign a person that comes as leader should not be of the Karanga ethnic group. Tsvangirai said all tribes in the country had a right to lead the country.
“There are no second-class citizens in this country. If you bring such mentality within our people, you are dividing them along tribal lines and it is not developmental,” the former Premier said.
The opposition leader said people should not take seriously Mugabe’s assertion that the country should withdraw from the United Nations.
He said this was destructive, adding people should learn better from Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth which cost the country in financial terms and other support.