Makoni, Ncube, RDZ seal coalition deal:SOME of the country’s opposition parties announced the formation of coalition on Tuesday as they push to unseat President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.
Parties which signed up to join the Coalition of Democrats (CODE) include Simba Makoni’s Mavambo, the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) led by Elton Mangoma, the MDC-led by Welshman Ncube and Farai Mbira’s Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE).
Also joining up were the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (DARE) led by Gilbert Dzikiti who was also named chairman of the initiative.
PDP leader and former finance minister Tendai Biti attended the signing ceremony along with representatives of the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu although their two parties have yet to join the coalition, citing the need to consult with their supporters.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and former vice president Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) did not send any representatives to the event.
“A single party cannot achieve democracy in Zimbabwe and we need each other to fight Mugabe and Zanu PF,” said Biti.
Mavambo leader Simba Makoni said the coalition would field and support one candidate for each electoral post.
Part of the deal … MDC leader and former industry minister Welshman Ncube
Lessons from past mistakes
“Politics everywhere is fractious but the degree differs and, today, we are making an effort on how we can work together, taking lessons from our previous mistakes to reshape Zimbabwe,” said Makoni.
RDZ leader Mangoma said as all political parties opposed to the Zanu PF government were welcome to the join coalition.
“All opposition parties were invited to the conversations that took place and some indicated their un-readiness to work with others but, today, we say the doors are still open and, if they choose not to be with us come 2018, they will have chosen to do so on their own will.
“We are saying to them; Let us start afresh,” he said
The CODE parties expressed concern at the “deepening levels of poverty, hunger, man-made economic depression, unemployment and unprecedented corruption” in the country.
Political analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya welcomed the development though he said all opposition parties need to be one as they need each other to succeed.
“The coalition has all the technocrats of democracy but they need to marry the techno aspect of democracy and the political democracy like MDC-T of Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First.
“Politics is game of numbers so without masses, the coalition is dead. The MDC-T and ZPF need the other parties; they will all die with their masses and technocratic ideas.”