Gumbo slams Tsvangirai coalition

Source: Gumbo slams Tsvangirai coalition – DailyNews Live

Mugove Tafirenyika      3 May 2017

HARARE – Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) co-leader Rugare Gumbo has said his
party will not join MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s mooted grand coalition,
arguing it is “opportunistic and exclusive”.

He rubbished the alliance -which has seen Tsvangirai sign Memorandums of
Understanding (MoU) with former ally Welshman Ncube and ex-Vice President
Joice Mujuru – saying it was “rushed and lacked full consultation”.

Gumbo, whose fledgling outfit recently split for the third time, hardly
two years after its formation, told the Daily News yesterday that ZPF
would seek to forge “an all-inclusive” alliance outside the one being
championed by Tsvangirai.

“We will not be part of such a coalition which came about through a rushed
process without the consultation of stakeholders, including war veterans,
the business community, civic society and social groups . . . because it
will not yield the change that Zimbabweans are yearning for,” the former
Zanu PF spokesperson said.

This comes as Tsvangirai’s MoUs with Ncube and Mujuru -who recently
ditched ZPF to form her own National People’s Party (NPP) following an
ugly row with Gumbo and others – have been widely seen as a harbinger to a
grand coalition that will see the country’s opposition parties field a
single presidential candidate to take on President Robert Mugabe in the
2018 elections.

While Gumbo has distanced his party from the coalition, his co-leader in
ZPF, Didymus Mutasa, is on record endorsing Tsvangirai as the “natural”
leader of the coalition.

Describing the long-time Mugabe rival as a “real fighter for democracy”,
in a previous interview with the Daily News, Mutasa said Tsvangirai has
fought hard in the battle for political change.

“For me, Tsvangirai should be the natural leader of the coalition because
of who he is. The man has suffered a long time for political change in the
country and what the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) stands for
what Tsvangirai and the MDC built and the rest of us are latecomers in
this game,” the former State Security minister in Mugabe’s government

“We want a leader who will pursue a Pan Africanist agenda, someone who
will do what we thought Mugabe would do but failed, and as ZPF, we want to
have discussions about who should lead the coalition because when we
wanted to do it while we were still with Mujuru, she prevaricated,” Mutasa

Interestingly, Mujuru formed the NPP after falling out with her former
allies on allegations that they were Zanu PF agents and accused them of
stalling coalition talks with Tsvangirai.

In response, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said “Gumbo . . . has got it
horribly wrong”.

“He is a former Zanu PF member and he knows very well that we are dealing
with a rabidly tyrannical and fascist regime that is now beyond
reformation,” he said, adding that “coalitions give us numbers and a
certain degree of unity and focus as we confront the Zanu PF regime in
next year’s elections”.

“As a strong coalition, our push for electoral reforms is also more
forceful and effective. There is absolutely nothing opportunistic nor
exclusionary about a formidable coalition. In fact, no genuine and
patriotic opposition political party has been deliberately excluded from
the coalition talks,” Gutu told the Daily News.


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    It is silly for Rugare to think that the mighty MDC, that has beaten Mugabe & his zanu pf in the past 3 consecutive national elections but denied right to govern by hook & crook, would really care about Rugare & Mutasa voting for zanu pf as they have always done. We now all know that the two geriatrics will certainly vote for zanu pf as it is now too clear that this childish-play of theirs (mahumbwe avo) called Zpf will never be a political party that even the duo would waste their vote on. These good for nothing geriatrics who have long passed their sale by date have no locus standi to lecture tried & tested MDC leadership at all. To hell with these stupid old men. If they have nothing better to do, better exert more energy in their overnight apology phone calls to their old friend Bob They stand a good chance of being forgiven & favoured with new zanu pf cards & some peripheral responsibilities, like being zanu pf vidco members in some rural areas where they could be useful by threatening some illiterate old men & women. nxaaaaaa!

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    I observed it a long time ago & will continue repeating it:These are zanu pf people at heart who were planted to confuse and infiltrate genuine opposition; or at least zanu pf renegades who are simply serving their punishment for undermining the owner of zanu pf (Mugabe)& soon their punishment will be over – and we will see them singing for their meals again, wagging their tails behind the first lady as she goes around the country displaying her mental instability. No credible opposition party needs spending precious time sitting under some tree proclaiming to be discussing coalition with this bunch of idiots. nxaaaaaaaa

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    Mazano Rewayi 5 years ago

    If these two are in a coalition you might as well include donkeys, monkeys and baboons. Muzenda was right after all.