Mugabe faces united opposition in 2018: Tsvangirai

OPPOSITION MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has declared President Robert Mugabe will definitely face a united opposition in the 2018 general elections.

Source: Mugabe faces united opposition in 2018: Tsvangirai – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 1, 2017

BY Everson Mushava

With calls for an opposition coalition growing, Tsvangirai last week embarked on a country-wide tour gathering the people’s views ahead of crunch talks with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), among other democratic forces.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday said an alliance of opposition parties was inevitable.

“I can only promise one thing to the people of Zimbabwe: Never mind the sceptics — and there are many of them around — Mugabe will contest against a united opposition in 2018,” Tamborinyoka said in an opinion piece.

“Yes, the people are speaking and we are listening. Future generations will not forgive us if we let slip this chance to consign mis-governance to the dustbins of history.”

Mujuru and Tsvangirai have both confirmed coalition talks are underway before what could be Mugabe’s last election as provided under the 2013 Constitution.

Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai was given the go-ahead by his supporters during his 10-day sojourn in Matabeleland to form a coalition and the issue of an alliance was a done deal.

“The people, during this tour, all expressed expectations of better days ahead and gave the thumbs-up to the opposition alliance, saying the kaleidoscopic political colours would provide a new impetus and give them reason to hope again,” he said.

Tamborinyoka added the former Premier was warned of possible internal sabotage.

“And president Tsvangirai was warned of some of his lieutenants, who may want to fight the alliance, not for any objective reason, but for subjective motivations driven by selfish and personal interests to do with positions,” Tamborinyoka said.

“All he sought to do was to further enrich and enhance the negotiation process so that when he sits on the table with other principals, he would be guided by the feelings of the people on the ground.”

The MDC-T leader, Tamborinyoka said, was met with many demands from the “marginalised” Binga communities, who demanded a university as well as a separate administrative province to be named “KaZambezi, stretching from Victoria Falls to Chirundu”.

Tsvangirai will continue with his nationwide tours to Midlands this weekend.


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    zanoids have rigged the elections for the last couple of decades, what makes anyone think this election will be any different?

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      Mazano Rewayi 5 years ago

      It will be rigged for sure. But just like D-Day in WWII, we have to land on the shores fully aware there are mines everywhere but believe that strategy, willpower and shear force of numbers will triumph.

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    Victor Vusi Nkomo 5 years ago

    Mugabe faces united opposition in 2018: Tsvangirai (01/02/2017)# Zimbabwean Situation = NewsDay Zimbabwe

    Stop Divide and Conquer # Divide and Rule Robert Mgabe@Grace ZANU PF Government ideology here and now!!!

    Arguably, obviously, This has been very long time coming. All what is needed is to walk the walk right now.

    Just like what The-Gambians did last month. Of cause with the 100% help and on-going support of The Great West African Block.

    The time to continue talking the cheap talk is long-long time gone.

    Action now-by walking the walk of freedom – as such I call upon:
    •Original ZAPU Members and supporters.
    •Original MDC Members & Supporters.
    •MDC-T, All MDCs & Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF).
    •Ndebele, Shona, Black, White, All Colours and Tribes # Among other democratic forces.

    Remember my fellow Zimbabweans that recent MDC-T “Unity-government” with ZANU PF Mgabe never worked.

    Victor Vusi-Nqoba Mageza/ Nkomo.(01/02/2017-UK)

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    VaTsvangirai coalition muchaiita riiniko nekupera kwaita nguva? Vanhu vachapedzisira vave kuti muri pamwechete naMugabe,I hope hamusvike palast rally before maelections muchingoti election election.

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    The two major problems are: rigged elections, plus passivity by the electorate when fraudulent results are announced. A combined opposition that does not address these two, key issues in its overall strategy will be self defeating, by legitimizing the final outcome. Violence, intimidation, bribery, manipulation of the voter’s roll plus the votes themselves etc. will not be countered by just uniting. It is not a numbers game; it’s a procedures game.