Mujuru pulling a fast one on Tsvangirai

Source: Mujuru pulling a fast one on Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live

Fungi Kwaramba and Jeffery Muvundusi      28 June 2017

HARARE – In spite of inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MDC
leader Morgan Tsvangirai last month, signalling their intention to forge a
grand coalition ahead of next year’s polls, National People’s Party (NPP)
leader Joice Mujuru (pictured) is pursuing a parallel initiative whereupon
she is seeking to get into bed with the Coalition of Democrats (Code).

This has raised eyebrows within the MDC where it is being suspected that
the NPP leader, who was fired from Zanu PF in 2014 for planning to topple
President Robert Mugabe, could be hoping to front Code and use that as a
bargaining chip when she eventually sits down to discuss the leadership of
the mooted grand coalition with Tsvangirai.

Code is made up of six opposition parties namely Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (led
by Simba Makoni); Welshman Ncube’s MDC; Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (led
by Elton Mangoma); ZimFirst (headed by Maxwell Shumba); the Democratic
Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment and the Zimbabweans United for
Democracy.

Code’s current chairperson and ZimFirst leader, Shumba, confirmed this
week that NPP has lodged its application to join the alliance, which is
being considered favourably.

He said: “Code has become the real driver towards true coalition. The Code
secretaries-general are considering NPP’s application and are set to join.
The signing ceremony is on Friday. Code is a new platform for (the)
coalition. Morgan’s MoU is dead in (the) water”.

Shumba seemed to suggest that Mujuru has lost interest in her MoU with
Tsvangirai although this could not be corroborated by NPP officials.

What is, however, emerging is that the development has widened the rift
between Tsvangirai and Mujuru, the two opposition leaders tipped to gun
for the leadership of the coalition.

The duo has always appeared to be blossom buddies in public, while behind
the scenes there is political skulduggery going on over the leadership of
the coalition.

The Daily News has previously reported about the manoeuvres in the MDC to
block Tsvangirai from leading the coalition amid suspicions that Mujuru
could be working with the MDC leader’s deputy, Thokozani Khupe, to have a
woman in the race for the presidency.

Contacted for comment yesterday, NPP spokesperson  Methusile Moyo was
evasive saying he wanted to first consult the powers-that-be.

In recent months, the former vice president has played second fiddle to
Tsvangirai, who is widely seen as the opposition hope against Mugabe come
elections in 2018.

Tsvangirai scored a symbolic victory last month when he managed to woo
Mujuru to his private residence for the signing of the MoU that sets
conditions for working towards a grand coalition pact.

There is a consensus among the country’s political observers that an
electoral pact that involves Tsvangirai and Mujuru stands a chance of
ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule.

Fitting smugly into the straitjacket philosophy – that is venerated by the
country’s influential military – Mujuru boasts of liberation war
credentials that have thus far been Tsvangirai’s Achilles heel, and is
regarded as an alternative because of her historical ties and also links
to key government departments.

Mujuru has been going around the country trying to set up structures
following the fallout in the Zimbabwe People First, where she was interim
leader, before branching out to form NPP.

And as she seeks to shore up her political stock, Mujuru is expected to
address multiple rallies across the country with the hope of reaching out
to the rural vote which has in the past rejected Tsvangirai.

During her recent visit to Bulawayo, she is said to have held meetings
with Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, as she sought to gain leverage during
the coalition talks.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said there was no need to hurry the coalition,
stating Tsvangirai was handling all coalition negotiations.

“At any rate, we don’t negotiate in the media nor in public. We are still
very hopeful that there will be a grand coalition to face Zanu PF in next
year’s elections.

“A lot of things are happening behind the scenes and Zimbabweans should
just be a little bit patient. In the Shona language, we say kumhanya
handiko kusvika (Patience is a virtue),” said Gutu.

Political observer and Kent University law lecturer, Alex Magaisa, said it
was crucial for Mujuru to accept Tsvangirai’s popularity and work for and
not against him.

“The political reality is that Tsvangirai remains the main opposition
leader with the capacity to draw the largest numbers among his peers.

“They have already recognised this political reality and they should be
working progressively towards coalescing around one candidate. With all
due respect, . . . Mujuru’s stock has fallen in the last six months.

“She had done very well so far to establish a cordial working relationship
with Tsvangirai and should not be misled into thinking she must compete
rather than work with him.

“They are stronger together but political realities are fundamental.

“This is not the time for delusions of grandeur and unnecessary posturing.
It’s time to acknowledge and work with political realities or the
opposition is doomed,” said Magaisa.

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    My take is: Either my learned friend Alex is being too gentleman (diplomatic), or worse still too academic . Otherwise, it needs to be openly stated that Code or whatever name the animal is given are all but MDC_T a bunch of Zeros. if fact, Mugabe is almost 90% correct when he dismisses them as Zeros that will remain same regardless of Multiplication Factor one may use to add them up. He only gets it wrong when he deliberately and shamelessly include MDC_T among the Zeros.