Mujuru’s PF joins MDC-T polls lobby

via Mujuru’s PF joins MDC-T polls lobby – The Standard November 1, 2015

MDC-T says it has struck an agreement with other opposition parties, including a lobby linked to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, to present a united front in its demands for electoral reforms ahead of the crucial 2018 elections.

BY MOSES MATENGA

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the parties, including the People First (PF) movement linked to Mujuru, would start its joint campaign with a meeting with Botswana President Ian Khama.

Khama chairs the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), which pushed for an inclusive government after the controversial 2008 elections.

He was the lone voice in criticising the 2013 elections whose outcome was rejected by MDC-T.

Gutu said the initiative to lobby the region on Zimbabwe’s electoral reforms was mooted by more than 15 opposition parties that recently met in Harare.

The parties were represented by secretary-generals and agreed to endorse the MDC-T’s “no election no reforms campaign”.

Gutu said several other African leaders would be engaged to update them on the “Zimbabwean crisis”.
“We are pleased that the buy-in for this document is overwhelming. It is not only an MDC affair, but 95% [other parties] had a buy-in on his document,” he said.

“It has been resolved that we escalate the fight for electoral reforms. We know President Mugabe rigged elections and we can’t just keep on saying that.

“The fight should take a step further and in the coming weeks, all leaders including [Dumiso] Dabengwa [Zapu], [Simba] Makoni [MKD] and other political parties will engage Sadc.

“We will be engaging the leadership of Sadc starting with President Khama to explain to him that this is what the people of Zimbabwe are saying.”

He added: “The delegation will be high-powered; the party leaders themselves will be going.”

“Our leaders will go into Africa and they will engage the United Nations and other relevant power-brokers,” Gutu claimed, adding the MDC-T national council, which met last week, endorsed the initiative.

However, Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party, Elton Mangoma’s Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe and Welshman Ncube’s MDC are not part of the initiative.

National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Madock Chivasa confirmed a meeting was held by several political parties, including the MDC-T, PF, Transform Zimbabwe and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn.

“We put demands as parties together with clear reforms. We said we will publicise our demands and ensure their availability to Zimbabweans, Sadc and AU,” Chivasa said.

But PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday said he was not aware of such an arrangement.

“Not anything I know of,” Gumbo said. “I would have known but I don’t know about that.”

Tsvangirai has been courting Mujuru for a possible alliance ahead of the crucial polls. Zanu PF is resisting the calls for reforms.

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    Everybody knows ,you can not win a domestic election by running outside for popularity.If at all then convince Zimbabweans right here in the country, or do you think were are all stupid. By the way Mugabe is very well popular among among commen black people all over africa, usa, and europe, so please do your job right here , or better stay in those countries after your meetings so as not to disgrace us further at that high level.

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    …unless of course you what to form an exil government and are looking for military support or want to give every man/women in the Sadc the right to vote for the next President -in that case you will lose- so go back to school and read some politics about how sound and healthy nations can be build .

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      Pidigori 7 years ago

      I’m sure you’re not talking on behalf of Zimbabweans as your tone seems to attest, otherwise quite frankly, you must be deluded. This regime must be confronted from all frontiers, left, right and centre whether Jo likes or not. You were all celebrating telling everyone whoever cared to go hang when your matibili took over the SADC chairmanship, cometh the non partisan KHAMA, suddenly the regional body is now weak and toothless, machewe ! in your confused world…get it nhaika!!

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    it might be a good move but,is mujuru linked to any political party. she hasnt saint anything since her ouster from the mugabe regime