Tsvangirai, Mujuru sign ‘elections’ deal

via Tsvangirai, Mujuru sign ‘elections’ deal – DailyNews Live Blessings Mashaya • 17 December 2015

HARARE – Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru have come closer to forging an alliance to oust the post-congress Zanu PF from power after the People First movement signed the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) document that agitates for crucial electoral reforms before the next national elections are held in the country.

A top cleric who is leading the process to unite the splintered opposition in their demands for a raft of electoral reforms ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 elections, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, told the media in Harare yesterday that Mujuru’s People First movement had finally signed the document which at least 10 other opposition parties, including the MDC, have already inked.

“Yes, I can confirm that People First signed the Nera document on Tuesday through Didymus Mutasa,” Magaya said yesterday, a development that Mutasa himself also confirmed.

“Yes, I signed the document. We are prepared to take the necessary steps to create a conducive electoral environment in the country,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

Well-placed sources inside both the MDC and People First said their signing of the document set in motion the process of the two outfits eventually coming together in a long-mooted electoral pact between Tsvangirai and Mujuru — despite concerted efforts by President Robert Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF to torpedo such a deal before it happens.

Magaya said it was the church’s responsibility to take part “in an agenda that will see Zimbabwe united”, adding that discussions had also taken place with various civil society organisations.

“We have talked to a number of different political parties. I have been to the offices of the People’s Democratic Party and those for the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe.

“The whole idea behind this effort is to make sure that Zimbabweans put aside their small differences and start to concentrate on the bigger picture,” Magaya said.

The cleric also revealed that the parties to the signed agreement would meet tomorrow for a national convergence gathering dubbed the Zimbabwe National Agreement Platform, where Zimbabweans from across society are expected to come together “to discuss the situation which is affecting our country”.

He added that the meeting, which would take place at the City Sports Centre in Harare, would treat all parties in attendance as equals.

Since Mujuru launched her Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development manifesto, which received widespread approval, the widow of the late liberation struggle icon, Solomon Mujuru, has come under heavy political attack from her former comrades in the post-congress Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai has also accused the ruling party of trying to throw spanners in the works and scuttle the mooted alliance between him and the former VP, allegedly including using some elements in the MDC to do that.

With the post-congress Zanu PF consumed by vicious factional and succession wars pitting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on one hand and the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 on the other, the opposition is confident that it is only a matter of time before the ruling party is turfed out of power — particularly given that the economy is also in free-fall.

The Daily News has previously reported that Tsvangirai and Mujuru have been talking through emissaries over the past few months, to explore how they can work together to challenge Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

And Tsvangirai and Mujuru’s aides, including Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo have also gone on record to reiterate their political outfits’ eagerness to work together.

Tsvangirai said in October that Zanu PF was working hard to stop him and his party from working with Mujuru and her People First movement, whose transformation into a political party is said to be imminent.

The veteran opposition leader said it was clear that Mugabe was rattled by the prospects of the MDC working with Mujuru to turf him and the ruling party out of power in the 2018 national elections.

He said so desperate had Zanu PF become about the issue that the party was allegedly trying to infiltrate the MDC and other opposition parties with a view of scuppering the mooted pact.

In that vein, Tsvangirai urged the opposition, including senior officials from his own party, to be careful about being used and manipulated by Zanu PF.

“I am worried about the apparent infiltration by Zanu PF agents who want to destabilise opposition alliances. They have gone into overdrive in making sure we are divided going into the 2018 elections.

“Speaking as the president of the MDC, I would like to make it clear that we are, and that we will work with Mai Mujuru and all other opposition parties to ensure that we deliver real freedom and a better life to all Zimbabweans.

“We need to unite with other progressive forces instead of raising alarm about non-existent posts,” Tsvangirai said.

Mugabe’s warring party split into two bitterly-opposed formations at the end of last year at the height of its internal ructions, with its purged liberation struggle stalwarts moving to initiate the re-establishment of the “original” Zanu PF — which uses the slogan People First.


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    Malcolm 7 years ago

    Magaya would be well advised to avoid rail crossings.

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    chkwata 7 years ago

    Dats totally worth

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    Zimbabwe really cannot go on this way, under ZANU.

    Any force committed to the toppling of this monster is welcome.

    Remains to be seen however, whether these groupings will come round the table and produce something tangible to morrow.

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    Mazano Rewayi 7 years ago

    All concerned Zimbos should rally behind this effort. We need all people opposed to Zpf’s feudal state to unite and banish the “king” and his cohorts to the wilderness, lucky for them the guillotine is no more. BUT we need to be clear the unity we seek is for one purpose only – to put an end to the current system – after that pluralism and inclusiveness should be allowed to take root. No more “pamberi” with some individual or some political formation.

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    Sijmen Grunbauer 7 years ago

    A guillotine could easily be put together and I would think there would be plenty in Zim willing to pull the lever
    However can you just think for a moment the mess that would make, and what about the smell?

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    IAN SMITH 7 years ago

    Perhaps the Malawian leader Peter Mutharika will offer exile to Bob his countrymen in a village beside the road so aptly named after him.
    Perhaps we could also petition the Malawians to offer refuge to Bob, We just need to get the impostor the hell out of our land ASAP.

    Perhaps a few good judges added to the collision would give the international community confidence, such as Chief Justice Luke Malaba.

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    Rockstone 7 years ago

    I it going to work ,! I’d Mai Mujuru not wolf in sheep skin ,

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    Daniel 7 years ago

    All good and well but how can someone like Mutasa be part of this?He is just like his former boss.A scoundrel and thief not to be trusted.

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    Rockstone 7 years ago

    Im very doubtful if this will work ,! Think Mai Mujurnot wolf in sheep skin ,q

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    By any other name “MUJURU” will still be ZANU PF….. NOTHING WILL CHANGE…… And the MDC ” WILL COMPLAIN THEY WERE CHEATED …. AGAIN” Wake up and go it alone or don’t go at all. Time to grow up///

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    gonzo 7 years ago

    get all the old rubbish out and start with a new lot blood spill is as bad as the rest if not worse.

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    Enough is Enough! You schould all call it a day and go home and take a rest , sleep or what ever, all whose names we always hear ever since we were in grade one ,and some of us are now even fathers and mothers of kids in primary school.Fcuk all you all.

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    Ngoto Zimbwa 7 years ago

    The truth of the mater is that the MDC cannot go it alone.

    Just like the ANC(MOZOREWA), ZANU(SITHOLE/BOB), ZAPU, could not have done it on their own, back then.
    Despite the mistrust that existed, they got together to fight a common enemy, the RF.

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    @Ngoto Zimbwa
    …get the point, they must all go, I personally don’t want to talk about politicians ,lets say in 2030 ,with my grand children ,that those people’s names have been in the media as long as I can remember!

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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    Mujuru should keep away from that loser!

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    I do not trust the Hippo .Something smells here.My first and only question is. Even before this person and co were kicked out of ZANUPF ,why did they not speak out against the regimes brutalising of the people . Now we must simply support and forget this treatment of us by them. No we have suffered to much under them. Go to hell Mujuru and co.

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    Ngoto Zimbwa 7 years ago

    In the real world, things are not wished away.
    We have been landed with a rotten bunch of politicians and that is our misfortune.
    A strategy is needed to rid the nation of these guys so that the next generation of Zimbos is free.

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    gonzo 7 years ago

    these idiots think they can just take zimbabwe with their irresponsible hands and rule it.President Mugabe is the best and the world at large wll never ever again get such or see such a great determined leader who always does wat is right for the welfare of his people,us the Zimbabweans
    .tell those fools to stop dreaming better they wake up and cope up with our hero,Mr R.G.Mugabe.thanku long live and forever reign vaMugabe