Tendai Kamhungira 3 June 2017
HARARE – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to address the “mother of all
rallies” in Gweru, which he will jointly hold with other opposition
parties and civic organisations.
According to MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu, the rally has been cleared by
He said the long-time President Robert Mugabe rival has invited members of
other opposition political parties in the grand coalition – set to take
Mugabe head-on in next year’s elections.
“…Tsvangirai…will give an insight into the progress made so far in the
process of forming a coalition and he will also reiterate our call for
electoral reforms as advanced by (National Electoral Reform Agenda) Nera,”
Tsvangirai, who is tipped to lead the grand coalition, is also expected to
touch on the roadmap to next year’s elections and the need for the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to expeditiously roll out the
Biometric Voter Registration process.
“We expect the rally to be graced by some leading members of civil society
who are also calling for a free and fair election next year as well as the
urgent push for the formation of a grand coalition that will defeat the
Zanu PF dictatorship in next year’s elections,” Gutu said.
“…other opposition political parties…will grace the rally in the
spirit of solidarity.”
Tsvangirai – the only politician to beat Mugabe in an election hands down
– is also expected to address another rally at White City Stadium in
Bulawayo on June 21.
The rally is going to be attended by among other opposition political
leaders Joice Mujuru, leader of the National People’s Party (NPP) and
Welshman Ncube – president of the smaller MDC.
The resurgent MDC leader is currently involved in coalition talks with
these opposition players as he makes another determined bid to topple
Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF from power in the watershed 2018 polls.
He has since signed Memoranda of Understanding with Mujuru and Ncube in
anticipation of the grand coalition.
Analysts have also consistently said Mujuru, whose liberation struggle nom
de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood), and whose late husband Solomon
was the first black post-independence army commander, could provide the
much-needed bridge that opposition parties have been missing to ensure the
smooth transfer of power if they win the 2018 elections like they did in