Makoni urges opposition to reconcile

via Makoni urges opposition to reconcile | The Zimbabwean by Sofia Mapuranga 12.05.14

Opposition political party leaders should do away with the ‘big man syndrome’ and unify towards the development of Zimbabwe, says Mavambo/ Kusile/ Dawn leader, Simba Makoni.

In an exclusive interview with The Zimbabwean, Makoni said there was need for the two warring factions within the MDC to reconcile for the sake of democracy.

Makoni said: “The more splinters that the opposition has, the easier it is to break. There is urgent need to address the big man syndrome within our politics and try and reconnect and reconcile for the interest of democracy.”

“There may be differences but the solution is not to break away and separate ways,” said Makoni. “The MDC challenges are not entrenched beyond reconciliation.”

He said the ongoing problems within the MDC were not unique to that party as other parties have in the past faced the same problems.

“There were divisions which saw the formation of Zanu (PF). Maybe the opposition parties can take this time as an opportunity to re-organise and strategise on how they can come up with a united front without anyone feeling superior,” said Makoni.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, expelled some of the party’s top lieutenants including the party’s Secretary General, Tendai Biti for orchestrating a plot to topple him as the party President.

Last week, efforts to recall the MDC renewal team hit a snag following the Speaker of Parliament’s stance urging the two formations to seek recourse within the courts.

Jacob Mudenda told the two formations that their communication, one sent by Biti and the other by the party’s Deputy President, Thokozani Khupe contained no legal issues which required his intervention.

Said Mudenda in his response: “The communication does not require the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the National Assembly to determine or rule on whether or not to act pursuant to the provisions of Section 129 (1) (K) of the Constitution.”

“In any case, neither the President of the Senate nor the Speaker has any authority and role to play in the internal disciplinary actions, disputes or differences within political parties, which matters may be appropriately dealt with by a competent court.”

Makoni said an all inclusive coalition that included Tsvangirai would solve the country’s social, economic and political challenges.

“There is room for everyone. The grand coalition that I am referring to should involve everyone. Politicians alone do not have the solution to the country’s challenges,” said Makoni.

He dismissed as retrogressive Welshman Ncube’s perspective of a coalition that excluded other leaders.

“I do not buy the Welsh perspective which is saying exclude Tsvangirai. I am about uniting and not dividing and I want an all inclusive union,” he said. “No one individual has the capacity to solve the myriad of challenges that we face as a country.”

Makoni revealed that he had engaged both leaders on the way forward, but would not disclose the outcome of those meetings with Tsvangirai and Biti.


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    Mpranga 8 years ago

    I always said, ” Simba Makoni is a neatral man, a person with servant leadership. A true legend. Together we have power

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    Zvichapera 8 years ago

    Makoni, you speaking like a true leader:
    ” no one individual can solve the myriad of challenges that we face as a country”

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    A true sell out! He made sure that Zanu won in 2008 by dividing the vote. Do you guys tell that Makoni did not know that?? Right now who can lead Mavambo beside him? Makoni is finished, he had had his time and should just shut up!

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    Everyone please get under the Grand opposition coalition ambrella and let Makoni lead it. Tswangirayi as the cause of the disunity in opposition ranks should never be allowed to lead, but is welcome to be a part of it. We need his grassroots appeal to help mobilise the people to support the coalition for the final onslaught against the gukurahundi dictatorship come 2018!

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      Straight shooter you are a cannot. If you get my meaning use the short term of the word. Can’t.

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      cornelius 6 years ago

      why do force us MDC T to join those who do not have a following.In any coalition ,the party with the large following should lead .

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    ngororombe 8 years ago

    Like we always say its difficult to deceive people and still want to have the same trust and respect. The 2008 Mavambo appearance on election is one of the root causes of the situation today, Makoni should just join if he wants to and just shut up

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    i hate people who plays the man than the ball.Zimbos lets forget about past,past cannot rescue our country from these deep-end problems.

    We call ourselves an educated nation but can hardly work together for a common goal to remove Zanu regime from power.

    Simba is a leader fit to rule.