Ncube, Biti in unity talks

THE MDC led by Welshman Ncube and the MDC-Renewal team are on the verge of a reunification deal after they signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday as talks of a broader grand coalition gather pace.Welshman-Ncube

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

The agreement was signed by the two secretary-generals of the MDC and the MDC-Renewal team, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Tendai Biti, respectively.

“The two secretary-generals of the MDC and the MDC-Renewal team, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Tendai Biti, with their negotiation teams, respectively met today (yesterday) in Harare as mandated by their political parties and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to officially commence talks on reunification,” the parties said in a joint statement.

The parties believe unity is the only way to defeat President Robert Mugabe, who has already been endorsed by his party’s women and youth leagues as their preferred presidential candidate in the 2018 elections.

In recent weeks, both parties declared that it was not possible for one political party to dislodge Mugabe and called on all the country’s democratic forces to put their heads together.

The parties said the objective of the reunification was based on a common history, bond and the origins of the MDC, as formed in 1999.

“The talks will be guided by the shared values and principles of the MDC, which include tolerance, the rule of law, peace, democracy, gender equality and a servant leadership,” the statement said.

“The two formations are convinced of the necessity and imperative of the reunification as an important step towards achieving national progress and achievement of the ultimate goal of a democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe.”

They said they “will continue to be part of the grand coalition talks and consultations in which the two parties have been involved in and are fully committed”.

Other parties touted for the grand coalition include Zapu and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn led by former Finance minister Simba Makoni.

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