Tsvangirai pushes grand coalition


Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has urged opposition political parties to set aside their differences and forge an electoral pact to defeat President Robert Mugabe.

Report by Nqobani Ndlovu.

Tsvangirai said no anti-Zanu PF vote should be wasted and Mugabe could grab a victory if parties were divided.

“There are many parties that want to remove Mugabe, but the most strategic thing is that it is better to be united than to be divided,” he told a rally at Mbila business centre in Bulilima yesterday.

“I know there are some in the MDC-T who will say let’s go it alone. We don’t want to lose any vote against Zanu PF.”

There has been a growing chorus for a coalition pact between the two formations of the MDC, although there are some senior members, particularly in MDC-T who are
opposed to any form of a coalition. Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe told Southern Eye that she would not stand aside to accommodate MDC leader Welshman Ncube in a coalition being touted by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

But Tsvangirai was yesterday unequivocal urging unity.

“We need those votes. Hence we should unite,” he said.

Adressing the same rally, MDC-T chairman Lovemore Moyo said his party was ready to govern and urged party supporters to register to vote against Zanu PF.

“Zanu PF is finished. All we have to do is to ensure we register to vote and bury Zanu PF,” he said. “We are ready for elections and we are ready to govern.”

Home Affairs minister and MDC-T women’s assembly chairperson Theresa Makone described people who vote for Zanu PF in Matabeleland as sellouts.

Makone said Zanu PF had turned women in Matabeleland into widows by pushing their husbands to neighbouring countries in search of jobs.

“If you are in Matabeleland and you vote for Zanu PF, you are a sellout,” she screamed.

“Zanu PF is to blame for all that is wrong in this region.

“Women here are like widows because Mugabe has chased away their husbands to other countries to search for jobs.”

Tsvangirai was making his second trip to Matabeleland inside a week after a whirlwind tour of Matabeleland North last weekend where he addressed several rallies.