MDC optimistic opposition will unite to defeat Zanu PF in 2018

THE Welshman Ncube-led opposition MDC says it is still optimistic that the warring opposition leaders will soon find each other and form a grand coalition to dislodge the Zanu PF government in the 2018 elections.

BY KHANYILE MLOTSHWA

MDC vice-president, Edwin Mushoriwa, told Southern Eye yesterday that they were still hopeful that both MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and his Zimbabwe People First counterpart, Joice Mujuru will soon join hands with other parties to forge a formidable alliance ahead of the crunch polls.

“We are inspired by Mao Zedong’s observation that brothers fight at home and unite to fight a common enemy,” he said.

“As far as we are concerned, and as far as most Zimbabweans are concerned, the Zanu PF regime is our worst enemy. To that extent, all opposition parties that believe (President Robert) Mugabe’s tenure has to come to an end must unite. It is unfortunate that some (opposition parties) don’t see it that way.”

Mushoriwa said it would be unfortunate if history were to repeat itself in 2018 because opposition parties have refused to unite.

“As MDC, we believe that if the MDC-T had not reneged from the proposed coalition in 2008, Mugabe could be out of power right now. The fact that others do not see the light today does not mean that they won’t see the light tomorrow,” he said.

“So far, we have seven parties that work under Code (Coalition for Democrats), and other parties under Nera (National Electoral Reform Agenda). These 13 parties were in the talks in South Africa last week.

“In principle, we agree; but the devil is in the detail. However, we are confident, we will reach common ground. We have no choice but to reach common ground.”

Tsvangirai and Mujuru have vowed to pursue their own separate coalition, describing other opposition party leaders as opportunists and hired Zanu PF proxies.

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