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grand coalition: Did the MDCs hand over victory to Zanu PF
The Standard (Zimbabwe)
June 30, 2013
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President Robert Mugabe
(Zanu-PF), MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC President Welshman
Ncube, Zapu boss Dumiso Dabengwa and Kisinoti Mukwazhi will battle
it out for the keys to State House after successfully lodging their
papers with the Nomination Court on Friday.
There had been
plans for a pact to unseat Mugabe, which appeared to have gained
momentum when Mavambo Kusile Dawn president Simba Makoni pulled
out of the race last week, in support of a grand coalition.
parties had united after President Mugabe unilaterally passed amendments
to the Electoral
Act and subsequently decreed
July 31 as the election date.
The two MDC formations
further united at the Sadc summit in Mozambique that eventually
asked Zimbabwe to approach the courts for an extension of the election
date by two weeks. The Constitutional Court will hear the application
for an extension on Thursday.
In a tweet on the micro-blogging
site, Twitter, MDC secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga
all but poured cold water on a grand coalition with MDC-T yesterday.
“Can someone tell
me why people are so obsessed by a group of people they claim are
so irrelevant to the political landscape, if it is a fact that this
party [MDC] is so small and insignificant, then just wait and play
the vuvuzelas on the first. You can’t on one hand abuse us,
while asking us to join hands with you, it has to be one or the
other,” she tweeted.
Luke Tamborinyoka told The Standard yesterday that fielding separate
candidates is part of democracy, though it would have been better
for like - minded parties to come together.
the assertion that Zanu PF had been given an electoral advantage,
saying there is a national mood for change and people “can
start writing the epitaph for Zanu-PF”.
Analysts had predicted
an electoral pact between the two MDC formations saying they had
learnt from the mistakes of 2008.
44,87% of the votes, which were inadequate to secure him the
presidential post. Mugabe got 43,24% while Makoni managed 8,31%.
Had the two formations
entered into a coalition, Tsvangirai would have smiled all the way
to State House.
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