By Daniel Chigundu
Current Coalition of Democrats (CODE) President Farai Mbira says they are not going to beg any political party to join the coalition, but everyone is welcome to join them.
Opposition parties in the country are currently working towards a grand coalition thought to be the missing link in unseating President Robert Mugabe who has led the country since 1980.
About nine opposition parties have signed a coalition agreement under the banner of CODE and they are mulling fielding a single candidate in any election they will take part in especially the impending 2018 general elections.
CODE currently has such parties as Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, MDC-N, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (DARE), Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE), ZAPU and PDP.
However, political commentators have said the coalition will not be effective without Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC, arguably the biggest opposition political party in the country at the moment by support base.
Tsvangirai’s absence from the coalition has raised questions over his intentions although he has just finished a countrywide tour to get his supporters views with regards to the coalition.
Addressing delegates after the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) signed its membership to the CODE, Mbira said they are open to working with any like-minded organisation in the country but will not beg anyone.
“We are Zimbabweans first so we must unite to reclaim our freedom together and we remain anti-nobody, our invitation to Morgan Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru and Jacob Ngarivhume remain open.
“In fact their seats are empty and waiting for them on the table and any party that wants to join us is welcome. But let me reiterate this everyone is welcome to join CODE but we will not beg anyone to join us,” Mbira said.
Although Mbira did not mention names it is believed his statement is mainly target at MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who has been somersaulting on countless occasions.
Tsvangirai who has made it clear that he is open to a coalition is currently facing internal revolt from his party with the entire Matabeleland region said to be totally against it.
According to media reports, Matabeleland fears that any coalition will result in the relegation of Thokozani Khupe from the party’s presidium to make way for the would be partner or partners.
CODE is also said to be keen on Joice Mujuru but are worried by the internal squabbles that are currently rocking Zimbabwe People First between Mujuru and party elders that include Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa.
Mbira said they are watching developments in ZimPF with keen interest adding that they will engage whoever comes out tops from the squabbles.
Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe has remained mum on the idea and has decided to take a wait and see approach and has been concentrating more on clean-up campaigns in Chitungwiza and Highfields.
Meanwhile, PDP president Tendai Biti has warned everyone coming to join CODE that they should know that no one is bigger than the other, but are all of equal standing.