By Daniel Chigundu
MDC-T and National People’s Party (NPP) leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru appear to have ignored coalition calls from the Coalition of Democrats (CODE) and instead formed their own.
About nine opposition parties have so far agreed to form a coalition and are trading under the banner of CODE and they have sent their invites to Tsvangirai, Mujuru and Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe.
Tsvangirai, Mujuru and Ngarivhume although they have publicly supported the formation of a grand coalition, they have been skeptical about their reluctance to join CODE.
Addressing delegates at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mujuru, the MDC-T leader said the alliance is just the beginning of more signings to come.
“I am pleased to inform the nation that today we have signed a MoU with Dr. Joice Mujuru of the NPP to establish a pre-election alliance en route to the establishment of a coalition government which shall drive a comprehensive democratization and transformation agenda.
“This is just the beginning of the building blocks towards establishing a broad alliance to confront Zanu PF between now and the next election in 2018. Similar arrangements will be entered into with other political formations and we will inform you as it happens, as we have done today.
“While political parties have their role in nation-building, it must be understood that they are not the only stakeholders. We are in this together with other key stakeholders such as traditional leaders, the church, labour, vendors, war veterans, civic society, business and the generality of Zimbabweans.
“This is our collective struggle and I call upon the people of Zimbabwe to join us in working together and in playing your part so that we can reclaim our country, our freedom and our dignity,” Tsvangirai said.
Grand coalition is seen as the only possible way that can help defeat President Robert Mugabe in the impending 2018 general elections.
President Mugabe has led the country since 1980 and has vowed to continue in power and his wife has even told a Zanu PF rally that the aged leader is irreplaceable that people will vote for his corpse in elections should he die.
According to Tsvangirai, the alliance with troubled Mujuru is historic in that it brings the much needed hope to the people of Zimbabwe who have endured suffering under the current regime
“Today is a historic day in many ways.
“It is the first day of the 38th year of our independence but with the majority of Zimbabweans with nothing to show for it except dire poverty, extreme suffering, hunger and disease.
“Yesterday, we had a leader who skirted the critical issues affecting the people during the commemoration of our independence, an important day that has now been privatized by a political party.
“It is against this background that we have chosen this day to give hope to the people of Zimbabwe that indeed there is a bright light at the end of this very dark tunnel,” he said.
Zimbabwe is currently going through one of the worst economic situations since independence fronted by massive deindustrialization, liquidity crisis, lack of lines of credit, droughts among others.
The situation has seen most companies retrenching its workers, scaling down on operations while others have shutdown completely.
Tsvangirai said the evidence is there for all to see that things are not well in the economy and that its time to stand up to President Mugabe.
“Even at the over-ripe old age of 93, President Mugabe knows that the country’s crisis is unsustainable. Every Zimbabwean from every station of life knows it too. So we should all stand together in unison and say enough is enough.
“As President Mugabe enters the sunset of his life, it is incumbent upon all of us to pick the pieces and rebuild our country together.
“I hope the understanding we reached today, and which we will reach with many others, will culminate in a solid political co-operation agreement that should usher in a new governance culture in our country.
“Today marks the beginning of Zimbabweans coming together in building an inclusive society that prides itself in leaving no one behind. The future can only be bright for this country that we all love,” he said.