By Daniel Chigundu
People’s Democratic Union (PDU) says there is no need for opposition parties to gang up against Zanu PF, adding that what is needed only are good policies and good leadership.
A coalition of opposition parties is widely believed to have been the missing link that was needed to defeat Zanu PF which has ruled the country for an uninterrupted 37 years.
In 2008 Morgan Tsvangirai garnered 49 percent in the Presidential election but failed to become President because he did not get the required 50 percent plus 1 vote.
It is thought by many political watchers that had Tsvangirai been in a coalition with Simba Makoni of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn who got about 8 percent in the same vote, they could have defeated Zanu PF.
Currently, there are three opposition coalitions in Zimbabwe, namely MDC Alliance (fronted by Tsvangirai), People’s Rainbow Coalition (fronted by Joice Mujuru) and Coalition of Democrats (fronted by Elton Mangoma).
However, people had only wanted a single coalition of opposition parties and not many coalitions as have happened.
Addressing the media, PDU president and defence secretary Christopher Bengwani Sibindi said ganging up is a sign of being clueless by opposition parties.
“Our stance as PDU as I have always said before on Facebook, ganging against Zanu PF is like being clueless if the party sales with good leadership if the party sales with good policies, South Africa at some point had over 100 parties but one party comes up.
“If we are going to be the vibrant and correct leadership we will be favoured and doesn’t have to be from a formula of ganging up I think it’s more like being clueless. We have good policies and this time we have an approach of doing it differently,” he said.
Formed in 2009, and managed to field about 64 Parliamentary candidates in the 2013 general elections, PDU is one of the several political parties that will be contesting in the impending 2018 elections.
Since last year, opposition political parties are being formed almost on a monthly basis both in and outside the country and there has been a rise in independent candidates as well.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already made it clear that 2018 elections are going ahead as scheduled and that they will also be free and fair, it, however, remains to be seen how these parties will fair when the time comes.