By Wisdom Mumera
With less than 6 months to go before the 2018 general elections, the MDC Alliance faces a race against time to regroup in the face of acrimonious divisions within their coalition and also in the respective parties.
Various observers say the power tussles in the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T simply translate to problems for the alliance whilst coalition divisions don’t bode well for them ahead of the all important elections.
MDC-T is the biggest political outfit in the coalition that comprises the likes People’s Democratic Party (Tendai Biti), MDC (Welshman Ncube), Transform Zimbabwe (Jacob Ngarivhume), Zanu Ndonga (Denford Masiyarira), ZimFirst (Agrippa Mutambara) and Multi-Racial Christian Democrats (Mathias Guchutu).
Former Zanu PF member Kudakwashe Bhasikiti downplayed the Alliance’s chances alleging that they are not formidable enough especially in their current form.
“MDC Alliance is merely a regrouping of members who had defected from their own party to form splinter groups. It can only benefit by incorporating Joice Mujuru with her former Zanu-PF people to add value to the alliance.
“They have to come up with a new inclusive name. If they achieve this, then Zanu-PF will definitely be in serious trouble. Another important thing to do is to replace Tsvangirai with a more energetic leader.
“Joice and Welshman can be vice presidents unless they settle for Khupe (Thokozani) instead of Ncube. Most disgruntled G40s will then come to identify with an inclusive opposition outfit. My opinions,” he said.
Meanwhile, businessman-cum political commentator Dr Shingi Munyeza writing on his social media platforms said the division in MDC-T requires a mediatory national transitional authority to mitigate against another split.
“Dear MDC Alliance Leaders”
“Once you advocated for a National Transitional Authority (NTA) for the country. I write to urge you to consider the same for MDC-T to manage the succession process. Without that its likely the party will split 3 ways.
“One needs to assess who has the strongest control of the structures because that’s how movements are managed and controlled. Look what happened with Operation Restore Legacy,” he said.
Although divisions in the alliance are visible and getting media prominance everyday, some of the principals in the coalition have refuted the allegation of discord adding that all is well in the grouping.
MDC Alliance Spokesperson Professor Welshman Ncube expressed confidence in the state of his coalition saying they are looking forward to a win in the harmonised elections.
“Our eyes as MDC Alliance are on the ball. The MDC Alliance is too intact to be disturbed by those reports of unconfirmed squabbles.
“Its work as usual in the MDC Alliance (and) rallies have been lined up and all will be addressed by the principals or their representatives,” he said.
Commenting on the same issue lawyer-cum politican David Coltart said if the Zanu PF thinks the alliance is of non effect then why is it refusing to comply with the country’s constitution with regards to holding of elections.
“If Zanu-PF are so confident of victory and if the MDC Alliance is so clueless why does the ruining party still feel it is necessary to bribe chiefs, maintain its monopoly over ZBC, Herald, ZEC?
” If they are so electable just comply with the Constitution!,” he said.