Coalition of opposition forces not workable
OPPOSITION political parties have seen that without forming a united front, they will not win an election under the Zimbabwean sun.
As much as calls to form a united front are increasing day by day, the person who will lead this united front will make the formation of this so called united front impossible. The leader of the MDC, Professor Welshman Ncube, has declared that Morgan Tsvangirai who leads the MDC-T party is not a suitable candidate to lead a united opposition party.
I strongly rally behind Prof Ncube’s views. There has been a lot of political mayhem in the MDC-T where violence has been used to silence some democratic views. Tsvangirai has also been implicated in most of this barbaric act and with that we can say Tsvangirai is a suitable candidate to lead a democratic front.
A leader of a united front should be truly democratic and allow critics.
MDC president Welshman Ncube has dismissed the “big tent project” being spearheaded by embattled leader of the rival MDC-T formation, Morgan Tsvangirai, as “rotten” and said only a coalition of opposition forces led by an “undoubted democrat” could unseat President Robert and his Zanu PF party in the 2018 polls.
In an interview with the Voice of America on Saturday, Ncube, who went into hibernation after his party’s dismal performance in last year’s elections, said the proposal by Tsvangirai for members of the MDC – before it split in 2005 – to re-unite under the MDC-T, in what has been branded the ”big tent politics”, was unworkable.
“You cannot invite people to a big tent. It doesn’t matter how big it is, as long as it is a rotten tent, as long as it is a tent which stinks to high heaven with dictatorship, violence, violation of everything that we stood for against Mugabe, it can be big as you want it … it can contain millions of people, it’s not worth the numbers that it has,” Ncube said.
“I have absolutely no respect and I am absolutely not impressed by the big tent politics which has no conception of what the struggle against Mugabe is.
But Ncube told VOA that he was not chuffed by Tsvangirai’s invitation into the “big-tent”.
“He(Tsvangirai) is running a big tent full of undemocratic principles,” Ncube said.
He said the only way to remove Mugabe and Zanu PF from power would be to form a coalition of opposition forces and field one presidential candidate in the 2018 elections.
“I have no doubt that if we are able to put forward a candidate as opposition, a candidate of a united front, that candidate will win the next election in Zimbabwe,” Ncube said.
“The identity of that candidate (for the coalition), the name of that candidate matters not.
“What matters is that that candidate must be an undoubted democrat. I regret to say I do not classify Mr Tsvangirai in that category.”
Efforts to get a comment from the MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday were fruitless as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.