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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.

Welshman Ncube

Welshman Ncube

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”.

Welshman Ncube and Morgan Tsvangirai

Welshman Ncube and Morgan Tsvangirai

“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.

WHERE IS MUTAMBARA?

FORMER deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has made an unceremonious exit from the grand political stage. Mutambara went into political oblivion in the run-up to of the 31 July harmonised elections  and he is still hibernating from the political radar.

Ever since the expiry of the unity government last year, Mutambara has gone quiet. The robotics professor should never have been in politics in the first place if he did not have the stamina to last the distance.

Arthur Mutambara

Out of the game: Arthur Mutambara

Some people believe he was more of a political accident as he has the brains, but he was victim of irrelevance. Others say Mutambara was an “opportunist” and this has been exposed by his lack of relevance in the political scheme of things in the aftermath of last year’s elections.

Mutambara, a former student leader, stepped onto the political stage in the aftermath of the MDC’s split in 2005 and took up the leadership of the smaller formation of the labour-backed party, now led by Ncube.

Welshman Ncube and Arthur Mutambara

Welshman Ncube and Arthur Mutambara

Mutambara had to be headhunted to lead and “sanitise” the splinter group, which was being viewed suspiciously through tribal lenses. In 2009, he rose to take up the deputy premiership as one of the signatories to the power-sharing agreement that took the country to last year’s elections. His time in the inclusive government was however, punctuated by controversy.

After being ousted from the helm of the MDC at a party congress, Mutambara refused to recognise the outcome of the congress by taking his case to the courts. He remained in government after the court processes dragged on until the expiry of the inclusive government last year.

Throughout the lifespan of the unity government, President Robert Mugabe was accused of shielding Mutambara from being stripped of power.  The Zanu-PF leader continued to recognise him as a principal despite increased pressure from the courts and regional bodies to strip him of the position.

President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara

President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara

Mutambara also ga-ined the reputation of lending support to Zanu-PF’s positions in the unity government, fuelling speculation that he had become a reluctant ally of President Mugabe’s party. It was, however, clear during Mutambara’s time in the coalition that he was without any political party under his leadership.

Many people were expecting a robotics professor to be given a ministerial position in the Zanu PF-led government as a reward for being loyal to Mugabe during the tenure of the shaky coalition government during which Mutambara sided with Mugabe in times of disagreements with Tsvangirai.

Bulawayo residents in catch 22

Employment creation has  been a major problem that the government has failed to resolve. for Bulawayo, the situation is deemed as the city used to be the industrial hub but now it has to been relegated to a scrap yard, as the president once said.

In an interview with residents, they said they lost hope soon after the 2013 controversial July elections. Residents said they had hope but all their hope was washed away soon after hearing that Zan-PF has regained power.