Let’s join forces — Makoni

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HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD), and Zanu Ndonga have officially formed a coalition they hope will unseat Zanu PF.

The coalition on Monday appealed to Welshman Ncube and Dumiso Dabengwa to join the anti-President Robert Mugabe grand alliance.

The tripartite coalition said they had 22 more days to recruit other parties which are in support of bringing change to Zimbabwe to back Tsvangirai for the Zimbabwe presidency in the forthcoming watershed vote.

Asked on the progress of wooing Ncube and Dabengwa into the alliance, the trio said they were still consulting and were keen to reach an agreement with the two.

“You will recall that the five of us have been working together from the time of the Constitutional Court about July 31, we have continued to discuss not only the Constitutional Court ruling and the Sadc extraordinary summit but we were hoping to be five at this table today,” Makoni said.

“And this is why we conclude this statement by maintaining our willingness and readiness to work with others including professor Welshman Ncube.

“Let me assure you that leaders of the five parties have been in consultation from the time we met and issued a joint statement co-signed by five leaders on the determination of the Constitutional Court about July 31.”

While Ncube was not taking calls from the Daily News on Monday, he and Dabengwa last week issued a communiqué in which both parties agreed they would not enter into any coalition without the consent of the other, strengthening their bargaining power.

The Tsvangirai-led coalition desperately needs the Matabeleland vote, commanded by the two, in order to unseat Mugabe.

In a joint press statement, Tsvangirai, Makoni and Zanu Ndonga leader Reketai Semwayo, said the coalition had been necessitated by a shared commitment to end the country’s hardships caused by bad governance and therefore rally behind one presidential candidate, Tsvangirai.

They agreed to “support each other in National Assembly and local authority elections, constitute a genuine government of national unity after winning the elections.

“The government of national unity will be based on the free will of the people as opposed to the current forced coalition government created after the subversion of the will of the people in the 2008 presidential election,” read the statement.

The three parties said they were committed to national revival and real transformation captured in key pillars of good governance based on the rule of law; economic revival, growth and employment creation; robust infrastructure developments, modernisation, rural transformation and food security.

Social transformation, devolution of power and international re-engagement, were the other key pillars.

Meanwhile, the MDC leader reiterated that Mugabe’s threats to pull out of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) would be suicidal.

“Let’s hope Mugabe was merely reacting emotionally and not rationally,” Tsvangirai said.

“I don’t foresee a situation in which Zimbabwe can pull out in the face of two million inhabitants in South Africa, in the face of a country which is so dependent on regional support.

“It can only mean one thing, if we had to measure the reaction of president Mugabe that he is the kind of character who would like to burn down with all of us in that building. It’s something that Zanu PF and Mugabe have to think about,” Tsvangirai said.

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