Tsvangirai snubs Mujuru

Joice Mujuru

Joice Mujuru

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has effectively dumped Zimbabwe People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru who wanted him to join her for a rally ahead of the Bikita West constituency by-election where her party candidate Mr Kudakwashe Gopo is contesting.

The by-election marks the maiden electoral contest for Dr Mujuru’s formation.

The Herald earlier this week revealed there was fighting within MDC-T over whether or not Mr Tsvangirai should join Dr Mujuru at the rally as it emerged that some officials wanted her party to lose the by-election to weaken her bargaining power during coalition negotiations.

Mr Tsvangirai confirmed this position when he appeared on South African television station, ANN7 on Tuesday evening where he indicated that supporting ZimPF during the by-election was not on the agenda.

“A by-election is a by-election, it has nothing to do with the fundamental principles of alliance building,” said Mr Tsvangirai.

“It has never been part of the agenda. The question of going and contesting by-elections has never been part of the agenda. The agenda is how do we build an alliance pre-election and a coalition post-election?

“Secondly, how do we agree on the various policies that will confront us as an alliance? Thirdly, how do you build an executive, post-election, into an effective coalition Government, in other words executive structure?”

ZimPF spokesperson Mr Jealousy Mawarire was at pains trying to justify Mr Tsvangirai’s position as he admitted that supporting their party during by-elections was never part of the negotiations.

“Yes, he is being factual, it was never part of the negotiations,” Mr Mawarire said yesterday.

“He was speaking in the context that you want to imply that he should attend the rally because of the coalition.

“We have extended invitations to everyone. In fact we don’t discuss coalition issues in the Press, especially when State media are used as conduits of relaying information to Zanu-PF. That is precisely why we won’t give you information on the coalition.”

It is understood opposition parties wanted a coalition to challenge Zanu-PF and President Mugabe at next year’s elections.

Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba said Mr Tsvangirai had clearly contextualised his idea of a coalition with other parties, which left Dr Mujuru and her party as juniors.

“His conceptualisation of the whole negotiation process pans the whole gamut, namely from pre-election alliance, which is a strategy for gaining power right through harmonisation of policies up to a power-sharing coalition in the unlikely event of winning the elections,” said Mr Charamba.

“Considering that by his own admission, policies are not a problem, it means what really is an issue is power-sharing in the event that they win, which is very unlikely,” he said.

“This is why Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T would want a weakened Joice Mujuru in the negotiation, then she will be playing junior in the executive,” said Mr Tsvangirai.

MDC-T insiders who spoke to The Herald said Dr Mujuru was desperate to have Mr Tsvangirai join her at the rally in the hope of earning her party candidate MDC-T votes that could upstage the Zanu-PF candidate, Cde Beauty Chabaya.

They said Dr Mujuru hoped to use the election results, in the event of a win, as a bargaining chip to be the coalition presidential candidate at next year’s polls.

On the other hand, MDC-T is adamant that in the event of a coalition, Mr Tsvangirai should be the presidential candidate since “he has been in the trenches” for too long.

They argue that Dr Mujuru has not yet proved her mantle, as such, would want her to go it alone in Bikita West constituency so that they can have a clearer picture of her popularity or lack of it.

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  • Dr. Wamambo

    Lloyd singing for your supper again. I am sure you are quite happy with the bond notes you are earning. Funny how our local press is so ignorant to their role as a change agent. What do you seriously benefit from the absence of a serious political hegemony in the country? I am sure either way as a people we stand to benefit when political parties are competing to meet our needs as a people. Shame on you for such blatant biased reporting. Iwe neni tine basa as voters and change agents. Let these politicians work for us not us working for them.

    • Moe_Syzlack

      Wapedza sahwira. Well said

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Have you been reading also the non Herald papers. Are you happy with them just because they play nefarious roles as change agents against a ZANU PF government, even if their reporting is also biased? The issue in Zimbabwe is how to turn our economic fortunes for the better. This is why had the land reform and now battling to improve how to utilize our land while fighting sanctions imposed because of our land reform. While democracy and whatever is necessary but that should not be an end in itself. Compare the current Chinese polity with that in US/UK/EU . The Chinese adopted the Western economic system but not the Western political system. Today the Chinese people are relatively happy, despite what you would cry for , as lack of multi political parties and media change agent role hogwash! Allow Lloyd his space also and freedom to differ with those papers you admire and enjoy as your expected change role models. Movement for Democratic Change? Ah iweka tibvirepo! Even in UK newspapers differ in their slant and reporters will be working , not “singing“ for their supper as you would wrongly put it! Good morning Dr Wamambo!

      • Modus Vivendi

        Sad you are not being objective in your analysis.

      • Myth

        Unless you know Wamambo from somewhere and are fetching facts from past arguments, I don’t see where he expresses support or admiration for other papers/writers in his comment. I also do not see where he implies that the economy is not important or that the western democracy is better. Am I missing something?

  • Moe_Syzlack

    So how did Tsvangirai snub Mujuru when all agree it wasn’t part of the agenda? Herald munonyadzisa shuwa. Biased reporting yenyu makes my little boy look like Albert Einstein.

  • eliah

    I am not sure if Save is wasted as your picture portrays?.

    • Weston Mugocha

      Whose pic is it then?

  • yowe

    Lloyd Gumbo kani nhai this is gutter journalism

  • Mwanawevhu

    VaMuzvinhavhu ndafarira muenzaniso wamapa we China. Denge zvaigona maenderera mberi nenhorowondo yenyu mobva mataura mabatirwo evashandi kuChina uku. Motiudzawo kuti vemapato anoona nezvevashandi yatingati muchirungu Trade Union – varikowo here? Ndoda kuti mubve matiudza kuti kana variko, vashandi varikufara here nemashandiro avari kuita – kana zvaibvira mosvika pamakambani akatorwa nemaChina iwawa munyika yedu yechipikirwa yeZimbabwe monoona mashandiro arikuita varipo – mogona kusvika paBindura Nickel Cooperation apo. Kana zvadaro ndofunga kuti munenge mava neumbowo hwakakwana hwekutiudza zvekuita.

    Pano handisi kuti vapambepfumi ava vanobva kumadokero (West) tinovada aiwa kwete. Zimbabwe haizombofa yakaita unhapwa zvakare kubva kuma British, China kana Zanu Pf. Totafanira kurwa zvekare kuti tizvisunungure kubva kuhunhapwa hweZanu PF. Ini munda ndinotoudavo kutoushaiwa nekuti handiite zveZanu Pf. Vamwe vakuru veZanu PF vakatonditi kana uchida munda buda mari……

    Ndapedza hangu.

    Zimbabwe will never be a colony of the West again, neither shall we be colonised by Zanu PF and its cronies.