from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE opposition parties are closer to ending President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s 37-year misrule of the country.
This follows a successful coalition of all opposition parties and pressure groups endorsing Mugabe’s long time foe, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) as their preferred candidate ahead of 2018 the plebiscite elections.
Even Mugabe’s former deputy, Joice Mujuru of the National People’s Party (NPP) could not object to Tsvangirai’s candidature in a formidable opposition coalition to oust the long time dictator.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former finance minister Tendai Biti, ZimPF’s Didymus Mutasa, Maavambo Kusile Dawn of Simba Makoni and other splinter MDC formations are other opposition parties in the new coalition . Its not clear Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) led by Dumiso Dabengwa would join the coalition.
“But what makes this a historic event is the unity of purpose by all major opposition parties,” an MDC official said.
The new coalition was facilitated by the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) in the capital Harare in which all opposition attended.
PDP leader Biti hailed the coalition insisting this time the nonagenarian Mugabe would be deposed from power.
Tsvangirai also spoke: “We have been victims of this system (Zanu PF) for a very long time. I want to assure you that it must end. I want to thank
you leaders for demonstrating this unity. Let it be the character and culture of our country that the people come first.”
ZimPF elders, Mutasa said: “We started a long time ago to say this government must go. I also said it sometime ago and if you want to know who we support, we support Tsvangirai.”
Tsvangirai also urged the partisan Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to be independent, be fair and completely desist from supporting Zanu PF.
Several other pressure groups such as Tajamuka and men of cloth currently on bail for undermining Mugabe, who comprised Pastors Patrick Magadza and Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag Movement were also present.
– CAJ News