Tsvangirai’s exclusion from grand coalition unthinkable

Morgan Tsvangirai is still relevant

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
14 May 2014

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai still remains politically relevant and any plans to exclude him from a grand coalition to fight ZANU PF will be doomed, his chief political strategist said on Wednesday.

Dr Maxwell Shumba said it is unthinkable that a man whose party is the main opposition in Parliament, with over 80 seats, will be deemed unfit to be invited to join the coalition.

There have been discussions lately among opposition forces for the formation of a grand coalition of political parties, after realizing it will be futile for them to approach the next elections in 2018 in a divided fashion

However, while other leaders have signaled they are prepared to join such a coalition, MDC-N leader Welshman Ncube has made it clear he will not be involved if Tsvangirai is included.

But Shumba said: ‘Tsvangirai is the heart beat of opposition politics in Zimbabwe. It must be understood that his influence extends beyond tribal lines. His following is nationwide; his fight for change resonates well with the poor.’

The strategist told our weekly Hidden Story program that while the MDC-T ‘lost’ last year’s elections, Tsvangirai’s stature is by no means diminishing, but is very much alive and presenting a formidable challenge to the ruling ZANU PF government.

‘You can only ignore such a person at your own peril. He is by no means finished, in fact any coalition in Zimbabwe will have to revolve around the MDC-T because of its huge support base,’ he said.

Shumba dismissed suggestions that the MDC-T will struggle to sustain its fight against President Robert Mugabe’s party because of dwindling support from donors.

‘Donor or no donor, the MDC-T will continue to exist. It is not donor driven but is driven by ZANU PF failures to give Zimbabweans a better life, jobs, medicines and food,’ added Shumba.



3 Responsesto “Tsvangirai’s exclusion from grand coalition unthinkable”

  1. Wilbert Mukori says:

    Is Dr. Maxwell Shumba talking of the same Morgan Tsvangirai who failed to get even one reform implemented after five years in the GNU because of his breath-taking incompetence? Because if he is then any coalition or whatever that included such a failed leader is doomed! If Tsvangirai was ever to get into power, then the nation itself is doomed!

    Let us hope that Dr. Shumba has not left his day-job because MDC will not be able to pay his wages from hence forth. Dismissing donors as irrelevant is ok for a party like Zanu PF with cash pouring in from looted Marange diamonds and other corrupt activities; MDC has no such sources of funds.

    • Ndinodyagochajongwe says:

      Wilbert, I have no problem with Morgan joining a coalition of forces. He just must never be allowed to lead it for all the reasons you mention.

      • Wilbert Mukori says:

        I understand what you are saying particularly its long term implications. By failing to let go of Tsvangirai since he clearly proved to be incompetent people are without being conscious of it stopping themselves searching for competent leaders.
        You have to remember that the average Zimbabwean voter is not the smartest kid on the block – they would have never voted for tyrant and then a village idiot if they were – and therefore their mental capacity is not much. They can have Tsvangirai or someone else but not both! Beside the failure to make a clean break even with a proven village idiot shows the lack of self confidence and indecisiveness – the very straits Tsvamgirai is noted for!

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