MDC-T Denies 'Big Brother' Claims

By Mlondolozi Ndlovu

Harare, September 06, 2016 – THE MDC-T on Monday reiterated its commitment to join forces with fellow opposition parties as they plan to form a loose merge against the ruling Zanu PF party in time for the 2018 elections.

In a statement, party spokesperson Obert Gutu said the popular opposition enjoyed massive grassroot support and would not turn down any arrangement to merge with others in the interest of removing Zanu PF from power.

“Although the MDC is a big political party with massive grassroots support, we have consistently stated that we will never adopt ‘a big brother’ attitude and thus, treat other opposition political parties as minions and fringe political operators,” he said.

“In our quest to establish a new, democratic and developmental state in Zimbabwe, we are always willing to collaborate and synergise with all other democratic political parties, big or small.”

The party, the only opposition with parliamentary representation and controls many local authorities, has often been accused of looking down upon fellow opposition parties.

Gutu also said his party was ready to forge alliances with war veterans after party leader Morgan Tsvangirai met their leaders recently.

“The MDC is going to forge sustainable and workable alliances with all organisations that cherish the creation of a new Zimbabwe that will abhor autocracy, corruption and dictatorship.

“We are pleased to note that genuine war veterans, with solid and impeccable liberation war credentials, have, of late, openly shown their appreciation and indeed, respect for the role that President Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC have played over the past seventeen years, in peacefully and bravely confronting the brutal Zanu PF regime,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s fragmented opposition has set in motion plans to form a grand coalition that they hope will give them the much needed numerical edge over Zanu PF.

Currently, the parties are coaliscing under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) which has upped the pressure on government to introduce key electoral reforms in time for 2018.