By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, August 21, 2016 – AN official with Professor Welshman Ncube’s MDC says the former Industry Minister was politically untainted and was best suited to lead the envisaged grand coalition among opposition political parties in the country.
Over a dozen local parties led by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s ZimPF, Tendai Biti’s PDP have all expressed interest to combine forces in attempts to unseat Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.
While Ncube could be he holding a lesser profile compared to fellow opposition politicians judging by his smaller share of the overall opposition support base, his party’s youth organising secretary Shepherd Dube still feels the former university lecturer was best suited to lead the multi-party arrangement.
“I think in terms of comparison with the leaders that are available, we have those that are tainted, those that are incapable and those that are capable, the most capable of them all is Professor Welshman Ncube that goes without question,” said Dube.
While the MDC membership has whittled down due to defections past few years, Dube still feels this should not be a factor if parties were to be honest with themselves in choosing the most credible leader for the coalition.
“It is also common knowledge that the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube has the stable structures and systems. Its support base and membership is based on members not sympathisers, we will know that others get to support because they were beaten by police while others get support because of the way they were booted out of the ruling party,” he said.
Talks for a grand coalition have not formally commenced although all the major parties have expressed interest to join the coalition.
In the meanwhile, the parties have issued joint statements condemning current misrule against the Zanu PF led administration and have further planned a massive anti-government march in Harare this week.
However, Tsvangirai and Mujuru stand out to be the most probable candidates to lead the coalition if parties agree terms because of their proven and perceived grassroots support.
But Dube still feels the former Prime Minister can still be Ncube’s deputy.
“He may be deputised by the MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai considering his experience leading in the opposition politics,” he said.