Bulawayo, May 6, 2014 -The Welshman Ncube-led MDC on Monday strongly hinted towards forging a united front with the axed MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti-led renewal team, but not the Morgan Tsvangirai camp.
Tsvangirai’s camp recently accused Ncube’s MDC and Zanu PF of fuelling divisions in the MDC T, effectively closing any avenues for coalition talks between the two.
The MDC-T is divided into two camps, one led by Tsvangirai and the other by ex-Finance minister Tendai Biti.
MDC national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said the party was open to dialogue with the MDC-T renewal team currently courting it for a united front.
“We will not refuse the Biti/Sipepa/Mangoma group a place at the table of democrats as we attempt this noble broad coalition of democrats,” Dube told our sister paper Southern Eye yesterday.
He was responding to statements by interim chairperson of the MDC-T renewal team, Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo, who was quoted in the Press saying his formation was engaged in talks with Ncube’s MDC and Zapu, among other parties on the possibility of a coalition.
Dube said the MDC stood ready to engage with any political party and individuals fleeing intimidation and violence in their parties, in apparent reference to the Tsvangirai camp accused by Biti’s camp of using violence to stamp out any dissent against the ex-Premier.
“We have been and continue to have conversations with our alliance partners Zapu and other political parties and individuals seeking a break from the undemocratic culture of violence and intimidation in their parties,” he said.
“We are seeking a break from individualisation of political discourse and cult leadership and as such seek the hand of all democrats who are in all spheres of our society including, but not limited to churches, students, labour, civil society, political parties, professionals, individuals and those in the Diaspora.
“Our view is that the change that has always been sought in Zimbabwe is a change of ethos which will set the country on a path of zero violence, zero corruption, zero chauvinism and other social ills which have taken over and corrupted the democratic agenda.”