Ncube’s party last month pulled the rug under Zanu (PF)’s feet when it voted for MDC-T chairman Lovemore Moyo after the former ruling party had banked on its votes to propel its own chairman Simon Khaya Moyo to the top seat. MDC changed tact after initially announcing that it would abstain from the vote and backed Moyo.
MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti wrote to MDC thanking the party for the move and the gesture is now seen as a bold attempt to mend relations between the two parties and forge a possible alliance ahead of elections.
“It goes without saying that the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe will be a long and arduous journey,” Biti said in the letter dated April 1, four days after the watershed election. “However, it can be shortened if all democratic forces work together as we did on the 29th of March 2011.”
The MDC split in 2005 over disagreements centered on the party’s participation in senate elections.
Party leader Morgan Tsvangirai was against participation in the elections and overturned a decision by the national executive leading to the split. Previous attempts to unify the parties have failed.
Meanwhile, Gorden Moyo the Minister for Parastatals and State Enterprises yesterday won the MDC-T provincial chairperson’s post for Bulawayo beating Mzilikazi senator Matson Hlalo by 183 votes to 172.In the re-run of the Masvingo province elections Wilstaff Chitemere beat Bernard Chiondegwa. The elections are being held in preparation for the MDC-T congress set for Bulawayo between April 29 and May 1.