Tsvangirai Calls For Unity With Breakaway Faction

However Welshman Ncube, secretary general of the Mutambara-led MDC told Radio VOP on Friday that the MDC-T needed to do more than public statements to show its commitment to a reunification pact.

“This is not a matter which has been discussed by an organ of our party,” said Ncube. “The current position is that attempts have been made towards the signing of a reunification pact but Tsvangirai’s MDC rejected that. As far as we are concerned, this is where we are.

“They need to do more than issue public statements to demonstrate their commitment. You have to talk to the people who are concerned other than going to the press.”

Tsvangirai called for the unity with the smaller faction, which split in 2005, when he addressed over 200 guests as the main speaker at a discussion forum in Harare on Wednesday evening to celebrate the MDC’s decade long struggle for democracy.

“If there is an opportunity for an election pact, that would be considered,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC leader described the MDC’s split in October 2005 as regrettable saying the two factions were not enemies.

“Those who split and formed another MDC are not our enemies,” he said. “If there is an opportunity to talk we will talk and find the best ways to unite the movement so that we have one voice to represent and one voice to articulate that. We are open for that.”

The two parties have been involved in talks before but failed to reconcile their differences.

Last minute attempts to reunite the party ahead of the March 29, 2008 faltered after they failed to find a common position on which seats not to contest against each other.

Tsvangirai said his party was also ready to counter Zanu (PF)’s election rigging tactics saying his party was pushing for a legislative process to plug the loopholes.

“There is hopefully a new independent electoral commission which is going to do the registration of voters afresh because we will insist on that,” he said. “We will deal with those tactics (rigging) in terms of the legislative amendments of the electoral Act.”

Tsvangirai further warned Mugabe against any attempts to violently restore his rule should he lose the next elections saying this would affect the aging leader’s apparent attempts to restore his legacy, plagued by years of controversial rule.

“Those who may be tempted to believe that they can fight the people and fight the will of the people are in self-delusion because they will not succeed,” he said.

“Mugabe is seeking a soft landing to his crisis and to his legacy. The only way Mugabe can restore some degree of credibility is when he has managed this transition to a safe conclusion,” said Tsvangirai.