Zim coalition talks collapse

zim-coalition-talksFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – POWER hungry and selfish leaders have been blamed for the failure by Zimbabwean opposition parties to form a coalition to unseat longtime leader, President Robert Mugabe.

Possibilities of an alliance are hanging in the balance after the major opposition parties shunned the coalition talks scheduled for Cape Town in neighbouring South Africa on Tuesday.

Among the parties that had been expected to form an alliance are the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, and the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) led by Mugabe’s former deputy, Joice Mujuru.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu, said his party believed in home-grown solutions and thus would not participate in the coalition initiated in South Africa.

ZimPF also indicated they preferred coalition being mooted from within Zimbabwe.

While it is unclear why then the parties could not meet in Zimbabwe, Former Finance Minister, Tendai Biti, who leads the People’s Democratic Party, a faction that decamped from MDC, blamed opposition leaders for putting their interests ahead of the country’s.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult in Zimbabwe to have coalitions, there are a lot of egocentric and selfish actors in our discourse,” Biti said.

On Wednesday, the political parties and pressure groups would nonetheless converge in the capital Harare to protest the worsening economic situation.

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