Media not welcome in Zim coalition talks

zim-coalition-talksFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – TALKS to establish a formidable opposition to oust veteran Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in 2018 are back on course.
However, they are held secretly from the glare of the media, to avoid laying bare strategies to the ruling Zanu (PF).
The country’s two leading opposition parties, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), led by former deputy president, Joice Mujuru, confirmed the discussions.
ZimPF spokesman, Jealousy Mawarire, confirmed his party was involved in the talks but were avoiding media publicity as it might hinder their success.
“We have agreed not talk to each other in media. Neither will we, at any point, be persuaded to divulge details of our discussions with any political party in newspapers. Our discussions with anyone remain confidential,” Mawarire said.
In a separate interview, MDC vice president, Nelson Chamisa, said his party was seeking a mandate from the grassroots structures first in order to get mandate to go ahead with the formation of such powerful opposition coalition with other opposition parties.
“Our national executive committee and the national councils will be meeting soon to define parameters and benchmarks on convergence and consensus on conditions of elections and the electoral framework,” Chamisa said.
The talks revive hope of a grand coalition.
MDC and ZimPF recently shunned talks held in neighbouring South Africa, attended by the smaller opposition parties.
Economic and political turmoil have preceded the elections.

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