By Daniel Chigundu
THOKOZANI Khupe led MDC-T faction says it is open to entering into coalitions with other like-minded political parties ahead of the all-important 2018 general elections.
Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections between 21 July and 21 August this year and there is a general thinking that an opposition coalition is what has been missing to dislodge Zanu PF from power.
Currently, there are about three known opposition coalitions in the country namely Coalition of Democrats (Elton Mangoma), People’s Rainbow Coalition (Joice Mujuru) and MDC Alliance (Nelson Chamisa).
In a statement following a Standing Committee in Kwekwe, spokesperson Linda Masarira revealed that the party welcomes coalitions and has even appointed vice president Obert Gutu to spearhead negotiations towards that direction.
“On the issue of coalitions, the national standing committee resolved that our party will be open to engagements with like-minded political parties in seeking synergies towards the 2018 election.
“These parties must have a demonstrable respect for constitutionalism and rule of law as a governance pillar that is crucial in delivering real change to the people of Zimbabwe.
“It was resolved that vice president Obert Gutu will lead our team of negotiators for any possible coalitions. The team includes national chairperson Abednico Bhebhe, and our secretary general Nixon Nyikadzino,” she said.
According to Masarira, the standing committee also endorsed the party manifesto and campaign regalia.
This campaign machinery is expected to be revealed at the party’s Election Campaign and Manifesto launch on Saturday 12 May 2018 in Bulawayo.
The launching of the manifesto comes hot on the heels of Zanu PF’ own manifesto which was launched last Friday in Harare.
Other parties such as the MDC Alliance have also revealed that they will be availing their election document in due course.