Harare– Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) and MDC-T opposition leaders, Joice Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirai, are going to form a power sharing administration governing with a combined two thirds majority in parliament in 2018, Spotlight Zimbabwe, can reveal.
Although Mujuru has vehemently denied being in talks with Tsvangirai, and that she has not accepted or refused any proposed government position, should they form a grand coalition with the MDC-T, and other smaller parties as is widely now expected, this publication can today put it on record based on intelligence gathered from insiders in Mujuru and Tsvangirai’s party, that the former vice president is going to share power with Tsvangirai as his junior.
Early this month Mujuru told her supporters gathered at Meikles Hotel in Harare, during the official launch of her party, that she has never met Tsvangirai for talks since the Coalition government came to an end. However, SPZ has it on good account that Mujuru started making political contact and informal talks with Tsvangirai as far back as 2007.
“Tavapapi nekutaurirana nevamwe vemamwe mapato? Chokutanga kutaurirana nemamwe mapato kurikunyanya kutauriranwa mumapepa nhau. Unonzwa Mai Mujuru vachinzi vasangana navaTsvangirai, Mai Mujuru vapenga nekuti varamba chinzvimbo, Amai Mujuru vazodii. Handisati ndaonana navaTsvangirai kubva takaparadzana panguva yehurumende yemubatanidzwa, kusvika nanhasi. Sezvandareva munhauro yandakupai, isu hatirambe kutaura nevanepfungwa dzakafanana nesu.” (Where are we now insofar as talking to other opposition parties? Firstly, negotiations with other parties seem to be taking place in the media. You hear that Mujuru has met with Tsvangirai. Also that Mujuru is angry and has refused a certain position. We have not met with Tsvangirai since, we parted ways during the days of the Government of National Unity until this day. Like I have said, we don’t refuse to talk to parties who are like-minded with our ideology.”
The insiders said although there is deliberate denial about joining forces with Tsvangirai for strategic reasons, Mujuru’s late husband, Solomon, had already done most of the ground work prior to the 2008 elections.
“General Mujuru was ahead of time,” one ZPF founding member said over the weekend. “As far back as 2007 he had met with Tsvangirai, and most of what is happening now was planned back then. Had Tsvangirai come to power in 2008, the MDC was going to invite Zanu PF for power sharing, and not the other way round. However Zanu PF under a reformed leadership of Mujuru was still going to get the presidency, and Tsvangirai the premiership. Now we have 2018, and we don’t have to share power with Mugabe and Zanu PF. However this time Mujuru is not interested in seniority but working for the people.”
Mujuru our information shows, has no political critical mass to become the leader of the grand coalition, but is reportedly going to bargain for more power and influence using ZPF legislators, who are poised to win significant parliamentary seats, as a wave of current Zanu PF parliamentarians with closet allegiance to her party, are expected to resign en mass to join the ZPF ticket in two years time.
One of the party elders, former security minister, Didymus Mutasa, told CCTV in April last year that their camp is going to bring together a coalition of all political parties, in a sure way of wrestling power from Zanu PF, while seemingly betraying the ZPF project had been conceived and planned before the former minister was expelled from the ruling party, where he was secretary general.
“It is only a matter of time, before we publicly launch such a party,” Mutasa told the television station. “We have a tremendous following. This is going to be a coalition of all political parties in Zimbabwe.”