THOKOZANI KHUPE BLOCKS COALITION TALKS

THOKOZANI KHUPE BLOCKS COALITION TALKS
Published: 2016 May 21 12:13:28 (798 Views)

Fears Mujuru Will Overtake Her

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly warming up to the idea of forming a grand coalition with other opposition forces, including Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru but his deputy Thokozani Khupe is allegedly opposed to the idea.

Tsvangirai has, for months, dithered amid prodding from different quarters and a growing clamour from ordinary Zimbabweans to find common ground with Mujuru, who was kicked out of Zanu PF in 2014.

"He (Tsvangirai) is warming up to the idea, but there are serious divisions. The issue of forming a coalition, particularly with Mujuru, has become a common agenda item whenever the MDC-T national executive meets," a private publication revealed today.

"There is serious resistance from the likes of vice-president Thokozani Khupe, who finds Mujuru a threat to her long-term plan to be the most powerful woman politician in the country. For some reason, Khupe has found a nexus with her previous political foe, Nelson Chamisa."

Khupe and Mujuru, sources said, had also tried to find common ground without success during a visit to Dubai early this month.

"They tried to find each other in Dubai, where Mujuru received an award for bravery, but, in fact, that actually gave Khupe more reason to be scared that she is standing on quicksand," the source continued.

Khupe was not available for comment yesterday while Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said his boss’ position on the issue of a coalition had not shifted, adding differences were healthy for internal democracy.

Mujuru’s personal assistant, Sylvester Nguni’s mobile phone went unanswered for the better part of the day yesterday but ZimPF has also spoken about the issue of trust and ideology before a coalition can be hammered out.



- Newsday
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