AFRICANGLOBE – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party has dangled a carrot to other opposition parties to join it in an electoral pact ahead of next year’s elections.
Ironically this comes when senior officials from his party are plotting to oust the premier.
The MDC-T believes a united front against long time president Robert Mugabe would deliver victory in elections scheduled for early 2013.
The pact, if accepted, would include a rival MDC led by Welshman Ncube, Zapu and Mavambo.
Speaking in Britain at the weekend MDC-T secretary general, Tendai Biti suggested the alliance, years after a similar arrangement collapsed.
“I pray that there will be maturity at the relevant time not for the reunification of the parties, I think that will never happen, but for some kind of electoral pact,” he said.
The mainstream MDC split into two formations in 2005 and efforts to get the parties to reunite have been in vain.
“For me personally, I did my best to see the reunification of the two MDCs and I was really shattered when our talks broke down on February 2, 2008,” Biti is quoted saying.
“I hope the leaders of all the democracy loving political parties in Zimbabwe – Simba Makoni, Dumiso Dabengwa, Welshman Ncube, Morgan Tsvangirai and others – will come together for some kind of pact.”
MDC-T Losing Support
But observers say the statement reflected a major climb down from the MDC-T and was an indication that the party was not confident of winning elections without some form of alliance.
Morgan Tsvangirai has in the past claimed he did not need an alliance and would single-handedly defeat President Mugabe.
However, Biti’s plea has been rejected by political parties.
MDC deputy spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi described an alliance with the MDC-T as unthinkable.
“Instead of him preaching about a pact, he should be preparing his party for the elections because we are going to stand independently,” Chihwayi told state media.
According to Chihwayi the only pact could be with “like-minded political parties not the MDC-T”.
“MDC-T is not a sincere partner because they always indicate to turn left while intending to turn right,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tsvangirai faces a rebellion from influential party officials who are plotting his ouster at the party’s next elective congress n 2016.
The plan, code named Project 2016, has been gaining ground within party structures.
By 2016, the premier would have been at the helm of the party for 17 years, hence calls for leadership renewal.
However, Morgan Tsvangirai says he is well aware of the plot and he will crush it.