-as Morgan Tsvangirai emerges leader of opposition coalition

Political Reporter

The embattled National Peoples’ Party leader Joyce Mujuru’s absence at the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) demonstration on Wednesday at Freedom Square in Harare has raised suspicions.

Mujuru who was expected to grace the occasion decided to bunk the function and could not send representatives either, citing party commitments. This has been viewed by some as sign that she is not sincere about her being part of the opposition.

Political analyst and Chinhoyi University of Technology lecturer Dr Teddy Mungwari says Mujuru is creating unnecessary political blunders.

“Party issues are not important than the people. In this instance, she was supposed to show that she was with the people since it was a rally that concerned all opposition political parties,” says Dr Mungwari.

“Her non-appearance has betrayed the trust that people has bestowed on her,” he add.

Many people have questioned the genuineness of some of political parties which has since mushroomed on Zimbabwe’s political scene.

Opposition parties in Zimbabwe have been warned to be wary of bogus political parties meant to divide votes, some of them alleged to be members of the CIOs planted to infiltrate opposition parties.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum leader Gabriel Shumba once bemoaned the emergency of multiple opposition political parties in the country, saying some of them should be taken with great care, as some may be ploys to divide votes.

Speaking from his South African base, Shumba said it is now not clear if these new opposition parties are bona fide opposition parties or a set up to destabilise the opposition political parties.

He said genuine opposition parties should bring something new on the table rather than coming up for the sake of it.

“Some of these parties are not for the sake of democracy, but meant to divide people’s votes. This shows lack of direction and a waste of time and resources,” he said then.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change- Team(MDC-T) Morgan Tsvangira seems heading to lead the coalition for opposition parties in Zimbabwe in the forth-coming 2018 general elections.

Tsvangirai who yesterday addressed thousands of supporters from different political parties at Freedom Square in Harare appears favoured to be the front-runner for the coalition of parties who are part of the National Election Reform Agenda (NERA).

NERA has 25 political parties including ZANU-PF that are part of a process to bring reforms to Zimbabwe’s electoral. The reforms includes among other issues;

The endorsement by the opposition that includes Simba Makoni’s Dawn/Mavambo/ Kusile, Transform Zimbabwe led by Jacob Ngarivhume, Joyce Mujuru’s National People’s party-all who seems to claim a share of huge supporter base, will give Tsvangirai the thumbs up to take on the aged Robert Mugabe in an election that is being viewed as a watershed in the history of Independent Zimbabwe.