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MDC officail hails Tsvangirai over coalition remarks

by Stephen Jakes
15 Dec 2016 at 04:03hrs | Views
An official with the MDC led by Welshman Ncube has haled MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai over his remarks concerning the coalition with his party and the Joice Mujuru led ZimPF

Tsvangirai reportedly said the coalition was possible with his party with parties such as the ZimPF and the Ncube led MDC who have significant numbers of supporters and left out Tendai Biti led People's Democratic Party on the grounds that its support is not yet known.

MDC official Discent Collins Bajila on Monday, he wrote that in his view there is progress towards a Coalition for 2018 elections.

"I argued that a coalition is not as easy as opening a gmail account where you get to accept terms and conditions without reading them. CODE as the existing coalition trying to get the cooperation of other parties has certain principles that it put forward. Parties outside CODE are free to put forward terms and conditions and thereafter talks can begin," Bajila said.

"Exactly 24hrs after my post, MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai made an announcement that I consider a positive step towards a coalition. It was a well calculated statement and the intention of MDC-T of stamping their authority and redirecting the coalition discourse was not ambiguous. If they're sincere about the coalition, there are things they must be willing to compromise on once negotiations begin. I have no doubt that others are willing."

He said his word of caution is that negotiations have never been a populist activity and therefore don't need megaphone diplomacy.

"The time for leaders to get negotiation mandates from their parties and go behind closed doors is now. Leaking of talks and political brinkmanship are the two things that will prolong the talks," he said.

Source - Byo24News

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