THE two MDC formations were in the past 48 hours reportedly trying to step up negotiations for a grand coalition as they battle to keep alive talks ahead of elections to be held on July 31.
Whilst there have been conflicting statements from the two parties led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Professor Welshman Ncube, it is understood that MDC-T could have tabled an offer to the MDC for consideration on Wednesday.
MDC-T sources said the two MDCs were trying to put fillers towards each other with a view to quickly cobble up a coalition.
Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe yesterday challenged party members to think outside the box and come up with innovative ways of campaigning while desisting from hate speech.
Addressing the Zanu PF central committee yesterday, Mugabe urged party candidates to dwell on issues of substance rather than just sloganeering.
“We must go down to the people. Rallies, yes, but let us learn the most effective way of campaigning. It is talking to the people. We should not just shout pasi (down) with MDC but we must narrate why Zanu PF is a better party; the achievements of the party. We must be methodical in our strategy, we must explain how we will correct things as a party, instead of just shouting, pamberi ne (forward with) Zanu PF, pasi ne (down with) MDC,” Mugabe said.