MDC-T, MKD, Zanu Ndonga in elections coalition

MDC-T, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn and Zanu Ndonga have announced a coalition ahead of elections slated for July 31.

Carlos Vieira

The parties have agreed to support the candidature of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential elections as well as support each other in the National Assembly and local government elections.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni, who was sitting with Tsvangirai and Zanu Ndonga chairman Reketai Sengwayo said the coming together of these parties has been necessitated by the “shared commitment to bring to an end the current hardships confronting Zimbabweans, due to failed policies of the past”.

If they win the general elections, the parties say they would constitute a government of national unity which Makoni said will be based on the “free will of the people, as opposed to the current forced coalition government”.

Conspicuous by their absence at the announcement was Welshman Ncube’s MDC and Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu parties. Makoni said the coalition had hoped to be a strong five-member team and would continue to invite “willing and like-minded” parties to join.