Opposition parties to have one
candidate for 2018
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) secretary-
general Gorden Moyo says opposition parties’
mooted grand coalition stands a chance of
annihilating President Robert Mugabe and Zanu
PF in the 2018 election if it fields one candidate.
Opposition political parties are working on
creating an electoral pact that will ultimately
lead to the formation of a grand coalition, the
first of its kind since independence.
“We believe that all political parties must come
together and resolve the crisis we are in. We
should not give up because we are almost there,”
Moyo told the party supporters at its first
anniversary celebrations in Bulawayo on Sunday.
“I would like to say let’s put one candidate for
opposition parties in 2018. Not two or three
candidates, that way we believe we can remove
Mugabe.”
Zimbabwe’s opposition figures have in recent
months shown signs of working together to end
Mugabe’s 36-year unflappable rule which angry
Zimbabweans blame for causing the current
hardships.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe
People First (ZPF) interim president Joice Mujuru
— last month sent Zanu PF into panic mode when
they held joint rallies in Gweru.
And officials from both parties have said a deal
to form an electoral pact between the two
parties which feeds into the structures already
created by other smaller parties, is close to be
being completed.
Mugabe, 92, is blamed for authoring the myriad
problems that the country is facing, including
shortages of cash and company closures.
“We should all go to the streets and demand all
that we want. Let’s unite and fight for our
cause. Even if we are to keep quiet, we will still
die so let’s not be intimidated. Let’s fight for
our right,” said Moyo.
His sentiments were echoed by Zapu president
Dumiso Dabengwa who gave a solidarity speech at
the same celebrations.
“I urge youths to take the lead in light of this
crisis in the country. Take to the streets and
demand your rights. We played our role during the
liberation struggle, it’s now your time,” said
Dabengwa.
“They will arrest and intimidate you but that’s
part of the struggle. The good thing is people are
now united.
“Go to the streets and demonstrate, the High
Court cleared us. They said we should go ahead
with our demonstrations, so don’t be scared and
don’t be intimidated,” added the Zapu supremo.
Mugabe, in face of unrelenting dissenters, tried
despairingly to contain protests when his
government issued a decree banning
demonstrations in Harare.
In the wake of the court ruling, the veteran but
increasingly frail Zanu PF leader issued an
ominous warning to opposition political parties
when he threatened to jail their leaders.