Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said that his party is ready to join other opposition parties in coalition talks aimed at dislodging president Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF in 2018 elections, a report said on Monday.
According to NewsDay, Tsvangirai said that his party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) had acknowledged the significance of having a coalition with other parties to challenge Zanu-PF in the upcoming general elections.
Tsvangirai further said that he would join the coalition talks on equal bases.
"… The MDC-T will not stand in the way of any coalition discussions. We are talking to people, and we are looking for possibilities for change and if coalitions are one of the possibilities for change we will go for that, and go for it genuinely and not playing a big brother mentality," Tsvangirai was quoted saying.
This came amid a joint statement that was issued by the southern African country’s opposition parties, calling for a united front in dislodging the ruling Zanu-PF party.
According New Zimbabwe, at least nine opposition parties had vowed to set in motion a coalition programme that would lead to the unseating of the ruling Zanu-PF government.
Amongst the opposition parties were Tendai Biti’s People Democratic Party, Welshman Ncube’s Movement for Democratic Change, and Simba Makoni’s Mavambo Kusile Dawn.
“We will work together to formulate policies and programmes of economic recovery and growth, which preserve the few existing jobs and create more formal jobs in all sectors of the national economy,” read part of the joint statement.
Meanwhile, according to the Daily News, MDC-T women assembly chairperson Lynette Karenyi believed that Tsvangirai must be the one to lead the grand coalition as he had been fighting Mugabe for well over a decade.
She was quoted saying that opposition parties did not have major differences since they were all fighting towards the same goal of seeing Mugabe go.