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Boycott puts Zim front in jeopardy

Nhlalo Ndaba | 2016-11-29 00:04:20.0
Zimbabwe opposition Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a media conference in Harare, April 29, 2014. Tsvangirai on Tuesday expelled party secretary general and former finance minister Tendai Biti, the latest instalment in infighting that has effectively split the movement into two camps. Biti's expulsion comes after his faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said at the weekend it had suspended Tsvangirai and six top party officials, partly over the failure to unseat veteran President Robert Mugabe.
Image by: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo / REUTERS

A coalition meant to unseat Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF could be dead in the water before even getting off the ground as two major opposition players shun talks under way in Cape Town.

The Morgan Tsvangirai-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) and former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zim-PF are not at the discussions, raising serious concerns about the coalition's chances of success.

Reports in Zimbabwe say Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe personally engaged the two leaders on the matter.

However, they backtracked at the last minute.

People's Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti said the coalition might fail because of "egocentric and selfish" politicians.

"We have to go beyond these individuals and establish a matrix of working together," Biti said.

Tsvangirai and Mujuru have each declared they could lead the coalition, a situation that has caused anger among opposition politicians.

The MDC-T said it would not join a coalition set up outside Zimbabwe.

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