By Watmore Makokoba
A spiral of developments in the opposition camp took a dramatic turn that has led the ordinary man in the street to wonder where all the events are leading Zimbabweans to as the 2018 elections beckons.
After a flip-flopping, playing hide and seek, opposition political parties seem to have realised that personal ego and individualism were not going to pay any dividends in the quest to oust Zanu-PF from power in the coming elections.
After the splitting of more than 50 opposition parties to what seems to be a grand finale under three diverse coalitions namely; Coalition for Democrats (CODE), MDC Alliance and the later People’s Rainbow Coalition. Scepticism is still high as to whether this will bring the much sought after political change in Zimbabwean history.
As the clock ticks faster towards 2018 general elections, while it’s sunset in the opposition camp, the people of Zimbabwe are still wondering if these three can come together to form one Grand Coalition with one Presidential Candidate to guarantee the triumph of the opposition vote.
The first legitimate coalition to emerge was the Elton Mangoma led Coalition for Democrats, originally composed of about eight opposition outfits, some which have already defected to the newer coalitions that came later, MDC Alliance led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Rainbow Coalition led by Joice Mujuru
To buttress the argument, the statement from Dereck Lupemba, Vice President of the Zimbabwe People First (ZimFirst) makes a lot of sense as it challenges the mind to seriously read through the lines and attempt to bring the bigger picture from a shaky scenario.
“You read in the newspaper that Joyce Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP) is teaming up with Dumiso Dabengwa’s ZAPU, Lucia Matibenga led faction of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), ZUNDE and DARE to launch a new coalition,
“Then you turn the page and you realize there was a misrepresentation of facts, rather Dumiso Dabengwa has been elected as the supreme council chairperson of the Coalition of Democrats (Code) and that Elton Mangoma leader of RDZ has been nominated to be Presidential candidate to the same CODE,
“Then you go and check CODE party membership and you see it had ZAPU, RDZ, Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe led by Barbara Nyagomo, Zimbabweans United for Democracy Party (Farai Mbira), Dare (Gilbert Dzikiti), African Democratic Party (Marceline Chickasha), Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (Simba Makoni) and ZimFirst (Maxwell Shumba) as signatories to the coalition.
“So we have a number of opposition parties such as DARE and ZAPU assumedly in both CODE and People’s Rainbow Coalition and only Dawn/Kusile led by (Simba Makoni) and ZimFirst led by Maxwell Shumba belonging only to Mangoma’s coalition.
“Imagine the confusion to an ordinary voter trying to decide who to vote for,” said Lupemba
It makes one wonder whether these politicians are serious about solving the national crisis bedevilling the economy or whether they are just wasting time not realizing that they are only helping Zanu-PF to retain power.
Amidst the chaos, the ordinary voice still calls frantically for combined forces between the three splintered coalitions.