the MDC (Tsvangirai)’s powerful Harare Province informed the executive of its position against “wasting time on negotiations that yield nothing”.
Leaders of the Harare Province, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Tsvangirai faction had already started identifying candidates to stand in the parliamentary polls.
“We have all been willing to see unity but a number of realities on the ground point towards more differences as well as dangers in the whole process than agreements. We are agreed that the Mutambara faction believes it can stand on its own and that is why they are emphasising more on power sharing. In that case, we believe they should remain on their side and we keep our own ground,” said the source.
Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa wouldn’t confirm nor deny the pressure and maintained his party was committed to unity but that there was the issue of principles and fundamentals.
Leader of the other faction, Arthur Mutambara, recently issued a statement that more or less pronounced a dead end to the unity negotiations despite stating that his side remained committed to forging a united alliance to face President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) system.
As the countdown continues towards the end of the year, it looks increasingly likely that the factions of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will field different candidates for next year's elections due to the failure of unity efforts.
The Zimbabwean this week established that