Throw out Mugabe – new alliance

HARARE - Ex-Finance minister Simba Makoni and Arthur Mutambara of the breakaway MDC have agreed to work together in a new alliance for a two-point agenda: Throw out Mugabe and restore the dignity of the Zimbabwean people.

Sources close to the former Zanu (PF) Politburo member have told The Zimbabwean that Mutambara and Makoni would soon make a joint statement that Mugabe must go in March. The two leaders, who were scheduled to hold meetings with key allies in civil society this week, were reportedly toying around with the idea of forming a “consensus government” drawing officials from both the MDC and Zanu (PF) if they win the poll.

Makoni reportedly has the support of former army commander, Solomon Mujuru, former home affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa, former army commander Vitalis Zvinavashe, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Oppah Muchinguri, minister of Women’s Affairs, as well as Mugabe’s two deputies, Joseph Msika and Joice Mujuru, and Zanu (PF) national chairman John Nkomo.

This has unnerved the veteran leader, who was forced to cancel a key Politburo meeting last week over the challenge to his authority.

The MDC (Tsvangirai) National Council has rejected an alliance with Makoni.

“Dr. Makoni is a player looking for a team, and I already have a team here,” Tsvangirai told the press.

“He has been part of the establishment for the last 30 years and has witnessed our country deteriorate to this unprecedented level. He is equally accountable as Robert Mugabe for the omissions of Zanu (PF),” he said.

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