Christian party ready for “grand” coalition

Transform Zimbabwe, the opposition political party formed last December, is ready for talks to form a grand coalition of parties to topple Zanu (PF) in the 2018 elections.

Jacob Ngarivhume
Jacob Ngarivhume

The revelation was made by the party’s interim leader, Jacob Ngarivhume, in Gweru over the weekend while speaking to The Zimbabwean.

TZ was formed by 2,400 delegates who attended the Convention of Prayer Network on December 8. Some of the party’s founding principles include good governance, a democratic society, building a competitive economy and empowerment of citizens.

“We are a new party that is bent on transforming Zimbabwean society and its political culture. We have been hearing calls by other parties to come together and form a united force that can bring change in Zimbabwe by defeating Zanu (PF) in the next elections,” said Ngarivhume.

“Our position on that idea is that we are free to enter into talks about that grand coalition with any other political parties who share our principles and values.”

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been calling on other opposition parties to join him in a coalition that can remove Zanu (PF) from power in the 2018 elections. The call has so far seen MDC99 leader Job Sikhala abandoning his party to join MDC-T.

Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC faction, has so far not come out in the open to share his views on the idea. However the party’s spokesperson, Nhlanhla Dube, is on record as saying they will not comment until they are formally approached.

Lovemore Madhuku, the interim president of the NCA party, has also indicated that he is free to discuss the issue if approached by the MDC-T leadership.

“We need to come up with a way in which Zimbabweans can be afforded an opportunity to choose a party of their choice which has strong ideas on how to transform the country into a desirable one. TZ comes from a Christian background and, as a party, we believe that we are able to restore the state of the nation and ensure the economy is stable, government upholds the rule of law unconditionallyy and state institutions are impartial and efficient,” he said.

He also emphasised that President Robert Mugabe should quit politics.

“At 90 years of age, it only makes sense for one to retire and enjoy their life at home. However, that does not mean I fear facing such a candidate in the elections.”

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