HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni says his party has resolved not to field a presidential candidate in the election provisionally slated for 31 July instead opting to back MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Makoni, who garnered 8 percent of the votes in the March 2008 presidential elections, said the decision of his party is driven by national interest.
Recently Makoni was part of the five political parties that formed a grand coalition and vowed to stop President Mugabe from holding an election before necessary reforms and required timelines.
The other parties included MDC-T, ZAPU, MDC and Zanu-Ndonga.
Addressing a press conference in Harare this afternoon Makoni said MKD as a party will not be fielding a presidential candidate.
“I am happy to advise the nation that the national management of MKD resolved on Tuesday 25 June 2013 not to present or field a presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections. We took this decision in order to pave way for agreement on a single presidential candidate for all those who are yawning for real change in the national leadership at the highest level,” Makoni said.
The former politburo member added: “I believe the people are urging us to work together, I in turn urges leaders of all political parties to agree to work together to find accommodation with each other for the good of the country and people.”
Makoni vowed that his party shall work with other political parties and citizens from other sectors of society to build a grand coalition for change to “restore constitutionalism and to consolidate vibrant and viable and plural politics.”
“Our party MKD has been fully ceased with the imperative of cooperation and therefore in preparing ourselves for the likelihood of elections this year we re-affirm our commitment to put the national interest above our party or individual member interests.”
The former Finance Minister said MKD will also adopt a similar approach in respect of candidate election in other structures.
“We are committed to a similar approach in respect of candidates election into local authorities the provincial councils the house of assembly and the Senate. We will apply our minds and our capacities to get similar commitment from others that we are cooperating with,” Makoni said.
Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa also announced his ambitions to partner with other opposition parties to boot out Zanu PF candidate Robert Mugabe in the forthcoming elections.