HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – MDC president, Welshman Ncube, has moved to put to an end to suggestions that his party, MDC-T and other opposition parties should form a united front to oust President Robert Mugabe, but instead threatened to boycott the election altogether if his two fellow principals continue to sideline him from election roadmap talks.
Addressing journalists in Harare at his party offices in Harare after a meeting by the SADC facilitation team on Wednesday, Ncube said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his party MDC-T were working in alliance with President Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.
“We hope that it is now crystal clear for anyone to see that MDC-T and Zanu PF are in an alliance and those of you who keep annoying us with your coalition question will now stop asking us we cannot be in a coalition with a party which aligns itself with Zanu PF,” Ncube said.
Ncube said the two principals by excluding him from Principals’ meetings thereby violating the GPA.
“We now have an alliance between Tsvangirai and Mugabe which also must mean that we now have an alliance between Zanu PF and MDC-T which is working tirelessly against the MDC that I lead,” said Ncube who leads the smaller of the two MDC factions in government.
“We will not recognize any of the processes emanating from a process from which we as a party are excluded from inevitably leading to a disputed election.
“It is our position that SADC cannot and should not recognize any electoral outcome as guarantors of the GPA which comes out of a process were the GPA has been jettison,” Ncube threatened.
But MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said if Welshman Ncube wants to go it alone he should do so.
“If Welshman Ncube wants to go it alone he can precede, we are not begging him to unite with us. We welcome any unity of purpose to remove Mugabe.
“We urge all the opposition parties to put the interest of the people first rather than their narrow and parochial interest,” Mwonzora said.
Ncube who is going around the country campaigning as a presidential candidate said his party is prepared to go it alone.
“This time we are saying we are planning for one scenario and working for one scenario fighting an election on our own. We building our party to be as strong as possible it is not our primary strategy (united front).”
Pedzisai Ruhanya, Director at Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, blamed President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai for sidelining Ncube.
“Welshman Ncube has a legitimate point. You cannot talk of the election roadmap without the inclusion of Welshman Ncube in this political arrangement. The position of Welshman Ncube was clarified by SADC. So the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and ZANU (PF) must not selectively implement the resolution of SADC, especially Tsvangirai.
“He must be very clear that if he believes in the rule of law and the mediation of SADC. They must do and follow what SADC has said. The MDC led by Tsvangirai has been crying that what SADC said should be followed and implemented.
“Why is he now dinning with Mugabe, to exclude Ncube and ignore the decision of SADC? Just as a warning to Tsvangirai, if he thinks that Mugabe is his friend and thinks that he will strike a deal with him, he is the one to cry at the end of the day,” Ruhanya warned.
Zimbabwe is preparing to hold a watershed election following a four-year old dysfunctional coalition government created by the intervention of SADC. The election in 2008 failed to produce an outright presidential winner and the run-off marred by political violence which led to Morgan Tsvangirai withdrawing.