MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday cautioned fellow opposition leaders involved in coalition talks against jostling for key positions in the proposed grand coalition, but focus on crafting policies aimed at resuscitating the country’s comatose economy in the post-President Robert Mugabe era.
In a statement, Tsvangirai described fellow opposition leaders already jostling for influential positions before conclusion of the coalition talks as “small-minded opportunists” bent on selling out the people’s struggle.
“For some of us, the debate around the next election should never be about positions, but about conditions! Who holds what position in the new administration is a petty debate being foisted on the nation by small minds, opportunists and detractors of our people; the true sellouts of the people’s struggle.”
He threatened to clamp down on “unruly elements that seek to divide them” through fighting for leadership positions.
The Harare City Council allegedly awarded a water treatment contract to MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s daughter and her husband without going to tender, it has emerged.
Mrs Vimbai Tsvangirai Java, her husband Apostle Batsirai Java and the MDC-T-dominated council are now being investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
Information gathered by The Sunday Mail indicates that the couple owns Australian-registered company Vistma Technologies which reportedly has no experience in water treatment.
It was nevertheless hired to supply water treatment chemicals worth US$212 000 by then Harare Water Department Director Engineer Christopher Zvobgo between 2011 and 2013.
The matter was exposed as Zacc investigators combed through documents at Town House for close to four months. The investigators established that Vistma Technologies got four city officials to “inspect” its facilities in Australia and paid for their airfare and stay on the sub-continent.
Sources told this publication that Eng Zvobgo was likely to face a charge of abuse of office, and suspect the council’s MDC-T orientation could have influenced the deal.
Eng Zvobgo and Zacc spokesperson Ms Phyllis Chikundura could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Apostle Java said his hands were clean, adding: “Please also note that as part of prospecting for business, we took a delegation of four City of Harare water department personnel to Australia at our cost on a tour of the plants for product efficacy. The delegation travelled on a written Cabinet authority as is the custom for such personnel.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has embraced technology by launching an online campaign to rally support ahead of the crucial 2018 election.
The long-time President Robert Mugabe rival’s digital campaign includes a website — www.votemorgan.org — and a mobile application called “Morgan” that can be downloaded on the Apple app and Google play stores.
On the website and application, also supported by social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the former Prime Minister seeks to connect with his supporters through a live chat platform.
“As we progress to 2018, I want to assure you that I will be here to share my ideas and thoughts and engage with you as much as possible . . . the website . . . will herald the campaign we are getting into,” Tsvangirai said as he announced the campaign on his Facebook page. Mobile applications will be available to make sure that we keep in touch as much as often in this crucial season,” he said.
“You will be able to ask me questions . . . We are also looking for creatives, community organisers, tech-heads and policy experts who would like to volunteer to this campaign,” he added.
This comes as MDC has deployed its senior party officials to rural areas to consolidate its support base in the countryside communities, where the majority of people reside.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party have formed what they term a pre-election alliance ahead of Zimbabwe’s watershed 2018 general polls.
In a statement, the MDC-T said, “I am pleased to inform the nation that today we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Joice Mujuru of the National People’s Party to establish a pre-election alliance en-route to the establishment of a coalition government which shall drive a comprehensive democratization and transformation agenda.
“This is just the beginning of the building blocks towards establishing a broad alliance to confront Zanu PF between now and the next election in 2018. Similar arrangements will be entered into with other political formations and we will inform you as it happens, as we have done today.”
After years of mudslinging, the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti, are now back on talking terms with the latter saying it has now realised that it was pandering to Zanu PF whims when it used to attack the former prime minister.
Speaking to the Daily News yesterday PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said it has always been Zanu PF’s wish to see Tsvangirai and Biti squabbling but those “dark days” are gone now as opposition parties start to engage with the aim of forming a grand coalition.
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