By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Three opposition political parties namely Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ), ZAPU and the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) have distanced themselves from a story published in Zimbabwe’s private newspaper the NewsDay which alleged that they had appointed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Tendai Biti to head calls for a coalition with the People First led by Joice Mujuru.
People First is a political outfit which broke away from Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF after the sacking of the Vice President, Ministers and several senior officials for allegedly plotting to remove Mugabe.
The denial by these political parties follows a story that was published in the Newsday last week where it was alleged that Biti had been tasked with leading talks for a coalition with Mujuru.
Opposition parties in Zimbabwe are allegedly mulling a coalition that will see an end to Robert Mugabe’s 36 years rule.
But opposition political parties have denied the story that Biti would lead the process saying the paper published falsehood.
“Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and Zapu hereby advice their members and the general public that the story under the bylines of Elias Mambo and Wongai Zhangazha published by The Zimbabwe Independent (22 January 2016) stating that our respective parties agreed at a recent meeting to appoint People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tendai Biti to be the chief negotiator for and on behalf of our parties with the yet to be formed People First is totally false and a complete fabrication in every respect without any factual foundation” read the statement.
The political parties further indicated that no meeting ever occurred between the parties on the need to unite with People First outfit.
“No meeting of the parties mentioned in the story took place nor have the parties agreed on any engagement with People First let alone on the appointment of any person to represent them in such alleged engagement” they said in the joint statement.
Efforts to get comments from the Peoplee First spokesperson Rugare Gumbo were fruitless.