Harare – (Mlondolozi Ndlovu) – Professor Welshman Ncube’s MDC has dismissed MDC-T Vice President Thokozani’s Khuphe’s recent remarks that a coalition should only be set up to ensure the opposition political parties win the votes in Mashonaland as it has consistently won votes in other parts of the country especially in Matabeleland.
Khuphe recently revealed that while she wanted the coalition, she was against the situation where parties would disturb the MDC-T’s record in Matabeleland region where the party has been winning since 2000.
The statements were seen to be targeted at Professor Welshman Ncube’s MDC-T whose inclusion in the coalition may result in Khuphe being relegated to a lesser position in the coalition.
However, in a thinly veiled attack on Khuphe, the MDC highlighted that it was a false argument that the MDC-T has consistently won in Matabeleland saying no party dominated the Matebeland vote.
“The basic argument of the anti coalition individuals is patently false. There is no opposition party which has all the seats let alone all the votes in the Southern Provinces of the country. As of today ZANU PF holds all the 13 seats in Matabeleland South. So where is the 100 percent victory there? ZANU PF holds 6 of the 10 seats in Matabeleland North.
“Again where is the 100 percent? Even in Bulawayo where the MDCT won all the seats in 2013 in terms of vote counts the MDC had 20 967 votes and ZANU PF polled a total of 30 290 votes. Again where is the 100 per cent?,” said the party in statement by its spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi
Chihwayi added that the 2008 election results where Tsvangirai failed to get the 50%+1 needed for him to be the President, should have taught the opposition parties a lesson that unity was crucial to dislodge Zanu PF.
“The 2008 elections taught us that when we do not act wisely and in the national interest we can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Those responsible for prevailing on others to walk away from the 2008 coalition agreement need be careful that they are not seen today to be working against the clear public sentiment that we must all do everything in our power to give the people of this country a fighting chance to remove the ruinous ZANU PF regime from power in 2018,” he said.
The country’s opposition political parties are desperately trying to come up with a coalition to remove the ZANU PF government in next year’s polls.