Zimbabwe opposition heads sign pact on anti-Mugabe coalition

Zimbabwe opposition heads sign pact on anti-Mugabe coalition
Former vice presidentt and National People's Party leader Joice Mujuru and MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai signing a Memorandum of Understanding between their parties.

Former vice president and National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru and MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai signing a Memorandum of Understanding between their parties.

ZIMBABWEAN opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru signed a memorandum of understanding on talks to form a coalition to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party in 2018 general elections in the southern African nation.
Tsvangirai leads the Movement for Democratic Change, while Mujuru, a former deputy to Mugabe, heads the National People’s
Party. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, in power since independence in 1980, has been accused of
human rights abuses, electoral fraud and widespread corruption by groups such as New York-based Human Rights Watch.
“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,” Tsvangirai told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Harare.  The coalition will work to
“remove this unmitigated repression and misgovernance that pervades” political life in Zimbabwe, he said.
The announcement marks the opposition’s boldest bid yet to sway voters with a united front at a time of deepening unrest
because of widespread poverty, joblessness and the collapse of basic services. Within Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, a power struggle to
succeed him pits a faction backing his wife Grace against another supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former spy chief. –  By Godfrey Marawanyika and Brian Latham

(Bloomberg)

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