We aren't in coalition talks with Joice Mujuru – MDC

2014-11-20 16:27
Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's party on Thursday denied claims it is in talks to form a coalition with beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters in the ruling party.

Spokesperson Obert Gutu dismissed a report claiming the Movement for Democratic Change had agreed to become a junior partner in a future government led by Mujuru.

"We are a popular political party that is ready to govern on its own and we take this opportunity to reiterate that we have absolutely nothing to do with the ongoing factional fighting taking place in Zanu-PF," he said in a statement.

"Zanu-PF has sought to rope us into their factional circus in order to divert attention away from more pressing national issues such as the collapsing economy," he added.

According to a front-page story in the Herald newspaper on Thursday, Mujuru, who is under pressure to quit her post over charges of corruption and plotting to eliminate President Robert Mugabe, was in talks with Tsvangirai's party to merge ahead of the 2018 elections.

"The parties proposed making VP Mujuru president and Mr Tsvangirai the deputy or alternatively prime minister just like the arrangement in Russia between President Vladimir Putin and premier Dmitry Medvedev," the Herald said, quoting an unnamed source.

The Herald is controlled by a faction of the ruling party headed by Mujuru's main rival, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa is believed to be partly behind the meteoric political rise of Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, who has been highly critical of Mujuru.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.