President Robert Mugabe’s main rival Morgan Tsvangirai has re-united with his former allies as part of a political strategy meant to unseat the 93-year old leader who has ruled Zimbabwe for over three decades.
The parties are Tsvangirai’s MDC-T, MDC led by Welshman Ncube,Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party, MCD, Zanu Ndonga, Transform Zimbabwe and ZimPF led by former diplomat Aggripa Mutambara.
The leaders, representing their individual parties, signed an agreement to form the MDC Alliance that will face Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF in the elections at an event held at Harare’s Zimbabwe Grounds.
In his address, Tsvangirai said the grand alliance was a response to the people’s quest to see a united opposition ahead of the harmonised elections.
“It is you, the people who demanded this unity and today, we have come here to publicly testify that we heeded your call. We have not closed the door to anyone and more will join this huge people’s train to stability, peace and growth”, Tsvangirai said while addressing hundreds of opposition supporters.
The Alliance immediately received an endorsement from several civic society organisations and activists that include #ThisFlag founder Pastor Evan Mawarire who applauded the unity shown by the political parties.