Mujuru party an old people’s home-Biti

by Staff Reporter

THE People’s Democractic Party (PDP) has hit out at prospective coalition partner Joice Mujuru, accusing the former State vice president of not being unclear whether she was trying to establish an old people’s home or build a political party. The rancour puts into question efforts by the opposition to corm a grand coalition against President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party ahead of the next elections in 2014.

In recent weeks, PDP leader and former finance minister Tendai Biti has been seen attending rallies organised by Mujuru and her ZimPF around the country with officials from the latter party also attending PDP’s recent anniversary celebrations in Harare. But in a stinging rebuke Wednesday PDP national spokesman Jacob Mafume said: “We view this as more of an old people’s home which Mujuru is creating as opposed to a real and genuine political party which has the future of Zimbabweans at its core.”

PDP officials were infuriated after several of its supporters, including deputy party leader Samuel Sipepa Nkomo no less, reportedly quit to join Mujuru at a time the parties were engaged in coalition talks. Sipepa Nkomo is no spring chicken; ditto senior officials in Mujuru’s party such as Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo – hence Mafume’s old
people’s home jibe.

“It is like changing the position of furniture in a house and then making your children celebrate that as new furniture,” said the PDP spokesman.“We all know that politics is supposed to be a no-holds-barred contest or a game lacking principles but this behaviour of indicating right and then turning left or talking coalitions and then fishing from the same pond … is soon going to bite them in the end.”

Sipepa Nkomo and several of PDP Bulawayo supporters crossed the floor to quit to join Mujuru, accusing former Finance minister Biti “lacking of a clear vision”. Mafume said the PDP leader defected after being assigned to negotiate a possible coalition deal with Mujuru and her party.

“What happened is a situation where a boy who wants to marry sends a go-between to negotiate with the girl of his heart … “ .. but instead of coming back with the response the go-between sends you a wedding invitation card for him and the same girl you asked him to woe on your behalf,” he

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