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Are Opposition Parties Watching Unfolding Zimbabwe Political Crisis?

  • Gibbs Dube

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation leaders Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube. (AP Photos/Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo)

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation leaders Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube. (AP Photos/Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo)

Clashes between Zanu PF rival camps today took a new twist with police descending hard on war veterans of the 1970s, who were planning to hold a meeting in Harare, in solidarity with beleaguered Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Factionalism is ravaging President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party with one faction allegedly led by Mnangagwa and another by his wife, Grace, calling itself Generation 40. Indications are that Mnangagwa and Mrs. Mugabe want to succeed the 91 year-old president.

As factionalism continues, opposition parties appear to be spectators of what is unravelling in the ruling party. Not only that, the nation is almost at a complete standstill with political camps in Zanu PF only eyeing the presidency.

For perspective, Studio 7 reached Obert Gutu, MDC-T spokesperson, and Jacob Mapfume of the People’s Democratic Party.

Gutu says contrary to belief that MDC-T is watching silently, it is actually strategizing and a coalition with other opposition parties is not out of the question.

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