12 Jul 2013 11:19

HARARE, July 9 (BERNAMA-NNN-NEW ZIANA) -- Three political parties -- Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Mavambo (MKD) and Zanu Ndonga -- have announced an electoral coalition to improve their chances against the country's main political party led by President Robert Mugabe, ZANU-PF in elections set for month end.

The three parties said they had picked Tsvangirai as the coalition's presidential candidate in the July 31 presidential and legislative elections, but did not say what positions the Mavambo and ZANU Ndonga leaders would assume in the coalition.

Announcing the coalition here Monday, Mavambo leader Simbarashe Makoni said the parties would also field common candidates for parliamentary and local government elections.

“The MDC-T, MKD and Zanu Ndonga have today agreed to enter into a coalition for change in order to offer solutions to the problems facing the country,” he said.

The coalition follows another formed by the MDC faction (MDC-N) led by Professor Welshman Ncube and Dumiso Dabengwa’s ZAPU, announced on Friday last week.

Originally, the two coalitions were supposed to be part of a grand coalition which the U.S. has been pushing for through a neighbouring country but bickering for positions, among other differences, appears to have scuttled the grand coalition for now.

The rush for coalitions by the parties comes amid indications that none of them individually has the capacity to beat ZANU-PF in the polls.

In a statement, the MDC-T, Mavambo and ZANU Ndonga said their coalition was still open to other parties.

“The parties now call upon like-minded organisations and all Zimbabweans to join or rally behind this Coalition for Change, in order to achieve real freedom, justice, happiness and prosperity for all under a new democratic dispensation,” the parties said.

Zanu PF said it remained unfazed by coalitions that other political parties were forming against it for the July 31 elections.

Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo told New Ziana the parties would not succeed in their attempts to gang up against the revolutionary party which has governed the country since independence in 1980.

"Those coalitions are a waste of time. It does not really matter how many coalitions they establish, the reality is that they do not have the support of the people," he said.