Thokozani Khupe, the leader of a faction of the opposition MDC-T party is planning to form a coalition with the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
Khupe, who met the CCC vice president Welshman Ncube over the weekend for informal talks, is convinced the ruling Zanu PF party can be defeated – but only if the opposition is united.
Her Ntandoyenkosi Ndlovu told ZimLive on Wednesday:
We are of the view that to push out an authoritarian regime like Zanu PF, the opposition must unite and vote in numbers so that the will of the people is respected.
The recent events in Zambia have shown us that when opposition forces come together and unite, it is possible to effect change. You will also appreciate that in the upcoming by elections, the MDC-T took a principled and deliberate position not to field candidates because we don’t want to further split the opposition vote.
Following Khupe’s meeting with Ncube, some CCC supporters said she could not be trusted for collaborating with ZANU PF in the past, harming the opposition’s chances.
The CCC party’s leaders, however, reported;y view Khupe as an effective campaigner and are prepared to work with her in some capacity.
ZimLive reports that discussions were held about the possibility of allowing her to run for MP while keeping her away from leadership roles in any of the party’s organs.
Before Khupe’s meeting with Ncube, secretary-general Charlton Hwende had reportedly held several discussions with her while CCC leader Nelson Chamisa is said to have encouraged the dialogue.
CCC deputy spokesman Gift Ostallos Siziba on Wednesday said Khupe was welcome to join the party as a member – if that is what she wants.
Khupe polled just over 45,000 votes in the presidential race in 2018, but her MDC-T party did some damage in parliamentary races in Matabeleland South and North through the splitting of votes.