Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-At a time ZANU PF is having Youth Interface Rallies with the state publication The Herald splashing headlines stating attendance figures running into 100 000’s, the opposition agenda of a coalition has been caught up in a miasma of petty ego fights and warped principles threatening the people’s agenda.

 

Thokozani Khupe, Lovemore Moyo and Abednico Bhebhe who allegedly suffered violence at the hands of youths whom they alleged to have been sent by the party president Morgan Tsvangirai are threatening to split the party once again.

 

This past week Khupe wrote Tsvangirai a letter in which she demeaned the opposition coalition, MDC Alliance, accusing the party echelon of wishing away her concerns by holding a rally.

 

She stated that together with the other two, she wouldn’t attend and they didn’t.

 

“The Honourable The Deputy President of MDC-T, Madam Thokozani Khupe, will not be attending the Bulawayo MDC Alliance Rally for the same reasons that she did not attend the last MDC-T National Executive Committee Meeting.

 

“I can assuredly say that the national chairman as well as the national organizing secretary will also not be attending this rally on the same grounds. It is the collective view of these leaders that the MDC Alliance is misdirecting itself by focusing at a rally as a way of window dressing or pushing off the table the substantive issues that were raised in the letter that was written to the MDC-T president for and on behalf of many members within the MDC-T.

 

“A good membership within the MDC-T asked these three leaders to raise their concerns on the seeming appearance of unilateralism in our decision making processes particularly in relation to the execution of the alliance partnering resolutions”, she said.

 

The issue of the trio has slowly become another hiccup to the envisaged coalition of opposition parties upon which many are pinning their hopes.

 

It has added to the headaches of Joyce Mujuru who is still dallying on the fringes and feeding fears that she may have already have been ‘bought’ by ZANU and is now working to defeat the opposition more than help.

 

It has added to the confusing cacophony of a myriad number of independent opposition players (read vote splitters), like Nkosana Moyo and Fadzayi Mahere, preaching abstinence from the coalition and wet dreaming of defeating ZANU PF alone. (You begin to wonder about their sanity if they mean it, and genuiness if they have any)

 

The Khupe issue has indeed become a new and unexpected focus point when what we expected was pinpointed focus on strategies to defeat the ruling party.

 

The trio may have a cause for complaint but if ever they have a feeling about the nation of Zimbabwe they should do their best to have the case dealt with in a manner that does not endanger the greater cause of toppling ZANU PF.

 

Ranting and raving publicly about hurt egos and trashed principles isn’t the smartest way.

 

At the moment that seems the last of their worries. Last week a letter by Khupe’s PA Witness Dube quickly found its way to the press and was the source for divisive and tension fueling articles.

 

For all their hurt feelings and overridden advice the fundamental truth of coalitions is compromise which means the ceding and loss of some areas and particulars which one may be fond of. Here the end is meant to justify the means and Gambia showed how to go about it.

 

The opposition parties in that tiny nation united together, toppled the dictator Jammeh with Adama Barrow winning, then they retreated back into their respective opposition camps. Case closed.

 

Why is it proving such a hard banality for us here?

 

Have we become so inured to pain and poverty that we are unconsciously afraid of losing it?

 

Are we now afflicted by the Stockholm syndrome and fearing the loss of ZANU’S suffocating hold?

 

One American leader once quipped that “what’s the use of principles if you always end up losing”. Not to say principles are useless, but they are times when their meaning has to be understood depending on the specificity of the context.

 

When the principles you are defending become a source of division and defeat for a greater cause, then they have ceased being principles, they are now a heresy and you their proselytising fanatic.



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