Far from splintering or boycotting the new elections, the opposition are joining hands to challenge Mugabe
Expect an announcement from Zimbabwe's much-maligned Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) tomorrow, Friday, when leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his aides return from consultations in South Africa. I can predict that Movement will not after all boycott the forthcoming combined elections at the end of March. Instead it will unite to go all-out for victory.
It had been expected by many observers that Mugabe's decision to abandon conciliation talks with South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, and go for a snap election in four weeks' time, would lead to an opposition boycott. The time-scale and the failure of the talks had, it was thought, tilted the playing field to an impossibly steep angle. At the least it was thought that the two wings of the MDC would go their separate ways.
Instead I can exclusively reveal that differences have been buried, and that the united MDC will campaign under the leadership of Tsvangirai, with Arthur Mutambara, leader of the other wing of the movement, also taking a prominent role. .