The history of Zimbabwe: South Africa’s northern neighbour postulate that the only opposition party leader that has ever shaken ZANU – PF’s rule is MDC – T’s Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. However, his deteriorating health is a public spectacle after he was emergently flown to a South African hospital for urgent treatment due to a dysfunctionality that was caused by colony cancer a dilemma that might even rule him out of next year’s elections that pits him against incumbent President Robert Mugabe.
It is his decision to appoint two more vice presidents to make a treble that is worrisome. Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri were added to Thokhozani Khupe a clear indication that Tsvangirai knows that it would be difficult for Khupe to take after him precisely because of her Ndebele background. Moreover, it showed his desire to avoid the party from splitting further should he not make it to the elections because of ill health.
Evenso, his eargerness to unite with his former Secretary Generals: Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube exhibits his expedition to fix what he thinks might have been an error in their bid to defeat Mugabe and ZANU PF. But what is of concern is the other leaders’ genuieness that have joined him. Why now? Is it because they saw that he is ailing and want to take advantage that he has no opportunity to lead for a long time or they expect to quickly ascend to the throne if the opposition alliance wins the elections.
Although, it might be realistic that an alliance must be there its trustworthiness still has to be sampled because those who broke away before epitomised their long harboured desires to be leaders even though it was clear that they were not going to make it.
Despite, the credibility of the alliance’s genuienity former vice-president of the republic of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru is also snaring the corridors of power as she makes demands that the name MDC be removed from the alliance to accommodate her because she would not come in if it is not so. Ostensibly, she conceals ambitions to be the President of the alliance obviously it will be a backdoor entrance because no – one knows her: she is just another 2008 Simba Makoni who was deceived by the media that he was Mugabe’s heir apparent.
It is against this background that other opposition leaders are coming out of their shells to try and jostle for a presidential candidature into the 2018 elections by giving thumbs up to the alliance.
Nevertheless, it still remains to be seen whether Tsvangirai’s health will pave way for another leader for the alliance or it will sail him through to his final challenge to Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s only leader since independence from Britain in 1980.