Tsvangirai is quoted as saying he would “be willing to run a coalition government, giving Cabinet places to Zanu-PF politicians”.
Tsvangirai dismissed the possibility of yet another “disputed election (that) would lead to violence and instability on the grounds that such an outcome would lead government losing international finance.
“First, such an alternative would foster an immediate government financing crisis. Second, there was broad cross-party and wider popular support for the idea of moving the country forward and away from the political paralysis that has fostered so much economic hardship in recent years,” he said.
This is typical of Tsvangirai, he does not know what he is talking about. If there is going to be violence, it will be before the voting and not after.
The international community has now accepted that the coming elections are not going to be free and fair. It is Zimbabweans themselves who have elected to accept and constitution and electoral process where it is impossible to expect anything else but an undemocratic process. Mugabe and Zanu PF will have to be outrageously violent for the international community to step in again.
Most Western countries have given up on democratic changes in Zimbabwe and have already started removing the sanctions against Mugabe. Beside Mugabe can still count on Russia and China for support. There will be no financial crisis in Zimbabwe.
What “broad cross-party” consensus has Tsvangirai and MDC ever obtain from Mugabe and Zanu PF? The latter have always dictated everything they wanted and the former have always conceded to the demands. Mugabe dictated the Copac constitution and Tsvangirai has accepted it and even had the audacity to claim it was an MDC’s child.
Even if Tsvangirai had not admitted that he would want to share power with Zanu PF even if he won an outright majority only the very naïve thought he would do anything else. MDC has already conceded a lot of economic and political muscle to Zanu PF by accepting the undemocratic and weak Copac constitution. And now the dictatorship is assured on ministerial positions whatever happens.
Of course if Mugabe’s terror and vote rigging machine was to achieve an Zanu PF majority; no one in MDC will get a seat in Mugabe’s cabinet! Not that any of them would have any no say than they do now anywhere!