Zimbabwe’s National People’s Party (NPP) and the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have signed a pre-election agreement to fight against President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF party in next year’s general elections.

President Mugabe last week said the opposition was at its weakest and described the move to form a coalition that will lead to a grand defeat of the opposition by his party.

The MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says they are working towards uniting the country.

“We have chosen this day to take the first step to bring all Zimbabweans under one roof so that we can work together to remove this unmitigated repression and misgovernance that pervade our lives. I am pleased to inform the nation that today we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr Joice Mujuru of the National People’s Party to establish a pre-election alliance en route to the establishment of a coalition government which shall drive a comprehensive democratization and transformation agenda.”

A notion shared by the leader of National Peoples Party President Joice Mujuru says, “We are very happy that today we have reached this stage and I am sure it’s now marking not the long march that other nations have walked but ours should be the short march because we know exactly what needs to be done. Zimbabweans need a change a new direction if you will by working together we can map the way forward.”

– By Sophie Mokoena