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AN opposition coalition could in the offing after MavamboKusileDawn leader Simba Makoni told a Workers Day rally that there was agreement among four parties to work together.

Makoni, who left the ruling party to front his party ahead of the 2008 plebiscite, told a paltry crowd that attended the commemoration in Harare that the country was “under siege”.

“I am here representing four parties and their leaders: MavamboKusileDawn which I lead, MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai, Zapu led by Dumiso Dabengwa and the NCA led by Lovemore Madhuku.

We have agreed to work together to find solutions to the problems facing our country,” Makoni said to applause. “It is important that as political leaders, workers and other social sectors we unite and fight to stop this rot”.

Makoni said it was up to Zimbabweans to arise and confront the situation head on.

“The workers, employers, the sick and the students are under siege. Even those who are ruling us are under siege and in fact the country, Zimbabwe, is under siege. We must rise up and fight,” he said.

The former finance minister said Zimbabwe was in the situation it finds itself in because of poor leadership.

“We are in this situation because of corrupt, greedy and cruel leaders who care very less about the welfare of the citizens they purport to lead,” he said. “It is time that we arise and fight it is a generational call we cannot ignore”.

Of late Makoni, Tsvangirai and officials from Zapu and the NCA have been addressing joint press conferences on a plethora of issues including the disappearance of journalist-cum political activist Itai Dzamara as well as the issue of civil servants bonuses.

Efforts to create a grand coalition have consistently suffered a still-birth with a planned national convergence conference of opposition parties still being talked about in boardrooms, a year after it was first mooted by the MDC Renewal Team and respected clergyman Sebastian Bakare.

ZCTU president George Nkiwane said Zimbabwe has become a global embarrassment.

“We need to work together to reverse this situation because we are now embarrassed to stand by our flag when we go to international functions but we have no other home and it is incumbent upon us to create a home that we can be proud of,” said Nkiwane.

Source : New Zimbabwe