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THE MDC Renewal Team has said Morgan Tsvangirai and his group are welcome to join the grand coalition of the opposition parties they want to form.

“Morgan Tsvangirai is welcome in the initiative and is invited as long as he comes in without the Big brother mentality.

“The Grand coalition of political parties we are envisaging will be having no President,” Promise Mkwananzi, a member of the MDC renewal team told NewZimbabwe.com in an exclusive interview Thursday in Harare.

“The leader of the initiative will be chosen by people. This is because we have discovered that by being divided we will never remove Zanu PF from power. The grand coalition of political parties is an initiative for Zimbabweans who need real change.”

Mkwananzi was expelled from the MDC-T recently together with other party’s senior officials including Tendai Biti, Solomon Madzore, Paul Madzore and Jacob Mafume after they held a meeting that suspended Tsvangirai as party leader.

Biti, who is now leading the MDC renewal team, is seeking support from the civic society and other political parties for a proposed grand opposition movement.

The former finance minister and his allies are said to have met MDC leader Welshman Ncube, ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa to discuss the coalition initiative.

Ncube, who walked out of the MDC in 2005 protesting Tsvangirai’s dictatorial leadership style and alleged use of violence, has already indicated he was open to a possible alliance, on condition the former premier is not part of it.

“A coalition lead by an unquestionable democrat is the way out but I am afraid Tsvangirai does not qualify in that category,” said Ncube.

The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party however distanced itself from a possible deal with Biti saying they would not subordinate themselves to other people’s ambitions.

Simba Makoni of Mavambo Kusile also expressed reservations at moves to sideline Tsvangirai.

“A coalition excluding Tsvangirai or any other member is not the way out and Mavambo will not participate in that. We want an inclusive grand coalition excluding nobody,” said Makoni.

Source : New Zimbabwe