OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai used the metaphor of a boy wooing a girl last Friday as he responded to an invite to work together by the group recently kicked out of the ruling Zanu PF party.

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Zimbabwe Vice President Mujuru, PM Tsvangirai and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana Nelson Chamisa attends the presentation of Final Draft of the Constitution for debate in Parliament Building in Harare

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Expelled Zanu PF administration secretary Didymus Mutasa must ask properly if he wants to unite forces with the former prime minister, Tsvangirai said.

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Responding to questions from journalists at a press briefing Friday, Tsvangirai said he would not respond to Mutasa’s invitation to join hands against Zanu PF in public.

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“If you are proposing love to a girl you do not do that in the media or in public. Mutasa has not approached me and if he really wanted to engage me at that level he would have come to me through the right channels,” said the former prime minister.

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Mutasa was expelled from Zanu PF following an incident packed congress run-in and aftermath late last year but insists he is still the ruling party’s secretary for administration.

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Of late however he has declared that he, along with other former Zanu PF stalwarts among them former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and axed vice president Joice Mujuru, are in the process of setting up a rival party.

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MUJURU GROUP UNVEILS PARTY
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The former affairs minister has invited opposition forces including Tsvangirai and “all former members of Zanu PF who have been unjustly expelled” to coalesce around his faction to dethrone President Robert Mugabe from power.Tsvangirai was a Zanu PF member in his early years of political activism before fronting the formation of the party which has posed the greatest threat to Mugabe’s lengthy rule.\n

Explaining the reason for the formation of the then united MDC, Tsvangirai said, “We formed the MDC because we differed on principle so there is no way we can go back on that,” said the opposition leader.

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Mujuru last week issued a statement in which she declared she would not be expelled from the “original Zanu PF”.

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MDC-T leader Tsvangirai said his party would “do everything to mobilise Zimbabweans to rise” against Mugabe.

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“President Mugabe as chairman of both Sadc and the African Union should behave in a manner that befits the principles of those two institutions.

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“We will do everything in our power to mobilise the people. We need to find a solution to the national crisis and all these abuses as well as abductions can only serve to compound our situation as a country,” he said.

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