2018 Elections: Opposition Coalition Facing Imminent Collapse
6 March 2018
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Barbara Nyagomo of PDZ dumping Mangoma

By Paul Nyathi

The opposition Coalition Of Democrats is certainly posed for a collapse as the partners continue to pull out of the Elton Mangoma led coalition.

Founded by Professor Welshman Ncube of the MDC shortly after the 2013 elections, the coalition which at one moment housed nine opposition parties has come down to three.

Barbara Nyagomo’s Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe is the latest to pull out of the coalition sighting lack of transparency and for being a briefcase movement.

In a notice to the CODE leadership announcing her party’s resignation from the coalition, Nyagomo accused the leader Elton Mangoma for making unilateral decisions in the running of the party and disregarding her own party.

“PDZ is pulling out of CODE because there is lack of transparency and accountability,” said Nyagomo.

“A Principal or principals take unilateral decisions in CODE. CODE has remained a boardroom organization and not visible on the ground,” she said.

Nyagomo who was seconded as the Deputy President of the coalition further indicated that she felt unappreciated as a principal in the coalition.

Nyagomo’s pull out from the coalition follows that of Maxwell Shumba of Zim First party which also pulled out of the coalition a couple of weeks ago.

Founding members, Ncube’s MDC and Tendai Biti’s PDP were the first to dump the coalition to establish the MDC Alliance coalition with the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Other members, Gilbert Dzikiti of DARE and Farai Bira of ZUNDE also dumped the coalition to join the Joice Mujuru led People’s Rainbow Coalition.

The departures leave only Mangoma and his Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe with Simba Makoni’s MKD and Dumiso Dabengwa’s ZAPU.

Dabengwa might not last any longer in the coalition as he is being coerced into the Mujuru led PRC.

Efforts to get a comment from Mangoma were not successful at the time of writing.