While there is a need for a united force to fight a common enemy its fact that there will always be divisions. I have always advocated unity citing the example of South Africa's ANC which formed a tripartite alliance during the fight to end apartheid with Congress of South African Trade Unions the largest trade union body in Africa and The South African Communist party (SACP). Still you will found out that in South Africa there remained other forces that fought apartheid on their own accord, like Inkhata Freedom Party led by Chief Mangosuthu Bhutelezi, also present was the Liberal Progressive Party led by Helen Suzman. In as much as ANC wanted to them to join their alliance, they saw it necessary to continue fighting their corner against apartheid. What people have to understand is that there will always difference of opinion, difference of strategy and that could put a strain on forming a united front against a common enemy.
That is the dilemma facing MDC today following the acrimonious split of MDC in October 2005. The real MDC led by President Morgan Tsvangirai has acknowledged that we are for unity only for the offer to be spurned by Mutambara led faction. When the issue was further explored the Mutambara faction came up with unrealistic demands for the unifying process to go ahead. They demanded 50% parliamentary representation even though they agree that they represent a very tiny fraction of the Zimbabwean population, they also demanded that executive positions that they held prior to the split be returned to them. While making all these demands it did not occur to them that MDC had restructured and we have dedicated people who never ran away from the struggle over piece-meal senatorial elections introduced by Mugabe to continue his political patronage. All the faithful comrades such as Grace Kwinjeh, Roy Bennet, Tendai Biti were expected by Mutambara and his cohorts Professor Welshman Ncube and Gibson Sibanda to just recede their positions and make way for the unfaithful comrades of Professor Mutambara. When MDC pointed out to the rebels that its them coming back home into the fold they will have to wait another 5 years in accordance with the MDC constitution before they contested positions in the MDC National Executive they cried. Hence you hear the noises and the brouhaha coming from their camp.
While a united front against Mugabe would have been a fantastic thing, its late now for MDC to be concentrating their efforts in uniting with dissidents. We have an election to contest, and given the circumstances that face us such as state systematic rigging, voter intimidation, spiraling economic meltdown the issue of unity is unimportant in the scheme of things. If Mutambara is confident enough that he can get Zimbabwe's vote and lead then, let the battle begin. As for Tsvangirai led MDC the people remain resolute in their demand for a new Zimbabwe . All corners of Zimbabwe are agog with the rising national chorus for a free and fair plebiscite. MDC is committed. MDC is ready to govern. We are ready to serve the people of Zimbabwe . This is the time.