Eddie Cross welcomes Mujuru but asks has leopard changed its spots?


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Eddie Cross, a senior member of the Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change has welcome the entry of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru into opposition politics but has at the same time asked whether she will be able to persuade the people that the leopard has changed its spots.

Writing on his blog, Cross said Mujuru had come up with her manifesto called BUILD, a “very bold and a faithful reproduction of MDC policies that have been around for 15 years”.

BUILD stands for Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development.

Mujuru’s entry into politics, Cross said meant that Zimbabwe now has 36 registered political parties but he argues that politics in Zimbabwe is really a two-way horse race between the MDC-T and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

“I really do not think that Mrs. Mujuru has any chance of persuading the people that the leopard has changed its spots,” he argues.

“She has been in government for 35 years, in the ruling party for much longer. Why should we think that suddenly she has seen the light and now wants to sing the same songs that the opposition has been singing for all these years while she sat at the centre of a power system that has systematically and deliberately subverted our democracy, subordinated all our human and political rights and overseen the elimination of dissidents and opponents.”

Party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has welcomed the former Vice-President and is reportedly in talks about a coalition.

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