Tsvangirai: Zanu-PF wants coalition

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Zanu-PF wants a coalition so to legitimise the elections.

FILE: Morgan Tsvangirai speaks in Harare on 1 August 2013. Tsvangirai has described the election as a "huge farce". Picture: AFP

HARARE - Reports from Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) claims he's been approached by members of President Robert Mugabe's party seeking to legitimise their victory in last month's disputed polls.

But Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo spokesman has dismissed the claim, saying the former prime minister is dreaming.

Tsvangirai made the remark at the funeral of an MDC activist who died after two years in police custody.

He told mourners that Zanu-PF wants to talk to him.

Tsvangirai said the only way forward for Zimbabwe was for President Robert Mugabe's party to agree to hold another election.

A spokesman for Tsvangirai told Eyewitness News the MDC leader will not go into a government with Zanu-PF as he didn't want to validate the polls.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai suffered a setback on Thursday in his bid to have voting materials released so that they could be used as evidence in his challenge against Mugabe's win

Mugabe's lawyers say the presidential petition isn't in the jurisdiction of the Electoral Court and they're arguing that the judges shouldn't hear it because Tsvangirai has insulted them.

MDC lawyers had applied to the court to get materials released after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission allegedly failed to answer their requests.

High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu reserved judgment indefinitely, making it unlikely the MDC will get sight of those documents before the main election challenge on Saturday.