MDC denies coalition plans with Mujuru

The MDC says it has nothing to do with what it called 'the vicious dogfight to succeed Mugabe'.

FILE: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: EPA.

ZIMBABWE - The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe says it's not in talks with a faction of President Robert Mugabe's party to form the next government.

State media claimed earlier that Morgan Tsvangirai's party wants to form a coalition with Vice President Joice Mujuru, who is under pressure to quit the ruling party.

Reports of a planned coalition between the MDC and Mujuru are front page news in the state-run _Herald _today.

The paper, quoting an unnamed source, says Mujuru will be president and Tsvangirai her deputy in a future coalition government after the next elections in 2018.

But in a statement, the MDC says it has nothing to do with what it called "the vicious dogfight to succeed Mugabe."

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu says the claims are intended to divert attention away from Zimbabwe's growing economic problems.