AS MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai charms the world in the United Kingdom—his erstwhile comrades led by renegade secretary general Tendai Biti are moving closer to forming their own party.
The so-called renewal team officially adopted the orange colour yesterday, as the party moves to rebrand itself and completely dissociate with the mainstream MDC.
Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for the renewal brigade, told journalists after a national working committee meeting that his party has adopted the colour.
It is not yet clear though whether the renewal team will adopt a new name.
"A lot of issues were discussed by the national working committee and among those was the adoption of a new colour. We agreed on the need of rebranding and we adopted orange. Orange is the colour of social democrats all over the world. It signals the renewals of things or ripening of a process. It signifies the dawn of a new era," said Mafume.
Having been spurned by some opposition parties Mafume maintained on Friday that a grand coalition is in the offing.
Asked whom his party was negotiating with, since Simba Makoni leader of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) and the National Constituency Assembly led by Lovemore Madhuku have both publicly distanced themselves from the rebels camp, Mafume said, "negotiations are currently underway and I can’t disclose anything at the moment.
"But what I can say is that there is dialogue and we are significantly getting closer to each other. We do not believe in a Cape to Cairo railway line kind of negotiations. We believe in collective engagement by all Zimbabweans."
Despite failing to lure crowds to its rallies, Mafume claimed the renewal team has made inroads across the country.
"We held successful meetings in Midlands, Harare and Bulawayo. On Sunday we will be in Mutare and from there on we are going to Matabeleland North as we engage with the structure and see who is still with us. We now have structures, in UK, Canada, Australia and USA. Many people are interested in the renewal agenda," he said.
Mafume said the working committee gave the thumbs up for more disciplinary hearings to be undertaken after the expulsion of Morgan Tsvangirai and Lovemore Moyo