MDC move to boycott June by-elections queried

HARARE - Analysts have described the decision by the MDC not to participate in the forthcoming by-elections as incompatible with what is happening on the ground and what needs to be done.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday reiterated that his party would not participate in the by-elections, as they do not want to legitimise a flawed electoral process.

Tsvangirai however, invited former party members and other political parties for a national convergence conference that is expected to come up with solutions to the crisis facing the country.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said if the MDC does not want to legitimise the Zanu PF processes they should even pull out of Parliament, Senate and local councils altogether.

“The MDC strategy regarding by-elections is confused and incoherent. It is not clear exactly what they seek to achieve with that.  If they are saying that they are not participant in the elections due to the fact that there are no reforms and participating in the elections will legitimise Zanu PF manipulation of votes then the question is, is it only about elections?” Saungweme said.

He said by refusing to participate in elections, while participating in other sectors of government, MDC was being naïve and was in a way legitimising the way Zanu PF was running the country.

“If they really want to elbow out Zanu PF and become the ruling party of the day, they have to pull out of Parliament, senate and all local councils and completely refuse to participate in any governance processes with Zanu PF without reforms. If they pull out of all processes completely they will create a political crisis and leave Zanu PF with a legitimacy question. This can actually help rally Zimbabweans, Sadc and international community to the crisis in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Analysts also criticised the move by the mainstream MDC to recall 21 legislators from Parliament and Senate. They also questioned what the real agenda was.

Saungweme questioned how Tsvangirai managed to negotiate with Zanu PF and yet failed to negotiate with the renewal MPs for them to remain in Parliament.

“If MDC could negotiate and form a GNU (Government of National Unity) with Zanu PF which they accuse of killing and maiming their members in the past, then one would think that it should have been easier for them to talk to renewal members and find common ground without reducing opposition numbers in Parliament,” he said.

Charles Mangongera said though the reasons for the by-elections boycott were understandable, MDC now needs to come up with a programme that would keep its members excited.

“They have valid reasons as to why they will boycott the election, because the electoral process is still flawed, implementation of the Constitution, opening up of the airwaves. However, when they boycott they ought to have their own programme to keep their troops excited,” Mangongera said.

“If you look at the last two by-elections, there were more than 10 000 new voters registered, and because MDC has said it will not participate in those elections they are obviously Zanu PF supporters? How is the MDC going to catch up?” he said.

Mangongera said the participation by the renewal team in Parliament was necessary, for national debate, and divergence of views.

“It was unfortunate that Tsvangirai’s party had to withdraw the renewal MPs from Parliament. They were key to national debate in Parliament because  the opposition would speak with one voice, for example on the Reserve Bank Debt Bill.

“However, Parliament is not all about voting on bills, we are in a national transition and parliament would have been a platform for that. Morgan Tsvangirai failed to demonstrate that he was the bigger person. And this will widen the gap between the two parties for any possible talks. We need a convergence of parties, it is still doable,” he said.

Comments (20)

Was this not an opportunity for Tsvangirai to enter Parliament? Imagine Save in Parliament? For the first time! I guess I am missing something.

chauruka - 13 April 2015

save pane basa guru chairo. the guy is a master of blundering. zanu benefits from his miscalculations. if it were possible, mdc t needs to change leadership. in any case, he served his three terms and should have accepted calls by his comrades to pass the baton but instead he changed the constitution so he can overstay his welcome. another person would do better than save. dzaka neta idzi. hamuone kubata musoro. ndiwo uno varwadza.

zvirozviyedzwa - 13 April 2015

That is the best way of doing things mdc t ,Rubber stamp election which will never bring any change and they are useless people want change nothing else if you see someone working hard wasting his energy for a rubber stamp game then that person is sick in mind . Even if zanu win all by elections nothing will change . Never listen to some confused analysts they will confuse you .MDC T has nothing to loss here finish and klaa

Diibulaanyika - 13 April 2015

Don't just negatively criticise Save, give us suggestions. You are also suffering and therefore you should come up with solutions and not wait for Tsvangirai to provide.

Ziziharinanyanga - 13 April 2015

Tsvangirai is a sellout, arrogant, absolutely confused, vindictive without game plan and leadership skills. One would have thought by recalling the 21 MPs he wanted to strengthen his party but sadly it was to reinforce ZANU PF with same number unopposed. MDC T are in parliament to draw their monthly salary and nothing else.

Ed - 13 April 2015

yes if zanu remains alone then it will bring the attention of the international community. Remember Zanu is not easily pushed. Why do you think BOB always shies away international intervention. Locally alone no one can move Zanu. it has no face to anyone or any system. Zim needs more of international intervention. Thousands of Woman and children may die, that will not move the heart of the EVIL. tell me the reason of participating in a flawed one way election. I support MDC. remember on every stolen election BOB comes out many time in his speeches saying the people have spoken, yet it will be his rigging. Themselves zanu gets ashamed in the international community if they play the game by themselves and at the end no one wants to invest in them hence no support from outside. LET THEM ALONE IN THESE FLAWED ELECTIONS OTHERWISE WE GET EMBARRASSED FOR NOTHING!!!!! Look already what they are doing to once their own Themba Mliswa.

LOREIN - 13 April 2015

what s needed is more pressure to ZANU. Already they are feeling it . Make no mistake about it, ZANU is praying for MDC to participate these elections. Once they do it means more than what you can only imagine on a shallow perspective. Politics has more hidden behind than what is in the open. ???QUESTION???? WHO IN THE WORLD, BEING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AU & SADC, WANTS SUCH A RECORD: SOLE ELECTION PARTICIPANT BECAUSE OPPONENTS PULLED OUT BECAUSE OF UNFAIRNESS, RIGGING, ETC, ETC, SURELY THOSE WHOM YOU CHAIR WILL VOICE OUT. AT THE OTHER HAND EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO BE TAKING YOU TO COURT FOR ONE REASON OR THE OTHER.

springboard - 13 April 2015

I don't seem to understand all this. I thought the 21 seats belong to the Renewal team, and that it's their responsibility to reclaim them in the by-election. Where does MDC-T come in? Indeed, all 'analysts' appear to want Tsvangirai to do the Renewal's dirty work. Why is it that no one expects the Renewal to win back their seats?

Confucius - 14 April 2015

The level of analysis shock some of us. Why should Tsvangirai and his MDC keep people who do not share the same ideals with them ? Its like ZANU PF leaving the Mujuru camp in parliament. Why are we having bye elections in Headlands and Hurungwe if it is possible to leave party dissidents in parliament ? Please help us. It BITI nad company deserve to be in parliament, the seats are available for grabs. Surely they should be able to beat ZANU PF as Tsvangirai is not contesting. Let BITI get a new mandate under his new party. That is democracy not the trash you want to feed us with.

GUTU WAY - 14 April 2015

The level of analysis shock some of us. Why should Tsvangirai and his MDC keep people who do not share the same ideals with them ? Its like ZANU PF leaving the Mujuru camp in parliament. Why are we having bye elections in Headlands and Hurungwe if it is possible to leave party dissidents in parliament ? Please help us. It BITI nad company deserve to be in parliament, the seats are available for grabs. Surely they should be able to beat ZANU PF as Tsvangirai is not contesting. Let BITI get a new mandate under his new party. That is democracy not the trash you want to feed us with.

GUTU WAY - 14 April 2015

i go with the GUTU WAY.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 14 April 2015

whats wrong with pseudo analysts? the guy who the seats are still there albeit renewal party. mdc dd nt donate seats to zanupf, on the contrary they gave the seats to renewal guys. all they need z to go out there and reclaim them. are they not capable of winning them under renewal team. y not use the opportunity to anoounce their entrance in the the zim political arena. muastinyaudze

prof - 14 April 2015

save contested in 2013 elections and the analysts blasted him for being in an unreformed election ,then he chooses not to then they blast him again so what do these guys rilly want??? and the Renewals claim they hve new ideas to beat the rigging system i think this is their chance to prove it ...period

john - 14 April 2015

I like the GUTU WAY kkkkk. Its not a donation, Madhuku, Mavambo, Biti can still contest and lets see who has the salt.

Dr Chandagwinyira - 14 April 2015

so MDC has siezed to be an opposition party but now its a pressure group. no more oppostion to ZANUPF and it will win every election resoundingly

wind - 15 April 2015

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