MDC stand to lose in by-elections

HARARE - By-elections to be held in Zimbabwe today were almost single-handedly precipitated by Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), even though the opposition party stands to lose from Zanu PF’s anticipated clean sweep of many seats.

More than 400 000 Zimbabweans are eligible to vote in these polls taking place in 16 constituencies.

They were necessitated after Tsvangirai’s party expelled 21 MPs who’d joined (yet another) breakaway faction of the MDC, this time led by the party’s former secretary general, ex-Finance minister Tendai Biti.

The seats were duly declared vacant. But then the MDC said it would boycott the polls because electoral reforms had not been carried out.

The polls are “shambolic and flawed” and the MDC will “never, ever” legitimise them by taking part, spokesman Obert Gutu said last week. Their position is weakened, analysts say, by the party’s insistence on participating in the 2013 presidential elections despite a similar glaring lack of reforms.

Tsvangirai lost those elections, and in the process, lost the hearts of many of those who’d supported him and his party so hopefully after the MDC was formed in 1999.

Some seats are being filled under a system of proportional representation.

Smaller opposition parties will field candidates in contested seats mostly in Harare, Bulawayo and the eastern city of Mutare, where locals speak of a rust-red Hummer belonging to local businessman and Zanu-PF candidate, Esau Mupfumi, doing the rounds, plastered with campaign pictures.

Other parliamentary hopefuls include a hastily-formed coalition of independent candidates.

The ruling party suspects some of the independents are linked to Tsvangirai’s party or to sacked vice president Joice Mujuru.

Mujuru has not confirmed her backing for anyone, despite an oblique hint in a statement last week that she was ready to “serve the nation”.

Mujuru also stressed then that she was enjoying having time to cook for her grandchildren.

After her humiliating ouster just after a Zanu PF congress in December and the loss of her husband in a suspicious fire four years ago, few will blame her.

Zanu PF took 160 seats in the 210-seat parliament in the 2013 polls, and now it stands to gain more.

The party of President Robert Mugabe is already triumphant.

Tsvangirai has “voluntarily” caused the vote, tweeted Information minister Jonathan Moyo, himself standing as a candidate in Tsholotsho, western Zimbabwe.

The dusty rural constituency has benefited from unprecedented attention in the last few weeks; a classroom block has been commissioned, boreholes are being sunk and the local football stadium upgraded.

The ruling party denies allegations of vote-buying.

Moyo said on Twitter this week, “Elections do benefit the electorate and that’s why democracy is good.” But the minister accused two independent candidates of trying to buy votes with elephant meat and mealie-meal donations, the media reported on Tuesday.

Analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya said: “These elections mean nothing. The behaviour of the regime is not changing. They are elections without a choice.”

And where’s Mugabe in all this? In Egypt, as it happens.


Comments (15)

musoro wa baba ava unovarwadza. perhaps that explains the miscalculations he ever so makes. mdc t pls rest the man and give him a life.

zvirozviyedzwa - 10 June 2015

Nonsense the opposition has lost nothing and of 400 000 voters only about 40 000 are going to vote even less . These analysts know nothing about third world politics . Watch this space very few voter are going to cast their votes and it will be those forced to polling places.

Diibulaanyika - 10 June 2015

yes jonathan will always win when mdc is not there. the only thing which will make mdc lose is not the boycot, but the disunity which happened since ncube left. yes it will take a long time for mdc to come back but of all the parties i see this party coming back, because i believe they have a long term plan and are well principled. zanu has no solution for this country and soon we will be getting back all that they stool including what grace stole. zanu should tell me what plans they have more making sure that whatever gain this country can have it first goes into their pockets and they are praises like what mphoko and mnangagwa are already doing now. be ready for a big jump

see - 11 June 2015

mdc will begin to make inroads in politics once they change their leader. if there is real democracy in that party people will take them seriously. if tsvangirai stays on the helm endlessly as it is today we may also conclude that he is a handiende and a dictator. for one to overstay, one has to be a dictator and a manipulator. tsvangirai has already shown these tendencies.

zvirozviyedzwa - 11 June 2015

MDC T has never lost its mojo remember when Ncube walked away , Morgan hammered Mugabe in 2008 elections .The only person who has lost his gains is Mutambara . If you live in a cave like a gundwane you never see how powerful is Morgan bcoz in a cave its difficult to see light . Just wait for yesterday election results where 400 000 people were supposed to vote and see how many are going to vote and how many who are not going to vote bcoz they took hid from Morgan not to take part in that rubbish.

Diibulaanyika - 11 June 2015

that doesn't change a thing @diibula. the issue is that morgan has overstayed as president of the mdc. he promised never to be a handiende like it is in zanu pf. that promise was broken when he changed the mdc constitution. is it then that only morgan within the mdc party is the only person capable of occupying the position of president eternally? that is not true for a party with countless supporters as you claim. surely there should be someone who can carry on the fight. if there is no change in the mdc, then there is no democracy in this party.

zvirozviyedzwa - 11 June 2015

@zviro You see i have never seen a big fool like you . If Morgan was to go today what is it that is going to change in this country ? Do you think investors will come bcoz they is no more Morgan in zimabwean politics ? Your head is full of manure that is why you can not see that Mugabe is the enemy of zimbabeans and no one else blood idiot .

Diibulaanyika - 11 June 2015

who knows what would happen without morgan in politics. perhaps he would give a bright mind a chance to take your party forward. you will be surprised that you yourself @diibula might do a much better job than that of morgan. we cannot believe that only one person can do the job. what about you, and other mdc people? you were not born to cheer bhururu. you can lead the mudhishi party.

zvirozviyedzwa - 11 June 2015

@zviro you are too childish and insisting on rubbish stupid .

Diibulaanyika - 12 June 2015

its not childish to imagine you being the president of the mdc. you can do it bhururu. you were not born to cheer others.

zvirozviyedzwa - 12 June 2015

Get facts right,Jonso lost with a small margin to MDC T in general elections of 2013,but see what MDC split into two groups weakening it therefore Morgan Tsvangiral foresaw MDC T would never win so he called for boycot.Ohh poor Morgan will never rise again,mark my word,so stop making noise about him

cobra - 12 June 2015

Go and play with your grand father and help him looking after his donkeys and stop treating me as you granny .

Diibulaanyika - 12 June 2015

it's a fact of life that we have many capable leaders in zimbabwe. our problem is that we have become fixed on two (morgan and mugabe). for that reason, we may have to suffer for long till we realize the importance of change and proper democracy. machinja naivowo vato kanganwa kuchinja - isuwo hatidi na president wedu vamugabe. yabva yaita mangange.

zvirozviyedzwa - 12 June 2015

zviro is funny but makes sense.

kkkk - 14 June 2015

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tueth - 15 June 2015

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