'Bvondo' still adamant Chamisa defeated ED

HARARE - Despite being in hiding following a government crackdown against opposition leaders in the aftermath of the July 30 disputed elections, MDC youth assembly chairperson Happymore Chidziva still refuses to be cowed.

Notwithstanding the fact that one of the MDC Alliance principals Tendai Biti is currently in trouble with the law after he was arrested for allegedly inciting the August 1 violence that led to the death of at least six people, Chidziva told the Daily News that he is determined to continue leading protests from the front adding that they cannot continue to be victims of rigged elections.

“Our fight is justified. It’s a fight for a new order. Let them kill the 2,6 million who voted for (MDC Alliance president) Nelson Chamisa. We are going to sleep on their doorsteps until we reclaim our victory. Only cowards will support the so-called (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa’s victory,” Chidziva said.

“Our fight will not be violent but peaceful. We are going to exercise our constitutional rights of protesting. We are going to fight tirelessly until victory is handed to the rightful winner…Chamisa. While we do this, I would like to urge all Zimbabweans to remain peaceful.”

Asked if he doesn’t fear for his life Chidziva said God is on his side.

“They are human beings like me and I have nothing to fear. God is not for a few. Our struggle is justified; we need to rescue our nation from the jaws of poverty, unemployment and military rule. I heard the police are still looking for me but I did not commit any crime.”

Recently the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) unanimously upheld Mnangagwa’s July 30 election victory and threw out Chamisa’s petition that had sought to overturn the result.

Chamisa claimed to have won the election with 60 percent and that Mnangagwa failed to garner enough votes for him to be declared the winner.

He was seeking an order for him to be declared the winner of the July 30 presidential election however, the court dismissed his application.

Nevertheless, after the court verdict the youthful opposition leader refused to accept Mnangagwa’s victory, insisting that he was the legitimate winner of the tightly-contested presidential plebiscite.

Like his boss, Chidziva believe the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission rigged elections in favour of Zanu PF.

“We know that they rigged the elections. We are going to have countrywide protests till our stolen victory is back. We will use peaceful constitutional methods; violence is foreign to us especially for me as Bvondo (his nickname). I am actually a dove, I am a peace ambassador.”

Loosely translated, Bvondo is a Shona word that means “stirring things up”.

And it’s a moniker that he wears proudly and fearlessly.

Comments (6)

bvondo, yu are living in the past, history is important but it just reminds us where we come from

mqini mqini - 3 September 2018

Bvondo?? Who's that? Clearly it's an attempt to stay relevant in an era where thuggery is shunned and hoodlums command little respect.

Buns Tinobvinex - 3 September 2018

chidziva mupwere wekupiko uyo ...i think vanhu vane kufunga kwakadai vanofanirwa kugara mumajere kweupenyu hwese

ndini - 4 September 2018

Let him be - Comrade Disaster was only found hiding in a cave in 1986 - six years after independence - when he comes out of his cave Happymore will find Zimbabwe a different place. God bless President ED Mnangagwa. God bless Zimbabwe

Daniel 5 - 4 September 2018

Bvondo is right. Democracy comes after some struggle. Do not expect democracy to visit you without making any effort. Let's learn from the American Revolution, the French revolution and the Glorious Revolution of the English..... among other revolutions.

Nimrod Gweshe - 4 September 2018

So where is the proof of these 2.6 million votes? The truth that is not being said is that the MDC lost the Parliamentary Election by a very wide margin. MDC is not as popular as people think. The failing of the opposition is in that we are not honest to ourselves. Rather than seek to find out where we went wrong and address the issues, we focus on fabricated rigging claims. The election were not clean, thats a fact, however, if you consider the fact with a clear head and a clean heart you may actually realise the court proceedings showed that these rigging issues might actually be overly exaggerated. What shocks me the most is that for the famed popularity that Chamisa had i had expected that he would completely dwarf ED, but alas we ended up in court scrapping for run-off. MDC has a great chance for the future, lets not blow it. Lets get up, dust ourselves, honestly look at our failings, rectify and move forward. & lets stop this hero worshipping nonsense as well

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 4 September 2018

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