Elections are compromised, they have no capacity to remove Zanu PF, says Ngarivhume

Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume says he has come to the realisation that elections in the country are too compromised to the extent that they do not support the removal of Zanu PF from power.

Ngarivhume was part of MDC Alliance during the 2018 general elections were their lead candidate Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Mnangagwa who was the Zanu PF candidate.


The victory by Mnangagwa means that Zanu PF has been in power uninterrupted since independence in 1980 though at times through controversial elections marked by violence and massive vote-buying.

In an interview, Ngarivhume said if elections could remove Zanu PF, then it should have happened in 2008 when the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai clearly outclassed the late Robert Mugabe but failed to go past the required threshold leading to a run-off.


What I have observed is that in Zimbabwe elections are seriously compromised and I think our democracy does not support the removal of the ruling party via an election, honestly speaking I have since realised that an election cannot remove the ruling Zanu PF from power.

If an election could remove Zanu PF from power, it should have removed it in 2008 and if ever there was change in Zimbabwe, like the change we got in 2017, negative change of course after a coup, it was through a coup for you could see that elections have no capacity to change government in this country, absolutely.

We have since learned and see that you have an election where the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) he attends and sits in the Zanu PF congress, he is a member and a delegate of the congress and is the same guy you want to salute a member of the opposition should he wins.


It looks impossible I think we need extrajudicial means to actually achieve change in this country,” he said.

Comparing President Mnangagwa and the late Mugabe, the Transform Zimbabwe leader said while both men contributed to the ruining of the country, but Mnangagwa is the worst of the two.

“Firstly, both are men who have contributed to the worsening of our country but you know Mnangagwa has done it in a spectacular fashion and manner which no Zimbabwean has doubt, it’s terrible, you know he has gotten us to a worse off situation whereby we don’t basic things like electricity.

“I mean he has ruined this country in a short period far worse than what Mugabe has done. For Mugabe, it was like done gradually but for him, it’s so abrupt and so horrible so its all for every Zimbabwean to see,” he said.

Ngarivhume also took the opportunity to reveal that he has no regrets for joining the MDC Alliance during the elections, adding that it was the only better solution that was available in attempting to dislodge Zanu PF.

He said his party is currently auditing its structures and strategies before it comes back to the public.

Transform Zimbabwe was part of the MDC Alliance together with Zanu Ndonga, Zimbabwe First, Multi-Racial Christian Democrats, People’s Democratic Party, MDC-N and MDC.


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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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