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One Year On –MDC Still Mourn ‘Stolen Elections’

By   Tafadzwa Muranganwa

MDC which is fronted by Nelson Chamisa has once again reiterated its stance that it will not recognise President Emmerson Mnangagwa a year after the opposition lost a Constitutional Court poll challenge.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, to mark the anniversary of last year’s plebiscite, MDC spokesperson Daniel Molokele said the party maintains that the Presidential election results endorsed by the ConCourt last year were a fraud.

“We reiterate that the results of the Presidential election as announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and as endorsed by the Constitutional Court were not a true reflection of the will of the people and according to our compilation, our candidate Advocate Nelson Chamisa emerged as a clear winner in the contest.

“One year later, the MDC re-affirms its stance not to recognise Emmerson Mnangagwa as the duly elected President of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Molokele added that his party is adamant that the prevailing economic hardships are as a result of the unresolved legitimacy issue from the 2018 elections.

“Indeed Zimbabweans have had to endure ever-increasing prices of basic commodities, endless queues, fuel shortages, water rationing, electricity load shedding and massive unemployment, among other challenges.

“The shortages and the spiralling prices are just but a symptom of an underlying political crisis of legitimacy,” he said.

MDC is currently warming up to its roadmap that is encapsulated in the recently launched strategy document dubbed RELOAD.

The RELOAD document speaks to renewed pressure on Zanu PF and the government locally, diplomatic offensive, an all-inclusive dialogue, comprehensive reform agenda and transitional mechanism among many other agendas.

However, political activist Setfree Mafukidze said while some of MDC’s concerns are genuine there is the need for the opposition party to dump the ‘stolen election’ mantra and focus responding to people’s current needs.

“MDC is within its rights to mourn about electoral theft but l think the grieving process has taken too long and it is important for the MDC to also desist from packaging messages of false hope because people will soon run out of patience with the party.

“The party must refocus its objectives in the national discourse, the country is burning, the people who back MDC need guidance and not continuous mourning from the party’s leadership,” he said.

Commenting on the assertion by MDC that the country’s economic hardships are as a result of legitimacy issues political analyst Malvern Mukudu thinks otherwise.

“The economy is falling as a result of bad policies and not as a result of the legitimacy issue the opposition party is clamouring about,” he said.

The political analyst added that MDC is misadvised to think that the country will not move forward without its backing.-

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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