Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has said that militarisation of Zanu-PF will have dire consequences unless it is stopped quickly. Dabengwa expressed regret that the opposition had failed to form a grand coalition in order to defeat Zanu-PF before the militarization increases. Said Dabengwa,
There is not enough urgency among the opposition parties to focus on the trend of militarization of Zanu PF and what their win would mean in terms of top military commanders being turned into political leaders and blurring the divide between a professional army and partisan politicians.
…In spite of this new reality, the opposition has been reluctant to make the necessary sacrifice and adjustment to ambitions of individual party leaders or clusters of leaders. We clearly needed a grand opposition alliance, but this has eluded us, right up to a few weeks ago when I tried to be an honest broker with external facilitation by non-politician.
…We must, therefore, be on the lookout for manipulation of the system at various stages and phases of the elections. Vigilance must be a watchword when voting and counting take place.