In an interview with The Standard, MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri said his party is not playing the proper role of an opposition party.
As part of his response, Mudzuri said the MDC lacks that patriotic spirit for Zimbabwe. He said it is no longer rational to keep fighting over the election results. Mudzuri had been asked: Is the MDC Alliance playing its role in keeping the ruling party in check? Mudzuri responded:
My view is we are not playing the proper role of an opposition party and that we lack that patriotic spirit for our country. Yes, we have our reservations on how the elections were held, but I still think we must be rational and be able to see to it that the welfare of our people takes priority ahead of everything. People are suffering and there is need for all Zimbabweans to be united and to work together for the good of the nation. We can lead and serve our people, even without state power if we do our things well. As I said before, we don’t have a two-thirds majority in Parliament. It makes our job harder and more challenging, but the job can be done without doubt. We can pressure Zanu PF in and outside of Parliament. Our MPs, senators, councillors have to up the ante by upping their game. We have to be sharp and keep our eyes on the ball at all times, avoiding distracting side shows. History will judge us harshly if we do not keep Zanu PF in a pressure cooker.