Nehanda Radio columnist, Tafi Mhaka has said that the opposition MDC cannot defeat ZANU PF in elections given the current context.
Mhaka observes that the playfield is tilted towards the ruling party hence the need for the Nelson Chamisa-led party to find new strategies, effective to dislodge ZANU PF from power. Mhaka said:
As things stand, it’s hard to imagine the MDC-A winning the 2023 elections, not if the infrastructure supporting Zanu-PF remains solid and not while the MDC-A pursues an erratic, feeble and fairly academic approach to confronting an authoritarian government.
All things being equal, the MDC-A would obliterate Zanu-PF at the polls. But they aren’t. So, the MDC-A must pick away at Zanu-PF’s discriminating structural advantages, consistently. While it can’t stop Zanu-PF from buying votes, the MDC-A must work to nullify the state media’s bias and propaganda.
MDC was formed in 1999 and has since then never been in power. There were moments at which the party nearly tested power but somehow failed to get into office.
Mhaka cites the June 25, 2000, Parliamentary election as one of the elections where the MDC was very close to victory.
The MDC and some observers have claimed that the ruling party in connivance with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission are manipulating election results.
Mhaka’s remarks come when ZANU PF has won the recently held by-elections when others had thought that the deteriorating state of affairs will work against the ruling party.
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