A law lecturer in the United Kingdom, Alex Tawanda Magaisa who is also a former advisor to the late former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai has said that the leadership crisis in the opposition MDC goes far beyond the popularity of actors.
Magaisa observes that in addition to having the advantage of numbers, Nelson Chamisa will win the race based on how he and Thokozani Khupe relate with the ruling ZANU PF. He said:
The average MDC supporter does not just consider who is popular. They also consider what they represent and in particular, the relationship of their leaders to ZANU PF. The point has already been made that the moment an MDC leader is associated with ZANU PF, it’s a huge burden to carry. The fact that Khupe is already running with ZANU PF is a severe point of disadvantage in the eyes of MDC Alliance supporters.
He also asserts that Khupe had an upper hand had she “remained steadfast in her political strategy of resistance to ZANU PF while insisting on her heirship to Tsvangirai’s leadership.”
Magaisa adds that Khupe lost the competitive edge when she competed against and mocked MDC Alliance and worsened matters by joining POLAD.