Freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over the opposition MDC-T because of his desire to control opposition politics in Zimbabwe.
Speaking during an interview with Zimbo Live TV, the award-winning journalist also challenged MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa to drop the MDC brand and form a new party. He said:
The recalls [of MDC Alliance elected officials by the MDC-T] are a product of illegal and unconstitutional judgements. They are meant to decimate the opposition.
Emmerson Mnangagwa is now running a puppet opposition movement led by Douglas Mwonzora, Thokozani Khupe, Morgen Komichi and Elias Mudzuri.
There is nowhere in the world where in a normal democracy, people voted for the MDC Alliance then the MDC-T comes and says these are actually our votes.
What Nelson Chamisa and the MDC-A needs to do is to defend that vote, but more importantly, the MDC brand has been decimated so much that it is now associated with splits.
So, Nelson Chamisa simply needs to rebrand, form a new party, go with those that have chosen to stand with the people that voted for him, and his political party and move on.
Recalls we have seen them, they have given Zimbabweans an opportunity to see who was genuine and who was not.
Chin’ono asserted that the opposition has been heavily infiltrated by regime agents even during the days of Morgan Tsvangirai and the challenges the party is facing today can be attributed to the work of moles within its ranks. Said Chin’ono:
The MDC has been infiltrated for a long time. I told Morgan Tsvangirai in front of (his then advisor) Alex Magaisa that James Maridadi was an infiltrator.
Tsvangirai did not take that seriously, and as they say, the rest is history.