While some political commentators have characterised MDC-A president Nelson Chamisa as a spineless and indecisive leader for seemingly allowing ZANU PF and MDC-T walk all over him without raising a finger, political science professor Jonathan Moyo believes the silence is strategic.
In March 2020, the Supreme Court stripped Chamisa of his right to be heir to the late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in 2018.
Since then, the MDC-A has been under siege, with the MDC-T seizing its headquarters with the help of the security services, and the party’s funds under the Political Parties Finance Act given to the MDC-T, yet Chamisa has remained mostly silent.
Professor Moyo, a former Cabinet Minister forced into exile in 2017, opines that Mnangagwa and the MDC-T have now played all their cards thus handing Chamisa a strategic advantage. Said Moyo:
Since the dubious 31 March 2020 SC (Supreme Court) judgment on the MDC’s leadership, Mnangagwa has used cronies, recalls, arrests, abductions, torture and defections to destroy the MDC-A.
By design or default, Chamisa has said and done nothing. That silence is today his strategic advantage!
Also, Mnangagwa has criminally used Covid-19 to cripple the MDC-A. In the process, he has played (all) his cards; as have Thokozani Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora.
Meanwhile, Chamisa has kept all his cards close to his chest. He has a Blue Ocean advantage, full of surprises, to hit ‘dem’ hard!
The MDC-T has used the controversial Supreme Court ruling to recall from Parliament Chamisa’s key allies and replaced them with people rejected by voters in 2018.
Moreover, senior MDC officials such as secretary-general Chalton Hwende, organising and party-building secretary Amos Chibaya, co-vice president Tendai Biti, deputy national chairperson Job Sikhala, national party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere and Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe, have been arrested on trump-up charges.