TRANSFORM Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume has blasted the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa over the way it handled the 2018 elections campaign process and fielded double candidates leading to a defeat by Zanu-PF led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“Elections will not remove Zanu-PF from power,” Ngarivhume insisted in a video recorded by Open Parly. He came short of stating what exactly needed to be done, but blasted the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa for imposing its candidates in the 2018 elections against the agreed seats-sharing formula, leading to massive splitting of votes against Zanu-PF’s candidates.
A year ago, Ngarivhume pulled his party out of the MDC Alliance in a huff. The alliance was a grouping of seven political parties that hoped to unseat Zanu-PF in the 2018 general elections.
“In Zimbabwe, elections are seriously compromised. Our democracy does not support the removal of the ruling Zanu-PF via elections,” Ngarivhume said.
He said the only change Zimbabwe had in terms of Presidency was in November 2017 via a popular uprising, adding that any other avenue would not remove Zanu-PF from power.
He bemoaned the fact that top military bosses attend ruling party events and conferences, further complicating the democratic processes that people expect to lead to a change of power.
Ngarivhume acknowledged that it was always going to be difficult in the MDC Alliance because of challenges as parties tried to impose their own candidates.
“When we joined the MDC Alliance, we were alive to the fact that there would be challenges. We were committed very sincerely to the pact, but unfortunately some of our partners did not reciprocate our good motives.
“We moved out of the MDC Alliance after realizing that the MDC Alliance was now just MDC, not an alliance of parties anymore. We decided not to integrate Transform Zimbabwe into the MDC because we have our own values as a political party.”
He said, however, that his party would not shy away from future alliances with other like-minded parties should the need and opportunity arise in future as Zimbabwe gears for the 2023 general elections.
Ngarivhume urged leaders to find each other by way of dialogue, but admitted that the problem lies with finding who mediates over such dialogue.
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