MDC ready for polls

HARARE – Buoyed by the ructions bedevilling their bitter political foes Zanu PF— the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC is upbeat that they will win elections at any given time.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told journalists on Saturday that President Robert Mugabe’s days are now numbered and cited deep-rooted divisions in Zanu PF over the brutal ouster of former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

And with the parliamentary seats of at least over 100 legislators linked to Mujuru not secure as victorious hawks push for their ouster — the MDC is also relishing for by-elections to be held even before the 2018 plebiscite.

“We are going to win elections whenever there are held. We have studied the animal we are dealing with, and it does not need a rocket scientist to see that Zanu PF is crumbling like a deck of cards,” said Gutu.

The total annihilation of the Mujuru faction — widely regarded as moderate and commanding grassroots support — has revived the sagging hopes of the opposition — which believes that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp is not as popular with the people.

But analysts last week told the Daily News that the removal of the “popular” Mujuru camp confirms the opposition fears that Zanu PF manipulates the electoral process to win polls.

Gutu said as long as there is a “crisis of legitimacy” then the country cannot expect any solutions from a “government that is trapped in unending succession battles.”

“What is happening is a circus, they held a praise and worship congress and cannot fix the economy.

“If you look at what we have in the MDC, you will see that Zanu PF is a party of the past and cannot deal with present issues,” said Gutu.

Asked if the MDC has engaged ostracised Zanu PF officials including Mujuru, Gutu said the MDC is “ready to work with anyone who believes in democracy”.

“Whatever is happening in Zanu PF is their business. Zanu PF is crumbling and we are open to work with those who realise that Zanu PF is now in intensive care,” said Gutu.

On Saturday, the MDC held its national council meeting — in order to finish congress business — and resolved to tackle Zanu PF and offer solutions to the problems Zimbabweans are faced with.

“With a fractured party in government whose top priority is an unending circus of succession battles, the plight of the ordinary Zimbabwean will worsen with Zanu PF in the seat of government.

“There is no respite for ordinary Zimbabweans if the crisis of legitimacy, which is at the centre of the national challenges, is not immediately addressed.”

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