By Jane Mlambo| With by-elections date set to fill the vacant seats that followed the recall of legislators and councillors by a rival camp, MDC Alliance is excited that an opportunity has been presented before them to settle scores with former allies Douglas Mwonzora and Thokozani Khupe.
Though the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is worried about resources being put to waste after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it requires USD18 million to administer the by-election, the generality of party members have kind of set an expiry date for the duo and their colleagues including Morgan Komichi, Elias Mudzuri among others.
With the majority of party supporters still in favour of Chamisa, the holding of these by-elections are expected to be a contestation between Zanu PF and MDC Alliance with the MDC-T being a distant third and unlikely to get a single seat.
The MDC Alliance will also be hoping to harvest from anger against Mwonzora and Khupe for openly fighting Chamisa following the Supreme Court ruling that reversed leadership changes that followed the death of party founding President Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2018.
The by-elections will definitely return most if not all of the recalled legislators and councillors with former Harare Mayor the only loser as there is already a New Mayor elected to replace him meaning he will have to content with being a councillor only.