Tinashe Sambiri|The Zanu PF president Emmerson Mnangagwa and captured opposition leader, Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora are secretly planning to circumvent by-elections and the 2023 polls, ZimEye.com has learnt.
Impeccable source have revealed both men are afraid of polls- hence the plot to suspend voting processes.
MDC T national chairperson, Morgen Komichi, quoted by NewsDay, claimed elections without reforms were a waste of time as they would be disputed.
“People need reforms, and it will be foolhardy for people to just be programmed. Let’s move away from this programming and see what has made our elections disputable for these last years.
We must come to reality and say because we don’t have electoral reforms, the outcome is predetermined and can be manipulated, and it will be stupid for Zimbabweans to go for an election or a programme that they know the outcome is predetermined.
The time is now for the people of Zimbabwe to go to the drawing table to say what are the serious issues affecting us, and then we do a process to welcome whoever the winner is,” claimed Komichi.
He further claimed Zimbabwe was now poorer because of the country’s preoccupation with elections for the last two decades.
“For the last 20 years, people are not concentrating on the economy, and that is why the country is poorer and poorer. Soon after voting, there is a dispute, court challenges, Sadc is involved and people do not benefit from
People want national dialogue, a process that guarantees them better living and is predictable. With the experience of the 2008 dialogue, the 1987 unity dialogue among others, they are positive on the dialogue process to resolve conflict. We have a challenge as Zimbabweans right now that we are only two years before elections, but we have never sat down to dialogue over a thing like electoral reforms, and you know our elections have been disputed since time immemorial. To me, it will be very unreasonable for us as Zimbabweans to just assume things will be okay on their own without us taking action as far as the pushing for national dialogue is concerned,” he told the publication.
Komichi also said there were negative perceptions regarding the Political Actors Dialogue as a Mnangagwa baby.
“But let us come back and say it was an effort to create a dialogue platform. What can we do as Zimbabweans to make it more friendly and inclusive? Let’s move away from the politics of acrimony.
That will be the product of the dialogue, but what we need is something that will benefit the people of Zimbabwe. Whatever comes of the dialogue that will benefit the people of Zimbabwe will be welcome.”