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admits costly errors lost the MDC-T elections
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
A leading figure
in the MDC-T has admitted
they may have handed Zanu-PF victory on a silver platter in the
July 31st elections after they ‘totally underestimated
the impact of the strategies’ Zanu-PF got from the Chinese
Communist Party and the Israeli firm Nikuv.
Writing on his
website Eddie Cross, the MP for Bulawayo South and the policy coordinator
of the party, provides a harsh account of the MDC-T’s tenure
in the inclusive government and highlights some of its major failures
over five years.
From the outset
Cross, in a self critical paper titled, ‘What did we get wrong?’
recognizes and acknowledges that the Morgan Tsvangirai led party
did have the final option to veto many of Zanu-PF’s transgressions
but never used it and in the end ‘we paid the price.’
underestimated the impact of the strategies being proposed by the
advisors to Zanu-PF who were principally the Chinese Communist Party
and the Israeli firm Nikuv.
well aware of these strategies and had analysed them and knew full
well what was going on,’ explained Cross.
He added: ‘But
we thought that the ground swell of support for the MDC and the
failure of Zanu-PF in the economy and the social services, plus
the genocide of Gukurahundi and the savage campaigns on the farms
and in the cities through the Murambatsvina campaign, would never
allow the ordinary voter to give their votes to Zanu-PF when it
came to voting in the elections.’
The MP admits
that the party was wrong and completely underestimated the residual
influence of three decades of politically motivated violence against
ordinary and marginalized rural and peri-urban communities.
voted for self preservation and out of fear of collective and retributive
punishment. We knew that Zanu-PF was settling tens of thousands
of homeless families on plots of land on peri-urban farms that had
been taken from their owners in the decade since 2000.
that these communities had no security and were totally under the
control and direction of Zanu-PF. We just underestimated their capacity
to convert this subtle form of coercion into votes in the polling
stations – a study of the vote shows that this explains many
of the victories of Zanu-PF in the peri-urban areas,’ he said.
the chairperson of the Global Zimbabwe Forum, commended Cross for
admitting the party made fateful errors and judgements of walking
into an election ‘blindfolded.’
SW Radio Africa’s weekly program Speak Out Padare that the
MDC-T must wake up from its slumber and correct its mistakes and
explain how they got everything wrong.
of being defensive, the MDC must admit they made fundamental blunders
that should be blamed squarely on the leadership and their advisors.
It’s either the leadership chose not to listen to its advisors
or the advisors led them along a path littered with landmines,’
The former head
of the MDC-T intelligence department said party officials should
desist from insisting the elections were stolen without offering
solutions to the crisis created by the electorate defeat.
including all in Zanu-PF, are aware the elections were manipulated
to hand Robert Mugabe victory, but what did the MDC-T do whilst
in government to prevent that from happening.
did absolutely nothing, I think the political misfortunes of the
party can be traced back to the day they joined the inclusive government
when Mugabe handed himself the all important ministries which the
MDC failed to reverse,’ he added.
all opposition parties in the country to push for democratic reforms,
saying unless the electoral system is scrutinized and changed, efforts
to unseat Zanu-PF will be a herculean task.
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