Naivety and selfishness ​of opposition will be their demise in the 2013 elections

The naivety of the Zimbabwe opposition parties will be their demise in the 2013 Zimbabwe harmonised elections.

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Opposition parties in Zimbabwe have become so polarised that they have lost focus on the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe and are no longer endeavouring at ending Mugabe’s 32 year dictatorship rule but instead are fighting against each other in the media and are also trying hard to impress Mugabe in their GPA meetings.

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The opposition parties have been split and infiltrated by Central Intelligence Officers to the minuscule point of factions MDC -T, MDC-N, MDC 99, MDC M, Sekusile/Mavambo, and the revived ZAPU which is still failing to find its feet in the 21st century Zimbabwe politics. The opposition’s message of freedom has also become contaminated with tribalism, secession, and other sectarian issues. On the hand the Zimbabwean electorates are becoming confounded and are still trying to find the difference among these MDCs because they all believe in Social democracy, have same slogans, and have similar policies and similar constitution on contrary different faces of leaders. 

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In a normal situation there is nothing wrong with a multiparty system which strives in a democratic country but our situation in Zimbabwe is different as we are fighting a tyrannical ruler who has been in power for over three decades and is constantly refining tactics and learning new tricks to control pro democracy forces. The struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe is at inertia due to lack of leadership, strategy and egocentrism from the opposition leaders.

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They are all failing to understand that the Zimbabwe struggle for democracy is no longer about any egocentric opposition leader or party but it is a national concern which necessitate attention from all Zimbabwe opposition parties, Zimbabwe civil society groups, and the Zimbabweans in Diaspora to work together under a united front, electoral alliance or coalition in ensuring Zanu pf is defeated at the 2013 elections.  

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What lessons did the Zimbabwe opposition leaders learn from a divided approach in 2008 harmonised presidential elections against Mugabe? Nothing. The leaders of the opposition parties should have learnt that a united opposition force in Zimbabwe is the only manoeuvre which can defeat Zanu Pf but are surprisingly refusing to get this straight in their heads.

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After 2013 Zimbabwe presidential and parliamentary elections they won’t be a hung parliament or a contested presidential winner in Zimbabwe as it will be easy for the despot to rig and split votes among the widely divided opposition parties giving them minority seats in the parliament and also splitting the presidential vote.

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Zanu pf in 2013 elections will rig presidential elections to an extent of making sure that they (Zanu pf) get more than 51% in presidential elections because of the opportunities presented to them by the divided opposing parties in Zimbabwe. Astuteness over naivety must prevail among the opposition parties, national interest over egotism must triumph.  

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The opposition parties must not hope for a coalition after elections as there will be no opportunity for that, the dictator is no longer interested in GNU or GPA. As this article is being written there is change of political power in Mat South, Mat North, Bulawayo and Midlands. MDC-N is busy gaining grounds while Mdc-T is losing ground in these areas. Neither of the two MDC’s can win a majority alone in the Zimbabwe 2013 parliamentary and presidential poll.

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The Zimbabwe opposition parties and all civil society in Zimbabwe must have convocation soon under Zimbabwe Sovereign National Conference to find a way forward for a united front or an electoral alliance against Zanu pf before the 2013 elections are held. 

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For more information contact: Njabulo Ngwenya at nn@zimbabwepeoplesmovement.org 

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