HARARE – Welshman Ncube’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has dismissed President Robert Mugabe’s attacks on the opposition and prediction of a Zanu PF victory in 2018 as “a winter dream”.
“The MDC will not be distracted by any threats or any of Mugabe’s theatrical talk meant to portray himself as ‘the chosen one’ when he is ‘not the chosen one’,” MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said.
“We have the people and the required formula to boot Mugabe out of office in a free and fair election with or without State-sponsored political violence.
“Mugabe is on his way out and only a mad person will vote for the fragmented and lifeless Zanu PF that has no chance of surviving future elections. The people of Zimbabwe should start working on the future …”
Chihwayi said Mugabe has evidently failed to eradicate corruption, resuscitate local industry, empower the people and productively organise and fund local farmers to promote food production.
Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Chamisa Primary School in Gutu recently, Mugabe described his foes as ideologically bankrupt and with no capacity to defeat him at the ballot box.
“We have ideology as Zanu PF, something that opposition parties do not have, whether it’s MDC-T, MDC-N or MDC-Z, I do not know or whether its Makoni’s Mavambo/Dawn/Kusile, or that small party, which calls itself People First, what is People First?” he asked rhetorically.
Mugabe said, come 2018 polls, other contenders to the country’s top post will be shocked.
Chihwayi said it is cheap politicking for Mugabe to say “the opposition is wasting its time” instead of stepping down.
“Contrary to Mugabe assertions, the opposition in Zimbabwe is alive and working on a post-Mugabe era,” he said.
“The MDC embraces the idea of an all-inclusive bigger political project that will restore both economic and political sanity in Zimbabwe.”