Nelson Chamisa laughs off suggestions that his political career is over. “2023 Zanu PF will win elections with big margins than 1980, mark my words. Kana Uchida (if you love) politics just join Zanu PF now, the opposition party is finished,” Zanu-PF MP Killer Zivhu wrote on social media.
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has responded to statements by Zanu-PF legislator Killer Zivhu and former opposition colleague Obert Gutu that the ruling party will win the 2023 elections by margins bigger than in 1980.
The Chivi South legislator said opposition MDC supporters better join Zanu-PF if they do not want heartaches because their election losses will continue mounting as there was no serious opposition to talk about.
“2023 Zanu PF will win elections with big margins than 1980, mark my words. Kana Uchida (if you love) politics just join Zanu PF now, the opposition party is finished,” Zivhu wrote on social media.
The statement by Zivhu tallies with what former MDC-T Vice President Obert Gutu also said. Writing on Twitter, Gutu said there was no chance of the MDC led by Chamisa defeating Zanu-PF even in 2033.
“It’s absolutely important that we keep on reminding each other :
2023…..CASE CLOSED. Finish & klaar.
2028…. CASE CLOSED. Finish & klaar.
2033…..MORE OF THE ABOVE,” said Gutu.
However, Chamisa has scoffed at the suggestions that the MDC Alliance was finished as a political movement. Chamisa, who is facing a political whirlwind after the COVID-19 lockdown amid indications his loyal MPs will be recalled, put up a brave face and said that the MDC can be equated to a mountain while the ruling is just an anthill.
The Supreme Court in a crushing judgement on 30th March reinstated Thokozani Khupe as the leader of the party while Chamisa was demoted to a secretary of Policy and Research. The party is divided over the ruling with those backing Chamisa refusing to accept the outcome, amid threats that they will be recalled immediately after Parliament resumes sitting.
Meanwhile, reinstated MDC Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora has announced that a quorum to hold the extraordinary congress is now available, amid indications that provincial party leaders have deserted Chamisa.
In a sign of the trouble brewing for Chamisa, the re-instated chairperson for Mashonaland East, Piniel Denga, has accused the youthful politician of acting contrary to principles of democracy. Denga contested for the leadership of the province at the MDC’s chaotic congress that was held in Gweru last May, but lost to Anthony Mutodza.
“After the Supreme Court judgment that said things were not done according to our constitution, we have one group of leadership which is calling for us to implement our own constitution.
“However, there is another group of leadership that is afraid that if things are done according to our constitution they might lose their influential party positions. “This group of leaders is now going about labelling as Zanu PF those who say let’s follow the constitution,” Denga wrote on Facebook.
The turmoil comes as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi disclosed that the Khupe camp will be paid the $7.5 million funds from Treasury soon as the national lockdown is over.