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MDC-T should restrategise, make a comeback

Opinion by Andrew Masuku

I would like to give my own analysis on what I consider to be MDC’s failures even though their manifesto was more appealing to me than the winners. My view is that MDC-T’s downfall emanates from three flaws:

MDC-T President and Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seen here with National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa
MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai seen here with National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa

As a party, they were in an inclusive arrangement, whose governing guidelines they never bothered to take seriously.

Zanu PF deliberately violated most of the agreed terms, especially media reform, from the word go, and realised that they were actually dealing with partners whose principles were acquiescent.

A person, who compromises on principles, may actually be worse than an armed, notorious desperado, whose actions are predictable. For instance, the issue of media transformation remained outstanding until the end of the inclusive government.

This ought to have been dealt with, even before the writing of the constitution.

One cannot look further than the abuse of the state media by Zanu PF, in causing the downfall of the MDCs. The naive populace believed in the garbage coming out of ZBC, even though Zanu PF itself knew they were spewing.

The refusal to compromise on issues agreed to, should have led to MDC-T’s pulling out from the inclusive government. It’s probable the MDCs were more interested in perks than real governance issues.

The cry-baby tag is the second flaw that they could not handle effectively.

They abdicated their responsibility to Sadc, forgetting that their mandate came from those who had voted for them. Sadc facilitated the signing of the GPA, but who was to ensure that what was agreed upon was followed through, except the parties concerned?

They expected Sadc to censure the president of another state, without checking, how possible that could have been. Responsibility demands that one should not lay the blame on any other person for challenges faced.

The last flaw is failure to handle public relations. Imagine, spending five years in government without devising ways through which to relate to the misinformed people in troubled spots? Of course, the ready excuse is that such rural areas remained politically dangerous.

But an innovative public relations person could still have found ways of establishing relationships with such people as chiefs, or the war-vets, considering that MDC is not a party of foreigners, but people related to those same folks.

It is interesting to note that in some of those rural areas, where MDC-T has won seats; there are people on the ground, working hard, establishing relationships with locals. In Harare, I was incensed by the fact that we remained with the menace of Chipangano in Mbare, for the entire five-year period.

The MDC MP and his councillors were incapacitated, without socially seeking ways of dealing with the menace or even checking how the judiciary could be effectively utilised. MDC-T should consider themselves lucky, having won a few seats in parliament, to continue being relevant, in their quest to govern, some day.

The question remains: where to, from here? Their president seems to be contemplating to boycott the few seats won. To me, that would be ill-advised, unless the party wants to completely fall out of relevance. Civil disobedience should also not be an option.

Morgan Tsvangirai appears as one gifted with charisma, compared with Dumiso Dabengwa and Welshman Ncube.

The new constitution is now in place, it’s time for them to begin to look at their weaknesses and prepare well, towards the next elections, as a formidable opposition.

Their non-violent approach is highly commendable and they should build on it. The game of politics is similar to the game of football. There is no need to give up.

  • Simon Mubayi

    I seem to think we sometimes over criticise MDC T I think we have to be fair to them. ZANU PF does not play a fair game. If ZANU PF truly won the Elections why do they refuse to release the voters roll, media reforms and an independent electrol commission.

  • Steven Taruvinga

    you dead right mate. even if elections were held everyday, zanu will still come tops because they hold fort of the status quo. until and when all these grey areas are patched up, it remains the same song and possibly with more pitched baritones of remonstrations….

  • Chris Navio

    Some people are just writing for the sake of writing. People should be practical. If people are being killed how do yo re strategize. The only thing needed is transparency and the overhaul of the independent electoral commission.

  • Godfrey Zireva

    That is positive criticism,talking about what zanu did is negative. We have to stop crying and learn from those mistakes. We all know what zanu did,the issue is can Morgan provide a counter punch.

    • majoni

      As long as our state media judiciary system and security apparatus are zanunised as they are any opposition party in Zim will never win anything

  • Simon Mubayi

    How when ZANU PF is the referee, judge and arbitrator at the same time. The only way ZANU PF defeated Ian smith was through armed struggle which I think Zimbabweans are not prepared to see another bloodshed.

  • Muchireva Davison

    these people need to participate in all functions that involve the general public kana panhamo chaipo otherwise some vakangoshandisa mikana iyoyo to get credit

  • robobo/spakos

    MRT or his advisors STUFFED THIS UP !
    That zanu “won” is a farce but it IS MDC to blame.
    Morgan should have boycotted the sham elections but that is now part of our TERRIBLE history and we all have to live with it.
    I can live with that – but Mugabe won’t !

    • Tundie Ramukati

      But people hqave coined Morgan boycott so which is which????

  • Chandiaona Makasa

    The solution to MDC T is to go compeletely overhaul their leadership starting by the removal of Morgan Tsvangirai as the the party leader. They must move away from making Tsvangirai the symbol of MDC T this (T) must be removed. I am a voter who also wants to see change in Zimbabwe but with the current MDC T crop no change will ever come. I advocate for a person like Lovemore Moyo to take the leadership of the party considering that he was the speaker of the senate, he is respected, has no scandals and if the MDC T strategise properly nothing will stop them from forming a new government in 2018. They must also get rid of people like Thokozani Khupe because they are too arrogant and do not know how to work with communities particulary women, she is a power hungry woman with no support. Tendai Biti can be given the role of deputy president of MDC T but not president because he is too emotional. They must also do us a favour by getting rid of Theresa Makone, Douglas Mwonzora, Tamborinyoka, Obert Gutu because these people are poor strategists who have put thes MDC T in this mess. It is their fault that the MDC T lost the elections because of these selfish individuals. Lastly Morgan Tsvangira must divoirce Elizabeth Macheka for the embarrassent she has caused to the party and the nation of Zimbabwe. Many women would not favour to work with her as she is not a role model and is of bad taste

  • Andrew Masuku

    About four years ago, I gave this opinion, concerning MDCT drubbing by ZANU PF. We are poised for another election, next year. An interesting question is: what has changed since then? Are opposition parties going to continue with the cry-baby tag? Albert Einstein is attributed as having stated that, Another definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, again, but expecting different results. If nothing significant can be done up to the end of the year, it is only a fool who can anticipation winning in the next election.

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