Ex-minister claims Mnangagwa can’t win free, fair poll

Respected lawyer David Coltart has said Zanu PF will drop parliamentary seats in the coming election as the revolutionary party struggles to assert its authority under the new leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Former Education minister David Coltart and President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Former Education minister David Coltart and President Emmerson Mnangagwa

While Coltart appeared optimistic that the ruling party had far much better chances to win the election, mostly due to the leadership uncertainty in the main opposition party fuelled by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai’s health woes, he said Mnangagwa cannot win a free and fair election.

“Mnangagwa will do well in Masvingo and Midlands provinces, I don’t think he will do well in Matabeleland North and South,” Coltart said.

“He may battle to get the same number of votes in Mashonaland Central, East and West but Manicaland is up for grabs, it’s hard to tell which way it will go because there were strong G40 people and there were also strong Mnangagwa people,” he said.

The former Education minister went on to suggest that the traditional strong base support of the opposition in the urban centres has somehow waned ever since Mnangagwa took over the presidency in November last year.

“The big question is what happens to the middle and working class who live in the main cities Bulawayo and Harare. I think the MDC’s grip on those cities has slipped and Mnangagwa is able to convince particularly young voters that he can turn the economy around.

“He may get support from those areas. It seems to me that there are lots of people, the working class and professionals are prepared to give Mnangagwa a chance. So that means it may be difficult for Zanu PF to win majority parliamentary seats,” he said.

Coltart said Tsvangirai’s failing health was a blessing to Mnangagwa but was quick to dismiss People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) president Joice Mujuru and Alliance of Peoples Agenda (APA) leader Nkosana Moyo as of no match to the Zanu PF leader.

“Turning to the presidential election, because of the fact that the opposition is in trouble given Tsvangirai’s health and given Joice Mujuru’s and Nkosana Moyo’s relative silence, I think Mnangagwa has probably a better chance of winning the presidential election than Zanu PF has of winning an outright majority seats,” he said.

“As they say, a week is a long time in politics, there is a long way to go, it maybe that a strong charismatic leader emerges from the opposition or that Tsvangirai, as we all hope, sees a turnaround in his recovery and starts a dramatic strong campaign.

“But generally, I think Mnangagwa will struggle to win a free and fair election.” DailyNews

  • AK

    He will never win. With the way things are

  • sarah Mahoka

    he will win. Maruzevha will deliver more than80% votes for him. THe provinces you say do not support him 1. have low populations 2 will give him some votes not nothing.and the Mdct there is not assured of the votes. Matebeleland has too many parties. ED might get a low count but that count might actually be the winning count. Manicaland rural forget. They will support ED. Remember these are the places that had the most zanla excombabtants or experienced the cross overs. They zanupf to the core.You can dreeam all you want ED will win it

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  • 100% true Zanu never win elections for the past 15 years!!!

  • Zanu pF must be flashed down the drain. Its a SiThole party that even failed to please its members

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  • Everyone from the opposition wud never tok of a zanu pf win.. ..

  • Most certainly……..This guy too seems to be going to cling to power nommatter what……Watch out for him…..He is using a gamble approach and he bets with everyone who would cross his parts…..How he has become President explains everything the man is capable of…..Those who thought there will be free and fair and elections only when Mugabe is out …..got it all wrong

  • Its just a futile exercise ma guy, taegeting G40 criminals only ma guy whilst Lacoste members are protected. E.D ma guy is that really fair ma guy, but dont worry ma guy, we will speak in the ballot box ma guy

  • FACT !!!!

  • Free and fair ma funniz arikutawurwa nemurungu uyu free and fair kupi kwacho

  • Na lie

  • Nkosana Moyo must heard the coalition

  • Thats true

  • free en fair erections mu bedroom mako imomo hakuna chitukwani chinotora nyika ino,,,,,,,,wanzwa here David Corodhati we mhuno refu

  • Not a lie 100% true his votes will come from chiefs wakapiwa mota dzinodhura yet maclinic ekumamisha haana ambulance.

    • Uite mushe ,ukwane , we are 100% behind our Chiefs ,mhata yako mudzokere kwamakabva mabvakure mbgwa dzavanhu.

    • Ah iwe Tinashe phone yakaolpihwa Na magaya iyi ndoyawakutoti heerhe behind our chief kkkk Nhamo ine nharo ungatoita a xenophobic mind pa zimba wake up wangu shame

    • Makamure.. wasted sperm..dzoka grade zero unodzidza futi..common sense shud prevail..how can yu donate expensive cars yet economy is bad pple are sliping in queues for them to access ther money and yet government bought 280carsx60k imarii iyoyo apart why didn’t government gave chiefs these cars 2years back because we are towards elections ndosaka wakuwapa to mobilize ppl to vote for them manje iwe kana uri youth yeZanu pf do it alone.we can’t hv promises that are not bringing something on our table.uyisibhonda

  • Obvious Zanu pf will loose some seats, whether they like it or not that is going to happen, wants elections are held.

  • AK

    He will never win. With the way things are

  • Change is unavoidable. Can only be delayed but not denied.VOTE MDC.

  • Munangagwa will never rule Zimbabwe blah blah ,thus day dreaming.Zanu pf is like matter u cant destroy it but change it from one to another,like it or hate it ndozviripo.

    • Very true

    • But he will never rule economy

    • But for economy to be sound and everlasting it takes a while but if u bubble economy and wasteful yekwik buck pasi pemiti ,yechikorokoza like inokurumidza kuoneka isina kwainoenda.

    • The 2013 elections were the final nail into the opposition. The real ruling party support base is unfortunately not here on Facebook. Some of us came to terms with the reality in 2013.

    • ED will will have a clean sweep his hands down. Of course Coltart is talking according to his wishes as an opposition candidate. Unfortunately, wishes don’t translate into reality if we can draw lessons from then 2013 elections.

    • Is he ruling? Shithole.

  • True.If we were to put her and Mugabe,Mugabe could win.

  • Ngwena muno winner Presidential. Pama constituencies vamwe venyu vanonyura chete

  • This issue of pre dertemining zvamusingazive izvi,kunyarara mati kupusa being opposition is not a visa to my vote

  • What else can a white man say

  • Now coltart talkin kwete zvokumboenda wrng side of the road

  • sarah Mahoka

    he will win. Maruzevha will deliver more than80% votes for him. THe provinces you say do not support him 1. have low populations 2 will give him some votes not nothing.and the Mdct there is not assured of the votes. Matebeleland has too many parties. ED might get a low count but that count might actually be the winning count. Manicaland rural forget. They will support ED. Remember these are the places that had the most zanla excombabtants or experienced the cross overs. They zanupf to the core.You can dreeam all you want ED will win it

  • Ex minister. ..

  • They will win by ganya

  • Zanu pf ino fanirwa kuchinja zita rayo nekuti takangoona pakanzi zanu pf tonzwa hasha haihwene

  • He’s dreaming. It’s just a devilish talk.

  • If a white says rubbish its good news,that is we are shitholes meaning Blair toilets or imba yokuitira tsvina.

  • David just shut up and sit down pliz !!!!!

  • *Donald J Trump’s definition of “shithole” country status.*

    _1. Your leaders steal your money and hide it in other countries._
    _2. Your children can’t find jobs yet they have degrees, so they cross the desert, get sold as slaves or make it to the Ocean and cross in dinghies get to Europe to do menial jobs._
    _3. Your citizens are embroiled in vicious community, tribal and religious killings and the government is helpless._
    _4. Your institutions don’t work, corruption is celebrated._
    _5. Religion is the drug your citizens use to calm themselves and attack each other._
    _6. Life is short and bitter._
    _7. Your citizens enjoy luxury goods and produce nothing._
    _😎 Politics is do or die affair and the party in power absorbs every thief because each man wanna chop._
    _😎 Nothing works in your country except faith._
    _10. Your sisters dominate the prostitution trade in far away lands and excel in “juju” bondage._
    _11. Workers’ salaries are not paid, and if paid, cannot access it from the banks._
    _12. Drains are used as dumping sites for waste materials_
    _13. Vehicles drive in and out of ditches instead of on roads._
    _14. Natural resources are looted by Chinese in return for guns and lavish lifestyles for Generals and politicians, who seek medical services overseas while local hospitals are dilapidated and have no medicine and equipment._

    *If your country fits this bill then you are from a SHITHOLE country, face the truth and make it better. Trump may be crazy and often he does and says stupid things but that does not mean we should not accept it when he speaks the truth. This time he’s absolutely right. Stop blaming other country leaders.*

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  • His view!

  • ED My President 💞💞💃🙏

  • Kanongovukura, Zanu ichingowina

  • Kanongovukura, Zanu ichingowina

  • True

  • Naked Authentic

  • Yaaa akasabirira Ed is going to fall

  • Hazvititadzisi ku supporter Garwe izvozvo.

  • Confused white man

  • True

  • Who is he to say that???

  • failed politics in a paria state

  • Vaidya nezanu now when they messed with Bob they saw the result. ED will win fair & square.

  • Is he free & fair anyway?

  • Is he free & fair anyway?

  • Mr president mnangangwa will win the election this year ,and he will put our country to a better level for economy

  • Very true .

  • ZANU PF ndeyeropa…..mafia style….made o4 blood.

  • sherpard

    so why is Coltart worried about Munangagwa winning or not winning, That is a Zanu Pf problem, unless if he wants to offer solutions, some politicians do not realize that their comments alert the enemy to improve , plain stupid

  • Usatambe ne chokwadi kkkk these guys for the sake of pride they cant accept failure

  • sherpard

    so why is Coltart worried about Munangagwa winning or not winning, That is a Zanu Pf problem, unless if he wants to offer solutions, some politicians do not realize that their comments alert the enemy to improve , plain stupid

  • Chikiti

    It may end up like the conservatives doing an election then getting fatally wounded by loosing seats

  • Jambaja

    Its a difficult course for Mr MANGANAGWA ahead……..the ICC will be after his head too. Vana MTHWAKAZI havachozorori kusvika vasungwa.

    Dai vakangwara vaihwanda panekubuda pabani.

    Mabhuritishi akavafurira.

  • Chikiti

    It may end up like the conservatives doing an election then getting fatally wounded by loosing seats

  • Jambaja

    Its a difficult course for Mr MANGANAGWA ahead……..the ICC will be after his head too. Vana MTHWAKAZI havachozorori kusvika vasungwa.

    Dai vakangwara vaihwanda panekubuda pabani.

    Mabhuritishi akavafurira.

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