Alex Tawanda Magaisa, a former Chief of Staff in the office of the late Morgan Tsvangirai, a former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, has said the Supreme Court of public opinion spoke this weekend in an apparent reference to the citizenry making their views known with regards to representation in local government and Parliament.
In his previous Big Saturday Reads (BSR), Magaisa, a law lecturer in the United Kingdom, introduced the phrase “the court of public opinion has spoken,” after the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe had delivered a judgment concerning the leadership crisis in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Magaisa did not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision, but legally, there was nothing more to be done because the matter had reached the highest legal authority in civil matters. He argued, however, that in politics, there was still another important forum of appeal, the court of public opinion. In his most recent BSR, Magaisa said:
This weekend, the supreme court of public opinion spoke, and it did so in a resounding fashion. The Supreme Court decision was delivered in the final week of March 2020. By some coincidence, the supreme court of public opinion has also delivered its verdict in the final week of March 2022. The two-year honeymoon that Douglas Mwonzora and his allies have enjoyed is well and truly over. It is a sign of the seasonal nature of politics that while two years ago they were on a high, now they have reached their nadir, suffering severe humiliation in the process.
The Mwonzora-led MDC-T which trades as MDC Alliance failed to register a single win in the 26 March by-elections.
It was the rival Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa that was victorious after collecting 19 National Assembly seats out of the 28 that were available. The rest were won by the ruling ZANU PF.
CCC also won 75 out of 122 (61.5%) council seats and bragging rights.