The British parliament has been told that the opposition MDC Alliance led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora is nothing but a ruling Zanu PF party project.
Lord Jonathan Oates, told the British House of Lords that Mwonzora’s project lost the recent by-elections even after receiving US$1.5 million dollars from the government for campaigns.
Oates, a former teacher in Zimbabwe, detailed how ZANU PF had hounded the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) and its leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of the March 26 by-elections. He said:
In those elections, the main opposition party was denied the right even to use its own name in these elections or to access the public funds it was entitled to.
In response its leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, announced the formation of a new political movement called the Citizens Coalition for Change, or CCC.
That party won 19 of the 28 parliamentary seats up for election and hundreds of councillors, despite its formation just two months before the polls; its lack of funds, and widespread intimidation and obstruction of its campaign by the state.
By contrast, Zanu PF’s puppet opposition faction, which had been gifted approximately $1.5 million in campaign funds by the state, won precisely none.
Former MDC Alliance member and losing Epworth parliamentary candidate Zivai Mhetu says Mwonzora’s demise was sealed by his failure to keep the ZANU PF government on its toes, choosing instead to cosy up to their former nemesis.
He said the 26 March by-elections were a shadow of what was coming in 2023 when Zimbabwe holds harmonised elections adding, “the people have spoken, it is clear the MDC Alliance is not going anywhere.”