How Zanu PF hijacked Zimbabwe’s democracy: Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC reveals stunning details


In a scathing critique of the ruling Zanu PF party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has accused them of leveraging their power to gain political dominance in Zimbabwe.

The MDC’s allegations were outlined in a comprehensive paper titled “NERA The Genesis”. Lloyd Damba, presidential spokesperson for MDC leader Douglas Mwonzora, highlighted concerns regarding the influence exerted by Zanu PF over various state institutions, including the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), the security sector, the judicial service, and traditional leaders.

Damba argued that Zanu PF’s control over these institutions has compromised their independence and impartiality. Drawing attention to the composition of Zec, he claimed that five of its commissioners have familial ties to Zanu PF politburo members, suggesting a close alignment between the electoral body and the ruling party. This, according to Damba, has transformed Zimbabwean elections into mere formalities, effectively guaranteeing Zanu PF’s hold on power. Damba also criticized the presence of members from other state bodies within Zec, including Chief Elections Officer Utloile Silaigwana, who is a former soldier.

Moreover, Damba contended that the ruling party has monopolized Zimbabwe’s security sector, leading to a disadvantage for the opposition. He accused the police of using outdated and oppressive legislation to suppress political activities, employing arbitrary arrests and intimidation tactics to instil fear and compliance among citizens. Damba further claimed that the Central Intelligence Officers have infiltrated Zec subcommittees, raising suspicions of vote manipulation.

Pointing to the distribution of food aid and agricultural inputs, Damba argued that these state organs have weaponized these resources to silence dissent and discourage opposition support. Such actions, he emphasized, directly contradict certain sections of the country’s constitution and have undermined the legitimacy of electoral processes. Traditional leaders also faced criticism for their perceived affiliation with Zanu PF, eroding their independence and impartiality.

The MDC’s accusations highlight the ongoing battle for political power in Zimbabwe, where the ruling Zanu PF party and the opposition have long been at odds. The allegations of political interference in state institutions serve as a reminder of the challenges faced in achieving a truly fair and transparent electoral process. As Zimbabwe prepares for future elections, the issues raised by the MDC are likely to intensify the debate surrounding electoral reforms and the need for institutional independence.

The Zanu PF party has yet to respond to the MDC’s accusations, leaving the political landscape tense and uncertain. The outcomes of these allegations and the potential impact on Zimbabwe’s future remain to be seen, as both parties continue to navigate the complex dynamics of the country’s political arena.

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