MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is investing $6 million in order to avoid standing against most loved opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in any election.
Writing on his Twitter handle on Friday, Sibanda said:
Mnangagwa is investing $6 mil trying to avoid standing against Pres Chamisa in any election. All should fear a run against President Nelson Chamisa, he is:
1) still within term limits
2) the party’s engine of growth and power
3) the only one who can beat a rigging ZANU PF.
Government is orchestrating a well-choreographed plan using the state security apparatus to infiltrate MDC structures, as well as foment violence and chaos in the run up to, during and after the party’s elective congress in May to dent opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s credibility and legitimacy, while weakening his leadership and party, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.
The ultimate objective of the plan — for which a hefty war chest has been set aside — is to have a weak MDC post congress with limited bargaining power in the event that talks between the party and the ruling Zanu PF materialise, sources said. Chamisa, who lost last year’s presidential election, has refused to recognise President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner, insisting he rigged the polls. He says only dialogue will resolve the impasse, seen as key towards setting Zimbabwe’s creaking economy on a firm recovery and growth path.
“Chamisa has been a problem for President Mnangagwa both at home and internationally. He has continued to question Mnangagwa’s legitimacy so the best way for Zanu PF is for him to have legitimacy and credibility problems of his own,” an official said.
“Chamisa will address any lingering legitimacy questions of his own if he is elected at congress. But the plan is to make sure that his image and credibility are damaged during the congress period, through sponsoring divisions, confusion and violence in the MDC. The idea is that the MDC should emerge weaker after congress. Chamisa should emerge with his reputation in tatters. There must be legitimacy questions if he sails through so that he ceases to have the moral authority to question Mnangagwa’s own legitimacy. His bargaining power will be reduced in any negotiations if the plan succeeds.”
The elective congress will be the first since the death of Tsvangirai last February, hence critical.