MDC Alliance deputy national chairman Job Sikhala has advised his principal Nelson Chamisa to realise that popularity alone does not translate into State power.
Sikhala said history was replete with popular politicians who later failed to land the number one job in national politics – including Morgan Tsvangirai.
Sikhala said unpopular leaders often become State presidents because of their grit and decisiveness. He gave examples of Kenya’s Daniel Arap Moi and DRC’s Mobutu Sese Seko.
He said despite Chamisa and MDC Alliance commanding huge support in the country, State power remained a mirage for them.
“Popularity does not win power. There were leaders who were unpopular in the world who ruled for decades. (The late former President Robert) Mugabe was the most unpopular leader, but he ruled for 37 years. Morgan Tsvangirai (the late MDC-T leader) was the most popular leader since the advent of politics in the whole world, but he died without leading,” Sikhala said.
“We have 2,6 million votes, meaning our president and party are the most popular brands in the political matrix of Zimbabwe, but we are not in power. ED is unpopular, but he is in power. My sister Khupe, even reptiles and dogs do not want to see her, but she is in power. Power is now being controlled by the unpopular while the popular ones are not in power,” he added, urging the party to restrategise.
In response, Chamisa said his party would eventually occupy State House even though he has been warned by analysts that he risks sinking into political oblivion if he does not respond appropriately to the onslaught from authorities and from the Thokozani Khupe faction.
– Daily News