THE MDC Alliance yesterday said it “scored big” in 2021 by demystifying “the myth that rural areas were strongholds for Zanu PF” following opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s whirlwind tours which saw him addressing campaign rallies in rural Mashonaland West, Central, Masvingo and Manicaland provinces.
A Zanu PF central committee report adopted at the party’s annual conference in Bindura in October revealed that the ruling party went into a panic mode after the MDC Alliance made significant inroads into the rural areas.
Part of the report read: “It is prudent for Zanu PF to defend its political space by ensuring that it rejuvenates its rural structures and maintains regular interactive programmes with its members.”
Chamisa’s rural campaigns were, however, fiercely resisted by suspected Zanu PF activists who attacked his convoy and security aides.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere in an end of year message yesterday said Chamisa had debunked the myth that the opposition was incapable of breaking Zanu PF’s rural grip.
“We are heartened by the momentum that the citizens have generated around this idea and the rate at which the masses in every village, every town, every city and the diaspora are galvanising around it. Our goal is to win six million votes in 2023,” Mahere said.
“We successfully bust the myth that rural areas were a stronghold for Zanu PF as our rural structures grew extensively and warmly welcomed Chamisa on his meet-the-people tour.”
Mahere said the MDC Alliance remains unshaken ahead of the pending by-elections in 2022 and the 2023 harmonised elections despite the shrinking democratic space in the country.
““This mantra (Ngapindie Hake Mukomana) is more than a slogan, it represents our collective aspiration for a people’s government, ethical leadership, a strong economy, food on the table for all . . . and a nation we are all free to live out our dreams,” she added.
By-elections for 133 vacant parliamentary and council seats will be held in the first quarter of 2022.