Mwonzora reveals why his party performed badly in by-elections, speaks on working with Chamisa

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Addressing a news conference in Harare after suffering huge electoral throbbing, MDC-Alliance leader Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora has said he has looked at what went wrong and is now busy ‘dealing with that’.

“Our performance was not good. We have looked at what went wrong and we are dealing with that. The MDC has the membership, drive, message and commitment to win elections. We have had a temporary setback and we will go to the drawing board.”

“We are down but we are not out. We will recover and take all. We have enough political arrogance to come out of this. This is nothing.

“The MDC Alliance is alive and well. It is kicking. This by-election setback is behind us. We have come from a disadvantage before, we will come back from this again.

“Voter apathy is a cause for concern for the opposition. The number of votes in areas which Zanu PF won is almost the same as those won by the opposition.

“The Election Management Body must act fairly and impartially. We will give a report in due course. There is need for electoral reforms. These reforms will come through dialogue.”

On dialogue with President Mnangagwa, the MDC Alliance leader said, “We do not have the same state power as Zanu PF. We are going to push for dialogue because it has worked before. The fact that we have not done well in this election does not mean that we must abandon what is in the best interest of Zimbabweans.”

He also lambasted police for banning opposition rallies.

“The police still has too much power and discretion. People in the diaspora must be allowed to vote. People in the opposition must forget their differences when dealing with the issue of electoral reforms,” he said.

Mwonzora also said he is open to the idea of working with the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa.

“The MDC has always said that it is prepared to work with all progressive forces for the total liberation of our people, for the total democratisation of Zimbabwe.

“Regarding specifically working with Advocate Chamisa and his team, a lot depends of course on them and their attitude towards us.”

“There is nothing personal between me and Nelson Chamisa. What is important is not what I think or what he thinks about me, but what Zimbabweans want.

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