We no longer need new parties

WITH over 40 political parties currently in the country, can Zimbabwe, small as it is, still accommodate any more political parties ahead of the 2018 elections?

We are saying this in light of the launch of a political outfit Alliance for the People’s Agenda (Apa) by former Industry and International Trade minister Nkosana Moyo, in Harare yesterday.

What is more clearer is that the current opposition political parties are more than enough for people to choose from, considering that all these parties are calling for the ouster of President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for the past 37 years.

The common factor about all these opposition political parties is that Mugabe must go. And that being the common denominator, it does not need 100 separate individuals to stand in different platforms making the same call.

What is happening right now is clear that these aspiring candidates are dividing voters, which will only serve to benefit Zanu PF.

In 2008, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was denied outright victory after former Finance minister Simba Makoni, who is now leading his own political outfit Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD), snatched eight percent of the votes.

This could have been a game changer, but unfortunately it worked against the real change that all the groups are clamouring for, which resulted in an election run-off.

The run-off turned bloody, forcing Tsvangirai to pull out of the race, which in turn gave “credence” to Zanu PF.

The Moyo case is like a de javu, where people are feeling that they have once travelled the same road before, with a chance that nothing meaningful will come out of the election, where the competition include several candidates.

What is even more striking about Moyo’s candidacy is that, while analysts and opposition party leaders are in agreement that the only way to go is a coalition of parties, Moyo is of a different view.

A coalition by its nature on the presidential candidate will limit the number participants and cut on the possibility of dividing the votes in the opposition.

This in turn creates high chances for the opposition to win and bring the much needed change that all these parties are crying for.

A coalition helps to bring the numbers together from even the smallest of these parties.

The more the number of contestants, the more Zanu PF enjoys, considering that it has its own loyal number of supporters in the rural areas that fear intimidation and assault from the ruling party.


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