Tsvangirai in U- turn on elections

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

The Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured below) has made a major climb down to the party’s position on boycotting elections saying his party will participate in the 2018 elections.


MDC T President Morgan Tsvangirai

The MDC-T has been boycotting the county’s polls since the controversial 2013 elections which they lost to Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe has had a number of by-elections post the 2013 elections period but supported the candidature of ThembaMliswa in Norton by elections, a move which was described by analysts as a sign of inconsistence.

Speaking to journalists in the capital on Tuesday the country’s largest opposition political party leader said they will instead

“The party has taken a decision to prioritise election preparedness in the year 2017.  All our structures across the country, across villages and towns will collapse into a grand election machinery, we will participate in the 2018 elections, “said Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai highlighted that his party was boasted by the defeat of West African dictator Jammeh and the opposition victory in Ghana.

“We are heartened by the developments in Africa, where credible elections are taking place and where sitting parties and governments are conceding defeat. Ghana and the Gambia are such examples, even though Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh is now singing a different tune after initially conceding defeat.  In our case, when a party in government is defeated, it withholds results for over a month to do what eight years ago it called “meticulous verification” of election results, “ he said.

The MDC-T leader also hinted that his party will be part of the much hyped coalition saying having one candidate for all 2018 posts was ideal.

“The executive and council restated the party’s position on coalitions, which is consistent with our resolutions at Congress where we said we would work together with like-minded parties, the coalition partners will field one Presidential candidate and one Parliamentary and one Local government candidate per contested seat,” he added.

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