By-Elections announcement causes confusion in opposition circles 

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Local News, Politics | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

After President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that by-elections were going to be held in March 2022, opposition parties plunged into a frenzy of confusion.

Some have chickened out while other are fighting over a name, the whole opposition spectrum is resembling a dance-off in a mental asylum.

There are 28 legislative and 105 local authorities vacancies are up for grabs.

These vacancies are a result of recalls and deaths of sitting legislators and councillors.

The majority of the vacancies arose after the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora recalled MDC Alliance MPs and Councillors.

By-elections will be held on March 26, 2022 to fill in vacancies in 133 National Assembly and local authority seats.


National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) leader Lovemore Madhuku chickened out of the race citing that by-elections are a waste of time and resources.

“The particular sets of by-elections, which have been called at this particular time, are a real waste of resources,” Prof. Madhuku said.

He argued that he is ready for 2023, and does not want distractions.

“In our view as NCA, we believe that the by-elections to be called at this particular point do not have much political value for the country. We are all preparing for the 2023 harmonised elections which are slightly more than a year from now.

Our view as a party is that the whole country should be geared towards the 2023 elections. Having delayed the by-elections for over one and a half years, it doesn’t make sense to suddenly rush and call for those elections,” said Prof Madhuku.

Excitable oppositional activist and part time politician Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume has confirmed that his one man party will not be running for either 2022 by-elections or 2023 harmonized elections.


Alliance for the People’s Agenda leader Nkosana Moyo has in the past voiced his lack of confidence in MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa as a leader who fully grasps the fundamentals of economics at play in Zimbabwe. We have not heard of him since.

Confidence seems to be dwindling in the MDC-Alliance (Chamisa) camp.

Secretary General Charlton Hwende called for the rekindling of another Alliance of all oppositional parties, civic unions and activists.

This was met with stern resistance from the pro-Chamisa faction of lawyers in the party who voiced their discontent through Spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere.

She also let SG Hwende know that it was not his place to speak on behalf of MDC-A.

The cracks within the MDC-Alliance continue to widen as Nelson Chamisa and Job Sikhala have recently been throwing subliminal jabs at each other lately.

The mastermind behind these empty pockets of power is also facing mutiny in his own camp.


MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora has his hands full with wildcard Thokozane Khupe who has been fuming over procedure and constitutionalism in the party.

Although the fight over the name MDC-Alliance seems likely to be won by Mwonzora, he still faces another battle front from within his camp.

All these events began soon after the by-elections announcement.

ZANU-PF is moving ahead despite the madness among its opponents, it announced January 20 as the day for primary elections.