Decisive season for Zimbabwean politics 

by | Dec 21, 2021 | Politics | 0 comments

 

 

Hosia Mviringi

 

As ordinary citizens are mainly focused on the festivities that characterise every year-end, politicians are increasingly focusing on upcoming by-elections slated for the first quarter of 2022 to fill vacant seats both in Parliament and Councils.

 

The 2022 by-elections will act as a dry run for the watershed 2023 harmonised elections.

 

Focus will be on the country’s two biggest political parties, the MDC Alliance and ZANU PF who hold the most realistic chances to win any significant stakes, with ZANU PF being the most active of the two.

 

ZANU PF is at its most crucial juncture in history as it is yet to conclude the restructuring program which is expected to climax in the election of Provincial Chairmen before choosing its substantive national leadership.

 

The party’s new leadership will have little if any time to breathe before it is then expected to win elections for the revolutionary party either in March or April 2022.

 

The campaigns for provincial chairmanship has seen the party’s aspiring candidates burning midnight oil in an endeavour to cone out tops.

But perhaps the challenge is on how to campaign ethically for the race.

 

So far to the credit of the revolutionary party candidates, there has been very limited cases of intra-party violence.

 

The challenge that everybody faces at the moment is to unite the party and country in the process.

 

The reality is that the country can not ignore what goes on in the ruling party as it has the ability to shape and influence national mood towards elections.

 

As intra-party campaigns reach fever pitch, the nation expects that the party leads by example maintenance and promotion of peace, unity and harmony among it’s supporters.

 

While on the other hand, the Nelson Chamisa led outfit remains stuck with the task of choosing a party name and buying a US$120,000 bullet proof vehicle for it’s leader, ZANU PF’s fundraising committee has already surpassed US$20million mark of the targeted US$140million 2023 election war chest.

 

Analysts have urged all political parties to continue to work for the national interest in their conduct during this period.

 

One good example of a man who chose national interest is Mr Eddie Cross, who after nearly 20 years as senior member of the opposition MDC party, chose to make a positive contribution to the nation by accepting a role in the new Dispensation government of President Mnangagwa in 2018 as Advisor to the President and government.

 

The example of Mr Cross shows that people can differ on partisan ideology yet they can continue to work together for the common national good.

 

National interest involves shunning narrow tribal and regional politicking which only serve to divide the people and gratify selfish personal interests.

 

Meanwhile POLAD has tabled a raft of demands that must be fulfilled before any elections are held.