MDC-A resorts to parables  

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Politics | 0 comments

– as they fail to keep up with the pace in the political arena


Hosia Mviringi


Ian Makone, the national secretary for elections in the Party led by Mr Nelson Chamisa has sensationally claimed that they will continue to bark about election reforms until their barking is heard.


In an address to the media at the Media Centre in Harare yesterday, Mr Makone was not convincing when asked what the grouping will do in the event that their call for reforms did not materialise by election time in 2023.

In the press conference, reporters left with no new insights as the party said what everyone has grown tired from hearing.

“Ticharamba tichingovukura kusvika vatinzwa (We shall continue barking about reforms until they hear us,” said Mr Makone to a largely unamused audience.


“You will remember what we did in 2008, there was a consensus around the Save Zimbabwe Campaign. We did not get everything we had wanted, but we fought until there was a semblance of an election. We will participate in the elections, but the road will not be smooth sailing. There will be bumps”.


The grouping which recently lost use of the name MDC Alliance to a rival faction aligned to Senator Douglas Mwonzora, is fighting tooth and nail to remain relevant on the political front even though not many people are taking them seriously.


Asked by this reporter about whether they are still a political party or a pressure group after losing the right to use the MDC Alliance name, Fadzai Mahere, who is the national spokesperson of the grouping was adamant that they are still MDC Alliance under the leadership of Nelson Chamisa. But this was not long before she gave yet another clear pointer in the direction of forming a new party.


“As I have indicated before, we are building the new. The people are the wind behind our sails, and they will propel us to victory,” said Mahere.

Asked what they will do differently this time around, Mahere was convinced that the youth vote will be their bargaining card to electoral victory without saying specifically how they are going to convince them.

The group that has so smoothly morphed into a pressure group or a civic society organisation had a torrid time justifying why they were addressing the media, if not only for attention and relevance.

Mr Ian Makone, went to town and back waffling and mumbling about access to identity documents.

A serious political party would not waste time but tackle real matters of strategic importance to the nation as a self-proclaimed alternative government.

His emphasis on youth vote betrayed the fear and anxiety in the ranks of the formation which has lost hope of winning the confidence of the mature voters.

“We emphasise on the youth vote because we know that those who are 40 years old and older are most likely to be registered voters already and might indeed have voted for someone else before” retorted Mr Makone questioning the loyalty of the older generation of voters.

The current unrest in this opposition grouping, which has manifested itself as a result of the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown to level two, is the testimony of a grossly unprepared party that trembles at the prospects of by-elections.


The trio of Fadzai Mahere, Ian Makone, and Elen Shiriyedenga, should have indeed fired warning shorts to their opponents today, but their lukewarm performance has left everyone wondering if they had done their groundwork.