Are any of the opposition movements in Zimbabwe genuine?

    By Tawanda Nyamayaro

    While it has become blatantly obvious that many if not most Zimbabweans are fed up with the Mugabe regime. One cannot help but notice the mushrooming of a number of political parties and movements including independent candidates.

    With this in mind you ask yourself are these so called opposition movements the real deal or a waste of time. Some have been coined ‘Zanu PF projects’ whose sole aim is to split the votes and destabilise the genuine efforts of the so called ‘main opposition parties’  in their plight of removing Mugabe and his crew.

    Is the formation of these various opposition movements genuine or is it also the case of the numerous churches mushrooming in the country in which some have been plagued with allegations of fake miracles and dubious and sometimes very controversial prophesies.

    I remember a few years back one of my lecturer’s (name withheld) came into the lecture and announced that he had started his political party and was going to contest in a by election in some remote constituency.

    Seemed like a noble cause the gentleman was after all a somewhat sound political analyst, however we decided to ask his reasons for forming his own party and why he did not just join an already established party and he gave his various reasons, like it would be difficult for him to vie for a shot at being an MP given that these parties sometimes have loyal cadres who will probably be selected over him and many other reasons.

    Seemed  a bit far fetched but when one looks at the case of Jonathan Samukange and Munyaradzi Kereke who even after winning primary elections and given the mandate by their constituents to represent them were denied the right to represent the party and had to contest as independent candidates.

    You then realise that this gentleman  was right. When asked the question of resources, whether he had the resources to take on well established parties like Zanu PF or the MDC he simply said no and went on to assert that if he however, ran against the ruling party and was intimidated enough or thoroughly beaten in his quest to become MP, this could be the key to unlocking donor funding.

    I then realised that he could have just formed his party  to get rich. One then thinks of the various statements you hear on the street  like if you want to make money start your church or enter politics.

    Now this is not to throw water on the hopes and aspirations of those who want to hold political offices or those who choose to support them, but the question still stands: Are all these new political movements the real deal or is it just to try make a quick buck?

    • Tawanda Nyamayaro is a Political Commentator.


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