from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE – ANALYSTS argue incessant allegations of vote rigging by the opposition are influenced by fear of losing the forthcoming general elections.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Nelson Chamisa, has raised the allegations of manipulation of the poll despite some democratic reforms by the new administration of incumbent, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The breakthroughs include the invitation of international observers, most prominently from the European Union (EU) and United States of America (USA), whose monitors were banned under the autocratic regime of the now-deposed leader, Robert Mugabe.
The African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) are also sending monitors to Zimbabwe’s watershed polls.
A record more than 100 opposition parties, including the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), will contest the poll.
Over 20 candidates are vying for the presidential post.
Analysts thus criticised the MDC for relentless outcries that the July 30 election would not be credible, free and fair.
“What the opposition, mainly the MDC alliance is demanding clearly shows panic baton ahead of the fast approaching elections,” said Josphat Madanhire, a human rights activist.
“Indeed, we cannot have a percent perfect election as we already witnessed in the United States polls that ushered in Donald Trump ahead of rival Hillary Clinton, but believe me, Zimbabwe’s poll this time would be credible, free, fair and above board,” said Madanhire.
Sylvia Musarurwa, a human rights advocate, said: “MDC appear to be cry babies! MDC always believe elections are credible when they favour them alone. Some of their demands can’t be attainable within a very short space of time considering the so-called champions of democracy USA failed to achieve.”
The MDC has accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of favouring ZANU-PF and Mnangagwa.
“It is clear that we have an election process stalemate arising out of the ballot paper scandal, the sham ballot and the voters’ roll inadequacies and omissions,” Chamisa said.
Paul Mangwana, ZANU PF legal affairs secretary, scoffed at the MDC allegations.
“We are also players in this election and we are playing well. We have no challenges and we are waiting to score on July 30. We don’t run the elections, the elections are being run by ZEC,” said Mangwana.
– CAJ News