NYASHA MAJONI in Redcliff
The Nelson Chamisa-led main opposition MDC Alliance has sensationally claimed that the next general elections in Zimbabwe will be held in 2021, instead of 2023.
According to the party’s National Secretary for Presidential Affairs Morgen Komichi, the opposition will drag President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the negotiating table, saying ‘we are going to bring the elections to 2021’.
Komichi, who was addressing journalists on a tour of Redcliff Municipality projects last Friday, said the main opposition party will ensure that defunct steel giant Ziscosteel will be operational as soon as the party gets into power in the year 2023. He said the opposition once made it possible for the elections to be held in 2008, when they were supposed to have been held in 2010.
“The quantum of iron ore that is there in this country, in Chivhu areas and Buchwa areas- there are people who are ready to come and open. And, as soon as we take power, I can rest assure you, and promise you without any doubt, (that) ZISCOSTEEL will be operational”, said Komichi.
But, when a midlandsnews staffer quizzed him on whether this could be achievable after the next harmonized elections expected in 2023, Komichi retorted:
“No! No! No! Remember in 2008? The election was supposed to be in 2010 and we, MDC, made it possible to bring the elections earlier to 2008. We are going to bring elections to 2021. We are going to drag Mnangagwa to the roundtable, kicking and screaming”.
A perceived Chamisa ally in MDC factional politics, Komichi said the opposition party ‘sympathizes’ with the Redcliff community over the closure of the state-run steel producer.
“We do have a vision as a party. We feel very sorry and we sympathize with the (Redcliff) community over the closure of ZISCOSTEEL which was once one of the biggest companies in Southern Africa. It was prestigious to be associated with ZISCOSTEEL, but over the last forty years, the Zanu PF government presided over its collapse. That’s why we are now taking up leadership; that’s why we are now an alternative government. We want to make sure that things do change”, he said.
Since his controversial electoral fall to Mnangagwa in last year’s disputed presidential race, Chamisa has defiantly refused to recognize the 76-year-old Zimbabwean strongman as the legitimately elected president of the troubled southern African nation.