INDEPENDENT Norton MP elect, Themba Mliswa’s victory yesterday has drawn mixed reaction from Zimbabweans worldwide, bringing again at the fore what is likely to happen in 2018.
Mliswa beat Zanu PF candidate with about 8 000 votes against Zanu-PF candidate , Ronnie Chimedza ’s 6 192.
One columnist praised Mliswa’s victory to hard work during the hotly contested election where there reportedly a lot of intimidation before and during the Election Day.
“Mliswa won simple because he understood that the usual song of rigging elections is being over played. Rigging is only helped by people who do not vote in elections and expect miracles. It is helped by opposition parties who send conflicting signs telling their supporters not to vote only to have a change of heart at last minute and start telling their supporters to go and vote. That’s a good recipe for losing an election”
Zanu PF cannot rig elections if the opposition parties agree to keep a water tight election the same way mkoma Themba did. Mliswa I wish you had listened to me and turned YARD into a political party because right now you would be better than some parties I know of. You are a brave and visionary politician. You deserve to lead a party, think about it though,” says one political commentator, who berated the opposition for supporting him yet they themselves had boycotted the elections.
But SA based ZAPU Youth Front spokesperson Godknows Sibanda says Mliswa’s victory creates a false semblance that Zanu PF is committed in having free and fair elections with its opponents.
“When in actual fact its a decoy that is meant for the electorate and the opposition parties to focus on his victory while they continue in motion with their devious and trickery plans, ” says Sibanda adding that his party continue to fight for free and fair elections.
” We are going to remain steadfast in our endeavours of fighting for free and fair elections.This is a counter of Nera advances by Zanu PF of fighting for free and fair elections. They want to make useless of Nera fight for electoral reforms. They just let Mliswa win,” says Sibanda. –Patience Rusere