MDC leader Welshman Ncube says continuing Zanu PF decline and MDC-T’s waning popularity has created a chance for his party to play the kingmaker role after the next elections as no party is likely to secure a parliamentary majority.
Ncube told the Zimbabwe Independent in an interview unfolding events suggest that another coalition government might be in the offing as no party seems strong enough to win control of parliament, meaning problems associated with the current arrangement were likely to be prolonged.
Zimbabwe’s unity government is hamstrung by, among other things, open ideological conflict between parties, policy contradictions and running disputes over many issues.
“Zanu PF is on terminal decline,” said Ncube. “It cannot revive itself. At the same time the MDC-T is also losing popularity. This points to a situation where votes will be fundamentally split, leading to another coalition government.”
However, Ncube said another coalition was not desirable since everything has to be negotiated, thus stalling effectiveness and efficient service delivery.
“Our experience in the current GNU has shown that such a system does not work because everything must be negotiated,” he said. “But at the end of the day the verdict is with the people to elect one party to rule them because a coalition government is troublesome.”
Ncube also said the MDC-T had deserted its founding principles and joined the Zanu PF gravy train of amassing personal wealth instead of serving the people.
If senior MDC-T officials had remained committed to the party’s founding values and vision the original MDC would still be united, he said.
“We have always said that no army, no General (Constantine) Chiwenga or (Major-General Martin) Chedondo can break the resolve of a united people,” he said. –– Staff Writer.