Mixed reaction to MDC’s withdrawal

There has been a mixed reaction from the electorate to the MDC-T’s withdrawal of its electoral challenge from the constitutional court.

MDC-T withdrew its challenge after the Zimbabwe Election Council and Registrar General failed to produce the necessary material used in the disputed election.

Outgoing Prime Minister and MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai approached the Constitutional Court seeking nullification of the election where President Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF) were declared the winners.

A villager from Chief Svosve area, Marondera East, Samuel Machekanyanga, said he could not understand why the MDC-T took its case to the courts in the first place.

“We wondered why MDC-T thought the courts would give them a fair hearing, given that they were contesting against a political party which does not respect the rule of law or court rulings,” said Machekanyanga.

He urged MDC-T to avoid diplomatic channels when dealing with Zanu (PF). “MDC-T should adopt a plan B and confront Zanu (PF). Going to court was a waste of time and resources,” he said.

Chairperson for the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Jabulani Sibanda, said: “MDC-T has come to its senses and realised that it has lost in a free and fair election, hence the withdrawal of the court challenges”.

Lawton Hikwa, the Dean of Communications and Information at the National University of Science and Technology, said if provided with the necessary election material, the MDC-T may go back to the court for redress.

“MDC-T may have valid reasons for withdrawing the court challenge,” said Hikwa.

Another analyst, Shakespeare Hamauswa, said MDC-T could be justified in withdrawing the court challenge because Mugabe unilaterally appointed some of the Electoral Court judges. He said the MDC-T might view the appointments as intended to manipulate the bench ahead of expected electoral disputes.

Hamauswa blamed MDC-T for publicising its strategies prematurely. “Political strategies should not be disclosed prematurely. The nation should wait and see what MDC-T means by the adoption of political solutions.”

Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn Secretary for administration, Wilson Kumbula, blamed Tsvangirai for not being vigilant enough when he was Prime Minister in the GNU.

He said the best thing for Tsvangirai to do was to call for an early party congress and resign.

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