The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has blasted all political parties in Zimbabwe ahead of 2018 harmonised elections citing they are displaying immaturity levels by failing to implement their party constitutions, thereby creating intra-party factions than creating intra-party democracy.
Speaking at an open discussion with students, journalists, political parties representatives as well as political analysts, under a theme Making Elections Make Sense. ZESN is advocating for a free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a democratic state.
Professor Charity Manyeruke- University of Zimbabwe says some political parties do not understand their mandate, “They don’t understand what a political party is because some are now taking the duty of civil societies, instead of campaigning and mobilising people to vote for them they are radically complaining against each other.”
She also highlighted that, they are more political parties who are deeply involved in factions instead they are supposed to have structures like party constitution., just like when one dies, retires or suspended.
Glen Mpani of Democracy and Governance Campaign was among the key speakers and he has highlighted that leadership crisis has cut across a political devise in Zimbabwe,
“There are similar level of political immaturity in ZANU PF and MDC as both parties have progressively divided.In MDC there is Thokozani Khupe, Elton Mangoma, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube as well as Nelson Chamisa all of them came from the party because of power hungry,”
“When ED was expelled from both government and the party all the ten provinces passed the vote of no confidence against him, after the military takeover three weeks down the line the same ten provinces called for the resignation of Mugabe and the appointment of Mnangagwa as the President of the party, of course this shows the immaturity level of these parties,” he added.
ZESN says Zimbabwe Election Commission has confirmed that there are 107 registered political parties ahead of this coming elections and some of them came from major parties ZANU PF and MDC.
Another key speaker Sakhile Sifelani fromWomen in Politics Support Network (WIPSU) said opposition parties are not geared for the upcoming elections.
She said, “Oppositional political parties failed themselves by not encouraging their supporters to register to vote. The statistics presented by ZEC’s BVR reveals that an area where the opposition is dominant there were few people registered to vote and in rural areas where ZANU PF is dominant there is high number of registed voters,” she said.
ZESN also noted there were divisions in ZANU PF as the G40 cabal is now backed by former President Robert Mugabe under the new leader, Ambroce Mutinhiri, who resigned last week from being the Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province and formed his new political party New Patriotic Front (NPF) against Mnangagwa.