THE MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora says it is almost through with candidates selection process ahead of the sitting of the nomination court in five days’ time.
On 26 March, political parties go into a by-election to replace lawmakers and local ward councillors that were either recalled from their respective parties or have died.
Nomination for the by-election is set for January 26 with Zanu PF and MDC-T scheduled to hold primary elections to select its candidates over the weekend. The MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa is not holding primaries.
MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube said his party was 80% prepared.
“Most positions have been filled and there are just a few outstanding where primary elections are going to be done this week,” Dube told Business Times.
“For 2023 we set our campaign machinery in motion when we started with restructuring the whole of last year and we are going to a congress on March 5, 2022.
“All that involves restructuring in our party and developing our policies so we can see how far we have gone in terms of preparing for 2023.”
Dube added: “The congress is an elective one and all positions will be contested for. All the positions from president to the last will be contested for.”
Zanu PF, which had slated its nationwide primaries for today, advised last night that they had been postponed to this Friday. As per tradition, the party dispatched Politburo members across the country to supervise the internal selection process.
Meanwhile, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Eldred Masunungure said the electoral season is the most volatile and combustible period and “regrettably, that season has started early this time around”.
“The reality in Zimbabwe is that its politics is marked by volatile fluidity and this volatility spills over into other spheres, including economics, hence deepening its fragility,” Masunungure said, adding that violence and intimidation throw Zimbabwe back into the dark era.
“It would be natural and OK if both parties are panicking as we march towards the March by-elections and the 2023 harmonised elections,” said Masunungure,
“What is terrifying is when the parties convert their panic into violence and intimidation because this will have a damaging boomerang effect on the socio-economic environment.
“Many investors are easily frightened by politically-motivated violence and intimidation. In short, the impact of volatile politics is a volatile economy and this can easily reverse whatever gains have been made in the last year in addition to derailing the journey towards Vision 2030.”