By Mutsa Makuvaza
OPPOSITION MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has been confronted with the prospect of losing the 2023 presidential elections by some of his followers.
Chamisa is expected to tussle it out with President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu-PF party, MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora and a host of other candidates in the general elections. It is expected that the outcome of the elections for the 43-year-old MDC Alliance leader will shape his political future and legacy, for good or for bad.
That question confronted Chamisa on Sunday when he was asked by one of his followers if he would step down as party leader if he loses the election. This was after Chamisa has reacted to the difficulties faced by O’ Level and A’ Level candidates in securing identity documents, saying his Government would make such applications paperless by going online.
“Queues are evidence of inefficiency & failure.Zimbabwe needs a great RESET,” said Chamisa. “Citizen identity registration and voter registration must be online, digital, biometric, automatic and a right. A digitized citizens database is key.”
However, a follower asked Chamisa if he would step down as party leader should he lose the 2023 elections.
Chamisa said that he was not prepared to step down but to step up. He said any thoughts of him losing the election was “fallacious” imagination which should never be entertained.
“2023 Step down? I’m actually ready step up. Get ready!” He then added: “We will never lose. Let’s not waste time with fallacious imagination and wild ‘if’s’.”
Chamisa added that he was “a million miles” ahead of his rivals in terms of election strategy.
Meanwhile, Chamisa when challenged to imorove service delivery in the local authorities run by his party members, laid the blame on local government.
“Local authorities need a radical revamp starting with the liberation from central government. This has to be through devolution and legislative reforms to grant and guarantee local authorities autonomy and capacity to self govern,” he said.
In other news, Chamisa on Monday paid condolences to party official Netsai Marova who lost her father over the weekend.
Chamisa also signed the Kenneth Kaunda condolence book at the Zambian embassy in Harare. – Zimbabwe Voice ■