Source: Quit politics or join Zanu PF, opposition told – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 11, 2017
ZANU PF has scoffed at opposition parties’ claims of vote-rigging or commandeering of rural people to vote for the ruling party’s parliamentary candidate in the just-ended Mwenezi East by-election.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told NewsDay yesterday that the ruling party’s “sound” policies had always stood it in good stead at elections.
“They are cry-babies and sing the same song every time. It would have been different if they had won. They should stop being cry-babies and quit politics or join Zanu PF,” Khaya Moyo said.
Zanu PF’s Joosbi Omar won the seat with 18 700 votes against little-known opposition candidates. But election watchdog groups that followed the poll raised a red flag over “irregularities” that exposed the inadequacies in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s systems as well as Zanu PF’s rigging machinery.
But Khaya Moyo poured cold water on the claims.
“The landslide victory in the Mwenezi by-election speaks volumes of a well-oiled machine that is ready to bury the fractured and disgruntled opposition. Zanu PF has an eloquent history as a people’s party that has delivered land to the country’s black majority,” he said.
“Unlike the disorganised opposition who continue to dream about a supposed coalition, Zanu PF has sound policies that address the people’s issues. We are a party that is on an irreversible mission to win the harmonised polls next year and will bury the opposition once and for all.”
Major opposition parties in the country have collectively snubbed by-elections since the controversial 2013 elections won by President Robert Mugabe, demanding poll reforms.
Mugabe’s lieutenants have, on the other hand, vowed that “Zanu PF will not reform itself out of power”.