via Survey: MDC-T crucial, Biti, Ncube irrelevant – New Zimbabwe 25/08/2015
THE majority of Zimbabweans say despite losing the July 2013 elections to Zanu PF, the opposition MDC-T party will still play a “critical role” in the country’s future politics.
This was revealed by a Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) survey in Harare Tuesday.
The survey was conducted last September to gauge people’s political preferences and the performance of the government after the 2013 elections.
It sampled 2400 people from all the country’s ten provinces.
According to the findings, Zimbabweans said the other MDC parties led by Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti were irrelevant in both the current and the future politics of the country.
“Whilst most adults (47%) also thought that the MDC-T is not relevant in the current politics of the country, opinion was equally split (42% thought it would be relevant while 43% thought otherwise) about the future of the MDC-T in the politics of Zimbabwe,” read part of the research results.
“Thus the data strongly suggested that people think that the MDC-T will play a critical role in the future (43%) than it is doing at the moment (39%)”.
Tsvangirai got a paltry 34% of the Presidential vote losing to Zanu PF’s Robert Mugabe who garnered 61%.
Obert Gutu the MDC-T spokesperson said his party remains a favourite despite the “rigging tactics” Zanu PF has been using since “we came” in to the political arena.
“The MPOI survey results clearly vindicate our argument that the MDC-T is the real deal, the only game in town,” said Gutu.
“The majority of the people of Zimbabwe appreciate that we are their only hope and for that, we are deeply grateful.
“We can assure Zimbabweans that the MDC-T will not disappoint them. We are here to serve them. Indeed, we are the de facto government in waiting,” he said.
The vice president of the Welshman Ncube-led faction Edwin Mushoriwa acknowledged that the continued fragmentation of the MDC since 2005 was making them unpopular.
“We embrace the MPOI research and I actually believe that we have been in a struggle for a long time from 1999 until now and many people have wanted to see change as fast as possible and its possible that many people can come up with that perception,” said Mushoriwa.
“These results will help us to come up with fresh strategies so that we reconnect with the people so that we can move forward.
“But we believe that the other aspect which relates to the issue of violence and intimidation that has characterised the country’s over the years”.