Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere says the decision by the MDC-T not to participate in the 14 by-elections slated for June 10 has given an opportunity for the ruling party to “bury the opposition together with Cecil John Rhodes”.
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In an interview with NewsDay over the weekend, Kasukuwere said the Morgan Tsvangirai-led opposition party was now headed for its political sunset and soon will be buried along with the architecture of British colonialism in Zimbabwe “Cecil John Rhodes”.
“All the MDCs are disintegrating and sinking into oblivion soon we shall bury them along with their master, Cecil John Rhodes. They are finished,” he said.
“Their decision is just a confirmation that they are headed for the gravesite near their king Rhodes because no chance will be given to them to resurrect in Harare and Bulawayo and any other centre in Zimbabwe.”
This came as MDC-T on Friday voted not to participate in the by-elections set for June 10 saying government should institute electoral reforms.
The by-elections in the 14 constituencies were created by MDC-T after recalling 21 MPs who rebelled against the party to form a splitter MDC Renewal Team project. Kasukuwere said the MDC should not “lie about reforms”, but instead should admit that they have lost support and were bound to lose the poll.
“What reforms are you talking about, they know the reality that they will lose the elections,” he said.
The boycott of the by-elections has presented an opportunity to Zanu PF to get seats in Bulawayo which had become a challenge since 2000.
It could also afford the ruling party to increase its presence in Harare, which had in the past been a stronghold for the MDC-T.
“We are not going to lose the seats easily in the near future. As I told you bro (ther), it’s finished for the MDC. We are taking them to Rhodes and we dig six feet down for that headless party,” he said.
However, Tsvangirai on Friday said that reforms would eventually be implemented whether President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF wanted or not.
“By the time we get to that (2018 elections) we would have reformed the country’s electoral laws,” Tsvangirai said.