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Parties in mixed reaction to opinion poll

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The opinion poll conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) predicting an MDC-T victory has attracted the ire of rival political parties.

Zanu PF said MPOI was not a “bona fide survey institute” while MDC-M, led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, said the poll was “nonsensical” and not deserving of their comment.

The revived Zapu, led by former Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa, described the exercise as “the joke of the year”.

But the MDC-T said the MPOI survey was a true reflection of the people’s political preferences.

“If anyone queries that survey, they must just visit the last poll we had in March,” said MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said.

“It is very explicit. That result was a reflection of the people’s choice. It’s ultra and self-evident that our president dominates the largest number of hearts and minds and, of course, our party is the party of choice, a party of excellence.”

Chamisa said if Zanu PF were to conduct their own poll they would come up with the same result as that of the MPOI.

“Zanu PF should respect what is coming out on the mirror because that is the true reflection. Smashing the mirror is not the solution; shouting at the mirror is not a solution. They should just work on their faces and images.”

Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for administration and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, said his party would rather wait for the actual poll outcome instead of wasting time on opinion polls.

“It (MPOI) is really not a bona fide poll institute and they will say whatever they want,” Mutasa said.

“We will go by the actual result of the poll.”
MDC-M secretary-general Welshman Ncube seemed to become angry when asked to comment on the poll.

“This is an institute (MPOI) that is funded by particular countries which have issues with certain political parties and want a particular result,” Ncube said.

“They are fighting a psychological war.”
He added: “Please do not ask us to dignify rubbish. You want me to make a comment on something that is nonsensical. Arithmetically, how do you get minus one percent?”

Zapu spokesperson Methuseli Moyo said:
“Our initial reaction is that the poll is the joke of the year so far. It is not a serious exercise and we are not taking it seriously.

“Again if you look at the period which the poll was conducted, you will realise it was overtaken by events because things are happening at a very fast rate.”

The opinion poll was conducted last month.

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