The MDC will not scout for a presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections as party leader Welshman Ncube has declared he is “in it to win it”.
Ncube told over 120 supporters in Hwange over the weekend, he was geared to win all council, parliamentary, senate and presidential elections.
“We want to take the council, parliamentary, senatorial and the Presidency. I know you have been told lies that we will not have a presidential candidate and that we will support other parties. We will not repeat the ‘president for hire’ mistake that we made in 2008,” he said.
“In 2008, we had a president who was looking at his curriculum vitae (CV) and not the people. This time, no matter how violent the elections will be, we will be there,” he said.
In 2008, the MDC did not participate in the presidential election and backed former Finance minister Simba Makoni, who was trounced by both MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe.
At the time, the party was led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
Ncube said his party wants an election but under conditions agreed to in the roadmap, supervised by Sadc.
“Zanu PF speaks as if they are the only ones who want an election. We want an election, but we should resolve some issues. (President) Robert Mugabe is faking bravery and is behaving like a drunkard who sings at night as he staggers home. If Zanu PF really wants an election, they should let the people vote freely” he said.
Ncube said in the next elections, parties had agreed the voters’ roll would be polling station-based.
“On the voting, what was agreed on was that a person’s name will appear once in the polling station where they will vote. There will be a new voter registration and you will be expected to go and indicate the polling station you want to vote in. That will be the only place where your name will appear in the voters’ roll.”