Opposition fears run-off violence repeat

THE MDC Alliance has expressed fears of a repeat of the 2008 presidential run-off election-related violence, if there is no outright winner in the first round of balloting in the upcoming harmonised polls.


The country is set to hold elections between July and August, with MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is Zanu PF’s first secretary, seen as the leading contenders in the race for the Presidency.

Other contenders include People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru, Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa, leader of the breakaway MDC-T, Thokozani Khupe, and Harry Peter Wilson, the leader of the Democratic Opposition Party (DOP).

MDC Alliance spokesperson and MDC leader Welshman Ncube emphasised on the need for all opposition parties to unite to give Chamisa a “boxing knockout” victory to avoid a run-off poll, which he said might be marred by violence.

“We do not want a run-off election. I am sure we all know what happens during a run-off election. We do not want to hear anything about a run-off. To those who follow boxing, it must be a knockout victory for Chamisa and nothing else to avoid a run-off election,” he said in a recent MDC Alliance rally held in Avoca, Filabusi, in Matabeleland South.

Both Chamisa and Mnangagwa have predicted an outright victory in the upcoming elections.

Ncube added: “This MDC Alliance is very much important in that we are saying let us unite and add all our votes because removing Zanu PF from power, removing Zanu PF that is now shielded by soldiers, removing Zanu PF that sends soldiers to the rural areas to intimidate people is not easy. We need to encourage each other to unite and make sure that Chamisa gets a minimum 50%-plus-one votes.”

The last run-off election pitting former president and expelled Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe against the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai was characterised by violence and abduction of opposition supporters.

Tsvangirai had won the first round of balloting, by a narrow margin and could not be declared outright winner.

Over 200 opposition supporters were killed, several hundreds injured and displaced, resulting in Tsvangirai refusing to participate in the run-off poll.

Mugabe won uncontested, but his victory was condemned and he was forced to enter into a unity government with the MDC-T.

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  1. hatidi izvozvo ingoti unoda kuzoita vice president. ko iwe wadii jujoina PRC kana CODE you are selfish

  2. mira wega shamwari

  3. True Mukoma Ncube but this time it is dog eat dog we have suffered enough and be informed that more Zanu PF youths are going to vote for the Alliance because of imposition of candidates i believe we all saw what happened and what was said by youths at ZPF Headquarters.

  4. Eagle's eye & baboon's ears

    Together we will reach our promised land

  5. Comrade Sithole

    Don’t worry this time we won’t repeat what happened when we were cheated by the Dawn Mavambo Coalition of Simba Makoni disaster. The nation was taken for a ride.


    1. Thaks……for praying for ED so that he will unleash another Gukurahundi…..

  7. I hope this time the playing field will have a few pot-holes and no gullies!!!!

  8. So Tsvangirai people, You used to say Welshman was a CIO, Zanupf agent watwat & some of us knew he was a true democrat whose only offence was to differ strategically with Morgan. Now its your time to apologise to him. You said a lot of nonsense back then. Now that Chamisa knew he was a genuine cadre with different opinions, you accept back. Please give us seriousness. Same thing with Khupe, shes not a Zanu agent…..she just has a different opinion on how things ought to go. Refusal to accept that is being Zanupf…..that labelled everyone who differed with Mugabe as an agent of the WEST.

    1. it is the agenda that propels the Zanu wishes even iye munhu wacho asiri kuita upenzi hwacho husiri maune

    2. In politics there are no apologies. Welshman has his own party and he understands why he needs to reunite with MDC-T. Politics is about numbers of what benefit is Khupe’s candidature when she totally does not have a chance of unseating ED.

  9. Welshman Ncube is so unbelievable, to say the least! For me, he is trying to win favour with original MDC T members. What is he doing to ensure that Chamisa wins outright to avoid a re-run!? Welshman Ncube has a lot to explain to the mainline MDC members.

    1. Wena sithutha; Welshman is the Spokesman for the MDC-Alliance which has chosen Chamisa as its Presidential candidate. He is simply doing his job. Why appoint him Spokesman if you dont want him to speak on behalf of the MDC? Stupid!

  10. OK guys what is wrong with Welshman Ncube advise. He is encouraging us to be united and face our common enemy as a formidable force. United we stand devided we fall. Guys before we comment let us think.

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