Five ways the Movement for Democratic Change can survive defeatby Simukai Tinhu / August 5, 2013 / Leave a comment
The hotly contested election in Zimbabwe has come and gone. Zimbabwe’s patriarch, Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner in the Presidential election by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the body that controls elections. This “win” has created a dilemma for the opposition, which has been left with a few options.
The first option is for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to challenge the electoral outcome via the courts. Indeed, Morgan Tsvangirai, told a press conference that his party will approach the courts. But, there are difficulties with this move. Not only have the Zimbabwe courts been accused of partisan, with most of the judges having been appointed by President Mugabe and also benefiting from Zanu–PF patronage networks, historically, few significant rulings have been made in favour of the MDC.
The second option is to hope that MDC supporters initiate a political protest, as in Egypt, in an attempt to force President Mugabe to step down or consider a rerun of the election. This is unlikely considering the heavy handedness in which security sector has handled previous protests.