Dzamara says it’s ridiculous for anyone in MDC to suggest rigging in Cowdray Park


Activist Patson Dzamara has accused some of his colleagues in the Movement for Democratic Change of being in denial saying it was ridiculous for anyone to suggest rigging in the Cowdray Park council by-election which the MDC lost to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front at the weekend.

The MDC lost the Cowdray Park council seat to ZANU-PF candidate Kidwell Mujuru who polled 1 899 votes against the combined votes of two MDC candidates of 1 450.

Dzamara’s sentiments seemed to be a reaction to MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda’s defence to the party’s loss to rigging after Sibanda tweeted: “Look, we blinked and the rigging machine took advantage. This is primarily because the president focussed on the cyclone and humanitarian situation. Be rest assured, president will look into this.”

Dzamara responded: “I see some are in denial regarding the defeat our party suffered in Cowdray Park over the weekend. It’s actually ridiculous for anyone to even suggest rigging. Hama, there was no rigging apa, we were beaten because of our internal issues. We must attend to those issues.”

He said if the MDC doesn’t reset during this congress “then we must forget about dismantling ZANU-PF anytime soon”.

Dzamara said three things must happen:

  1. Absolutely nobody is entitled to anything.
  2. All tired hands & feet must be rested.
  3. A multi-pronged reset of the entire party must be effected.



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  1. Looks like someone has a head between his shoulders, a rare phenomenon in the MDC. Blaming ZEC and ZANU PF for your lack of internal party democracy actually works to our advantage. While you immerse your heatrs and souls in the scratched and tired rigging song, your audience is diminishing. While your leader is obbssessed with non- existent legitimacy issues, ZANU PF is working and the results are beginning to show. As you turn your congress venues into battlefields, we count our blessing and thank the Almighty.