Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says Zimbabweans in the diaspora would be trooping back home if he had been declared winner of the 30 July presidential elections.
Chamisa lost to Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leader Emmerson Mnangagwa but challenged the results in court and lost. But he still insists that he won the elections and has rejected the Constitutional Court ruling.
“There would be an economic hara-kiri right now if there was no political rape on July 30,” he told Newsday. “Rape has consequences and this failing economy is what we are now suffering from.
“But as both a leader and citizen, I am deeply concerned by the level of suffering of Zimbabweans. There is violence in the minds of people due to the painful challenges they are facing everyday under Mnangagwa’s controversial leadership. The situation tells a lot about the previous elections. The elections, instead of being a source of joy, have brought about a lot of uncertainties.
“The economy is freezing and even fuel is in short supply. What is more in short supply is market confidence. Business is not settled because elections were tampered with. You can change statistics of elections, but you cannot tamper with figures in economics.
“Mnangagwa did not win the elections, but he was declared winner. This has to be resolved first. This problem will not go away because we inaugurated a lie. There is dispute on who should lead the country. Disputed mandates will always cause a dispute of failed economy.”
Chamisa said Mnangagwa should thank him for restraining his supporters otherwise there would have been an implosion.
“Mnangagwa should actually thank me. I calmed down the people, but there is a limit to that goodwill. People are becoming impatient because they know that they voted and they were cheated on. It’s a political tinderbox. Why (does Mnangagwa) want to lead people by fear and force?” he asked.
ZANU-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs Munyaradzi Mangwana dismissed Chamisa’s claims saying: “I don’t waste my time dwelling on what has already passed. President Mnangagwa was declared winner by the court and we are now focussing on the 2023 elections and we will trounce them again.”