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Zimbabwe Opposition Parties Too Fragmented to Unseat Zanu PF

FILE: Displaced MDC-T supporters in Muzarabani communal lands, Mashonaland Central Province. They fled their homes after being allegedly intimidated by Zanu PF supporters.

The current infighting within Zimbabwe’s leading political parties has raised questions about the political landscape and opposition politics in the country.

The Movement for Democratic Renewal Team has in recent days seen some high tensions after treasurer-general Elton Mangoma alleged that the party’s leadership is promoting internal squabbles. He is accused of allegedly having an extra-marital affair with an MDC Renewal activist’s wife.

Tension has also gripped President Robert Mugabe’s party, which has expelled several senior officials said to be backing deposed former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who allegedly wanted to topple the president.

Despite this political turbulence in these parties, some opposition parties are sprouting in the country as critics say Zanu PF opponents are too divided to remove it from power. There are 10 opposition parties in Zimbabwe, including Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe First, Transform Zimbabwe, and the newly formed Zimbabweans United for Democracy, among others.

Will all these parties manage to remove Zanu PF from power?

For perspective, reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to David Ndlovu, Zanu PF Central Committee member, and Moses Nkomo, lawyer and Transform Zimbabwe Glen View South parliamentary by-election candidate.

Nkomo said Zanu PF and the MDC formations have left the landscape wide open for a country looking for change.

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