PROMINENT cleric and founder of the Destiny for Africa Network,. Obadiah Msindo, has said MDC leader Nelson Chamisa committed political suicide and lost a golden opportunity to push for electoral reforms ahead of the 2023 elections when he spurned the official opposition position and chose street-based violence and protests.
Msindo said by also spurning the dialogue process called by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chamisa will head into the next harmonized elections in a much weaker position because he failed to take his chance and opted for a hard-line stance against Zanu-PF which will simply never work in MDC’s favour.
Msindo said this on Friday evening at the launch of Pastor Olinda Marowa’s album in Harare, an event that Destiny for Africa Network funded.
“When Nelson Chamisa refused to accept President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s offer of being the official opposition leader, he spurned a golden chance.
“He should have embraced the offer and pushed for electoral reforms from within the structures of Parliament and Government, but as it is, he is oushing from outside and it will simply not work. These protests are not helping any ordinary person at all,” Msindo said.
President Mnangagwa in January proposed to implement a Commonwealth system by creating a position of official opposition for Chamisa. Justice Minsiter Ziyambi Ziyambi said at the time that the Constitution would be tweaked to accommodate Chamisa, but the offer was spurned by the MDC leader who insisted he wanted nothing but “keys to the State House.”
Msindo further called on the MDC to show how well they would manage the national economy by improving the welfare of and service delivery to the urban dwellers in their local authorities.
“The MDC must learn from the Democratic Alliance of South Africa. The DA runs Cape Town so very well that they point to it during national elections as an indicator of how well they would manage the whole economy or other councils they win.
“Here in Zimbabwe, the MDC is busy only calling for sabotage and protests, and this does not affect Zanu-PF at all. It is the people that suffer at the end of the day.
“President Mnangagwa must also surround himself with people who share his vision, not saboteurs. There are investors who have met the President and stepped out of his offices in high spirits, only for them to meet an anti-prosperity sentiment when they visit other government departments to push through with their deals. Things must change,” Msindo said.
The album launch of Pastor Marowa’s album was attended by Deborah Fraser, a gospel giant from across the Limpopo in South Africa.j
The Destiny for Africa Network founder said he funded the event as part of his drive to promote peace, unity and cohesion among Zimbabweans.