By Nkosana Dlamini
Outspoken former MDC top official Eddie Cross has set the cat among the pigeons again positing President Emmerson Mnangagwa ran and clearly won the cleanest election “in my life”.
The founding opposition legislator’s claims invited harsh condemnation from former MDC Alliance allies who maintain the Zimbabwe incumbent stole victory from party candidate Nelson Chamisa.
Speaking at State House during a Thursday launch of Mnangagwa’s biography entitled, “A Life Of Sacrifice – A biography of Emmerson Mnangagwa” he surprisingly authored on behalf of the President, Cross went ballistic about how the Zanu PF number one has kept his word to deliver a new dispensation and a free election in 2018.
“I talked the other day to senior American officials about the restrictions they are continuing to impose on us as a nation and I frankly put it to them do you really understand the risks that this man took in 2018 when he ran the freest election we have had in my life.
“And the Americans did not dispute either of those two truths; one, it was that it was the freest election not since 1980 – in living memory; and secondly, Mr President, you won that election, it was a democratic election and Mr President since that time, you and your administration have laid the foundations for a new era in Zimbabwe.
“The average Zimbabwean is beginning to understand the reality of what I am talking about.
“I have been saying for more than a year now that this is a new game we are now seeing the economy growing rapidly, in the last 6 months our exports have grown by 31 percent and our GDP by 13 percent.
“Mr President you and your colleagues gave us dignity and freedom and I have never underestimated that,” Cross said.
But former MDC Alliance colleagues would not let Cross escape with murder.
Former legislator David Coltart said on Twitter, “It is truly remarkable to hear Eddie Cross grovel like this and to speak such untruths – ignoring the grave illegalities and murders which surrounded the 2018 election. I am shocked.”
MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti said “It’s hard to measure which is the bigger fool Eddie Cross or Lovemore Madhuku” who is under fire for accepting one of the 19 vehicles generously parcelled out by Mnangagwa to his Polad colleagues.
Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere described Cross’s claims Mnangagwa has given Zimbabweans dignity and freedom as “madness”.
Joining them was ex-cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo who said Mnangagwa’s “trusted biographer” is “an ex-Rhodesian who backed Ian Smith’s UDI”.