MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora has played down his party’s dismal loss in the just-ended by-elections steadfastly claiming that the bruised opposition outfit shall rise like a phoenix to mount a stronger challenge in harmonised elections next year.
He was addressing the press at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House in Harare this Monday afternoon.
MDC-T failed to get a single seat in 28 parliamentary and 117 council elections that were up for grabs.
The rival CCC led by Nelson Chamisa posted a runaway majority in the elections.
Mwonzora attributed his party’s loss to voter apathy, something he said needed to be mended ahead of the 2023 elections for the benefit of the broader opposition in the country.
He described his party’s loss as a “temporary setback”.
he admitted party strategies employed during campaigns to win elections were wrong, adding, “we thought it was a novel strategy…”.
“Lionel Messi misses a penalty, doesn’t he? Maradona misses a penalty, doesn’t he. So, strategists can get strategies wrong as well,” said the opposition leader, who stayed adamant his party will rise from its losses.
“The versatility of the MDC, the never say die attitude of the MDC, its very, very good strategic potency gives us the confidence. We got our strategy wrong.
“Our performance was not good and we have put that behind us.
“We are down yes, but we are not out and we will rise like a phoenix and we will overtake and recover all.
“It is possible, we have self-belief, we have enough positive arrogance to come out from this disadvantage and this is nothing, this is past tense; we are looking forward and you will see for yourselves.”
Mwonzora said his party will push for dialogue among the country’s political protagonists “because it has worked before”.
Said the opposition leader, “The fact that we did not do well in these elections does not mean that we have to abandon what is in the best interest of the Zimbabwean people…what is in the best interest of our people is to redress what is in their best interest.”
He said his party remained “committed to dialogue and will pursue it with vigour” especially given the signals shown by Zimbabweans who did not vote showing they were disgruntled with poll processes that include violence.