By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
Lawyer and political commentator Brian Kagoro says President Emmerson Mnangagwa cannot win the impending 2018 elections without the aid of the military adding that the opposition only need to focus on fundamentals.
Zanu PF is currently fractured by factionalism which saw former President Robert Mugabe being removed from power by the military in a bloodless coup.
The military invention was targeted at G40 faction members who were lining for former first lady Grace Mugabe to take-over as successor to her aged husband.
Since the coup, several alleged known G40 members have been expelled from Zanu PF and some have been arrested on allegation of abusing their offices.
Speaking at the ‘Making Elections Make Sense’ debate series organised by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Kagoro said Mnangagwa will not win even against a feeble opposition.
“…I don’t see Mnangagwa being an ultimate winner in the impending elections unless he is assisted by the military…,” he said.
Kagoro who brags that he has been spot on in all his election predictions, added that he was only worried that the opposition was focusing on trivial issues without majoring on the fundamentals that will being free and fair elections.
“I am perturbed by how most of opposition legislators are raising motions in Parliament that are of lesser importance to guarantee an election victory in the country rather than focusing on fundamentals like a free press to ensure a free and fair election,” said Kagoro.
Speaking at the same occasion, MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga warned that power struggles currently at play in Zanu PF will likely result in bloody primary elections as people jostle for seats.
“The recent events in the ruling party where party members are fighting for positions poses a possibility for bloody primary elections,” she said.
Meanwhile, Honourable Misihairabwi-Mushonga said there was no need for the opposition to focus on big electoral reforms which will not be granted , adding that more energy should be spend trying to take advantage of little reforms that have already happen.
The outspoken legislator said the current electoral reforms are enough to guarantee an opposition win in the 2018 elections.
Businessman-cum-cleric Shingi Munyeza took the opportunity to urge church congregates to actively participate in politics and make informed decisions adding that politics supersedes everything else.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised that elections will go ahead as scheduled.