By Staff Reporter
Harare, May 30, 2016 – PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) secretary general Gorden Moyo says the large crowds pulled during last week’s “million man march” was testimony Zanu PF was not yet ready to surrender its scare tactics on innocent citizens many of whom were forced to attend the Harare rally.
He warned all opposition parties in the country to forge a strong alliance against what he termed Zanu PF’s military style tactics, to salvage the 2018 polls.
“While the display of numbers by Zanu PF can be read as self delusion and ego boasting, as opposition, we should take the Zanu PF march a dress rehearsal for 2018,” Moyo told RadioVOP in an exclusive interview on Sunday.
Zanu PF drew crowds which many say were over a hundred thousand.
The march was organised by the Zanu PF youth wing to rally support around President Robert Mugabe, who is under pressure from a section of the party leadership to give up his job.
Mugabe, who will be 94 in 2018, still wants another term, much to the disappointment of fellow party politicians, among them Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also want to taste the country’s most powerful job before they grow older.
Moyo told RadioVOP that instead of looking at the numbers pulled by Zanu PF and probably trying to surpass them, the opposition should be busy trying to stop their common rival from continuing with its strong arm tactics of rallying support among ordinary citizens.
The opposition blames Zanu PF’s continued rule on intimidation which has seen villagers being marshalled to polling stations and threatened for failure to vote for the party.
“Instead of just looking at the numbers we should look beyond to see the machinery that was at play to put together that show,” said the former State Enterprises minister.
“As PDP, we believe the march was a military operation. The same machinery will be used to commandeer the electorate to vote for Zanu PF.
“Hence the mechanism to vaccinate against electoral alchemy, electoral manipulation and electoral corruption should be our headache as the opposition.
“It is in this context that our party believes in working together with others particularly with former members of the receding regime. We need a lock nut to gain access to the strong room of Zanu PF electoral smithing.”
Moyo added: “This march is a strong reminder to the opposition political society including PDP, ZimPF and MDC-T that there is no time for luxury.
“Forging an altruistic coalition of serious actors is the best foot forward. It is the only way that can unmask the illusion of all those bodies of people who were physically there but were not spiritually there.”