By Sij Ncube
Bulawayo, September 30, 2013 – MDC leader Welshman Ncube appears to have lost his voice after faring badly in the July 31 elections.
Ncube lost dismally in his initially perceived strongholds of Matabeleland, including Bulawayo which was overwhelmingly won by the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T party.
Ncube’s party failed to garner a single seat in all the 210 parliamentary seats save for a handful of inconsequential local government seats mostly in Matabeleland South province. The media and analysts had predicted that his party would get no less than 10 parliamentary seats.
Ncube’s conspicuous absence from the spotlight has raised eyebrows, especially having been a favourite of both the public and private media who he seemed to grant interviews at every opportunity.
Even his twitter account that was abuzz with campaign messages in the run up to the polls has been dormant. Ncube was widely credited as one of the best politicians when it came to engaging the public.
In a rare tweet after the polls, Ncube appeared to turn to God, quoting heavily from the Bible chapters of Jeremiah.
“Lord, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous,” read one of his tweets posted on August 18.
Repeated efforts by Radio VOP to contact Ncube for an interview to discuss the outcome of the polls were fruitless as his mobiles phones were unreachable.
It was left to his party spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube to painfully explain his boss’s perceived hibernation.
“President Ncube is not silent nor has he lost his voice,” Dube said.
Dube said on the release of election results Ncube said that while he was certain there was a manipulation of the electoral process, his party would not go to the courts “because it was impossible to expect the election outcome to be reversed as that will be akin to asking Mugabe to annul his victory”.
Dube said Ncube’s focus is working towards the 2018 elections.
“Losing an election is not dying and we are spending no time on the excuses page. We lost an election and we are determined to do better in 2018 and we believe that the people know best how this can be achieved,” said Dube.