By Nkosana Dlamini
HARARE-THE country’s major opposition political parties has vowed more impetus in 2016 as the nation slowly approaches what promises to be a gruelling campaign period ahead of the 2018 elections.
The opposition has often been accused of sleeping on duty while Zanu PF ran down the country, even having leeway to offload some of its members without the fear of losing political ground to its rivals.
But in separate interviews with RadioVop on Thursday, the parties said they were geared to put Zanu PF under siege.
People First spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said his party’s main priority was to become a fully fledged opposition party this year.
“You should expect the launch of People First in 2016,” Gumbo said.
The People First party, which comprises disgruntled Zanu PF politicians dislodged from the party for aligning themselves with ousted Vice President and alleged factional leader Joice Mujuru, has largely been a shadowy grouping with Mujuru often accused of overplaying her background politics.
Gumbo said the axed VP shall finally emerge from her closet to lead from the front.
“During the launch, she will come out in the open. She is going to talk to you publicly; but criticism around her that she has unnecessarily kept a low profile is informed by the fact that we operate in a very sensitive situation and we believe that is the right thing to do sometimes.”
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said his party declared 2016 as the year of the people’s liberation.
“2016 is the year of the people’s liberation. You are going to witness a reenergised and re-invigorated political party as we prepare to take over the levers of power,” said Gutu.
“We are going to be rolling out our party building programmes throughout the country as we seek to strengthen our party structures in preparation for the final peaceful and democratic onslaught that will dislodge the Zanu PF tyranny.
“We have structures in each of the 1958 wards and we are pretty confident that the party has now entered the homestretch.”
Gutu said any policy changes by the country’s biggest opposition “will be strategically informed the National electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) trajectory” his party signed together with some local opposition parties in the country.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Jacob Mafume said his party shall continue with its push for a transitional authority to confront the country’s economic problems in the wake of Zanu PF’s continued failure to remedy the situation.
“We now need a transitional authority to deal with the country from now to 2018,” said Mafume.
“We need a transitional government that with deal with restoring economic prosperity and preparing the ground for free and fair elections.”
Mafume ruled out any chances of a change of heart in their by-election boycott stance which he said had no immediate benefits to suffering Zimbabweans.
Kurauone Chihwayi, spokesperson for Professor Welshman Ncube’s MDC, said his party will this year hold its elective congress out of which it will elect a vibrant team to withstand the cutthroat competition on the political playing field.
“2016 will see the MDC holding its congress where the party’s top strikers will be picked,’ he said.
“The party congress will assembly a leadership that will lead the fierce march into a new Zimbabwe.
“The MDC is the bridge required by the bruised sons and daughters of the once glittering but dented Zimbabwe.”