In the lead-up to the highly anticipated presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for August in Zimbabwe, former Information Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has expressed his views on the state of the opposition. During an interview with the SABC, Professor Moyo, who has been residing outside the country since 2017, shared his perspective on the perceived weaknesses of the opposition parties.
According to Professor Moyo, one of the challenges faced by the local opposition is their limited presence and impact within communities. He believes that the parties have not effectively connected with the people, resulting in a lack of resonance with the electorate. Drawing comparisons, he suggested that political parties should consider the strategies employed by figures such as Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Mmusi Maimane, a former leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Furthermore, Professor Moyo noted that the current opposition parties in Zimbabwe lack the same sense of nationalism that characterized the political landscape during the early 1990s.
He implied that the earlier parties were driven by a common nationalistic vision, whereas the current opposition seems to lack that unifying force.