By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare- ZIMBABWE’s opposition political parties have welcomed statements by the former Zambian Vice President Guy Scott in which he chided President Robert Mugabe’s use of political violence to remain in power.
The Zambian based newspaper the Sunday Post quoted Guy Scott as saying that the current Zambian President Edgar Lungu must get rid of traits of violence
‘I told president Lungu that if you want me back, allow all Sata’s people to come back. I went all the way to western, north- western Copperbelt and I can’t just leave them. My other condition was that get rid of violence,’ said the Scott who is now supporting Zambian opposition leader Haikande Hichilema.
However, what has captured the Zimbabwean media attention was Scott’s reference to Zambia becoming like Zimbabwe where Mugabe lost elections and is still in power.
‘We don’t want this country to be like Zimbabwe. Why should we voluntary become like Zimbabwe, where the President can lose an election and 8 years later he is still there,’ he said.
Scott was referring to the 2008 elections, in which according to the official reports Mugabe lost to Tsvangirai by 47% to 42% forcing a controversial runoff which was discredited by local and international observers.
Even former Zanu PF members like Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa have noted that Tsvangirai won the election.
Mugabe himself has at one point mistakenly admitted that he lost the elections and that Tsvangirai got 73% of the vote.
Speaking to Radio VOP, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said as the MDC they were congratulating Scott for the audacity to tell Mugabe.
‘We would like to congratulate him for having the audacity to say out his mind. We urge other politicians in the SADC region to call a spade a spade, everyone knows that Mugabe lost in 2008 but forced himself into power,’ said Gutu.
Gutu also noted that even in 2013 Mugabe lost the elections and as such politicians from the SADC were supposed to take the leaf from what Scott said and tell the truth.
‘In 2013 he used smart violence, in the form of nikuving and gerrymandering the voters roll, as the MDC we expect all politicians in the SADC region to come out in the open,’ he said.
The spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Jacob Mafume concurred with Gutu saying everyone knows that Mugabe lost elections but they was need for SADC leaders to speak.
‘Guy Scott has hit the nail on the head. In opposition we have always maintained that Mugabe lost elections. It’s an indication of the weakness of not only Zimbabwe but SADC,’ he said.
‘He got into power on a pyramid scheme of Zanu PF that is violence, the scheme is rapidly collapsing and very soon he will fall,’ said Mafume of the former Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s party.
Efforts to get comments from the Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.