The once vibrant opposition movement in the country, which came close to overthrowing Zanu PF in the much contested 2008 elections, has beyond doubt weakened and this has left scores of people questioning its ability to challenge the more than three decade rule enjoyed by Zanu PF.
The overwhelming victory by Zanu PF in the previously held elections seems to have posed a huge blow to the opposition parties which are now evidently struggling to deal with their controversial defeat.Furthermore , the opposition has compounded their weakness by virtue of their recent power struggles as evidenced by the all but formal split of the MDC-T.On the other hand the new parties such as the NCA are struggling with local government by elections, a clear sign that the parties are either not well organized or are inexperienced.
The internal fights within the MDC-T have caused the party to dwell on nothing else serve for attempts to resolve succession issues. . These internal fights have left thousand of Zimbabweans clueless as to what next for opposition politics in Zimbabwe.
Donors have since started pulling out of the already weakened MDC –T which is a major blow to the opposition movement. On the other hand the renewal team led by Tendai Biti is failing to mobilise supporters as evidenced by the fewer number of supporters who attend their meetings.
While the opposition parties are struggling, Zanu PF has already started to organise its structures from ward level amid the 2018 presidential elections. The ‘revolutionary party ’ has already started mobilizing people in the rural areas, a move which might see the party continuing to rule.
All the other political parties that sprung after the July 31 elections including the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), the Mthwakazi Republic Party and the Zimbabwe Youth Council have also fallen in the brackets of the main opposition parties.
Opposition parties often sprout a few months before elections which raises questions about their capacity and ability to initiate change or proffer long term alternative leadership for Zimbabweans.
While the MDC-T is the only party that came close to removing Zanu Pf from power in 2008, its divisions make this one-time possibility appear to be a pipedream. Especially if the power struggles are not resolved.
As it stands, it still remains that Zanu PF is powerful and has the muscles to continue dominating the political circles.However the birth of many political parties might provide a chance for political diversity a situation in which Zimbabweans will have a wide range of choices on which party to vote for.