I am not dodging elections says Mwonzora.


MDC-T President Douglas Mwonzora has refuted claims that the constitutional court application filed last Tuesday is premised on dodging elections.

Recently, the MDC-T filed a court application seeking the court to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to re-do the delimitation report and stop President Emmerson Mnangangwa from announcing election dates.

Based on the defeat in the March 2022 by-elections some members of society argue that the court application was a plot to dodge elections.

Last year in March, Zimbabwe held the largest by-elections ever, after MDC-T led by Mwonzora recalled 122 councilors and 28 law makers.

Mwonzora recalled the elected officials after they had refused to recognize him as the leader of the party.

Unfortunately, the MDC-T did not win a single seat.

Mwonzora took to twitter to respond to online and offline comments suggesting that through the court challenge he wanted to stop elections.

Mwonzora’s Response

“Contrary to what some people have said, this application is not meant to avoid elections at all.

“It seeks that elections must be held using a correct and valid Delimitation Report.

“This application is in the best interests of Zimbabwe. It is in the best interests of our great nation that for once we hold truly free, fair, credible and undisputed elections.

“This will unlock unfathomable and vast fortunes for our country and its people,” said Mwonzora.

According to the constitution the delimitation exercise is every ten years.

Delimitation is the redrawing of electoral boundaries to ensure each jurisdiction has equal voting strength.

Mnangangwa gazetted the delimitation report on 20 February 2023.

MDC-T insists the delimitation report does not meet the constitutional standards and should be re-done.

Furthermore, MDC-T has questioned the formula used in the delimitation was incorrect as it did not give equal voting strength given that some constituencies were below or above the 20 per acceptable variance.

Mwonzora argued that going ahead to use the delimitation report would result in a disputed election.