Zanu PF will not accept electoral defeat as it fears being held to account for egregious human rights violations and massive looting of national resources it is accused of committing since 1980.
This was said by a top academic, Tony Reeler in an opinion piece on the rising political crisis in Zimbabwe.
Reeler, who is also the co-convener of the Platform for Concerned Citizens, claimed that corruption by Zanu PF elites has worsened since the November 2017 military coup. He said:
Zanu PF cannot afford to lose political power for two reasons; It fears being held accountable for all the gross human rights violations committed over the past 40 years.
It fears accountability for the massive corruption that has increased under the new dispensation.
Reeler added that Zanu PF is working on annihilating the opposition citing recent recalls of dozens of MDC Alliance MPs from parliament as an example. Said Reeler:
The first strategy of the ruling party is, therefore, to continue to dismember all opposition forces, political and civic, to ensure that it will be the only major political force able to contest an election in 2023.
The recall of all the genuinely elected MPs of the MDC Alliance (most recently Tendai Biti) and their replacement by unelected appointees of minority proxy political parties, is central to this strategy.
Zanu PF political commissar and Defence and War Veterans Affairs Deputy Minister Victor Matemadanda recently said war veterans did not liberate Zimbabwe to donate or surrender it to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.