In a developing pattern , MDC Alliance President, Nelson Chamisa, addressed less than 10 people during his brief drive by visits in Matabeleland as his popularity continues to plummet.
A close member of Chamisa ‘s team said after they could not find people to address, they started looking for a funeral gathering to attend but did not find any.
In all the areas visited, villagers continued to avoid approaching Chamisa and his convoy, preffering to wave at him from afar. Some ran into their houses as soon as they saw him.
The flop in Matabeleland follows similar small crowds in Masvingo, Bikita and Manicaland, where Chamisa was forced to bus in youths from Harare to beef up his crowds.
According to recent Media reports, Chamisa is contemplating boycotting the upcoming by-elections, after internal assessments revealed that ZANU PF, which is much more organized, is going to win in most areas.
A villager who spoke to Gambakwe Media said locals are bitter at Chamisa for supporting sanctions.
‘How can Chamisa support sanctions which have brought us untold suffering for over 20 years – that is heartless?
However, Chamisa said he was happy that he managed to travel to Matabeleland unhindered.
Writing on Facebook, Chamisa said :
I’M IN NKAYI, MATNORTH..Just had fulfilling citizens and community interface meetings listening to citizens’ concerns, hopes and aspirations. Great conversations at Nkayi centre,Vova,Tohwe, Zwelabo and Gwelutshena.Nkayi is ready for change. A New Great Zimbabwe is loading..change. A New Great Zimbabwe is loading..
Analysts agree that Chamisa has lost the popularity that he had in 2018.
‘Zimbabweans are now tired of his divisive politics’, said one prominent political scientist.
People now know that the problem is the sanctions, and not Mnangagwa.