HARARE – MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday said he was smelling the “sweet scent of victory” for his party in the 2023 elections inspired by Zambia opposition chief Hakainde Hichilema’s win over the repressive Edgar Lungu.
Hichilema ended Lungu’s six-year reign with 2,810,757 votes to the outgoing leader’s 1,814,201 votes.
Lungu who was seeking a third term in office conceded defeat.
Inspired by the events in the northern territory, Zimbabwean opposition leader Chamisa is confident that the same electoral feat could be accomplished by his party in Zimbabwe.
He added that the Zambian situation had given him hope that victory was possible even over repressive regimes.
“Africa must have a new record of having credible elections, where blood is not shed on the basis of contestation.
“Zambian elections are a positive indicator of a new Africa and smooth transitions and institutions strong enough to bring change. Gone are the days where big men entered a new dispensation of ideas.
“What we are seeing now is a new federation of democracy, citizen participation in defining the destiny of nations. It started in Malawi and swept into Zambia and now we can smell the sweet scent here in Zimbabwe. It is coming,” Chamisa was quoted by local newspaper NewsDay.