If any indication was needed that Tsvangirai and the MDC are living in La La Land, delusional and completely off the mark with accusations of rigging, it was provided in an interview that the MDC-T president gave to ETV in 2013 after the disputed elections.
Flighted on the morning of 02 August 2013, Tsvangirai gave the clearest indication yet that his allegations of vote-rigging are not rooted in fact but conjecture, delusional thinking and a basic refusal to self-examine and learn from mistakes.
Asked to substantiate his allegations, Tsvangirai told the Etv interviewer that the MDC-T “used to control Manicaland” and now they do not have a single seat in Manicaland. “Could people have lost faith in us to that extent?” he asked. So basically, his allegations of rigging are based on the simple fact that he can not believe it. He took all his support for granted, that they would never desert him no matter what he did, no matter how badly he behaved etc. These are “his” people that he owns and he can not see how on earth they could turn on his party and desert him.
Tsvangirai and the MDC-T only need to look at examples from other countries to see how the mood of a people can change and they desert a party completely.
Ask the Tories in the United Kingdom what happened to them when Tony Blair took over in 1997 from John Major. They lost seats that were considered strongholds.
Ask the Republicans in the United States what happened to them when Bill Clinton took power. And then ask them what happened when Obama took power and retained it in a second election, despite all Republicans being convinced that Obama was dead in the water. The US economy was in the doldrums, Obamacare was said by every single poll to be deeply unpopular.
In fact, so incredulous were the Republicans after Obama won that they pulled a Tsvangirai and a lot of their supporters went on to social media and to the airwaves to allege that Obama and the “Chicago Mafia” had rigged the election.
But, more importantly, we need to look at how Tsvangirai lost the 2013 election. It is so obvious and was signalled to the MDC all through their years of sharing power with Mugabe that their decision to ignore these warnings can not be anything other than a certain hubris that saw the MDC-T thinking they were ordained by God to win. Supporters were taken for granted. This needs to change if true change will occur next year.