As the US election debacle unfolds, there are glaring similarities between U.S President Donald Trump and MDC-Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa, with the two political figures turning out to be perfect allies in refusing to accept the will of the people.
After prematurely declaring victory in December, incumbent U.S President Donald Trump spewed unfounded conspiracy theories about election fraud and illegal ballot-counting.
Similarly in 2018, MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa claimed victory before alleging election fraud and ballot stuffing.
He accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of stealing his victory just like Donald Trump accused the Democratic Party of rigging the 2020 US polls.
They both took the legal route with Trump being exposed for pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
Chamisa did the same- approaching the courts demanding a favourable election result but he lost the appeal at the constitutional court.
With the stark reality that the courts could not address their fraudulent accusations, they approached their supporters to cause mayhem and anarchy in a bid to discredit free and fair electoral processes.
Trump’s call for protesters to storm Capitol Hill is shockingly similar to the anarchy caused by MDC supporters when they tried to force their way into the National Command centre and overturn the 2018 election result.
In similar fashion, all the dirty tactics employed were unsuccessful with initial results being upheld in compliance with the rule of law.