An impression has been created worldwide that Zimbabwe is ruled by a "dictatorship", but a dictatorship with an opposition represented at all levels of government--local, mayoral, parliamentary (both lower house and senate)--is a contradiction in terms.
The MDC currently has seven senators in the upper house of parliament, representing Pumula-Luveve, Phelandaba-Mpopoma, Bulawayo-Nkulumane, Lobengula-Magwegwe, Matobo-Mzingwane, Bulawayo-Makokoba, Lupane-Nkayi, and Binga.
In the lower house (House of Assembly), the MDC has 41 MPs (as against Zanu-PFs 78).
When it comes to the municipal level, MDC has five mayors, in Bulawayo, Kwekwe, Gweru, Masvingo and Kariba. They used to have mayors also in Harare, Mutare and Chitungwiza until the Councils' nonperformance compelled the government to appoint commissions to run the cities.
In addition, the MDC has 82 local councilors, spread over the following provinces: Midlands 8, Manicaland 15, Mashonaland South 19, Matabeleland North 33, Mashonaland Central 1, Mashonaland West 2, and Masvingo 4.
In the 2000...