A Close ally of embattled opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has senstationally claimed the recent false and imaginery outbursts by the politician may be a sign of a mental breakdown owing to the political setbacks he has faced since the 2018 harmonised elections.
Chamisa who was defeated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ZANU PF party in the 2018 election has suffered a series of political setbacks.
The setbacks have seen him stripped of the leadership of the MDC-T, MDC -ALLIANCE and kicked out of the symbolic opposition headquarters Harvest House all at the hands of Douglas Mwonzora .
Chamisa's ally who spoke on condition of annoynimity said recent public utterances by the opposition leader are a cause for concern for many leaders in the opposition as they fear Chamisa was living in an alternate world in which he regarded himself as a demigod.
He said recent clips circulating on social media in which Chamisa makes statements that are at crossroads with reality had brought to the public fore concerns expressed privately within the top echelons of the opposition movement over his ability to lead and mental health state.
In the first clip while responding to a question during an interview with a Zambian journalist Chamisa shockingly claims Zimbabwe's vaccination drive is largely dependent on donors and "people are vaccinating themselves". This is contary to facts that show government procured 12.5m jabs for its vaccination programme and received an additional 500 000 doses as donation from China, Russia and India.
In the second clip speaking to an audience presumably after returning from the inauguration of Zambian President Hakainde Hachileme, Chamisa falsely claims he was accorded by the Zambian state military and police protection usually reserved for sitting heads of state while President Emmerson Mnangagwa was supposedly denied the same treatment.
However, video evidence of the Zambian inaguration clearly show President Mnangagwa was feted with treatment commuserate with his position as Head of State such as provision of security by the Zambian security arms,sitting alongside his colleagues from the region and beyond in the VVIP tent.
Chamisa on the other hand was relegated to the second tier seats with pictures circulating clearly showing him far away from the VVIP tent housing the sitting heads of state.
The ally said the utterances had left many colleagues wondering whether Chamisa can still be trusted to discern reality from fiction and more importantly whether he can lead the opposition at the 2023 polls.