Turnout blow for Mnangagwa

MASVINGO - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday suffered another blow to his campaign, with a poor turnout at his rally here confirming the dramatic drop in support suggested by analysts.

Analysts have predicted that the crisis-torn ruling Zanu PF party faced a real battle to stay in power in forthcoming elections.

A few thousand supporters attended the rally at Mucheke Stadium in a key Mnangagwa home constituency.

Repeated appeals for bus drivers to ferry more supporters to the meeting failed to boost the audience, although Mnangagwa arrived hours later than scheduled to address them.

Party stalwarts complained that they had expected a bigger turnout, and accused the district organisers of failing to do a good job.

Several hundred thousand people had turned out to hear party officials at the same site three years ago, shortly before Zanu PF controversially swept to power ahead of the 2013 general elections.

In his speech, Mnangagwa repeated the familiar themes of the campaign of recent months, dismissing claims that the ruling party has split into two factions.

“Never believe those who are saying the revolutionary party has split,” Mnangagwa said.

“There are no two Zanu PF’s as those who purport to be forming another party cannot do so because we fired them. In Zanu PF, we fire people one by one who cannot toe the correct line and thus we are not like MDC who have several parties with one name.”

He said those who were mulling plans to form a new Zanu PF party were “day-dreaming”.

Mnangagwa likened the splinter Zanu PF faction going by the moniker People First to an insignificant outfit.

“Those who are spreading wrong information and making noise are like a dog barking at an elephant passing through a home and Zanu PF is the elephant it will continue to move on despite the barking dogs and Didymus Mutasa and his colleagues are the useless dog,” Mnangagwa said.

His remarks come amid reports that Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and other disaffected party stalwarts were insisting that they were the bona fide Zanu PF.

“There are sellouts that are making noise and some of them like Mutasa and (Temba) Mliswa have gone and tried to drag our party to the court and have lost their case so you can never stop the revolution because it will continue to unfold,” he said.

“There will never be a split in Zanu PF and never be two parties in the revolutionary party because we have a strong constitution that allows us to expel renegades, so if you are fired you cannot be part of us anymore.”

He accused Mutasa and Mujuru of being responsible for their expulsion after ostensibly planning to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Both have rubbished the accusations.

Earlier, Mnangagwa had officially opened the Trabablas national liberation war monument site at Masvingo Railway Station. It was the scene where Mnangagwa reportedly bombed a train in 1964.

Mnangagwa, under his nom de guere Trabablas Dzokerai Mabhunu, in 1964 blew a train at then colonial Rhodesia’s Fort Victoria Train Station while conducting sabotage guerrilla operations under the Crocodile Gang. This was after he had undergone military  training outside the country.

Mnangagwa was saved from the hangman’s noose because he was still under the age of 21.

Comments (12)

vana mnangagwa, mangwana muchati kudii kana party iri kutaurwa iyo yavepo

staff reporter - 9 April 2015

you are wasting your time editor, Zanu Pf has a history of stealing elections and the low turnout does not faze them even a bit.from as far back as we cant remember, MDC has had overwhelming support but the end result is the same.these guys should look for over alternatives like forcing Zanu Pf to allow international election observer missions to run the show.apart from that , forget and smile.

nyika yaramba - 9 April 2015

Here is an idiot who can not remember that they is a party using the name zanu and that is zanu ndonga . .Zanu first is with us and is not going away as MUNANGAGWA would wish . Meanwhile the guy has a reputation of loosing elections i do not see him going far very soon he will dead and buried politically .the guy is very stupid anywhere.

Diibulaanyika - 9 April 2015

Although he is the VP , we can only respect him is he talks sense in his speeches. Mnangagwa is thinking of maintaining the status quo,. Manipulating elections and getting away with it. This time it's not going to happen. We will not allow our. Constitutional rights to be tempered with . There will be war. You better shut up and enjoy what you have now, come 2018 we will remove you from power through the ballot box or through the bullet.

Dzasukwa - 9 April 2015

vakuru ava havana chipo chekutonga kana kutaura rawo basa ndekubackground, ngavatisiye titongwe zvedu naamai vedu Mai MUJURU. We will not support you VP, HATIKUDEI

nyasha - 9 April 2015

Mutasa has been a top aide wa bob and knows everything so if this stupid mnangagwa under estimates him then he's in trouble. I think tichaonerera hedu cos I see I can foresee a really interesting drama unfolding. Zanu has never been this shaky ever.

redemption - 9 April 2015

A few thousands supporters! Woh! Can you imagine how many would have turned up if attending was voluntary and not through coercion. Zvavana Mnangagwa ndezve mbabvu chete - sapoti hapana.

Zvabuda Pachena - 9 April 2015

F$£&ng Mnangagwa, he has never won an election in any constituency!!! Useless dude, faggot VP. Zvichakuwana chete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garikayi - 10 April 2015

The cabal is under control, we will kill them one by one. vatengesi

Joe - 10 April 2015

I have heard several of this lizard's statement's, sorry crocodile, he does not make sense at all, I don't see any leadership qualities in him, he just makes threats whenever he get's a chance to address the public, he is only good at loosing elections and threatening people, once a terrorist always one.

Dr.Dhewa - 10 April 2015

The writer of this article should take note of what Thabo Mbeki once said about journalists like him: “It seems to me that the unacceptable practice of propagation of deliberate falsehoods to attain various objectives is becoming entrenched in our society. I also call on all of us as leaders and citizens critically to reflect on this practice in order to avoid the entrenchment of a culture which may eventually corrupt our society.,”

godfrey gudo - 10 April 2015

Give Honourable VP a chance , uncle Bob is needs help, a country cannot run itself and our Zimbabwe culture is respect always and VP will in turn endeavour to earn the respect in due course . We want peace , look what mayhem some countries up north are facing , dark forces killing and hurting people in the name of false distorted beliefs .The onous is on us to build the motherland and shape its future. Hate , bitterness, intolerance will get us nowhere

florence - 14 April 2015

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