HONDE VALLEY - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned the economy will be further doomed and hunger will worsen if Zimbabweans do not unite to kick out Zanu PF from power.
Addressing more than 1 000 people at Hauna Business Centre in Mutasa North yesterday, Tsvangirai said while his leadership will continue pushing for electoral reforms, the people needed to begin voter registration including even of 15-year-olds who would be eligible to vote in the next elections.
“Rwendo rwuno hazvikoni nekuti zvikaerekana zvakona we are doomed,” said Tsvangirai. (It’s either we kick out Zanu PF in 2018 or we are doomed).
The MDC president said key to winning the elections, however, was the need for his supporters to ensure that everyone including young people registered to vote.
“As we go towards that very critical date, we should all go and register to vote…let’s all go and ensure that no one is left out. Every child that has 15 years should go and register.
“We will deal with the other issues at our level but you should also play your part, let’s unite… I can tell you, victory is certain,” Tsvangirai said.
Tsvangirai, who revealed an aggressive new strategy to grow his party by reaching out to younger family members, said they should take a cue from apostolic churches who start teaching their children to be prayerful when they are still young by taking them to religious conventions to learn.
“This is the time we should teach them that the future we are fighting for also requires their (youth’s) active participation.
“It’s our duty as leaders to ensure that elections are conducted in a free and fair environment,” he said.
Tsvangirai said he welcomed former Presidential Affairs minister and Zanu PF Secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa’s agitation for the removal of President Robert Mugabe’s government.
“Although it took time for Mutasa to come around, we forgive and welcome him in our efforts to remove Mugabe and Zanu PF,” the MDC president said.
He also took a swipe at Zanu PF for abusing security forces saying it was now creating a captive nation that constantly lived in fear.
“Is this the liberation you brag of bringing to this nation or you are actually making people captive in their own country,” Tsvangirai said.