'Fight for your future'

HARARE - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has challenged millions of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, particularly those in South Africa, to return home and register for the crucial 2018 national elections, to help safeguard the country’s future.

Addressing hundreds of Zimbabweans resident in the sprawling Johannesburg informal settlement of Dieploot last weekend, Mujuru also declared that the opposition had now “truly cornered” President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF, which meant that the will of the people would prevail in 2018 if citizens played their part by voting.

“Come back and let us fight for ourselves. Wherever you are as a builder do what you can. Please do your maximum. You must come home and register to vote.

“They (authorities) are not going to use the previous voters’ roll. We are registering anew. We have managed to bring Mugabe’s people to the negotiating table so that they listen to us and they have done that.

“We are trying hard to make sure that we level the electoral playing field and we have to start with his people at Zec (the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission). If you cannot vote then don’t ask me what happened later, but if we all vote we will make a difference,” Mujuru said.

“We are with you because I am asking myself why I left my parents at the age of 13, to try and liberate Zimbabwe ... and why is it that crocodiles in the Limpopo River are now scared of Zimbabweans (illegally entering South Africa), yet we call ourselves a liberated nation. No!

“I am calling upon all Zimbabweans to use this Christmas holiday to return home and register to vote in large numbers, so that we can change our country for the better,” she added.

Mujuru’s call to Diasporans to come home and register, comes as Zec has announced that it will open the registration for the 2018 elections in the first quarter of next year.

The national elections management body has been under serious pressure from opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), to take on board their concerns which include the management of a transparent voter registration exercise and the reconstitution of Zec’s secretariat among other demands.

The opposition also accuses Zec of having manipulated poll results in previous elections in aid of Mugabe and Zanu PF.

In 2008, authorities withheld the results of that year’s presidential election, in which Mugabe was beaten hands down by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, for an inexplicable six weeks.

Nera officials told the Daily News yesterday that Zec had this week given in to some of its demands, after it moved to set up multi-party committees to work at ensuring a modicum of transparency in the processes leading to the 2018 national polls.

Opposition parties met with Zec on Monday where they agreed to set up the nine sub-committees which will work on some of the contentious issues in the current electoral cycle, which include voter registration and the accreditation of monitors and observers.

“We agreed to constitute nine multi-party sub-committees to exercise oversight over the Zec sub-committees to ensure maximum transparency during voter registration, polling station mapping and accreditation, among other processes,” Nera legal secretary Douglas Mwonzora told the Daily News.

Comments (7)

May SOMEBODY PLEASE Answer me on this : What does ZEC say or whoever is responsible with this story of Hungwe: ( http://nehandaradio.com/2016/12/05/zanu-pf-will-unleash-army-defend-mugabe-rule-hungwe/ ) saying ... " “Yes, we can go to war. We can hire our army…our soldiers can come in to help us. We will never allow opposition political parties to rule this country..........." - His statements i believe are undermining the rights of the Masses of Zimbabwe and are in violation of Free and fair elections & the constitution too. Why then go to elections if there should be only a ZanuPF win and none other. I would like to believe that there will be many of such statements in the future from various ZanuPf People but to my surprise they get away with these such statements. PLEASE, WHO MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?

WhiteHorse - 8 December 2016

Sound like a game of " Vana vana uyai". Madii kutanga mabvisa blouse mopfeka magloves mokanda murimwi chibhakera one chete tobva taona kuti mutambo uya watanga pachokwadi. Leaders should lead from the front to rally the chicken-chested. Zvekusundira vana vevamwe iwe wobva wapinda mukapako kako kumirira fair weather is an obsolete trick. Makazviita paChimurenga tikakuonai mava kumora cremora mega for the last 36 years. Ikozvino tavakumboedza Save. Ndinofunga kuti kana tikasuduridzira kure venhembe vangangoita basa sebasa.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 December 2016

@Whitehorse true what Hungwe said in a democratic country which respects the rule of law he would be arrested straight away . But now that we have heard that kind of nonsense several times from zanu thugs and we are now used to it lets all go vote against zanu and see what happens bcoz once we do that zanu will be powerless bcoz it will be out of power and when they try funny tricks to the new govt they will be dealt with heavily bcoz they will be revolting against it . All people i mean sane people must stand up go vote to remove zanu . Never believe lies that once zanu losses they be war just do not vote zanu we want change and that is removing zanu pasi ne zanu ye madisinyongoro

Diibulaanyika - 8 December 2016

@Dibulaanyika, Thanks for your response man.

WhiteHorse - 8 December 2016

Come into parliament Joice.Lets see yu lead opposition in a vote of no confidence.Va Tsvangirai never managed to come up wth one,all these years,not even one trial .Maybe becoz va Tsvangirai has never managed to be in parly,but im sure yu will.Take Bikita and come in wth a bang.Opposition in parly needs a seriouse leader.Or must I just say MdcT needs parly leadership.We see sometimes Maridadi trying to instill vigor but his comrades support is very weak.So common girl ,do it.After all yu will soon be MdvT deputy and not too far ,president.Va Tsvangirai is ill,as like va Mugabe ,old and sick.Kungomirira uri deputy in slid in eventually.

viola gwena - 9 December 2016

In parliament yu will come face to face wth vp.Take him on economy of country.Yu will show yo intellect on economic issues that way.We will be able to gauge yu.If I were yu I wuld make daily visits now to Robertson ,that economics guru.Dont worry about what yu believed about whites in zanu.It was just for yu to sound like the master who now hates anyone white.But this is reality.Economics are the fundermentals .

viola gwena - 9 December 2016

Are the Human rights organisations questioning this statement made by this certain comments

Koiw - 9 December 2016

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