MDC spreads election campaign to rural areas

HARARE - The MDC has escalated its 2018 election campaign, with the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party deploying its senior officials to the rural areas to consolidate its support base in the countryside.

The rural areas have been the stronghold of the ruling Zanu PF, where it has been garnering most of its support as compared to the urban communities.

MDC deputy spokesperson Tabita Khumalo told the Daily News yesterday that the opposition party deployed its MPs, senators and other senior officials to provinces, in line with what Tsvangirai gathered from his recent nationwide tour.

“ . . . president (Tsvangirai) held a nationwide tour gathering views from the people and it is that which we are implementing now,” she said.

“It is not necessarily about Zanu PF but that we are carrying out the mandate our president was given by the people to deploy cadres around the country to be more visible ahead of elections. The response so far has been fantastic, the people love it.”

Beginning in February, Tsvangirai embarked on a one-and-a-half months of “fruitful” engagements with Zimbabweans, consulting them on various issues, including the mooted grand coalition of opposition forces against Mugabe for the elections.

In a statement after the tour, Tsvangirai said the engagements “made me wiser”.

“We sat under trees and discussed many issues about the country we all love. We huddled in round huts, conversed in town halls and sat under trees and tents and communed about the past, the present and the future of our country,” Tsvangirai said.

“We spoke about past government-sponsored atrocities against the innocent citizens of our country, the present difficulties we all face and the new governance culture we should sculpt if we are to embrace a new future with renewed confidence and hope.

“We discussed the next election which we all agreed was watershed and how as political parties and networks we all need to coalesce into a huge coalition for change that will set a new paradigm for future generations”.

MDC MP for Zengeza East Alexei Musundire, who has been deployed to Mashonaland East, said judging from the response that his team has been getting so far, the belief that  rural areas  are Zanu PF  strongholds will be demystified come next year.

“It’s based more on mythology than reality that Zanu PF is the only game down there. The people are a lot wiser now and they are ready to prove that next year.

“Zanu PF now only exists in name there but nobody follows it anymore and if we continue on that trajectory, then victory is a given,” Musundire said.

The MDC efforts at breaking the Zanu PF  dominance in  these areas is being complemented by  pressure groups such as  Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe  which was launched in August 2016.

The pressure group seeks to educate and mobilise the Zimbabwean rural populace over the need to get rid of Mugabe and his Zanu PF government.

The MDC controls almost all of the country’s urban constituencies.

Comments (9)

Thats fighting the battle from the front. Go, go rural and showcase to the people what an alternative to Zanu-PF you are. Zimbabwe extends beyond Harare, Byo, Gweru, Mutare, etc. Campaigning in the rural areas is now ripe. People have finally seen the light after being lied to by zanu-PF for decades. Kutyeyi ! No individual owns this country. Chimwe chidhara chinozvifadza nenhema. chinogaroti "My people, my people " as though tiri manyasarandhi. Bullshit !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 13 April 2017

basa se basa vakomana tozozorora takunda muvengi. You are doing great job by educating our fellow citizens in rural areas where they were being fed by zanu lies. The people of Zimbabwe please come out from the dark zanu there is nothing new to offer except lies and suffering. Remember the engagement of MDC in the GNU brought relief in 2009. Those who say the mdc have failed shame on you, there is something wrong with your mind. Or you the looters who want to abuse our tired president to continue stay in power.

facts - 13 April 2017

thanks @ masamba. That what we want, no one owns Zimbabwe but it's for all of us

facts - 13 April 2017

if MDC continue operating and strategising like this, i dont think nothing will be left that will make zanu win. people are over ready for 2018 and they want the devil to go. people are now awakw ko nhamo inomutsa munhu ka kkk. concentrate neruzevha ikoko kumatown zvakabhadhara kare musatya. viva 2018 viva. Pamberi naSave. ichoo.

nhokwe - 13 April 2017

Yes this is positive reserves is theonly way and youth must also be put in this type of trail campaign .But zanu is going to react that is for sure and pple there need to be told to be strong bcoz change is painful and they must not surrender to zanu last minute but soldier on till they all get into the ballot box . If this type of campaign in reserves goes at full throttle kuphelile nge zanu a huge defeat for zanu is imminent .

Diibulaanyika - 13 April 2017

I thank the courage and desicion which had been shown by our president, Morgen Tsvangirai, as he made inroads in meeting various leader as to get their concerns with regards to their socio-economical positions. In all areas the culprit and best possible solutions were identified. ZANU-PF is not serving any purpose in showing any interest to help the whole lot of Zimbabweans. Instead they are there to make it worse. With this understanding this rogue regime should be voted out of power in 2018. It has messed enough and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It must go under no circumstances. I applaude the move taken by MDC-T members to make a follow up in the rural areas where ZANU-PF thinks its going to bank their vote through hook and crook. The villagers should be told the truth and are not supposed to be misled. Abundant vote education should be delivered to all yhose who are in need of so that they would be in a position to vote wisely. No room for intimidation and no vote buying. Citizens should enjoy their right of choice during elections and chiefs, headman/kraalheadd should not be forced to join ZANU-PF structures so as to frog jump their subjects at voting/election time in favour of ZANU-PF. Please keep up the good work and this enlightenment should continue to every person in Zimbabwe. My one and only prayer is that ZANU-PF must loose with a very wide magine and there after be taught what democracy is which they failed to administer during the past 37 years.

Pythias Makonese - 13 April 2017

The strategy is good,,kumusha kwasara chembere dzedu dzatirikuzama nepese patinogona kuchengeta.Let's educate them&also tell them the truth.We want change&change only.Pasi na Bob nembwa dzake??

Matsotsi - 14 April 2017

That is a very good initiative. However the President is taking too long to conclude the coalition issue. Considering that the party has no resources it is necessary to quicken the selection of its candidates so that those candidates would start invest in campaign programs. Many are reluctant to spend resources for campaigns on constituencies that may be ultimately sold to other coalition partners. Moreover it is better that the primaries and confirmations of candidates be done now so that as we nears the elections differences emanating from such processes would have subsided.

Muzvare - 14 April 2017

Long overdue

Ndosvotwa Mhani - 15 April 2017

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