Chiwenga takes a dig at MDC leader

HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga brushed off the main opposition MDC Alliance and its youthful leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday, as ambitious figures promising pie in the sky, in a trademark moment of the ruling party’s manifesto launch focused on the old guard’s bid for a five-year term.

As Chamisa’s upstart candidacy gains traction ahead of keenly watched presidential elections, the ruling party has unleashed an extraordinary propaganda and cyber campaign against the centrist insurgent’s promises to build bullet trains, spaghetti roads and establish village airports.

In the latest twist in Zimbabwe’s highly contentious presidential election, Chamisa — an outspoken 40-year-old centrist who is packing crowds on the campaign trail and who has pitched his dream to nudge Zimbabweans  to imagine endless possibilities — is now soaring in the polls.

With less than four months before the election, his unexpected rise is already sending jitters and shock waves though analysts have likened the upcoming Zimbabwe election to “Europe’s Stalingrad,” a crucial turning point that will determine the future of a country.

And the ruling Zanu PF, at its manifesto launch at a local hotel in Harare yesterday seemed to focus on Chamisa, who has vaulted into the picture and has pushed his desire to drastically alter Zimbabwe’s economy into a first world country.

Chamisa is running as the candidate of the MDC Alliance, in an alliance with six other opposition parties. 

While Chamisa has promised to build bullet trains, spaghetti roads and establish village airports, Chiwenga yesterday said those were outrageous dreams.

He suggested Chamisa cannot be taken seriously given that MDC-run local authorities have vandalised local municipalities.

Chiwenga said “we must ask ourselves why pretenders who sell us such convoluted dummies cannot manage small traffic in our real world cities and municipalities which they control and run”.

“Why reach Bulawayo in 40 minutes when Harare workers can’t reach Kuwadzana in five hours?” Chiwenga asked in an apparent dig at the Kuwadzana East MDC Member of Parliament’s promise for bullet trains.

“Why open cans of spaghetti when potholes strangle single lane roads in the city centre,” Chiwenga said referring to Chamisa’s promise of spaghetti roads.

“Shouldn’t these starry-eyed juvenile politicians take us to Mabvuku after a hard day’s work before they put us on Apollo II to the moon?” the former Zimbabwe Defence Forces general asked rhetorically.

Chiwenga said Zanu PF would be unfurling its campaign pretty soon, and will “dismantle” the opposition promises.

“We shall have time to dismantle their little make-believe dreams as we get down to real campaign work.

“Before they tackle our icon could they do their supporters a favour by resolving ridiculous issues that dog and hound them,” he said referring to the recent MDC split over leadership struggles that have seen one of the vice presidents Thokozani Khupe walk out to form her own movement.

But all is not lost for the opposition.

Chamisa is now engaged in coalition talks with former Young Turks of the ruling party, dubbed the Generation 40, currently in orbit.

The ruling party is unlikely to hand over power voluntarily if it loses elections. But because of the plunging state of the economy and unprecedented splits in the ruling party, Zanu PF has a lot to worry about.

Chiwenga, a retired military general, said that Zanu PF would rule forever, and that the greenhorns had not ideas the sacrifices made to liberate the country.

“We excuse them for being too young to have participated in the struggle but we can’t excuse them for mounting a bid for national leadership from a pilfered party count,” Chiwenga said without elaborating.

Analysts have said the opposition would need to win big and make conciliatory promises to the old guard, most likely including amnesties, in order to avoid a repeat of the 2008 violence.

Comments (6)

This coming from a fool who can't even read or write. I really wonder about that PhD now. Look it's better and refreshing listening to Chamisa because he has a legitimate plan while Zanu, having had 38yrs to prove itself, has failed spectacularly. The fool is talking about legitimacy. Really? This from a coup plotter? The irony is not lost on him.

Moe Syslack - 5 May 2018

Chiwengwa waifanira kuramba urimusoja iwewe, is it impossible to have bullet train and spaghetti roads in Zim? so why can we vote for you guys when you don"t have focus for a better Zim? haas mukai and smell the coffee

no to corruption - 5 May 2018

Siripingi Chiwenga, we are not soldiers but civilians and do not follows commandments you bark in the army. Chamisa is the real deal. We want spaggetti roads, village airport and bullet trains. This is the new Zimbabwe as seen by the young and future leaders of tomorrow. I just heard that you are planning to joining the Mdc Alliance, please do. Who doesnt want Chamisa????

Claude Nicholas - 6 May 2018

The General is a great soldier. Smart commander. But his level of intellect and general demeanour is not consonant with the role of a leader, a civilian leader. I am not sure whether he had the time to read the constitution before swearing to uphold it. I see another dictator in the making. I pray I am wrong, I thought we have had enough of the Mugabe dictatorship. We have work to do Zimbabweans. Iwe neni tinebasa. If we leave our fate to these guys we are doomed.

Zum - 6 May 2018

There is a saying which goes "Aim fo the sun, if you miss you will fall among the stars" Chamisa is right in aiming for the sun!!

Johno - 7 May 2018

aim for what!! all stars you see out there are suns.

prof - 7 May 2018

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