MDC penetrates Zanu PF strongholds

HARARE - MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa seems to be making inroads in what used to be Zanu PF strongholds where thousands of people are teeming to attend his rallies.

Rural areas have for long been considered to be Zanu PF stronghold but due to the infighting in the ruling party and the widening of democratic space following former president Robert Mugabe’s ouster last November, the opposition is slowly gaining a foothold in these areas.

MDC chairperson Morgen Komichi told the Daily News yesterday that they were pleasantly surprised by the huge turnout of people at Chamisa’s rallies, attributing this to the fact that the rural folk were no longer being intimidated.

“We are having no problems at all; we have never experienced such things as is happening now. The numbers that we are addressing are tremendous. The reason why people are attending is that people are now ready for change, and of course there are few cases of intimidation,” said Komichi.

“People in rural areas are now determined to see things change. A lot of people are now coming to the rallies. The leadership of Chamisa confers to people hope after suffering for so long they can feel that change is close by,” he added. Chamisa took over the MDC leadership after the death of the party’s founding father, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The former trade unionist died on February 14.

While Chamisa’s leadership is being challenged, the 40-year-old democrat has changed the political landscape.

Chamisa recently boasted that he still has the energy to have as many rallies a day as possible, saying that 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa cannot match his stamina.

“As I traverse the country, I see great hope and deep passion in the eyes of the people, the young and old, men and women, even boys and girls whose future is at stake in this election. We are a nation of kind and generous people with great courage, big hearts, resilience and creativity. These qualities have seen us through extremely tough times and we bank on them once again to see us through at this historic moment,” he said.

“There can be no doubt that we stand at an important juncture in the history of our country. We can choose to be progressive, taking a path that is guided by inter-generational consensus or to look backwards and continue with the old politics and old economics that have left the nation broken, divided, impoverished and desperate beyond measure. The choice is ours and I know we will choose the correct path,” said Chamisa.

Under Mugabe’s rule, supporters of opposition parties often complained of harassment by their Zanu PF counterparts.

To his credit, Mnangagwa has been preaching peace, love and tolerance — a message that has seemingly permeated to his supporters.

Comments (3)

chamisa chete chete gore rino ED achadyiwa semushonga wemusana

gore - 9 July 2018

These were never Zanu PF strongholds, they just cheated in these areas. Hence no opposition could go there so they could not see the rigging,

Inyika - 9 July 2018

ZANU pf is seeking a soft rigging strategy ...one which if detected would not be regarded as material. It follows that to a large extent this election will be determined the actual Vote out turn. To neutralise or counter-balance the soft rigging we need the following_ - a very high Vote turn out - intervention of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to assist their relatives to exercise their votes freely and confidently - the strict accounting and safe keep of ballot papers - limiting the impact of postal votes - votes ostensibly from Embassies and elsewhere This is our chance. ED cannot afford a disputed election. He will try to rig smart. This is a rare opportunity to achieve real change and we Zimbabweans in the diaspora have a direct and indirect role to play. Chamisa Pfee. Freedom & Prosperity Pfee, Development Pfee, Cash, Cash $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Pfeee

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 10 July 2018

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