Chamisa is Zim president: MDC

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the MDC, all but declared its leader Nelson Chamisa the country’s “president” yesterday, insisting that the youthful politician won the popular vote at the July 30 polls.

Addressing thousands of party supporters at the MDC’s 19th anniversary celebrations at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare, MDC vice president Morgen Komichi proclaimed that his boss “has been duly bestowed as the president of Zimbabwe”.

“We voted on July 30 and made our choice and we all know that leaders come from God and now that you have come here and we all agree that our vote was stolen, our leader...Chamisa has been duly bestowed as the president of Zimbabwe,” he said, as he invited the 40-year-old politician to the podium to light up what he termed the “democracy flame”, which resembled the country’s independence flame.

MDC president Nelson Chamisa addresses party supporters

Chamisa obliged and duly lit the flame to a thunderous applause from the crowd, shouting: “President of the republic and commander-in-chief of the defence forces!”

The ceremony was, however, without rites conducted when a president is sworn in, probably to avoid the long arm of the law.

In terms of the country’s laws, a president is sworn in by the chief justice and takes the oath of office while holding the Bible in one hand.

Last month, government warned Chamisa that it would arrest him if he proceeded to swear himself in as president.

MDC party supporters at the 19th anniversary celebrations

The MDC, founded in 1999, had long planned to “inaugurate” Chamisa as “president” even though the Constitutional Court had upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s narrow victory.

Mnangagwa, won the presidential race with 50,6 percent of the vote — just enough to meet the 50 percent plus one vote threshold needed to avoid a run-off.

Chamisa trailed him with 44,3 percent of the vote.

Yesterday, government rubbished Chamisa’s declaration as “president”, describing it as child’s play.

“We used to do that when we were growing up — giving each other roles as fathers and mothers, but we would come to our senses and realise that it was only playing,” said deputy minister of Information Energy Mutodi.

The former musician said it was sad that Chamisa was still in denial mode after losing the elections.

“He is seeking relevance, the country has moved forward but he is in denial that he lost elections and it’s unfortunate,” he said.

Before addressing the gathering in Highfield yesterday, Chamisa sang a Christian hymn before declaring that he was ready to govern, saying his party has solutions to the country’s problems.

He said contrary to claims by Mnangagwa that he was itching for a government of national unity, he instead was determined to take the Zanu PF leader head-on in his quest to reclaim “our stolen victory”.

“I heard Mnangagwa saying he was not ready for government of national unity but he is forgetting that I have not called for one because it is not necessary. What I want is the presidency which I was given by the people,” Chamisa said.

"ED not my president" reads a placard at the MDC's 19th anniversary celebrations

“How is it possible that I would want to work with a loser? I want the presidency that the people who voted gave me and I am coming for you in broad daylight. I will get what is rightfully mine before the end of this year,” he declared, adding at 19 the MDC was now a grown-up party ready to govern.

Chamisa said Mnangagwa would never enjoy his presidency as long as issues around his legitimacy are not resolved.

“He is not going to sleep until that is resolved. He lied to you that he was going to bring light when he was preparing to bring more darkness than we had under (former president Robert) Mugabe.

“If Mnangagwa had won I would have congratulated him. This is only the beginning but you are not going anywhere. There won’t be any progress because one will be engaging the drive gear while the other will be engaging the hand brake,” he vowed.


Comments (17)

Ayah. Kupupa kwemufi kumuka chipoko asi hachipisi sora.

willo - 28 October 2018

Surely, Zimbabweans can't be suffering that much economically if they can afford to make trips in their thousands to attend meaningless rallies. I hope they made a lot of electronic transactions and paid the 2% tax.

Buns Tonobvina - 28 October 2018

@ Willo .. Saka cha CHIPOKO ka ichi...kkkkk ndichiri kungoseka izvozvi!

Will Blackman - 29 October 2018

high time the government must deal with this nonsense chamisa

ty - 29 October 2018

ED got too much to worry about,and not that power dictator boy. Chamisa thinks about being president at all costs. Chamisa is not a presidential material. Mukanwa bedzi but soon he will eat his medicine

Pfeee Mazinyo.Com - 29 October 2018

why are you worrying yourselves he is president of mdc alliance his supporters are the ones who said he is zim President ko imi hamuzive President wenyika here noise yenyu munoinyanya ko kusiya zvakadaro people will start thinking that there is an effect on that issue of being called his people's president by his supporters because of your noise if ari mahumbwe as Khaya Moyo said why bothering yourselves with childish I'm starting to suspect something is eating our leaders and their supporters concerning this issue. EEF celebrate their 5 years in SA and they said the same thing that their leader Malema is people's president we didn't hear ANC making this noise

Innocent - 29 October 2018

Don't tell me you are thinking or seeing this as thread

Innocent - 29 October 2018

Chamisa is an Egyptian who needs God to send Moses to deal with Him as soon as possible

ndini - 29 October 2018

Apa ndipo pasina kana nyaya zvayo. Who is new to this psychiatric patient's utterances? He has been barking before during after elections and he shall bark until his grave is open and closed him in. Ko handiti ndi President weZIDERA anosapotwawo nevanorwara pfungwa saiye? Pakagadzwa President wenyika inga makazviona wani kuti there was a Chief Justice, and a parade mounted by the Defence Forces followed by a 21 gun salute of artillery. I think Hon Mutodi just said it exactly as any normal reasoning person thought. Mahumbwe etuvana twabva kuCreche imitating their elders kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkky

shunguhadziurayi - 29 October 2018

mdc lakes strategies on the ground to unseat zanu pf how wanobirwa ma ellections since 1999 vari kupi cant they close the loopholes b 4 elections fail to pay election agencies but able to pay and hire lawyers from south africa

sylvester chademuwiri - 29 October 2018

I think this guy is incompetent to stand the heat from ZANU PF. He must go back home find another job ful;stop!!!!! Failed donkey this one.

TATENDA - 29 October 2018

Regai avukure kusvika aneta . Uchanyarara kana aneta . ED should not waste his time on Chamisa who is just barking over nothing

Hayibo - 29 October 2018

chamisa is people`s President ko murikurwadziwa nei

alois - 29 October 2018

ko chii chikunetsa apa shungu ndedzeyi vanhu vezanupf handi makahwina mukavimbisa vanhu kuti zvichafaya ko takamirira zvee hama dzangu kana mainvestors achiuya neBe-forward mopota muchitizivisa kana asvika paport beira or paTanzania tonomatora zvinhu zvifaye asi kana zvaramb mave matoothless barking dogs manje not chamisa anenge ovukura ndimi nababa venyu

pakaipa - 29 October 2018

Nhy zvako vanhu anobaiwa neshungu nezvinhu zvisina basa hanti makati it's a mock inaguration saka morwadziwa nei imi makahwina itai zvamakapromisa vanhu hapana chiri kubudaka now you want to draw the nation's attention muchitaura zvekugadzwa kwachamisa nemasupporters ake morwadziwa nei focus on implementing zvamainyepera vanhu kuti muchaita

Innocent - 29 October 2018


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