The Sunday Mail
This year’s election season is something different, something romantic.
Resonating with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for peaceful elections, one could have mistaken the activities at Dzivaresekwa Stadium last Saturday for any other event, and not a campaign rally.
But a campaign rally it was.
The Zanu-PF Parliamentary candidate for the constituency, George Chimhini, hosted what could have been double celebrations – thanking the residents for trusting him with their votes in the May 29 primary elections, as well as officially launching the campaign season for the forthcoming harmonised elections, whose dates are due to be announced any time by President Mnangagwa.
In typical rally mode, the event kicked off with slogans, speeches and singing, before the merry-making began. Whilst food and the wise waters flowed, there was something for the ear buds as Suluman Chimbetu made the long journey from Mutare, where he had performed at Sakubva Stadium, to sing for the gathered crowd. Also in the mix was Jay C, a dancehall artiste as well as a swell of other artistes hailing from the suburb.
Because of the cosmopolitan nature of cultures that make up Dzivaresekwa, a day like this would not have been complete without some nyau dances, for DZ is well known for nyau traditions and practices.
Apart from the four losing candidates in the primaries, Cdes Andrew Marauka, Rhona Reza, Francis Chanduru and Charles Chaviru, the rally was also attended by the provincial chairman for Harare Province, Cde Goodwills Masimirembwa; Cde Godfrey Gomwe, who is the provincial youth chairman and the deputy secretary for security in Harare province, Cde Givemore Songoro.
The rally was also graced by the sitting MP for Kuwadzana, who is also the Zanu-PF candidate, Betty Nhambu-Kaseke and Gilbert Muponda, the aspiring candidate for Warren Park.