The Sunday Mail
Heather Charema and Blessings Chidakwa in Chegutu
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has challenged Zanu-PF supporters turning up in large numbers at President Mnangagwa’s rallies to translate the support into votes come election time.
Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 30 following President Mnangagwa’s recent proclamation of the plebiscite.
Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at a rally at Pfupajena Stadium in Chegutu last week, Vice President Chiwenga said Zanu-PF had chosen President Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate.
“All of you who are here, our party members from various organs, I want to thank you for turning up for this rally in large numbers,” he said.
“Our candidate Shumba Murambwi (President Mnangagwa’s totem) is the one that we have put forward to lead the party. We are saying ‘ED pfe-eee’. So I have seen a lot of hands supporting that cause, let those hands remain like that, clenching a fist and at the same time holding the pen to vote Zanu-PF on 30 July.”
President Mnangagwa has been addressing highly subscribed rallies since the beginning of the current electoral cycle.
Independent think tanks say the revolutionary party’s Presidential candidate is likely to get an overwhelming vote from the forthcoming elections.
Speaking at the same event, Vice President Kembo Mohadi reiterated that Government is prioritising economic development.
“The new dispensation is prioritising economic development. Now we say economic development first then politics after everything else. Economic development is what we are here for,” he said.
“This Government is more concerned about bringing food on the table. The President said Mashonaland West has agriculture and mining. Let us work harder to bring development to our economy.”
“Those minerals should be exploited in pursuit of economic growth and creation of employment.”
He called for unity and peace among Zimbabweans.
Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said he is confident the ruling party will get a clean sweep in parliamentary seats.
The rally was also attended by First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF national chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, senior party members and thousands of members.