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More candidates for 2013 presidential poll


The next presidential poll race, which Zanu PF and the MDCs have described as a “make-or-break” election, could have some comic moments as a little known leader of a dormant political party, the Zimbabwe Republican Front (ZRF), Mark Baard, says he will throw his hat into the ring.

Report by Moses Matenga, Staff Reporter

Baard (53) told NewsDay  yesterday he was keen to contest against Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe, MDC-T’s Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube of the MDC to fulfil a “prophesy” he had received. The ZRF leader said his party was formed 12 years ago, but had been lying low while seeking  “divine” guidance.

“I am running for President in the next election. We are going in full swing as we are not happy with the manner things are being run. It’s a vision God has given me. God calls it a revival. There was a prophecy by Cindy Jacobs who is in America,” Baard said.

“I have been in the Apostolic Faith Mission, Family of God and Glad Tidings (churches) and God has prepared me for this. The party has been in action and I have been working on it for 12 years and what God wanted to show us, it’s His work and not ours.”

Asked what new things he would bring to Zimbabwe in the event he wins the poll, Baard said everything would be changed.

“There is nothing that is operational here. Where is Zupco? There is nothing good to talk of here. Government should apologise to the people and step down. Even theft in this country is amazing. Our people are a great people. If it was in South Africa, they would have been some uprisings,” he said.

The March 2008 presidential race had its own comic moments when little-known Langton Towungana threw his hat into the ring and garnered 0,58% of the total ballots cast after 14 503 people voted for him.

Other likely contenders for next year’s election include MDC99’s Job Sikhala, Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu), Egypt Dzinemunenzva, Simba Makoni (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn), Raymond Chamba and Reverend Everisto Chikanga, among others.

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