MDC-T takes campaign to rural areas

Tsvangirai was warned of some of his lieutenants, who may want to fight the alliance, not for any objective reason

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has dispatched members of his national standing committee, MPs and other party officials for a rural campaign blitz ahead of the watershed 2018 general elections.


MDC - T leader Morgan Tsvangirai
MDC – T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai, who has been criticised for failing to harness the rural vote, has pushed his party machinery to penetrate Zanu PF strongholds with rallies being held in President Robert Mugabe’s rural Zvimba, led by secretary for elections Murisi Zwizwai.

Youth assembly leader Happymore Chidziva was in Chitekete, Gokwe, this week leading rallies and voter registration campaigns ahead of the compilation of a new biometric voter register (BVR).

“We are taking the campaigns to so-called Zanu PF strongholds to carry the message of hope and change. The most important part of our campaigns is to ensure that people register to vote, defend their vote and defeat a Zanu PF regime that has brought nothing, but suffering in their lives for 37 years,” Chidziva said.

Party presidential affairs secretary Sesil Zvidzai, who is leading campaigns in Midlands’ Vungu rural area, was also upbeat, saying the party was speaking with disgruntled war veterans who have been Mugabe’s vanguard declaring resettlement and rural areas no-go areas for opposition supporters.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the new rural areas thrust, saying his party was ready to face the beast in the eye.

“The party, led by the national organising department, is doing a lot of work in the rural areas. We have despatched our standing committee to rural areas because we are the biggest game in town. We are in Mashonaland West, Midlands, Manicaland and in deep rural Zimbabwe,” he said.

Gutu said Tsvangirai will, in the not-too-distant-future, ride on those on the ground preparing rallies and addressing the rural folk on party policy and electoral direction.

“I can’t tell you when he will be staging these rallies, but the president will be going there to meet the people and address them soon,” he said.

Tsvangirai, buoyed after signing memoranda of understanding (MoU) with National People’s Party leader former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and MDC’s Welshman Ncube, as the parties edge closer to a grand coalition, has declared victory ahead of the election.


  1. The time for being cry babies is over. Whenever you are slapped just retaliate and halt rushing to the media. However, dont forget to pray b4 holding those rallies. Ask God to give you powers and miracles.
    Zimbos are suffering. Industries and companies are closed. Everyone is now a vendor. Everywhere you go, you see vendors.
    The politicians should be told that we the POVO are your bosses. Dont visit us only when you want something from us. Just visit us all the time. When these politicians are voted they go to their big expensive hses and forget about us only to come again towards next elections. THATS BAD.

  2. its not just about campaigning, show that you are competent in constituents that you are running

  3. This is the way forward towards elimination of zanu . After campaigns mdc t youth must be the civilian army which will visit those who will want to destroy their structures and force pple to surrender their party regalia in front of zbc cameras Pliz that must not happen this time around Keep on this good work in rural areas never mind about towns and cities you have won already be persistent till to the last day of campaign

  4. The party has to come up with robust measures to overcome voter intimidation in these rural areas.Online compaign strategies as well as displaying comptence in championing developments in respective constituencies is more effective in my opinion as an electorate and as an aspiring politician

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