THE Joice Mujuru-led National People’s Party (NPP) yesterday embarked on a door-to-door campaign in the Bulawayo central business district (CBD) amid claims that it had successfully recruited up 900 new members in each of the constituencies in the city.
BY SILAS NKALA
NPP spokesperson Methuseli Moyo yesterday said the party has received overwhelming support in its door-to-door campaign.
“We have done all constituencies in the city, and today [yesterday] we are swamping the CBD. The response from residents has been tremendous. We recruited between 600 and 900 members in each constituency. We spent two days on each constituency,” he said.
“We are ready for anyone in Bulawayo. In the meantime, NPP urges all eligible prospective voters to register in order to vote in 2018. We note with concern that not enough has been done in terms of publicity by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in terms of the voter registration exercise, hence the low turnout at registration centres.”
Moyo also said talks with the People’s Democratic Party and other political parties who share NPP’s core values of “exclusivity and people first,” were progressing with a view to form a grand coalition to challenge Zanu PF in next year’s elections.
“We are certain we will have a comprehensive and workable coalition arrangement very soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, deputy spokesperson for MDC Alliance in Bulawayo Felix Mafa Sibanda said they were embarking on a voter education and registration exercise simultaneously.
“We are of the opinion that the two exercises could have been separated, the former done three months before the latter so as to educate the citizenry in enough time,” Sibanda said.
He said prospective voters were facing many challenges in registering among them long delays and denial of registration of so called aliens.