2018 elections chance to regain independence from Zanu PF: Chamisa


MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa on Thursday said the upcoming general election is a platform for the electorate to regain independence from Zanu PF “chefs”, who are siphoning the country’s resources at the expense of the majority.


Addressing hundreds of supporters at Maboleni business centre in Vungu, Lower Gwelo, Chamisa said although Zimbabwe gained political independence from Britain in 1980, the majority of the people were forced into poverty by greedy Zanu PF politicians.

“In 2018, we are going to the elections to get back our independence from the few blacks, who have been benefiting from the country’s resources for the past 38 years,” he said.

“We might have got our flag (in 1980), but we still have leaders who are chefs, while the people they lead are servants. The people should be the chefs and the leaders servants of the people.”

Chamisa slammed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s leadership style, saying he was feared by the people, rather than liked and respected.

He, however, urged his supporters to desist from denigrating Mnangagwa, saying he is a transitional President.

“He is there to bridge the gap between myself and (former) President (Robert) Mugabe. Mugabe represented the old order and I represent the new order and so Mnangagwa is the link between the two generations. We thank him for accepting to take the baton from Mugabe and then we take it from there forward,” Chamisa said. He said the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission should be independent, with a specialised unit that has arresting powers.

“We are going to introduce stiffer penalties for those who steal from government coffers,” the MDC Alliance leader said.

“There is also need to protect whistleblowers when they report corruption.”

Chamisa dismissed allegations by the ruling party that his vision for the country was based on fantasy.

He said the country was rich and had vast resources that if properly channelled, could turnaround the economic fortunes of the country.

Meanwhile, renowned academic, Ibbo Mandaza has said “broken, tattered and fractured Zanu PF” has lost the support base, hence, it cannot win the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at a symposium on peace and the 2018 harmonised elections organised by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and the University of Zimbabwe on Thursday, Mandaza said Zanu PF lost its base from the 1980s and has not been able to regain it.

“It’s a fair conclusion to make that the party of revolution is broken, tattered, fractured and cannot possibly win elections in 2018. It’s impossible,” he said.

Mandaza said the November coup, which ousted Mugabe, ironically represented change in the disintegration of Zanu PF and not restoration as claimed by presidential spokesperson, George Charamba.

“There is disintegration, therefore, the apparent freedom that you are experiencing in rural areas, the extent to which the opposition has been able to hold rallies in areas they have never been able to have rallies before is not through the benevolence of this new dispensation,” he said.

“It is because the state is disintegrated they are no longer able to control it. The State is divided army versus police, army versus CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation]. It’s a fractured State.”


  1. Manyemwe emhuru. Young man you may not be in Zanu PF but Zanu PF is in you. When people were burying Morgan you presided over what nearly became a second funeral. You rushed to rig a council up and declared yourself leader like what Mugabe did in 2008. You talk of bullet trains like the million jobs created by Zanu PF since 2013. You idolised Mugabe for the brief period he allowed your snout in the feeding trough. I shudder to think what you’ll do with the trough in your hands, yes, the national treasury. Zanu DNA is in you. The moral of the story is Strive for 2023. He is what this country needs. All of you repeat after me “Strive 4 2023!”

    • in the mean time what do we do mr Fortune teller. I understand where you are coming from…a postion of inferiority complext wrpped in fear even to dream because all you think is eat , eat and eat…not surprised living in zimbabwe where food and other basics take priority. I like the vision of bullet trains and spaghetti roads..i like the vision of urbanising rural areas becos if Botswana can do it why not Zimbabwe. rightfully as Chamisa said…if zanu pf can butchiefs cars, build those 27 bedroomed houses, hire chartered plans to go to china with every member of thier families …it means resources are available-only good management of those resources. So chamisa is simply saying he wil manage the resources better and create opportunities for all zimbabweans…if he does that then the multiplier effect kicks in where jobs are created, money is earned, prosperity and development created and we take it back to rural areas to further multiply the wealth of the nation created. but you guys u dont see that becos zanu has blined you…manje isu takachenjera…Chamisa chete chete

      • kkkkk, what’s likely to happen mfowethu is the election will be rigged. You better pray hard that the West will decide to turn a blind eye although I’m sure dhunyaz Donald won’t. Then you guys back home will be hit with sanctions like you’ve never seen and they’ll make what we thought to be sanctions under Mugabe seem like a picnic. Mind you Chamisa and ED won’t experience their effects. The closest we’ll ever get to spaghetti roads under Chamisa or ED will be fatti and moni’s spaghetti which you can enjoy on your plate until we can all say “Strive for 2023!”

    • @Speare Maro….whatever ! Continue to day dream. U are not different to Robert Mugabe who thought he would reign forever. Just because Strive is a successful business man does not qualify him to be president. U watch too much ALJAZEERA news. Just because Trump became president in his foolishness; U think strive should be one too. Business and politics are completely diff games. Chisa Mpama chisa! Zanu is dead and can smell in 400km away

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