Chamisa declares week of fasting

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa yesterday urged his supporters to fast for the whole week to facilitate smooth transfer of power from the ruling Zanu PF party to the opposition after the July 30 elections.

by Stephen Chadenga

Addressing thousands of supporters at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru, Chamisa said he was confident of victory adding that there was need for a week of national prayer and fasting to ensure smooth transfer of power from Zanu PF.

“This whole week (from Monday to Saturday) there is need for fasting,” Chamisa said.

“To all those who can (fast) please do so and fast for your country. Then on July 29, that is on Sunday, it should be a national day of prayer. We want to ensure a smooth cross-over.”

Chamisa’s call came after MDC Alliance women assembly early this month said they would fast every Friday for Chamisa for God to be with him in this election.

The women also declared that on July 30 they would camp close to polling stations until Chamisa gets keys to State House. The MDC Alliance leader told the gathering that there was not going to be a run-off in this year’s election as he would emerge the “ultimate winner” in the plebiscite.

“There is no run-off, in fact, there is a run over in this election,” he said.

“We are winning this election. In fact, we have already won this election.”

Chamisa chided Zanu PF saying for the past three months the ruling party had become an opposition party, as they were regurgitating some of his promises to the electorate. He said the ruling party leaders, who used to mock him on the need for modern infrastructural development were also now talking of devolution, spaghetti roads and fast trains.

“They (Zanu PF leaders) are even carrying the message of change and you wonder how a 75-year-old like Mnangagwa (Emmerson) can talk of real change,” Chamisa said.

“I have not shed any blood and I will bring the transformation needed to run this country. Mnangagwa and other national liberation icons have played their part. I am merely tracing the footsteps of the likes of Joshua Nkomo and Herbert Chitepo, among others, who fought for the one-man-one-vote principle.”

Chamisa said his call for electoral reforms could not be equated to boycotting polls, adding that the issue of free and fair elections was a national issue.

He said there was no compromise in fighting for an even playing field in this year’s election, saying his party would use “instruments of peace” to make sure the election was not rigged.

“We will do whatever it takes to make sure your votes counts,” he said.

Chamisa said after July 30 the country was moving from a “dispensation of rulers” to that of leaders.

He castigated Mnangagwa for saying Zimbabwe was open for business when he was failing to open it for locals who had potential to turnaround the economy.

“Let us open business for Zimbabweans first and then we can look outside the country,” he said.

The MDC Alliance leader ended his address by a closing prayer where he prayed that the country be given a leader who could “write Psalms in State House”.

He also prayed that the country moves from “institutionalised idolatry of leaders” to a nation of God-fearing leaders.
National Patriotic Front chairperson Eunice Sandi-Moyo, told the gathering that her party was fully behind the candidature of Chamisa and urged people to vote for him.

She said her party did not recognise last November’s Operation Restore Legacy carried out by the military in support of Mnangagwa, adding that the move was a national disgrace.

She said it was now time for the country to be taken forward by a “vibrant and energetic” leader like Chamisa.

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16 Comments

  1. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Chamisa has his own support base as well as Mnangagwa, but, unfortunately for Chamisa, the demographic structure of Zimbabwe is naturaly not in his favour not Zec. A very big chunk of the Zimbabwean population are those who were directly involved in the war of the seventies and the majority of this group naturaly tends to lean towards the ruling party. The urban population tends to lean towards the opposition as only a protest against harsh economic conditions and they form a very small proportion of the total population and this is neither Mnangagwa nor Zec’s design. Owing to these facts, Nelson needs nothing short of a miracle to obtain the kind of a victory he promises his followers.

  2. dont lie to people, he mnangagwa has only a handful of greedy suporters

  3. Could you please support your demographic structure of Zimbabwe with statistics. Otherwise this could just be a theory or a wish.

  4. @Farai Johnson Nhire, you do not know what you are talking about, you must be quaking in your ill gotten boots. You sound like Chiwenga, who a lot of times, mumbles nonsense. Your gravy train is about to derail. You better now start working that farm of yours.

    1. Farai johnsob nhire contributed with a comment and you contributed with insults .. because you are a moron you use your emotions to think not your brains

  5. tendai chaminuka

    The last time Chamisa talked of Cross Over that was in 2013 and MDC really crossed over to zanu pf.You talk of fasting whilst you are advocating for violence.Nhai vaMufundisi ndashaiwa pamumire.Kuzvibhakare munowanikwa muriko

  6. Farai Johnson Nhire

    It is an undisputed fact that Harare which is the main opposition stronghold has a total population of 2.2 million people including those who are not registered voters. The rest of the cities have much less people than Harare. So ask yourself this question: Where are the rest of the 14 million people of Zimbabwe? The answer is very simple, they are the ones who live a rural life and that is the main stronghold of Zanu Pf wether we are hapy about the fact or not. The only hope for Mdc Alliance is an unrealistic asumption that those huge gatherings at Zanu Pf rallies are only of people who are very good at pretending to like their new leader Emmerson. That is why the idea of fasting makes a lot of sense for believers because it can workout miracles.

  7. That’s being simplistic Farai. How many of those 14 million are registered voters and of those you think are registered, how many of them are going to vote for the revolutionary party?

  8. Why is it that the majority of people who comment on Nwesday articles are very intolerant and do not carry the spirit of democracy, whoever has a different view from theirs they castigate, insult and call names. When is this lack of ubuntu going to depart from us as Zimbabweans. Farai J Nhire has said his view and in a democracy why should you call him names because his thoughts are not the same as yours.

  9. Why is it that the majority of people who comment on Nwesday articles are very intolerant and do not carry the spirit of democracy, whoever has a different view from theirs they castigate, insult and call names. When is this lack of ubuntu going to depart from us as Zimbabweans. Farai J Nhire has said his view and in a democracy why should you call him names because his thoughts are not the same as yours.

  10. Farai Johnson Nhire

    The idea is that the majority of the almost 6 million who registered to vote are from among the rural populace and that is a fact. Not all rural registered voters will vote for zanu pf but most will. Not all urban voters will vote for Mdc Alliance but most of them will. The fact that the rural populace is much biger than the urban one gives the ruling party a very big numerical advantage.

  11. @farai maonero ako asi hazvitaure kuti ndochokwadi in fact uri kuratidza kuti uri dofo rakadzidza apa ndipo wainzwa tsvangirai achitaura vakomana fambai gwara rimwe !ndokusira mubvunzo uyu igwara ripi raitaurwa naTsvangi ane rudo?

  12. Tsvangirai aingokurudzira vatsigiri vake kuramba vakabatana sezvo musangano wechinja wakanga unemakusanzwisisana emo uye anga ane right yekukurudzira vateveri vake kuti vabatane. Izvi zvekuti kana pane fact iripo iwe wotsamwira munhu arikuitaura hazvirevi chinhu. Unofanira kutofarira kuwana mafacts sezvaari ndiko kuti utsvage nzira inemusoro yekuita counter your oponent panekuzvifadza nenhema.

  13. Comment…VaChamisawe, kana mazova pachigaro munoyeuka kuramba muchiita FASTING? Hatizooni mongogara makazvimbigwa moga here?

  14. VaChamisawe, kana mazova pachigaro munoyeuka kuramba muchiita FASTING? Hatizooni mongogara makazvimbigwa moga here?

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