Chamisa, ED in final showdown

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa will today address defining rallies of their political lives a stone’s throw from each other ahead of elections on Monday.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/
EVERSON MUSHAVA

Mnangagwa, according to Zanu PF legal secretary, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, will use the rally to deliver his victory speech before the elections at the National Sports Stadium (NSS), the venue of his inauguration last November.

“His Excellency is going to give his victory speech, rallying his troops for the final lap in his victory speech. He will be telling us exactly how he is going to be running the country in the next five years, that’s what he is going to be telling his supporters,” Mangwana said.

On the other hand, Chamisa will take his campaign to Freedom Square, the arena of the famous, Crossover Rally which was addressed by his predecessor, the late Morgan Tsvangirai a couple of years ago.

With confidence high up in his camp, Chamisa’s team said the rally will signify the burying of 38 years of Zanu PF mis-governance and sow seeds of a new trajectory both economically and politically.

One of the MDC Alliance principals, Tendai Biti was upbeat about the election prospects, saying the rally would be Mnangagwa’s farewell party except he was not invited.

“We are going to make a statement that Zanu PF is losing, that Mnangagwa is going to be the former President of Zimbabwe come Tuesday. We are going to make a statement on the plans of the future how we are climbing into the horizon of change and taking with us all the people of Zimbabwe,” Biti said.

The two political parties were clear that violence will not be on the agenda despite the proximity of the venue of the two rallies.

“We are not aware that Zanu PF is holding its rally at the NSS, but it doesn’t matter to us. They are a party of history; they will be history come Monday. Zimbabweans are going to delete them. Their rally will not affect us, nobody supports them, nobody likes them, they will have to force people,” Biti said.

But Mangwana sang from a different hymn book, saying they were expecting over 150 000 people at the 60 000 capacity stadium for the rally.


“We are expecting quite a lot of people to come in excess of 150 000 people to be addressed. We did not choose NSS in particular, but just an excessive of political tolerance. We applied for the other venues we heard that the MDC-T had applied for the next venue (and) we had to choose the next one available,” Mangwana said.

Zanu PF is reportedly demanding cash-strapped parastatals to finance the hiring of buses to ferry party supporters from the country’s 10 provinces to Mnangagwa’s final rally.

Party officials disclosed that Zanu PF forced parastatals to finance the hiring of 40 buses for each province as Mnangagwa battles for popularity contest with 40-year-old Chamisa.

Zanu PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo professed ignorance of the development, but was optimistic that the rally would be oversubscribed.

“The rally will be well attended, that I can confirm. About hiring of buses, I don’t know anything about that. I am in Matabeleland now campaigning,” Khaya Moyo said.

A well-informed source revealed: “The party has been pressuring parastatals to fund the rally. They know Chamisa has a strong following in urban centres and they have hired about 400 buses to make sure that Mnangagwa won’t be embarrassed.”

Some transport companies were reportedly forced to abandon the lucrative Harare-Johannesburg routes after Zanu PF hired all their buses.

NewsDay Weekender understands that after the rally, Mnangagwa will meet women voters at the Harare International Conference in the afternoon as he concludes his quest to retain power in Monday’s polls.

According to messages circulating on social media mobilising women to attend the meeting with Mnangagwa, the meeting is a non-partisan event for all women regardless of political affiliation.

“As women constitute a huge chunk of our population and thus can equally play important roles in our politics, economy, policy-making,” the messages read.

“The emancipation of everyone, including women, has been at the core of HE’s (Mnangagwa) objectives in the new dispensation. He launched a women’s bank – an indication of his commitment towards women’s empowerment.

“The President has also championed and presided over many women’s projects. Women, however, still encounter some challenges that the President is not knowledgeable of.”

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18 Comments

  1. KKKKKK ma bus kwedu atosvika kare zvokutoti ma councils vari kuti asina kuenda ku NSS mupanduki vanoda ku dealer naye after election kumanikidza vanhu zvakaona zviri kuno

    1. Kupi kwauri kusina zita?

  2. kwirai mabhazi acho, asi madzika tizai makananda ku freedom square. munobva madeedzera kuti “ED PFOCHOOO!”

  3. Forcing people to attend a ZANU PF rally is not going to yield any positive result come 30 July because people will speak against this compulsion through the ballot much to the amazement of Mnangagwa and his unrepentant henchmen.

  4. kuvhoti ndiko tinosangana

    1. But don’t put pictures of Julius Malema’s rally in South Africa like you did on Thursday.

  5. Comment…ED Pfee this year.

    we don’t care whether the cat is black or white as long it catch the rates. That is our position and that is the position of the majority.

    The conclusion is that the majority of people in Zimbabwe want to give ED Mnangagwa a chance of five years.

    They have reasoned and God will bless Zimbabwe

    Bless your land, being a bread basket for the rest of Africa

    Our minerals will bring back our local currency because if we produce we export to get foreign currency. That would allow us to introduce the indigenous currency.

    God bless Zimbabwe …

    1. Which people of Zimbabwe are you talking about, you are sipping hot coffee using free gvt wifi, whilst reading newsday in your office, people made it clear they dont want anything to do with Zanu, you who is supporting Ed, we know you are beneficiary of patronage and nepotism

    2. unopenga mamineral api arikuendeswa kuCHINA NESICK MONEY. 30T OF PHOSPHATE SELLING FOR USD1950 ONLY.

  6. Comment…Kumuda, kusamuda. Kumusarudza, kusamusarudza. Achakunda ndiye achava mutungamiriri kana mutongi wenyika ino.
    Sarudzo dzozoitwazve 2023. Zvisineyi, ZVIUYA ZVIRIMBERI. Nekudaro, vene vose venyika yeZimbabwe, MAPOPOMA neMAFASHAMU MAZHINJI ZHINJI EMAROPAFADZO. Yekuayi kuti, zvakopfuura izvi. Asi kugarisana, ukama neushamwari zvicharamba
    zviripo. KUWIRIRANAKWAKANAKAKUGARAKUNZWANANA GARANEWAKOMURUDOHAMANDISHE.

  7. Kumuda, kusamuda. Kumusarudza, kusamusarudza. Achakunda ndiye achava mutungamiriri kana mutongi wenyika ino. Sarudzo dzozoitwazve 2023. Zvisineyi, ZVIUYA ZVIRIMBERI. Nekudaro, vene vose venyika yeZimbabwe, MAPOPOMA neMAFASHAMU MAZHINJI ZHINJI EMAROPAFADZO. Yekuayi kuti, zvakopfuura izvi. Asi kugarisana, ukama neushamwari zvicharamba zviripo. KUWIRIRANAKWAKANAKAKUGARAKUNZWANANA GARANEWAKOMURUDOHAMANDISHE.

  8. The definition of stupidity is voting into power the same party over and over again , expecting to get different results. (Malcom X)

  9. ediots mazuna pfs

  10. saw 2 white guys, either israeli or russian, crusing in a silver toyota sedan type car, with 2 guys in zanu attire. Is nikuv back in Zim ?

  11. ed pfee

  12. the definition f stupidity is voting for the same party into power over & over expecting 2 get different results.(Malcom X)

  13. Comment…it’s time for true change not hypocrisy type…. We ain’t fools to trust the so called ed with our future and sovereignty

  14. Comment…it’s time for true change not hypocrisy type…. We ain’t fools to trust the so called ed with our future and sovereignty

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