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Chamisa shakes Zanu PF stronghold

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday defied odds when thousands of supporters turned up for his MDC Alliance rally in rural Murewa, a Zanu PF stronghold.

By Jairos Saunyama

During former president Robert Mugabe’s reign, Murewa was a no-go area for MDC where Zanu PF militia unleashed terror on opposition supporters.

Business came to a standstill at Murewa centre as busses, lorries and kombis made their way into the venue, making it quite a spectacle in this horticulture farming area.

The Murewa rally is the first by the MDC Alliance to break into the rural areas.

Despite claims that the Alliance had bussed people from Harare and nearby centres, residents in Murewa dismissed the reports. They expressed shock at the high turnout in the area given Zanu PF’s dominance.

Addressing the thousands of supporters, Chamisa, who is the MDC Alliance presidential candidate said he was pleasantly by the number of people who turned up for the rally.

“I want to thank people of Murewa for coming out in their numbers. we once came here with president (Morgan Tsvangirai), but it was not like this,” Chamisa said.

“I am happy that our president has moulded this party for us to reach this level. Let’s hail him for that.”

Mashonaland East province has in the past given massive voter numbers to Zanu PF with Uzumba, a district near Murewa, recording the highest and most decisive electoral numbers in any election.

Chamisa said he was “anointed” by the late Tsvangirai and that little did he know that he was leading a forceful front.

“When the president said take-over, little did I know that it was hard. But when MDC is running in your veins it is something else. Even (Kudakwashe) Bhasikiti here is now crazy with the MDC Alliance juggernaut,” he said.

“We have a lot of people in Zanu PF saying enough is enough. The real issue here is for able leaders to take the country forward. It is no longer about political parties, it deserves real leaders.”

Bhasikiti, a former Masvingo provincial affairs minister, recently joined the MDC Alliance after a stint with Joice Mujuru’s party.

The firebrand opposition movement leader blasted Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga and other military officers for venturing into politics.

“We defeated a dictator, but we did not defeat dictatorship. Mugabe is gone, but he is not gone,” Chamisa said.

“Who are the architects of Mugabeism in this country? ED (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) is one of them.

“If you retire from the army go home and rest. Don’t tell us about the revolution. What revolution are you talking about?”

Chamisa said the MDC Alliance would not participate in the forthcoming elections if there were no electoral reforms.

The youthful MDC-T leader said he was groomed by Tsvangirai.

He said the decision to appoint him vice-president was a sign that he was the anointed one to take over the reins of leadership.

Other notables who attended the rally included MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri, ZimPF leader Agrippa Mutambara, Bhasikiti, PDP president Tendai Biti and other opposition party leaders.

Today, Chamisa is expected to address a rally at Nzvimbo growth point in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central province.

12 Responses to Chamisa shakes Zanu PF stronghold

  1. Gamba March 25, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    This MDC T mouthpiece is annoying those were bused supporter from Harare. You are fooling yourself and your party. I was at N Richards along Byo Rd i saw many lorries and busses carrying MDC supporters. Last time your sister paper published a photo for Marondera rally of 2013 saying it was Gweru gathering yet the Gweru was not well attended.

  2. Gamba March 25, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Please note we are not blank slates, we are rationale human beings. It is now common knowledge that MDC rallies that are held near Harare are filled with bused supporter from Harare like the 2013 RUdhaka rally.

  3. Nyimo March 25, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Gamba, hona kuposta kaviri kaviri warwadziwa wena! MDC NEVER buses anyone to its rallies. The only people that bus people to their rallies are ZANU PF who commandeer school buses throughout the country to carry people to their rallies. Let ZANU PF try just one, just one, rally without busing people – AMUWANE KANA BENZI RIMWE CHETE ZWARO!

  4. Danny boy March 25, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Gamba rararwadziwa nechinja. Zanu yaora wangu

  5. Seed Loaf March 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    Whether bussed or bussism, the turnoutbwas something. Noone was forced to attend the rally. People came on their on

    MDC Alliance kwakumberi

  6. Cde Chitova March 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Gamba you are 100% right, we postponed a programm in Budiriro today because the rest of the stakeholders were being transported to Chiweshe for a rally. Chitova is not fooling the world. He is fooling himself. i was at murehwa yersterday, you can seperate a rural folk from urban folks. rural people are always in the fields tilling land in the gaderns planting and or harvesting. you can see by their appearances that these are farmers. Zanu haivhundutsirwe nemakushe eshumba. tinotoda shumba yacho!!!!! Zviroto zviroto. your theory will not work. hativhundutsirwe nezvisina basa.

    • Sam March 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

      If rural folk are always in the fields then how did they attend Zanu rallies all these years?

  7. CHIEF March 26, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    chisa mpama chisa…..chisa chamisa chisa….chinja
    ukawona uchisupporter Zanu mukore uno hameno hako
    inokunyimise doro zanu

  8. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader March 26, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    Shame on Gamba and CDE , denial is a deadly disease.

  9. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader March 26, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    MDC alliance is the olny answer , you get stuck to the past , you lose .These two guys are the type who deny that Mugabe was removed through a coup.Its painful these days to support Zanu.

  10. Commander Guvamatongo March 26, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    We have seen these so big rallies before. They never translated into votes. People playing to the gallery and fooled by these gatherings and forget to put in place better election strategies. At the end of the day, the result is the same and people claim elections have been rigged

  11. Chizora March 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    zimbabweans are now open minded kuitiswa maya ainetsa kubvisa was MUgabe not ED who was never voted for he is a president by chance let Chamisa speak he is the voice to the voiceless even kumamisha zanu is now history…

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