Chamisa confirms Mugabe backing

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Ranga Mataire

Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa has confirmed working with former President Robert Mugabe in his bid to win the July 30 harmonised elections.

In a Harare rally dubbed “the final crossover”, two days before the election on Saturday, Chamisa said his party was working with what he called the old ZANU-PF comprising of National Patriotic Front (NPF) party members.

Chamisa applauded the presence and support of former Zanu-PF Women’s League deputy secretary Eunice Sandi Moyo and perennial political flip flopper Jealous Mawire whom he said represented the old and original Zanu-PF.

Speaking in the vernacular Chamisa said President Mnangagwa said there was nothing wrong in him getting into a political alliance with Mugabe because he had been dumped by his party.

Using an analogy of soccer, Chamisa said he was a striker whose main task was to score and no one should question anyone passing the ball to him.

“Robert Mugabe is a citizen of Zimbabwe. A former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe who is going to hand over to hand over to the president of the Second Republic, myself here present,” Chamisa said.

Chamisa said NPF was an epitome of the ideals of the liberation struggle. His utterances drew some grumblings from some sections of the crowd who seemed not to agree with their leader.

Ironically, NPF, which Chamisa said was Mugabe’s pet-project has since its formation splintered into several groups. One side is supporting former Provincial Minister Ambrose Mutinhiri while another siding with Ms Moyo on an interim basis. Another group is also supporting former Zanu-PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Chamisa told the gathering that his party has international good will and that loads of cash is on standby to be transported to Zimbabwe once elected into power.

However, he was later to contradict himself by saying that his party had struggled to raise funds for the campaign including failure to procure regalia.

Speaking at the same rally, Alliance partner Tendai Biti said that party officials had met Turkey President in South Africa during BRICS summit who promised loads of cash once they get into power.

This is not the first time that Messers Biti and Chamisa had claimed having international partners willing to disburse cash to Zimbabwe once they are in power.

Chamisa told a rally in Mutare in February that he had met United States’ President Donald Trump who promised to release $15 billion to the MDC Alliance.

Chamisa’s party had to apologise over the remarks after the American State Department raised concern over the claims which they reportedly said were false and had the potential of stoking diplomatic tensions with President Mnangagwa’s government.

 

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