Tsvangirai to engage Mugabe over continued intimidation of voters

Intimidation perpetrated by Zanu (PF) against suspected MDC-T supporters in Mashonaland Central is so shocking that I will engage Mugabe over it, said MDC-T President and Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai addresses Glendale rally
Tsvangirai addresses Glendale rally

Tsvangirai, who is addressing campaign rallies in the province, witnessed Zanu (PF) youths in party regalia roaming about, singing threatening war songs around MDC-T rally venues.

Early morning today, Zanu (PF) supporters in party regalia invaded Tsungubvi Stadium, Glendale, ahead of the police cleared MDC-T rally. It took the police to disperse them as they vowed not to allow Tsvangirai address the campaign rally later in the afternoon.

As Tsvangirai addressed the rally, Zanu (PF) youths would sing revolutionary songs suggesting war against MDC-T was an option.

The youths sang and shouted at the MDC-T rally, aboard a truck provided by aspiring Zanu (PF) councilor for ward 17, Mazowe Central, Dominic Chimumba.

“I will engage Mugabe over the intimidation against the electorate, especially MDC-T supporters, I have witnessed during my party rallies in Mashonaland Central,” said Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai said it was disturbing to note that the province has never enjoyed peace despite Zimbabwe having been declared independent 33 years ago.

He urged MDC-T supporters to brave the Zanu (PF) intimidation and come out in their thousands to rallies of their choice and vote his party into power. Tsvangirai told the rally that in a democracy people are free to join a party of their choice.

Zanu (PF) was challenged to show for its 33 years in power. “Zanu (PF) has no good legacy to show for it’s over three decades in office, except misrule and the 50 percent economic shrink.”

The role of MDC-T participation in Zimbabwe politics was described as that of removing the culture of violent governance and replacing it with a servant leadership.

State institutions would indiscriminately serve all people not to abuse and instil fear in citizens. The reason was Zimbabwe was isolated from the world family of countries was Mugabe’s arrogance and one man rule type of government.

Tsvangirai told the rally and others held earlier in the day at Mushumbi Pools and Mvurwi that, his party was not removing Mugabe and Zanu (PF) for the sake of it, but has a clear plan of governance.

Part of the crowd at Glendale MDC-T campaign rally
Part of the crowd at Glendale MDC-T campaign rally

He said MDC-T would as a matter of urgency see to it that the economy grows, not shrink the Zanu (PF) way.

“We will come up with policies attractive to investors, to re-open industry and other important sectors of the economy. An abundance of jobs would be created as a result,” Tsvangirai promised a cheering over 4, 000 crowd.

He said his government will put in place a Land Audit Commission as provided for by the new constitution.

“Multiple farm owners will be flushed out and land would be distributed equitably for the benefit of those discriminated against by Zanu (PF). There is disturbing underutilisation of land around the country,” said Tsvangirai.

The electorate was called upon to overwhelmingly vote MDC-T, ‘since voting Mugabe and Zanu (PF) would spell doom for Zimbabwe’. Tsvangirai said the democratic struggle will succeed despite Zanu (PF) violence.

“Voting Mugabe and Zanu (PF) is voting for darkness, a failed history and idea bankruptcy,” added MDC-T national organiser, Nelson Chamisa.

Tsvangirai is winding his campaigns in Mashonaland Central this Thursday with rallies at Neuso and Chegutu East. On Tuesday he addressed similar rallies at Rushinga (Mount Darwin), Madziwa and Bindura. Zimbabwe is going to election on July 31.

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