THE MDC Alliance has launched door-to-door campaigns in Bulawayo ahead of its presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa’s star rally at White City Stadium on Saturday.
Bulawayo MDC Alliance provincial executive, Edwin Ndlovu yesterday said they were targeting a bumper crowd at the rally.
“We encourage the people of Bulawayo to come in thousands and witness the mother of all rallies, which will set the tone as we approach the watershed election this year.
The rally will also make it clear who is in charge politically in Bulawayo,” he said.
“We shall be unveiling our presidential candidate as MDC Alliance [Chamisa] to the people of Bulawayo. The rally shall be a family event, which shall be peaceful as ever and everyone is invited to attend. We call upon youth, first time voters, the senior citizens and all others to come and hear what the future holds for them.”
Ndlovu said they had started door-to-door campaigns in all 29 wards of Bulawayo in preparation for the rally.
“Today [yesterday] up to Friday, we are also doing ward rallies and we appeal to the people of Bulawayo to give support to the Alliance. Victory is nigh,” he said.
The rally comes as the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T splinter group has postponed its congress, which was set for the same day in Bulawayo, for security reasons.
Ndlovu rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Zanu-PF government for making empty promises when citizens were expecting them to deliver following the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe in November last year.
“This is the time for people of Zimbabwe to totally dump Zanu-PF together with their surrogates in whatever form. It’s time up. We know that Zanu-PF has created some creatures masquerading as coalitions to try and disturb the MDC Alliance,” he said.
“We are very much alert and Zanu-PF shall be Zanu-PF, whether it’s Lacoste, Gamatox, G40 or Weevils. People of Zimbabwe should not be deceived. As the alliance, we call upon each and every patriot to support the alliance, as it moves to finish what it started in 1999.”
Mnangagwa has promised to turn around the country’s economic fortunes and improve citizens’ lives, but is yet to deliver on most of his promises, including electoral reforms and resolving the cash crisis.