President Emmerson Mnangagwa says it is shocking that the MDC Alliance is raising lots of accusations against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), yet the opposition party leader, Nelson Chamisa co-chaired the parliamentary committee that constituted the electoral body.

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at a party campaign rally at the Mutare Aerodrome grounds in Manicaland’s provincial capital this afternoon, Cde Mnangagwa said ZEC is an independent electoral body constitutionally established with the participation of all parties in parliament.

“There are 23 political parties in the country and there is only one party, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, which is crying foul, raising accusation after accusation against ZEC. For your own information ZEC is an independent body, a creation of the constitution and constituted by a parliamentary committee which MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa was part of,” said Cde Mnangagwa, adding that Zanu PF will not lose sleep over the accusations.  

It is exactly 10 days before Zimbabweans go for the harmonised elections and Chamisa has been making several demands from ZEC, among them the release of what he calls a ‘proper’ voters roll as well as the printing of ballot papers.

“The MDC Alliance also has problems with the printing of the ballot paper. I have no problem that I am number 15 on the presidential ballot paper but he has problems even if he is near the top on the paper printed following the alphabetical order of the candidates. Also there is no provision in the law for a political party to instruct ZEC on what to duty in the delivery of its mandate,” the President added.

The President noted the prevailing democracy in the country, saying all political parties are campaigning freely nationwide unlike in the past.

Cde Mnangagwa also hailed the ‘overwhelming’ turnout, saying the numbers in Manicaland surpass those recorded in any other province even in Masvingo.

He said the numbers only show that no party can dislodge Zanu PF from power.

Unpacking his vision for the country, the President said the government is committed to bring about a turnaround in the country, adding that this would be possible only if the people are peaceful and united.

He noted that the country’s leadership under the new dispensation values that power is derived from the people, hence its commitment to deliver.

Cde Mnangagwa also spoke of the Command Agriculture initiative, describing it as the panacea to food insecurity, and also revealed that the Land Commission is going around the country to regularise the land distribution.

In his introductory remarks, Cde Mnangagwa thanked God that the party’s National Chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, who survived the attack in Bulawayo, was at the rally, while Vice President Kembo Mohadi is now back in the country.