MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has taken his campaign to rural Masvingo, drawing big crowds at two events in Nyika and Zaka.
Chamisa began his campaign in Nyika on Friday before yesterday’s rally at Jerera growth point in Zaka.
He told hundreds of mostly MDC-T supporters that if he wins the elections, expected between July and August, his government would review all the so-called mega deals with Russia and China.
Chamisa said most of the deals were structured to benefit individuals and not Zimbabwe.
“We want the country to be developed,” he said. “We are going to look at different mega deals, for example, those done illegally.
“If it is done transparently fine; but if not done properly, we are going to change that,” he said.
“We are taking note of those mega deals that are being done and we want to see if it is not an issue of corruption to benefit only those in power.”
President Emmerson Mnangagwa early this month visited China where he signed a number of deals, which the government claimed would soon have a positive impact on the economy.
Chamisa said there was no reason for Zimbabwe to be poor since the country was endowed with vast mineral resources.
“So far we have 60 minerals in the country, but we are still in poverty, gold is everywhere,” he said.
“The issue that we have is that money is being looted, but we want to reverse all those things.”
MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and other MDC Alliance leaders attended the rally.
Chamisa has been crisscrossing the country drumming up support for the coalition ahead of the polls.
Last month Zanu PF held its rally in Masvingo province to drum up support for President Emmerson Mnangwagwa in an election to be held later this year.
According to NewZimbabwe, only a hand full of supporters turned up for the rally which was held at Chief’s Hall grounds in Masvingo and addressed by the provincial executive members.
Clemance Makwarimba, the party’s central committee member and senator for Masvingo could not hide his disappointment over the poor turn out and said he will soon summon all district chairpersons in Masvingo urban for an emergency meeting regarding the party’s support base.
“I am pained by what I am witnessing here,” he said.
“Surely is this the number of people gathered here going to guarantee victory for President Mnangagwa during the elections.
“Something must be done in Masvingo urban as a matter urgency I will be having a meeting with the ward chairpersons and their structures to ensure the party still have the support of the people before we submit a report to the President assuring him of votes.”
The party’s provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira told the handful of supporters that the local leadership was on a provincial tour to drum up support for the Zanu-PF presidential candidate and it was the duty for the party members to engage in door-to-door campaigns.
– The Standard