Over the past few days, both Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and his arch rival MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa proved to be masters of the trick — judging by the huge turnout at their campaign rallies in Masvingo province.
On Friday, Mnangagwa seemed to have been taken aback by the large crowd at his rally in Masvingo, and even expressed shock at the turnout.
In haulage trucks, public utility vehicles like lorries and buses from boarding schools, Zanu PF supporters came and packed like sardines.
And they formed a sea of people.
Meanwhile some Zanu PF supporters were seriously injured in a freak accident along the Triangle-Ngundu road after the side doors of a haulage truck they were travelling in suddenly opened while it was in motion.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson, Charity Mazula, refused to answer questions from NewsDay to clarify the accident.
Both Chamisa and Mnangagwa regard Masvingo as their strongholds.
Chamisa comes from Gutu district, while Mnangagwa, who has a farm in Masvingo, is from Chivi district but now staying in Mapanzure, Zvishavane.
But what could have made Zanu PF to up the stakes and liven up was not only to please Mnangagwa, but to counter Chamisa’s crowds, especially the big number that turned out at Chiredzi town’s Tshovani Stadium when he held the last leg of his rallies.
Chamisa filled the stadium to the rafters and painted the whole of Chiredzi red — the colours of his party.
Interestingly, Chamisa came a week after Vice-President Kembo Mohadi attracted a paltry crowd in the same stadium.