The MDC Alliance is targeting one million first-time voters in Manicaland.
In an interview with Zim Morning Post on the sidelines of the MDC-A Manicaland Million Vote Campaign launch on Sunday in Mutare, the party’s youth secretary general Munyaradzi Rimbi said they were targeting over a million youths in Manicaland for registration in the 2023 plebiscite.
“In Manicaland, we have already started registering youths in the three urban constituencies of Mutare district,” he said.
“The constituencies are Dangamvura-Chikanga, Mutare Central and Mutasa South.”
“We want the youths to register to vote for our party so that they take charge of their destiny,” Rimbi continued.
“As youths, we are going to defend our vote. Our main target is to win the next elections and get State power,” Rimbi said.
He said the party would in future visit the remaining 23 Mutare constituencies and focus more on rural youths.
Rimbi said there was now the likelihood that some rural folks who once viewed communal areas as Zanu PF strongholds no longer held that view.
He added that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s perennial failure to resolve the country’s economy would likely act in favour of MDC Alliance in most future elections.
“Zanu PF is not invincible at all. This a clear and bold message that the rural folk no longer have faith in Zanu PF,” Rimbi said.
“I am glad that the rural folk are now beginning to realise the blatant abuse of State resources, partisan politics and open ridicule of the rural people by Zanu PF when it is election time.”
“Many people from rural areas are now aware that Zanu PF pretends to bring development to their communities only during the election period, but it is good that the rural folks are now wiser,” he added.
The Million Vote Campaign launch follows another similar campaign by the MDC-A in Bulawayo last week.
– Zim Morning Post