The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance said it had gone a gear up in its rural mobilisation exercise targeting six million voters for the 2023 elections.
The opposition party’s secretary for rural mobilisation and strategy, Happymore Chidziva said they were taking the rural mobilisation campaign to Mashonaland Central province this week, but were likely to face a daunting task in penetrating an area traditionally seen as a Zanu PF stronghold.
“We are targeting six million change voices as MDC Alliance. Our rural mobilisation is on and we are now moving towards Mashonaland Central province,” Chidziva said. “From rural areas we don’t target a specific age group; we just want at least three million rural voices. We are meeting opinion leaders, interfacing with them discussing change. Every society has its influential people and opinion setters hence we are meeting them before going to grassroots.”
Chidziva said their six million vote mobilisation campaign was not meant to counter that of their archrivals.
The Zanu PF party is currently on a cell restructuring and verification exercise which is targeting to achieve five million supporters.
Mnangagwa has urged his Zanu PF party to bury the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance by wresting all urban councils from the opposition and reclaim its former dominance in the country by winning the 2023 elections at all costs.
Addressing the first politburo meeting of the year at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare in February, Mnangagwa attacked MDC Alliance, which he said should be voted out of all local councils because it had failed to deliver basic services.
“It has become obvious to all our people that the opposition-led councils have failed to deliver services to our people, we must vote them out of these councils,” Mnangagwa said.
“Our people have suffered long enough and we must deliver a better quality of services by taking over these councils.”
Mnangagwa controversially beat his main rival Nelson Chamisa by a razor-thin margin in 2018 presidential elections and since then the two protagonists have been brawling with Chamisa refusing to call Mnangagwa president. Chamisa claims that he was robbed of his victory by ZEC which worked together with Mnangagwa to rig the election. This came after ZEC revised Mnangagwa’s figures three times downwards after Chamisa approached ConCourt.