#2023 Five Million Votes ED Pfee: Mnangagwa addresses bumber crowd in Beitbridge, Chamisa in trouble


President Mnangagwa has arrived to a bumper crowd at Dulivhadzimu Stadium where he is expected to address supporters.

He is visiting the stadium for the second time after having addressed multitudes of supporters in 2018 at the same venue.

This morning the President commissioned 28 staff houses for civil servants built under the Beitbridge Redevelopment Programme.

Scores of Zanu PF supporters and other residents from Beitbridge have braved the blazing sun in the district since morning, waiting for their leader.

It is understood that among other things, President Mnangagwa will address the supporters on a cocktail of issues including infrastructure and economic development.

In Beitbridge, the New Dispensation has poured $597 million for outstanding housing development projects and a further US$300 million has been committed to modernising Beitbridge Border Post.

A further, $57million has been released to Beitbridge Town Council to upgrade roads under the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP).

Meanwhile, Zanu PF is worried about inroads being made by the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa into its ‘strongholds’ in rural areas and is sweating over new strategies to counter the country’s main opposition party, a new document by the ruling party reveals.

According to the Zanu PF central committee report by the security department adopted at the 19th national people’s conference held in Bindura, the ruling party sees the MDC Alliance making inroads in rural areas.

“The opposition is encouraging its members to go to rural areas and form polling centre-based structures similar to [the] Zanu PF Dandemutande strategy,” reads part of the report.

“This is meant to penetrate the ruling party’s rural areas, they will manage to mobilise substantial support from the rural areas, and this will brighten their chances of winning the presidential vote.

“That being the case, it is prudent for Zanu PF to defend its political space by ensuring that it rejuvenates its rural structures and maintains regular interactive programmes with its members.”

Mnangagwa is expected to once again tussle it out with Chamisa in the presidential elections in 2023 after his narrow victory in 2018, which was disputed by the opposition.

Zanu PF says it is targeting five million votes, while the MDC Alliance has set a six-million target.

– Herald/The Standard

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