Zimbabwe: Boycott Poll and We Still Rule, VP Tells Tsvangirai

via allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Boycott Poll and We Still Rule, VP Tells Tsvangirai 23 May 2015

VICE President Emmerson has challenged the opposition MDC-T party to stick with its boycott of elections so that his Zanu PF can continue to rule the country alone.

Former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s opposition party has vowed not to contest any elections until reforms are implemented to make the voting credible.

But Mnangangwa said the boycott gives Zanu PF an opportunity to get a grip in the capital with the target being a clean sweep at the next general elections.

He was addressing rallies in Harare Saturday to drum up support for Zanu PF candidates in by-elections scheduled for June 10.

“Those who are boycotting must do so while we rule. This is a good time for us to make amends and vote out this darkness called the MDC,” he said.

“This is an opportunity that we should use to increase our MPs from the current six to 12 and in the end we should get Harare in its totality; make it a Zanu PF stronghold.”

Six by-elections will be held in the capital which could give Zanu PF a chance to get more MPs in a city that has long been considered MDC territory.

The seats were declared vacate after the MDC-T recalled 21 MPs who joined Tendai Biti and his Renewal project.

On Saturday, Mnangagwa held rallies in Dzivaresekwa where Omega Hungwe is standing on the Zanu PF ticket as well as in Kambuzuma where the party is represented by Tinashe Maduza.

The vice president also stopped in Highfield where Psychology Mazivisa is representing the ruling party and Harare East where Terence Mukupe was declared the party candidate ahead of Mavis Gumbo who had the backing of the Zanu PF Harare provincial leadership.

Mnangagwa said the top leadership settled for Mukupe ahead of Gumbo because the former had won the party’s internal elections.

He blamed the leaders of causing chaos in Harare East saying the row could have ruined the party’s chances of winning the seat.

Party leaders must to stop promoting their selfish interests, added the vice president.

“None of you here, even me included, has the potential to put Zanu PF into your small pockets, instead it’s you who can fit in Zanu PF,” he said.

“Stop causing problems in the party at whatever level. If you are a district chair, don’t cause confusion in the cell or branch.

“Even here, I am junior to Kasukuwere (Saviour) the political commissar; he is the owner of this programme. So let us learn to respect each other. No one is small or too big.”