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I will lead Zimbabwe – Chamisa

I will lead Zimbabwe – Chamisa

BY CLAYTON MASEKESA in MUTARE

President of Citizens Coalition For Change (CCC), Nelson Chamisa, has said he will lead Zimbabwe despite “election rigging and intimidation tactics from Zanu PF.”

Addressing thousands of CCC supporters who attended a campaign in a packed Sakubva stadium on Saturday, Chamisa said leadership change was imminent.

“My message is clear. I will lead this country. Time has come for change. I know Zimbabweans want me to lead and l will lead,” said Chamisa amid a thunderous round of applause.

“They might try to intimidate us but we will not surrender. They might have the guns. They might have bow and arrows and they might have all the apparatus and machinery to intimidate us, but this time around l will lead this country. I believe in Jesus Christ and the citizens,” said Chamisa.

“I hear my brother (Emmerson) Mnangagwa and others within him claiming that l will not lead. But l am telling him that l will lead,” he said.

“Zanu PF is in panic mode, as they are now setting up bases where they are torturing and intimidating our people. As CCC we do not want to be associated with violence. We will defeat them during the forthcoming elections on 26 March and finish them off in 2023,” said Chamisa.

Chamisa urged the citizens to register to vote and vote on the day of elections.

“We must go and register to vote. Let’s go in our large to register. I have seen people standing in long queues trying to get passports and waiting for ZUPCO, but, let’s go into queues to register and vote. It does not take hours to register and vote. This is how we will defeat them,” he said.

Chamisa said he was overwhelmed by the massive attendance.

“I have never seen such a big crowd. I am very overwhelmed by your support. You came in your thousands without being forced. I thank you for this biggest crowd. This only shows that the struggle had begun and together we are going to achieve more,” said the CCC leader.

“I came here before with Mdara (Morgan) Tsvangirai and there was a large crowd. But, today’s crowd is the biggest. I have not seen any ZUPCO buses here and you have come from different areas on your own. This is a clear message that we are the peoples party,” he said amid massive ululations and whistles of acknowledgements.

“My brother Mnangagwa uses buses to carry people from everywhere to rallies, but Mutare you are special and l am very proud of you,” he said.

He introduced Prosper Mutseyami (Dangamvura/Chikanga) and Regai Tsunga (Mutasa South) as the Parliamentary candidates in the forthcoming by-elections.

“I want you to vote for these two people in the by election next weekend. I have worked with them and l know they will deliver in Parliament. Let’s all vote for them it is you who voted for them before and like wise vote for them again this coming weekend,” he said.

“We also have the councillors they were recalled from you and again let’s retain them to their council positions by voting for them,” Chamisa said.

Chamisa was accompanied by Vice Presidents Karenyi-Kore and Tendai Biti.

Job Sikhala, Happymore Chidzidzi, Ostalos Siziba and Amos Chibaya among others.

Local sitting MPs and councillors also attended the rally.