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should register to vote Mugabe OUT says President Tsvangirai
July 30, 2007
President Morgan Tsvangirai
on Sunday urged the people of Zimbabwe to register and vote if they
want to improve the lot of their lives.
Addressing a 10 000 strong
crowd at Kuwadzana 4 shops on Sunday, President Tsvangirai said
the people of Zimbabwe had an option to choose between chaos and
progress; chaos as represented by the Zanu PF government and development
as represented by the MDC.
said the MDC would launch its Presidential and Parliamentary campaign
in September. The party will use the launch not only to show its
solid grassroots support but to unveil its social and economic programmes.
The 10 000-strong crowd
defied intimidation by state security forces and a counter-rally
by Zanu PF to attend an address by MDC leader President Morgan Tsvangirai
at Kuwadzana on Sunday.
Riot police and army
vehicles patrolled the streets of Kuwadzana on Saturday night and
early Sunday morning intimidating people and telling them to attend
an impromptu Zanu PF function meant to disrupt the MDC rally that
was scheduled for Kuwadzana 4 shops on Sunday afternoon. The Zanu
PF function, addressed Harare metropolitan governor David Karimanzira,
provincial chairman Amos Midzi, among others, was meant to dole
out taxpayers money for the ruling party supporters' "projects."
We deplore the politics
of violence that characterises Zanu PF. We deplore the politics
of force-marching people to Zanu PF rallies. We are against the
politics of bribing voters. The MDC has a tradition of going back
to the voters for report back meetings while Zanu PF has this penchant
for doling out "loans" to bribe voters ahead of national
elections. The people of Zimbabwe want to work for themselves. They
want to be shown the dam and not to be given fish.
The President said the
MDC would continue to press ahead for a level playing field that
would ensure a free and fair election. If by default Mugabe wins
the next election, the President said, that would be a death sentence
The deputy secretary-general
Hon Tapiwa Mashakada, Harare provincial chairman Morgan Femai and
women's assembly secretary-general Evelyn Masaiti-Matongo also addressed
Hon Mashakada chronicled
the national crisis and the catalogue of failure that characterized
the Zanu PF leadership. He debunked the Zanu PF parody that Zimbabwe
was under sanctions, saying there were only sanctions were the targeted
sanctions against the Zanu PF chefs and their acolytes.
On Saturday, about 8
000 people turned for a rally in Budiriro and were addressed by
the provincial leadership and Hon Emmanuel Chisvuure, the local
Zimbabwe is ready for
change. The people are tired of tyranny. We are ready to serve the
people. The nation is teetering on the brink of a new horizon; a
new frontier to a new Zimbabwe. The MDC is ready to serve the people.
Yesterday, today, together
marching to a new Zimbabwe.
Nelson Chamisa, MP
Secretary for Information and Publicity
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