Mugabe - everybody will vote for Zanu-PF
12 July 2013, 08:10
hiweshe - President Robert Mugabe
kick-started his election campaign on Thursday exuding confidence that
Zimbabweans will vote to extend his 33-year rule when they go to the
ballot box in three weeks' time.
"On the 31st of this month the
whole country will vote Zanu-PF back into government," 89-year-old
Mugabe said in an hour-long speech to about 6 000 supporters in
Chiweshe, 120km north of the capital Harare.
trademark populist bravado, Mugabe doubled down on nationalist rhetoric
and hit out at his opponents in the Movement for Democratic Change, with
whom he has been forced to share power for the last four years.
elections will end that forced and often abusive marriage, but there
are mounting fears Mugabe's supporters will not allow the vote to be
free and fair or that the voter roll will be rigged.
elections have been marred by bloodshed, to the extent that Mugabe's
opponent in 2008 was forced to withdraw despite winning the first round
"We are a party that has meaning to the people, a party
that is naturally a people's party, that addresses the needs that are
felt by the people," he said, in a performance seemingly aimed at
brushing aside suggestions the octogenarian is no longer fit for the
rigours of the campaign trail.
Thousands of supporters clad in
green and yellow t-shirts with Mugabe's portrait on them sang and danced
as the veteran leader arrived to address them.
launched his election campaign last week calling for indigenisation and
black empowerment said he believes the country must own its vast natural
Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans
we are owners of our natural resources and therefore our land belongs to
us," he said to cheers from his supporters.
"We believe in Africa for Africans, Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans."
veteran leader asked his supporters to come out in numbers to win the
constituency in the area which was held by the member of parliament from
his arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
"We slept too much in 2008, we must win back this constituency this time around," he said.
us sing the song of victory, we must sing that we will win. Backwards
never, forward with winning elections, down with the MDC."
Mugabe is expected to address 10 rallies before the polls, in contrast to the dozen rallies he held during the 2008 elections.