By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has scolded those who turn their backs on Zanu PF to give their support to his main opponent Nelson Chamisa whom he said offered demonstrations as opposed to his party which offered farming inputs.
He was speaking at a rally in Marondera to drum up support for the July 30 general elections.
In his address, Mnangagwa outlined a number of agro-based empowerment programmes he said were offered by his administration under the presidential input scheme.
These, he said, involved dolling out fertiliser, seed and chemicals and has since been extended to livestock, wheat, soya beans, cotton, fisheries, wildlife on very friendly terms.
Under livestock, he said, families in Matebeleland South were being assisted with government heifers to enable then to start producing their own herds and are afforded length periods of up to five years to return the original heifer.
“Where would you get such a generous party; where will you get such capable leaders,” Mnangagwa said.
He added, “Would you rush to leaders who instead invite you to demonstrations or to leaders who are inviting you to come and get some cattle?
“If you find yourself turning away from such leaders, you must have rituals conducted for you.”
Mnangagwa also took a swipe at his main opponent Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance whom he said was unnecessarily placing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) under siege through undue demands.
“Yes, there are some who spend time organising demonstrations, fighting ZEC.,” he said.
“ZEC is not a government commission. It is an independent commission. There is not any one political party which should be giving instructions to ZEC.
“ZEC must be guided by the Electoral Act and by the constitution and we in Zanu PF obey the rule of law.
“There is not any one political party which should be giving instructions to ZEC and we in Zanu PF obey the law.”
The MDC Alliance is agitated over the poll management authority’s refusal to open up its processes to independent scrutiny and being manipulated by Zanu PF.
ZEC denies the accusations.