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Tsvangirai Urges Supporters to Vote For Change in Final Campaign Rally

  • Thomas Chiripasi

MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday held his final 2013 election campaign rally urging supporters to go out in large numbers Wednesday to vote him into office, promising he will bring change to the country..

It was a sea of red in the capital as tens of thousands of MDC supporters gathered at the open space near the Rainbow Towers Hotel, which has been dubbed the Freedom Square by the MDC-T, to hear their leader’s last pitch before the watershed elections.

Tsvangirai said time has come for Zimbabweans to reclaim their lives after 33 years of failed Zanu-PF policies.

The outgoing Prime Minister said President Robert Mugabe has nothing to fear if he loses Wednesday’s election, adding the MDC-T will ensure he has a “peaceful retirement”

He criticised the chaos that has characterized the operations of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in preparing for the July 31 polls. With only a day to go, political parties said were yet to receive the voters roll from the electoral body.

In light of this, Tsvangirai called for the entire commission to resign.

Despite his complaints against ZEC, Tsvangirai said he victory was certain for his party come Wednesday. He urged all registered voters to be patient and remain in voting queues until they cast their ballots.

Tsvangirai pledged to revive the country’s ailing economy if elected president into office. He also urged election observers that are in the country to be impartial.

Former finance minister Simba Makoni, who formed an election alliance with Tsvangirai, also spoke at the rally, urging voters to use the vote to rid Zimbabwe of the Zanu PF government.

Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth kicked and threw footballs into the crowd at the end of the rally

In the 2008 elections, some Zanu PF supporters reportedly showed their anger with their party and voted for the MDC in what was then called “bhora musango” in a campaign that saw supporters supporting a Zanu PF lawmaker but ditching Mugabe.

Mugabe has also been using footballs in his campaign telling supporters this time the ball should go into the net and not the woods as they seek to beat Tsvangirai's party in the election.
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