Zimbabwe’s presidential candidate, Kisinoti Mukwazhe of the little known Zimbabwe Democratic Party (ZDP) has vowed to shock the front runners in the election race, President Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the
Movement for Democratic Change formation in the July 31
In an exclusive interview with Studio 7’s Voice of America, Mukwazhe said it is high time Mr. Mugabe retires.
“Of course Mr. Mugabe has done a lot and he must retire. He brought the independence that will all enjoy today, but now we are looking at the material he is working with, they are not serious people. He must retire and enjoy the benefits of his hard work.
"He is a family man and it's time we take this country to the next stage where economic development will be the main thrust.”
Mukwazhe had no kind words for Mr. Tsvangirai whom he accused of snubbing his overtures for a coalition.
“I sold Tsvangirai the idea of 'One Zimbabwe' which is for one presidential candidate for Mr. Mugabe’s opponents and he declined.”
Mukwazhe refused to characterize his party as a small organization. “My party is not a small party, by the time we did our nomination we were the third most popular party, now we are actually sitting on number one.”
Five candidates will be contesting Zimbabwe’s presidential election on July 31
. Initially 10 candidates had filed their papers but some were disqualified by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
The five candidates are incumbent, Mr. Mugabe, Mr. Tsvangirai of the MDC-T, Industry Minister Welshman Ncube of the other formation of the MDC, Zapu leader, Dumiso Dabengwa, and ZDF president Mukwazhe