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Obscure Zimbabwean Presidential Hopeful On 'Assignment' From God

Independent presidential candidate Langton Towungana was virtually unknown in Zimbabwean political circles when he filed his nomination papers on February 15, but the Victoria Falls resident says he is on a mission from God to save Zimbabwe.

Towungana is generally considered to be a distant fourth in a race dominated by President Robert Mugabe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni, a former top ruling party official who broke away to launch an independent bid.

Towungana told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 that God has given him the "assignment" to run for president because "we are in a terrible situation."

Towungana deplored Zimbabwe's isolation from the international community, "which is very bad because we need to have good relationships" with other countries." He said he would work with anyone in any party if such partners were honest.

He anticipated difficulty in campaigning because "it is not a democratic country."

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