Vote for Mnangagwa for 'total liberation', VP Chiwenga tells Zimbabweans

2018-06-19 10:31
Zimbabwe’s former army commander and vice president General Constantino Chiwenga (File, AFP)

Zimbabwe’s former army commander and vice president General Constantino Chiwenga (File, AFP)

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Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly urged the electorate to vote for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to complete the military intervention that saw Robert Mugabe stepping down last November.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, speaking to Zanu-PF supporters in Mabvuku- Tafara, Chiwenga urged the electorate to vote for Mnangagwa's allies in "Senate, the National Assembly, and local government".

Zimbabwe was expected to hold its first election without Mugabe on July 30.

The vote will pit the military backed president against a clutch of opponents that included a 40-year –old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Chiwenga described the solidarity march against Mugabe's regime last year as the first step towards a total liberation of the southern African nation.

More damage

He said people should go out in their numbers again next month to cast their votes for the ruling Zanu-PF party and bring Operation Restore Legacy to an end.

But Twitter users, including renowned government critic Alex Magaisa, said that the former general's statement was doing more damage than good to Mnangagwa's campaign. 

Magaisa questioned the legitimacy of the forthcoming polls, as Chiwenga's statement was a confirmation that the elections were a facade and a military operation.


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