By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent
AS the March 26 by-elections draw closer, ZANU PF has intensified its campaign programme, with the party’s President and First Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, expected to address a rally in Marondera this Sunday.
Several rallies are also lined up across the country this weekend.
“Our activities started with a campaign launch last weekend on Saturday in Epworth. This was the launch rally that was presided over by the First Secretary. His next port of call will be Marondera in Mashonaland East,” said ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha.
This Friday, Bulawayo and Masvingo will also host campaign rallies.
The party’s Second Secretary, Cde Kembo Mohadi, is expected to officiate in Bulawayo, while in Masvingo, Ngundu Growth Point will be the meeting point and ZANU PF National Chairperson, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, will address party supporters.
“In Bulawayo, Vice President and Second Secretary of the party, Honorable Kembo Mohadi accompanied by Politburo members will address party supporters. In Masvingo Province, it will be at Ngundu. We will also have another rally in Manicaland in Dangamvura and it will be presided over by Cde Chinamasa,” Dr Bimha added.
As the party continues on its campaign trail, Dr Bimha indicated that the key message will, among other issues, focus on the success stories in the agriculture, mining and infrastructure sectors.
“We also now talk about capacity utilisation that has gone up in terms of our manufacturing, infrastructure and the issue of the roads,” said Dr Bimha.
He also noted the need to continue telling the story of successes recorded under the Second Republic.
“When you talk about our own story, it’s not a partisan issue, it’s not about whether one belongs to one party or another. We must be proud of being Zimbabweans. Yes, we can belong to different political parties, but we are all Zimbabweans,” he noted.
ZANU PF is fielding 28 candidates for parliamentary seats and more than 100 in the council seats.