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    ED, Chamisa fight on home turf


    Chamisa to hold 4 rallies in Masvingo 
    Zanu PF mobilises 70 000 for Mucheke

    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO – Zanu PF president Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance's Nelson Chamisa will clash in Masvingo at the weekend in what political analysts described as a key and defining moment for the 2018 elections as both leaders regard Masvingo as their home area.
    Mnangagwa whose family farm is in Bikita will address three rallies in Masvingo on Saturday while Chamisa who comes a few kilometres away in Gutu will address four rallies from Thursday to Sunday.
    Respected political analyst Eldred Masunungure said the weekend rallies provides a defining moment for a number of reasons including that they are taking place concurrently, both candidates regard Masvingo as their home area and Masvingo has always been critical in determining the political direction of Zimbabwe.
    Chamisa will be virtually camped in Masvingo from Thursday to Sunday.
    He will begin his tour with a rally at Mhandamabwe Business Centre in Chivi on Thursday afternoon, followed by a rally at Mashate in Masvingo Rural District on Friday. On Saturday Chamisa goes to Rutenga in Mwenezi District and will end his campaign with a rally at Tshovani Stadium in Chiredzi.
    MDC T provincial chairman, James Gumbi said his party has a point to prove and they will ensure that at least 15 000 people are going to attend each of those rallies.
    Meanwhile Mnangagwa will address a rally at King Mine in Mashava, a meeting at CSC in town and then a star  rally at Mucheke Stadium and the party is confident that 70 000 people will attend, making this the largest crowd that Mnangagwa has ever addressed.
    "We are raring to go. All we are waiting for is for the President to come as we have mobilised more than 70 000 supporters to meet him at Mucheke Stadium. This will be the biggest crowd that ED has addressed. It will be historic and this is in sync with the historic roles that Masvingo as a Province has always played, " said Ronald Ndava the Zanu PF Masvingo provincial spokesperson.
    "We expect 15 000 supporters at each of our rallies and we are happy that Mnangagwa is going to hold his campaign rallies simultaneously with ours. People will then be able to gauge who of the two Chamisa or Mnangagwa is popular," said Gumbi.
    Contacted for comment Dr Fidelis Duri said Zanu PF is holding its rallies simultaneously with MDC Alliance in order to scuttle the opposition party.
    "Zanu PF wants to divert the attention of the people and pretend as if there is something going on at the Mashava Mine and CSC which Mnangagwa will visit. We all know the two companies are literally dead.
    "There is also no doubt that they want to scuttle Chamisa's rallies by holding theirs near the MDC's. Naturally business people are going to shun Chamisa's rallies because of fear of victimisation," said Dr Duri.
     "We just hope that no people will be coerced to attend the 70 000 Zanu PF rally as that is too big a number for any venue in Masvingo. I must note that the two politicians will also be trying to prove who between them is the most wanted son of Masvingo," said Prof  Masunungure.
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