AFRICANGLOBE – The United Movement for Democracy has urged their supporters to vote for President Mugabe in today’s harmonised elections.
Speaking during a press conference in Harare on Monday, UMD spokesperson Mr. Tafirenyika Chipato said their party had been instructed by their President Mr. Mutumwa Mawere.
He said their party had a fallout with MDC-T policies which are against the development of the poor.
“Our President Mr. Mutumwa Mawere directed us to urge all our supporters so that they vote for President Mugabe. We held a meeting including members from the country’s 10 provinces and we urge all supporters to vote for Zanu-PF on election day.
“Our policies and those of Zanu-PF are almost the same it’s just implementation which differs. Mr. Mawere is one of the pioneers of indigenisation and supporting it is in the interest of the people. We are benefiting from loans and empowerment programmes facilitated by Zanu-PF,” he said.
Mr. Chipato said the Government of national unity was not doing enough mainly because of insincerity from the MDC-T.
This comes after Mr. Mawere denied that he had formed the United Movement for Democracy and said he harboured no presidential ambitions for Zimbabwe.
He hailed President Mugabe for his wisdom and experience as a leader.
Diaspora Throw Weight Behind President Mugabe
The Zimbabwean diaspora who registered as voters following the consummation of the new Constitution have thrown their weight behind President Mugabe and Zanu-PF in today’s harmonised elections.The Zimbabwe-Malawi-Mozambique-Zambia Association which has a million members, said 200,000 of them had registered as voters.
Its president, Cde Right Banda, on Monday said it would be an insult to their forefathers if they supported any other political formation other than Zanu-PF.
“Our fathers and mothers were exploited by the Ian Smith regime,” he said. “As we are all aware, we were the backbone of the labour force for this country and our parents worked on farms. It will be an insult to the legacy of this country for MDC-T, a mere brainchild of the colonial regime that oppressed and exploited our parents, to suggest that they are responsible for our empowerment.
“That is a mockery of the liberation struggle that was fought even by the parents of this blasphemous MDC-T crew, which purports to be representing our people,” he said.
He said through Zanu-PF’s empowerment initiatives, they received education and were proud owners of land in Zimbabwe. He said Zanu-PF had also allowed them to contest for parliamentary seats in tomorrow’s elections.
“We have intensified our efforts to mobilise our members in support of Zanu-PF in the elections and we unreservedly believe that only Zanu-PF was instrumental in addressing the imbalances from the colonial regime.”
The association was founded in 1990 and it is represented in Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.
Julius Malema Backs President Mugabe
Newly formed South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) yesterday called on Zimbabweans to vote overwhelmingly for Zanu-PF in the July 31 harmonised elections to protect the gains of the war of liberation.The EFF party is led by former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calls upon the revolutionary people of Zimbabwe to defend the Zimbabwean revolution by voting for Zanu-PF and retaining comrade Robert Mugabe as the President of that liberated nation,” the party said in a statement.
“The gains of the Zimbabwean revolution must be defended.
“These gains find concrete expression in the historic and unparalleled land redistribution programme that took land from 4,000 White settler farmers who owed 80 percent of Zimbabwean land, and redistributed it to more than 274 000 Zimbabweans! It is your victory. Defend it by any means necessary!”
The EFF said Zimbabweans stood to benefit economically by retaining a Zanu-PF government which has over the years implemented pro-poor policies aimed at uplifting the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.
The party saluted Zimbabweans for enduring and surviving a brutal and illegal economic sanctions embargo imposed by the West as punishment for returning the stolen land to its rightful owners.
“The people of Zimbabwe have been punished as a strategy to separate the people from the revolutionary leadership of Zanu-PF and leadership of President Mugabe. We say do not allow the schemes of the enemies of Africa to succeed. Vote for liberation! Vote Zanu-PF!
“We implore the people Zimbabwe to realise that the Zimbabwean revolution is still under massive attacks and new plots are being hatched and new schemes cooked to reverse the gains you have made.
“The demonisation of Zanu-PF and comrade Mugabe is part of the plot to divide the nation for re-colonisation,” it said.
The EFF also called on Zanu-PF to continue implementing the indigenisation programme in order to complete the economic emancipation of the African majority.
The party warned the electorate not to be swayed into thinking that the western funded MDC-T would bring economic salvation to the country.
“We say you have already suffered enough for your liberation now; defend and deepen it; only Zanu-PF has demonstrated beyond doubt that it has the foresight, courage and never-die spirit as warriors for African dignity.
“We warn the people of Zimbabwe not to hand over your country to the stooges of the West in the form of Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T.
“Zimbabwe has its land back. We in South Africa draw courage and inspiration from your achievements.
“In South Africa we remain landless, poor and under attack from racism every single day of our existence. Our freedom is empty words.
“We note with joy the indigenisation programme which now extends decolonisation of the economy through ownership of the economy by Zimbabweans.”
The party noted that the indigenisation programme was a threat to western imperialism, hence their continued demonisation of the noble programme.
“We call on the Zimbabwean people to defend, deepen and fast track the indigenisation programme to complete this second and most difficult phase of your glorious revolution.
“You know who your true leaders are! You know which party can and has stood against Western arrogance and has emerged victorious.”
Zimbabwe votes on Wednesday in a crucial election that Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe has been widely tipped to win over his fiercest rival, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.