Chengetai Zvauya

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa held his final campaign rally today saying victory was certain for his ruling ZANU PF ahead of Monday’s general elections.

Mnangagwa, 75, who came into power last November rallied an estimated 20 000 supporters from ZANU PF to maintain peace and said if re-elected he would continue with his efforts to rebuild Zimbabwe.

“We are resolute to build a prosperous and wonderful Zimbabwe, step by step,” he told cheering supporters gathered at the National Sports Stadium.

“In our new country, we preach peace; we want harmony among our people. I am a listening President. This is a new Zimbabwe.Monday is the beginning of a new road for all of us. What is wanted now is one push, one push have a thunderous victory in the history of this country.”

Mnangagwa will battle it out with 40-year old MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa as well as 20 other candidates for the country’s top post.

Monday’s vote is the first time the southern African country will go for polls without former President Robert Mugabe who relinquished power in November last year as impeachment loomed.

It’s also the first time since 2000  the country will go for polls without Mugabe and former trade unionist Morgan Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer in February.

Mnangagwa also warned foreign observers not to be involved in the country’s internal politics.

If re-elected, Mnangagwa said,  his government would not return land to former white commercial farmers.
“We will never stop distributing our land. I want to assure that land reform is irreversible,” he said to the cheering crowd.

“Those with excess farms, we are going to take them. We are also going to down size them (those with big farms). This coming Monday, we will win the elections. We are voting for the future, not for today but for generations to come. Together, we will unlock our potential.”

Some of the organisations observing Zimbabwe’s elections include the Commonwealth, SADC, African Union, COMESA and European Union, among others.

He chastised some political parties for trying to undermine the operations of Zimbabwe  Election Commission (ZEC) saying the organisation was an independent institution.

“ZEC only interfaces with political parties. No political party directs ZEC, I am aware that some political parties are trying to influence ZEC and it is not lawfully to do so. ZEC must stand their ground on that one, we need to have rule of law in Zimbabwe, ZEC must be allowed to their work independently,” he said.