MASVINGO – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday made a passionate appeal to MDC supporters to overwhelmingly vote for him and his MDC party on July 31, saying this was the last mile to a new Zimbabwe.
The MDC leader told tens of thousands packed at Mucheke Stadium to vote for the MDC saying voting for Zanu PF will take back the country to the pre-dollarisation era when many scrounged for basics.
Since the formation of the inclusive government in 2009, Zimbabwe’s economy has started to recover from a decade-long crisis that saw economic output decline yearly during the period 1999 to 2008, for a cumulative decline of more than 45 percent.
“We must be careful and vote for MDC on July 31 or else we will go back to the old days of suffering,” Tsvangirai warned.
“Remember 2008 when all the shops had nothing and people could hardly get food. If you vote for Zanu PF you will be voting for that suffrage.
“Vote for MDC and you will live a better life. If you vote for us and form a new government, there will be plenty of money that you will not be able to finish spending.
“If you vote for Zanu PF, the Zim dollars will be back and you won’t be able to buy anything just like what happened during those days.”
President Robert Mugabe told thousands of his Zanu PF supporters during the party’s election manifesto launch in Harare a fortnight ago that it was possible to restore the local currency which was dropped for the multi-currency regime in 2009 if he wins re-election in the July 31 vote.
Tsvangirai said voting Mugabe will be voting for the return of the Zimbabwe dollar and economic hardships.
The 61-year-old Prime Minister said he was confident if given the mandate by the people to rule Zimbabwe, the MDC will deliver and govern with respect for the rule of law and democracy.
He said an MDC government will revive the country’s economic fortunes.
“We are very confident that we will transform the lives of the people and the economy once we are voted into power and form an exclusive MDC government,” Tsvangirai said.
“We will create one million jobs in the first five years and attract investment that will turn the fortunes of struggling Zimbabweans, something that Zanu PF has failed to do in the past 33 years.”
Tsvangirai said he had plans to create jobs and revive investor confidence and usher the country back into the community of nations.
“We will create jobs in the energy sector where we need power stations at Batoka, revive Hwange and Kariba (power stations) and establish gas plants to generate electricity in Lupane and Bindura and other provinces and end power shortages,” Tsvangirai said.
“And in doing so, we will be creating jobs for our young people who are not employed.
“We will also dualise the highway from Beitbridge to Chirundu and other roads and this will create jobs again for the people in the country and as you know, the tourism industry has lots of jobs for the people and we can do that only if you vote for us and end Mugabe’s misrule.”
The tough-talking former trade unionist said his party was ripe and ready to govern a country he said has been plunged into ruin by Zanu PF over the past 33 years.
Tsvangirai expressed disappointment at the ongoing special voting for security sector members, saying if the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was struggling to facilitate a vote for 80 000 officers, he shudders to think what will happen in the July 31 poll when over 6 million Zimbabweans go to the polls.
“I want to express my disappointment in the people we have entrusted to run the country’s elections and this is Zec,” Tsvangirai said.
“I have received reports that police officers and their special constabularies and soldiers have not started voting.
“If Zec has no capacity to run an election for only 80 000 people, then what will happen at the end of the month when 6 million people will be voting?
“We no longer have confidence in this commission and it can be disastrous come the real polls.”