HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth yesterday appealed to all mothers in Chegutu to vote out President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.
In an address to MDC supporters at Pfupajena Stadium, she said Zimbabweans have suffered long enough and that should push them to vote for change on July 31.
“I am appealing to all mothers here, go out and vote,” she said to a thunderous applause from thousands of MDC supporters.
“Chegutu, I am touched by your commitment to a new Zimbabwe. They tried to frustrate us by taking over Pfupajena Stadium where we were supposed to hold our rally but you refused to be discouraged.
“I have seen that you have courage, I am looking at the hard surface that you are sitting on. I can see the oppression you have gone through in fighting for your freedom.”
Despite having booked the council ground earlier, the local commission revoked the approval on Friday evening ostensibly because Pfupajena Stadium was booked by Zanu PF for a musical gala.
Zanu PF aspiring MP for Chegutu West Constituency Dexter Nduna claimed his party had booked the venue earlier than the MDC.
Tsvangirai moved his rally to a nearby bush where party youths had to slash the long grass before the rally.
A jovial Elizabeth said she was encouraged by the optimism and “determination for change” shown by Chegutu residents “in spite of oppression and intimidation from Zanu PF.”
“Go and vote for MDC and president Tsvangirai so that you may have jobs,” she said. “This country has a lot of talent but we need to have a good leadership that can develop it.
“Our children are unemployed because there are no jobs. The MDC has plans to create jobs for them,” she said.
Tsvangirai told the rally his party will improve the social welfare of Zimbabweans as well as open closed industries to create one million jobs.
As a social democratic party, he said he will lend his support to the vulnerable such as the disabled, the elderly, orphans, and those suffering from cancer and those people living with HIV as a priority.