Special advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Christopher Mutsvangwa has stated that Zanu-PF will win next year’s harmonised elections resoundingly. Mutsvangwa said that Zanu-PF was going to win the elections more emphatically than the 1980 Elections. He reiterated that the ruling Zanu-PF party was going to work “heavily” with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in order to mobilise voters.
We will win resoundingly, better than the 1980 elections and we will mobilise heavily working with the ZDF.
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Mutsvangwa becomes the second Zanu-PF official in recent works to state that the party was going to use the military to ensure victory in next year’s elections. Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Josiah Hungwe was reported to have said that Zanu-PF will use the Zimbabwe Defence Forces when campaigning in next year’s harmonised elections. Hungwe told a Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting that Zanu-PF would not leave the soldiers when campaigning. Said Hungwe:
In the Bible, the Kings ruled with the army on their side. Saka patinoenda ku2018 elections musasiya soja. (Zanu PF) Chairman, soja apa imi mberi. (When we campaign in 2018, do not leave the army. We will move side by side with the military).