President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pleaded with ZANU PF supporters not to leave the party even though they are experiencing immense suffering because of a collapsed economy.
Mnangagwa made the plea while speaking at a rally at the Matizha business centre in Serima, Gutu where thousands of villagers were bussed to the venue. He said:
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You know where we are coming from and where we are going.
We got problems as a country. But these are not problems that can force you to leave the party. These are problems that unite us to build our country.
Yes, we have economic challenges, but they will pass.
… I do not think next year is a drought period…..In the night, defend your party, during the day defend your party, whether you went to bed without eating or not.
Zimbabwe is experiencing shortages of almost all basic goods and services; the staple food (roller meal), fuel, clean water, medicines, cash and electricity among others.
The November 2017 military coup, which ushered in the so-called ‘New Dispensation’, while hailed by the majority of Zimbabweans as a potential harbinger of a better life, has turned out to be a curse as things have gone from bad to worse.