Patrick Chinamasa, the ZANU PF acting spokesperson told reporters in Harare that the ruling party has already won the 2023 general elections.
Chinamasa did not explain how the party “has won” the elections two years before they are held but told journalists that under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe had turned around a corner. Chinamasa said:
2023 is a dead rubber election. It’s over before voting.
Chinamasa also said a lot of developments occurred before and during the November 2017 military coup period but the ruling party was not yet ready to disclose them at the moment. He said:
Behind the scenes, a lot took place, but it is too early to say. The further from November 2017, the more likely we are going to tell you.
During the same press conference, ZANU PF secretary for war veterans Douglas Mahiya said the party did not tell Mugabe to resign in 2017.
Mahiya said they told Mugabe not to mislead the nation or do the wrong thing when his time was up.
He added that Mnangagwa was the most senior person to take over from Mugabe.