Zanu PF wants to rig elections — Tsvangirai

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MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday accused Zanu PF of trying to rig the forthcoming general elections slated for July 31 using the 30-day mandatory voter registration process, which ends at midnight today.

Wonai Masvingise

Tsvangirai took his campaign to Mashonaland Central, where he mingled with people at Rushinga business centre before addressing a rally at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura.

“Millions in Harare will not register because Zanu PF wants to rig the election through the voter registration process. There is a lot that needs to be done,” Tsvangirai told party supporters.

The 30-day mandatory voter registration exercise, which began on June 10, has been engulfed in chaos, particularly in MDC-T strongholds where potential voters accused the Registrar-General’s Office of deliberately serving people slowly raising fears of a deliberate plot to disenfranchise some eligible voters.

On the land reform programme, Tsvangirai said his party would have to redistribute the farms on a one-man one-farm basis.

“There must be food security in this country; a country once described as a bread basket but now described as a basket case,” Tsvangirai said.

“Our problem is that people are not farming. If you are farming, why should we remove you since you are a Zimbabwean? We must rationalise this programme so that we all benefit. It should be one-person one-farm.”
The MDC-T leader noted that Mashonaland Central was still engulfed with fear, five years after the bloody run-off election of June 2008.

Tsvangirai said people should not fear anything but be hopeful of a better future.

“There is a strong element of fear amongst the people. My message is fear has to be translated into hope of a new government and new era. If you need hope vote MDC so that we won’t go back to 2008,” he said.

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