MDC T president Nelson Chamisa received a huge boost yesterday when several thousands of people filled White City Stadium in Bulawayo – by far the largest crowd for the opposition in years – for an MDC Alliance rally.
By NQOBANI NDLOVU
Chamisa said he was humbled by the endorsement as all eyes were on the MDC Alliance filling up White City Stadium following the recent MDC T split, and subsequent expulsion of deputy president Thokozani Khupe.
Khupe and her allies have claimed Bulawayo is their stronghold, and were confident the MDC Alliance rally was going to be a huge flop.
In his address, Chamisa touched base with the young and old and also dealt with issues affecting Matabeleland and thanked Bulawayo for the ‘endorsement.’
“I want to thank you Bulawayo for the support. Thank you for the support you continue giving us. I thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said.
“I feel sorry for those that have chosen to walk away. We want to win this election because we are winners, we are champions.
“If we remain united, we will definitely achieve a decisive victory.
“We will win this election. We have already won this election. We do not want people who will steal our votes.
“We want a free and fair election. We want an election that is held in a free and fair manner. “
MDC leader Welshman Ncube said the support received yesterday had boosted the confidence of the MDC Alliance that it would romp to victory.
“Victory is certain,” Ncube said.
“There is no way he (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) can steal your votes, our votes.
“There is no way they can steal our votes as long as all of us here register to vote, and vote on election day.”
Chamisa promised to tackle underdevelopment and marginalisation of Matabeleland, tribalism, deliver jobs, revive industry and implement devolution of power.
He also promised to tackle Gukurahundi, saying the country would not move forward as long as the emotive issue was not dealt with.
“We want to apologise to the people of Matabeleland (over Gukurahundi),” he said.
“We want to ensure there is compensation to the victims.
“You (Mnangagwa) are willing to compensate farmers, but failing to compensate the victims.
“We want devolution. Let us devolve power and authority.
“They failed to implement and respect the constitution of Zimbabwe on the issue of devolution. Everything is Hararerised.
“Harare cannot be the centre of everything. We will make sure that there is devolution.”
Chamisa has held several rallies across the country drumming up support for the coalition ahead of elections expected between July and August.