Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa has boldly claimed he will be Zimbabwe’s next president, saying Zanu-PF leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has no chance of winning next year’s presidential election.
He made the remarks while addressing scores of CCC supporters at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare, where the party was launching its campaign for the March 26 by-elections. He said:
I am going to govern this country whether you like it or not, you saw change happening in Zambia and it is going to happen here.
Chamisa also criticised the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over allegations of manipulating the voters’ roll and alleged mismanagement of elections. He added:
We commissioned experts to analyse the voters roll. I had been tipped off by some senior government officials that the document was being tampered with. We have infiltrators in government departments — we have infiltrated all government departments.
We will not let Zec get away with its manipulation. Starting with this by-election, if ZEC does not address these anomalies, it will not be well. There will be instability in the country. On the issue of voter manipulation, do not panic. We have strategies.
The first strategy is to ensure that ZEC policies are compatible with the Constitution. If they don’t heed our demands, then we will take legal remedies. But we know that the courts may not be able to deliver justice fairly. We have our own solution. We will go to the streets. We will protest against ZEC.
Among other allegations, ZEC is accused of moving some voters from their constituencies to new ones without their consent, a move that could disenfranchise many people.