Brace for my mega rallies, Mwonzora says

Albert Chavhunduka

MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora is putting a brave face in light of poor attendances to his campaigns for the March 26 by-elections, where he will fight a legitimacy battle with Nelson Chamisa.


Mwonzora bettered Chamisa in internal party fights over the name of MDC, its properties and symbols, forcing Chamisa to opt for new identity as the Citizens Coalition for Change, with yellow as party colour, breaking with MDC tradition.


But the upcoming by-elections, in a large part triggered by Mwonzora’s recall of Chamisa’s allies at local government and Parliamentary levels, are likely to be a referendum on who is the legitimate opposition
leader.


Already signs are showing with Chamisa attracting bumper crowds while Mwonzora has wilted.


In a quest to prove that he commands popularity and send a message to his rivals ahead of the 2023 general elections, it emerged that Mwonzora splashed over ZW$1.5 million for his first rally and hired 20 buses to ferry people to Zororo grounds as part of making a statement.


Mwonzora said his party will announce its mega rally which will see his supporters flocking in from various places across the country.


“We are going to be having our own big rallies if we want but at a later stage in this campaign,” he said.


Mwonzora warned his rivals not to weigh the popularity of his party based on events that have happened so far promising that his upcoming mega rallies will send a strong message.


“It is very dangerous to judge our popularity on the basis of one rally that happened in the circumstances that you saw, it is very misleading indeed. I want to tell you that we are going to have our rally which we will announce as a mega rally or star rally. You can not judge the popularity of a party by the number of people who attend alone,” he said.


ZANU-PF successfully held its first by-election campaign in Epworth early this month which was followed by the Citizens Coalition for Change led by Nelson Chamisa which was the first for the newly formed party.


Both campaigns attracted thousands of supporters.

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