By Staff Reporter & Agencies
HARARE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared Friday that the ruling Zanu PF party would still be in power after the July elections and scorned the opposition parties as “barking puppies”.
Mnangagwa was addressing a campaign rally attended by thousands of supporters at Pfupajena Stadium in Chegutu.
“Zanu PF is in power. Let it be known that nothing will change in this country even if we go for elections because people will vote for our party,” he said.
“Elections on 30 July belong to Zanu PF. We dictate what happens in this country. We already have an upper hand and the election has been won already by us.
“Let those who want to argue do so, but just vote for Zanu PF.”
Mnangagwa’s main challenger in the July vote is 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), who says the president will not win a free vote.
The MDC said it will hold a peaceful march next Tuesday to demand reforms it says will ensure a credible vote.
Mnangagwa however dismissed his rival as a puppy.
“Wherever we go in all provinces, there are multitudes of people, so why should we fight with puppies. Let them bark and continue to bark.”
The Zanu PF leader said his government was handling many investment requests from Europe, Asia and Arab countries.
He warned that investors adopting a wait-and-see attitude pending the elections would miss out on opportunities in the country.
“Yes, there are those who come to scout and make arrangements and say ‘we would like to come in immediately after elections’.
Then we say ‘you can wait if you want, but those who want to be early birds go ahead’.”