THE Zanu PF Masvingo provincial executive received a rude awakening last the weekend after supporters boycotted a party’s rally to drum up support for President Emmerson Mnangwagwa in an election to be held later this year.
Only a hand full of supporters turned up for the rally which was held at Chief’s Hall grounds in Masvingo and addressed by the provincial executive members.
The low turnout was despite efforts by the ruling party members who had caused a scene in the city a day before with their vehicles, moving around residential areas calling people to attend the rally.
Even efforts by the party’s aspiring candidates in offering transport to ferry people from the city’s ten wards did not help attract crowds to the venue.
Clemance Makwarimba, the party’s central committee member and senator for Masvingo could not hide his disappointment over the poor turn out and said he will soon summon all district chairpersons in Masvingo urban for an emergency meeting regarding the party’s support base.
“I am pained by what I am witnessing here,” he said.
“Surely is this the number of people gathered here going to guarantee victory for President Mnangagwa during the elections.
“Something must be done in Masvingo urban as a matter urgency I will be having a meeting with the ward chairpersons and their structures to ensure the party still have the support of the people before we submit a report to the President assuring him of votes.”
The party’s provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira told the handful of supporters that the local leadership was on a provincial tour to drum up support for the Zanu PF presidential candidate and it was the duty for the party members to engage in door-to-door campaigns.