ZANU Ndonga leader Mutape Sakwinje was booed off the stage at an MDC Alliance campaign rally in Gweru Sunday.
It took the intervention of MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa to pacify the restive crowds who were demanding to be addressed by the Alliance leader.
Sakwinje is one of the principals of the opposition alliance.
“I want to talk about where we began pertaining to the MDC Alliance a grouping of seven partners …,” the ZANU Ndonga leader started but failed to continue as people started chanting, “president, president!”, calling for Chamisa to address them.
The MDC-T leader had to plead with the crowd to give other principals an opportunity to speak before him.
“As your leader, I just have a single request to make,” he said.
“I am pleading with you to at least give two principals an opportunity to address before me. I think we will have to give president Ngarivhume, president Biti and Professor Welshman Ncube an opportunity to address,” said Chamisa.
However, it turned out to be a baptism of fire for Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume who also had a tough trying to get the audience’s attention.
“For the sake of progress, I think it is very important that we respect and tolerate each other. We need understanding and unity of purpose.
“Our common enemy is ZANU PF. We formed this alliance to dislodge ZANU PF from power,” said Ngarivhume.
PDP leader Tendai Biti also had a torrid time to be heard as he explained that the alliance was formed to put an end to ZANU PF’s 38 years of misrule.
The former finance minister said MDC Alliance government would create a $100 billion economy in less than a decade.
Meanwhile, Chamisa told party supporters that victory was a certainty and called on army generals to salute an opposition leader once elected into power.
He also reiterated that without electoral reforms the alliance is not going to participate in the elections.