ZIMBABWEAN President Emmerson Mnangagwa will win the 2023 elections by a wide margin because he has managed to fix the economic mess he inherited from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, and has stabilised the local currency, his deputy has said.
Kembo Campbell Mohadi, former State Vice President, made the revelations this Tuesday during a familiarisation tour in Bindura, Mashonaland Central province.
“It is the story of the stabilisation of our currency and ultimately the economy. The dams that are being constructed, the roads that are being constructed and many other things that we are doing,” said Mohadi, who a few months ago resigned in shame over alleged sexual scandals with junior office staffers and other multiple women.
Mohadi added: “This is what will make us march with confidence as the Zanu-PF Government and our leaders towards a resounding victory. With what we have achieved and what we are doing as Zanu-PF it should be easy for us to canvas for people’s support.
“As a party, we are happy that even the most ardent of sceptics and critics of Zanu-PF now acknowledge the milestones we have achieved as a second republic under the leadership of President Mnangagwa.”
Mohadi was referring to a top official of the smaller opposition MDC-T outfit, Tapiwa Mashakada, who over the weekend said as a party they were cognizant of the strides Government has made in stabilizing the economy. Mashakada is a former Minister of Economic Planning in a unity government some ten years ago.
Across the opposition divide, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa insists it won the 2018 elections and will repeat its “feat” against Mnangagwa if elections were held in a free and fair environment. The opposition party also disputes claims by Zanu-PF that the economy has stabilized.
MDC Alliance deputy leader Tendai Biti unleashed a scathing attack on the International Monetary Fund after it projected a 6% growth for the Zimbabwean economy. The IMF said it premised its projection on the bumper agricultural harvest and a more stable macroeconomic environment.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzay Mahere, a lawyer, says looting and corruption have worsened since Mnangagwa took over.
“We demand radical transparency and a far-reaching international audit of the offshore networks that enable looting by Zimbabwean ministers and political elites. They launder the loot by buying supercars while the masses starve. Corruption is killing us,” Mahere claimed.