Chamisa to fight Zimbabwe polls for opposition party

HARARE- Zimbabwe’s main opposition on Thursday named a former youth activist, Nelson Chamisa, as its candidate for upcoming presidential polls, the party’s first major test since the death of its charismatic leader and the ouster of Robert Mugabe.

Chamisa who is 40 years old becomes the leader Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC’s), electoral leader after veteran leader Morgan Tsvangirai died of cancer on February 14 at the age of 65 in South Africa.

Chamisa takes up a tough position, as Tsvangirai was the main opposition leader against Mugabe, as he led the MDC tough fight against Zanu-Pf in the general elections.

Tsvangirai had frequently accused former president Robert Mugabe of vote-rigging, voter intimidation and authoritarian behaviour.

But the final moments of Tsvangirai as leader of the MDC was overshadowed by infighting between his deputies and talk of who would succeed him as leader.

The MDC face a tough battle in the upcoming elections to defeat the ruling Zanu-Pf which is lead by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s .

Luke Tamborinyoka MDC spokesperson called for his party discipline,  “all leaders (to) stop communicating party positions, without permission… for purposes of message discipline and consistency.”

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chief Joyce Kazembe said at a news conference in Harare on Thursday of the election voter process,

“Voter registration is still on-going. Let us keep encouraging those who are yet to register to visit their nearest ZEC office,” said Kazembe, adding that the commission was “committed to credible, free and fair elections.”

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