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Zanu-PF eyes 2023 election despite failing economy

Zanu-PF’s national political commissar, Victor Matemadanda

As President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts at reviving the economy continue to stutter, his ruling Zanu-PF party has turned its attention to the next general election scheduled for 2023.

The party’s national political commissar, Victor Matemadanda, has told party cadres to campaign for the party and President Mnangagwa ahead of 2023 harmonised elections and not prioritise their individual campaigns.

Addressing the Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting attended by President Mnangagwa in Gweru on Saturday, Matemadanda told party members to put the name of the party and its sole 2023 Presidential candidate Mnangagwa first.

“To Members of Parliament we are not talking about constituencies, there is the delimitation programme coming soon. Don’t waste your time campaigning in your current constituencies because after the delimitation programme, you might find yourself out of that area when boundaries are changed. Right now, the constituency we are campaigning for now is two in one, which is Zanu PF and ED Mnangagwa,” he said.

Opposition MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa, has continued to question Mnangagwa’s legitimacy to hold office, following a contested election outcome in 2018 that was only settled in Mnangagwa’s favour by the Constitutional Court.

However, more than two years since Mnangagwa’s controversial victory, the country’s economy has failed to revive and the government appears lost at sea about how to turn around the country’s fortunes.

For most Zimbabweans, daily life is becoming harder as small incomes earned mostly from the informal sector are chewed up by soaring prices that have evoked fears of a return to the hyperinflation of a decade ago.

When citizens go to sleep at night, often in darkened homes, they are not certain whether the price of bread, cooking oil or milk will be the same in the morning.

Mnangagwa’s government, like its predecessor, blames Western sanctions for the country’s persistent economic woes and accuses countries including the United States and Britain of encouraging opposition protests.

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