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Vapostori join Mnangagwa's 2030 bid bandwagon

by Staff reporter
03 Jun 2024 at 03:22hrs | Views
Thousands of Vapostori and MaZion for ED members convened for a national prayer in Chitungwiza, where they turned the congregation into a show of support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, chanting slogans advocating for his continued leadership beyond his current term.

Mnangagwa has faced accusations of utilizing supporters and party structures to gauge support for a potential extension of his presidency following the controversial August 2023 elections. His backers have adopted the slogan "VaMnangagwa vanenge vachipo kusvika 2030" (Mnangagwa will be with us until 2030), raising concerns of a bid to extend his tenure beyond 2028 when his second term is due to end. However, the Zimbabwean Constitution prohibits an individual from serving more than two presidential terms.

During both the opening and closing prayers, attendees expressed their desire for Mnangagwa to continue leading Zimbabwe, chanting "ED 2030" slogans and singing praises to acknowledge his leadership.

Although Mnangagwa was expected to address the gathering, Vice-President Kembo Mohadi represented him reportedly due to last-minute scheduling conflicts.

The national prayer was also attended by Zanu-PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, national political commissar Munyaradzi Machacha, and other senior party officials.

In an opening prayer, a leader from an apostolic sect stated, "We are praying for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to remain in power."

Addressing the gathering, apostolic churches' spokesperson Obey Mapuranga reiterated their support for Mnangagwa, stating, "We are gathered here to celebrate President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in last year's elections, and we believe he should continue to lead as God intends."

Vapostori for ED leader Moses Gwasira expressed satisfaction with Mnangagwa's continued leadership, stating, "We are pleased that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has retained power, and we will continue to support him."

In his remarks, Mohadi thanked the churches for their overwhelming support for Zanu-PF in the previous elections and assured them that their concerns, including challenges with places of worship, would be addressed.

Zanu-PF provincial chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa commended the churches for fulfilling their promises by voting for Mnangagwa and urged vigilance in safeguarding the president's leadership.

Source - newsday