By Philemon Jambaya
MDC Alliance candidate for Highfield West Constituency Happymore Chidziva who is popularly known as “Bvondo” says he is ready to die while defending the people’s vote on 30 July this year.
Zimbabwe which has a history of rigged elections will be going for harmonised elections in a few weeks and there have been questions over the transparency of the polls.
Chief among the concerns being raised by the opposition parties is the credibility of the voters roll and also the ballot paper, its design and subsequent printing.
However, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has refused to be yield to demands for audit by the opposition raising fears that there might be some ploy to rig the polls.
Speaking at a rally in his constituency, Chidziva who strongly believes that Nelson Chamisa will get a landslide victory said young people are ready to defend the vote with their lives.
“If Mnangagwa (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) and Chigumba (Justice Priscilla Chigumba) want to steal our vote they should steal our lives first,” he said.
However, Taurai Garande believes Chidziva should come clean on what sort of action he intends to do in defending the vote adding that Zimbabweans must question him.
“I think Chidziva should tell us what he is intending to do, we don’t want people who will cause alarm and despondency, our President has been on record calling for a peaceful election and post-election peace and this boy is talking about defending the vote by his life,” Garande said.
Political analyst Ryan Wamambo came to the defence of Chidziva saying the MDC-T youth leader is actually in order arguing that it is the role of every Zimbabwean voter to vote and defend their vote.
“Bvondo is in order, Zimbabweans should vote and defend their vote, in 2008 Mugabe and Zanu PF stole the people’s vote,” he said.
MDC Alliance will on Wednesday (11 July) demonstrate against ZEC demanding various electoral reforms which they feel must be addressed first before the country goes for the elections.
This will be the second demonstration by MDC Alliance against ZEC’s handling of election processes.