Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

"I am saying we should cease to talk about who owns the farm in terms of colour".

But Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old former Mugabe ally, has pledged to end the violent seizure of white-owned commercial farms, a policy that Mugabe said was meant to redress post-colonial imbalances. Let the past remain behind, there are so many white farmers who don't have farms anymore as a result of land reform. And again, we are racially blind.

Some of the Zimbabweans following proceedings at the Zanu PF's "white interface rally", July 21, 2018, in Harare where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking. Then he leaves that farm and he is issued another one.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been fighting off "a bad cold", hence his use of medication, his spokesperson said, after pictures of the president taking pills at a rally went viral last week. In order to do this he needs the help of Western donors who want to see the issue of white-owned land addressed.

A few weeks back, Zanu-PF supporters also walked out on Mnangagwa as he was addressing a rally in Bindura.

Zimbabwe's president courts white voters ahead of election
Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

Opponents dismissed the event as a publicity stunt backed by people with political and financial interests.

"I'm not surprised. You have to look at where this took place", said David Coltart, an MDC senator. "It'll be the community who have business connections".

Just 3 percentage points now separate former Mugabe deputy Mnangagwa and leading opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa, according to a new survey by the Afrobarometer research group.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with The Elders delegation led by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday morning at State House.

"Parties have generally been able to campaign peacefully", Annan told reporters. "Time is running out", said Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare.


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