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By Godfrey Olukya 16-7-2013

Zimbabwe’s first Lady Amai Mugabe has urged Zimbabweans to vote for her husband, President Mugabe because according to her, he is an upright and principled leader who has Zimbabwe’s interests at heart.

Zimbabwe is soon to hold presidential and general elections. Elderly president Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for over twenty years is among those scheduled to stand for presidency.

According to Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, while she was addressing Zanu-PF supporters gathered for its star rally at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera yesterday Amai Mugabe said Zimbabwean women were now respected throughout the world because of Zanu-PF’ s empowerment policies.

“As Zimbabwean women, we are now respected because we are now businesswomen in our own right as a result of President Mugabe’s
empowerment policies. We also need to realise that President Mugabe is a principled leader. What he said yesterday will not change because of circumstances. He sticks to his word,” she said.

Amai Mugabe said it was up to Zimbabweans to choose leaders of their choice. “It is up to us as Zimbabweans to choose leaders of our
choice. We don’t want to be told by foreigners who to vote for,” she said.

The First Lady criticised MDC-T leader for his lack of respect for women and his bed-hopping antics. “In these days of HIV and Aids we have a grown up man like (Morgan) Tsvangirai moving around sleeping with every woman he comes across on the pretext that he is choosing a partner. How can we have a leader of loose morals like that? He is not principled,” she said.

Addressing the same gathering Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial leadership urged its supporters to unite and vote in their numbers during the harmonised elections on July 31.

Zanu-PF national secretary for security and Senate candidate for Marondera-Wedza, Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, urged the party supporters to mobilise more people in their respective communities to vote for President Mugabe and Zanu-PF candidates for House of Assembly and councillors for local authorities.

“In 2008, we lost seats to the MDC-T. We will get them back. We want a province that is 100 percent Zanu-PF. That is what we are fighting for,” said Cde Sekeramayi. He said it was their vote which would ensure that there would not be another coalition government by giving Zanu-PF a resounding victory.

“We urge all of you to go home and be Zanu-PF commissars so that people vote in a majority. We do not want a run-off. It should be a
decisive victory,” he said. The provincial chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde reminded the people of the empty promises that MDC-T had made in 2008 and urged them to vote wisely.

Said Cde Kaukonde: “They (MDC-T) also told people not to pay for water bills saying that they would cover the costs but they failed. We can say all we want to say but action is more important. We now need action more than words so let us all vote together.”

The provincial leadership also called on the people to unite against the independent candidates in Mudzi and Murewa South  constituencies. Zanu-PF will be fielding candidates for all positions in all the parliamentary, mayoral and council positions in the province.

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