FreeZim Congress targets 2023 general election – CAJ News Africa
from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – The opposition FreeZim Congress is fielding a single candidate in the upcoming by-elections, with its main focus being the general elections scheduled for next year.
Turner Mhango, will contest the March 26 by-elections in Mwenezi East constituency on the party list, aiming to replace Joosbi Omar, the late Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU- PF).
Party leader Joseph Makamba Busha said the main objective was harmonized elections in 2023, hence the presentation of a single candidate.
Preparations for these polls are underway, he said in an interview with CAJ News Africa.
“We are focused on planning for our elective conference in September and the 2023 general election, so only one candidate is running in the by-elections. Yes, in 2023 we line up all positions and hope to win,” Busha said.
Busha said his party was preparing adequately and thoroughly to take on ZANU-PF head-on in a bid to “liberate” Zimbabweans from oppression.
“Our preparations and our litter are going very well. This time Zimbabwe will be freed from the clutches of oppression and poverty,” he said.
ZANU-PF is accused of poverty and corruption after seizing power in 1980 following a war of liberation.
Busha dismissed claims by some political observers that the opposition was only targeting the Diaspora vote.
Analysts believe opposition parties are benefiting from the vote as it puts ZANU-PF at a disadvantage as it is accused of forcing millions of citizens out of the country over controversial policies.
“The allegations are baseless,” Busha said.
“We are committed everywhere. Zimbabweans are everywhere, so we go where they are.
He lamented that Zimbabweans are being denied their rights.
“It is important to involve all citizens because 2023 is important in the history of Zimbabwe and Africa.”
Busha hopes his party can revive the fortunes of this once prosperous country.
“We want Zimbabwe to be the center of African renaissance and hope for global leadership,” Busha said.
Some 16 political parties are participating in the March by-elections.
Busha came fourth in the last presidential elections, held in 2018.
He finished with 0.37% of the total vote as Emmerson Mnangagwa (51.44%) won his first presidential term.
– CAJ News