Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said people who voted for his party, ZANU-PF, which has been in power for 43 years, would go to heaven.
It was during a political rally that President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared that people who voted for his party, ZANU-PF, in power for 43 years, would “go to heaven”. Mr Mnangwagwa, the 80-year-old leader who seized power in the southern African country in a coup in 2017, also warned his supporters against violence in the run-up to the August 23 vote .
“We will always move forward”Mr Mnangagwa said at the rally in the capital, Harare. “No one will stop us from running this country. We are the only party that brought independence and freedom to the colonized people of this country. We have driven out imperialism.”
“So you will be lost if you do not vote for ZANU-PF – you will have betrayed our freedom fighters. We need a resounding victory to consolidate our hard-won independence,” he added. Zimbabwe has a history of violent elections and, although Mr Mnangagwa has asked his supporters to act peacefully, he has also blamed Zimbabwe’s insecurity on “negative forces” external to the country, repeating the type of rhetoric that former President Robert Mugabe used to blame others, particularly Western countries, for the country’s misfortunes.