President urges Zimbabweans to register as voters
Kwekwe (New Ziana) – ZANU-PF First Secretary President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to register and vote in order to defend the country’s hard-won independence in the 2023 general elections.
President Mnangagwa was addressing a Cell Day meeting at Dambudzo 1 Cell, Mugagao A district, Hondoyeminda branch at Precabe Enterprises Farm, Sherwood under Chirumhanzu Constituency in Kwekwe district.
President Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Dr. Auxilia Mnangagwa are number 22 and 23 respectively in the Dambudzo 1 Cell Register which has 59 members, headed by chairperson Augustine Gijima (31).
Speaking at the inaugural Cell Day meeting, President Mnangagwa said it was important for people to register and vote to protect the hard-won independence.
“We should go and register and vote. No one will sweat while in the process of voting, we were sweating during the liberation struggle because people lost their lives and others were injured. If you hear someone claiming that he or she sweated while voting, you have a demon which need to be cast out. It is now easy to protect the country’s legacy through voting, you mustn’t be left out from protecting the country’s legacy by voting …,” said the ruling party’s First Secretary.
He said the Second Republic started a national registration exercise after the First Lady Amai Mnangagwa noted that some Zimbabweans like the San community did not have identification documents.
President Mnangagwa the acquisition of identification documents is now free and easy as the registrar officials no longer ask a lot of questions.
He urged his Cell chairman Gijima to get names of members without documents to be registered.
President Mnangagwa said those who were registered up to the end of May will make up the names needed in the delimitation exercise.
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has started the delimitation of constituencies and other electoral boundaries after the conclusion of a population census on May 5.
He reiterated that the registration of voters was ongoing for those who will vote in the 2023 harmonized elections.
The delimitation exercise, he said, was done every 10 years and this year’s exercise will help in the delimitation of constituencies judging by the number of registered voters.
He urged people to be associated with ZANU-PF which has a well documented history and has people at heart.
“Be associated with the ruling party and don’t be associated with those who are not ruling. Each one of you should bring in new members to join the ruling party,” said President Mnangagwa.
He hailed the party’s national Political Commissar Mike Bimha for introducing the Cell Day meeting being held throughout the country.
He said the cell is the back bone and most important organ of the party.
Dambudzo 1 cell chairperson Gijima said he was happy to be chairing a meeting attended by President Mnangagwa and the First Family.
He urged the party to respect the cell as it is made of all members of the party.
Gijima urged members to be registered voters in order for the party to have over five million votes in the 2023 harmonized elections.
He hailed the Second Republic for embarking on empowerment projects which are in line with Vision 2030.
Gijima said many youths have been employed at Munyati Power Station project and will be employed at Indarama Mine which has 4000 vacancies.
He appealed to youths to desist from drug abuse but should go and register in order to vote for the ruling party which liberated the country.
Dambudzo 1 chairperson Gijima applauded the ruling party for people to acquire identification documents for free.
“Those without with IDs, we will get your names and approach our ward councillor who will assist us get the IDs and then we can register so that we can have more than five million votes, … the country is not built by President Mnangagwa and top leadership only but the country is built by all the people in the country,” he said.
The ruling party also used the Cell Day meeting for the verification and inspection of cells, account for those present and those who have passed on and those added on to the cell.
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