Chamisa confident of winning Presidential race
Harare (New Ziana)-Main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa is confident of winning the 2023 Presidential and forming the next government.
Chamisa leads the pack of several candidates contesting against President Mnangagwa in the Presidential race whose other notable individuals include Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T, Lovemore Madhuku of the National Constitutional Alliance who struggled to raise the US$20 000 nomination fee and whose party will be fielding candidates in just 10 out of the 270 constituencies.
Others include new kid on the block Robert Chapman of the Democratic Union of Zimbabwe who has not yet unveiled his team and Elizabeth Valerio of the United Zimbabwe Alliance who contested in the previous election.
In 2018, Chamisa contested for the Presidency under the MDC Alliance ticket and lost to President Mnangagwa.
He challenged the election results in the Constitutional Court where he also lost after failing to produce evidence of the rigging that he alleged and had claimed to have in abundance.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday as he emerged from the High Court where his Presidential nomination was successfully filed, Chamisa was optimistic about clinching the highest office on the land come August 23.
“Victory is certain. Victory is obvious,” he said.
The CCC leader has been criticised for introducing a new candidates selection system which saw his deputy Tendai Biti losing the bid to represent Harare East to Allan Markam.
Chamisa however said despite losing the nomination race, Biti was an important member of the party who would be deployed in other areas.
“Biti is going to play a pivotal role in this big march to a new Zimbabwe,” he said.
Chamisa expressed disappointment that some of the people who voted in 2018 elections could not find their names in the voters roll, a confirmation of fears that some people had not bothered to go and inspect the voters roll despite ZEC extending the window and launching a massive awareness campaign.
“The information we have is that most of the names are missing,” he said.
According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, at least 6.5 million voters are registered for the upcoming election.
ZEC has also said it fixed all registration queries that were raised by voters during the inspection period and it was satisfied that the roll was now credible.
It said slightly over one 1 million people had physically inspected the voters’ roll while many others used its online system to check their details.