Chamisa tells Zimbabweans, get ready to smile again, change is coming


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Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa today called on Zimbabweans to get ready to smile again and to celebrate because change is coming.

In his message to mark Heroes’ Day, Chamisa who is challenging the 30 July victory of Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, said: “We must resolutely do everything in our power under our Constitution to say no to fraud and repression either in our electoral politics or our justice system.

“We must say no to the rule of men, in favour of the rule of law. The will of the people, expressed at the polls, must prevail in honour of our heroes and heroines.”

Zimbabwe had one of its most peaceful elections on 30 July but violence broke out on 1 August over allegations that the elections had been rigged though at the time full results were not out.

The results of the presidential election were only announced two days later.

Six people were killed in the violence.

“To move our country forward we need to be together on liberation values, we have a patriotic duty to ensure that our heroes and heroines did not die in vain. That cannot be read to mean vindictiveness. But those who have sinned against our people must commit to sin no more, this is the pathway to forgiveness,” Chamisa said.

“Our nation is broken. Our people are divided. Our society is tormented. Zimbabwe needs truth, healing and reconciliation.

“Get ready to smile again, get ready to celebrate. Change is coming. God is in it.”

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