The Nomination Court today sat in Harare to accept candidates who included presidential aspirants incumbent President Robert Mugabe of Zanu (PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the larger Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction and Welshman Ncube of the other MDC faction.
“As ZANU-PF we are confident of victory. We are supporting our president because we have progressive policies,” Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa told Reuters after registering Mugabe’s candidature at the High Court.
Political parties to the inclusive government went ahead to meet the deadline which was unilaterally imposed by President Mugabe when he also declared the poll date as 31 July.
“I have no doubt that Morgan Tsvangirai will be the next president of Zimbabwe. We are tired of 33 years of a predatory government that has no love for us,” Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also MDC Secretary-General, told reporters after registering Tsvangirai’s candidacy.
Today’s registration thrusts the country into full election mode amid an application to the Constitutional Court for an extension of the poll date to allow various reforms demanded by parties opposed to Zanu (PF). Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has resisted reforms which included media and the security sector both viewed as key apparatus in Zanu (PF)’s quest to retain power.