President of Xiluva, Bongani Baloyi says Zimbabweans living in South Africa should seize the opportunity to go home and participate in their country’s upcoming presidential election.
Baloyi made the remarks following an announcement by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to declare 23 August as the day to hold the 2023 General Election.
“With the Zimbabwe election date confirmed, I would urge my fellow brothers and sisters from Zimbabwe to seize this opportunity to go home and participate in their democratic elections.
“Voting is the only way that they can remove the current leadership and shape their collective destiny. Vote for the change you want Zimbabwe. It’s in your hands now,” Mr. Baloyi said.
Mnangagwa stated that the Nomination Court will sit on June 21 to register election candidates. In the event of a run-off, it will be done on 2 October 2023.
The 80-year-old veteran was elected president in 2018 after a military coup that deposed President Robert Mugabe the previous year. He will be seeking a second term in office.
His main rival is lawyer and pastor Nelson Chamisa, 45, who leads the newly formed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).