Monday, 17 March 2008

Makoni's Declaration To Run for President

On February 5th Simba Makoni announced his candidacy for the Presidency, as reported by the The Times in Zambia.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s hopes of cruising to victory at polls next month suffered a severe jolt today as his respected former finance minister Simba Makoni announced his candidacy.

Makoni, a member of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party, said he would take on Mugabe at the ballot box as an independent in a move analysts said could unite the president’s opponents.

"Following very extensive and intensive consultations with party members and activists countrywide and also with others outside the party, I have accepted the call and hereby advise the people of Zimbabwe that I offer myself as candidate for the office of president," Makoni told a press conference.

"Let me confirm that I share the agony and anguish of all citizens over the extreme hardships that we all have endured for nearly 10 years now," added Makoni who was Mugabe’s finance minister from 2000-2004.

"I also share the widely held view that these hardships are a result of failure of national leadership and that change at that level is a pre-requisite for change at other levels of national endeavour."

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