Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa is to address rallies in Kwekwe and Gweru today and tomorrow.
The rally in Kwekwe will be held at Mbizo 4 grounds.
Kwekwe was previously President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s stronghold before he was booted out by Blessing Chebundo in 2000 when the MDC was only five months old.
After another defeat in 2005, Mnangagwa moved to the rural constituency of Chirumanzu-Zibagwe.
On Sunday Chamisa will address a rally at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru.
Party presidential spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said Chamisa’s rallies, which are under the MDC Alliance, will be anchored “on the tripod, whose key pillars are Transformation, Opportunities and Prosperity (TOP)”.
Chamisa has challenged Mnangagwa to a television debate on national issues but added that Mnangagwa must bring his deputy Kembo Mohadi along and perhaps Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba as well because Mnangagwa is no match for him.
Mnangagwa is not likely to take up the challenge as it would give Chamisa legitimacy when his leadership is being disputed by MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe.
Mnangagwa has also been challenged by former President Robert Mugabe who says he must undo the disgrace he plunged the country into by taking over through a coup d’état but Mnangagwa bluntly told Mugabe that the country is moving on.
Mnangagwa who still wants Mugabe to enjoy his legacy said the 94-year-old was free to say what he wanted as a private citizen.
Zimbabwe is due to hold crucial elections in July or August and Mnangagwa is pinning his hopes on winning those elections to gain legitimacy and his own mandate to revive the country’s economy.
Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe must be a middle income country by 2030, just 12 years from now.
He has so far won the goodwill of both the East and West and seems to be playing his cards right and will be visiting China next month.
His only setback is that he has not been able to solve the cash crisis gripping the country but he has started creating jobs and is intent on completing key projects to prove that his administration is serious about reviving the economy.