- The leader of Zimbabwe’s MDC party Nelson Chamisa is at 40 years-of-age only just old enough to run for president
- Despite his youth, or maybe because of it, Chamisa is confident that he can pull off what would be a stunning win
- Chamisa joined the MDC when it was formed in 1999 and was chosen to succeed the late Morgan Tsvangirai as party leader
Nelson Chamisa might only be 40-years-old but he is one of the frontrunners to win the Zimbabwean presidential election which is currently taking place. Chamisa just barely meets the minimum age required to become president under Zimbabwe’s constitution.
Chamisa is the leader of Zimbabwe’s official opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and is considered together with incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the two frontrunners in the election.
Chamisa rise has been meteoric if somewhat rocky at times. He was chosen to succeed the late Morgan Tsvangirai as MDC leader, his selection was messy and caused a split in the MDC.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Chamisa was the leader of the Zimbabwe National Students Union which protested against Mugabe in the 1990’s. He joined the MDC when it was formed in 1999 and quickly rose through the ranks
Tsvangirai identified Chamisa as a future leader early on and provided Chamisa with mentorship and guidance. Chamisa has served as the MDC’s spokesperson and was the leader of its youth league.
eNCA.com reported that Chamisa served in the ill-fated government of national unity which was established after the 2008 election. He served as the communication and information minister in the cabinet.
Chamisa is known for making passionate and sometimes humorous speeches and has managed to capture the hearts and minds of the youth in Zimbabwe.
Chamisa said he would ride the wave of youthful optimism in the same way in which Barack Obama did in the United States.
Despite widespread claims of voter and election fraud in the build-up to the election, Chamisa vowed not to let that stop his party from taking part and winning the election.
Zimbabweans have turned out in their droves to take part in the first election not to feature the name of Robert Mugabe on the ballot.
There have been scattered unconfirmed reports of voter intimidation in some rural parts of the country.
Robert Mugabe, Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa have cast their votes.
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