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The ruling ZANU PF used its powers over government to wrestle use of the giant Ministry Of Local Government owned National Sports Stadium from opposition MDC Alliance for its final rally ahead of the elections but failed to fill it up.
Contrary to the party’s wishes to bring in an oversubscribed 100 000 to the stadium, the 60,000-seat venue was about two-thirds full giving an estimated 40 000 people crowd for the president Emmerson Mnangagwa led party.
A few miles away, tens of thousands of enthusiastic Nelson Chassis led MDC supporters dressed in the party’s red T-shirts and caps converged at Freedom Square where ZimEye.com live drone pictures estimated the crowd to have been 65 000 which could have filled up the giant stadium.
Mnangagwa, 75, a former deputy president and spy chief, and Chamisa, a 40-year-old lawyer and church pastor, are the stand-out favorites among 22 candidates contesting the presidential race at the elections set for Monday.