March 16, 2017 Season 2017, Episode 300283464 07:50
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Richard Kanyangu, a Kamloops pastor, says he’s going to try and unseat long-serving Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the country’s 2018 presidential election.
Kamloops resident Richard Kanyangu already has several job titles on his resume, including psychiatric nurse and pastor.
A year from now, he would like to add a third: president of Zimbabwe.
Kanyangu, who left the country of his birth in 1995 to study in the United Kingdom, said he has taken the necessary steps to have his name on the ballot for the presidency of the southern African nation in 2018. He expects it to appear alongside dictator Robert Mugabe, whose main opposition has been Morgan Tsvangirai.
“I’m expecting it to be five or six names [on the ballot],” he said.
Kanyangu’s co-workers at Royal Inland Hospital, the congregation at House of Destiny church and even his sons’ teachers know about his ambitions. Now he’s hoping to spread the word to millions of people in Zimbabwe.
This, despite the fact he has founded a grassroots party with limited money and he cannot hope to appear in newspapers or television in that country to spread the word because Mugabe controls everything from police to the media.
Mugabe has led the country for 36 years and his wife recently mused he could win an election from the grave. The country has struggled with hyperinflation that resulted in issuance of a 100-trillion dollar note a decade ago. Under sanctions, the country is one of the world’s economic basketcases, along with North Korea and Venezuela.
“We have people on the ground with us who are hoping to mobilize and get the word around,” said Kanyangu, who is on a work permit to Canada and going through the process to become a permanent resident. His wife and three sons, age 10, 6 and 15 months, live in Kamloops with him.
Kanyangu, 41, is planning to leave for Zimbabwe in June and stay in the country during the run-up to the election in the first quarter of next year. He won’t be taking his family with him, acknowledging he is taking a safety risk.
Opposition members have been beaten by paramilitary gangs “from the overzealous supporters of the incumbent,” he acknowledged.
“There are people in the party who believe no one should oppose them.”
Thus far, Kanyangu has been busy with remote organization and holding public events locally and in Vancouver. There are an estimated 3.5 million people from Zimbabwe living in other countries, a force he wants to tap for organization and fundraising.
“I think everyone knows I’m involved now,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Guys at work know, people at the church know and even my son’s teacher knows — he’s been telling her about it.”
Source : http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/kamloops-man-seeks-become-president-zimbabwe/
Dr. Richard Kanyangu has lived outside of Zimbabwe for the last 20 years, but his heart has never left the country he calls home.
As the nation suffers widespread poverty and economic instability, the Kamloops resident is making plans to return, and hopes to become president.
“I’ve come to this place that I believe that I have to do it,” Kanyangu said. “I believe that it is the right thing to do, and I also believe that we are at a very strategic point in the history of Zimbabwe.”
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Zimbabwe is currently ruled by 93-year-old Robert Mugabe who became prime minister in 1980 as the country gained independence from British rule.
In 1987 Mugabe became president. Three decades later, Kanyangu says it’s time for change.
“If somebody who is from the incumbent government takes over, it’s going to be another 15-20 years that we’re going to have to live with the same kind of mindset, where people just think about what they can get for themselves, and are not really interested in what people are getting, so if we don’t change it now it’s going to be difficult,” Kanyangu said.
Kanyangu believes his country has the resources it needs to be as wealthy as many western countries. However, he says Zimbabwe has been mismanaged by the current government.
“The people who are in power today, I believe, have come to a place where they are so satisfied, and you can’t blame them with the victory that they won during the war, but for goodness sake, we are 36 years past that point. It’s a new era.”
Kanyangu has lived in Kamloops for the past 10 years, and is a pastor at House of Destiny.
He plans to leave his comfortable life behind in May to bring his campaign to the people of Zimbabwe. His family will not be joining him, as there are concerns over safety.
“In the past, any person who appeared to be gathering enough support against the incumbent has suffered a lot of brutality, and so I don’t need to expose my family right away to all of that,” Kanyangu said.
However, Kanyangu is willing to face that danger himself for the sake of bringing new hope to his country.
“The discomforts that people have back home are far greater than my comforts,” he said. “That’s why I’m willing to sacrifice the comforts that I have to go and ensure that I cam improve – if I can improve the lives of 10 people then I am going to be glad that I did something about it.”
Source : http://cfjctoday.com/article/562984/kamloops-resident-seeks-zimbabwe-presidency