A foregone conclusion? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary

The British campaigning organisation Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) has expressed fears that the outcome of the July elections are a foregone conclusion. ACTSA, formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement, speaks of suspicion that what it calls the Zanu PF / military alliance will not allow Emmerson Mnangagwa to lose his first election.

ACTSA’s report notes that the alliance is become increasingly sophisticated at manipulating state institutions and official processes and that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has refused to allow a comprehensive audit of the voters’ roll by an independent body – adding ‘some opposition politicians have noted a suspicious number of centenarians on it’.

ACTSA says that, although ZEC is allowing parties to observe the printing of ballot papers, it will still not permit independent verification of their distribution. It goes on: ‘For at least a year ACTSA’s partners have said that Zanu PF activists in rural areas have been intimidating people, telling citizens that their vote will not be secret. Moreover, since the announcement of the elections, the government has reportedly deployed around 5000 (plain- clothed) soldiers in rural areas, and some traditional leaders aligned with Zanu PF have allegedly called on people to vote Zanu PF or face the threat of eviction from their homes.’ (See: https://actsa.org/…/ACTSA-Key-Issues-Regarding-Zimbabwean-G….)

Reports indicate that, despite the continuing big budget deficit shown by the latest economic figures and illustrated by the long queues at the banks, Zanu PF has still managed to find plenty of money to finance its election campaign, providing vehicles and campaign material to its supporters. This comes despite reports of deception by some Zanu PF ministers who are said to have wasted $300,000 hiring a cargo plane from the dodgy Zimbabwe Airways to ferry campaign material from China, ony to have it refused landing rights because of registration and regulatory issues (see: https://www.theindependent.co.zw/…/ministers-in-trouble-ov…/).

Other points

There has been a bizarre response from Mugabe’s nephew and former minister Patrick Zhuwao to the accusation by President Mnangagwa in a BBC interview that Grace Mugabe’s supporters were responsible for last week’s bomb attack against him in Bulawayo. In an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Zhuwao said the bomb was an inside job and that Mnangagwa would resort to violence to win the elections. He adds that Mnangagwa’s opponents in Zanu PF will vote for MDC leader Nelson Chamisa (see: http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/…/zhuwaos-open-letter-to-t…).

Thanks to those who arrived early to set up by putting up the banners and posters: Josephine Jombe, Marian Machekanyanga, Alice Majola, Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mapunde, Patricia Masamba, Bianca Mpawaenda, Getrude Mudede, Fungisai Mupandira, Soneni Sibanda and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Josephine, Bianca and Soneni for looking after the front table and to Rosemary and Getrude for handing out flyers.

Please follow and like us:
Source: Vigil

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » appearance » Widgets » and move a widget into Advertise Widget Zone