Election day in Zimbabwe: a vote for change?

While Malians are waiting for the second round of Presidential elections (11 August 2013),  Zimbabweans gathered numerous today in line at the polling stations for a landmark Presidential election.

Despite claims that voting has been rigged, thousands of  people walked across the country this early morning (7.00 am local time) for what it’s said to be ‘a vote for change’.

After 33 years in power Robert Mugabe pledged again his 5-year term at the age of 89 years old. Although the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDCT), claimed that the electoral register has been rigged, Mugabe strongly denies this statement: “I’m sure people will vote freely and fairly” said Mugabe after voting in a school in Harare’s Highfields township (Aljazeera).

MDC (Movement for Democratic Chnage) President, Professor Welshman Ncube has warned Zimbabweans to vote for President Robert Mugabe who has turned Zimbabwe into ruins because of his poor leadership and for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who is steadily following his footsteps, at their own peril as this would be disastrous for the nation.

“Zimbabwean women are the most industrious in the world but ‘Seka Chatunga’ (Mugabe) has failed the nation to an extent that most of the households are starving and majority of the people have no steady income,” said Prof. Ncube in Matobo South on Monday.

MDC ensures a victory since 120.000 people were present at a rally in Harare yesterday, Mugabe and Zanu PF are going towards a crushing defeat. It’s still soon to talk though, let’s cross fingers and wait for the results.


Laura Zuffi


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