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Zim's Monday election "democracy-less" says Ubuntu scholar, Prof Lovemore Mbigi

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Bonani Muleya

VICTORIA FALLS-Outspoken Professor Lovemore Mbigi, a guru on African
management issues, says Monday’s election will be a non-event as
Zanu-PF is not ready to hand over power.

The South African based and world travelled Zimbabwean Prof Mbigi said
the outcome of the election is predetermined, alleging that Zanu-PF
will win, albeit crookedly.

Prof Mbigi said this while making a presentation at the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) conference in Victoria Falls
on Saturday.

He had just completed the presentation on what needs to be done to
turnaround fortunes of parastatals in the country when in conclusion
he said: "enjoy your democracyless elections.”

This prompted the delegates to ask what he meant by the statement.

He retorted: “while there is democracy, I have never seen the
elections to represent democracy. So we might as well not have them.”

The Prof, who is also a lecturer and writer of books on Ubuntu and African
management issues, said Zanu-PF will not accept defeat.

“I can predict its Zanu-PF that will win, whether we like it or not.
Suppose the unthinkable happens, Zanu-PF loses, they will not hand
over power. They will ask for a rerun, recount and so forth but one
thing they won’t do is hand over power,” said Prof Mbigi much to the
laughter of delegates.

In May this year, Zanu-PF candidate for Harare East Terrence Mukupe
who is also Finance deputy Minister said the army will not allow
opposition to rule.

The utterances were somewhat dismissed as President Mnangagwa has said
he was ready to accept defeat in the event he loses.

He said the “transitional” President has done a lot since taking over
last year but lacks vision on the kind of state Zimbabwe wants.

He said the presence of the army in government destroys any hope for the future.

“It’s very important that an army focuses on protecting the
 Constitution and the people but the day the army leaves its barracks
to command the society that they are meant to protect, various things
happen and they are not necessarily welcome.

“Hopefully the army will go back. There are too many positions
occupied by former generals and that doesn’t inspire hope.”

Zimbabwe goes into polls on Monday as President Mnangagwa seeks the
mandate of the people to start his own five-year term after the
November 2017 army inspired events that led him to power.

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