Harare, July 28, 2013 – From urine infested township walls, trees in the
avenues and road sign posts donning silky campaign posters, to
the rib-tickling,creative and dull advertorials on national television.
From the deceptive posters of aging candidates wearing chubby faces 30
years younger than their current selves to pledges of slashing council debts,
From the fascinating party regalia, wrapped around gyrating bottoms of
excited grannies, to the truckloads of mealie-meal and rare goodies,
seen once every five years by intimidated, starving villagers.
Bused, trucked, scotch-carted and wheel-barrowed, forced and voluntary
Exchange of plain insults, calling each other old, sick or ugly and threats
Mugabe, 89, has seen his octopus grip on power slip with each passing
election since 1999, when MDC was formed.
He is a leader with a rich political history which has turned into a
psychological burden to him.
poor villages who voted against him in 2008 even when he had parceled
out more tangible gifts of land in the past 13 years.
Some voters will ask “What can this old man do for us now that he
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,the March 2008 winner,has been a
Perhaps his biggest undoing has been his weaknesses for the
But have Zimbabwean politics evolved far enough for candidates to be
judged on the basis of their moral scope?
Tsvangirai is blamed for over dependence on external friends to dislodge
He has been in the trenches for too long. Will his juicy change message
Welshman Ncube ‘s vote could be seen by many even in his own
Matebeleland stronghold as a wasted one as his erstwhile comrade
Dumiso Dabengwa seeks to draw capital from the
former Zapu nolstagia among die-hard loyalists. Period!
The day of reaping what one sowed is only a few hours away.
Will it be the opinion surveys that have dominated
executive discourse in Harare’s uptown halls;
Zimbabweans must call upon their own deep conscience. This election
must be about the future and the future of this once great nation.