Zimbabweans Prefer Unity Government – Survey

“We … carried a survey on the public mood on the Inclusive Government and our results shows that 58% of Zimbabweans feel that the Inclusive Government is doing fairly well and should not collapse,” said Stephen Ndoma, the principal researcher, on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe’s shaky government coalition has been in existence for two years with President Robert Mugabe calling for elections this year to end the life span of the new government. However, Prime Minister and leader of the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-) has said elections should only be held after a new constitution is put in place.

Ndoma added that 56 ‘per cent’ of Zimbabweans felt that the country’s local currency should not be re-introduced as they preferred the adoption of foreign currencies to be permanent. Zimbabwe introduced a multiple foreign currency policy two years ago when the new unity government came into being, a situation which saw a world record inflation going down to the present one digit.

He said the next survey will be held next month and it will seek to find out if Zimbabweans are ready for elections this year.

The survey results showed that 42 ‘per cent’ of Zimbabweans agreed that most members of the police were very corrupt. Thirty six ‘per cent’ said officials from all government ministries were corrupt while 30 ‘per cent’ cited tax collectors from the state-owned Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).

Officials of the President’s office, followed by Members of Parliament, local government councillors, judges and magistrates and traditional leaders were also found to be corrupt. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and officials in his office were listed as the least corrupt.

Ndoma told members of political parties, civic society and journalists that the survey was carried on October 16-29 last year randomly among Zimbabweans in both urban and rural areas.

Political parties’ members who were present during the release of the survey results in Bulawayo were from both factions of the Movement of Democratic Change and the newly formed Mthwakazi Liberation Front.