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Another unity government for Zimbabwe?

31 July 2013, 10:08

Harare - Zimbabwe is deciding its destiny on Wednesday, but majority of the people say they are voting to defy recent surveys that pointed on President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF victory.

Several people interviewed by CAJ News on Tuesday in the country's 10 provinces predicted another unity government following tight contest.

It emerged that majority people in urban areas prefer Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Morgan Tsvangirai while in rural areas,
majority villagers insisted that they will always go with veteran politician president Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF.

However, the situation was a bit different in Matabeleland region and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city where majority of the Ndebele
speaking people said they were tired of voting only one tribe into power (Shonas) at the expense of their own Ndebele leaders.

Already Welshman Ncube, who hails from Matabeleland region, who happens to be the leader of another MDC faction appears to be the highly appreciated candidate in the region ahead of both prime minister TsvangiraiT and president Mugabe.

"Tomorrow's election (Wednesday) will be exciting in that there will be no clear winner."

"Forget about the surveys that we saw recently pointing at president Mugabe's victory, people are angry and they need real change this time," Chionderwa Mudarikwa, an MDC aspiring ward councillor for Chitungwira

Taurai Mutikani of Belvedere, Harare, said him and his family would vote for MDC-T and Tsvangirai for a change.

"In urban areas, we have no doubt that MDC-T will take all seats, but my worry is in the rural areas where president Mugabe appears to be too
strong. I can't rule out yet another government of national unity.

"...frankly speaking, if people in rural areas vote for Mugabe, then our future would have been dented come Thursday," Mutikani said.

Sikhumbuzo Ncube of Bulawayo, said change was coming on Thursday morning, but feared the split of votes in Matabeleland region would emerge between the two MDCs - one belonging to Ncube and another for Tsvangirai.

"A coalition of the two bigger opposition parties could have made sense for a real change in Zimbabwe, but the two MDCs differed in principle. My vote will go with the region (Matabeleland) though I needed Tsvangirai to win," Ncube said.

In Mashonaland region comprising Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West provinces where Zanu PF boast strongest support predicted a 95% whitewash victory for Mugabe and Zanu PF.

"We are not worried about what other regions would do, our slogan is simply (bhora mugedhi)," which literally means "the ball must be put behind the net, and nothing else.

"Many lives have been lost here during the liberation struggle, and we would not vote anyone who would want to reverse the gains of the
liberation," Mashingaidze Mushoriwa said.

Mushoriwa said most people in Mashonaland region benefited from the land reform programme arguing that they were looking forward to gain
empowerment in the form of indigenisation programme.

In Masvingo, the country's oldest city saw different voices and views.

Mark Chikambure said: "We gave Mugabe 33 years to lead the country, and now we feel it is time for another leader to takeover....and that leader is Morgan Tsvangirai.

"Zimbabwe has been blessed with leaders, so why do we remain voting one old and frayed man since 1980? Mugabe must go to old people's home - come Thursday," Chimbure said.

Jackson Shonhiwa of Nemamwa said Mugabe's programmes were clearly understood as opposed to MDC's manifesto.

"The MDC manifesto is not understood properly by people, perhaps it is because their manifesto is an import. In our village, we sat down and
agree to give president Mugabe the last chance. Zanu PF's economic policies and what they stand for are very clear hence voting them into
power tomorrow morning," Shonhiwa said.

Both Zanu PF and MDC spokespersons refused to give interviews saying what they gave in press conferences were enough, but said they were all geared for victory.

- CAJ News

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