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Shock and despair as ZANU PF headed for victory

Posted by Tichaona Sibanda on Thursday, August 1, 2013

The results from the harmonized elections that show ZANU PF and their presidential candidate Robert Mugabe may be headed for a landslide victory has left many Zimbabweans in shock.

Unconfirmed provisional results project that ZANU PF is going to win the poll by over 160 parliamentary seats. The MDC-T has said the poll was massively rigged in favour of ZANU PF, using a manipulated voters roll.

It has left many within the MDC-T ‘shell-shocked’, including its top officials who lost their parliamentary seats. Unofficial results show that the party heavyweights who lost include the MP for Harare North and co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone, the MP for Mt. Pleasant Jameson Timba and energy minister Elton Mangoma.

To make matters worse, ZANU PF has managed to retake all the 20 seats it lost to the MDC-T in the 2008 election in Manicaland. Reports indicate Morgan Tsvangirai’s party only managed to hang-on to two seats out of 26. War vets leader Joseph Chinotimba won the right to represent ZANU PF in Buhera South, while former police spokesman Olive Mandipaka won in Buhera West.

In Nyanga South Supa Mandiwanzira is now an MP for ZANU PF, while the MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora lost to Hubert Nyanhongo of ZANU PF.

In Masvingo, where both ZANU PF and MDC-T had sizeable number of seats, all 26 seats have reportedly gone to Mugabe’s party, while in Mashonaland East the MDC-T has only won one parliamentary seat out of 19. ZANU PF won 13 out of 15 seats in Mashonaland West province where the MDC-T used to have four seats.

Only in Bulawayo metropolitan province did the MDC-T manage to win all the 12 parliamentary seats. In Matabeleland North nine seats went to ZANU PF while the MDC-T has three, while in Mat South ZANU PF grabbed eleven seats to MDC-T’s one.

Reports from Mashonaland Central indicate that ZANU PF took all the 18 seats. In Harare, where the MDC-T had a majority of 23 out of 24 seats, ZANU PF has reportedly grabbed 5 seats, a shock considering that this is a major stronghold of the MDC-T.

In the Midlands North province ZANU PF took 16 out of the 18 and in the Midlands South Mugabe’s party took 12 out of 14 seats.

Pishai Muchauraya, who lost his Makoni South seat, described the defeat as shocking, saying the results are so unbelievable that even ZANU PF supporters and candidates are surprised by what has happened.

‘To start with there was blatant rigging where people were bused from other provinces to come and beef up their numbers in the province. Some people in Makoni South were voting three times and we understand there was some chemical they were using to erase the indelible ink from their fingers,’ Muchauraya said.

Settlement Chikwinya, one of two MDC-T MPs to retain their seats in Midlands North, said the loss has left him bewildered considering that they thought they had victory in their sights.

‘I’m still to comprehend this, but we knew something was fishy from the high numbers that turned up for the referendum. How they did it we will only know in weeks, but it was so blatant we had people with voter registration slips from other constituencies coming to vote in Mbizo,’ Chikwinya said.

As stated these results are provisional. There were reports that MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti had lost his seat, but Senator David Coltart posted on his Facebook page that Biti had narrowly retained his seat. Coltart himself lost, to the MDC-T’s Thabitha Khumalo.

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