The Zimbabwe Election

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The Zimbabwe Election


Placing obstacles in voters' way

ZIMBABWE--The failure by both the Registrar-Generals Office and the Electoral Supervisory Commission to advise voters properly on their respective wards and polling stations, is one of many attempts to confuse the electorate and predetermine the outcome of the mayoral, municipal and presidential elections. There has been no official notification of what voters should do in order to avoid unnecessary frustration. The failure must be seen as part of an overall strategy to confuse the electorate in order to ensure the ruling party (ZANU PF) grip in the two major urban centers does not suffer an inglorious demise.

In the government's thinking, the fewer people who vote in the two urban areas the more ZANU PF is likely to be assured of controlling the local authorities. Forced disenfranchisement is another weapon in the arsenal of the government and the ruling party. In the urban areas the likelihood of more people being turned away is going to be higher than elsewhere in the country. The reason for this is the government does not trust the support of the urban voters and they will be doing their damnedest to ensure city dwellers do not have a fair chance of voting. The demand for proof of residency is yet another obstacle. That is the extent to which government has gone in order to subvert the right of the people to freely elect who should lead this country.

--Daily News

March 7, 2002

We do not need a 'white man'

ZIMBABWE--Zimbabwe does not need the "white man" to run the country. Voting for the opposition will condemn us to carrying the white man across the river to sell our diamonds and gold. Yet we can do without them. Others before us have proved it. Japan, China, Malaysia and Venezuela easily come to mind. They found they could leave them at the mercy of crocodiles and sharks while they crossed to trade the gold and claim the price.

They proved they did not need go-betweens. After all, the only role where a go-between is welcome can never be done by a white man. Therefore we do not need them for as important a job as running the country. And we do not need a surrogate president, who will always remind us, when he has sold everything including his soul, that "but you voted for me."

--Chronicle

March 5, 2002

Say no to western manipulation

ZIMBABWE--Pan-Africanists and other progressive forces worldwide agree that this election is really a time to decide whether Zimbabwe should reassert itself as Africa's leading voice against Western manipulation or return to the dark days of colonial servitude. Every voter will have to grapple with the question: Will we go down in history as a generation of gullible voters who returned Zimbabwe to racist oppressors on a silver platter or will we go down in history as [a] generation of proud African people who emphatically told the world that Zimbabweans do not worship the white man.

If Mr. Blair and his master, President George W. Bush, really worship democracy, they should not impose a leader on the Zimbabwean people. Their sinister agenda has been clearly shown by the imposition of so- called smart sanctions on the government of Zimbabwe on the eve of the elections as well as their fatuous assertion that Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai cannot lose a free and fair election.

--Sunday News

March 3, 2002

Signs of the end

ZIMBABWE--With so much mud and dirt thrown at the opposition refusing to stick, we now have charges of high treason being leveled against Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe's chief foe in the landmark ballot. Zimbabweans must not despair. They must simply refuse to be intimidated by any of these desperate acts, which clearly mark the end of the darkest chapter in our history. The nation's future and their own destiny are entirely in their hands and no one else's. …

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