Monday, July 30, 2018


It has gone almost unnoticed in the media but Zimbabweans are voting today in their first election since the ouster of Robert Mulgabe as President.    By my count there are 23 candidates contesting the Presidency with the two front runners being the incumbent President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, representing ZANU- PF (the ruling Party) and Nelson Chamisa from the MDC-T (the official Opposition).   

Zimbabwe, being Zimbabwe, and the polls are all over the place.   The latest poll has Mnangagwa leading Chamisa 40% to 37%.

And in a somewhat bizarre twist yesterday saw Mulgabe declare that he would not be voting for the Party he founded and was instead supporting MDC-T.   Clearly, anything is possible in Zimbabwe.


Anonymous said...

If no candidate receives 50% of the vote then there will be a run off in 8 days. Hundreds of international observers so we are seeing the light at the end of he tunnel.....perhaps.

Lord Egbut

Andrei said...

And we know who Foggy Bottom is backing. If the election produces a result not to their liking there will be "no light at the end of the tunnel" for some time to come Egbut

The Veteran said...

Andrei .... please enlighten us ... just who is the US State Department backing?

David said...

Easy Veteran, the US State Department is backing whoever Putin told them to back.

On a humanitarian note, if you would like to help ordinary Zimbabweans, please donate to help send much needed medical equipment.

Andrei said...

In answer to your question Veteran; here is a clue from The Business Insider

Needless to say the gentleman in question travelled to Foggy Bottom for coaching late last year and shortly thereafter here comes the bribe

David not everything has to do with Putin - this has to do with China's growing influence in Africa - that is why South Sudan was seperated from Sudan and why now having been seperated it is in a state of civil war, it is also part of the reason why Libya was trashed

Anonymous said...

Andrei......I think you meant to use the word "hope" and not "back". Any attempt to influence this election by tacit support or money would be short sighted and quite stupid.
The Chinese in Africa, like the Chinese in the Pacific, have been lending money like a Russian in a vodka distillery. Money which is almost impossible to pay back which in turn gives them huge leverage on land purchases. To be fair they are doing nothing more than the the USA and Soviets did in the 70's by propping up the local despot and making sure his family (and Generals) never run out of Ferraris) they put back the development of democracy on the continent by thirty years and caused untold number of deaths.

The new breed of young computer literate voters and politicians are starting to change the face of African politics. The Chinese are perceived as racist because of their inbuilt feeling of superiority over other races.

Lord Egbut

Andrei said...

The C̶h̶i̶n̶e̶s̶e Anglos are perceived as racist because of their inbuilt feeling of superiority over other races.

There I have fixed it for ya Egbut.

The point is, Egbut, Chinese influence in Africa is growing and the Pindos don't like it one little bit

And they have their man in Harare...

I merely wryly observed this in commentary on this post - too subtly at first, perhaps, and more directly when challenged

Anonymous said...

Andrei....What's a Pindo?....and why do you hate the English?

Lord Egbut