Some political analysts, critics, haters, losers and others have refused to accept the 7th re-election of African eldest leader Dr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe. So many allegations have been brought against Bob and his party to discredit the 31st July 2013 elections. However, facts and logic dispel the theories of allegations.
The Final results show that Bob poured 2,110,434 (61.9%) while the International darling Morgan Tsvangirai got 1,172,349 (33.94%). Presidential escorts like Welshman Ncube managed to snatch 92,637 (2.68%); Dabengwa Dumiso 25,416 (0.74%) and Mukwazhe Munodei Kisinoti 9,931 (0.29%).
The head of African Union mission observers declared the election free and fair. Olusegun Obasanjo, said his monitors noted some apparent irregularities but that they did not constitute evidence of systematic tampering. The loudest allegation is that of defranchizing about 1 million voters. But if you apply logic of probability, it would be difficult to upset the results even if the you split the 1 million voters between Bob and Tswangarai at 50% each.
The Parliamentary results also give another evidence of the popularity of the parties in Zimbabwe.
With the results as shown above, it’s really difficult to argue in favour of our Trade unionist. It is therefore sensible to accept that Mugabe won the election fair and square. However, this is not to endorse him as a good leader. Several factors would point to the fact that Zimbabwe could be better without Mugabe at this point in time. The question would be, can Zim be better off with Tswangirai? Why did Tswangirai fail to convince the Zimbabweans to vote for him like Zambians voted for President M. C. Sata in 2011? If Zimbabweans overwhelming voted for Tswangirai, the defranchised few would not have prevented him from getting to Plot 1. The man failed to take advantage of the many problems that Zimbabwe has been going through, by identifying himself with those problems as a messiah for the Nation. He thought it was automatic for the people of Zimbabwe to vote for him because Mugabe has brought them where they are. Yes, people had problems, but did they see solutions in Tswangirai? Definitely not, otherwise he would have had a landslide victory of FTJ Chiluba in 1991 in Zambia.
The International Community declared war against Bob and thought, whichever person gets the courage to challenge Bob would go through. They assumed that, their emotions against Mugabe would be transposed on the Zimbabweans so they would vote through them to remove him. They forgot that, their issues against Bob are totally different from the issues of the Zimbabweans who have the power to vote.
Zambian oppositions should learn from Zimbabwe. Political leadership in a democracy, does not come by default. By the fact that you see the prices of fuel, melie meal and other essential commodities going up and Sata not having a Press Conference, does not mean that since you are the leader of one of the popular opposition party, you will go to State House whenever there will be elections in Zambia. If people don’t see you as a man who understands their problems and want to change their lives, you will ever be contesting elections and always come out second or third. Going to buy Kapenta at the market does not make people identify you as one of them. You have to go down naturally not stage acts as if you are acting Kabana soup opera.
It is inevitable to court the International Community because Zambia is not an Island, but remember, they don’t vote. Instead of taking reports of how you have been beaten by cadres, take investment ideas which will make Zambia have hope that when you come in power, their economy will improve.