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Bhora Musango: Zim Pre-election Poll Silent on Protest Vote

Harare –  Recent pre-election poll by Pan African Forum (PAF) according a landslide victory to the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa i...

Harare – Recent pre-election poll by Pan African Forum (PAF) according a landslide victory to the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa is mum on the glaring negative effects of the protest vote – commonly referred to as Bhora Musango.

The initial scientific poll by PAF sampled 3 000 participants – posing the question: “If elections were held today, who would you vote for” – with respondents giving Mnangagwa and Zanu PF 70 percent, while Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance garnered 26 percent.

Recent disputed primary elections from both parties, characterised by vote rigging, candidate imposition, resulting in political titans losing to minnows, could however ignite the protest vote that has a potential to dilute both Chamisa and Mnangagwa’s backing for the July 30 harmonised general elections.

Chamisa’s support base could have shrunken after his contested rise to power following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai on February 14.

“The internal issues within the MDC, and especially the violent death bed power grab and abuse of opponents by the Vanguard have turned away many MDC supporters – while the President’s shift from the past has won over several democrats. 
Voting in Zimbabwe is Set for 30 July, 2018

“When you look at it today, you are safer if you criticise Mnangagwa than Chamisa. Democrats and Liberals will be looking and saying ED is quite the democrat,” mentioned Saprin Koti a political analyst, speaking to Khuluma Afrika – a news generating website.

Chamisa has to content with Thokozani Khupe who is gaining support from disgruntled MDC-T followers now siding with the eject former vice president. Besides Khupe, Elias Mudzuri and other officials are unhappy with the way they lost their seats to party sprats.

The ruling Zanu PF party is also under the threat of Bhora Musango.

“When we go into primary elections we are selling ourselves as individuals, but when that is over we sell Zanu-PF and we now have to campaign for Zanu-PF.

“I would like to encourage those who have lost that the competition and differences that you have with those people who contested you is over. Now you should come together and vote for Zanu-PF. Contradictions that we have should never be antagonistic because we are one,” emphasised vice president Kembo Mohadi.

The second vice president Constantino Chiwenga was also vocal on the threat of Bhora Musango.

“Your President is a man who can endure pain and all kinds of insults because to him the party comes first and as individuals we come second. I say this because there are some who are complaining out there over primaries.

“Have you ever seen your leader complaining with all he has gone through? He puts the country first and that is why he has been elected to be our candidate,” Chiwenga mentioned.

In the poll, minority parties such as National Patriotic Front (NPF) reportedly fronted by Grace Mugabe performed drably, receiving less than 1 percent – though they still pose a risk to split the Zanu PF support base.

Bhora Musango was initiated by warring factions within Zanu PF, causing a significant rift within the ruling party, in turn favouring the opposition.

In South Africa, Mazibuyele Emasisweni – a pro Jacob Zuma lobbyist group has confirmed speculation that a splinter political party is in the offing to divide the African National Congress (ANC) votes in 2019.

“We have about two weeks to sum up all of the provinces and to decide when we are launching. We hope and trust that one day he will rise up and continue with his programmes,” said Frank Fakude.

The protest collection is seeking the return of Zuma, in addition to a national council to instigate the removal of Cyril Ramaphosa from the presidency.

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