‘Zimbabwe will remain on an election mode after disputed poll’

HUMAN rights activist Farai Maguwu has said the country will remain in election mode as citizens seek a solution to a crisis of governance.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Farai Maguwu

This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly beat MDC -Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa in Monday’s disputed harmonised polls.

Zanu PF also clinched two thirds majority despite its failure to steer the economy, which has been on a tailspin characterised by a serious liquidity crunch, high unemployment and closure of companies.

Maguwu, who is Centre for Natural Resource and Governance director, said Mnangagwa’s government wasted millions of dollars just to gain legitimacy after getting into power on November 24, through a military intervention, which toppled former president Robert Mugabe .

“What a waste of resources to gain legitimacy. Zimbabwe wasn’t ready for an election and it’s only that Mnangagwa wanted to legitimise his rule after what happened last November,” he said.

“The national gloom and shock that followed the first official announcement of results by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission shows that people have no confidence in the electoral process. Zimbabwe will continue in its election mode as citizens seek a solution to the governance crisis facing the country. People will continue to suffer and I don’t know how the issue of cash shortages will be resolved.’’

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