Make the people keep voting until they vote the â€œcorrectâ€ way and until Mugabe is declared â€œPresidentâ€ again.Â Except that Mugabe can never even claim to be the legitimate President of Zimbabwe.Â From now on even his African neighbours will look askance at this ancient leader of terrorists with a mixture of condescension, amusement, pity and, at the very least, a great deal of embarrassment.
After five weeks to cook the books and change the actual voting, itâ€™s a wonder that the â€œresultsâ€ finally announced by Zimbabweâ€™s Electoral Commission last week showed that Tsvangirai had â€œmerelyâ€ secured 47.9 percent of the vote, instead of the 50 percent-plus-one needed to win outright.Â Why not show Mugabe as the outright winner, with 98 percent of the vote?Â Of course, itâ€™s a clumsy attempt to make the â€œresultâ€ credible to gullible world opinion.Â The people of Zimbabwe wonâ€™t be fooled, but theyâ€™re powerless to do anything about it.
Mugabeâ€™s mentors, Stalin and Mao Zedong must be turning in their graves â€“ they always knew that itâ€™s not the voter that counts, but who counts the vote that matters.Â Mugabe was always bad, but this is the first sign that heâ€™s also mad.
With people who have been beaten, tortured and terrorised because they were suspected of having voted â€œincorrectlyâ€ last time around, itâ€™s very unlikely that theyâ€™ll make the same â€œmistakeâ€ again.
Yet speculation is that if Tsvangiraiâ€™s Movement for Democratic Change party refuses to take part in the runoff, theyâ€™ll be giving Mugabe the Presidency by default.
Tsvangirai, who had fled Zimbabwe during the Zanu-PF terror that followed the elections, is reported to be considering returning to Zimbabwe to face the so-called â€œrun-offâ€ against Mugabe (who is said to have secured 43.2 percent of the vote).Â But opposition party activists who remained in Zimbabwe were jailed, tortured, beaten and killed during Zanu-PFâ€™s post election rampage, so Tsvangirai has little infrastructure to fight this new election with.
So its heads, Mugabe winsâ€¦ and tails, Mugabe wins.Â Thatâ€™s how Marxist states work.
Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Â His novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesiaâ€™s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.Â http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com
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