The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has delayed announcing the outcome of Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe elections, raising opposition fears that the commission is trying to manufacture victory for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu PF party.
Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.
Zimbabwe President ED Mnangagwa inherited former president Robert Mugabe’s sophisticated election rigging machinery, which will likely propel him to victory during the Southern African country’s 2018 harmonized elections, scheduled for July 30th.
After allegedly staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean military read out a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), on Wednesday morning.
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party fired former Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa hours after he’d portrayed himself as the future of both Zimbabwe and the beleaguered ruling party. Is Mnangagwa banking on the military, which has played a leading role in suppressing democracy and propping up Mugabe in the past 36 years, to retire the old man and install him as president?