How Mugabe Won
I speak on this subject as an authority. I undertook a pre-election, election day and post-vote study in Manicaland and Mashonaland East (provinces).
My research team visited Marondera, Murewa, Mutoko, Mudzi, Headlands, Rusape, Nyanga, Chimanimani, Hwedza, Chihota and Seke. It was all written on the wall even on election eve that ZANU-PF was heading for a landslide victory.
That was the prediction of the majority of people except just less than 10 people who were in favour of MDC-T. These few 10 had a misconception that international NGOs which were assisting them belonged MDC-T.
Perhaps this explains why some local NGOs … speak for their money not the truth.
When the MDC-T joined the (coalition government in 2009) they completely neglected their constituencies. They enjoyed their offices in Harare and concetrated on their trips to SADC.
ZANU-PF sat down and strategised on how to empower its people. Notably Beater Nyamupinga resource mobilised for a maternal health clinic, empowering women in Goromonzi; Ray Kaukonde electrified a number of high-density surburbs in Marondera, empowered the old and young by initiating and capitilising SMEs; Patrick Chinamasa initiated piggery, poultry and gum tree projects for tobacco farmers; Supa Mandiwanza electrified schools, made some roads passable by grading them; he bought an ambulance which I saw with my own eyes for use by the hospital; (Hubert) Nyanhongo electrified schools including solar projects, completion of building of schools, boreholes; Benza even though he lost, I saw his hired grader making a business centre accessible – which was no longer accessible for deliveries; 31 sewing machines were distributed to women, generators for clinics and schools by (Samuel) Undenge; developmental projects by Mutezo.
These communities had no idea about what other non-ZANU-PF candidates were doing neither did they have presence in their constituencies. Some failed to show up even for microphone campaigning.
It was all fun for ZANU-PF candidates as they brought entertainment and sports competitions in all these constituencies.
• Dr Charity Manyeruke is an expert in politics and international relations and is based at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.