Ides Of March– Will Mugabe Kill Democracy?

The people of Zimbabwe must be concerned as they lined up by the millions to vote because President Mugabe said he would accept the decision of the electorate. the Zimbabwe ecnomy has collapsed due to the disastrous policies of Mugabe, millions have fled the nation, and an election is going on. Why would Mugabe, who has ruled for 28 years, say he will accept the polling results? The only logical reason is he knows how the voting will turn out– with his re-election. Noel Kututwa, of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, observed: “from what we have obsrved of the voting, there have been minimal problems.” He noted lines were not as long as in previous elections but this might be due to the fact millions have fled the nation in search of jobs.

The people of Zimbabwe who voted has a feeling of expectancy their long nightmare might end, but at the same time there was a deep sense of doubt Robert Mugabe would exit in any graceful manner. The problem does not lie in people voting, it lies in the people who are counting the votes. In all likelihood, there will be extensive vote fraud, the only uncertainty is the percentage of victory Mugabe seeks to achieve.