Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC)s in Zimbabwe is debating the issue of whether to continue his attempt of campaigning in the farce that is known as an “election” in Zimbabwe. The death total for members of the MDC is now at 85, its second in command is in jail based on charges he is attempting to subvert the government and he insulted President Mugabe, while thugs and police run wild beating up and killing anyone who opposes the Mugabe re-election. Innocent Gonese, of the MDC, stated bluntly: The people have been subjected to violence and intimidation” and they have no legal recourse because those doing the beatings belong to the police, the armed forces or local thugs who are members of the ruling Zanu-PF party.
There are many in the MDC who believe it is hopeless to continue the farce known as the run-off election. President Mugabe has used the power of his administration to beat and kill opponents and he has made clear that under no condition would he allow Tsvangirai to become president. So, why participate in the election? That is the question for MDC leaders. In a sense, they are trapped in a Catch-22 situation in which continuing to participate only results in injuries or death to their supporters while leaving the field allows Mugabe to claim the MDC was afraid to participate.