An election for president and parliament was held a week ago in Zimbabwe with all indicatons the Movement for Demcratic Change and its candidate, Morgan Tsvangiai, had not only won a majority of the vote for president but had gained a majority in parliament. The Election Commission refused to release vote figures in violation of all standards of democratic conduct of an election. It is now clear President Mugabe will not leave office but is set to fight, regardless of the cost to his nation, for power and control. Yesterday, Mugabe sent his “war veterans” on a march through the capital to let one and all know he is not leaving the stage of power. After a 28 hour marathon meeting, his party announced there would most probably be a run-off because no one had garnered 50% of the vote and they would contest results in 16 seats for parliament in an effort to maintan control of that body.
“We are down but not out,” shouted party secretary Didymus Mutasa, and Robert Mugabe will be the candidate in a run-off. Supposedly, a run-off must be held within three weeks after the initial vote, but Mugabe and his henchman will probably take more time to make certain this time he gets a majority. The party newspaper claimed the MDC was fighting to protect the rights of white farmers who had seen their land taken and given to Mugabe cronies.
The real question is the role of the African Union and whether it will throw its prestige and support behind the people of Zimbabwe. The world will cry for the beloved nation of Zimbabwe in its hour of peril.