Did “The Crocodile”, Zimbabwe’s President and former National
Intelligence chief Mnangagwa steal the 2018 election? While no can say
for sure outside of those party loyalists on the Election Commission
appointed by President Mnangagwa, it sure looks that way.
To start with Zimbabwe has been in a bad way economically with
unemployment and inflation sky high while a critical shortage of
foreign currency has plagued businesses large and small. The voter
turn out in this latest election was huge, the largest in Zimbabwe’s
history with especially large numbers of young, mainly unemployed
youth voting for the first time.
When times are hard and there is a huge turnout including a big
proportion of the youth it usually means people are looking for a
change in leadership, not another old school regime strongman being
returned for another round of the same old same old. Yet it turned out
that the establishment headed by the former head of national
intelligence aka “The Crocodile”, so named for snatching his victims
never to be seen again, was the majority recipient of these voters?
Mnangagwa had to win, if he didn’t he and all of his partners in crime
would go to prison and lose all of their ill gotten gains. Sort of
like Erdogan in Turkey, steal the election or get locked up, you do
what it takes and count on the international godfathers to look the
other way, like they did when you staged your coup detat against your
former mentor, President Mugabe last year.
When protestors took to the streets “The Crocodile” quickly unleashed
the iron fist and give them a taste of real facism by shooting them
down in the streets. And when the opposition leadership, for years on
the CIA’s payroll, calls a press conference, lock them up and deny
them bail, lets get this game over with with a little fuss as
Remember now, you are dealing with “The Crocodile” who oversaw the
mass murder of tens of thousands of his Ndebele ethnic rivals for
power back after independence in 1980. If “The Crocodile” loses the
election all those mass graves maybe put on display during his show
trial, who knows maybe even by the International Criminal Court for
crimes against humanity.
So far the godfathers in the west and east are content to see business
as usual in Zimbabwe, especially now that “The Crocodile” is even
talking about reimbursing the apartheid era farmers for the property
that was taken from them, property that they stole fair and square
from Zimbabwe’s people over a century ago. Pay racist settlers for the
property they stole in the first place? This must be the price you pay
when you’ve sold your soul to the IMF and have only been saved from
immediate collapse by Chinese largess.
This is yet another blow to Zimbabwe’s long suffering peoples desire
for progress in their lives. With so many youth going to the polls and
putting their faith in an election it will inevitably lead to more
radicalization and discontent, lighting the fuse in what could one day
turn out to be a real revolution and an end to independence fighters
turned to crocodiles, snatching away the peoples yearning for change.
Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea living and
reporting from here since 2006. See thomascmountain on Facebook,
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