Will the Zimbabwe elections this month change anything?


Nicodemus Nhete, a vendor in Harare, feels that the coming elections, only 28 days away, will not change anything for him.

“What difference does it make? I don’t expect the elections to change anything for me. I am just here trying to make ends meet and look after my family while I wait for my dying day,” he was quoted by the Daily Maverick, a South African online daily as saying.

According to the story Nhete is among millions of Zimbabweans whose hopes were raised by the new dispensation in Zimbabwe in November 2017 following the removal of Robert Mugabe from the presidency but now Zimbabweans are short of it.

But a survey conducted by Afrobarometer tells a totally different story.

Only 20 percent of those polled said voting will not improve their lives.

An overwhelming 75 percent said voting can improve their lives.

With 23 candidates vying to become president, perhaps the question is which one of the 23 will improve their lives?




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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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