Carts and ploughs on order for re-run campaign

The current  meetings are thought to have culminated in a deal under which China would provide Zimbabwe not only with arms, but soldiers too.


Thousands of scotch-carts and ox-drawn ploughs are said to have been ordered in preparation for Robert Mugabe's election re-run for the job of president.

According to a leaked memo, the carts and ploughs were ordered by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and are to be fast-tracked by a number of local manufacturers for use in vote-buying

Zanu (PF)’s presidential campaign team is thought to be headed by the party’s political commissar Elliot Manyika, war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda and youth leaders Absalom Sikhosana and Saviour Kasukuwere.

The memo to the team said they should start preparing for President Mugabe’s resounding victory in the rerun across the whole country. It goes on to state that the RBZ shall soon make available more than 200,000 scotch-carts and 500,000 ploughs for the campaign, which must ensure we retain our support in the rural constituencies.

The enormity of the figures may raise eyebrows – not least because of the resources needed to manufacture and distribute them – but Manyika confirmed farm implements would be part of their campaign weaponry. We are not using any violence, he said, but indeed shall use resources to campaign and that include[s] agricultural equipment because we know what is important for our people.

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