Why do we bother with elections?

This week, I have been preoccupied with the question – is Zimbabwe capable of holding a free and fair election? In a democracy, the X is made in ink but in a state of anarchy, if an X exists, it is formed by crossed blades.

Lately, it has been all blood and broken bones in Hurungwe West, where independent candidate Temba Mliswa is contesting Zanu (PF) candidate, Keith Guzah, in the June 10 by-election.

‘This is not about losing or winning an election, but respecting life. The environment does not meet the minimum election requirements. The elections will not pass as credible,’ complained Temba Mliswa.

Of course it must be said that Mliswa will struggle to find much sympathy among neutrals, given that only a year ago he was part of Zanu (PF) and approved of, if not employed, their barbaric methods at some point in his political career. ‘Zanu (PF)’, ‘credible’ and ‘election’ are words that should never be used in one sentence, unless on the horizon there is a punch line.

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