HARARE - Zimbabweans yesterday turned out in their millions to cast their vote but the day was spoiled by serious allegations of rigging perpetrated by Zanu PF across the country.
The high voter turnout in yesterday’s watershed election is highly commendable, showing that people are no longer just sitting back and watching but want to play a role in the destiny of this country.
Zimbabweans are sick and tired of being bull-dozed into backing down.
Yesterday’s vote will surely make a difference and tells the world what we as Zimbabweans want and what the future holds for us.
For the past 33 years we have known one leader President Robert Mugabe, whose tenure has been marred by economic draw-backs, drowning the country in poverty and drenching it with unproductive propaganda.
Mugabe, who was once regarded as one of the heroes of the struggle turned into a people’s monster when he maintained a firm grip on power and started suppressing his own people.
At 89, Mugabe wants another five-year-term in office, making most people question the logic behind this stance.
Mugabe is fighting hard to preserve the legacy he has lost especially after being trounced by
Tsvangirai in the 2008 elections.
This has exacerbated fears that Mugabe might need to pull a few tricks to remain in power, but the people’s vote will decide.
Yesterday, we received reports of massive vote rigging especially in Hatfield where dozens of people were arrested.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should reject results from constituencies like Hatfield where voter fraud was reported.
Zec made an announcement that those not on the voters’ roll but who had registration slips could still vote but this created a chance for vote thieves to pounce.
In Hatfield in particular, hundreds of street kids and youths were given voter registration slips and went on to vote and we are told this was prevalent throughout the country.
What will Zec do about this blatant vote theft?
What people now need is change and that is the reason why yesterday most of them braved the chilly weather and woke up early to join long queues to exercise their fundamental right.
Their desire is to see a better Zimbabwe. People need to separate good from evil, light from darkness, suffering from prosperity and make a demarcation between history and the future.
People went out in large numbers to put an end to Mugabe’s 33-year rule that was characterised by suffering.
For that brave stance Zimbabweans deserve a big thank you!
And to Rita Makarau, please stop the vote theft.