Zanu PF youths snubbed

BULAWAYO - Zanu PF youths in Bulawayo’s Makokoba Constituency on Sunday met with bitter and scornful faces as they took to the streets in the city’s oldest suburb to celebrate their party “victory” in last week’s harmonised elections.

The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has rejected the flawed polls and assured the nation that it will exhaust all legal channels to expose gross irregularities in a bid to challenge the poll outcome.

Since the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) announced poll results declaring the MDC losses in traditional strongholds, melancholy enveloped the city where MDC routed Zanu PF by clinching all 12 parliamentary seats.

But that could not dampen the spirits of the few youths who prowled Makokoba, Mzilikazi and Nguboyenja suburbs in a convoy to flaunt their joy as well as pay tribute to the Africa’s oldest president Robert Mugabe.

Close to 30 youths clad in Zanu PF regalia toyi-toyied along pot-holed streets chanting party slogans and songs of victory for the better part of the day in a vainglorious attempt to whip up frenzied celebratory reactions.

Glum-faced residents refused to budge in their brooding ill- humour as chagrined residents spat hard and loud to show their distaste at the charade.

In a collective show of gloom and marked disappointed, residents openly ignored the youths who had anticipated a resounding response from the public.

Still putting up appearances, the youths slunk away to lick their wounds deeply embarrassed.

Initially, the Daily News witnessed the confident looking and overzealous youths blocking the roads in the suburbs with some motorists being forced to hoot or chant party slogans to gain access while some refused to budge.

Some passers-by could be heard mocking the youths saying, “Abantu beZanu abakwananga bathabela ukutshontsha abakwenzileyo” loosely translated “Zanu PF people are insane, how they can celebrate a stolen vote.”

Meanwhile the smaller formation of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube could not garner a single seat in last week’s poll has described this period as “trying times of extreme national anxiety.”

Party national spokesperson, Nhlanhla Dube said in a statement: “The MDC leadership has deliberately refrained from speaking prematurely on the outcomes of the election until such time that we have all the facts.”

Dube said the party leadership was busy studying the official results and reports from its candidates, election and polling agents from across the country with a view to making a comprehensive statement and drawing parameters for the way forward.

“In the meantime, we salute and pay tribute to all our candidates across the width and breadth of the country who fought a good fight, but who at this moment feel extremely let down by an election outcome that is clearly difficult to comprehend,” Dube said.

He said his party’s commitment to a democratic Zimbabwe based on devolution of power remains unshakeable.

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