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Afrobarometer project Mugabe as favourity ahead of 2018 poll

by Stephen Jakes
09 May 2017 at 13:29hrs | Views
Afrobarometer research organisation has project  President Robert Mugabe as still the most favorite in the country predicting that he will romp to victory in the 2018 elections amid concerns from the opposition political parties.

MDC-T deputy secretary Tapiwa Mashakada posted the findings by the organisation on Facebook.

"The Afrobarometer is at it again. Telling us Zimbabweans trust the President by 69%(rural) 55% (urban) with women support at 65% compared to men at 62%. The survey says Zec is least trusted in Bulawayo (28%) and most trusted in Masvingo (67%) with Harare at 48%. Religous leaders are more trusted (72%) ruling party (56%) President (64%) army (65%) opposition (32%).etc," he posted.

"This report makes interesting reading. People trusting the army hey?? And the Police (51%) never mind roadblocks. With their reign of terror traditional leaders support level is at 57%. So what is my own personal reaction as a senior MDC person? I think the results are disappointing because they do not capture the mood in the country."

"However we must accept that this is a scientific study and it betrays our foolishness as a people. We do not need a rocket scientist to tell us that Zimbabweans are too afraid to confront their situation and confront their destiny. How long do Zimbabweans need to suffer in order to see that we are a failed state?" he added.

He said he thinks his colleagues will agree with him that they are now even more motivated to win the elections.

"We are not deterred as the survey has given us more impetus to confront the regime with better policy alternatives and strategies to win. Indeed we are going to win provided we all the electoral and political reforms level the playing field. From the onset we knew that we are in it for the long haul. We will beat Zanu PF. We will beat Mugabe. We have the resolve. We must not dismiss the Afrobarometer survey results but work harder to surprise our sceptics," he said.

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