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Resurgent Zanu-pf means more fear

by Byo24NEWS
04 Mar 2011 at 10:09hrs | Views
The Guardian's Africa correspondent, David Smith, attended a discussion of a Freedom House survey on Zimbabwe's political landscape today - and came back with some chilling commentary from analyst Prof Eldred Masunungure, who confirms that, although elections may be deferred for many months, among citizens "the fear" of Zanu-PF is very much in resurgence.

Here are Smith's key tweets from the event:

"Freedom House: 51% of Zimbabweans surveyed say their present living conditions are good, 32% say they are bad."

"Freedom House: 58% approve of power sharing between main parties. 25% disapprove. 46% say power sharing was a success. 21% say failure."

"Freedom House opinion poll in Zimbabwe: MDC 38%, Zanu-PF 17%, Undeclared 42%. Last year it was MDC 55%, Zanu-PF 12%, Undeclared 31%."

"Prof Eldred Masunungure: Freedom House survey shows Zanu-PF is resurgent in confidence, tail is up. Chiadzwa diamonds is a "game changer"."

'Masunungure: "Zanu-PF is back in town… With resurgence of Zanu-PF is also a resurgence of fear."'

"Masunungure: Decline of people who say they'll vote for MDC is a "barometer of fear" in the population."

"Masunungure on Zimbabwe: "We are unlikely to have elections this year… The infrastructure for elections is simply not in place."

"Informed sources": Discussions under way in Zimbabwe for "Egyptian model" if Mugabe dies suddenly with power in hands of security chiefs.

Source - Byo24NEWS