Zimbabwe opposition down but not out
Harare – Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has mastered the ballot box again but his defeated rivals could find new momentum as an opposition force after four fruitless years in a coalition government, analysts say. Morgan Tsvangirai was crushed in last week’s vote, with only 34 percent to 61 for Mugabe, still undefeated since he guided Zimbabwe to independence in 1980. The picture was scarcely better in parliament where Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change lost its majority and watched Mugabe’s ZANU-PF bag 158 of 210 seats.
The MDC “took the coalition government for an MDC-government. They paid a heavy price for … abandoning or neglecting party work,” said Masunungure.
Worse, the taste of power appeared too sweet for some party officials, who tarnished the party’s anti-corruption credentials by living it large in office.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Zimbabwe Mirror