In the days after opposition party MDC-T withdrew their court challenge of President Robert Mugabe’s contested election win, disgruntled voters have taken to the streets to protest the allegations of intimidation and vote-rigging.
By Misheck Rusere
On 31 July 2013, hopeful Zimbabweans waited patiently in long winding queues to cast their votes in anticipation of change. But when Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau announced incumbent Robert Mugabe as winner, it became obvious change had not arrived.
The situation inspired oppositional youth to go onto the streets not only to protest but also to paint graffiti that encouraged people to defend their allegedly stolen vote. The state apparatus and Mugabe supporters quickly moved in to wipe out the messages. But the rate of painting seems to have overtaken the rate of removing.
Meanwhile Mugabe (89), in power since 1980, is due to be sworn in for another five year term this Thursday.