Election frustration: Zimbabweans flock back to Mozambique

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By Staff Reporter

MANICA: Zimbabweans living in Mozambique who recently returned home to vote in the July 30 elections have since started flocking back to their bases saying the opposition defeat dashed their hopes of an economic rebound.

Zanu PF claimed a two thirds majority in parliament winning 145 seats against 63 for the main opposition MDC Alliance.

In the presidential ballot incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa won with 50.8 percent of the vote against challenger Nelson Chamisa’s 44, 3 percent.

The opposition on Friday filed a Constitutional Court challenge against the presidential election result.

However, in interviews with this publication, Zimbabweans based in Mozambique said the election result meant there was little prospect of an economic turnaround.  

Over the last few days dozens of locals could be seen crossing the border to their bases in Chimoio and Manica.

“I have lost hope with opposition politics in the country,” said Clive Mushava of Mutasa South.

“I thought this time around Chamisa would make it, but he has failed and there is no reason for me to stay in Zimbabwe.”

Trevor Murapa, 35, who has lived in Chimoio for the past 10 years said he was disappointed by the election outcome and believes the situation in the country will worsen under Zanu PF.

“I came and registered anticipating that my vote would bring change, but my candidate lost the election,” he said.

“The MDC Alliance should go back on the drawing board and map the way forward. I don’t see a bright future for the country under Zanu PF. They failed us long back.” 

Rickson Maruta, 37, a mechanic based in Tete province said although he backed Chamisa in the elections, he was optimistic about Mnangagwa’s chances of turning around the country’s economy.

“I am going back, but I will be assessing the situation while in Mozambique because I am employed there.

“We are looking forward for a bright future, but I pray that Mnangagwa sticks to his word on tackling corruption, creating jobs and attracting foreign direct investment.”

For Stella Maneta, 40, a hair dresser in Manica however, nothing could be expected of Zanu PF after a disastrous 38 years in power.

“I don’t think Mnangagwa will change anything.” She said.

“I came home to vote but it looks like our opposition just jumped into the polls fragmented and this cost them.

“I will have to stay a bit longer in Mozambique until the situation improves back home.”