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Zimbabwe : Grim Lessons on Free Elections

Notwithstanding the shrill tiocide of the transnational media Zanu-PF party and prime minister Robert Mugabe continue to hold the reins of power after the recent elections. But the nature of politics has changed and the party must either shed the trappings of neo-liberalism or continue along the neo-colonial back.

Never in recent years has a third world government and its leadership been so demonised with a barrage of vitriolic propaganda of such sustained violence as Zimbabwe in the run-up to its recent July elections. The Zanu-PF party and the prime minister Robert Mugabe still retain the reins of political power. The election with its scandalous foreign intervention has served its purpose; it has changed the nature of politics and indubitably will change the entire complex of class relations in the not too distant future. One of its most gruesome lessons is that it highlights the meaning of ‘free and fair elections’ and ‘human rights bandied by the proponents of imperialism.

In what direction Zanu-PF will change, as it must if it is to survive and in what ideological orbit it will henceforth traverse was one of the fundamental issues raised and discussed not only within the party but no less important in the Group of 77 in Havana. For Zanu-PF, the writing is on the wall. The party must either shed the trappings of neo-liberalism or continue on the tracks of neo-colonialism.

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