Zimbabwe has finally set a date for this year’s presidential elections, even as the world waits with baited breath for its first democratically elected president after Mugabe. The elections have been set for the 30th of July, amidst efforts by its president, Emerson Mnangagwa to ensure foreign investors once again invest in Zimbabwe. The country’s parliamentary elections have also been set for the same day. With the announcement of this date, this will be the first election since Zimbabwe’s independence that has not had Robert Mugabe’s name on the ballot papers.
Also missing from the papers will be Robert Mugabe’s long-term rival and former leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Leonard Tsvangirai who died soon after Mugabe stepped down last year. Tsvangirai was replaced by the 40-year-old Nelson Chimasa, who last month promised to drive out China if he was elected as president.
For Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former Vice-president and Zimbabwe’s acting president, this election is one of legitimacy for him. After being Robert Mugabe’s right-hand man for many years, both in Mugabe’s role as president and also as leader of the ruling party ZUMA-PF, this election is an opportunity for him the clear the books and present Click here to read entire article
Source:: Ventures Africa