Traditional Zanu – PF rural support base may have just saved Mnangagwa

The MDC may want to hold their horses in celebrating a victory, as the preliminary results suggest that the Zanu-PF still holds the rural power in Zimbabwe.

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A supporter of Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa touches an image of the politician glued on a SUV at the ZANU-PF headquarter in Harare, on November 22, 2017. Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa flew home on November 22 to take power after the resignation of Robert Mugabe put an end to 37 years of authoritarian rule. Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony on November 24, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

The whole of Africa remains in an anxious state after the Zimbabwe Electoral Committee (ZEC) announced the preliminary results of the National Assembly seats.

Which political party has the most parliamentary seats so far?

Of the seven constituencies, six seats were won by Zanu-PF, Zimbabwe’s governing party, with the MDC only securing one seat.

It is still way too early to call it at this time. However, looking at the social placement of these constituencies may reveal a lot about the advantage Zanu-PF holds in these elections.

Emmerson’s Zanu-PF may still hold firm power in rural Zimbabwe

The majority of the seven constituencies that were announced were from rural settings, a place in Zimbabwe’s society that has always been former Zanu-PF leader, Robert Mugabe’s stronghold.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is the de facto president of the country, appears to be benefiting from the power the ruling party has in rural Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, using military forces, has practised fearmongering in this section of Zimbabwe’s society for many decades. Impoverished Zimbabweans’ votes have always been cast with hints of scrutiny.

In Tuesday’s announcement of the election’s preliminary results, it was no different.

The needed humbling for the MDC

After the MDC had spread information that they had already won the elections, without official confirmation from the ZEC, it almost came as a shock when it was discovered that they had only won in one constituency thus far.

It is way too early to make much of this. However, history, together with what we know so far about the results that have been announced, suggests that the MDC has not been able to convince people living in rural Zimbabwe of its promise.

Priscilla Chigumba, who is the chairperson of the ZEC, has confirmed that results from more constituencies would be announced on Tuesday evening going forward.

Of the 210 seats of the National Assembly, there are still 203 in contestation.

It is important to note that, according to Chigumba, the presidential results would only be announced once all of the results have been received and validated.

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