Latest leaked figures in the contest for the top job mean a presidential run-off
Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, March 31, 4.30 pm
Two different sources of information have agreed this afternoon that the contest for the next President of Zimbabwe, known already to be a two-horse-race between Tsvangirai and Mugabe, is so close that unless the figures are changed by Zanu-PF's vote riggers, there will be a run-off vote.
Both the independent organisation Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition and my source within the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) agree with the following figures:
Tsvangirai 48 per cent
Mugabe 44 per cent
Under the constitution, this means there will have to be a two-man run-off vote.
While observers here try to decide what this will mean in the coming days, one successful parliamentary candidate has allowed his celebration of victory to get slightly out of hand.
Eliot Manyika, who is the Zanu-PF National Commissar and a Minister Without Portolio, won in Mashonaland East. He and his supporters decided that this was an occasion for singing and dancing, and the song they chose was a composition by Manyika himself, who claims to be a musician.
The Minister noticed a young lad wearing a t-short supporting Tsvangirai, and stopped the celebration to tell the boy to go away. A quarrel developed, there was some pushing and shoving, and then the boy ran for it. Manyika, unable to run as fast as the boy, drew a pistol and shot him in the right leg. Then he was driven away by his supporters.
There is no news of the boy's condition. Police are believed to have interviewed the Minister, but not arrested him.
I called Manyika this afternoon and asked him to comment on the incident. He said: "Leave me alone. Do you want me to shoot you instead?"
I have decided to steer clear of the Minister for a few days.