How Mugabe is already ahead in the June 27 poll
Those who fear for the survival of democracy in Zimbabwe will be gratified to know that Mugabe's Zanu-PF are so keen on the process of one-man, one-vote, they've started already. Yesterday thousands of police and associated uniformed thugs voted in the run-off presidential election set for June 27. And, amazingly, they all voted for Robert Mugabe.
Employing the notoriously unreliable postal voting system, the top cops lined their men up and gave them strict instructions on how to fill in their ballot papers. In Bulawayo it was Senior Assistant Commissioner Lee Muchemwa who addressed the ranks.
"He told us we would vote for Mugabe whether we liked it or not," my police source told me. "We voted in front of members of the Police Internal Security Intelligence (PISI), who checked our ballot papers."
The tone of this "vote" was set previously by Assistant Police Commissioner Nyakutsika, who told his men: "You will all do as you are told. Zanu-PF is the only party allowed to rule this country. We cannot surrender to puppets like Tsvangirai. We fought the whites, and we do not want them back here again."
Another police source, an Inspector, confirmed to me that all the police voting had been conducted without the presence of any officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) or any other monitors.
"We carried the process out now, to get it done before international observers start arriving next week. All the officers have now voted. Tomorrow it will be the turn of their wives."
Just to boost figures, some civilians have also been appointed temporary police officers in order to cast their votes correctly. And similar procedures are said to be occurring within the army and other militia.
Let me finish with another quotation from Assistant Commissioner Nyakutskikwa. Speaking to his men before they voted, he told them:
"Even if you tell the foreign press, even if you tell the western governments, we do not care. They will do nothing."
You have to agree, he's got that right.