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Vol 56 No 11

Published 29th May 2015


Zimbabwe

Bye-bye unity

The opposition boycott should have made the bye-election campaigns easy for the ruling party. Instead, they are exposing deep splits and rancour

The campaigns for the 16 bye-elections on 10 June have not been the expected easy ride for the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, even though the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions have left the field clear. Intense rivalry for the ZANU-PF nomination in some seats has raised the spectre of fresh factionalism that the expulsion of sacked state Vice-President Joice Mujuru was supposed to have brought to an end. In others, some ill-considered remarks on tribalism by President Robert Mugabe could prove a turn-off.

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