Zim presidential race: Who's who
A man walks past Zanu-PF posters in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday (July 30 2013). Four men will be contesting the presidential elections in Zimbabwe tomorrow. Carien du Plessis takes a look at what is on offer for Zimbabwean voters.
MDC-Tsvangirai leader and Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Mugabe’s health was a “national security issue”. At the launch of his party’s manifesto earlier this month, Mugabe commanded his Zanu-PF campaigners to “go ye and win the battle – a battle of our lives”.
Known as a “tyrant” in some quarters for his radical and often violent land-reform programme, for the way he has clamped down on opposition in the past and for his homophobic statements, Mugabe urged his supporters to vote the parties out which are currently part of the power-sharing government. His party wants to develop small- and medium-sized enterprises to venture into the country’s mining sector on a large scale.
His party’s controversial policy of indigenisation – a law on this was introduced in 2010 – forces foreign-owned companies, including mines, banks and retailers, to cede 51% ownership to black Zimbabwean investors. According to the party’s manifesto, 12 million hectares of land had been indigenised and it seeks to create $7.3 billion from the indigenisation of 1 138 companies, creating 2.3 million jobs.
Morgan Tsvangirai (61) has age on his side, but he has failed twice before to challenge Mugabe for the presidency.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at City Press