16 September 2018 – On a recent visit to Zimbabwe, we found that the people were generally accepting of the election result and are simply getting on with life. There is some serious work for the new government to do particularly in relation to the economy but there are also health issues with the recent outbreak of both cholera and typhoid in some parts of the country. If you are a praying person, it is time to start thinking about the next planting season in December but it is imperative that rain falls before then to soften up the ground.

16 August 2018 – The recent elections in Zimbabwe saw President Mnangagwa obtain 50.8% while the main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa gained 44.3%. This means that the President has been given a mandate to govern although there is a court challenge to that result which has yet to be resolved. The ruling party won a clear majority 144 seats against the Opposition MDC’s 64 seats. There were violent protests immediately after the election, resulting in several deaths. It seems that in terms of freeness and fairness, this election was much better than the previous two.

1 August 2018 – Zimbabwe held it’s elections on Monday 30 July. These were the first since President Mugabe was removed from office in November 2017. It seems that everything was peaceful although the opposition MDC Alliance are making allegations of vote rigging. There were several observers from the European Union and other countries and it will be interesting to see whether they believe the elections were free and fair. The results are not known yet although both sides are claiming victory. The winning Presidential candidate needs to get 50% plus one vote and as there were 22 candidates, it is likely that there will be a runoff election between the two highest polling candidates.

Click here and read the Kiwilink July 2018 Zimbabwe Newsletter and here to read the recent Vanuatu Newsletter.