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    No celebrations as Zanu PF wins





    ELECTION REPORTS: ELIZABETH MASHIRI, NKULUMANI MLAMBO, ELLEN MLAMBO, NYASHA MUSAMBASI, WALTER MAFEKING, TATENDA CHIZU, SIMBA MTEMBO, SIPHATISIWE MATHAMBO, MIRIAM MANGWAYA

    SOUTHERN REGION – Cities, towns, growth points and villages in the Southern Region remained unusually quiet without any sign of celebration in the aftermath of Zanu PF's landslide victory in the harmonised elections.
    The mood was sombre in Masvingo, the country's oldest city after the province got just one seat for the opposition out of a total of 26 seats.

    Jacob Nyokanhete of MDC Alliance who won the Masvingo Urban seat is the only successful candidate.
    Ibbo Mandaza, a well known political analyst said there was shameless rigging. He claimed that some international observers have noted the same.
    He said that it was not perceivable that party supporters would not celebrate after such crashing victory.
    "The rigging was cruel, cynical. They overrigged. We are in a crisis," said Mandaza.
    Elias Mambo, another political analyst blamed the MDC's demise on lack of strategy, lack of clear message, attack on women and attack on the judiciary.
    The common men interviewed by The Mirror went along with Mandaza. The majority claimed that the elections were heavily rigged but could not
    say how. The 2018 elections have however, been credited by the international observers for their peace and lack of intimidation.
    In Gweru, the mood was the same after MDC Alliance got just fve out of 28 seats in the Midlands Province. However the Alliance made a clean sweep of all the 18 urban wards in the city. There were no celebrations in Beitbridge as the MDC Alliance lost all Parliamentary seats but amassed all six urban wards.
    As has almost become usual, MDC Alliance lost all fve constituencies in Gutu, all three in Chivi, all four in Chiredzi, all two in Mwenezi, all four in
    Zaka and all three in Bikita.

    The mood was the same in Chivhu and Mvuma where MDC Alliance was trounced but faired well in the urban wards.
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