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Poll boycott more effective

ONCE again there is debate on whether or not the opposition MDC should contest the forthcoming general election.


The short answer is that under no circumstances s

hould they go to the polls. To boycott the elections will be far more effective than to contest them and lose, as they know they will, under the current conditions.


It is all very well to talk of the democratic process, but as anyone who has eyes can see, this concept is totally alien to President Mugabe and Zanu PF.


To put it bluntly, Zanu PF cannot afford to hold free and fair elections (which they know they would lose in a disastrous manner) because too much is at stake.


Too many crimes that have been committed, looting and corruption would be exposed. Under the present circumstances there is not a snowball’s hope in hell that free and fair elections are possible.


I therefore appeal to the leadership of the MDC not to make the mistake of contesting a rigged election.


We have seen that although the MDC holds nearly 50% of the elected seats, no sensible debate has been possible in parliament. However, it is vital to keep up the pressure on the regime by all means possible. It is also extremely important to keep the grassroots supporters aware that the regime will go to any lengths to make a mockery of the democratic process.


The most vital need is to spread the truth about our country throughout Africa and the wider world. World opinion is slowly changing and the realisation that Zimbabwe is suffering under a brutal minority regime is becoming common knowledge.


The South African president (Thabo Mbeki) appears to want to emulate the famous three monkeys who hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil where Zimbabwe is concerned. Many others in southern Africa are becoming more aware, but the flow of factual information must be maintained or increased.


Charles Frizell,

UK.

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