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Senegal polls: Many lessons for Zanu PF

The results show that Wade got 34,8% of the vote in the first round while Sall came second with 26,5%. Sall enters the second round of the race with a lot of hope as the opposition parties have signed a pact to support whoever comes second in the first round.

The results have dealt a humiliating blow to the ageing Wade, who before the election had boasted that he would win the contest outright.
This truly sounds similar to Zanu PF’s antics. Wade, like Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe, has reached an age where the honourable thing to do is retire.

Wade, like Mugabe in 1980, had won elections because the people had faith in him. It’s a sad chapter in the career of a man whose election 12 years ago was met with euphoria. A former opposition leader, Wade spent 25 years from 1974 to 2000 trying to topple the socialist party that ruled Senegal for 40 years after the country’s independence from France in 1960. His victory, in 2000, was held up as an example of Senegal’s democratic maturity, because the former president gracefully accepted his loss.

In his election manifesto for the run-off, Sall says that –– if elected –– his government will bring credence to the idea that a new Africa is emerging; an Africa where transitions of power can happen without bloodshed.

This should be a clear message to Zanu PF that despite their noises of wanting an election this year the electorate in Zimbabwe is waiting gleefully to give them –– to borrow from Sall’s manifesto –– “a killer blow”.

Like Zimbabweans, the people of Senegal accuse Wade of using the country and its laws as his personal property and because of this, the people of Senegal want to stop it once and for all.

It was only a few days ago when nearly a million of dollars was splashed by Mugabe and his cohorts to hold his 88th birthday bash in Mutare when hospitals, schools and other public institutions are in dire need of assistance.

Reports from Senegal say that the people there are demanding respect for the country’s laws and the constitution, not for people to suffer and see their president do whatever he wants.  This is precisely what the people of Zimbabwe would be voting for when they go for the next elections.
It’s time for Zanu PF, however late, to wake up and smell the coffee.  The people of Zimbabwe are going to boot them out of power without spilling any blood, but through the ballot box.

The developments in Senegal are very encouraging for Zimbabweans as they will inspire us to emulate other African brothers and sisters who are doing away with dictators.

Agrippa Zvomuya,

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