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The Budiriro by-election


There was so much hype about the Zimbabwe Budiriro parliamentary by-election and justifiably so but now that its come and gone maybe I can have a little reflection.
The hype was partly because the two MDC factions were going to field candidates against each other for the first time and so everybody wanted to see how they were going to fare.
First of all this was a by-election and normally the turnout is low and it was.
What stood out for me was the 504 votes for the MDC Mutambara faction. That is not a very encouraging number especially in a big constituency like Budiriro. Although the MDC Tsvangirai faction won comfortably in the end, the truth is this factionalism wont take either factions anywhere because Zanu PF had a reasonable number and will take advantage of any slips.
Even if these two factions were strong in their own right therefore making three strong contesting parties, in the grand scheme of things I can only see one victor in that scenario and that would be Zanu PF. These two factions will always be drawing from the same supporter base and hence the result would ultimately be a loss.
I will leave the issue of what lessons were learnt, if any, for next time.

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