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ANALYSIS | What’s in a name? Zim politics has a serious identity crisis

Zimbabwe is in limbo with no fewer than 122 vacancies in parliament and local government

Lenin Ndebele

Zimbabwe is in a state of flux with 122 vacancies in both parliament and local government, and with no sign of when the Covid-19 pandemic will allow by-elections to take place.

Two years before the next general elections, the results of by-elections would be a strong indicator of the support bases for both the ruling Zanu-PF and the hugely divided opposition.

At the moment, there are 39 vacancies for the opposition MDC Alliance in parliament and another 81 MDC Alliance vacancies in local government after a mass recall. The recall came after a supreme court ruling concluded the election of Nelson Chamisa as opposition leader was unlawful. Chamisa took over after Morgan Tsvangirai died but was never elected at a party congress. ..

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