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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Other Election

posted by on March 30 at 12:56 PM

Mugabe lost the election
great_zimbabwe03.jpg… He not only lost, he lost so badly that rigging the vote was not enough to cover the fact of the loss. And now the chief of the elections and registration, Tobiawa Mudede (yes, we are related), needs time (every second he can get!) to come up with something (anything!) that will keep history at a standstill and his boss, The Most Honorable Robert Mugabe, in power.

Monitors warn on Zimbabwe ‘delay’ MDC supporters celebrate after reports of an early polls lead in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe The MDC has been warned against declaring itself the winner

Election observers in Zimbabwe have expressed concerns over “delays” in announcing official presidential poll results, amid fears of rigging.

The head of one monitors’ group said he had “no doubt” officials now know most results. None have yet been released.

If you don’t know how desperate Mugabe is, checkout this recent story:

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Hands Out Cars

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President Robert Mugabe gave out 450 cars to senior and midlevel doctors at government hospitals in what opponents say is a vote-buying campaign ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. Mr. Mugabe presented doctors with keys to the cars at a ceremony in which he blamed Western sanctions for harming health care in Zimbabwe, one of the countries worst affected by H.I.V./AIDS. He also promised the doctors houses within two years.

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Wow. I can't believe he failed to rig it.

Posted by tsm | March 30, 2008 1:05 PM

Hopefully we can also manage an irrefutable margin in November.

Posted by Morgan | March 30, 2008 1:09 PM

Who wants to bet he stays even though he clearly lost

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 30, 2008 1:21 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | March 30, 2008 1:32 PM

Go, Mugabe. Just go. Die in exile in Venezuela or someplace.

Posted by Fnarf | March 30, 2008 2:39 PM

If Mugabe leaves by his own will, it will be for greener pastures. He's a dictator, they only let go if someone ousts them by force or greed lures them to another place with more sheep to sheer.

Posted by Y.F. | March 30, 2008 2:47 PM

From the bread basket of Africa under white rule to the depths of horror and dictatorship under Black rule, one must stop and ponder what went wrong. Why was it that they could feed themselves, their workers, the nation and half the continent under one system and under the other they have 100,000% inflation.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | March 30, 2008 4:18 PM

@7 what? are you an apologist for Ian Smith now?

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 30, 2008 4:31 PM

OK, anybody with the 'Mudede' name is now permanently on the no-fly list. Pulling dirty tricks to keep Mugabe in power? Ugh.

How you can mess up a beautiful, productive country and turn it into a wasteland, I don't know. But Mugabe sure does. He gives colonialism a good name. Best wishes to the successor, he has an impossible task in front of him, cleaning up that disaster.

Please, please let this be the end of this Hitler/Stalin wannabe, Mugabe. What a piece of shit that asshole is.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 30, 2008 4:48 PM

Your white/black manicheaism is ignorant, Sargon. For starters, Zimbabwe was still Africa's breadbasket, and the continent's fastest-growing economy as recently as a decade ago. The country didn't start to collapse until the aggressive program of land redistribution began, whereby all of the people who knew how to farm were killed or driven out of the country, and their farms given to Mugabe's relations, none of whom knew how to farm. Not a black/white thing, but a competent/incompetent thing.

Posted by Fnarf | March 30, 2008 5:29 PM

What are you -- word policemen?

"Manichean" use of "black" and "white" -- oh my god @7 is threatening the world with that the scourge of incorrect dulaistic thinking once again!! Quick, hide the kiddies and food stocks!!

You sound like the real problem here is @7 -- not Mr. Mugabe.

The real problem is Mugabe (dictatorship, abuse of power, starvation and corruption).

Whether someone uses the words "black" and "white" in a PC or a non PC manner in talking about him -- is just not a problem.
And in fact it's that kind of thinking ("at least he's not Ian Smith" "we must always keep in mind, this thug followed Ian SMith and white rule, so we have to excuse it a bit") that has been used to keep a thug like Mugabe in power for so long.

Posted by unPC | March 30, 2008 6:48 PM

I'm surprised to see, unPC, that you're a total fucking moron on more subjects besides just Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Fnarf | March 30, 2008 10:04 PM

I think this is the first time during my life that a dictator like Mugabe has actually been VOTED out.

Best news I've heard for a while.

Posted by Cale | March 30, 2008 11:43 PM

Validate your sources, please.
The Onion?
The Starr?
National Review?

CopyPaste is amusing, but if you can't (or won't) provide the actual sources, then you are diminished as a "journalist" (you're a columnist, at best...).

Posted by mmbb | March 30, 2008 11:45 PM

Mugabe's giveaways are reminiscent of Castro's refrigerators, Elvis' cars and Oprah's everything! Except they probably don't/didn't look as swell in leopard skin pillbox hats.

Giveaways are constant, like light -- it's the context that changes. Capitalism, culture and corruption make giveaways possible -- the age of (t)reason opiate of the people!

Posted by Molly Dolly | March 31, 2008 2:10 AM

Dude makes good wine, though.

Posted by Will Penguin | March 31, 2008 9:44 AM

"I think this is the first time during my life that a dictator like Mugabe has actually been VOTED out."

Pinochet? One can only hope a transition for Zimbabwe will go as, erh, semi-smoothly as Chile's.

I was kind of wondering why there was no mention of this in this week's issue.

Posted by Marguerite | April 6, 2008 1:12 PM

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