Sombre mood in Byo after Mugabe victory

A group of unemployed youths are gathered quietly while glued to their cellphones at Sekusile shopping centre in Bulawayo’s Nkulumane high density the suburb.


They are all reading the results of the harmonised election being posted on various websites.

“But guys this is strange, how on earth can Zanu PF win all the seats in Masvingo and also win some seats in Harare,” one of them says, breaking the deafening silence.

None of them have the answers. They only shake their heads in utter disbelief.

Bulawayo has literally been plunged into mourning after Zanu PF won with a landslide in the harmonised election.

The majority of people in the city voted for the Movement for the Democratic Change (MDC-T) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

Although the MDC-T won all the parliamentary seats, full results released by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) indicated that this did not matter much, as Zanu PF managed to secure a two thirds majority vote.

As a result, in commuter omnibuses, workplaces, beer halls and church gatherings in Bulawayo yesterday, people are quietly discussing the “Tsunami” that had befallen them.

They said the future was bleak under President Robert Mugabe’s rule for another five years.

Some were already contemplating relocating to neighboring countries such as South Africa and Botswana, fearing “impending” economic hardships similar to those of the pre-government of national unity (GNU) era.

“I am planning to join my brothers in South Africa. I know under Mugabe’s rule things are going to be tough. More industries are going to close and people are going to lose their jobs,” said Thulani Nyoni of Nkulumane 12 suburb.

There were claims that last week’s elections were fraught with irregularities.

MDC-T presidential candidate Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the elections were heavily manipulated and did not meet minimum election standards for the Sadc and the African Union (AU).

“The shoddy manner in which it has been conducted and the consequent illegitimacy of the result will plunge this country into a serious crisis,” said Tsvangirai.


Under Mugabe’s 33-year-rule, Zimbabwe‘s economy collapsed but this was worse in Bulawayo, which saw over 80% of its industries shutting down.

Thousands of workers were left jobless in the city following the closure of companies mostly in the manufacturing sector, textile and clothing sector.

“If Mugabe failed the economy in the last 33 years, what’s new that he is going to do now to revive it,” said Mqondisi Nyoni from Tshabalala suburb.

Nyoni added: “I foresee us going back to the 2007/2008 situation, where we had to scramble for food. Those queues for food in the shops will be back and I can’t wait for that and next week I want to sort out my passport and go back to Botswana where I used to work last year.”

It is estimated that there are over three million Zimbabweans who are staying in South Africa.

“The only person who had the keys to re-open the Bulawayo industry was Tsvangirai but since Mugabe has won, we just have to forget about that,” said a civil servant, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

9 Responses to Sombre mood in Byo after Mugabe victory

  1. gasela August 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Matebeleland lets not be troubled, this is the curse put upon us by God soon be over.God is watching remember the time of King Chaka mfaqane and difaqane people moved from Zululand to whole of southern Africa for those who can run away please do so while you can,history repeat itself

  2. Ngoni Chang Kufa August 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Why is ZANU – PF not celebrating their ” win “? The streets are quiet and the nation in mourning.If MDC – T had been declared the winner, the countrt would have been painted RED. Even Zanu – PF would be celebrating with MDC!

    • Hopeful August 5, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      Well put. “The truth shall set you free” – eventually. May it come soon.

  3. James August 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Mugabe doesn’t need our votes to win elections, voting is just a waste of time

    • There's a NATION OF BALLOT papers CELEBRATING August 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      Mugabe’s supporters are the rigged ballot papers… they are the ones celebrating everyday in their transparent boxes.

      Its another story for the actual people.

  4. Exiled August 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Matebeleland is not alone. Manicaland is the same. We are dead in Manicaland just like Bulawayo and yet they lie in our faces that we voted for them. There is no single company is Mutare and unemployment in the region is 100%. We are doomed.

  5. Machekabuwe August 6, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    When the systems are compromised democracy is garbage in and garbage out – voting doesn’t mean a thing. Worse still MDC-T appealing to the courts is a waste of time and money. Vakaresva vakuru pavakati, ”KUMUZINDA HAKUNA WEKO” nokuti kumatare emuHarare ariko wekumuzinda.

  6. Mpangula Mputyu August 6, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Zimbabweans what is this NOW. U have truly VOTED in a fossil or what.

    Even Small Botswana is mocking you now. Please effect a regime change.

  7. Muroja August 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    A Zanu pf win means more unemployment, more electricity cuts, more water shortages, more cholera, more food shortages, more corruption. In fact things are just going to get worse. May God help this nation.

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