A guide to Zimbabwe's 1st post-Robert Mugabe election
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Title rival Ferraris Sebastian rattle will start in. Fourth place but still believes that he can wait Tomorrow Zimbabwe. Is holding. Its first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted in, November. International election, monitors have been allowed in for the first time since two thousand and two knock stratego is from Zimbabwe, in the fellow, of the Africa program at Chatham house he's recently been in Zimbabwe and. He joins me now in. The, studio so nuts how important are, these first elections in post Mugabe's Zimbabwe Well I thank you very much for hosting. Me I'm this elections are really really critical a lot of people are feel? That is maybe the most important elections we've had, either since nineteen Eighty-one since two thousand for the first, time neither Mugabe or the late Morgan Tsvangirai contesting. So we're really going into. New territory here in terms of election, and this huge election fever in Zimbabwe yeah you were there just a few weeks. Ago. Can you, describe the scene there that you. Saw people? Are just so excited both in? The cities and in the rural areas? And both, both candidates have got a a big following but really in terms. Of what's happening in Zimbabwe now it's all about elections and with regard. To the actual elections a lot of it is really about the economy that's that's the number one issue exactly I mean excitement leads to too high expectations doesn't it no. Matter who wins this election, can they live up to those expectations I. Mean it. Really will be a big task to fix the economy Absolutely and that that may be I think that. Will be a challenge for. Who whoever wins whoever forms the next, government because they may be a crisis of expectation some really huge promises have been. Made. By all, contenders in this in this election. And that? They will fix the economy especially? The cash crisis within weeks or just? A couple, of months and it might take a little longer than that Yeah I mean. Unemployment is a massive problem as well isn't it Yes although bear. In mind a lot of Zimbabwe's, economy is in the informal sector so peop-. Some people actually working but a lot, of it is inform allies. But, in terms of the formal economy it has shrunk for sure now can you, just take us through the the two front. Runners. And. The election, just tell us a little bit about, them okay Well the the, two frontrunners are the current incumbent who's the president Emmerson, Mnangagwa who is Zanu PF he, was Robin is right and men mnangagwa's is. Positioning himself as a reformer he was, with them Gubbay but he's. He's, actually done quite a lot in terms of trying to bring the economy forwards MS Broughton is putting some new laws and. Legislation Against him is Nelson Chamisa who was Morgan, chunky rice right and is really courting the. Youth vote and bear in mind a lot of sixty around six percent. Of voters under forty five so China, says hoping to really get a an electoral bounce from from that but if I may just. Very quickly mentioned there are a lot. Of other contenders and they are for. Women presidential candidates contesting which, is a, I in Zimbabwean electoral history so there's a lot of new things happening in this. In this election so it's all to play for As you mentioned that size of a portrait portion of. The electorate is is quite young To the to the issues that, they care about are they different from do they differ from the rest of the electorate For the young of it is about jobs, because we have a situation where a lot. Of young people have got they have got to grease their well-qualified well. Educated but they've, been unable to find him claims so either they, leave the, country or they go into the informal sector so for them a lot of. Issues about who can? Provide jobs Shami says made a lot of promises And it remains to be seen whether he can. He can do that but even within. Zanu PF there's a strong youth element there as well so for the young people it's really about jobs in the sense of a future, within the country rather than outside okay excellent NextRadio, from the Africa program at Chatham house I. Know you're going to be staying with us in the next hour so. We'll be hearing, from you again for now it's coming up to, five thirty, GMT you're listening to weekend.