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was failure for Mugabe
Jan Raath, The Times (UK)
December 01, 2007
It was the Million
Man and Woman March, meant to show the support that President Mugabe
commands, replicating the vast throng that welcomed him in 1980
when he returned to an independent Zimbabwe at the end of a civil
This time, instead of
the crowds that spontaneously spilled on to the streets, the Government
commandeered the railway service, seized vehicles and rounded up
supporters of the Zanu (PF) party to pack the streets and football
stadium of Harare yesterday in support of Mr Mugabe's candidature
for the presidential election. By the time that Mr Mugabe, in an
African print shirt bearing his own face, arrived at the rally that
was intended as a stern message to members of his own party who
had planned to replace him in a congress next week, only 20,000
had been assembled.
It was a small fraction
of the sea of faces that greeted his return in 1980 and fewer than
Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader, assembles on the rare
occasion that he is allowed to hold a rally. "I think there
are many more people queuing at the banks in town for cash,"
Willard Dhlalo, a bystander, said.
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