Joint Operations Command (JOC) has deployed hardline security personal, retired and uniformed, in all the provinces in Zimbabwe to mastermind Mugabe and Zanu PF election campaign.
“This is not something new because after the 2008 disputed presidential elections, 200 senior army members were deployed and spearheaded a campaign which forced Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to pull out of the presidential run-off,” a source told the Zimbabwe Independent.
Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba, a staunch Mugabe loyalist who has public said he will not accept a Tsvangirai victory, will be in Manicaland.
You cannot teach old dog new tricks, yet Mugabe and Zanu PF are now being forced not just to learn new tricks but to forget all the old tricks. A very tall order indeed!
Zanu PF has never held a free, fair and democratic election in all the regime's 33 years in power. With each successive election the party's popularity has sunk deeper and deeper and so the regime has responded by digging deeper and deeper into its bag of dirty tricks including the use of wanton violence as in 2008.
Zanu PF is not just unpopular with the people; they hate the party, especially Mugabe, with a passion. To win this election Zanu PF was going to use the dirtiest tricks ever. After the sham elections of 2008, Mugabe knows the whole world is watching him like a hawk. If they declare him “illegitimate” as happened in 2008; SADC will not be there to bail him out this time.