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Zimbabwe voters: Henry
Zimbabweans have voted in the country's fifth parliamentary election since independence. A panel of eight people told the BBC News website who they supported, and gave their hopes and fears for the future.

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Henry

Safari operator Henry, 44, from Kariba told the BBC News website why he is not yet sure who he will vote for.

I am still confused and have to think it through seriously before I decide who I will vote for.

I am not sure which party can truly represent what I want.

I grew up during the struggle for independence.

I am part of the generation that saw first hand all the bad things about the war, especially as I was in the countryside then.

I was very happy when we did gain our independence and so am grateful towards the ruling party.

Zanu-PF supporters singing at an election rally
Henry is grateful towards the ruling party for gaining independence but feels he has been let down since

But what has happened since then is totally different.

I wish that Zimbabweans from the word go had had more command of the economy.

Things have happened and only a few have really benefited.

The government has let us down.

The government needs to have competition and it is good to have people who criticise their governing methods.

It is good that the MDC has an opposing agenda to the government because it keeps the system in check.

It provides a healthy political atmosphere.

But I am getting bored with the time wasted over political issues.

I am more interested in business.

I need some money in my pocket at the end of the day.

This is the issue.

The war has gone now and everything is in the past.

Map of Zimbabwe showing Kariba
Henry's safari company is in Kariba

We can't always be talking about what has been. We must look forward.

The economy needs to improve - that is the most important thing and will be the factor in deciding who my vote goes to.

I want my business to flourish and for that I need tourists to return to Zimbabwe.

I don't know how it will happen though.

Not all that glitters is gold.

All Zimbabweans must work together to re-build our country.

Sometimes when I attend international safari meetings I become very embarrassed to hear my fellow Zimbabweans say your government and your people.

It is not good to speak like that.

We must talk of our country, our government and our people.

If we continue to have two separate groups in the country, the problems will just carry on.


Your comments:

It's good to hear someone so positive. As business people we need to think beyond politics. Remember politicians will always be politicians and businessman always businessman. Every politician is a liar and will continue to lie even when elected.
Nelson, Harare, Zimbabwe

Very good to hear such words from someone who have seen both sides of our country. I believe people like Henry can give change a chance.
Bukho, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Having two different political perspectives is beneficial of Zimbabwe to people like Mugabe who are bent on corruption and do not view opposition positively then it won't work. What we need is new generation of leaders in the name of MDC who will deliver better services to the people who chose them rather than have people who do not care about anyone else but of their selfish ends. The MDC has proved to be a vibrant and coherent party that can reverse the nose diving economy of Zimbabwe through their restart programme.
Masango, Harare

That's just about it, I think to a greater extent Henry is dead right. I have noticed that certain people have developed this ultra negative attitude towards everything about the country irregardless of whether it is good. Some people are making a killing (business wise) by demonizing Zimbabwe without caring to be pragmatic.
Leo Chirandu, Harare, Zimbabwe

Henry's situation is typical of many Zimbabweans; afraid to take the future in their hands! The uncertainty of ordinary Zimbabweans to change the status quo will continue to be the cause of their doom. Henry must be among the brave citizens who must take it upon themselves to change the manner in which politics is conducted in that country.
Jonathan Mutonga, Lusaka, Zambia




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