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Zimbabwe voters: Keegan
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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Keegan

Accountant Keegan (not his real name), 41, from Bindura told the BBC News website why he is going to vote for the opposition.

I will be voting for the Movement for Democratic Change.

I believe they are the only hope we have.

Our economy has collapsed and we need change in the country to bring stability.

Police monitoring an opposition rally
Keegan has only heard about isolated incidents of intimidation

Almost everything is going in the wrong direction.

The inflation, the interest rates, unemployment, the cost of living all go up.

While education and standard of living go down.

Our basic commodities go up in price and cost us more but we don't have more cash in our pockets.

Only a few people are alright.

The majority are struggling.

My children should be attending the very good schools but I cannot afford to.

Unfortunately I cannot cover that luxury.

This time around the build up to elections has been a lot better.

I don't hear much about intimidation or violence.

If I do it is only isolated incidents.

It is conducive to a nice, free, fair campaign.

This time around I think we can get Zanu-PF out.

Unless there is some kind of rigging I do not think that Zanu-PF will win.

It could be an embarrassing result but most people that you speak to think MDC will win.

I personally think they will.

It is tricky though.

The government has reduced the number of constituencies in MDC stronghold areas and increased the number in rural areas which are normally pro-government.

Map of Zimbabwe showing Bindura
Bindura is Keegan's home town

But you do hear that people in the rural areas have been attending MDC rallies, in large numbers too.

If we go by the numbers at the opposition rallies then I think Zanu could be in for a surprise!

I don't know, I could be wrong.

We are still waiting to see what trick Zanu-PF has up its sleeve but so far, we are not too sure.

The situation looks confident though.

I really hope that this time around things will change.

I fear that if the results are close and MDC wins there will be tension which will create violence.

Zanu could decide to go back to their old ways of violence.


Your comments:

Interesting to read the comments of Keegan and Sibanda (below). I tend to agree with the general sentiments of Keegan. The leader of the party in power is on record as saying he has "degrees in violence". To Sipho I say that I would find it difficult to take your suggestions seriously as you write from Manchester.

We have all seen what the ruling party has achieved and I would guess that the reason you are not in Zimbabwe is related to that. Therefore I wonder how you can call some of them good guys. I have not heard of any good guy advocating positive change unless you refer to the ones who have a different view of "good" and have resigned or have been forced to leave the party.

Come back to Zimbabwe and live here for some time. Unless you are a beneficiary of the "system" I think your ideas will change. If a new government is going to create more misery then let them do so. We are already suffering. I am willing to give someone new a chance.
Munyika Dhlakama, Harare, Zimbabwe

Whilst l agree with Keegan that we need a change of government. I want to point out to him that a change of government does not necessarily bring stability to a country. Keegan must have an open mind and advocate for a government of national unity. Zimbabwe needs people to work together for the good of the country.

It is clear to any thinking person that Mugabe and his gang have run the country down. In the unlikely event of the MDC coming to power they have to work with some good guys from Zanu-PF if they are to succeed and for the good of the country. I do believe we have leaders with clear vision in the MDC.
Sipho Phani Sibanda, Manchester, UK




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