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The Long Wait for Election Results Provokes Fear of Rigging in Zimbabwe

Why is it taking so long to get some answers?

In the suspiciously long wait for election results in Zimbabwe, Nelson Chamisa and Emmerson Mngangagwa are both sure they are winners.

Old habits die hard. It's been difficult to believe the promises from Zanu-PF that this election will be fair, yet Zimbabweans tried their best to vote yesterday. While international attention has made it harder for rigging to exist, there are still familiar stories about people showing up to vote and being told there is an "error" in their registration, of Zanu-PF taking too long to share results, and of the threat that there won't be a peaceful transfer of power if MDC wins.




Earlier today, Tendai Biti had a press conference where he expressed concerns about election rigging. Calling Zanu-PF the "merchants of chaos and bishops of electoral fraud," he said that 21% of V11 forms that give reports on polling stations have not been released.

Adding concerns for his safety Biti said, "Chiwenga has issued an assassination order of Biti and Chamisa... We are reliably informed."

While politicians have been throwing around accusations all elections season, the history of violence against the opposition of Zanu-PF makes these claims hard to ignore. It seems that MDC has decided to be proactive and pressure ZEC to release results faster than they might intend to.



It's been a disorienting couple of days, and it's been made more confusing by the ways that each side has proclaimed a victory. Biti is already calling Chamisa "President Chamisa" and Chamisa tweeted "Winning resoundingly....We've done exceedingly well." Clearly the strategy for each side is maintaining their political bravado and insisting that they have won despite the fact that most people have been unsure about the outcome of this election.

There can only be one winner though, and according to BBC, ZEC has until Saturday to offer the results.




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Mx Blouse, a South African writer and musician, has compiled a playlist — for OkayAfrica — that showcases musical excellence on the part of South African artists who just happen to be queer.

That house music and techno were born in Chicago and Detroit's queer scenes a few decades ago is a well-established fact. Unfortunately, it's a fact many would prefer to turn the volume down on. It's important to remind those who doubt or prefer to ignore our excellence that some of their favourites, the biggest and most revered musical icons to come from these parts, like the late Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa were queer. That legacy continues.

We're in the midst of a heartbreaking spate of homophobic violence that has seen many lives lost in recent months. Almost weekly, we hear reports of yet another queer South African found murdered. Compiling this list without thinking of homophobic violence and murders is impossible. I also couldn't help crying tears of joy as I went through this music, and felt a deep sense of pride.

Our music is of a very high standard, that is quite easily comparable to the best in the world. Much as we are faced with this crisis, our music reminds me that we are indeed resilient and we relentlessly bring joy to many in spite of our own struggles.

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