The literacy rate of Zanu-PF supporters is questionable

President Mugabe's supoorters have been in small numbers taking to the streets to celebrate their election success. ZANU-PF took a two-thirds majority in Zimbabwe’s 210-seat parliament, and Mr Mugabe won 62 per cent of the presidential vote, in elections on Wednesday that Morgan Tsvangirai has called “a monumental fraud”.

Some of the supporters have been marching with a coffin draped in MDC regalia and colours as a mock funeral for their leader Morgan Tsvangirai. But what is shocking to those watching the as the celebrations unfold is the level of illiteracy amongst Mugabe’s supporters as the picture above shows, they cannot even properly spell Morgan Tsvangirai’s name.

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The United Nations Development Programme has ranked Zimbabwe at No. 1 since 2009 when it had a rate of 91.2%. On the current list by The African Economist, Zimbabwe is the only country on the African continent with a literacy rate of over 90%. However, the literacy is questionable when such ignorant posters are being paraded by the Zanu-PF supporters.

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It is important to note that there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition – the ability to read and write at a specified age (15 and above). Unfortunately, it is not specified how well one has to read and write.

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