Matabeleand Rejects Robert Mugabe – Survey

Harare, – A survey has shown that the majority of Zimbabweans, particularly in Matebeleland trust Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai more than they do Robert Mugabe.

A research report released by Mass Public Opinion Institute said : "From a public opinion perspective, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is clearly the key beneficiary of the Inclusive Government, he is trusted by many.

An overwhelming seven in ten (78%) of the total respondents stated that they trusted the  Prime minister, somewhat or a lot. Levels of trust  for the President Robert  Mugabe are way below those of the Prime minister as less in four in ten (36%) of the  total  respondents expressed their trust  in him.

“On  the  job performance 81% of  the population approved Tsvangirai performance, while 24% was attributed to President Mugabe. Thus Prime minister Tsvangirai was at the time of the research riding high on a wave of support and trust but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to maintain such high support and  trust,” said the report.

The  report also  revealed that  24% of  the Matabeleland  population supported the inclusion of  President Mugabe in the current coalition government while the remainder rejected.

A University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer said the rejection of Mugabe’s inclusion in the inclusive government is because of lack of confidence by the Ndebele tribe in Mugabe administration.

“The Ndebele people are bitter and feel cheated by ZANU(PF) when they signed the unity accord by ZAPU in 1987. They no longer trust Mugabe because of  his insincerity, and  they did not reap any benefit from the Mugabe/Nkomo coalition.

The other reason is that the atrocities of Gukurahundi in the province in the early 1980s are also haunting them. Given the fact that no national  healing and reconciliation was conducted  to  heal the wounds of the affected is also a contributing factor to the rejection of Mugabe by the Ndebele tribe,” said the  political scientist.

The inclusive government was formed in February and has contributed to the stabilization of the country’s economy.