HARARE-- Zimbabweans will be hoping that whoever wins Monday's general election in the country, the first in the post-Mugabe era, will attend to the worsening economic situation in the country.
The incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe as president after the 94-year former leader was forced to resign by the military in November last year, is hoping to win the elections, but the main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, says it has enough voter confidence to emerge as the next government.
As many Zimbabweans try to make ends meet, voters hope this election will be a turning point for the country.
The official unemployment rate in the country is said to be around 80 per cent and all the parties gunning for support have said they have a plan to address this.
When former President Robert Mugabe was removed from power in November last year, there was hope that the country was on a path to renewal. Eight months later, all eyes are on Zimbabwe to see if that dream will either be fulfilled or dashed.
Many Zimbabwean citizens living in other countries, including South Africa, are already making their way home for the historic elections next Monday.
These Zimbabweans travelling from South Africa have high hopes for a brighter future after the first elections since independence in 1980 without Mugabe.
This vote will bring about big, big change in Zimbabwe. I feel there're so many Zimbabweans that have flocked to South Africa looking for that change, one of them said.
There is a young man coming on board; and young people relate to the man. And also on ZANU-PF there has been a shift I think with the business aspects of life -- not just the politics of hurt and the politics of the past.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK