Zimbabweans trust their army: Survey

Women pose for selfies with a member of the ZNA during Operation Restore Legacy last year

Women pose for selfies with a member of the ZNA during Operation Restore Legacy last year

Zvamaida Murwira, Harare Bureau
CITIZENS trust the Zimbabwe Defence Forces more than other State institutions and have more confidence in President Mnangagwa than his predecessor, Mr Robert Mugabe, who resigned last November, a survey by Afrobarometer has revealed.

According to the April/May survey, trust in the military stands at 55 percent, putting paid to claims that the military intervention in November last year was unpopular.

“Perceptions of military intervention: Most Zimbabweans see the military intervention that led to the resignation of President Mugabe as either ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘wrong but necessary.’  But most also want the military to stay out of politics,” said the survey from the Afrobarometer.

Some elements, particularly in the opposition, are condemning the ZDF for the November intervention and there are indications the MDC Alliance is actually in talks with Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace with intentions to form a coalition ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections.

Religious leaders are the most trusted at 67 percent followed by the military while courts of law came third with an approval rate of 51 percent.

The police and traditional leaders come fourth at 50 percent.

The trust for the ruling Zanu-PF and President Mnangagwa was pegged at 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

MDC-T leader Mr Nelson Chamisa is at 40 percent, the survey shows.

Trust for Mr Mugabe stands at 35 percent with his political outfit the National People’s Party at four percent.

According to the survey, at least 57 percent of respondents felt that President Mnangagwa’s rule would be different from his predecessor, Mugabe.

Majorities (60 percent) think the police, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (57 percent), and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (55 percent) are “somewhat” or “very” well prepared for the upcoming elections.

Afrobarometer is a Pan African, non-partisan survey research project that measure citizen attitudes on democracy and governance,the economy, civil society, and other topics.

It started in 12 African countries in 1999 and expanded to 36 countries.

Its objective is to give the public a voice in policy making by providing high quality public opinion data to policymakers, policy advocates, civil society organisations, academics, news media, donors and investors, and ordinary Africans.

Two more poll surveys recently gave President Mnangagwa, a clear lead against the MDC Alliance and its presidential candidate, Mr Chamisa.

A survey by a Kenyan research network, Trends and Insights for Africa (TIFA), shows that if elections were held today, President Mnangagwa would garner 68,5 percent of the vote against Mr Chamisa’s 19,5 percent.

According to the survey, National People’s Party leader Dr Joice Mujuru would manage two percent of the vote, MDC-T led by Dr Thokozani Khupe one percent, others (0,5 percent) while 8,5 percent are undecided.

Last month, another Kenyan research network, the Pan African Forum Limited, released a survey whose results forecast President Mnangagwa would win with 70 percent of the vote against Mr Chamisa’s 24 percent.

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  • Reason

    The same people want the army to stay out of politics.Many say the intervention was wrong but necessary. Indeed it was wrong as the army self deployed which is against the constitution. But Mugabe had left us with no option.In desperate times people end up justifying the bad for expediency.Generally our army has been involved in wrong politics.

  • Samaritan

    ZBC well prepared? Nonsense

    • silungisn

      Are you working at ZBC?…..You just giving blame for fun you silly idiot….

  • zibulo

    Re-publish this “survey” after the elections . this is in response to a circulating whatsapp message from one soldier asking the population to not stereotype all soldiers as ZANU stooges, he says yes, some are but not all, since they are forced to wear chant sing ZANU songs , and putting ZANU ahead of Zimbabwe.

    • silungisn

      Soldiers are ZANU-PF Loyalist if you do not know that…..General Chiwengwa gave them Orders to remove criminals around their Commander-in-Chief they took Orders dry as they are…they maintained Operation Restore Legacy under ZANU-PF Command….as you see ZANU-PF is still in Power….if you do not see it i can Call you a LUMPEN……

      • sekuru tawu

        Soldiers support the government of the Day.

        • sekuru tawu

          If your MDC becomes the government god forbid, then they will be guaranteed that support from soldiers. But for that to happen the MDC should become a home grown party which is not a threat to national security.

          • zibulo

            how shallow minded, to be told that your brother is a sellout by someone who wants you to use you to keep him in power whilst you and me eat crumbs from their table, 37 years to date .

        • silungisn

          Yes….ZANU-PF Government…..which Government of the day are you mentioning?….there shall-be no change of Government in your Life Time My Brooooo ooo…..ZANU-PF TILL YOU DIE….

          • sekuru tawu

            we are together on that one

          • silungisn

            Well said My Brrooooo oo

    • MakhosiXamu

      This so called survey is a piece of trash conducted by imbeciles. A soldier carries a gun and anything contrary to their coup leader Chiwenga will find a peasant being killed…. how can someone give an independent view point. I do agree with your sentiments man.

  • Wellington

    we told the mdc guys stop supporting the army and they thought its a chance to rejoin the gravy train after being hoodwinked by Mutswanga and co. Instead during those marches the mdc should have taken advantage of the attention we had from the international community to push for serious reforms they have been crying for but alas they went to bed with the enemy and today they cry foul