Football ban ahead of Zim elections


The first round of the league fixtures was played last weekend, but less than a week later all games have been suspended because, according to the Zimbabwe Standard newspaper, intelligence services have advised the government that it is fast running out of support going into these elections on Saturday.

There has never been a cogent reason why domestic matches should be postponed when the same concerns do not apply to the international match between Dynamos and Mozambique’s Costa do Sol.

The editorial states that the government’s action demonstrates the extent to which the regime will go in order to deprive Zimbabweans of a few moments of relief from the misery and suffering it has brought upon this nation.

But scrapping the matches is also indicative of the confusion afflicting the regime in its dying moments.Since 2000, the government has used soccer in order to ‘intoxicate the masses’ into forgetting their everyday hardships.

But this time with nothing to show voters why it deserves a further term in office, the government has decided it will give buses, ostensibly for public transport.It is likely that the handful of buses imported ahead of the elections are the same ones being paraded in the country’s various provinces as the government’s answer to transport problems.