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Mpumelelo Mkhabela | The African Union's silence on electoral rigging is deafening

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Bobi Wine sings on a stage in Busabala suburb of Kampala, Uganda. (AFP)
Bobi Wine sings on a stage in Busabala suburb of Kampala, Uganda. (AFP)

African leaders, including Cyril Ramaphosa, are derailing competitive democracy on the continent, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

In 2002, Robert Mugabe of Zanu-PF, forever the ruling party of Zimbabwe, returned to hold near-absolute power following a presidential election that was thoroughly rigged before it was even held. 

The international community and advocates of free and fair elections raised objections against the rigging that denied Zimbabwe a possible renewal of its political and economic fortunes. But African observer missions cleared the way for Mugabe to continue to excel in what he knew best: Zanufication of state institutions, stifling of democracy and destroying the economy. 

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