By Tererai Karimakwenda
10 January 2013
A new wave of ZANU PF election stickers is being forced onto motorists in various parts of the country, especially the bus terminals in Harare and Bulawayo.
The latest version for 2013 is a sticker that says “Bob is My Man”, which is being sold for one dollar by ZANU PF youths, using aggressive methods and threats that are said to be bringing back the fear many felt during the elections of 2008.
One of the vendors in Harare told journalist Tawanda Makusha that the stickers with ‘Bob is my Man’ flooded the streets of Harare late last year and can be bought in bulk from the ZANU PF head offices, for resale at a higher price.
One vendor is quoted as saying: “We get them from the party’s head offices for US$0.50. If you make big orders the price is reduced. Although they are no longer selling we know that very soon motorists will be scrambling for them. I mean during election time, remember what happened last time. You better have one while stock still lasts my brother.”
SW Radio Africa correspondent Lionel Saungweme said the main bus terminus in Bulawayo has a section where ZANU PF youths are forcefully selling the new stickers, along with other ZANU PF regalia.
“It is surprising that so many people had them in their cars but then I saw the ZANU PF youth deployed at the main bus terminus and forcefully selling them to motorists. It’s not only the stickers that are being sold. There are actually some overalls with Bob’s signature and other regalia,” Saungweme said.
He added: “These ZANU PF youth might have thought they would make a killing selling them but poor sales suggest there has been a lot of rejection of the artefacts. Bob is much less popular in Bulawayo because of the Gukurahundi. Even voting patterns show that.”
Saungweme criticised ZANU PF, saying the party uses the youth to sell their regalia during elections but they don’t create jobs for the youths to help them survive the rest of the year.