Zimbabweans on Twitter have accused Zanu-PF and the government of rigging a Twitter poll on the popularity of President Mnangagwa. The president won the approval rating poll by more than 50%, a result that was celebrated in the government-controlled media.
Prominent journalist and publisher of ZimLive, Mduduzi Mathuthu, claimed that supporters of had purchased about 3,000 votes to get a favourable approval outcome for the President:
Another prominent Twitter account @PacheduZW said that there are services on the internet that offer votes at rates of about $1 for 100 votes:
I went to sleep shortly before 12AM and it was like this. Zimbabweans were asleep. How do they wake up to 23,000 votes? pic.twitter.com/znRXy5739k
— Mduduzi Mathuthu (@Mathuthu) June 7, 2019
The Studio7 Twitter poll (which is still running) has the president with an approval rating of 51% as at the posting of this update on Saturday.
Is President @edmnangagwa taking Zimbabwe in the right direction?
— Studio 7 (@Studio7VOA) June 5, 2019