An article in the government-controlled Herald today celebrated Mnangagwa’s positive approval ratings from 2 Twitter polls run by Studio 7 Voice of America and ZimLive. Both polls showed that more than 51% of the votes approved of the direction that the president is taking the country.
Some Twitter users have however accused the president’s supporters of buying twitter votes (which apparently cost about $1 for a 100) to rig the polls.
Here are some select social media reactions to the apparent Mnangagwa victory in the “polls”:
The outcome of the poll!
The people have spoken 🚶🏽♂️🚶🏽♂️🚶🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/PhsDL96un7
— mmatigari (@matigary) June 8, 2019
Paid twitter and their paid twitter polls never cease to amaze me.
If you spent as much energy on building the country instead of propaganda and devising schemes to nick people’s money, maybe this country would be somewhere.
— Fadzayi Mahere 🇿🇼 (@advocatemahere) June 8, 2019
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) June 8, 2019
This is desperation writ large. You rig an election, then a poll and then claim both prove your popularity in the face of monumental failure and policy delinquency. https://t.co/vsjkAprLpR
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) June 8, 2019
— Privilege Makuvire (@privilege_mufc) June 8, 2019
Final results. 1,151 votes over 24 hours. An account with larger reach would have more. This is also highly likely impacted by what subjects an account typically tweets about. Also, an account with different political leanings would likely see a slight difference in the results. pic.twitter.com/6M0PXxVujG
— Wes Beal (@wesbeal) June 8, 2019
This abnormal swing clearly tells us that Zanu PF has invested in internet trolls and bots with the sole aim of trying to change the narrative about their failing leader. Their only problem is that they peaked too early, and their methods are now known pic.twitter.com/6ppc9ETFGe
— Mduduzi Mathuthu (@Mathuthu) June 7, 2019
The only person who can buy Twitter Votes is the person who started the poll.
Zimbabweans must learn to research.
— Kudzai Mutisi (@KMutisi) June 8, 2019