Bulawayo mayor Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube was so optimistic that the Movement for Democratic Change would sweep the 2005 elections that he said it would win at least 80 of the 120 seats nationally, or “70, if we fail completely”.
Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo said the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front was a spent force.
Mutare was an export hub to the United States according to figures that were given to United States embassy officials by the chief executives of three companies there.
The pre-election environment for the 2005 parliamentary elections was improved considerably over the run-ups to the parliamentary elections of 2000 or the presidential election of 2002, according to a cable by the United States embassy that has been released by Wikileaks.
Defiant Information Minister Jonathan Moyo stood as an independent candidate for Tsholotsho after the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front said it had reserved the seat for a woman candidate and was immediately fired from the party and from cabinet.