In early 2002 the world’s attention turned to the upcoming elections in southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe. Once viewed black as a model of relative prosperity and potential and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, the nation was political violence, an AIDS epidemic, and food and fuel shortages, under the rule of long-time President Robert Mugabe, the unique revolutionary leader in what was once white -ruled Rhodesia. This case focuses on the political campaign strategy and the movement … Read more »

In early 2002 the world’s attention turned to the upcoming elections in southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe. Once viewed black as a model of relative prosperity and potential and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, the nation was political violence, an AIDS epidemic, and food and fuel shortages, under the rule of long-time President Robert Mugabe, the unique revolutionary leader in what was once white -ruled Rhodesia. This case focuses on the political strategy and campaign of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), an opposition party led by former trade union leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The MDC faced the daunting challenge, lead a peaceful and successful campaign irrespective of what were considered made in the world as increasingly anti-democratic steps including Mugabe’s land grab of white farms and potential voter fraud. Tsvangirai must balance a desire for victory with concern for his personal safety, concern for stability in Zimbabwe, and the long-term prospects for the MDC and democracy in Zimbabwe. HKS CERTIFICATE 1655.0
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Susan Rosegrant,
Merilee Grindle
15 pages.
Release date: 01 May 2002. Prod #: HKS487-PDF-ENG
Democracy in Zimbabwe: The Presidential Bid by Morgan Tsvangirai HBR case solution