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Here is the backstory to the Zimbabwean elections that the ANC must understand, as similar events have unfolded in Zambia too. The same tactics are likely to be deployed in South Africa’s 2024 elections if the ANC is not vigilant. Already, we are witnessing economic sabotage in South Africa aimed at putting them at a disadvantage in next year’s election.

During the recent Zimbabwean elections, CIA hackers, along with hackers in Turkey, infiltrated the ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) electoral system, just as they did in Zambia in 2021, to assist Hichilema in usurping power from Lungu.

In Harare, the hackers strategically placed a communication team at the Holiday Inn on the same floor with the EU delegation, and a backup team in the Grange. Their task was to announce the manipulated results fed into the ZEC digital system to pre-empt the election’s outcome and bypass V11 forms.

To bolster this scheme, some members of SADC, led by Zambia’s Mumba, and AU observers, under the influence of the French puppet Moussa Faki in Addis Ababa, had already been bought to draft negative reports to tarnish the Zim government and cast doubt on any statements they would make thereafter.

These reports were rapidly disseminated by Western and South African media, to shape African perceptions by suggesting that ZANU PF was attempting to steal an election believed to be favouring the opposition.

The plan was, the teams at the Grange and Holiday Inn would commence publishing results from the hacked server, suggesting a landslide victory for the opposition. The media would then amplify these manipulated results, and by the end of election day, tainted by media reports -when ZANU PF discovered the hacking- SADC and AU would exert pressure on them to accept results from the compromised ZEC system.

Given this rigging plan, Chamisa neglected to collect V11 forms because their electoral victory was guaranteed by digital manipulation. They were also aware that they would lose in the physical V11 vote count, hence the plan to leak digital results.

Unbeknownst to the hackers, some of the opposition’s allies had already revealed the operation, and Zim intelligence was prepared for the same cyberattack which had been used to oust Lungu in Zambia.

So, when the hackers breached the system, the Zimbabwe intelligence initiated their counter. They promptly changed ZEC server passwords and issued new ones. Almost immediately, the system was hacked again, indicating someone was leaking information to the CIA.

In response, they changed the passwords again, this time entrusting them to only one person and making additional security code changes, successfully thwarting further hacking attempts.

On the ground, ZANU PF ensured that two agents were stationed at all polling stations. Once results were tallied, they secured V11 forms and promptly transmitted them to ZANU PF HQ via phone for aggregation.

As a result, by the end of voting day, ZANU PF had received all V11 forms, except those from polling stations that received vote extensions. Throughout the night, results were tabulated, revealing a significant lead for ZANU PF and the President.

Meanwhile, the CCC didn’t collect V11 forms, as they were confident of winning through the CIA-style digital rigging. However, when the CIA realized their plan had been compromised, they had no time to alert the opposition. The Grange and Holiday Inn teams were apprehended and disclosed the presence of other teams in Kenya.

With the hackers blocked, they were left unable to manipulate the numbers further. Despite media claims of election theft, the disruption of the digital vote rigging meant V11 forms became the primary data source required to determine the winners.

From here, ZEC was able to announce accurate results that matched the V11 forms to the digital system, leaving the opposition with the burden of producing V11 forms in court to prove that the election was stolen. The opposition has subsequently declined to go to court.

This was #OperationStrategicAmbiguity and many Africans were in cahoots with the Americans, Western and South African media and people like Chris Maroleng in trying to push for regime change in Zimbabwe but they were foiled by a very astute Zimbabwean intelligence and some patriots who exposed the plan last minute.

Written by Rutendo Bereza Matinyarare, Chairman of ZASM and ZUAUWS anti-sanction movements on the 4th of September, 2023.

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