The Movement for Democratic Change has also seen some internal upheaval. Tsvangirai has been urged to step aside, and allow a charismatic young lion by the name of Rhodes to lead the party.
A member of MDC spoke to us on the condition of anonymity:
"We feel that Rhodes will be more popular with the electorate, and that when our candidate inevitably receives physical beatings, that at least our efforts will get international attention."
The hope is that a lion candidate will help broaden the appeal of the party, and demonstrate to the world that Zimbabwe is an inclusive society for all species.
"Frankly, I think it's highly patronising to suggest that all safari animals would vote for MDC just because there's a lion on the ticket" said a conservative observer.
We spoke with an MDC supporter:
"I think the comparisons with Caligula's equine senator are unfair, that was ridiculous as the senator was not properly elected."
"It's just a sad fact of political life in Africa these days that if you want to get in power you need a lion named after a white supremacist." said our source.
However, there are drawbacks to Rhode's candidacy. He will have to fight the common prejudiced view that male lions are lazy.
Rhode's lack of political experience though is seen as a great advantage, with many in Zimbabwe completely fed up with politics as usual.
"We got the idea to have a lion candidate after seeing Donald Trump's hair." said our source.
Very early polls put Rhodes far into the lead, but a lot could happen between now and the election in 3 years time, and there are rumours that Mugabe will step down as a candidate in favour of an unknown dentist.