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GRACE MUGABE’S CHIKOMBA which is home to First Lady Grace Mugabe and one of the smallest districts in the country got more posts in Cabinet than the whole of Masvingo
CHIKOMBA – In a rare show of power and influence, Chikomba which is home to First Lady Grace Mugabe and one of the smallest districts in the country got more posts in Cabinet compared to the whole of Masvingo Province following the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
Chikomba which had one Cabinet Minister, Mike Bimha who is the first Lady’s cousin now has two after the appointment of Edgar Mbwembwe as the new Minister of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry.
Chikomba has three seats in Parliament and Felix Mhona who is the MP for Chikomba Central is the only one who is not a Minister.
The district flexed its power and influence at an education and development celebration function hosted by Mike Bimha at Parugare Safaris and Lodges and attended by thousands of villagers just outside Chivhu on Saturday.
Among people from Mash East present at the function were the First Lady who told the crowd that Mike Bimha was her cousin as their late fathers were brothers, Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi and the Minister of State for Mash East, Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri.
Masvingo Province which has over the years had the least number of Cabinet Ministers now has only one full Cabinet Minister, Walter Mzembi who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs at the reshuffle. Masvingo Province has 26 MPs compared to Chikomba’s three.
Josiah Hungwe, the only other Minister is a Minister of the less fashionable Psychomotor which for all intends and purpose is a department.
Gutu, Masvingo’s most populous district with five constituencies does not have a single Cabinet Minister so is Zaka, Bikita and Chiredzi districts which are all bigger than Chikomba.
Political analyst Dr Fidelis Duri said of the imbalance that it is a way of isolating Vice President Mnangagwa who is believed to be getting support from Masvingo Province. Source – Masvingo Mirror
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AN MDC Alliance member, Multi-Racial Christian Democrats (MCD), has written to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pleading with her country to relax its tough stance on Zimbabwe
AN MDC Alliance member, Multi-Racial Christian Democrats (MCD), has written to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pleading with her country to relax its tough stance on Zimbabwe and consider lifting the sanctions imposed by the European Union.
The letter, signed by the party leader Mathius Guchutu and his special adviser Sebastian Guchutu, was delivered to the British Embassy in Harare on Tuesday.
The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 following reports of massive State-sponsored abuse of human rights targeted at mostly opposition elements.
MCD said the sanctions were hurting the ordinary citizens and working in favour of Zanu-PF.
“Impoverishing people doesn’t remove a government from power, it rather entrenches it. The sanctions have unintended consequences. They have ravaged industry and left government as the only entity with allocative power and it comes across as the saviour,” the letter read in part.
“The situation on the ground is that instead of weakening Zanu-PF, they have strengthened it. This is the context in which patronage thrives.
“The Zanu-PF government has perfected the art of giving people enough so that they do not starve, but not too much so that they may not become independent and dream of challenging its hegemony.”
MCD added that there was no industry to talk about anymore in the country owing to the sanctions.
“The present government has grossly mismanaged the economy, but a lot of economic hardships were triggered by the sanctions,” MCD said.
This is a departure from how other coalition partners and generally opposition parties in Zimbabwe view the “targeted sanctions” imposed on the Zanu-PF regime, particularly President Robert Mugabe.
Opposition parties are adamant that Zanu-PF’s misrule is the cause of the economic meltdown and the source of all the challenges Zimbabwe is going through.
People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume described MCD’s remarks as a “slip of the tongue” .
“We are in the process of aligning our policies and they will soon realise the key indicators once we launch a common policy framework,” he said.
Transform Zimbabwe leader and MDC Alliance spokesperson Jacob Ngarivhume said: “We feel our colleagues are still not familiar with the sanctions issue. As an alliance, we agreed on policy matters and our policy on the so-called sanctions will be announced in due course.
“It’s not true that sanctions got us into this mess, no, Zanu-PF and Mugabe got us into where we are today as a nation.”
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said: “The sanctions excuse is just an illusory argument that is ordinarily advanced by the Zanu-PF regime in order to run away from their own incompetence and gross ineptitude.”
Source – newsday
photo 1: Sibusiso Ngwenya front Right with a flag, next to Kingstone Jambawo with a cap on, at a petition submission to the UK Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May No10 Downing street in London 2) Sibusiso Ngwenya front Right at a Zim vigil protestat the Zimbabwe Embassy in London