Police Commissioner, Prisons Chief & CIO Director General Survive Mugabe Purge-For Now!

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In a move widely viewed as an ultimate U-turn by the traditionally hardline dictator,  Mugabe’s   who was previously bent on retiring at least three of his security generals, has now decided to shelve that decision as a balancing act for his precarious political position in as his hold on power continues to wane against a discontented electorate, factionalism in Zanu PF and a dead  economy.

In a face saving move, the dictator has instead,  renewed the  generals contracts by another year of service. The purge was aimed at  police commissioner Augustine Chihuri, prison service chief Paradzai Zimondi and Central Intelligence Organisation director general Happyton Bonyongwe, but the sudden reversal is clearly calculated to maintain a firm grip on power by not destabilising his centre of power in Zimbabwe’s securocrats.

These three securocrats, are generally considered to be aligned to the ousted Zanu-PF faction led by dismissed former Zimbabwe’s  Joice Mujuru which was brutally cut down by a furious Grace Mugabe who wreaked havoc and terror across the fragile Zanu PF at the annual Zanu PF congress in December 2014.
Mujuru and  her fellow dismissed Zanu PF allies were summarily dismissed in the period stretching from the  runupto, during and post the  Zanu-PF December  2014 congress all  allegedly for plotting to topple the 91-year old despot Robert Mugabe who has been in power for 35 years.
To the discerning eye, this last minute about turn by Mugabe is a result of timely advice from his close strategists who would have clearly warned Mugabe of the threat posed to his own future, both with respect to personal safety and tenure as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, by  removing  Zimbabwe Republic Police Chief (ZRP), Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Director General Bonyongwe.
None more than such well  individuals who have been central to upholding the dictatorship all along, would know as much dark secrets about Mugabe and how best to bring down his regime, hence the strategic reversal  to avoid  compromising  his own shaky  presidential position.
“Armed with their secrets,  in a climate of 80 percent of Zimbabwe’s working population out of employment, the generals would have the capacity to further destabilise Zanu-PF and even bolster People First.

The power of the information that these generals hold is enough leverage against Mugabe is such that they can use it to shape anew political dispensation in the nation if they were let loose with it. They can easily bolster the support base for the former VP Joice Mujuru’s  People First movement  or Morgan Tsvangirai’s movement for democratic Change (MDC T).

However even more worrying for the now suspicious and sleepless Zanu PF leader is that they could easily assassinate him or engineer the move by third parties. It is now too dangerous, a time for anyone of any importance in Zanu PF to sleep with both eyes closed. Typically, in an ideal world his best move would be to simply apply the first rule of despot politics ,..’A good General Is a dead one!’ but its too late for such obvious drastic measures considering the obvious repercussions of such a suicidal decision by the president. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. see more at www.newzimbabwevision.com.

Harare City Council Dismissal Of 3000 Workers Has Been Reversed By Government

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In yet another unprecedented move, and also an obvious indecisive and rushed decision making by Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime,  whose party dominate the the Harare City Council,  there has been a reversal of the Harare city council earlier dismissal of 3000 workers on three month notices,  by the government, thereby shelving the Harare City Council’s  efforts at retrenching staff.

The Zanu PF Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere   exerted his power by blocking  the dismissalsas in his own understanding, there is aneed for Harare city council to  revisit the ‘flawed’ decision. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

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‘Harare City Council, Lays Off 3000 Employees’: -Supreme Court Ruling

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In an  unprecedented wave of the failed Zanu PF government, orchestrated redudancies, the Harare City Council has joined the bandwagon of dismissals by  laying off a total of almost  3000 workers on three months’ notice, courtesy of the recent Supreme Court ruling.

To everyone’s surprise, these dismissals have been excecuted at atime  that Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime is feigning concern by claiming that they are currently working on amending the Labour Act, to curtail the ruthless wave of dismissals.

The Supreme Court ruling has so far resulted in a total  of more than of 22 000 workers losing their jobs on  three months’ notice since the  17th of July 2015 is now above 22 000, a massive blow to the destitute Zimbabweans, whose main source of employment is now virtually that of fruit and vegetable vendors, irrespective of whether one is a graduate or uneducated individual.

To the discerning eye, this is typically proof that Mugabe’s ruthless, corrupt and  illegitimate Zanu PF regime has created a failed Zimbabwe state. Mugabe’s regime, in their infamous NIKUV ballot win of 31st July 2013, had promised the electorate, the creation of 2 million jobs, but its now almost clear that this was a printing error in the Zanu PF Nikuv campaign manifesto as, in reality they have managed to create 2million unemployed and destitute citizens, whilst , through their heartless criminal activities, they have become filthy rich US$ multi millionaires. By Sibusiso Ngwenya, see more at www.newzimbabwevision.com.

Mugabe Final SADC Speech, Attacked South Africa’s ‘Whites’ &Reminded Khama Of Strained Relations

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President Robert Mugabe yesterday used his farewell speech, as outgoing chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), to remind his successor, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, that relations between their two countries – now rather strained – were once close.

He also used the podium at the opening of the annual Sadc summit in the Botswana capital yesterday to take another stab at South Africa’s white population. – Speaking at the International Convention Centre in Gaborone, Mugabe recalled how Botswana helped him travel to the founding summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union, in Ethiopia in 1963.

Mugabe, who was handing over the Sadc chairpersonship to Khama, even elicited a smile from his usually stern-looking successor, when he recalled the history of his father, Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana.

Relations between Mugabe and Khama have been strained by the latter’s occasional criticism of developments in the neighbouring country.

He was the only Sadc leader to question the credibility of Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections which Mugabe and his Zanu PF won outright, ending the four-year dysfunctional unity government between Zanu PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties.

Mugabe said Seretse Khama, together with Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda and Mozambique’s Samora Machel were some of the founders of the “Frontline States”, the countries, now in Sadc, which led the fight against apartheid and colonialism in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Many founders are now dearly departed, but I am glad that Seretse Khama, the father, could see Zimbabwe become independent,” he said.

Mugabe recalled how Khama senior lost his chieftainship because “like all young men, he fell in love”.

His “sin”, however, was that it was with a white woman (Englishwoman Ruth Williams), which meant apartheid South Africa exerted pressure on Botswana.

Mugabe said things had changed for the better now, thanks to those who had fought for freedom.

“Look at us now. Look at South Africa. I think they were the most vehement, the whites there, against the marriage. But today, it is as if, oh oh, they always were non-racial,” he said in a mock English accent to laughter from the audience.

“Nonsense. Don’t accept that. You see their treacherous behaviour. But I don’t say revenge. No.

“We are a free people, a free people, a loving people, humanitarian. Full of joy, the Africans are laughing and dancing all the time. But let them not play the fool with us, then the devil in us will emerge.”

In his speech accepting the chairpersonship, Khama joked that over the last year when he was deputy Sadc chair, the people in Botswana referred to him as “Mugabe’s deputy”.

He thanked Mugabe for his tenure and praised him for seeing that the region’s industrialisation strategy was adopted under his tenure – at a Sadc summit in Harare in April.

The industrialisation strategy is expected to dominate talks at the summit about development in Sadc, which reportedly has to find $500 million over the next five years to implement it. Sadc’s annual budget is about $80 million.

Meanwhile, human rights groups yesterday urged Khama to help find missing Zimbabwean journalist-cum-human rights activist Itai Dzamara.

Dzamara mysteriously disappeared earlier this year in March following a campaign that called for change in Zimbabwe.

“He is a known critic of President Robert Mugabe. His whereabouts remain unknown after he disappeared on 9 March 2015. Khama should encourage them [Sadc leaders] to show respect for human rights within their borders and appeal to other leaders to ensure that member states that fail to respect human rights are fully held to account,” Amensty International director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, said.

He said leaders of Sadc should reinstate the suspended Sadc tribunal, which provided individuals and legal representatives of victims of human rights violations access to seek remedies and justice.

He said the Sadc Heads of State suspended the tribunal in August 2014 “without any consultation or justification”.-Source-bulawayo24

Biti Says Grace Has Virtually Taken Over Zimbabwe Reigns And Mnangagwa Could Be In Trouble

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FORMER Finance minister and MDC-Renewal president designate Tendai Biti believes First Lady Grace Mugabe is effectively in charge of government affairs.

Biti told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview that Grace is now marshalling key people within the ruling party to upstage Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is widely viewed as President Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent.

“That woman (Grace) is the defacto leader of government. When she tells people that Mnangagwa and his compatriot Phelekezela Mphoko take notes from her she really means it,” Biti said.

“Now she is looking for dejure power and Mugabe has no power to stop her now.”

The prominent lawyer said Grace has ganged up with the so called Generation 40 group of Young Turks led by local government minister and Zanu PF national Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

“She has roped in Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo onto her side. You can also tell that she has decisively moved to bring back Oppah Muchinguri into her group,” Biti said.

Last week in Binga, she told the Tonga people that she is working with ‘strong women Muchinguri and Mahofa’ (Shuvai, Masvingo provincial affairs minister).

“That to me was critical. It meant that despite the fact that she does not like Muchinguri, Grace knows the water affairs minister will be key. Now she will go for the jugular and the Binga declaration was the first salvo,” the former treasury chief said.

“Now we have to wait with bated breath, Grace might do a Mujuru (Joice) on ‘Ngwena’ (Mnangagwa.”

Muchinguri of late seems to have fallen out of favour with Grace after being forced to leave her position as Zanu PF Women’s League leader to mce Muhake way for the First Lady.

Mujuru was stampeded out of Zanu PF in the run-up to the Zanu PF congress last December with Grace at the forefront of the verbal attack.

Mugabe’s wife embarked on a whirlwind tour of the country accusing Mujuru of all sorts of things including treason, witchcraft, corruption and nepotism.

While addressing scores of rural people in Binga last week, Grace said she was ready to “blow the whistle again” in a pointed statement seen as aimed at Mnangagwa.

“We know they have been mobilizing since 2013 claiming they want to take over from President Mugabe. But let me warn you. When you are asked to act it does not mean you have been anointed heir apparent. Be patient. You should ask yourself why God continues to give a 91 year old power to stand for two hours,” Grace told her audience.

Biti said the coming weeks will be critical.

“Grace would have told Mugabe at home that she wants the top job. Whether he likes it or not I am convinced that she has rejected both a ministerial and parliamentary position because she wants some kind of independence.

“She would have been bound by parliamentary rules if she had agreed to represent Harare East or Epworth.”

“She would have been bound by Cabinet rules if she had taken up the Women’s ministry. But now she is a loose cannon and will do as she pleases.

“She can commandeer the ZBC to cover not only the project launches like the Binga one but also the launch of her ice cream range in Mazowe. The country’s governance institutions have been activated and are falling over each other to please her,” Biti said.

He gave the example of Grace’s birthday donations that saw corporates rushing to donate millions.

“Even government ministries like Finance that usually do not send congratulatory messages were forced to this time around. I think she got even more money than we have been told and may still be getting more as we speak.

“She has a war chest and ready for the final showdown now. They have made money from Mugabe’s travel and will call on that for the fight for not only Zanu PF but also Zimbabwe.

“We are heading for a catastrophe and Ngwena could be in more trouble than he has ever imagined or bargained for,” added Biti. source-newzimbabwe

 

 

Tsvangirai, Swiftly Sends Team To Lobby Khama To Re-establish & Pile Pressure On Mugabe’s Regime

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FORMER Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has wasted no time in taking advantage of the annual changeover of Sadc’s rotating chairmanship, with a team already in Botswana to lobby the neighbouring country’s leader Ian Khama.

Khama is taking over as chairperson following the expiry of President Robert Mugabe’s tenure this week. The Sadc 35th annual summit begins Monday in Gaborone.

Impeccable sources told NewZimbabwe.com that Tsvangirai sent a team led by his chief-of staff Abisha Nyanguwo.

“It is true there is a team in Botswana led by Nyanguwo to lobby Khama. We want Zimbabwe back in the international spotlight and Sadc is the curator on the crisis.

Tsvangirai and Khama are close and we will use that to great effect. It is politics and nothing personal. Mugabe has been chair for 12 months and has managed to muzzle any discussion on Zimbabwe since August last year,” a senior MDC-T official told NewZimbabwe.com.

Mugabe and Khama reportedly don’t see eye to eye.

Last year as Mugabe took over as chair of the regional block, Khama arrived in Victoria Falls for official proceedings staying only for a few hours before leaving in a huff. The Botswana leader did not even have the courtesy to stay for the traditional group photographs.

A senior official in the MDC-T said it was important to remind Sadc that the Zimbabwean crisis remains unresolved.

“It is very important to remind the region that they must not think that they have resolved the Zimbabwean issue. They have a mandate from the African Union and they must see it through until stability is established.

Problems in Zimbabwe will affect the region as a whole and we must keep reminding them. The 2013 elections were stolen but still Sadc endorsed it in the hope that things might change but we are worse off,” said the official on condition they were not identified.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu was not available for comment as he was said to be outside the country. Secretary general Douglas Mwonzora declined to comment.

“Find the spokesperson; he speaks on behalf of the party. I have no idea what you are talking about,” said Mwonzora.

But the official said it is “important and critical” that democratic activists and those who support the establishment of rule of law in Zimbabwe take advantage of Mugabe’s leaving the Sadc chair to re-establish and pile more pressure on his regime. source-newzimbabwe

 

Madhuku’s NCA Finds Mugabe’s Proposed Labour Laws Spot On

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THE NCA has come out in support of government’s proposed labour law amendment which comes after the controversial Supreme Court ruling which has triggered mass job losses country wide.

The party led by constitutional law expert Lovemore Madhuku said the amendments that are likely to be rushed through Parliament to stem the tide of dismissals that have hit both the private and public sector must be supported in their entirety.

“The NCA party wishes to support the proposal in the labour amendment bill that seeks to protect employees who have already been dismissed following the judgment of the Supreme Court. The bill is being retrospective,” said Madock Chivasa the party’s spokesperson.

Chivasa said the NCA was urging Zimbabweans to fight against capitalist interests whose voices have come out against retrospective application of the amendments.

“As NCA party we are very concerned about sentiments being expressed by some sections of industry and the lawyers who support them claiming that the bill cannot apply in retrospect. This nonsense must not be accepted by Zimbabweans,” he said.

At least 20 000 people have lost their jobs since July 17 when Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku delivered a Supreme Court judgment that activated a common law provision giving employers and employees the same rights regarding the termination of contracts.

Chidyausiku ordered that employers could just like workers terminate contracts after giving three months’ notice leaving the cumbersome and expensive retrenchment route.

The judgment was followed by massive dismissals but Mugabe’s government has since moved in to stop the rot, announcing that Parliament would be recalled this week to deal with the emotive issue.

In the proposed amendments, employers will need to pay-out contracts and fire workers on fair and reasonable grounds.

Chivasa said in line with the need for social justice and “protecting thousands of families who are being subjected to poverty, it is clear that law can apply in retrospect”.

“The National Constitutional Assembly  (NCA) party therefore calls upon Parliament to play its role responsibly by ensuring that the new law applies not only for the future but also remedial of the irresponsible behavior by the employers as witnessed in the past four weeks.

“We believe that if the law is applied for the future only it will be unconstitutional and unfair discrimination against those who were unfairly dismissed.

 

This is so because since 1980 there was no termination on notice until 17 July 2015 when the Supreme Court ruling was given,” the statement said.

“This means that if the law is applied for the future then the only employees who would have been dismissed on notice since independence would be those who lost their jobs in the past four weeks. There is no justifiable basis for this discrimination,” said Chivasa.

However the party called for an increase in the minimum retrenchment package being proposed to one month salary for every year rather than the two weeks in the proposal.

Mugabe Payout Of Mujuru’s Exit Package Exposes Grace’s Ignorance Of State Architecture & Rule Of Law

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President Robert Mugabe’s payout to former Vice President Joice Mujuru has exposed his wife’s lack of understanding of State architecture and rule of law, analysts say.

On Friday, through the government gazette, Mugabe set out Mujuru’s exit package despite utterances and suggestions by the First Lady a day earlier in Binga that the respected liberation war icon would go empty handed.

“Grace is not a government minister or official. Her outburst on Mujuru shows her limited understanding of the State architecture,” Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said.

“People must not confuse her misplaced hatred of the former VP with the rule of law because her thoughts do not translate to law,” he said.

“The President, in terms of Section 3 (1) of the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, hereby makes the following notice: This notice may be cited as the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits (services and facilities for former VPs) notice 2015.

“A former Vice President of Zimbabwe, who has at any time since December 31 1987 been Vice-President for at least one full term of office, shall be entitled to use and enjoyment of the following services, facilities and allowances…” the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits published in Statutory Instrument 86 of 2015, gazetted last Friday said.

Mujuru is entitled to personal security, medical aid, travel allowances and domestic workers all paid for by the treasury.

She was fired from government by Mugabe this year as a result of a fall-out leading to last year’s congress which the ex-VP boycotted after being slapped with a slew of allegations including a plot to kill the Zimbabwean leader. Mujuru and her key allies were later axed from Zanu PF as the fallout continued

According to the Constitution, once one ceases to be president or vice president they are entitled to a pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting president or vice president.

The benefits, according to Section 103 of the Constitution, can only be withdrawn if the person directly or indirectly holds any other public office or be employed by anyone else while receiving a pension from the State for the former position held.

Ruhanya said government had to be applauded on its decision to award the former VP her package, urging the same should be done for former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

“This shows that the State respected rule of law. However, they should also do the same for Tsvangirai in the name of rule of law. He has not been given his exit package since he refused to accept Mugabe’s victory, but does this make him any less of a civil servant? No,” Ruhanya said.

Constitutional Law expert, Lovemore Madhuku said Grace’s outbursts in Binga last week served to show the country that Grace was irrelevant since government could overrule her utterances.

“She is simply irrelevant. Government operations are divorced from what she says because her utterances are just that, utterances.

“On the other hand it shows that the president is anxious to demonstrate that he is still the leader of the country despite all the things his wife may say in public,” the University of Zimbabwe law lecturer said.

In Binga, Grace vowed that Mujuru would get “nothing” if she had any say in the matter, before gloating that she had been responsible for the axed former VP downfall.

“You know what it is like being a civil servant, when you are fired you get nothing. Nothing at all! That is what happens when you are a disgraceful government worker,” Grace said. Source: dailynews

CHINA IN VOLTE-FACE ON FUNDING MUGABE’S ZIMASSET TO BUY TIME TO LOOT

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Ever since Mugabe launched his ZimAsset economic recovery plan as part of his 2013 Zanu PF elections manifesto he has struggled to get donors to finance the plan. Ever since the party successfully rigged the July 2013 national elections Zanu PF has been on a charm offensive to re-engage the West to get them to fund his plan but to no avail.

Mugabe has begged and grovelled to the Chinese but they too have refused to fund his plan. But all of a sudden there are reports that the Chinese have now changed their minds and they will bankroll ZimAsset!

“What is very encouraging from the Chinese is that they have put no limit on how much they will want to pour into the projects,” reported The Sunday Mail quoting a Zimbabwe Government official.”What came out of the high-level talks is that the level of seriousness in implementing the deals has now gone a gear up. This is why the subject of financing as well as immediate implementation was topical during those talks.”

There is no such thing as a free lunch, especially from the tight fisted and shrewd Chinese! So what has made the Chinese change their minds on financing ZimAsset?

Zimbabwe’s economy has been in serious economic trouble for years and the solution was glaringly obvious; the nation needed to finally bite the bullet and end endemic gross mismanagement and rampant corruption and scrap the obnoxious indigenisation laws that had forced Foreign Direct Investment to dry up. Instead of biting the bullet and deal with the cancers killing the national economy Mugabe decided to throw lots and lots of money, $27 billion, with his 2013 ZimAsset recovery plan.

$27 billion; that is nearly three times the nation’s national $10 billion debt, which would have been even larger if all credit-lines had not been cut because Zimbabwe was failing to service existing loans. Mugabe was hoping the credit-lines will be renewed allowing him to borrow and spend his way into economic recovery and prosperity.

After the rigged 2013 elections Mugabe’s regime went on a charm offensive to win the West back into bankrolling his ZimAsset plan. He failed to fool anyone; not even the Chinese were willing to fund the plan.

After a year and a half of begging and grovelling the Chinese and Russians finally signed what Mugabe announce as “mega deals” at the time. To start with the deals were for projects and not for the budgetary support Mugabe was seeking. Second, the funding was only to be released after Zimbabwe had fulfilled certain so none of the projects ever took off. The Chinese demanded that Zimbabwe was to pay all outstanding payments on its existing $1.5 billion debt first before China release funding on the new deals. The Chinese knew Zimbabwe is stone broke and one could say the cheques signed for the mega deals were undated, unsigned and not worth the paper they were written on.

So this announcement that work on the mega deals projects with the Chinese will start before the end of the year and they have not only signed and dated the cheque but have left Mugabe to fill in the amount too is a bolt out of the blue! What has changed to justify this volte-face by the Chinese?

Mugabe has certainly not done anything to end the corruption and all the other cancers killing the national economy. The only way for him to end the corrupt is by ending the political patronage system he has instituted all these years to reward party loyalties; with the country’s economy in total meltdown and everyone feeling the ill effects of the worsening economic situation Mugabe knows firing the corrupt and incompetent party loyalists now would be him committing political suicide.

Zimbabwe was failing to service its debt at $10 billion how on earth is it going to do so with the debt increased four-fold but with no significant economic recovery. Surely the Chinese are not extending new loans to Harare and expecting nothing!

“Innovative mechanisms will be used in implementing the deals. For example, you can say to the contractor, ‘Take a certain percentage of equity for the loan’s duration and then you can return this equity when the tenure of the loan is done’.” Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Colonel (Retired) Christian Katsande told The Sunday Mail. Well that would go a long way to explain the Chinese’s change of heart!

The “contractor” in all these mega projects with China is a Chinese company employing Chinese workers down to the man pushing the wheelbarrow. So if the usual waste due to corruption, etc. pushed the project costs to ten times or more China is not bothered. They know the Chinese worker pushing the wheelbarrow will be paid rock-star wages, one. Two, the greater the project cost the great the equity the Chinese will own in Zimbabwe!

Since the Chinese are only funding bankable projects guaranteed to generate lots of profit they will cream-off the profits as the new owners for many, many years to come.

There is one other reason why the Chinese have decided to Fund Mugabe’s ZimAsset plan. The Chinese have been racking in billions of dollars every month from grand looting and plunder of Zimbabwe’s resources especially in Marange and Chiadzwa. No doubt the Chinese are aware that Zanu PF hold on power has been slipping fast these last few weeks with the worsening economic situation.

By agreeing to fund Mugabe’s ZimAsset the Chinese are bolstering Zanu PF’s political standing by creating the impression that the regime will after all deliver on its promise of economic recovery and thus extend the regime’s stay in power. As long as Zanu PF remains in power the Chinese know grand looting and plunder will continue.

So the decision by the Chinese to fund Mugabe’s ZimAsset plan although they know it is doomed to fail makes a lot of sense. They are using some the billions of dollars earned from the looting and plunder of Zimbabwe’s resources going on to fund Mugabe’s hare-brain plan to buy more time to loot. They are allowing Mugabe to be as wasteful as he please knowing this will increase China’s equity value of Zimbabwe’s bankable assets.

Zimbabwe will not be a colon of China but its economic slave. After decades of robbing Zimbabwe blind through looting and plunder of our resources; China is set to continue with the looting or be it by controlling and owning the nation’s bankable assets, bought using our own looted wealth! by Wilbert Mukori

Pressure Groups Plan Trust Fund To Provide For Dzamara’s And Other Missing Persons Families

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PRESSURE groups advocating for the release and safe return of missing journalist-cum-activist, Itai Dzamara, have announced plans to launch a trust fund to provide for his immediate family needs and other families of missing persons.

Addressing delegates attending a prayer meeting for Dzamara in Chitungwiza on Saturday, human rights defender Nixon Nyikadzino said the trust fund was meant to cushion victims’ families against economic hardships.

Dzamara, who was allegedly abducted by suspected State security agents near his Glen View home in Harare in March, was the leader of “Occupy Africa Unity Square” which campaigned for President Robert Mugabe to step down.

“We are going to take this across the borders and incorporate other African countries to protect their citizens and guarantee their safety,” Nyikadzino said.

“The trust is a symbol of his legacy and what he stood for and we hope that through this initiative, we will come up with ways of how we can get him back while creating a platform for leadership development for young people.”

Nyikadzino said the pressure groups, including human rights defenders, the Church and opposition parties, would use the trust to engage regional and international bodies to demand answers from the government on the whereabouts of Dzamara.

“We will then be able to co-ordinate our advocacy and lobby efforts so that we are better positioned to, on one hand, provide humanitarian assistance to families of missing persons, while engaging the relevant stakeholders and government bodies to guarantee the protection and security of their citizens.”

Speaking at the same event, main opposition MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe called on Mugabe to “listen to the people”.

“Open your ears (Mugabe) — the people are saying that you have done enough. The people are saying that this is not the Zimbabwe we want- where the ruling party has created two million vendors although it promised two million jobs in 2013,” she said.

Dzamara’s elder brother, Patson, said the family had not lost hope for justice to prevail.

In his solidarity message, MDC-T official Job Sikhala said they would use the trust to pile pressure on Sadc to take Mugabe to task over human rights abuses.

”He (Mugabe) will no longer be the leader of Sadc and we hope that the incoming Sadc chairperson, Botswana President Ian Khama, is going to put him to task for answers,” Sikhala said.

Bishop Ancelmo Magaya, who convened the meeting, accused the police of taking long to conclude the investigations. source-newzimbabwe

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