Renewal Democrats Of Zimbabwe (RDZ) Leader, Elton Mangoma Rules Out Mutasa/Mujuru


Mutare:The newly formed Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader, Elton Mangoma, has ruled out any possibility of joining forces with politicians who were sacked by Zanu PF, saying their hands were dripping with blood.

Mangoma, who formed his party after a fall out with ex- finance minister Tendai Biti in their MDC Renewal project, said the likes of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and former Zanu PF National Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa have blood in their hands.

“As a matter of principle, we are not going to join hands with the likes of Joice Mujuru and Didymus Mutasa because their hands are dripping with blood.

Our values and principles differ and there are some graves around the province which Mutasa contributed to,” Mangoma told journalists at the Mutare Press Club on Saturday.

The former energy minister said many people in the province suffered a lot in the hands of Mutasa and it was against his party’s principles to join forces with such characters.

“Many people in the province suffered in the hands of Mutasa and we cannot work with them because it’s a betrayal of our people who have borne the brunt of Zanu PF repression. We will not forsake those people,” said Mangoma.

He said Zanu PF should pay full compensation to all victims of political persecution since 1980, adding that they hold government accountable to all the atrocities committed against innocent civilians.

“Zanu PF has to fully compensate the victims of political violence. All the people should be paid. We hold government accountable to the suffering of Zimbabweans,” said Mangoma.

Turning to the issue of the abducted and missing journalist Itai Dzamara, Mangoma said government should shoulder the blame.

“Our party holds government responsible for failing to find the journalist”.

“It`s the duty of any government to protect citizens. If people who abducted him are criminals then government must arrest them.

Our police force is regarded as the best in the region and finding a whole human being should have been an easy task for them,” said Mangoma.

He said his party was working on establishing structure across the country. source-newzimbabwe

photo- Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader, Elton Mangoma


MDC-T Ignores United STates Officials Advice, And Boycotts Marondera Central By Election


THE MDC-T has stuck to its decision to boycott elections despite criticism of the decision by US officials who warned that “if you are not a part of it (election process) at all, then it is as good as there is no opposition”.

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party did not field a candidate for the upcoming by-election for Marondera Central constituency set for 19 September.

Four candidates successfully filed nomination papers at Marondera Magistrate Court Monday.

Zanu PF’s Lawrence Katsiru, Wadzanai Mabika of the Lovemore Madhuku-led National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Solomon Makaza of Transform Zimbabwe and Kingdom Nyika of the little known Freedom Front Party had their papers accepted by Mashonaland East Zimbabwe Electoral Commission provincial chief elections officer Collins Munetsi.

“Since more than one candidate has been duly nominated in the Marondera Central constituency, a poll shall take place on Saturday, 19th September 2015,” Munetsi told those gathered who included journalists, some of the candidates and their agents.

The opposition MDC snub paves the way for President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party to win the by-elections given the results of the June 10 by-elections held in 14 constituencies in traditional MDC-T strongholds of Harare and Bulawayo all snapped up by the ruling party.

Katsiru said he was confident of winning the seat that fell vacant following the expulsion of former Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chair Ray Kaukonde on accusations he was part of a group led by ousted vice president Joice Mujuru that was plotting to depose Mugabe.

Meanwhile, it has also been learnt that former Masvingo provincial Affairs Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti did not file nomination papers for the Mwenezi East constituency from which he was recalled by Zanu PF.

Bhasikiti was accused of the same offence as Kaukonde but has been fighting to have his case heard in the country’s courts.

His fight has however, been in vain following a Constitutional Court decision last week in which he was ordered to “form your own party” by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.

A US congressman, Gregory Simpkins, a director in the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organisations, recently criticised Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party’s “no reforms, no elections”  policy.

“We have heard that political parties here argue that it is tough to compete in elections. But we are saying they have to find a way of being effective rather than just saying it is too tough to compete.

“How can you criticize a process that you are not part of, one cannot criticize a process that they have not even taken time to test,” said Simpkins.

He added: “When you test the process, you can say we tried to register our candidates or observers were turned away; you can point to examples.

“If you are not a part of it at all then it is as good as there is no opposition.”

Simpkins was in the country as part of Washington’s efforts to normalise relations with Harare following a decade and half of diplomatic fighting over allegations of human rights abuses levelled against President Robert Mugabe’s government. source-newzimbabwe

Uganda’s President Museveni, Begins Formalities To Extend His Rule To 35 Years


President Yoweri Museveni has begun the formalities needed to run for re-election in Uganda’s 2016 elections, his spokesman said on Wednesday, a move that could see him extend his rule to 35 years.

Don Wanyama, Museveni’s spokesman, said the veteran leader has paid 20 million shillings ($6,025) in fees to file for nomination as the presidential candidate of his ruling National Resistance Movement’s (NRM).

The east African country is set to hold its presidential and parliamentary elections between February and March next year.

In the past three elections, NRM officials have not allowed any internal rival to run for the nomination against Museveni.

In the presidential poll, analyses say Museveni, 70, should face a strong challenge from former ally Amama Mbabazi and popular opposition leader Kizza Besigye, but ultimately win.

“The president has paid nomination fees,” Wanyama said.

Museveni, Wanyama added, had paid the money through his agents and he was expected to personally come and pick up the nomination forms according to the party’s internal rules.

Critics have accused security forces of harassing Museveni’s opponents after police last week arrested Besigye and Mbabazi shortly before they launched their own campaigns to promote their candidacy.

Police accused them of not complying with electoral and public order management laws. They were released after spending about 12 hours behind bars.

Mbabazi, who is also seeking the NRM nomination, was sacked as prime minister late last year amid suspicions he intended to seek the presidency. He is widely seen as retaining significant clout within the ruling party. by Reuters

photo-Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, right, puts his arm around Yoweri Museveni-mgafrica.

Tsvangirai Claims, Although Free Government House, He’s Denied Terminal Benefits & Cars

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OPPOSITION MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai enjoys free board at a $4 million government villa in the leafy bits of Harare.

He took occupancy of the residency as prime minister during the coalition government and has remained there despite the end of that fractious arrangement with his pummelling by President Robert Mugabe at the 2013 elections.

The MDC leader is not burdened with a mortgage or rentals for the property which was acquired for him by government.

The property was also given a million-dollar makeover at the State’s expense for the convenience of the then prime minister.

Still, Tsvangirai appears to be throwing up a moan.

The Mercedes Benz vehicle he used as prime minister is battered beyond repair, says the MDC-T leader’s spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka.

Tsvangirai is also, allegedly, being refused his terminal benefits by the cash-strapped administration.

Tamborinyoka explained his boss’ gripe to Newsday.

“He (Tsvangirai) has not received anything from the government, not his pension, not even a car,” he said.

“Most of his compatriots who served as ministers were allowed to take the vehicles they were using.

“Most, if not all, of his juniors walked away with off-road vehicles as well as other cars, but he only got the battered Mercedes-Benz (vehicle) that is now beyond repair.

“This is despite the fact that according to the agreement used to form the coalition government, Tsvangirai and Mugabe shared executive powers.”

Tamborinyoka was quick to clarify that Tsvangirai was not necessarily in absolute want but merely pointing out an irregularity.

“They owe him, but you must know why he is not making a fuss about it,” said the spokesperson.

“It is because for him participation in the GNU (government of national unity) was never about his personal material needs.

“It was about service and sacrifice and this is why for three of the four years he was Prime Minister, Tsvangirai was staying in his own house.”

Tamborinyoka claimed the former premier was being punished for refusing to accept defeat in the 2013 polls which the opposition leader insists were rigged by Mugabe.

“These (benefits) are his entitlements and he earned them. However, he is not going to beg anyone,” said Tamborinyoka.


“If the condition is that he must first say the 2013 election was legitimate for them to give him his dues, then tough luck.

“Mugabe is punishing Tsvangirai for refusing to recognise his 2013 electoral theft.

“That (accepting election defeat) is not going to happen. He is not going to endorse that fraud.”


Electoral Court Orders Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) To Stick To The Law


THE Electoral Court on Thursday issued a mandatory order forcing the country’s poll management body to “perform its duties in accordance with the law”.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, according to the order issued, said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) “admitted to flouting the country’s Constitution”.

“In light of ZEC’s admission that it has not been carrying out its mandatory obligations in terms of section 239 of the Constitution since 1st August 2013, it is necessary for this court to issue a mandatory order to direct the Commission to so within the confines of the available resources suing the methods in its view best suited for the purpose,” said Bhunu sitting as an Electoral Court judge.

“Accordingly it is ordered that ZEC shall forthwith discharge its Constitutional and statutory function in a way it deems best suited for the purpose within the scope and confines of the available resources.”

Bhunu presided over the case in which Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa was seeking enforcement of the provisions of the Constitution in relation to the holding of elections in Zimbabwe.

The High Court judge heard the matter on April 27 this year and reserved judgment.

Advocate Tererai Mafukidze, instructed by Bryant Elliot of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), represented Dabengwa, a former Home Affairs Minister and revered liberation struggle stalwart.

Dabengwa, in his application, wanted various provisions of the Constitution such as those providing for ZEC to register voters and to compile the voters roll, to be given effect forthwith.

In the run up to the 2013 elections, the 76 year-old nationalist went through agony trying to obtain a copy of the voters roll from ZEC.

He had to engage ZLHR to pressure ZEC, whose conduct he said compromises the holding of free and fair elections.

Other opposition parties, including the MDC formations, have complained that they did not have access to the electronic version of the voters register.

They accuse President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party of stuffing the roll with dead people’s names as a means to rigging elections.

Recently, ZEC allowed the Hurungwe West by-election outcome to stand despite admitting that the winning Zanu PF candidate was not a registered voter in the area.source-newzimbabwe

photo-Rita Makarau

So Far, Harare, Chitungwiza & Mutare Have Nominated Biti For MDC Renewal Team’s First president


Former MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti is set to be the MDC Renewal Team’s first president following his nomination for the post in the ongoing provincial conventions to select provincial and national leaders ahead of the party’s congress to be held on July 30.

So far Harare, Chitungwiza and Mutare have nominated Biti.

The Renewal Team has been run by an interim executive since it weaned itself from the Morgan Tsvangirai led-MDC-T last year.

A party official said Biti has been nominated to be the president, deputised by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo while Gorden Moyo would be the secretary-general and deputised by Tongai Matutu.

Former MDC-T women’s assembly boss Lucia Matibenga was nominated as chairperson, Last Maengehama (vice-chairperson) Solomon Madzore (national organising secretary), Reggie Moyo (vice organising secretary) and Jacob Mafume (secretary for information and publicity).

Former Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya was nominated secretary for elections, Willias Madzimure (international relations), Evelyn Masaiti (women affairs) and Benson Ntini treasurer, the official said.

Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed to Newsday that the conventions were held to select provincial and national leadership ahead of the party’s national congress but refused to give details saying he would rather wait until the process was over. Source: newsday

Former Ugandan Prime Minister , Challenging President Yoweri Museveni, Is Arrested,

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Ugandan police arrested on Thursday a former prime minister who wants to challenge to President Yoweri Museveni for the ruling party’s candidacy ahead of 2016 elections, while he was on his way to meet supporters at a town near Kenya’s border. In June police had banned Amama Mbabazi from holding meetings to promote his challenge against Museveni, saying their party had not yet nominated a candidate. Andrew Felix Kawesi, Uganda Police operations commander, was shown on local television station NSB confirming the arrest to journalists in Njeru, a town 75 km outside the capital Kampala. “I am telling you … I am the police and I have arrested him. He has to stick to what the law requires … there’s no going to Mbale. He’s now under incarceration,” Kawesi said. Mbabazi was travelling to Mbale, a town near Uganda’s border with Kenya to do a consultative meeting with his supporters and promote his candidature. Police also arrested another presidential aspirant, opposition leader Kizza Besigye, early on Thursday morning as he left his house, his aide said. “He had just left his home this morning going to the American Embassy for a meeting with the Ambassador when police intercepted him and ordered him either to return home or be arrested,” Francis Mwijukye, his aide, told Reuters. “He refused to return home and was immediately arrested and taken to Nagalama Police Post,” he said, referring to a neighbourhood outside the capital Kampala. source-newzimbabwe

Photo-  Birds of the sme feather, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, right, puts his arm around Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s  president.  mgafrica

‘Vascoda Mugabe, Arrives In Lesotho, After Brief Visit To Zimbabwe ‘


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who is the current chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has arrived in South Africa ahead of the Double Troika summit on Lesotho, reports say.

The summit, which kicks off on Friday in Pretoria, is expected to find a solution to Lesotho’s political crisis, following the death of former army commander Maaparankoe Mahao.

Mahao was allegedly shot dead by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) in his village home on the outskirts of Maseru last week.

According to the state media, presidents Hage Geingob of Namibia and Ian Khama of Botswana were scheduled to be part of the proceedings.

“President Zuma, after being briefed on the security situation in Lesotho by his fact-finding mission, invited heads of state and government of the SADC Double Troika for a meeting in Pretoria to discuss the situation,” Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs secretary Joey Bimha was quoted as saying.

President Jacob Zuma is the chairperson of the organ on Politics, defence and Security.

A report by the NCA said on Friday that the summit will consider claims from key role-players in Lesotho of a rogue army and assassination plot.

Lesotho’s president Pakalithi Mosisili claimed he didn’t know how Mahao was killed, but that the army told government that the ex-army chief attempted to resist arrest and there was an exchange of fire.

According to reports, opposition leaders, journalists and lawyers who have spoken out against Mosisili and his defence force chief, Tlali Kamoli, are fleeing the country.

Three opposition leaders have fled the country, fearing for their lives. This includes former prime minister Tom Thabane, who was an ally of Mahao. source-newzimbabwe


A Shocked And confused, Mugabe Almost Fled , Far East , After Tsvangirai’s 2008 Victory


President Robert Mugabe seriously considered fleeing Zimbabwe for the Far East as he learnt of his shock defeat after the 2008 general elections. This is despite his oft-repeated public statements that he would never run away from Zimbabwe.

High alert
The MDC T presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, handed Mugabe his first officially acknowledged electoral defeat at the March 29 2008 elections. Intelligence operatives who manned State House when the results trickled in, in late March 2008, said a close team from the Joint Operations Command (JOC) comprising the military, intelligence and police brought news of Tsvangirai’s election victory to Mugabe.

“There had been signs that the MDC T was headed for a victory, so security units were put on high alert and State House was fortified. All the generals were there. The JOC team arrived some time towards midnight on 30 March and immediately went into discussions with the president and the generals,” said one of the intelligence contacts.

After about an hour, Mugabe emerged from State House and started pacing to and fro on the pavement, clad in a dark cloak, for about 30 minutes said the sources. The security chiefs kept a close eye on him as he seemed lost in thought.

“We learnt that the first thing he asked after being briefed on the results was if it was safe for him to remain in the country. The initial position seems to have been that Tsvangirai could not be trusted and Mugabe asked if plans were being made to evacuate him. He suggested going to the Far East but, as time went by and more discussions followed, that was apparently reversed,” said the source.

Shock and confusion
Mugabe was in apparent shock and confusion at the news of the poll results, said another source.

“He challenged the security chiefs on why they had been feeding him with wrong information regarding the outcome of the elections. Intelligence reports had written Tsvangirai off prior to the elections, maintaining that the crowds attending the MDC T rallies were swelled by either unregistered voters or Zanu-PF supporters,” he added.

The sources confirmed a recent claim by former national security minister Didymus Mutasa, who has been fired from Zanu-PF for his links with ex-vice president Joice Mujuru, that he drove in a rush from his home in Rusape to State House “to protect the president”.

They said Mutasa had been summoned to a meeting to strategise on the way forward in his capacity as the state security minister.

Mutasa, who was the senior minister in Mugabe’s government before being fired, has announced that he has evidence of how Zanu-PF rigged the March 2008 elections and says he is waiting for the MDC to approach him.

Besides the security chiefs, other key cabinet ministers like Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence), Ignatius Chombo (Local Government) and Kembo Mohadi (Home Affairs) were also present, said the sources.

Marathon meetings
From the beginning of April, Zanu-PF strategists, who included JOC and security personnel, entered into marathon meetings to counter the results.

The sources said legal brains like Patrick Chinamasa were the ones that notified the strategists of a clause in the electoral act that gave possibility to a run-off in the event that none of the presidential candidates garnered at least 50 percent and one vote.

Following that, vote counting became a closely guarded secret, opposition members were threatened with arrest if they publicly announced the outcome and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) went for more than a month without announcing them.

ZEC announced the results on May 2 2008, saying Tsvangirai had amassed 47.2 percent of the votes against Mugabe’s 43.2 percent. Key members of the MDC were barred from visiting the national command centre where the presidential ballots were being announced.

Obert Gutu, the MDC national spokesperson, recently insisted that Tsvangirai won the 2008 election with 73 percent, a figure that Mugabe acknowledged as his winning tally in an apparent slip ahead of his party congress late last year.

Win or war
Zanu-PF mounted a systematic terror campaign under the slogan “June 27: Win or War!” that resulted in some 400 deaths, according to the opposition and human rights defenders.

Tsvangirai, who at one time fled to Botswana fearing for his life, was forced to withdraw from the race, leaving Mugabe as the sole runner and technical winner.

The international community, including SADC, condemned the violent elections, leading to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) bringing together the major political parties later in the year that gave birth to the 2009-2013 Government of National Unity (GNU).

At one time, according to Tsvangirai, Mugabe conceded defeat and was prepared to enter into a political deal with him. Source: zimbabwean

Mugabe Appoints, Former MDC Official, ‘Qhubani Moyo’, To Zim Electoral Commission (ZEC)


President Robert Mugabe has made a shock appointment to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission by roping in former MDC official Qhubani Moyo as a commissioner.

The appointment is with immediate effect.

Moyo posted on his official Facebook account this morning:

“Comrades, yesterday (Monday) the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced my appointment by President Robert Mugabe to be Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. The appointment is with immediate effect”.

His post has attacked scores of goodwill congratulatory messages from political activists to journalists.

MDC Legal secretary David Coltart  said, “I hope your first job will be to see that the electoral Act and Constitution is complied with – and in particular that political parties are provided with an electronic copy of the roll, which they have been denied unlawfully for so long. Your honour and integrity depend on this – I trust that if you find that you are not being listened to that you will then do the honourable thing and resign.

“The ZEC at present is a soiled, partisan, compromised body and your work is going to be cut out for you in changing it. If you remain silent then you will be perceived as just another appendage of a corrupt, brutal regime which has no respect for the rule of law or the will of the people”.

Former MDC-T  Harare councillor Warship Dumba said “What is your pledge to the Zimbabwean people? What can we expect as your contribution towards making Zec a truly independent and credible electoral entity? Makorokoto, Amhlophe, Congratulations”

Herald editor, Caesar Zvayi was brief. He said “Makorokoto Commissioner”.

In March Parliament, interviewed candidates shortlisted as ZEC commissioners.

Of the 12 candidates shortlisted for two vacant posts at Zec, 10 turned up for the interviews.

They included Qhubani Moyo Bernard Chahuruva, Chakanyuka Karase, Jacob Gonese, Patrick Huni,  Wenceslaus Mudyanadzo, Tayengwa Mutswe, Rukudzo Murapa, Paul Sambo, and John Saungweme. by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24News

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