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‘US$15 Billion, Thief, Robert Mugabe’s Legacy, A Nation Of Highly Skilled, Graduate Vendors, #ThisGown .

Zimbabwe is a broken nation, brought down on to its knees by the filthy rich, president Robert Mugabe and his Zim1 family, Zanu PF stalwarts and securocrats, who continuously loot national wealth and resources under the guise of ‘Black empowerment and Indigenisation, which are nothing more than /legalised crime and corruption’photos-bulawayo24

Opposition Demand Audience With Chuhuri After Weekend Political Violence In Fear Of A 2008 Repeat

Opposition political parties yesterday demanded to meet Commissioner General of Police Augustine Chihuri following last weekend’s politically-motivated violence that rocked the city.

The parties said they feared if the incident was not dealt with promptly, the country could slide back to the 2008 chaos.

In a letter addressed to Chihuri and signed by seven opposition parties, MDC-T, People First, National Constitutional Assembly, Transform Zimbabwe, People’s Democratic Party, Zanu Ndonga, FreeZim Congress and African Democratic Party demanded that the meeting takes place immediately . Source: newsday

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

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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

‘Opposition Party Leaders Have Big Egos,’-Says Gorden Moyo

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Gorden Moyo, MDC Renewal international relations secretary, says the biggest problem in opposition parties is the question of egos.

According to a report in the Southern Eye, the former MDC-T Makokoba legislator said this during a Bulawayo Agenda-organised political parties’ debate in Bulawayo last Thursday.

“The biggest problem in opposition parties is the question of egos. These have to be set aside if real unity is to be achieved for us to work together towards removing Zanu-PF and delivering change to the people of Zimbabwe,” Moyo said.

Moyo said opposition parties will never unseat Zanu-PF unless they put aside their differences and jointly fight the ruling party as a united front.

He said it was high time leading personalities in opposition parties set aside their egos and allow for a united front to unseat Zanu-PF.

Efforts to unite opposition parties have failed due to personal differences between their leaders who once worked together to form the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change before it split several times. Source: Southern Eye

Makoni Says Charamba’s Comments ‘ Mugabe Doesnt Care About Dzamara’ Are Insensitive

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FORMER Zanu PF politburo member and cabinet minister Simba Makoni has lashed out at President Robert Mugabe over remarks made by his spokesperson that the veteran leader was not concerned by the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara.

Makoni, who is leader of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party, was part of the opposition leaders who gathered over the weekend to pray for the safe return of Dzamara.

The journalist-cum human rights activist went missing about four months ago after he was abducted by suspected state agents.

His case has attracted attention from the international community who are pressing for his safe return or at least an assurance that the state is making efforts to find him in accordance with a High Court order.

Local civic groups and political parties have expressed their sympathy with the journalist’s family.

But Tuesday, Charamba said Mugabe had no time for such cases.

Makoni said the comments were rabid and unfortunate as they were insensitive to the plight and trauma Dzamara’s family is going through due to the disappearance of their bread winner.

“Remarks by Charamba are untoward and unwelcome in our culture.

“How can he just say that Mugabe, as a president of this country, is unmoved by the missing of one of his citizens yet he is obliged to protect all the people living in the country?

“It shows that the state knows where Dzamara is hence they would want to act as if it is a forced disappearance which the state has no hand in. But the truth will come out one day,” said Makoni.

Charamba told the state media that the disappearance of Dzamara is one of the least worries for Mugabe. The veteran leader has left it to investigators who, for four months, have failed to make leads as to where the pro-democracy activist could be.

Mugabe’s spokesperson suggested that political parties advocating for Dzamara’s safe return were using the disappearance of the journalist to gain political relevance.

But Makoni said the fact that Mugabe does not care about Dzamara shows that he has does not have the people at heart.

He added: “The fact that we managed to meet and pray for his welfare shows that we care and we are hopeful that the state or anyone holding him will one day return him to us and reunite him with his people.”

MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu said Mugabe’s remarks were reckless.

“At law Mugabe is obliged to protect every person in Zimbabwe regardless of their political affiliation.

“So for his spokesperson to state that Mugabe is not worried about the issue shows that he is heartless and reckless,” said Gutu.

Ahead of his disappearance, Dzamara was leading a demonstration against Mugabe demanding that he steps down, saying he had failed to run the country.

For his protests through the occupy Africa Unity Square, Dzamara was severely assaulted by the cops. source-newzimbabwe photo -Dr Simba Makoni, Mavambo/Kusile/ Dawn Party leaer-harare24

 

 

 

 

Opposition, Churches, Civic Society & Public, Scale Up Pressure On Mugabe Over ‘Itai Dzamara’

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POLITICAL parties, churches, civic groups and ordinary Zimbabweans have upped the pressure on President Robert Mugabe’s regime to abide by the country’s constitution which guarantees the safety of all citizens and immediately release journalist turned
activist Itai Dzamara.

After a well-attended prayer rally called for the firebrand activist at Zimbabwe Grounds on Saturday, the conveners of the meeting penned a declaration that called on the State to commit to finding Dzamara.

They said, “The head of state and government President Robert Mugabe must issue a publicised directive to the security arms of the state ordering them to finalise the search of the missing Dzamara,” read the declaration.

The declaration was countersigned by politicians and hundreds of people who witnessed the rally.

“… As concerned Zimbabweans, we demand the return of Itai Dzamara alive and unharmed,” read the statement, which was delivered on their behalf by brother and family representative Patson Dzamara.

In a separate speech delivered by opposition Mavambo/Kusile leader Simba Makoni on behalf of political parties present, politicians fingered the Zanu PF led regime for Dzamara’s disappearance.

“It is the state’s responsibility under President Mugabe’s leadership to ensure the safety of all citizens,” said the parties.

“Itai Dzamara disappeared just after he had addressed the huge gathering here demanding leadership change in the country.

“This raises suspicion that those who do not want change in Zimbabwe are the ones who abducted Itai.

“Our suspicions are further strengthened by a history of similar abductions by the state in the past years on those fighting for democracy.”

Politicians from Tendai Biti’s MDC Renewal Team were conspicuous by their absence although Biti was said to have also signed the declaration.

In a separate solidarity speech, Zapu’s vice president Emilia Mukaratirwa challenged ordinary Zimbabweans not to sit idle in the wake of the abduction of one of their own.

Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngaribvume urged the crowd to march to the Home Affairs and State security ministers to demand Dzamara’s safe release.

Civic leaders said they would continue siding with political parties that are pro-democracy as opposed to the state which was in a brazen violation of civil rights.

Firebrand clergy Bishop Ancelimo Magaya also condemned African diplomats for their silence in the face of Dzamara’s disappearance.

Family representative Patson Dzamara thanked Zimbabweans for their support, adding his family was still hopeful Dzamara shall one day return alive.

In keeping with the church tradition, politicians made tithes towards the upkeep of the Dzamara family which amounted to $1,002.

The family also received various groceries while the MDC-T Masvingo province pledged to pay school fees for Dzamara’s school going son, Pardon for 2015 and 2016.

The prayer rally, snubbed at the last minute by ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru, was attended by former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chair Temba Mliswa and former veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda.

The two now belong to the partially formed People First party, which comprises disgruntled former Zanu PF elements.

Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth Macheka, and Dzamara’s immediate family were part of the huge gathering which refrained from putting on any party regalia. source-newzimbabwe

photo-Supporting ‘Abducted and Missing Itai Dzamara, are Morgan Tsvangirai and wife with itai Dzamara’s children

‘If Alive, Lets See Extent Of Torture On Itai Dzamara , And If Dead, Lets See His Body’

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Men and women today broke down in tears as church representatives combined voices with seven political entities in condemning President Robert Mugabe’s government for the March abduction of Itai Dzamara.

Dzamara, a journalist and civil rights activist, was taken away by unidentified men on March 9 and his whereabouts remain a mystery.

More than 2,000 people from different religious backgrounds, civil society and political parties today gathered at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare’s Highfield suburb for a prayer meeting in commemoration of Dzamara’s disappearance.

The journalist-turned-activist was abducted a day after addressing a gathering called by MDC-T at the same venue.

Dzamara’s wife, holding their youngest child in her arms, was overwhelmed by emotion and wept uncontrollably alongside numerous women and men when congregants sang religious songs in remembrance of the activist.

Political parties showed rare unity by attending the ceremony that started in the afternoon and condemning Mugabe and security agents for failing to prevent and act on Dzamara’s abduction.

Leaders or representatives of MDC-T, People First, Mavambo, Zapu, Renewal Team and Transform Zimbabwe and the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) were present, among them Morgan Tsvangirai and most of his top leadership, Simba Makoni, Jabulani Sibanda, Temba Mliswa and Jacob Ngarivhume.

Tsvangirai, who spoke last in late afternoon, got the wildest cheers from the crowd as he took to the podium and hailed the prayer meeting as a historic gathering.

“For the first time, there is a convergence on what needs to be done to bring Zimbabwe back on track. We have raised the bar and never again in Zimbabwe will a person disappear without trace and nothing is done about it.

“Our message to Mugabe and his security agents is: bring Itai Dzamara back alive or dead. We want him here alive. If he is alive, we want to know to what extent his abductors tortured him. If he is dead, we want to see his body,” said Tsvangirai.

He said the time for a national convergence had arrived and people must put their political differences aside and confront Mugabe’s government.

Makoni spoke on behalf of the political parties and delivered their joint statement in the wake of Dzamara’s abduction.

The position paper, which all the leaders of the political formations signed—Tendai Biti of Renewal Team who was absent included—noted that it was Mugabe’s duty to establish and bring to finality what happened to Dzamara.

“The fact that he was abducted after attending a rally here shows that he was taken by those that are against democratic change,” declared Makoni.

“We strongly condemn the inability of the government to bring back Dzamara and we are concerned that Mugabe and his lieutenants have shown no care over Itai. This is a call for them to bring back Itai Dzamara today,” he added.

Ngarivhume rapped the police for stepping into the arena as political leaders spoke and urged the congregants to confront Ignatius Chombo, the new home affairs minister, after the meeting.

“Instead of going back home, let’s go and confront Chombo and get answers on what his ministry is doing with Dzamara’s disappearance,” said Ngarivhume.

Jabulani Sibanda, who came as a representative of People First, the outfit comprising fired Zanu (PF) rebels, received a standing ovation from the crowd when he spoke and called on the removal of the Mugabe government.

He was saluted by Morgan Tsvangirai who shook his hands after delivering his speech.

Sibanda had no kind words for western diplomats who he said had chosen to keep quiet over the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres which killed more than 20,000 civilians when Mugabe’s security agents descended on southern Zimbabwe purportedly to stop a military insurgency shortly after independence in 1980.

Mliswa urged parliamentarians to use parliament to pressure Mugabe to make an official statement on Dzamara.

A declaration condemning the abduction and endorsed by the political leaders, civil society representatives and church leaders was made at the end of the ceremony.

Tsvangirai’s wife, Elizabeth, donated an assortment of groceries while congregants raised more than $1,000 dollars and Mliswa pledged a tonne of maize towards the upkeep of Dzamara’s family. source-zimbabwesituation