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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

‘Zimbabwe Is A Nation In Need Of New Leadership’-MDC National Executive

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We must know as a people that a country’s path to prosperity or ruin is often dictated by the character of its citizens,and therefore the solution to our problems lie with no other than you and l as Zimbabweans.
lt is indeed unfortunate that l write this piece 36 years later when we insinuate that we are a liberated country, yet the reality that stares back at us daily is that of our children living in abject poverty under a tyrannical and violent government.

l will not attempt to list the numerous problems which we face as a nation but instead will endeavour to ask a few pertinent question each and everyone of us must take time to answer in truth,so that when we begin to discuss solutions we know exactly what our challenges are today.

Firstly, can we safely say we are living in a well governed country if our ability to get good health care and education depends on the whims of politicians?can we say we are governed well when almost a third of our earnings annually goes to taxes aimed at supporting all levels of government? Are we well governed if the system and political class spending keeps piling up national debt which most of us don’t understand that it is to be paid by us,our children and grandchildren to come? are we well governed if it is impossible to remove poor performing officials from positions?these are the issues we must deal with and witness daily as citizens.

Currently government is struggling to even pay civil servants salaries but we are subjected to this fiscal insanity of the president’s endless spending on all sorts of frivolities which have albeit caused most of these cuts in the budget towards vital human services. The economic meltdown we are experiencing exemplifies an abandonment of democratic principles,which has seen a handful of government leaders making reckless choices at the same time being unable to even accept the consequences.

We are living in the times where we have chosen to be led by a government high on wine which has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it has lost touch with the needs of its people.This is a corrupt entity that cannot even begin to understand at this stage that for any nation to thrive its people have to be free to make their own choices,to assume responsibility for their own actions and accept the consequences,be it good or bad.

Our country is on the brink of ruin today because we have lost our strength of character as a nation to fight for our values without fear or favor and to defend the very tenets of what it truly means to be a free nation.Zanu Pf has trapped us in perpetual poverty instilling a poverty mindset which pervades many and we are stuck in a vicious cycle of poor choices that show only a desire for immediate gratification over long term planning, our myopic thinking has assisted this renegade governance which has divided us with partisan politics, and planting seeds of hatred and intolerance among the people. A case in point to be weary of is the increase in the use of tribalism as a political tactic.

We are watching with much bravado our current vice Presidents being pitted against one another along ethnic lines,and people label you a tribalist nowadays if you disagree with another individual especially if one is a politician.

We have instead taken front seats to watch this destructive behaviour as it escalates,the question is why have we allowed it?Many have also gone on and joined the bandwagon of absurdity to drink from this cup of bitterness and hatred which seeks to openly divide Zimbabwe along tribal,political and other demarcation lines to satisfy Zanu pf selfish agendas to be re-elected again into government.

Notably those who are doing it are not concerned with the damage it has done to the fabric of our country. As we enter a new cycle of the election phase which signals that we are drawing closer to the election period the desperation from Zanu pf politicians to revive their bases has begun taking centre stage,and the entire ruling party has thrown out sensibility,discipline and dignity breeding only hatred and intolerance among citizens.

We must seek to elect leaders of government who are capable of embracing the diversity of our nation unequivocally,and we ought to recognise those individuals who focus only on solving problems rather than fanning destructive tribal politics as an election campaign tactic as seen with the current crop,When will we get tired of being a constant illustration of a nation which found itself in the clutches of a ruthless elite which abuses state power?

We will continue to pay the price for the absence of social justice which equates to no peace and constant turmoil.We must say NO! to governance that holds the opinions of its citizens in contempt and again,governance that is insensitive and subjects untold suffering upon its own people without losing sleep.

Source: Minenhle Sokhela MDC National Executive Member

 

‘Mugabe Donation Of 300 Cattle To AU While 3 million Zimbabweans Face Starvation, Is Ridiculous’

Kariba Based Remnant Church Pastor Mugadza

President Robert Mugabe has come under withering attack for donating 300 cattle to the African Union (AU) to help it become less dependent on outside donors, instead of coming to the aid of Zimbabwean villagers in the middle of one of the worst droughts in decades.
The ridiculed donation of cattle, handed over to AU deputy chairman Erastus Mwencha on Thursday, was said to be an honour of a pledge to the AU Foundation made in June 2015 by the 92-year-old president, who held the rotating AU chair until last month.

Mugabe’s donation comes just after he has declared a drought emergency in Zimbabwe, and urged international donors to offer aid promptly for relief operations to support over 1,5 million people critically short of food, according to the UN, amid one of the worst droughts in decades that has left children malnourished, killed livestock and damaged livelihoods.

The relief operation by the government, World Food Programme (WFP) and charities needs $1,6 billion this year.

Critics said Mugabe should have put in place measures to transport the cattle to drought-stricken parts of his impoverished country — where some farmers have started selling livestock to ease the pressure on grazing as the crisis strains the nation.

It was not immediately clear how the AU official planned to transport the cattle to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the continental union is headquartered.

Mainstream MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said: “This is a joke in very bad taste. It’s a joke that’s not funny at all. How can…Mugabe, knowing that at least 3 million Zimbabweans are facing starvation because of the El Nino-induced drought, coupled with the effects of a disastrous land reform exercise, find it fit and proper to donate 300 cows to the AU?

“This is a question of lopsided priorities by Mugabe. He just enjoys being a populist and a showman.

“Instead of donating those 300 cows to the AU, the Zanu PF regime should actually have sold those beasts and raise money to import maize.

“With a president like this, who needs enemies?”

Mugabe said he wanted the cattle “to play some part in…making the (AU) foundation keep going”.

“It just struck me that no one had ever thought of a gift by way of cattle to the AU and since we are cattle people, why shouldn’t we also make a gift to the AU in cattle form?” the nonagenarian said.

The AU subsequently thanked Mugabe in a tweet that hailed “his exemplary leadership in demonstrating the ability of Africans to fund Africa’s development”.

During his year-long tenure as AU chair, Mugabe lamented the continental body’s dependence on external funding.

Spokesperson of the opposition PDP Jacob Mafume said the 300 cattle were a most inconvenient donation to the AU.

“It will rank among the most bizarre donations that an international body has received,” Mafume said.

“If you take into consideration the fact that Zimbabwe is behind in paying its dues to the AU by a considerable amount then it all becomes farcical and rank madness.”

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, AU Commission chairperson, has said some member states, including Zimbabwe, have failed to pay their dues to the continental body.

The AU collected $84,6 million from member states last year much less than the anticipated $138,5 million, resulting in the AU failing to execute some of its planned programmes.

“How many people’s cattle have perished because of drought and he thinks it has merit to give away cattle to a body which does not need it at this time,” Mafume said.

But UK-based Zimbabwean scholar George Shire said: “Mugabe’s property does not belong to you or me and it does not belong to Zimbabwean people either.”

“How he chooses to spend his money has nothing to do with government priorities,” Shire said.

“They are his cattle and he can give them to whoever he wants. Now that (deposed Libyan strongman Muammar) Gaddafi who used to feed and finance the AU is gone, maybe it’s his ironic way of getting the AU to think of innovative ways to fund itself. We have to wait and see how the AU uses those cattle.”

Shire said Zimbabwe’s opposition parties need to ask themselves what they would do to address the adverse impact of El Niño and if anyone of them would donate their personal wealth to ordinary Zimbabweans.

“A lot of noise that many people in Zimbabwe and elsewhere make about these issues has nothing to do with politics or the political. It does keep the president’s name in the headlines and there are no votes for the opposition in it,” he said.

Joey Mabenge of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition — a conglomeration of 350 rights groups —  said the donation shows that Mugabe’s priorities were certainly misplaced.

“Donating 300 cattle to the AU is not only strange but mind-boggling,” he said.

“The national herd in his own country is under serious threat because of El Nino-induced drought and villagers in remote parts of Zimbabwe who need the cattle most have lost their livelihoods.

“Why not donate the cattle to the neediest in hard-hit remote rural areas and save livelihoods? Charity begins at home.”

Academic and newspaper columnist Reason Wafawarova said it is not clear under what circumstances this pledge was made last year, but it appears this was meant to be both a symbolic and material expression of support to the AU foundation and its goals.

“It is also not clear if the herd of cattle is single-handed donation from the president, or a collective donation by a number of farmers, given in the name of the president in support of his declared vision at the AU,” he said.

“The question of who deserves this donation more between the poor of Zimbabwe and the AU foundation is a morally understandable one.

“It is like Judas Iscariot’s question when a woman poured expensive oil on the feet of Jesus, at a time the oil could have been sold with proceeds channelled to the poor.

“Jesus’ answer was clear in saying there are times when symbolism takes precedence over morality, and perhaps this is a similar case where we face competing views over the symbolic and moral implications of this donation.”

Youth activist and spokesperson of the National Informal Economy Network, said it was a populist display of warped priorities which he said was also reflected by Mugabe throwing a lavish party yesterday in the heart of Masvingo — the province hardest hit by drought.

The drought is as severe in Masvingo as the one in 1992, when failed rains caused a famine in one of the poorest provinces in southern Africa per capita and where many people rely on subsistence farming.

“He could not even donate a loaf of bread to Tokwe Mukorsi (villagers). But now donating 300 cattle to the African Union just for show off is clearly mind-boggling.” – Source-Daily News

Opposition Scoff At Zanu PF’s Rain Making Prayer Ceremonies

Opposition parties yesterday scoffed at Zanu-PF-organised rain-making prayer sessions saying the ruling party’s top brass should repent from its “evil deeds” before seeking divine intervention on rains.

This came after Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko last week called on Zimbabweans to organise specific prayer meetings for the rains between Saturday and next Sunday as part of efforts to avert massive food shortages caused by erratic rains this year.

But, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the same government should also pray for abducted activist Itai Dzamara’s safe return if they were sincere.source-newsday

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

‘CIO Used Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa To Block Party Congress,’ – MDC Renewal Team

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THE Opposition MDC Renewal Team claims it lost an undisclosed sum of money in expenses incurred as part of preparations for the aborted inaugural congress stopped by police over a venue clash with Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church (UFIC).

Police early this week barred the Renewal Team fronted by former treasury chief Tendai Biti after the party’s dates for holding its first congress clashed with Makandiwa’s church meeting. The police then advised the political party to find an alternative venue or shift dates.

But party interim national chairman Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo told journalists following a meeting of the party’s national executive and management meeting that they suspected a third hand.

“We suspect there is more to this than meets the eye,” said Sipepa-Nkomo who was flanked by Biti, former MDC-T Women’s Assembly chairlady Lucia Matibenga and other leaders.

“We think the Central Intelligence Organisation was aware of the massive organisation that was going on around the country and some people got very scared. They decided to throw spanners into the works.”

Biti is tipped to take over as party president with Nkomo deputising him while former State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo is earmarked to be secretary general.

Nkomo said his party hopes the police will accept the new dates.

“It is disturbing because we had invited international and local guests. We have run expenses some of which we cannot recoup hence we have to pay again. Our congress will now be held from the 9th to 11th September,” the former Water Minister said.

“We had a receipt for the money we had paid for the venue and the other organisation, the church, was yet to pay.

“Instead the police went ahead and sanctioned UFIC meeting to be held even though they had not paid for the venue.

“The police gave us two alternatives, to change the venue or move dates and we have opted for the latter.”

Sipepa-Nkomo said the congress will discuss, among other issues, electoral reforms, labour issues as well as the emotive vendors issue.

“We are an ideas party, a party that will focus on issues not the old Mugabe (President Robert) must go mantra,” he said.

“We will discuss the current issues around the labour law, the vendors issue as well as the general economic decay. “Zimbabweans want jobs but the Zanu PF prophecy of 2013 has not come to pass, instead we have lost job.” source-newzimbabwe

‘Welshman Ncube’s MDC Behaves Like Zanu-PF’, Says ‘Iphithule Maphosa’ Of Zapu

The Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu yesterday accused Zimbabwe’s opposition political parties of lack of commitment in working together to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and solve some of the country’s biggest problems.

Zapu said it was dismissing the possibility of a grand coalition given the ambivalence shown by their colleagues.
“The party has noted with concern the unfaithfulness and untrustworthy behaviour that is usually shown by those parties and organisations we have sought to work with in the past,” Iphithule Maphosa, Zapu acting spokesperson said in a statement released soon after the just-ended two-day National Peoples Council in the city.

He lashed out at the Welshman Ncube-led party for behaving in the same manner as Zanu-PF. Zapu pulled out of the 1987 Unity Accord between Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and Joshua Nkomo’s Zapu that followed the deployment of North-Korean-trained Fifth Brigade to crush rebellion by ex-Zapu guerrillas. Government forces are accused of killing thousands of civilians in the crackdown, but deny the death toll, estimated at 20 000 by rights groups.

“The latest point in reference was the currently parked Code (Coalition of Democrats) attempt where the (Ncube) MDC, while we were waiting for feedback from our structures as Zapu, we were surprised to see them uniting with the Renewal Team, a move that stalled our almost finished negotiations,” Maphosa said.
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Ncube MDC’s spokesperson Josh Mhambi dismissed the allegations as misguided and lacking depth.

“It will be recalled that the MDC, MDC Renewal, Mavambo/ Kusile/Dawn, Zapu and the NCA negotiated and came to an agreement captured in a draft document to create a coalition dubbed CODE.

“It will also be recalled that after the document had been finalised and was ready for signing, the leadership of Zapu and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn requested for time to engage in consultative processes with their grassroots structures and membership for discussion and debate before they could affix their signatures to the document.”

Mhambi added the reunification agreement of the two MDC formations has nothing to do with the coalition of democratic parties as all the opposition parties received advance notice of it and the purposes behind it.

He, however, said his party was still committed to the coalition.
– Source-dailynews

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

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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

 

‘The Sour Taste Of Marginalisation’-By Welsman Ncube

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‘Critics argue that the deindustrialization of Bulawayo, for example, is Gukurahundi by economic means rather than by the gun and the bayonet.’

THIS week I revisit one of my favourite subjects – devolution. When we as MDC fought the last election under the banner of ‘Devolution is our Revolution’, very few cared to pay attention let alone understand the essence of our message given the state of our politics which still refuses to be issue and reason driven, but is almost exclusively concerned with removing President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, or if you are a Zanu PF member or supporter, keeping him and Zanu PF in power, supposedly to keep our country from being recolonised by the British.

Our unheard message was this: Zimbabwe needs a paradigm shift of its governance matrix. Governance, through a single centre which determines all things to do with our welfare, has not only brought us into the mess we are in as a country through centralized inefficiencies, imposing unnecessarily high costs on society and disempowering a great number of citizens as individuals and communities, but also marginalises just about every community, save for citizens who are the ‘horse riders’.

My contention is that the prosperity and well-being of Zimbabweans lies not only in our ability to maintain high productivity in all key sectors of the economy, including agriculture, mining and manufacturing, but also in being able to govern ourselves at the local and community levels. Control of our economic, social, political, legal and technological life at the lowest level is the essence of devolution.

Section 264 of the national constitution provides for the promotion of the equitable allocation of national resources and the participation of local communities in the determination of development priorities within their areas. It goes further to say, “…whenever appropriate, governmental powers and responsibilities must be devolved to provincial and metropolitan councils and local authorities which are competent to carry out those responsibilities efficiently and effectively.”

Alienation, marginalisation and disempowerment of the people are caused by dysfunctional central local government systems deficient in devolution. Currently, local authorities and municipalities are not only run under an Act of Parliament which gives excessive overriding powers to a central government minister, who is often whimsical, vindictive and corrupt.

No council can operate effectively or take good decisions on behalf of ratepayers and residents with such adverse central government interference. Our party has always held that through effective devolution, local communities can be part of local and provincial governance legally and politically empowered and capacitated to respond to local needs and priorities.

I follow with keen interest the debates in Parliament, social networks and newspapers on how regions, particularly the southern ones have been, for many years, excluded from a fair share of the ‘national cake’. Instead of reinforcing the victim mentality, I acknowledge that it is not only the southern provinces, (by which I include Masvingo, the Midlands and Matabeleland) suffering from fiscal exclusion, but several other areas of the northern provinces, particularly Manicaland.

Marginalisation is a national scourge with its origins in colonialism but sadly perpetuated by the vindictiveness and incompetence of Zanu PF governance consumed by the paranoia of centralisation. However, it is in southern provinces that the impact of neglect has been more conspicuously devastating, resulting in diminished school and university enrolment, large-scale migration to neighbouring countries, de-indutrialisation and, ultimately, unemployment.

In the past decades, there has been a unison chorus for central government to be affirmative on the issue, with critics arguing that Gukurahundi was a symptom of marginalization and the more radical arguing that the deindustrialization of Bulawayo, for example, is Gukurahundi by economic means rather than by the gun and the bayonet.

Observers cite how the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces are characterized in public institutions such as the police, hospitals and clinics, government and public offices of all descriptions, border posts and institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, teacher training and technical colleges) by an almost complete absence of persons from the province in the register of those employed in these institutions. Not that the situation in the private sector is any better. Inevitably, scores of ‘nationalist’ pressure groups have emerged in these areas, each purporting to push one cause or another in favour of ‘power and wealth-sharing’.

Before his passing, Eric Bloch went out of his way to explain the benefits of devolution, arguing “that administration should be decentralised from Harare, and that within the parameters of an overall national economic policy, appropriate underlying policies should be regionally determined as, all too often, one area may be in need of policies and actions very specific to their areas.” Of greater interest is where he quoted the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association referring to “one major myth against devolution as the perceived fear that it would lead to the disintegration of the country and the State.”

It is obviously not true that when a country is effectively devolved, there is equality in wealth consumption. Except perhaps for Switzerland, many devolved countries, like Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are still afflicted with income disparities. This is what lends ‘legitimacy’ to the separatist movement in Scotland, Spain and Zimbabwe. Yet given the bloody ‘post-secession’ South Sudan, it is a warning that simply re-drawing borders on paper does not guarantee national happiness, neither does it, by itself, engender peace.

The problem I see is that there is major misinterpretation of what self-determination is, some of this spiraling into the misnomer of separatism and secessionism. Again, it is not for me to judge, but all I can say is that self-determination is both a human and national right recognised even at United Nations level. Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights clarifies that “(A)ll peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

Our borders were re-drawn in the 19th century during the infamous ‘partition of Africa’ in Berlin, so it is correct that some nations were dislocated. However, recognising the supremacy of linguistic, cultural and ethnic characteristics of a nation does not mean that they should be ‘separated’.

The MDC thought it prudent that a Provincial Council elected by proportional representation to constitute a Provincial Government as a separate sphere of Government independent but interrelated with others should be in place  and hence our insistence that it be part of our national constitution. But alas, people elected and declared winners are yet to take office almost half way through their elected terms of office. It is difficult to imagine greater contempt for the Supreme law of the land. There are numerous benefits from exploiting national comparative advantage since each region has its unique strengths.

Through effective implementation of devolution, there will be diverse stakeholder participation on major decisions while breaking the previously resented ‘walls’ between public leaders and citizens. Local communities will be encouraged to be part of local and provincial governance -there would be the power of self-determination as located and identified by locals.

Implementation of devolution would see the reduction in bureaucracy and red tape through efficient and effective decision making processes at the local and community levels guided by appropriate information technology. Local citizens would be empowered and capacitated to determine their local needs and priorities so that they coordinate with designated leaders through local and provincial governments.

As MDC, we share the grief of marginalisation, yet we remain sober in proposing a system that minimises conflict and promotes unity, fairness and justice through effective democratic representation at all levels of governance. Democracy demands that we also accommodate those with diverse or even dissenting views without imposing on each other a burden that destroys our common vision.

However, unless all democrats cooperate for implementation of reforms that allow free expression and choice, we will remain stuck with a 35-year old government embalmed and entombed in a rigid mentality of national dominance. By Welshman Ncube

 

 

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