‘Probe Companies Owned By Judges Following Their Supreme Court Ruling’-Jacob Mafume

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MDC Renewal spokesperson Jacob Mafume has said it is necessary to probe the companies owned by Judges following their Supreme Court Ruling which granted companies permission to dismiss workers after giving three months notice.

“Oh had I been an editor for the day just one day when the Supreme court judgement was issued . Black Friday for workers would have been my heading,” said Mafume.

“Workers of Zimbabwe unite would have been another. I would send reporters to look into the companies of the judges who made the ruling , was it because they also want to fire workers from their failed farms and enterprises. I would looked for commentators to describe and predict the jobs genocide that was to follow . I would look for the Human stories of the persons fired. I would put a running monitor on the jobs lost daily by whom and where .I would look at cabinet and predict they would not help , for they also run failed business.”

He said he once mentioned this in the fuel sector as the reason why our prizes never go down. “And Joram Nyati queried,” said Mafume .

“This is what happens when the leaders are conflicted, quick to forgive their reserve bank debts pretend to be clueless when workers suffer. Do a random check of the cabinet Obert Mpofu with his failed banks, farms and newspapers is delighted . Who among them does not have employees he needs to fire . Then there are the sex perverts now who have a three months notice without reason up their sleeves, refuse to bed and three months you are out.”

Mafume said parliament wont help either they would rather talk about …God Knows what ? They also run failed tender based companies the whole sorry lot.

“We are a vampire state , the strong run rampant like they are on steroids, the weak talk about trivia,” he said.

“The irony was that I was receiving calls to talk about grace-less grace from those who are about to be fired. Comrades we are now in a true class struggle across the board . It’s the animal farm scenario. we cannot tell the difference between the pigs and the humans. This what you get when you allow the politicians to get licences for every business in the country media, fuel , telecoms , transport , mining , farms etc.” He said at first it was the opposition who were rigged on elections and the country stood by.

“Secondly it was Mujuru and company and the nation took out more popcorn,” he said.

“Now they have rigged the labour law and it’s the workers .I am sorry to say comrades it is just the beginning if we do wake up. I say again Workers of Zimbabwe Unite …oh I forget me and my English imagery ..here we go. Things Fall Apart …or maybe that too is borrowed …so here goes nothing ..The beautiful ones are yet to be Born or even closer to home… Coming of the Dry Season.Now am trapped it is one big House of Hunger.Let the collective wailing and weeping begin comrades it is going to be a long weekend.”
– Source-bulawayo24.



photo-MDC Renewal spokesperson Jacob Mafume

‘Regime Change Is Solution To Vendors Plight & Zanu PF Failure To Revive Economy’-Biti

Tendai Biti MDC Renewal Team Secretary-General yesterday said the plight of vendors lie in changing the government as Zanu-PF has failed to revive the economy.

Biti said vendors must be allowed to continue selling their wares as an interim measure as that was their only way of survival under the current economic environment, where a majority of people were unemployed.

The opposition party said it will at its inaugural convection in Harare next month, launch its economic blueprint, Holistic Programme for Economic and Social Transformation which shall outline the party’s plan to industrialize and create formal employment to end the suffering of the Zimbabwean people. source-newsday

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

‘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

MDC Renewal Set To Adopt New Name, (People’s Democratic Party)-Jacob Mafume

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MDC Renewal Team say they are set to adopt a new name (People’s Democratic Party) with a view to giving the electorate “confidence” ahead of the 2018 national election.

“We need a new narrative that gives people of Zimbabwe hope and confidence and we need a sellable brand name and People’s Democratic Party is gaining traction and this is going to happen in August,” spokesperson Jacob Mafume told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview Thursday.

The Renewal Team fragmented from the MDC-T last year in April after accusing the leader of the movement, Morgan Tsvangirai of acting like President Robert Mugabe on leadership and succession issues.

The party further disintegrated last month after one of its founders Elton Mangoma quit to form his own outfit.

“We are also going to take the opportunity of the National Convention to launch our much awaited economic policy-a Holistic Program for Economic Transformation (HOPE) which is a real life changing economic policy as opposed to that of the clueless Zanu PF leadership’s ZIMASSET,” said Mafume.

He however dismissed reports that there was infighting within his party, saying their main enemy is Zanu PF.

Sources within the Renewal Team said there is discontent in the party following revelations that the interim leadership had banned internal elections.

NewZimbabwe.com reported this week that Samuel Sipepa Nkomo told members that the party preferred what they called “cadre deployment” as opposed to elections.

But sources warned that the party might further disintegrate as “many” are contemplating approaching the MDC-T and “kneel down” for forgiveness.

This week a member of the Renewal Team Settlement Chikwinya suggested to NewZimbabwe.com that was it not because of Mangoma’s selfish interests and betrayal they would not have left Tsvangirai. source-newzimbabwe

photo-Jacob Maafume

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


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

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

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