“This is illegal. Parliament shall determine as when it shall sit, Mugabe is no longer permitted to officially open Parliament”-Jessie Majome

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Debating during the Alpha Media Holdings (AMH)-organised public meeting on Thursday on the state of constitutionalism, Majome said the new Constitution stipulates that Mugabe is no longer permitted to officially open Parliament after the initial event which takes place soon after assumption of duty as President of the Republic.

“It is unfortunate that as MPs at times, we don’t question some of these things. We do certain illegal things. There is this thing which next week we are supposed to do. It’s called opening of Parliament. I understand that Parliament agreed that at the beginning of each sitting session we invite the President to come and officially open Parliament,” Majome said.

Debating during the Alpha Media Holdings (AMH)-organised public meeting on Thursday on the state of constitutionalism, Majome said the new Constitution stipulates that Mugabe is no longer permitted to officially open Parliament after the initial event which takes place soon after assumption of duty as President of the Republic.

“It is unfortunate that as MPs at times, we don’t question some of these things. We do certain illegal things. There is this thing which next week we are supposed to do. It’s called opening of Parliament. I understand that Parliament agreed that at the beginning of each sitting session we invite the President to come and officially open Parliament,” Majome said. “This is illegal. The Constitution is very clear that Parliament shall determine as when it shall sit, not the President. It says Parliament has to make its own timetables. What is very disheartening is that the President is failing in his mandate to do what the Constitution provides for to be done. He is not coming to Parliament to present the annual state of the nation address, but wants to preside over an illegal thing.”

Mugabe is next week is expected to officially open the fourth session of the 8th Parliament where he will table the government legislative agenda for 2016-2017 period.

Majome suggested that the 92-year-old Zanu PF strongman could be constitutionally illiterate despite being an intelligent man given his public utterances and attacks on members of the judiciary.

“I don’t believe the President has read the Constitution even though I saw him signing it. I am saying so looking at the way he attacked judges,” Majome said.

Mugabe recently attacked High Court judges after they granted opposition parties their right to demonstrate against his government over allegations that he had failed to administer Zimbabwe properly.

The discussion also featured former Finance minister Tendai Biti, Zanu PF central committee member and constitutional lawyer Paul Mangwana and Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director Pedzisai Ruhanya.

Mangwana, who delivered the keynote address, said most of the challenges being faced by many Zimbabweans in the fight for implementation of the new Constitution were due to lack of transitional mechanism from the old order to the new dispensation.

“If we did like the Kenyans, who put up a special committee to ensure the implementation of the new Constitution, we would have been in a better position,” he said.

The former Cabinet minister said the Executive would not fully implement the new Constitution without being pushed as some of the new provisions reduced its power by transferring it to citizens.

“Politicians won’t make an effort to reduce their own powers unless pressure is put on them by civil society,” he said, adding: “Do you really think that the Minister of Local Government would hurriedly align the Constitution that clips his powers? Even if it was me, I would not do that. People ought to challenge the Executive like what my learned colleague Biti and others are doing in the courts,” Mangwana said.

Biti said opposition activists should be aware that Zanu PF was refusing to accept the new reality — that citizens were now superior to the Executive and that Executive authority is exercised from the masses.

“Let us change the narrative from locating ourselves in one condition of political parties, let us decentralise this fight and take the fight. We have had 12 elections in Zimbabwe, but nothing has sufficed because of the electocentric authoritarianism,” Biti said.

“It’s not surprising that you hear Zanu PF saying that they want to change the Constitution because they are refusing to accept the new order.”

Ruhanya said Zimbabwe has politicians who do not subject themselves to the supreme law of the land.

“The Constitution represents the ought to be, the ideal, but what is the reality? What is the nature of the State that is governing us? We need to understand the political economy of our country,” Ruhanya said.

The conversations are hosted by AMH, publishers of NewsDay, Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard, in partnership with international humanitarian organisation Hivos and the Netherlands Embassy as a way of engaging ordinary citizens in dialogue on national issues. source-newsday

Bulawayo City Council councilors all MDC-T members owe the municipality a whooping US$662 299.78

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Bulawayo City Council councillors all MDC-T members owe the municipality a whooping US$662 299.78 for inappropriate land deals, a probe report reveals.

Last week, Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere suspended five councilors, led by deputy Mayor Gift Banda, accused of being the most corrupt lot.

The other four suspended councilors are James Sithole, Mzama Dube, Charles Moyo and Reuben Matengu.

According to the a report seen by Bulawayo24.com,  Kasukuwere said “there was public outcry about general observation of councilors who were amassing large tracts of land and some of them at below market value”.

“Out of the 29 Councilors, only 5 had not benefited directly from the council from the period stretching from 2013 to date. It should be noted that most of these property accumulations have taken place from May 2015 to date.”Generally the councilors are not paying for the acquired properties and those that they are also leasing in violation of council regulations and provisions. Council is owed a cumulative amount of US$662 299.78.

“Council has lost US$3 278 in terms of rented leases which were offered to councillors but have not yet commenced paying for the monthly rental” reads part of the report.

Below is the list of how much councillors owe.

Gift Banda – US$131,709.36
James Sithole – US$216 176.47
Sheila Musonda – $6 997.86
Charles Moyo – US$137 420
Norman Hlabani – US$1 395.32
Rodney Jele – US$23 893.94
Silas Chigora – US$9 636.84
Lillian Mlilo –  US$12 006
Earnest Rafamoyo – US$44 038.87
Mlandu Ncube – US$8 694
Sithabile Mataka – US$ 6 900
Thabitha Ngwenya – US$6 900
Gladys Masuku – US$1,734.40
McDonald Chunga –  US$13 800
Tamani Moyo –  US$7,836.22
nephat Sibanda – US$9452.4
Clayton Zana – US$4 140.00
Thobani Ncube – US$9 729.00
Mzama Dube – US$901.19
Reuban Matengu – US$15.69

Clean Councillors

Martin Moyo
Ephraim Ncube
Concillia Mlalazi
Lot Siziba
Monica Lubimbi

by Thobekile Zhou. source-byo24

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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

Chamisa And Mudziri Reportedly Appointed As MDCT Vice Presidents, With Khupe As First VP.

MDC-T leadership has reportedly appointed Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudziri as party vice presidents, Bulawayo24.com has heard.

Chamisa is second vice president while Mudzuri is third.

Bulawayo24.com understands the appointments where made during Thursday national executive council meeting.

Thokozani Khupe is the first vice president. MDC-T leadership has reportedly appointed Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudziri as party vice presidents, Bulawayo24.com has heard.

Chamisa is second vice president while Mudzuri is third.

Bulawayo24.com understands the appointments where made during Thursday national executive council meeting.

Thokozani Khupe is the first vice president. This could be viewed as succession plan as current party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s political future remains uncertain due to illness.

Tsvangirai finally returned to work at Harvest House on Wednesday after withdrawing from public life for months to nurse what he later revealed as colon cancer.

The MDC-T national executive comprises over 70 members while the national council has over 120.” Source-Bulawayo24

MDC T Leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Press Statement.

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We meet in the context of two developments that have shaken our country and greatly disturbed the spirits of the people of Zimbabwe.
 
The first is my health condition which I disclosed to the people on the 27th of June 2016. I want to say today that I am recovering well and once again, I want to thank everyone, especially the people of this country from across the political, religious and tribal divide, for standing by me. Indeed, we are all mortal beings and sometimes our bodies get shaken by the vagaries of nature but as you can see, God is always on our side and I am on the path to full recovery.
 
The second issue is the acute deterioration of the economic situation that is fast accelerating towards a full-fledged implosion. The nation is hurting and life is tough for everyone outside the parasitic elite that is feeding on the national trough. It is this elite that is fuelling the cancer of corruption and is oblivious to the dire situation facing the ordinary people in Pumula, Plumtree, Mufakose, Dotito and Chirundu. Oh yes, corruption, mis-governance and just plain cluelessness at the national level have become a more dangerous cancer, even more dangerous than cancer of the colon!
 
The MDC national executive and national council met for nine hours yesterday to discuss the worsening situation in the country and to chart a way forward that would create a better life for the people of Zimbabwe.
 
The party welcomes the emerging national consensus where other civic groups and ordinary citizens are now joining us on demonstrations and protests as a legitimate and constitutional avenue of public expression. We have a Congress resolution that as a party we shall embark upon on and support every group and sector that will go into the streets to legitimately express its concerns and petition this government to address its genuine grievances.
 
It is a matter of public record that on the 14th of April 2016, our structures in Harare embarked on a peaceful demonstration against this government, which was followed by similar successful protest marches in Bulawayo and Mutare. As I have said, we are happy that others have taken this route as a legitimate expression of national displeasure at how the country is being mismanaged.
 
It is in this context that I want to laud Pastor Evan Mawarire, the Tajamuka pressure group and the ordinary citizens of this country in Beitbridge and elsewhere who continue to send a loud message to this regime that the nation is now fed up. Our colleagues in the struggle need to be lauded and commended for their positive effort.
 
Indeed, we heartily welcome them to the struggle, which I assure you will never be a crowded arena. At our meetings yesterday, the MDC executive organs welcomed the national convergence that is emerging in our troubled country where all players are now agreed that the way forward is to put pressure on this illegitimate regime. We have indeed become a big tent of patriotic Zimbabweans singing the same chorus from different social stations. That should be commended.The party’s national council was unequivocal in its resolution yesterday that President Robert Mugabe and his government must leave office or face popular protests as they have failed to find lasting solutions to the problems facing the people. To this end, the party resolved yesterday to continue its provincial protest marches while co-coordinating and preparing for robust and comprehensive national action on a date to be announced. In that national action, we will be rallying the nation and all democratic forces to converge on the national demand that Mugabe and his government must retire. While our provincial demonstrations will continue, the logistics and mechanics for the national action are currently being worked out.
 
After our deliberations on the national crisis yesterday, the national council resolved that there has to be a political settlement that inspires confidence nationally, regionally and internationally. To this end, the national council, the party’s supreme decision-making body in between Congresses, resolved that the way forward is a multi-partisan National Transitional Authority.
Once bitten twice shy. It is our firm belief that the NTA must not be sculptured as the inclusive government we established seven years ago. The NTA must, by statute, operate parallel to the national executive authority of the country but with a specific mandate. The current regime should be left to deal with its own mess in terms of managing the economy. We cannot and should not make our hands dirty in this area.
 
The NTA will have a very limited tenure and a specific mandate to, among other things:
(a)Supervise the implementation of the Constitution, including the alignment of laws to the same
(b) Oversee and monitor the work of Commissions such as the Human Rights Commission, National Anti-Corruption Commission, National Peace, Healing and Reconciliation Commission, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and others.
(c) Oversee the political reform agenda, some reforms of which are now enshrined in the new Constitution as well as being involved in the preparation for credible elections.
(d) Oversee and monitor food aid and distribution
(e) Develop a shared National Vision and economic reconstruction programme. Our country needs its own Marshal Plan
The broad mandate of the NTA will be to steer the country on a path towards the return to legitimacy through truly free, fair and credible elections whose outcome is not disputed.
 
Details of the transitional mechanisms including the composition, structure, form, relationship to the State executive, establishment processes, signposts and roadmap to elections will be negotiated with other stakeholders whom I will engage soon on these proposals.. What is important for now is the consideration of the principle of the NTA as a starting point for the country’s return to legitimacy and economic and political recovery.
 
The country is at a precipice and what is now required is leadership but it is apparent that there is leadership vacuum at national level. As the MDC, we are tabling this as an important starting point for the nation that we love. I am giving President Mugabe an opportunity to soft land the national crisis. He will have only have himself to blame if citizens take matters in their own hands. The ball in his court. I urge SADC and the AU to provide wise counsel to him. The ball is now in his court.
 
In line with the directive given to me by the National Council yesterday, I have now appointed Hon. Nelson Chamisa and Hon Elias Mudzuri as Vice Presidents of the party. The two will join Hon. Thokozani Khupe in assisting me in the execution of my responsibilities and preparing the party for the next election.
 
Lastly, we as a party are heartened by the convergence on action as a legitimate and constitutional pressure point on this regime. We in the MDC had seen this coming. On the 18th of August 2014, I wrote the first of my two letters to all SADC Heads of State in which I warned the region that the citizens of this country would soon be taking matters in their own hands in bringing this regime to account. The recent legitimate protests by Zimbabweans vindicate my communication to the region.
 
However, beyond protests and demonstrations, there is need for leadership and the sculpting of a coherent, durable plan which we hereby lay on the table as a party. We have no other country except Zimbabwe. We urge all Zimbabweans to rally together in demanding a better deal for us as citizens than our current sorry plight
 
I Thank You. by Morgan Tsvangirai

‘Tsvangirai Reveals, He Is Suffering From Colon Cancer, And Hospitalised In South Africa For Treatment’

 
Bedridden MDC T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has finally disclosed that he is suffering from cancer of the colon and is in South Africa to receive treatment for his ailment. Mr Tsvangirai disclosed his ailment this afternoon.
“On the 8th of May 2016My Zimbabwean doctors referred me to South Africa, where a further diagnosis revealed that Im suffering from cancer of the colon”, he said.
 
“Following the diagnosis last month, I underwent an operation last month that was successful. However a diagnosis of cancer is the first of several medical procedures that include treatment through chemotherapy, which treatment I began this week.” Source-herald.photo-Bulawayo24-Tsvangirai and wife Elizabeth Macheka

The Struggle Ahead Of Us Is Bigger Than Political Leaders And Their Political Parties

As Zimbabwe we are faced with a struggle which is now bigger than political parties, political leaders or individuals. The various political leaders and their political parties have played a critical role in liberating us from the bondage we find ourselves in. We remain grateful for the various opposition political leaders and their parties to bring the desired change of. However, one factor that has derailed the achievement of our objectives has been a major shift from the set objectives.

Instead of focusing our energies on our tormentors, energy has been channelled towards fighting each other as opposition political parties. The result has been overdrive glorifying of our various political leaders at the detriment of achieving democracy, economic independence and an improved standard of living for the ordinary person in Chiendambuya, Dotito or Mukumbura. Due to the differences of our political leaders, there has been increased blind political party allegiance by the ordinary person which brings nothing to us.

The challenge we have had with party led strategies stem from these personal differences among the various political leaders. Such a scenario has given rise to ridiculing of initiatives led by political parties by their rivals regardless of how nobble the initiatives are. The situation has given rise to discord among the democratic forces working against the ordinary person.

It is heart-warming to see that citizens are finally realising that none but ourselves will free .ourselves from the claws of the monstrous Mugabe and his cronies. The people have started coming up with various initiatives and campaigns like Occupy Africa Unit Square, This Flag and 16 Days of Occupation of Africa Unit Square which are not political party oriented but people oriented to free ourselves. It is these complimentary strategies spearheaded by the people and not politicians which will yield the desired results.

To fully complement the efforts of the various political parties and leaders, there is need to reset to the default mode by doing an introspection of why the splinted political parties were formed in the first place (to free us from Mugabe bondage and his mismanagement). Once we are aware of what needs to be achieved, everyone will then understand that the situation we a facing calls for extra ordinary measures where all Zimbabweans regardless of their political, religious or ethnic backgrounds need to converge for a common cause which will bring us the desired democratic change, economic independence and better livelihoods for all of us.

Citizens will get a better understanding that our situation calls for all of us who are affected by the predicament facing us to join other nonpartisan forces already on the ground fighting for the complete cooperation of the tyrant regime or total disintegration of Mugabe’s hegemony. Citizens have to embrace initiatives such as Occupy Africa Unity Square, This Flag and 16 Days of Occupation of Africa Unit Square.

I therefore encourage all those affected by the current situation to join those occupying the Africa Unit Square to send a message to Mr Mugabe that HATICHADA. I AM MAKING MYSELF PART OF THIS MOVEMENT. Zimbabwe is our home and belongs to us all AND does not belong to Mugabe and his family alone together with those protecting him to enjoy freebies from our hard work. By Livingstone Masamba

MDC T Spokesman Says Tsvangirai Is In Good Shape And Has Now Been Discharged From Hospital In South Africa

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The leader of  Zimbabwe’s  largest opposition, MDC-T leader Richard Morgan Tsvangirai who missed Saturday’s MDC-T protest against a debilitating economy and the people’s suffering under Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime, because he was in hospital, since last week because of ill health,  has been  discharged .

Richard Morgan Tsvangirai, was in  a private South African hospital but the MDC T party  spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka says Morgan Tsvangirai  is well now and  has been released.

Tsvangirai reportedly underwent an undisclosed  medical procedure over an undisclosed ailment, however MDC T  leaders claim that the opposition party leader, is  actually  still recovering  from internal injuries received in 2009, in a horrendous car accident  which overturned his vehicle and resulted in the death of his  first wife, Susan.

The recently frail appearing Morgan Tsvangirai was seen to be holding onto his wife Elizabeth Macheka as he walked with his supporters in the MDC T protest in Harare, last month.  By Sibusiso Ngweya

photo-A visibly frail MDC-T leader Richard Morgan Tsvangirai, holding onto his wife Elizabeth Macheka as they walked along with supporters during the Harare MDC T march
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