The party called on AU to ask Mugabe to step down from his position as AU Chair immediately.
Below is the full statement;
We the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, in South Africa are gathered here today to express our displeasure, at the presence of Robert Mugabe.
Leaders from the African continent have not only allowed Mugabe to be the AU chair, representing the whole African continent for that matter despite the continued violation of human rights by his Zanu-PF led government.
Millions of Zimbabweans have suffered under his despotic rule for the past 35 years. Thousands have been tortured, killed and disappeared under his rule, while the African continent continues to applaud him.
This has been amid, a series of election thefts, which have driven our party to boycott elections, insisting on elections with proper reforms. Elections in Zimbabwe have been fraught with irregularities, marred by fraud, violence and intimidation.
Against the denial of a vote of Zimbabweans in the diaspora, who have continually been denied their basic human right to vote.
We would like the AU to practice the democracy they continue to talk about by not allowing a 91 year old dictator to oppress his own people and turn a blind eye to what is happening in Zimbabwe.
This has not only caused untold suffering to the people of Zimbabwe by forcing them out of their homeland but a has also made us a burden to other African countries such as South Africa.
We urge the African Union to practice what they preach by starting to practice and implement the democratic principles that they preach about and show the world that the AU is not just a talk shop but a serious continental body.
We urge the AU to ask Mr. Mugabe to step down from his position as AU Chair immediately.
We then urge the AU to ensure that there is a smooth transitional government, that is neutral and non partisan that will ensure that there will be full electoral reforms that will pave way for proper, genuine democratic elections in Zimbabwe, (and not the sham by-elections that were held in Zimbabwe recently, which were basically about Mugabe’s Zanu-PF contesting against itself with election violence coupled with resultant voter apathy).
by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24News
In a full judgment availed recently under Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe Number 4 of 2015, the court observed that Section 42 of the Constitution allows for the enactment of a law to deal with citizenship issues.
The order was granted in 2013 just before the harmonised elections, but the detailed judgment with reasons was made available this year.
This comes at a time several people were failing to assert their citizenship rights because the Registrar-General’s Office was demanding an Act of Parliament or at least a court order to regularise citizenship.
A number of lawyers confirmed that after the Mawere ruling in 2013, several Zimbabweans abroad, who had acquired foreign passports, flocked to them seeking restoration of their citizenship right but were facing challenges at the RG’s Offices.
Part of the judgment reads:
“Section 42 (of the Constitution) makes it possible for Parliament to enact legislation to deal with the various aspects of citizenship itemised in that sec- tion.
“Secondly, such legislation must be consistent with Chapter 3 of the Constitution. In other words, such legislation may not allow for the derogation of any rights conferred in terms of Chapter 3.
“Thirdly, the section makes it clear that such legislation may deal with the prohibition of dual citizenship in respect of citizenship by descent or registration only.
“It does not provide for the prohibition of dual citizenship in respect of persons who are citizens by birth”
The court further observed that the same Section 42 provides for the enactment of legislation dealing with the restoration of Zimbabwean citizenship.
“In all these situations, an affected person may apply for the restoration of Zimbabwean citizenship. An Act of Parliament will provide details on how such citizenship can be restored,” reads the judgment.
Harare lawyer Mr Tafadzwa Mugabe, who represented Mr Mawere in the 2013 case, said his law firm, Nyakutombwa/Mugabe Legal Counsel, was seized with several cases of Zimbabweans based in Britain and other countries who were finding it difficult to acquire Zimbabwean passports and other documents.
“Since we got the Mawere order in 2013, we have received many cases of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora seeking to assert that dual citizenship right.
“In three of the cases, we approached the RG’s Office and the officials told us that in the absence of an enabling Act, the applicants may at least bring a court order to that effect,” said Mr Mugabe.
“But we believe that the Mawere judgment is sufficient for our clients to enjoy their rights as Zimbabwean citizens,” he said.
The court ruled that dual citizenship in respect of citizens by birth existed by operation of law.
Mr Mawere was born in Bindura, Zimbabwe, on January 11 1960 and both his parents were born in the same country.
In July 2002, Mr Mawere acquired the citizenship of South Africa by registration.
In order to register as a voter in the 2013 harmonised elections, Mr Mawere approached the RG’s offices to procure a duplicate national identity document, having lost the original.
He was advised that for as long as he remained a South African citizen, he would not be eligible for a Zimbabwean national identity document. by Daniel Nemukuyu
Source: the herald
Rugare Gumbo, a former Zanu PF stalwart, who was one of the first key figures to fall, in the ruthless Zanu PF purge of December 2014, has declared that Zanu PF can keep their heroes acre to themselves as long as they intend to to use the honour of burial at the heroes acre as symbolic of or a reward for loyalty to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.
Rugare Gumbo’s outburst was triggered by Mugabe and his Zanu PF’s failure to honour the late Zanu PF stalwart Amos Midzi, who died recently, and who was buried at Glen Forest Cemetery in Harare on Saturday.
Rugare Gumbo stated that he is not bothered about being denied a hero status as he owns his own land, thus has his own heroes acre, family and friends and did not participate in the armed struggle for heroes status but rather to free the people of Zimbabwe from colonial oppression. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe has, unsurprisingly come out in full defiance to the the two-term limit imposed upon African leaders, at a time when he is serving his seventh term in office at the helm of Zimbabwe’s politics.
Robert Mugabe was addressing delegates at the opening session of the African Union, as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) in Sandton on Sunday afternoon Mugabe, stating “we [in Africa] put a rope around our own neck and say leaders must only have two terms”.
“It is a democracy, if people want a leader to continue, let him continue,” he said, adding that two terms could feel as short as two weeks.
In sharp contrast to his suggestion, Mugabe went on to say, that heads of state should be warned against causing instability by seeking more than two terms, typically goading Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, attempt to seek a third term in office.
Mugabe also spoke out against leaders seeking retaliation. “Then there are fights.
What will obviously come across as the mother of all shockers to the discerning eye, was Mugabe’s uncharacteristic call for principled leadership in order not to trouble one’s subjects, stating “Let’s be brotherly, principled and avoid causing problems to our people, because then our people become refugees.”
However, he had actually already summarised to listeners, the simple fact that two terms is not enough which is probably why he is more of a life time president after serving seven consecutive terms in Zimbabwe. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir has arrived in Sudan within the last hour having flown out of South Africa from Waterkloof Airbase, despite an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by ICC and a court order to bar his departure from South Africa whilst a decision was being made on whether or not to arrest him.
President Omar al-Bashir, arrived in South Africa to attend the African Union, (AU) Summit despite the ICC warrant of arrest for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
The high Court in South Africa had issued a court order barring Omar Al bashir’s departure from South Africa whilst a decision was being made on whether or not to arrest him today and all ports wre reportedly alerted about this , including the Waterkloof Military Airbase from which he safely departed from.
Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir has arrived safely in Sudan, whilst South Africa’s high court has now found itself in conflict with the Executive over the government’s failure to observe the court’s orders to ensure that President Omar Al-Bashir did not leave South Africa whilst a decision was being made.
It is evident that South Africa’s government may have taken advantage of a technicality in the law to undermine or circumvent the High court order thus affording al-Bashir to escape arrest, by departing from a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) air base.
The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) had managed to obtain a court interim order barring his departure from South Africa pending arrest on the ICC warrant of arrest, and because South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute , it is duty bound to enforce the warrant. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
The exiled Snowden reportedly downloaded as much as 1,7 million secret files but now; arising from this, Britain has withdrawn its spies from foreign missions after Russia and China, reportedly deciphered Snowdens files.
The fears are that while no agents have been harmed, for years Russia and China will be sifting through the records which identify and locate their whereabouts thereby endangering them and so, primarily for safety, this step had been neccessitated. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
The Sudanese President obviusly rues the day he decided to fly to South Africa to attend the recently ended African Union (AU) summit after civil rights groups took the South African government to court to force them to serve the outstanding warrant of arrest against Omar for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
South Africa is signatory to the Rome convention which established the ICC and its High Court has ordered President Omar AL- Bashir to remain in South Africa and that all efforts must be made to prevent his
departure whilst the Court considers
whether or not to arrest Omar and hand him over to the ICC for trial at the Hague.
If President Omar AL-Bashir is sucessfully indicted then a whole can of worms will open up with Civil Rights groups and oppressed African nationals demanding more arrests of African dictators with endless lists of brutality, genocide pepetrated while in office, case in point, the current African Union chairman, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. This would truely be a people’s victory for Democracy, Transparency and Accountability on the African holds 20 of the longest serving heads of state, who are accused of not holding the interest of their own people at heart.
The African Union, a body which has been in place since 1963, is generally considered not fit for purpose and whilst its leaders clamour for African solutions to African leaders and are against external interference by former colonial western powers, it is considered to now face a huge challenge with China making inroads into influencing African politics especially after China invested US$50 million into the construction of the AU head quarters building in Addis Ababa. By Sibusiso Ngwenya.
Zimbabweans who lost savings at the height of the hyperinflation in 2009 which saw the collapse of the Z$ and unofficial adoption of a multi currency system with the use of the South African Rand and US$ will be able to exchange their Z$ account balances from Monday until September 2015 at a rate of Z$175 quadrillion to US$5.
This exercise was pre empted by the intriduction of Bond coins into circulation valued at US$10million or £6,4 million but the coins have not been embraced by the Zimbabwean consumers as they fear this is a ploy to bring back the worthless Zimbabwe dollar by Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime.
Mugabe’s government corruption and mismanagement of the economy fuelled the hyper inflation even though Mugabe and his state propaganda machinery have always sought to blame the west.
Many Zimbabweans will rush to do the trade tomorrow but be warned that many will go back home on foot as what they will receive will not be adequate to cover transport costs. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
‘SHOCKING CORRUPTION REVELATION ABOUT PRISON ESCAPE SCANDAL INVOLVING CHIHURI AND A PRISON OFFICER AT, BULAWAYO’S KHAMI PRISON’
A Khami Prison inmate has claimed that he was ordered to escape from jail by a prison officer and gave him $300 for transport.
Innocent Chihuri told Bulawayo magistrate that a prison officer identified as Maindeyi hatched the plan to let him escape as he wanted to expose certain corrupt senior prison officers.
But his freedom was short lived and very costly.
The court heard that sometime in December last year, during a roll call it was discovered that Chihuri was missing.
A search was conducted and discovered that Chihuri had not returned after the day’s duties.
In court Chihuri revealed that he was assisted to escape.