‘Zimbabwe on brink of total collapse and bringing down the Southern Africa region’

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 Zimbabwe is teetering on the verge of total collapse and could drag the whole Southern African region into unprecedented chaos if President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF are not reined in soon, the main opposition MDC T led by former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has warned.

Warming up to the idea of confronting Mugabe and Zanu PF head-on as suggested by liberation struggle stalwart Rugare Gumbo, the MDC T said yesterday that the longer the nonagenarian and his party remained in power, the worse things would turn for long-suffering Zimbabweans — many of whom live on less than a dollar a day.

The main opposition’s comments came as Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed earlier in the week that Mugabe’s broke government did not have the money to source maize for millions of Zimbabweans who are staring hunger in the face, amid desperate calls for Western donors and the corporate world to fund the $300 million emergency project.

At the same time, industrial contraction and company closures continue to throw hundreds of people on the ever growing jobless list every month, compounding the country’s dire and deepening poverty levels.

MDC spokesman, Obert Gutu, said everything that could go wrong in Zimbabwe had since gone wrong and was destined to get worse with Mugabe and Zanu PF in power.

“It is apparent that the Zanu PF regime is totally clueless regarding how to extricate the country from this debilitating economic mayhem and liquidity crunch. We are at the deep end.

“Zimbabwe is crying out for an urgent economic and financial rescue package. The Zanu PF regime’s main challenge is lack of political legitimacy. This is a renegade and rogue administration that is completely and utterly incapable of rescuing the situation in the country.

“Time is of the essence. The future of Zimbabwe is firmly in our hands. None but ourselves can set us free. There is a total failure of government and the centre can clearly no longer hold.

“The MDC T calls upon all patriotic and peace-loving Zimbabweans to join hands in finding lasting and effective solutions to extricate our beloved motherland from the prevailing political and socio-economic quagmire,” Gutu said.

“Robert Mugabe and his rogue administration are bankrupt and are unable to harness adequate financial resources in order to import the maize that is now urgently required. The situation cannot be more desperate than what it is right now,” he added.

Pointing to the brutal factional and succession wars devouring Zanu PF and that are worsening the plight of ordinary Zimbabweans, the MDC said ruling party bigwigs were callously ignoring bread and butter issues for their personal aggrandisement.

“The country is on virtual auto-pilot as the nonagenarian Head of State continues with his endless, fruitless, purposeless and expensive foreign jamborees. It is high time that the renegade Zanu PF regime is called to order.

“The streets of the country’s major cities, towns and growth points are teeming with thousands of desperate vendors who are struggling to eke out a living day in and day out.

“There is virtually no meaningful domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) that is flowing into Zimbabwe mainly because the Zanu PF regime has effectively lost control of the state apparatus,” Gutu added.

As a result, the MDC’s call was that it was time the country was “put back in the spotlight” by regional and continental bodies.

“It would be folly for these two organisations (Sadc and the African Union AU) to proceed as if there is no crippling crisis in Zimbabwe.

“Robert Mugabe and his rogue Zanu PF regime should be confronted and told, in no uncertain terms, that the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe is now a serious threat to both regional and continental security and stability,” Gutu warned.

Liberation struggle stalwart and spokesperson of the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan “People First”, Rugare Gumbo, said on Tuesday that the only way positive change would take place in the country was if Zimbabweans agitated for this constitutionally but robustly from Mugabe and the ruling party — and not employ “empty boycott protests”.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News in the wake of the post-congress Zanu PF’s hollow victories in last week’s by-elections which were boycotted by the main opposition MDC, Gumbo said Zimbabweans needed to do more to foster democracy in the country.

He also defended his Zanu PF formation’s “moral support” for a number of independent candidates who took part in the by-elections even as they were “always aware that our erstwhile comrades are grand masters in vote manipulation”.

“That was a bogus and sham election full of irregularities and intimidation. The CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation), and post-congress Zanu PF party members were running the show.

“Zec (the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) failed to conduct a free and fair election. It allowed Zanu PF to supervise the whole process and what really happened was unbelievable — a lot of intimidation and a lot of violence.

“This whole process must be overhauled. It is a rotten system which stinks to high heaven,” the straight-talking Gumbo said.

Asked whether the main opposition was right in boycotting the elections, Gumbo said in his view staying away from electoral processes would not on its own give the “shameless post-congress Zanu PF any sleepless nights” — but would instead allow it to enjoy what it had always dreamt about, “the creation of a one-party state”.

“Let us take them head-on. They want to push their programmes without any opposition. But what we have had are mere by-elections. When we go to national elections, it will be difficult for them to cheat as they did in these by-elections,” he said.

Gumbo a former Cabinet minister with intimate knowledge of the modus operandi of Zanu PF said his “power hungry” erstwhile comrades were not easily shaken by “petty resistance” — hence his call for a more robust approach to demands for change. source-daily news

‘Zanu PF chase opponents from open spaces, car parks and home industries’

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ZANU PF supporters are allegedly chasing away political opponents from open spaces, car parks and home industries in Harare, saying they now control the capital after the party won five parliamentary by-elections last week.

The reports came at a time several losing independent candidates complained that Zanu PF supporters were harassing them even after the ruling party won all the 16 Parliamentary by-elections countrywide.

In one incident five supporters of independent candidate Herman Karimakwenda were beaten by Zanu PF supporters who invaded their car park business in Dzivarasekwa claiming they were now in charge of Harare.

The skirmishes allegedly started on Monday after Zanu PF youths invaded the place and erected a banner written “Zanu PF youth league development area”.

Tapiwa Hungwe, identified as the son of winning MP Omega Hungwe, allegedly fired shots to scare opposition supporters during the skirmishes.

Karimakwenda alleged two opposition supporters were injured during the Monday clashes while three more were beaten on Tuesday.

He said a police report had since been made.
“The people attacked own the car park business and have been paying to council as per the lease agreement.
“Zanu PF people said they were taking over as they were now in charge,” Karimakwenda said.
“Omega Hungwe’s son produced a gun threatening to shoot people and a police report has been made.”
Both Hungwe and Tapiwa could not be reached for comment.
Zanu PF was allegedly working to ensure its supporters benefited from the vending stalls that council and government were erecting in Harare with the Queen of Grace ZimAsset Trust getting preference to choose a suitable area they would want to operate from.

The youths claimed to be linked to First Lady Grace Mugabe
Tinei Macheme, one of the victims of the Dzivaresekwa attacks, said they had since been invited to the Police Law and Order section to make a formal report.
Farai Kuveya, who is the spokesperson of 10 independent candidates who participated in the by-elections, confirmed similar attacks in other areas.

“We firmly believe that the ruling party is setting the tone for the much-awaited high stakes elections coming in 2018 and intimidation has already started with the aim of scaring people from opposing the ruling Zanu PF party,” Kuveya said.

“We have had retribution cases in seven of the 10 constituencies that we were represented.
“The latest one is the violent takeover by Zanu PF youths of a carpark that was being run by youths who supported our candidate for Dzivaresekwa constituency Tonderai Herman Karimakwenda.”
Kuveya said some of the victims of Tuesday’s violence in Dzivarasekwa had to be rushed to private hospitals as they were badly injured.

In other constituencies it was alleged that the winning Zanu PF candidates moved around carrying coffins during their celebrations.

“This intimidation then makes it difficult, going into 2018, for opposing candidates to mobilise supporters as these things are done in broad daylight with the aim of instilling fear in the masses for standing up for something that is outside of Zanu PF,” said Kuveya.

Heal Zimbabwe also expressed concern over continued cases of intimidation in Hurungwe West, days after the June 10 by-elections.

“On 14 June, alleged Zanu PF youths invaded the residence of Francis Pasipanodya, who was a polling agent for Temba Mliswa and threatened to burn his house for supporting Mliswa during the by elections,” Heal Zimbabwe said.
“The youths also threatened other Mliswa polling agents, Roderick Munayo, Phyllis Katemanyoka,Gabriel Nyamuronga and Edward Moyo in Ward 25, accusing them of also supporting Mliswa during the by-election.
“The youths vowed that these five people were no longer allowed to stay in the area and threatened to burn their houses if they resist to vacate.

“The matter has since been reported to the police and no arrests have been made. The five have already fled the area.”

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment yesterday. by  Moses Matenga /Obey Manayiti. source-zimbabwesituation

Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) raises duty on all second hand cars

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The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) unilaterally increased import duty on all second-hand motor vehicles with effect from last Wednesday.The move has resulted in duty for a wide range of motor vehicles increasing by between $200 and $400, while those importing top-of-the-range second-hand models are forking out more.

Where importers used to spend at least $6 000, they now need $400 more.

A ZIMRA official at Beitbridge Border Post said the changes sought to ensure uniformity in terms of duty paid for various vehicles at all border posts. However, the percentages upon which import duty was calculated remained unchanged.

Under the current import duty schedule, buses with a carrying capacity of 26 passengers and above pay 40 percent, double cab trucks 60 percent, and passenger motor vehicles of engine capacity below 1500cc attract duty of 40 percent.
Those vehicles with engines above 1500cc are charged 86 percent duty inclusive of VAT and Surtax.

Car dealers and clearing agents have lambasted ZIMRA for imposing the new values without prior notifications or consultations. Source: the herald

Telecel appoints Mrs Angeline Vere as the new Chief executive

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Mrs. Angeline Vere, a lady who has been employed by  Telecel Zimbabwe  since 2004, and also a  holder  of a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree (LLB), a Masters in Laws (LLM) degree with specialization in Commercial law and a Diploma in Finance and Accounting
was appointed by the Telecel Board of Directors as  the new  Chief Executive Officer, with effect from June 10, 2015, in line with the Telecel’s equal employment opportunity and empowerment policies.

Mrs Vere , has great and admirable experience, under her belt  as she was previously, the   General Manager,  Legal Manager,  Company Secretary and Legal Director at Telecel.  Mrs. Angeline Vereience work experience also  includes at Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation, (PTC-now TelOne) and the Attorney General’s (AG)  Office, and at several other Zimbabwean Companies. Sibusiso Ngwenya. newzimbabwevision.com.

‘US shooter had Rhodesian and Apartheid SA flags on his jacket’-now in custody.

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The shooter in US has been identified by the FBI  as 21 year old  Dylann Roof of Columbia area, the capital of South Carolina. Interestingly Dylann’s  Facebook profile photo shows him wearing a jacket that has   the Rhodesian or former Zimbabwe flag,  and apartheid South Africa flags. He reportedly shouted that he wanted to shoot black people before opening fire.

It is also reported that he received  a gun, a 45 calibre pistol for his 21st birthday in April and is currently out on bail for drugs crime and trespassing. Dylann Roof, reportedly  sat for about an hour in the church in bible study, casing out who he would kill and who would survive before pulling out his 45 calibre and opening fire after shouting out that he wanted to shoot blacks.

The FBI has classed this as a hate crime and police at the moment have surrounded the shooter’s mother’s house after his uncle identified a photo of him and informed the police. The gunmen was still at large initially and the final count is a total of 9 people, that is 6 women and 3 men including the pastor, were killed in the shooting at Charleston, which had previously been identified as the friendliest place in US. However breaking news is that the gunman has reportedly been captured in a traffic stop and is now in police custody in North Carolina.

The pastor was a well respected, married local leader, a senator who was respected and  stood for unity amongst the community, which was targeted for racial or religious reasons, or maybe ideological reasons such as white supremacy as insinuated by the Rhodesian and Apartheid South Africa flags emblazzoned on his jacket in his facebook profile photo. The  reasons behind this horrendous crime will probably be known in the outcome of police investigations. The church is actually the oldest church established in Chaleston and it dates back to the early 1800s.

Police have issued a statement about the circumstances of arrest, saying that he was arrested in a routine traffic stop operation within the last 30 minutes.

Charleston community are shocked that such a violent crime was carried out against innocent victims in church, in prayer in a house of God in a place where they rightfully deserve to be safe and at peace. by Sibusiso Ngwenya. source-newzimbawevision.com.

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BREAKING NEWS: Mass shooting at African Methodist Episcopal Church in US

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The US has experienced another mass shooting incidence, that occured at the Emmanuel  African Methodist Episcopal Church. The culprit behind the shooting, a white man, has yet to be arrested and no further shootings have yet been reported, but US police have launched a massive manhunt for the shooter. There are 8 people who were reportedly shot in the US city of Charleston in South Carolina. The suspect is 21, white, slender and wearing blue jeans. The  African Methodist Episcopal Church, is one of the oldest and most  well known African-American Churches in the US. More news will be published as we receive details.

‘Sudan leader Al-Bashir must rot in jail’, says Julius Malema

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SOUTH Africa’s opposition EFF leader Julius Malema says his party will persuade other African states to make an about-turn on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, ensuring he “rots in jail”.

Malema was speaking at his party’s Youth Day commemoration in Limpopo.

Al-Bashir flew out of South Africa on Monday before the North Gauteng High Court ruled that he should be arrested on the warrant issued by the ICC.

As an ICC signatory, South Africa was obliged to implement arrest warrants.

Al-Bashir is accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the Darfur conflict.

Malema said they did not endorse the “plot” to arrest Al-Bashir here because it was an instruction from an imperialist organisation.

However, Malema said Bashir had to be prosecuted by a “fair justice system”, just not the ICC.

“We are saying al-Bashir must rot in jail, he must be prosecuted for his sins, but he must be subjected to a proper justice system,” said Malema.

“The ICC is not such a justice system which can give a fair hearing to an African leader. We need institutions which are going to deal with problems,”

He told his supporters that should the EFF be victorious at the polls, it would lobby other countries to endorse that Al-Bashir be prosecuted in an African court.

“Bashir must know that when we come to power in South Africa we are going to persuade Africa to prompt his prosecution.

“We don’t support dictators, we don’t support murderers,” he said.

He said the ICC and its managers were not interested in African peace and stability. source-newzimbabwe

 

Jonathan Moyo now on radar for Mugabe’s ruthless Zanu PF purges

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Jonathan Moyo and his top ally Saviour Kasukuwere area about to be axed by their party President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean reported.

The publication claims that Moyo is the leader of a new Zanu-PF faction known as G40 (generation 40).

Sources in the Politiburo said the two were being accused of denouncing Mugabe’s wife Grace who is also the party’s secretary for the women’s league.

The sources said by his continued commenting in state media about the prosecution of former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Moyo – the Information Minister – was defying Mugabe’s directive to the state to stop the prosecution.

“The case was closed by the President who said it should not be further discussed in the media particularly by senior party members. Moyo is undermining the President,” said one source.

“What this means is that Moyo is pushing for the prosecution of Mujuru, which would embarrass Mugabe because it was noted that there was no evidence linking her with the allegations.”

“This is not the first time he has deliberately tried to destroy the first family. He is the one who was pushing Grace to burst during her campaign rallies last year so that people would see here emptiness, and the President was watching him,” he added.

Sources also said Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasuwere continued to talk with the ousted Mujuru camp.

“Kasukuwere has strong links with Mujuru. He is working with her camp and the first family is aware of the meetings he is having with those people. Also their alliance with Jonathan Moyo in the new G40 which wants to topple other senior party members is also a threat the two are posing and one of them is very soon going to be sacrificed,” they said.
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Businessman Nyambirai’s, 3 farms invaded after instigation by Solomon & Joice Mujuru

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BUSINESSMAN Tawanda Nyambirai has accused ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and her late husband Retired General Solomon Mujuru of pushing him out of his three farms in Mashonaland East.

In papers filed at the High Court seeking to repossess the farms that were acquired by some Zanu-PF officials with the blessing of the couple in 2002, Nyambirai claimed that his family and employees were subjected to intimidation and torture at the instigation of the Mujurus.

Nyambirai said he owns the farms Kopje Alleen, The Beach and Rusfontein through his companies Naval Phase Farming (Pvt) Ltd and Beach Farms (Pvt) Ltd.

The First and Second applicants are Naval Phase Farming (Pvt) Ltd and Beach Farms (Pvt) Ltd while Nyambirai is the Third Applicant.

The Minister of Lands, Land Reform and Rural Resettlement, former Zanu-PF MP for Chikomba Bernard Makokove, suspended former Zanu-PF Mashonaland provincial vice-chairperson, Stephen Chiurayi and Malvern Dzvairo are First, Second, Third and Fourth Respondents respectively.

Chiurayi was recently suspended by Zanu-PF for being aligned to the Mujuru cabal.

“I acquired these two farms and all the moveable assets thereon through the acquisition of the entire issued capital of Second Applicant under two separate agreements dated 21 September 2000,” avers Nyambirai.

“A copy of the agreement relating to the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Second Applicant is attached hereto.

“The Applicants and I financed the acquisition of these farms from our own resources supplemented by loans that I got from NMB Bank Limited who were my employers at the time. I borrowed Z$10 million from NMB Bank Limited. The bank registered a mortgage bond over the property for the same amount.”

Nyambirai said he was dispossessed of his farms in February 2002 while his brothers and employees were “terrorised, tortured and kidnapped”.

He was granted a provisional order by the High Court on February 10, 2002 to reclaim the land.

“My legal practitioner, Beatrice Mtetwa and I attempted to serve the provisional order on the illegal occupants of the farms. They intimidated us and chased us away. The intimidation continued at the Featherstone Police Station where we had sought assistance,” he said.

Nyambirai said his brothers Emmanuel and Nobert were then kidnapped and subjected to ‘severe torture’.

“After this torture incident, I received a call from the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru with an instruction to meet him at his offices that were then in Milton Park (Harare). I went to meet with him.

“I was subjected to verbal abuse, including false accusations that I was merely fronting for white people. I showed the late Retired General all my papers, including copies of the mortgage bonds.

“However, he still insisted that I should vacate the farms as the occupants of the farms had his blessings to take away the farms,” said Nyambirai.

He said Rtd Gen Mujuru directed him to go and meet then Mashonaland East Governor David Karimanzira and his team where they were put in a room that had members of the Central Intelligence Organisation and the police.

“I was subjected to further threats and verbal abuse. I had previously sought the intervention of the late Vice President Joseph Msika. In the meeting, I was ordered never to see the late Vice President Msika over the issue.

“The officials present including the late Hon. David Karimanzira claimed that the late Vice President Msika was a titular Vice President without any power and that all power was vested in the late Retired General Mujuru.

“I was threatened with worse consequences than the kidnappings and torture of my brothers if I did not withdraw the High Court application and stop seeking the intervention of the late Vice-President Msika. I succumbed to the pressure and the duress and instructed my lawyers to withdraw the High Court proceedings,” said Nyambirai.

He said Mujuru then filed applications and affidavits at the Administrative Court for the compulsory acquisition of the farms but was to later withdraw the applications midway through the hearing.

Nyambirai said the timing of the latest application was influenced by the latest political developments.

“After having been forced to withdraw a High Court application in which the applicants had an enforceable provisional order, the applicants were simply too scared to vindicate their property earlier.
“The applicants have been given courage to bring this application by the position taken by the government against abuse of power allegedly associated with the former Vice-President Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru,” said Nyambirai.

Respondents’ opposing affidavits could not be obtained. by Lloyd Gumbo
Source: chronicle

Botswana dissapointed that Omar Al-Bashir fled arrest

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Botswana yesterday said it was disappointed that Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir fled arrest in South Africa and poked holes on President Robert Mugabe’s claims that Africa does not want the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Botswana government said the African Union (AU) should assist the international community in seeking justice for victims of the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

A South African court ordered Bashir’s arrest on Monday, but Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, sneaked out of the country before the AU summit ended.

Mugabe claimed South African President Jacob Zuma had told him that Al-Bashir would not be arrested. The Zimbabwean leader claimed the ICC was not wanted in Africa.

“This is not the headquarters of the ICC, we don’t want it in this region at all.

“There is a view that we should withdraw from the ICC…unfortunately, the treaty that set up the court was not signed by the AU, but by individual countries.

“The ICC was there to help us try cases, especially cases of violence in any country during an election, but those who signed are now regretting that. As Zimbabwe we said no to submitting ourselves to outside justice, we never signed up with ICC.”

Botswana, a signatory to the Rome Statute that created the ICC, and Malawi have openly opposed Mugabe’s campaign to force Africa to abandon the court based at The Hague.

Botswana President Ian Khama, who deputises Mugabe, who is Sadc chairperson, and the strongly-worded statement from his government indicated that the region is not fully behind Mugabe.

Botswana, which has been vocal on human rights violations including in Zimbabwe, praised the South African courts for being firm and bemoaned the AU’s soft approach towards Al-Bashir.

It said the Sudanese strongman would have been arrested if the summit had been held in Botswana.

“We commend this action that gives hope and optimism to the victims of these atrocities and brutality,” the statement added.

“We, therefore, find it disappointing that President Al-Bashir avoided arrest when he cut short his visit and fled, in fear of arrest, to his country.

“We call on all countries that are a State party to the Rome Statute of the ICC to co-operate with the ICC in ensuring that President Al-Bashir is made to account for the atrocities committed in Darfur and to support the international community’s efforts to provide justice for the victims.

“The African Union should lead by example in this regard.”

Mugabe himself has been threatened with ICC action for human rights violations that date back to the Gukurahundi atrocities that claimed over 20 000 lives in the 1980s.
Source: newsday

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