Chiwenga, to be granted special powers when he assumes the office of VP of Zimbabwe soon, to help his imminent boss, VP Mnangagwa

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COLOGNE – Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga, is set to be granted special powers when he assumes the office of Vice President of Zimbabwe any day from now, to help his imminent boss, VP Emmerson Mnangagwa, all but about to become the second republic leader to stabilise the political and economic situation in the country ahead of the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections, Spotlight Zimbabwe reported.
The disclosures come at a time when there is growing social unrest and discontent, characterised by street protests and demonstrations by rights activists, as political analysts are warning that Harare risks becoming a failed regime, due to the country’s multiple social and economic woes bedeviling the populace.

Also President Robert Mugabe’s exit from office, might trigger stratospheric political chaos and civil disorder, breeding fears of anarchy as people are “going to be tempted to test the powers” of any incoming regime after Mugabe, government insiders said yesterday.

According to a current serving cabinet minister, with knowledge about the behind the scenes developments, Chiwenga is going to be vested with more responsibilities to manage, the security element of the new government, whose tenure is expected to be shortlived.

Opponents opposed to Mnangagwa taking over the presidency, have raised alarm that his administration if it comes to power, will give birth to a securocrat state. A securocratic state is one in which the military-security apparatus is a dominant factor in the power complex that is the state.

“Traditionally vice presidents in our country are largely ceremonial,” said the minister this week. “They do not have well defined powers other than assisting the President. However as an incoming first vice president, the General (Chiwenga) is going to have special powers in government directed at managing security ministries, therefore he shall enjoy symbolic executive power, as determined by the new president.”

Zimbabwe’s main security ministries, include defence, home affairs and state security. Ministers Sydney Sekeramayi, Ignatius Chombo and Kembo Mohadi lead the crucial portfolios respectively.

The minister said Chiwenga will not find it difficult to deliver, as he has been a key member of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) for many years.

JOC is a shadowy quasi military organ, bringing together the country’s military-security complex which includes the army, and its military intelligence wing and Presidential Guard, Air Force, police, prisons and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to manage homeland security affairs.

Author Robert I. Rotberg in a book titled Failed States, Collapsed States, Weak States: Causes and Indicators says if reforms fail Harare becomes a failed state. “In most failed states, regimes prey on their own constituents. Driven by ethnic or other intercommunal hostility, or by the governing elite’s insecurities, they victimize their own citizens or some subset of the whole that is regarded as hostile. As in Mobutu Sese Seko’s Zaire or the Taliban’s Afghanistan, ruling cadres increasingly oppress, extort, and harass the majority of their own compatriots while privileging a more narrowly-based party, clan, or sect.”

Spotlight Zimbabwe was the first media publication in the country to break the story of Chiwenga’s pending shock elevation to be first vice president on 18 March 2016.

Zimbabwe has never had a vice president, taking over from an incumbent leader since Independence from Britain in 1980. Closer to us across the Limpopo, Thabo Mbeki, then vice president during Nelson Mandela’s reign managed to succeed him in 1999, as promotion to his appointment as deputy president in 1994.

Former VP Joice Mujuru appointed into office in 2004, was within a whisker of succeeding Mugabe but was unceremoniously kicked out of power in 2014. by Itai Mushekwe Source – spotlight

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has claimed President Robert Mugabe is aware of the circumstances leading to the death of her husband,

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FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has claimed President

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has claimed President Robert Mugabe is aware of the circumstances leading to the death of her husband, Solomon, in an inferno that continues to confound the nation five years after the country’s first black army commander died.
 
Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), has alleged that President Robert Mugabe owes her an explanation over the death of her ex husband the Retired General Solomon Mujuru whose burnt out remains were recovered from his Ruzambo Farm in Beatrice on August 15, 2011,
The Mujuru family openly disputed, the findings of an inquiry into Mujuru’s death as the inquest ruled out foul play. This is the first time that she has openly levelled a finger of accusation towards her former boss, President Robert Mugabe…..DISCUSS! By Sibusiso Ngwenya

BREAKING NEWS, -‘ PANICKING MUGABE phones Tsvangirai Over ‘MDCT Merger With ZimPeople First’

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BREAKING NEWS, A PANICKING MUGABE: Reportedly phones MDCT leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the eve of his ground breaking joining of MDCT and JOICE MUJURU Zim People First party announced this weekend by Tsvangirai. He is absolutely in panic over this. By Sibusiso Ngwenya More news to follow……

‘MUGABE, exaggerates his liberation struggle role, and doesn’t even have a nom de guerre!’-Joice Mujuru

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FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has poured cold water on President Robert Mugabe, accusing him of exaggerating his role during the liberation struggle leading to the country’s independence in 1980

Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimFirst) dropped the bombshell during a campaign rally in Chinhoyi at the weekend, where she challenged Mugabe to give his nom de guerre, if he had any, to prove his liberation credentials.

She fired the salvo while responding to Mugabe’s recent crackdown on the leadership of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) following a damning communique that branded the 92-year-old leader a ruthless and manipulative dictator.

Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimFirst) dropped the bombshell during a campaign rally in Chinhoyi at the weekend, where she challenged Mugabe to give his nom de guerre, if he had any, to prove his liberation credentials.

She fired the salvo while responding to Mugabe’s recent crackdown on the leadership of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) following a damning communique that branded the 92-year-old leader a ruthless and manipulative dictator.

“War vets are not stupid, don’t mistake their silence for foolishness. Mugabe is deliberately turning holding cells and prisons into war vets’ houses, while their places of leisure are now the courts,” Mujuru said.

Zanu PF has purged ZNLWVA chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa, vice-chairperson Headman Moyo, secretary-general Victor Matemandanda, spokesperson Douglas Mahiya and political commissar Francis Nhando from its ranks, accusing them of indiscipline.

Mutsvangwa was expelled for indiscipline two months ago, while the other members of his executive were sacked last week as part of a State-sponsored witch hunt on suspected authors of the stinging communiqué issued on July 21.

Mahiya, Matemadanda, Moyo and Nhando are currently on bail, having been charged with insulting Mugabe via the communiqué.

The offending communiqué, was a stinging rebuke for Mugabe and included a rejection of his candidature in the 2018 presidential elections.

Mujuru’s spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro, said the former VP’s comments were meant to bring Mugabe to order.

“Mujuru is just calling Mugabe to order. Mugabe is behaving like a super liberation war Rambo when we all know he joined towards the twilight years of the war. The fact that Mugabe does not have a war-time name, then used to disguise one’s identity, means his participation was minimal or at best was not a threat to his family back home,” Nyandoro said.

“The liberation war was a collective effort. But the issue of nom de guerres was very important. It had an attachment to the intensity of one’s participation and contribution. Mugabe is a war veteran on the intellectual leadership side, but many including those who did not make it back home provided leadership at the front.”

Nyandoro added: “The fact that Mugabe does not have a war name is a clear indication that his contribution was just but one of those. Mujuru is saying it is wrong for one man to try and expropriate the struggle under his name. Mugabe should not be allowed to abuse war veterans. He is exaggerating his role during the war.” source-newsday

The former vice president Joice Mujuru and her late ex husband Gen Solomon Mujuru who is suspected to have been burnt to death by Mugabe at his farm in Beatrice

‘Mugabe’s Zanu PF Propagandist Jonathan Caught Up In gukurahundi Storm’

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Zanu-PF top spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo has made bold claims that Zimbabwe People First leader Joyce Mujuru is making political capital out of Gukurahundi atrocities.

Last week, Mujuru was quoted saying once elected as President she will  bring perpetrators to book.

More than 20 000 people in Matabeleland and some parts of the Midlands were killed by the fifth brigade.

President Robert Mugabe has never apologised only saying it was a moment of madness.
Writing on his social media micro blogging site – twitter, Moyo accused Mujuru of  seeking relevance by using the Gukurahundi issue.

He posted, “Its interesting that Mum Mujuru who was mum during Gukurahundi now seeks to profit from it! “.

As usual, his comment attracted a barrage  of attacks by his followers.

Some said Moyo is also profiting from Gukurahundi through his silence.A former critic of Mugabe, Moyo once revealed that his father was killed by Gukurahundi forces.

Said Dr Tendai “@ProfJNMoyo And u Prof who was so vocal about gukurahundi are now mum about it, and profiting from it”.
Shellylane added “@ProfJNMoyo even more interesting that you see Mai Mujuru’s flaws after she is out of your ZANU PF, be easy on her, she is still your leader.”

Mathews Dera said “@ProfJNMoyo As amazing as a Mugabe critic turned Spin Doctor because of Chingwa”.

Bmusonza said Mujuru was not involved in the heinous crime. “@ProfJNMoyo Mujuru was never part of Gukurahundi perpetrators. her husband never involved. Five Brigade was operating from President’s office”.

Ruyedzo Mutizwa joined the attack saying ” ‏@TOITASEYI @bmusonza @ProfJNMoyo I don’t usually agree with @ProfJNMoyo but he said mum and silence means concurrence and him also is mum on injustice and poverty”.

FearlessJournalist ‏@mugrade_seven @ProfJNMoyo your father was killed during gukurahundi but you are mum about it.”

One Bryan Nana said Moyo was silent because he is busy looting resource.

“‏@DiminguB @ProfJNMoyo Just like u, before 2000 u saw the rot in Zanupf but now it’s squeaky clean Becoz u r benefiting from the looting?

During her first rally as opposition leader in Bulawayo on Saturday, Mujuru avoided the emotive Gukurahundi issue. source-bulawayo24

Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, considered the chief architect of gukurahundi and Jonathan Moyo. source bulawayo24

‘To Gain Public Acceptance, Expelled Zanu PF Stalwarts Mujuru & Mutasa, Must Tell The Truth’

RECENT claims by former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who is now president of the newly-formed opposition Zimbabwe People’s First (Zim PF) and former State Security minister Didymus Mutasa, that they were not at liberty to expose Zanu PF’s dark past lest they play foul to the Official Secrecy Act, cannot go unchallenged.

 

Zimbabwe People First Leader Dr.Joyce Mujuru

It’s no secret that Mujuru, Mutasa et al at ZimPF played a pivotal role in ensuring the Zanu PF party stranglehold on power by crushing dissenting voices over the past three decades.

Now that they have crossed the floor, they owe Zimbabweans nothing else but the truth in order for them to gain public acceptance by the electorate in the opposition camp.

A passage from the Bible, the English Standard Version (EVS) on John 8:31-32, will be of great help to both Mutasa and Mujuru, if they entertain any hopes of winning the hearts of the electorate, especially ahead of the crunch 2018 elections.

In case, the two do not find time to read the Bible, the passage hewn from John 8: 31-32 partly reads: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The message in that piece of scripture demands that Mujuru, Mutasa and many others in their trail should open up and tell the truth of what used to happen and by so doing they might win the hearts of the masses.

It’s no point for them to want to be accepted as democrats without publicly exorcising the Zanu PF ghost that has been associated with them for the past 34 years.

Why would the duo seek to hide behind the fears of the Official Secrecy Act, if they claim to have the mandate to emancipate Zimbabweans? Why do they think the masses will believe them if they do not sacrifice their own positions to let the people of Zimbabwe know who has been behind so much atrocities for over three decades.

Of course, the duo may decide not to divulge the perpetrators of such heinous acts, but this could seal their own fate. Zimbabweans cannot be taken for granted, they may seem naïve, but truly speaking they are more vigilant and have gone through thick and thin and are now politically mature.

It is not in dispute the violence perpetrated on the masses, torture and abduction of members of opposition parties, has for decades been sanctioned by top government and Zanu PF officials, all in the spirit of retaining power.

If the truth be told, senior government officials, at all material times would be alive to what would be on the ground across the country and in some instances, being the ones directing operations and giving instructions for certain individuals or groups of people to be tortured, victimised and/or abducted.

Mujuru and Mutasa need not forget that you cannot curry public sympathy if you maintain your penchant of telling half-truths. What’s the point of remaining subservient to an obnoxious piece of legislation while pretending to have parted ways with its evil machinations? Just tell the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Food for thought.Source-newsday

ZimFirst leader Maxwell Shumba Threatens To Stop Mujuru Using His Party Name

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ZimFirst leader Maxwell Shumba has accused former Vice President Joice Mujuru of confusing the people by using his party names.

“For how long should we continue to swat this fly?” Shumba said.

Mujuru’s party is called Zimbabwe People First a name almost similar to ZimFirst led by Shumba.

“We currently are inundated with questions from concerned people who are confused with the names which have taken Zimbabwean politics by storm-both ZimFirst names-People First which the Mujuru Party is using and Zimbabwe First. This issue has become a big distraction to our activities,” he said.

“It’s very sad and unfortunate that she decided to come into opposition politics riding on our back.”

Shumba said their answer to those who are confused and are asking the questions surrounding the names was that ‘People First and Zimbabwe First are one and same.

“They are intellectual and legal properties of Zimbabwe First. We will stop her from using it period. The time and place to so are our choosing. We do reserve the right to act in any shape and form to stop her from riding on our back’ There you have it,” Shumba said. By Stephen Jakes. Source: Byo24News

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‘ My Husband, Gen Solomon Mujuru Was Murdered’ -Joice Mujuru

Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has claimed that her husband Solomon Mujuru was murdered in August 2011.
She revealed this in an interview with UK newspaper, Sunday Times at the weekend.

Mujuru revealed that though she was certain that her husband was murdered, she did not know who had carried out the assignment.

However, a government coroner released a report which ruled out any foul play in Solomon Mujuru’s death.

Joice Mujuru disputed the official account of her husband’s death and vowed that the truth about what happened would eventually come out.

In the interview, Mujuru alleged that there was a blue flame, almost one-and-a-half meters high, and this was evidence that there was some kind of accelerant in that fire. –
Source: Daily News

 

Brutal Police Assault Of War Veterans Leaves Mnangagwa’s Presidential Aspirations In Tatters

If any further proof was required to show that the Zanu-PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations is reeling from the ruling party’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars, this was ruthlessly brought to the public fore yesterday.In an unprecedented move, anti-riot police mercilessly clamped down on a group of war veterans loyal to the embattled VP – tear-gassing and water-spraying them before unyieldingly forcing them to disperse – after the group of former freedom fighters attempted to flex their muscles and congregate in Harare yesterday.

The chaos, which the Daily News had accurately predicted in its editions of the past few days, came as Zanu-PF’s ugly internal ructions get deadlier and dirtier, with the party faction linked to Mnangagwa increasingly mounting an open rebellion against President Robert Mugabe and his influential wife Grace.

So in-your-face and aggressive have some of the utterances and tactics being employed by Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) become, that there has been for some time now real fear within Zanu-PF that the ruling party’s escalating brawls could soon boil over into bloody conflict.

Pandemonium broke out in Harare yesterday, with many disinterested bystanders and journalists getting caught up in the mayhem, as police threw teargas and sprayed water on the gathered group of war veterans who had trickled into the capital to attend their rally at the City Sports Stadium – with the apparent objective of baying for Grace’s blood, who recently savaged Mnangagwa.

“Nyika ino haitongwe naGrace. Tinoterera President Robert Mugabe (Grace is not this country’s leader. We only listen to Mugabe),” some of the war veterans could be heard shouting before they were brutally dealt with, to the utter shock of many, as Zanu-PF demonstrators are usually spared this kind of rough justice by authorities.

Among the demands that the group of war veterans wanted to press home were calls for the ousted Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNWVA) chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa to be reinstated, as well as agitating for Mugabe to “rein in” Grace.

But their mission, including plans to march to Zanu-PF’s national headquarters,  fell apart after the authorities decided to deal with them firmly – a treatment that is usually reserved for opposition supporters and other critics of the government.

However, sources close to the Mnangagwa camp told the Daily News later that the faction would not give up, and would continue “to struggle until justice prevails”.

Police officers, who gave the fast-aging war veterans five minutes to abandon their march yesterday before action would be taken against them, said their demo and meeting had not been sanctioned by authorities.

Some war vets flee after police fired tear gas. Pics: Annie Mpalume

The war veterans, clearly of the belief that force would not be used against them, said defiantly that they were “not going anywhere,” before breaking into song.

“Isu torara pano, hapana kwatinoenda. Tiri mauto. Taneta nekudzvanyirirwa, takairwira nyika ino (We are staying put. We are soldiers. We are sick and tired of being oppressed, as we fought for this country),” some of the war veterans shouted.

Soon after, all hell broke loose – and to the disappointment of some bystanders with a high affinity for real life drama, the veterans scampered for dear life with barely a whimper.

One war veteran who spoke to the Daily News later dejectedly pointed to the contradiction in the treatment that they had received from police, compared to the “pampering and protection” that anti-Mnangagwa party youths had got the previous day when they gathered in Harare.

“This is very painful young man. I can’t believe that this is what we struggled for. I’m even told that some of our comrades who were coming from Bulawayo had their hired vehicle impounded by the police,” the forlorn and frail-looking war vet said.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News on Tuesday that Zanu-PF bigwigs were perturbed by the fact that Mnangagwa’s followers were increasingly challenging not just Grace, but Mugabe himself as well, in their public utterances – a situation they said did not augur well for the future of the party and the country.

“We have now entered a new ugly and uncharted territory in the life of the party and the country, where it’s difficult to predict what will happen next.

“What many of us are worried about the most is that those who are said to be fighting for Mnangagwa are more and more daring and challenging both Mugabe and his wife Grace openly, which is unheard of,” a politburo member who claimed to be “non-aligned” said.

Another party insider told the Daily News that he was “very worried” about the extent to which the two main factions battling for supremacy within the former liberation movement now appeared “to hate each other”.

“I think anyone who says that they are not concerned by the wars will be lying. The truth of the matter is that at the rate at which things are deteriorating, it may be a matter of time before we see body bags in places like Harare and the Midlands,” the senior Zanu-PF official said.

Contacted later in the wake of the political developments of the past few days within the warring party, the official said the situation had “worsened” – pointing to the alleged launch by Mnangagwa’s allies of an “ominous and shady” programme dubbed Operation Shumba.

“Indeed, what is this Operation Shumba? Is it merely a play on Mnangagwa’s totem or it’s a more sinister project that is underway?

“And what makes what is happening now less grave than what (former VP) Joice Mujuru and (ex-war veterans leader) Jabulani Sibanda were expelled for from the party? I fear for the peace and stability of this country,” he said.

A source close to Team Lacoste said there was a feeling in the camp that Grace’s blistering attack on Mnangagwa and his faction last Friday had “the blessings of the president” – adding further that it was “disappointing” that Mugabe had “failed” to stop his wife from opposing the Midlands godfather.

He disclosed then that it was contemplated that the faction, using a section of war veterans from the ousted veterans executive, would see the camp embarking on mass demonstrations in Harare.

Meanwhile, State media, and in particular the Mnangagwa faction’s main propaganda vehicle, The Herald, have ratcheted up their assault on Grace, VP Phelekezela Mphoko, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and other perceived G40 bigwigs.
Source: dailynews