By definition a coup is a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force and from an analytical view, the real Coup in Zimbabwe was in 2014

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By definition a coup is a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force. The rise of Grace Mugabe on to the political scene and power was a clear signal of the national descent into anarchy- political anarchy. It is very clear that as she rose in the party structures she also amassed more and more power uncensored. From the time of the Mujuru sacking in 2014 a de facto civilian coup had taken place in Zimbabwe. It was clear executive power had divested into the hands of the first lady. The President was no longer in control.

Why a civilian coup? Yes we all know the party state conflation that has obtained in Zimbabwe since independence. Zanu had become synonymous with government. Since the rise of Grace Mugabe executive power suddenly shifted from Munhumutapa Building the seat of government to wherever Grace Mugabe was at any given time. Grace Mugabe was elected or appointed as the secretary for women affairs in the ruling party Zanu PF. That position despite the clear party state conflation has no direct influence on executive functions as she was not even a member of cabinet.
The civilian coup was executed and consolidated with the aid of a few members of the executive.

As can be seen Grace’s attack on government officials always started on their government roles not party roles. In any case she never attacked their roles in the party. Therefore effectively she was dispensing executive functions. The President was no longer in control. Yes in their party it was ok for her to attack them for not implementing party policies in government but it was not ok for her to make pronouncements on their official government roles as was happening. Government has a clear monitoring and evaluation system for its officials and parties have their monitoring and evaluation systems for their government deployees.

The constitution of Zimbabwe is very clear on the roles and functions of the President and these functions are limited to the Presidium.

There is no constitutional role for the First lady in Zimbabwe or anywhere else in the world. By doing what she was doing she had executed a civilian coup and in the process captured the executive
The President willingly or unwillingly abdicated his executive functions which translates to abdicating his constitutional functions. Practically the First Lady had usurped the President’s constitutional powers and executive functions through unconstitutional means whether its in the bedroom as others would want to say or taking advantage of his advanced age. Either way it points to a civilian coup.

In terms of the constitution (Section 88) executive authority derives from the people of Zimbabwe and it vests in the President who exercises it through cabinet. Dr Grace Mugabe was neither the President nor in cabinet. So by what authority was she presiding over government functions?

In terms of the constitution (Section 89-90) the President is the Head of State and Government and therefore, its only him or his designate in terms of the constitution, who can make pronouncements on government functions. Therefore, it is the President’s (Not his wife’s) constitutional duty to uphold, defend, obey and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the nation. By allowing, willingly or unwillingly, his wife Grace to usurp his constitutional duties the President was virtually failing to play his constitutional role. By all standards he was incapacitated.

The constitution (Section 100-101) is also clear that if for any reason the President is unable to exercise his official functions those functions must be assumed and exercised by a vice President or a minister designated by the President or a Minister nominated by cabinet.

If anyone outside the confines of the constitution exercises executive authority, functions and duties of the President by definition and all intents and purposes has staged a coup. This means a constitutional order has been subverted. Executive power has been usurped. Hence a civilian coup environment would have ensued.
Apart from protecting Zimbabwe, its national security and interests and its territorial integrity it is the function of the defence forces to uphold the Zimbabwe constitution (Section 212).
A coup in whatever form is an abrogation of the supreme law of Zimbabwe. The army played its part in defending the constitution and returning Zimbabwe to constitutionalism.
In real terms what happened in Zimbabwe is not a military coup but an intervention to reverse a coup.
Whether the army had other intentions or not the move was a logical effluxion. The army is the last line of defence for the constitution after the President who is mandated to do same.

On another note the situation has created a perfect opportunity for the defence forces to shed off the perceived tag of partisanship. Whether we want to believe it or not the army move was in defence of national interests and the national constitution. A civilian coup was in operation.

We all want Zimbabwe working again. With events taking place in the past four years it was fast becoming a pipe dream that it would indeed work again. With the rise of the First Lady the future was indeed humid and overcast. Approval or disapproval the military move may be described as a positive wrong (if at all it qualifies to be called a wrong) to right a negative wrong.

We should take them at their word that they want to see a peaceful, prosperous, civilian run Zimbabwe where rights and freedoms in their totality are observed and respected. Now that they have started the ball rolling its imperative to create a conducive environment for the establishment of a representative national transitional government as a matter of urgency. The mandate of this representative and inclusive transitional animal is two fold. First is to arrest the debilitating economic meltdown that has devastated our people.

Secondly, because we are a constitutional democracy where power is transferred or retained through election, to prepare the country for free, fair and credible elections. Yes transition has begun. Zimbabwe is in irreversible transition. Things will never be the same again. To our gallant men and women in uniform Nzira dzemasoja dzekuzvibata nadzo should remain the guiding principles. You belong to Zimbabwe. And all of us regardless of political affiliation ARE Zimbabwe. It’s time to forgive and move on. A new beginning. The stage is set. God bless our country and return us to the ideals of the liberation struggle and constitutionalism. By Earnest Nyamukachi Conflict Analyst, Mediator and Researcher

PATRICK ZHUWAO has in the last half an hour said that his uncle President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his wife First Lady Grace Mugabe are ready to die for the nation.

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PATRICK ZHUWAO has in the last half an hour said that his uncle President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his wife First Lady Grace Mugabe are ready to die for the nation. This is in absolute defiance to calls for Mugabe to step down. Meanwhile around Harare massive numbers of Zimbabweans are protesting wildly in advance celebration of Mugabe’s exit from power as Mugabe is under house arrest by the military but continuously refusing to step down, More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

SEASONED Bulawayo judicial officer Justice Lawrence Kamocha (70) this week retired from the High Court bench after serving the judiciary for 47 years

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SEASONED Bulawayo judicial officer Justice Lawrence Kamocha this week retired from the High Court bench after serving the judiciary for 47 years. Justice Kamocha joined the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on September 1, 1970 as a court interpreter. Justice Kamocha left a mark as an interpreter due to his fluency in nine different languages.
 
He studied law and rose through the ranks to become a judge of the High Court. At independence in 1980, Justice Kamocha was sworn in as a magistrate and he worked in various parts of the country, including Beitbridge, Bulawayo and Hwange before being appointed Chief Magistrate of Zimbabwe.
 
He was appointed judge of the Administrative Court in 1993 and later joined the High Court bench in 1997. In an interview, Justice Kamocha urged younger judicial officers to keep out of politics and serve professionally with honour.
 
He emphasised on diligence, honesty, determination, hard work as the key to success in the judicial sector. “As a judicial officer, every one trusts you. You need to be honest. Keep out of politics as much as you can and you will serve happily with honour. Stay away from politicians who try to befriend you with the intention of corrupting you. Don’t get yourself in politics. Politicians can mislead you,” said Justice Kamocha.
 
Commenting on his “rags to riches” type of story, Justice Kamocha said he rose from being an interpreter to become a judge through hard work and determination. “I remained focussed towards my goals. As a magistrate, I worked hard until I was elevated to a senior magistrate. During that time, no one could be promoted beyond that position without a law degree.
 
“I had to go back to school to study law. I was then promoted to a provincial magistrate, and later on a regional magistrate. When I was a regional magistrate, I worked hard and was now aiming to become a chief magistrate . . .” he said.
 
The Judicial Service Commission this week handed over a present to Justice Kamocha and his wife at their Bulawayo home. Justice Kamocha said he has served the judiciary for a long time and he now wanted to rest and would not be involved in any form of work after retirement.
 
“Forty-seven years is not a joke. I now want to rest. I have not thought of anything else to do after retirement,” he said.
 
Justice kamocha retired on November 15 this year and the day coincided with his 70th birthday. Daniel Nemukuyu

AFTER THE MILITARY TAKE OVER IN ZIMBABWE THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW RENAMED all army barracks after national heroes

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AFTER THE MILITARY TAKE OVER IN ZIMBABWE THE GOVERNMANT HAS NOW RENAMED all army barracks after national heroes and not one is called Robert Mugabe or Grace Mugabe. See the list of new names effective with immediate effect..
 
The military is not turning back on removing Mugabe and they are swiftly giving recognition to true heroes in Zimbabwe.
 
Harare’s King George VI Barracks and Air Force Headquarters will now be called Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks.
 
Bulawayo’s Brady Barracks in Bulawayo is now called Mzilikazi Barrakcs.
 
Harare Cranborne cantonment and old Cranborne cantonment will now be called Charles Gumbo and Kaguvi Barracks respectively.
 
Karuyana Barracks is now Chitekedza Barracks
 
3 Brigade is now Herbert Chitepo Barracks.
 
Chipinga cantonment is now William Ndangana Barracks
 
4 Brigade Barracks is now Gava Musungwa Zvinavashe Barracks.
 
Second Battalion is now Masvingo Barracks
 
Gutu Barracks is now Chinomukutu Barracks.
 
Andrew Louw School is now Sengwe Barracks
 
Stamford Dzivarasekwa is now Dzivarasekwa Barracks.
 
Inkomo Camp is now Inkomo Barracks
 
Llewellin Barracks is now called Lookout Masuku Barracks.
 
Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru is now Solomon Mujuru barracks.
 
Umtali cantonment is now called Charles Dauramanzi Barracks.
 
Inkomo Camp (Mounted regiment) is now Amoth Norbert Chingombe Barracks
 
Battalion Battle School Headquarters and Battalion Battle Training Area are now called Rekayi Tangwena Barracks.
 
Flyde Air Force Base is now called Jason Ziyapapa Moyo Air Force Base
 
Royal Rhodesian Thornhill Air Force Base is now Josiah Tungamirai Air Force Base.
More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

TODAY ZIMBABWEANS WORLDWIDE MUST JOIN the big march in the homeland Zimbabwe Harare against Mugabe and show global support for the military action against Mugabe.

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TODAY ZIMBABWEANS WORLDWIDE MUST JOIN the big march in the homeland Zimbabwe Harare against Mugabe and show global support for the military action against Mugabe. The nation is grateful that the generals have not allowed Zimbabwe to descend into middle east style violence and they are in support of peaceful protest, with no looting, hateful speech and incitement of violence today. Even though there are no police in Zimbabwe the military will be in full control of peace and order.

We must all go out in full support to the protest and show the world that we are a peaceful nation, brought up in a peaceful, loving, united Christian back ground. It is fair to say that most Zimbabweans are ecstatic that the army have not harmed Mugabe, are allowing him to carry out official duties such as capping graduates in their bid to give a descent exit from office, that will allow him to live his last few years peacefully in Zimbabwe with his pensions, benefits, security. We the people of Zimbabwe are fully behind the army and maintain our stance that the AU and SADC must be kept out because over the last seventeen years they have been behind Mugabe’s oppression of the people, so now we say let the dictator Mugabe who has cause so much, torture, murder, pain, destruction, forced exile and suffering for 37 years live so he can witness what true democracy, peace, justice, equality and freedom is to a people, black, white, any race, tribe, religion and orientation.

If it were my choice I’d ask under 11 year olds to line up along second street extension in Harare and let Mugabe walk along the procession unaccompanied so the minors can show him and tell him what hurt has been brought into their lives by Mugabe, Zim1 family, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats. All roads lead to military backed protests today. Lets stand with the army, shut out AU, SADC, African heads and west, as this is now a Zimbabwean issue, being addressed by Zimbabweans with their military peacefully. Mugabe must go! Sibusiso Ngwenya

Chiwenga once warned that ZNA would never let us descend into Middle East chaos and orderly, peaceful 18 November 2017 protests in line with the bill of rights are fully supported by the army.

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s previously publicly warned that “politics shall lead the gun” but on the eve of Defence forces day the hero Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga who is leading the military arrest of Mugabe and removal from power of the 93 year old dictator, stated that this will only be respected to a certain point beyond which is a “red line” which must never be crossed.
 
Chiwenga also mentioned that Zimbabwe’s security apparatus would never allow Zimbabwe to descend into the kind of chaos that has been witnessed in the Middle East.
 
True to his word, Zimbabweans are experiencing the most peaceful military coup ever witnessed in history, with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces announcing that, resonating with an operational thrust relating to freedom of expression and movement, ZDF has advised Zimbabwe that for as long as Saturday 18 th November protest march is orderly, peaceful and in line with the fundamental Zimbabwe bill of rights and within the confines of the nation’s constitution, without hate speech and incitement to cause violence, the army fully supports the protest march planned for Harare grounds in Highfield on Saturday 18 November 2017.
 
ZDF also called for all involved in the jubilant scenes at protest march to be disciplined and to return to their respective provinces with dignity after the march ends, while warning that the army will not tolerate any looting and all those causing turmoil in Zimbabwe are enemies of the State , overstepping their bounds and thats wrong, warned General Chiwenga. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

ALL ROADS lead to mother of all protests against oppression by the 93 year old dictator Zimbabwe’s President Robert Gabriel Mugabe on on Saturday 18 th November 2017 in Harare

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ALL ROADS lead to mother of all protests against oppression by the 93 year old dictator Zimbabwe’s President Robert Gabriel Mugabe on on Saturday 18 th November 2017 in HarareIt is critical for all Zimbabweans in Harare or who can travel to Harare for the peaceful protest to sop Mugabe from going back into office, to all head for Mugabe Unity Square and on Saturday 18 th November 2017. There is nothing to fear in a peaceful protest where the military will be in conttrol and stopping any criminal activity , looting, hooliganism and other unwelcome activity.

The police are non existent as the military ensured that they are removed from the picture. There will be free transport from all over Harare, with kombis, buses, lorries and private vehicles mainly providing free transport. The generals need our full support to ensure its a success and avoid a prolonged legal battle if we end up impeaching Mugabe on Tuesday if he fails to step down.

Impeachment will prolong the suffering of Zimbabweans, and endanger generals if Mugabe regains power. It is also a complicated matter in the sense that most crimes against humanity that can be raised against Mugabe can equally be levelled upon the generals and the army as they have been the powerhouse of Zanu pf and Mugabe all along and in the forefront in terms of violence against the people. That past is a closed chapter as we are all looking far ahead and saying Mugabes fall from power and an army on the people’s side is a better place for everyone as we rebuild Zimbabwe.

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MUKANYA, GANDANGA Thomas Mapfumo is going back home now that Mugabe is under arrest. He is a hero to many Zimbabweans as he gave morale to the guerrillas through his Chimurenga music

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Thomas Mapfumo’s music unites people across various divides, and he like Oliver Mutukudzi is an icon of a resilient people rising against oppression. Mapfumo unites people across political, race, age, gender, musical taste and political orientation as he sang his heart out during the liberation struggle and gave everyone hope for a brighter future.

 We are on the verge of witnessing the new Zimbabwe vision that we have all prayed for, and were beginning to assume would never be seen in this generation because of Mugabe’s monopoly over wealth and power is finally at an end as the military have placed him under arrest and are only awaiting for him to step down, which in his trademark stubborn nature refuses to do,…now we wait! By Sibusiso Ngwenya. More news to follow

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IN PRINCIPLE MUGABE WAS RIGHT TO SAY LAND TO THE PEOPLE, and work at returning ownership of land, resources, minerals and other resources back to the people of Zimbabwe,

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IN PRINCIPLE MUGABE WAS RIGHT TO SAY LAND TO THE PEOPLE, and work at returning ownership of land, resources, minerals and other resources back to the people of Zimbabwe, thereby redressing a past imbalance brought about by the white racist Rhodesian regime led by Ian Smith.
 
The disastrous Zanu Pf land redistribution policy which led to the removal of white commercial farmers and redistribution of land to the black people, was a great step for the people.
 
It would however be folly for any one whether the military or democratic opposition to attempt to reverse the gains that the indigenous people have made over the last seventeen years. No one in their right minds wants to see this happen. The only thing we expect is a full stock take of the farms and to have corrupt people like politicians, the rich and securocrats and Zanu pf and Mugabe family along with their close allies , stripped of their multiple farms, which should be redistributed to deserving people queing for land.
 
Farms already in place should be cut down drastically to manageable sizes and shared out to the people of Zimbabwe. Any attempt to reverse the land issue should be thwarted heavily by the generals, no turning back on land as we have come a long way to be where we are today and the only thing between struggling today and afree tomorrow is Mugabe finally stepping down. For now let the generals keep him under house arrest.
 
Hey, the generals are democratic people and want everything done by the book,..he will step down and walk away or be carried out on a hearse with the generals doing the slow march,..Mugabe must go! Sibusiso Ngwenya
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