Enter 2017, thirty six years on, we still have, now 93 year old, ”Black oppressor of Blacks’-despot Robert Mugabe, ruling the motherland Zimbabwe!

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Zanu PF policies have all turned out to appear good on paper yet they are simply ‘legitimised crime’ by the despot led regime. Lets all embrace a whole new level of tolerance, move on from the Zanu PF politics of violence into 21st century mature politics. Unless and until we all make the nation ungovernable for Zanu PF, we will keep going round and round in circles. We need a united nation and to all work towards freeing ourselves from the ‘Black oppressors of Blacks’ and begin healing the brutalised and broken Zimbabwe nation. The process needs all hands on deck irrespective of whether you are Coloured, Ndebele, Shona , black, or white,.. its about the motherland Zimbabwe! Happy New year and all the best to everyone for 2017!
By Sibusiso Ngwenya

Police urged to investigate Zanu PF source of funds to procure over 350 expensive vehicles for the 2018 elections campaign-‘illicit diamond sales’.

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police has been called to speedily investigate Zanu PF on source on funds used to procure over 350 top-of-the-range vehicles for the 2018 elections campaign.

About $10 million is said to have been used to buy the vehicles.

Opposition People’s Democratic Party secretary-general, Gorden Moyo said police have  a duty to investigate.

“Zanu PF has gained its own peculiar reputation of dipping its hands in the national till, including stealing from itself. Its president has a very short moral height and the whole institution has no moral rectitude.

“It comes as no surprise to us that, while civil servants have no salaries and bonuses, Zanu PF is not embarrassed to display its excesses in Masvingo in the form of a primitive accumulation and gluttonous politics” he is quoted saying.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said the funds could be from illicit diamond sales

“It is clear that the vehicles that the party is purchasing are being funded from a shadowy source, most likely it’s coming from the proceeds of illicit diamond sales,”.

However, Zanu PF  Secretary for Transport Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says the party has been “working tirelessly to replace the fleet that was bought in 2008”.

Zanu PF took delivery of 45  vehicles  and presented to President Robert Mugabe at the party headquarters in Harare on Wednesday.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said  the rest of the vehicles will be delivered by March next year, 12 months before the crunch presidential elections. source-bulawayo24

Zanu-PF and MDC-T to share US$6m allocated to political parties by Treasury under the Political Parties Finance Act.

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Zanu-PF and MDC-T will share $6 million allocated to political parties by Treasury under the Political Parties Finance Act. Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa set aside the $6 million inA the 2017 National Budget he presented in Parliament last Thursday.

The figure was th same as that allocated in the 2016 National Budget.

Political parties have, however, expressed concern at the piecemeal disbursement of the funds as Government grapples with limited fiscal space.

Zanu-PF will get the lion’s share of the money after it secured more than two-thirds majority after trouncing the MDC-T in the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections, which were widely endorsed by local and international ob- servers. In the Presidential poll, President Mugabe swept aside the challenge of MDC-T’s Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, garnering 61,09 percent of the vote to the latter’s 33,94 percent.

The revolutionary party went on to increase its presence in Parliament after it won several by-elections that were held following a decision by the MDC-T to recall 14 legislators, who had crossed the floor.

Zanu-PF won 160 out of the contested 210 National Assembly seats in the July 31, 2013 elections, with MDC-T garnering 49. One seat went to an independent candidate. source-herald

BULAWAYO Police ban pressure group commemoration of gukurahundi set for Unity Day, on December 22

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BULAWAYO pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu, has been barred from conducting Gukurahundi commemorations at Stanley Hall in Makokoba on Unity Day, December 22, with the police saying the venue was already booked for another event.
Ibhetshu’s secretary-general, Mbuso Fuzwayo expressed disappointment at the police’s decision, saying several political party representatives had agreed to attend.

“The aim is to reflect on what the day means to us. We believe that it is an important day for Zimbabweans, especially those from Matabeleland,” he said.

In stopping the pressure group’s planned commemorations, police said Stanley Hall had already been booked for the Ibumba Arts Festival running from December 16 to 22.

“This office acknowledges receipt of your correspondence dated December 7, 2016, which you intend to hold 22nd December Commemoration at Stanley Hall (sic),” the police’s response read.

“This office regrets to inform you that your intended venue has already been booked by Ibumba Arts Festival, as from December 16 until December 22.”Please also see Chronicle newspaper of December 12 on page 6 of the same issue. Since your intended venue will be occupied on December 22, 2016, therefore, for security reasons the two events cannot be held at the same venue on the same day.”

Fuzwayo said it was puzzling that the police turned down their request in November when the group booked the venue in July.

“I booked the venue in July and I have the receipts,” he said.

“How then do the police say the venue is booked when the Bulawayo City Council accepted my payment to use the venue on the day.”

Zimbabwe commemorates Unity Day annually on December 22 to mark the signing of the 1987 Unity Accord between PF (Zapu) and Zanu to mark their integration and an end to hostilities.

At least 20 000 people from Midlands and Matabeleland were killed during the Gukurahundi era, as the government sought to clamp down on dissent.

Over the years, the people of Matabeleland, particularly youths, have been reluctant to embrace Unity Day, citing unfulfilled promises and outstanding issues around the Gukurahundi atrocities.

‘In spite of national poverty, Mugabe splashes over US$1,3 million on a diamond ring for his wife Grace.’

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A sceptical nation never believed that, but was willing to give Mugabe and his wife the benefit of doubt.

After all, Zimbabwe is in economic doldrums and it would make sense that Mugabe is not wealthy, as the country’s poor and overburdened taxpayer is responsible for his upkeep.However, it is shocking that in spite of this pretense to poverty, Mugabe is willing to splurge over $1,3 million on a diamond ring for his wife.

A sceptical nation never believed that, but was willing to give Mugabe and his wife the benefit of doubt.

After all, Zimbabwe is in economic doldrums and it would make sense that Mugabe is not wealthy, as the country’s poor and overburdened taxpayer is responsible for his upkeep.

However, it is shocking that in spite of this pretense to poverty, Mugabe is willing to splurge over $1,3 million on a diamond ring for his wife.

While, Mugabe has every right to buy his wife a 20-year wedding anniversary gift, we find it shattering that the President can chose to be this extravagant when the country is in such an economic mess.

There are a million things Mugabe could have done with that money to help a country that is bearing the brunt of his failed economic policies.

Right now, millions of Zimbabweans are relying on donors for their survival, thanks to a drought, and Mugabe would have done well to use some of his money to feed the hungry people.

How Mugabe and Grace choose to exhibit such opulence, when the rest of the country is suffering is beyond belief.

We have always argued that Zimbabwe’s problem is the failure by those in power to get their priorities straight, and this is a glaring example of leadership failure.

It feels like a heavy slap across the face for most Zimbabweans that they are forced to cut down on spending, yet the author of their misery continues living a lavish lifestyle.

This episode will not help Grace’s image anyhow, as she has a reputation for being the “First Shopper”, with an insatiable desire for all things expensive.

However, what makes this leave a bitter taste in the mouth is Grace’s claim that her husband is poor and is in debt.

Zimbabweans know what poverty and debt are, and definitely these do not involve spending $1,3 million on a diamond ring.

This makes many wonder how much the First Family is spending on other trinkets that do not come out into the public domain.

We are living in the age of austerity and the right thing for the Mugabes to do is cut down on their spending in empathy and in solidarity with the rest of the country.

To many, this shows that they are out of touch with the rest of the country, where they can spend as much as they want, while Zimbabweans bear the brunt of the economic meltdown.

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 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

Zimbabwe’s Acting Prosecutor General, orders the arrest of Professor Jonathan Moyo

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The Acting Prosecutor General Advocate Ray Goba is keen to expedite the arrest of the accused Minister of Tertiary and Higher Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo.

Advocate Ray Goba, has gone ahead and directed the Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri to swiftly complete all the relevant paperwork relating to Professor Jonathan Moyo so he can be hauled to court to answer charges of corruption, money laundering and abusing approximately US$500 000 of Zimbabwe Development Fund (Zimdef).

The Acting Prosecutor General is convinced that there is a strong case against the Professorand he should be charged with defeating the course of justice through his c public conduct and utterances which are allegedly adequate testimony of his guilt. In a matter of public interest, the Acting Prosecutor General therefore has directed that within 48 hours of issuing his directive on the Police Commissioner General, the police crime docket relating to Professor Moyo should be completed as Jonathan Moyo and his subordinates are guilty.

This could be a breakthrough that the nation needs as it will force Jonathan Moyo, into defensive mode to divulge all the corruption by Zanu PF stalwarts, Securocrats and senior government officials including the president himself. Remember Jonathan Moyo is not a people’s favourite, being the man behind the draconian AIPPA and POSA which together destroyed independant media, led to the torture and arrests of journalists and forced many journalists into exile, while sealing off the ruraral areas from opposition and activists access for campaigns.

Jonathan Moyo, is also the man behind the Zanu pf ‘NIKUV’ manifesto for 31st July 2013. At a time when Mugabe was teetering on leaving office and Zanu pf losing the election as Democrats were set to take over, Jonathan Moyo swiftly changed that by breathing life into a dying out Zanu PF regime. Today, Zimbabwe is on its knees due to a collapsed economy, collapsed agriculture, massive corruption, no Service Delivery in Housing, Education, Employment, transports and other key areas all stemming from Jonathan Moyo’s misguided allegiance to his master, President Robert Mugabe, who unfortunately this time seems unable to stop the empire from collapsing on top of Jonathan Moyo,…sit back and enjoy the free show,..DISCUSS! By Sibusiso Ngwenya

MDC T Morgan Tsvangirai as “politically drowning” and desperate to save his “sinking” ship-Zimbabwe People First (ZPF)

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In a savage slap down of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti, former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has described the erstwhile top lieutenant of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as “politically drowning” and desperate to save his “sinking” ship.

This comes after Biti’s PDP launched a scathing attack on Tsvangirai at the weekend, which led analysts to believe that this would make it even harder for the country’s fragmented opposition to work together ahead of Zimbabwe’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, ZPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire also accused some of the leaders of the country’s smaller opposition parties of effectively working to scuttle coalition talks by attempting to “stampede the process” and roping in “dubious” characters into the ongoing negotiations.

“There is a world of difference between adopting a big brother attitude and being politically astute and refusing to be rail-roaded into activities clandestinely choreographed by Zanu PF through proxies masquerading as think tanks or civil society actors.
“We know there are individuals who are politically drowning who see a coalition as the last straw they could possibly clutch onto in order to save their sinking political careers.

“We should not be rushed by such characters and their surrogate organisations because what we want to achieve is not a rescue package for failed politicians, but a sustainable roadmap to extricate the country from the economic, social and political mess which Zanu PF has plunged Zimbabwe into,” Mawarire thundered in his thinly-disguised reprimand of Biti.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said while the former prime minister in the short-lived inclusive government respected the national sentiment in favour of a coalition, the MDC was nevertheless disturbed by Biti’s “tendency” to insult other leaders.

“What is also undermining the talks is what Biti is doing. How do you go about saying Tsvangirai is a fool and then talk about a coalition with the same person? Indeed, how do you build trust this way? Source – dailynews

‘We love Mugabe, but accept it’s time for him to step down. Like Castro , handed over power, Mugabe must do the same’-Malema.

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President Robert Mugabe has been implored to step down and allow other Zimbabweans to take over from him, South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Monday.

The Julius Malema led outfit said political power should not have to be taken to the grave.

“We believe that the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, should take a lesson and accept that other Zimbabweans can also lead whilst maintaining and sustaining his great legacy.

“He must give way and not set an example that if one does the things he did for Zimbabwean people, like land expropriation, then one must stay in power till death,” read part of the statement.

Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980.

His spokesperson George Charamba on Monday told local media that Mugabe (92) is not contemplating retiring soon.

Zanu PF has long picked Mugabe to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2018 elections.

Added the EFF, “Political power should not have to be taken to the grave. Great political leadership in the continent ought to live to see others lead the country to demonstrate to the whole world that theirs is an immovable legacy as Fidel Castro of Cuba did. In addition, this allows them to also give guidance and counsel,”.

Last week, Malema made headlines after he called on Mugabe to step down, saying it was time for the Zimbabwean leader “to go”.

“We love Robert Mugabe for who he is, although we accept it’s time for him to step down.

“Like Castro did, handing over power to his brother, President Mugabe must do the same,”. Source – Byo24News

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