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The Zimbabwe Election Support Network, is actually Zimbabwe’s largest. independant domestic election observer group which participated in monitoring the just-ended 30 July 2018 harmonised elections.
Iam familiar with their work as , I was Born Rhodesian ‘Sibusiso Ngwenya ‘ a.k.a Nyamangara, totem Gushungo under the racist White Ian Smith, through the short lived Bishop Abel Muzorewa era, through to 37 years under the despot Mugabe’s rule and onto the current Zanu pf rule led by Mnangagwa. I always maintain that Im proudly 50% Ndebele, 50% Shona , 100% Zimbabwean! ONE ZIMBABWE, for all coloureds, blacks, whites ,all races and all tribes.
I was born Sibusiso ngwenya but my great grandfather a Shona, named Nyamangara, totem Gushungo came from our rural home in Zvimba to settle in Matebeleland during the arrival of the white colonial settlers in 1880s and changed his name from Nyamangara to Ngwenya.
I however have never had problems with looking at Ndebeles and Shonas as one and continuously fight for a united Zimbabwe with all people of all races, coloured, black, white, any tribe or religion treated equally.
I have for almost three decades since 1994, held a highly prominent role in Information dissemination in Zimbabwe, starting from soon after University of Zimbabwe graduation in 1994, working as the then National Head of Mass media and Training depart in Zimbabwe’s Government Department of Agriculture and Technical Extension Services (AGRITEX)
This was a highly demanding post which included training staff and farmers in agriculture, writing, editing, publishing and translation into Shona, Ndebele and English of staff and farmer literature and training materials because I’m multilingual.
Along with this well travelled job across the deepest and most remote areas corner to corner in Zimbabwe, I was responsible for producing and presenting a total of 7 Radio Programmes on ZBC National Radios 1, 2 and 4
These programmes were, 1) Agritex Farm Diary on radio 1, 2)Tinokushevedzai varimi 3) Nhau Dzevarimi 4) Kuchengetedzwa kwezvipfuwo 5) Sibiza abalimi, 6) Ukugcinwa kwezifuyo and 7) Izindaba zabalimi.
This gave me a great insight into Zimbabwe’s land issue, the imbalances in land and resources allocation created by the white racist Ian Smith regime in favour of whites, while persecuting, marginalising and stripping indigenous blacks of their birth right,..land in the motherland. Feeling stifled by the oppressive Mugabe, Zanu pf regime, I swiftly moved on in 1996 to a Non Governmental Organisatio (NGO) to head the Outreach Department, where in my work, I was tasked with research writing, editing, translation and publication of information.
I am lucky in that Im fluent in English , Shona and Ndebele , so I could translate materials such as pamplets, booklets, posters, radio programmes and hold training in those languages across Zimbabwe, so I was exposed to the most remote corners of Zimbabwe during that era. I have put photos of most mareials I published, but it is interesting to note that at the time Tsvangirai gained political mileage by starting the Movement for Democratic Alliance (MDC) in June 1999, I was actively involved as part of a non-partisan coalition of 36 non-governmental organisations formed in 2000 to coordinate activities pertaining to elections, namely the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn). I was sometimes actively engaged on behalf of my NGO in contributing to and producing the year 2000 Parliamentary Elections 24-25 June report..
The latest official observation by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) in 2018 has now released its separate election results that tally with those announced by Zimbabwe’s official electoral body (Zec), thereby discrediting rigging claims by the disgruntled MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
The ZESN estimate results, fall within the same range with those announced by ZEC , that President Emmerson Mnangagwa won with 50,8 percent of the total election vote and MDC ALLIANCE leader Nelson Chamisa was second with 44,3 percent, effectively endorsing the ZEC results.
Mnangagwa has now got the mandate he needed to legitimise the November 2017 coup and his leadership of Zimbabwe so he can lead for the next five years. We all need to accept that we may not want this outcome, feel cheated and all sorts of frustration but we must all uphold peace and all who seek to reverse this outcome, a situation that has failed in every five year general election in the Zanu pf court system as opposition mainly led back then by Tsvangirai and MDC T, must go and ahead and prove to the whole nation and world in ademocratic manner in court, peacefully how exactly the election has been rigged.
There is absolutely no point in claiming the election has been rigged simply because one has lost, the people want proof, no brainwashed following like Zanu pf thugs under Mugabe,..lets unite, unfortunately rally behind Mnangagwa, give him the chance to rebuild Zimbabwe, create employment, invest in Service Delivery in education, health care, employment, electricity, housing, transport and other critical areas then rebuild credible opposition poised to work towards unseating the militarised Mnangagwa Zanu pf regime in 2023. For now, lets carry on with life, it looks like there will be no bullet trains, sphaghetti roads and rural airports promised by Chamisa,..I hope Mnangagwa does not cash in on Chamisa’s offer to marry his sister off to Mnangagwa if Mnangagwa wins…oooooooooh!
Only the foolish, brainwashed Zimbabweans will waste their time and life, destabilising the peace, risking their lives by protesting against a ruthless military that has so far killed 6 people in just one day, a couple of days ago,….one bullet one protester is the military motto,..let the foolish dare to oppose the military,..I have always said the bullet is mightier than the ballot and nowhere in this world has amilitary regime ever been unseated by aballot,..wake up Zimbabwe,..lets move forward,..accept what you cant change and make the best of it or else the nation will suffer for ever.
www.newzimbabwevision.com calls for peace, all Zimbabweans stay put please. I long warned you sll, no ballot can remove a bullet,…PEACE!
This is not a surprise to anyone, there is no need to start protests, become violent or other destabilisation of peace. It is too late to cry over spilt milk and the nation should now be looking far ahead and seeking to unite and rebuild for abetter future, irrespective of who wins the election tonight. We as Zimbabweans can waste another five years of our lives fighting amongst ourselves and suffering worldwide and back home or forget the past look far ahead, unite and move the motherland forward,..its time we all matured and progress with whats before us,….Peace!
A bullet is stronger than a ballet and the military showed their might last yesterday when they shot 6 people dead and left many seriously wounded and hospitalised in Harare.
What Zimbabweans fail to realise is that they are just a pawn in a game, case in point Welshman Ncube and Tsvangirai split in 2005 which divided the MDC T and saw Zanu pf romp to victory, and now again the Chamisa vs Khuphe split has by all accounts, cost the opposition votes. It is however too late to cry over spilt milk and the nation should now be looking far ahead and seeking to unite and rebuild for abetter future, irrespective of who wins the election tonight. We as Zimbabweans can waste another five years of our lives fighting amongst ourselves and suffering worldwide and back home or forget the past look far ahead, unite and move the motherland forward,..its time we all matured and progress with whats before us,….Peace!,
For the last few months, I long warned Zimbabweans that, the unfolding events were a massive benefit to three particular leaders, who had fallen foul of the late MDC T president Tsvangirai, namely Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti and Thokozani Khuphe and that as soon as Chamisa loses to Mnangagwa, he becomes politically irrelevant and its the final nail in the coffin for MDC T which has failed for two decades to unseat Zanu pf, while thousands of Zimbabweans died, millions were forcibly exiled across the diaspora and Service delivery collapsed in Education, health care, housing, employment, electricity, housing, transport and all other areas.
Chamisa is now a person facing potential charges and imprisonment by the Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwart, securocrat and military regime. There is no amount of protest, violence and noise from opposition and opposition leaders that will change the outcome. We need all opposition leaders to stand up and accept the outcome in theory by declaring publicly in a unity of force across social and mainstream media that their supporters must remain calm and maintain peace across the nation,….lets move on, rebuild the nation together as we all know from the past when we wasted 37 years trying to unseat Mugabe,…here we are, his spawn Emmerson Mnangagwa is ruling,..either accept it or face the AK47 and you will know the army is ruthless. Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti and Thokozani Khuphe can freely move on with their support base, a scenario I told Zimbabweans repeatedly about before,…wake up Zimbabwe!
As before, I implore all Zimbabweans to exercise restraint and look at plan B if the result is disputed, which is to look at the fact that the MDC ALLIANCE made the mistake of walking into an election without the necessary electoral reforms in place,and can only contest the result in legitimate manner through the Zanu pf court system. Violence will not change the decision or help a people’s choice into statehouse,..an early grave maybe,…wake up this is the military! It is incumbent upon all political leaders to issue calls for peace and calm amongst supporters, and in an ideal world, the majority of opposition leaders should have come together and issued a public statement to the media for the public to remain calm whatever the result is.
They should issue, the same calls across social media sides such as twitter, facebook whatsapp, linked in and other and mainstream media, appear across television, speak on radio and the newspapers should be publishing an emergency second publication for the day, all calling for calm. We Zimbabweans can maintain peace without having third parties like international forces stepping in, and we have seen for the last 20 years that the international world including SADC, AU and others, and African leaders and their nations, stood aside and did nothing, so we should not expect that, whatever develops tonight will calm down, hence don’t start it.
Think carefully who you are dealing with, these are the same military who fought the liberation war with Mugabe and Mnangagwa as leaders, same military behind gukurahundi-20000 killed, same military behind murambatsvina, Chiadzwa, murderous white farm invasions opposition and zanu pf eliminations, 2008 election violence, forced removal of Mugabe along with numerous other unresolved issues, so, do not expect them to be issuing sweets and chocolates tonight,…probably one person one bullet! More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
Please share with all your friends and family worldwide and encourage them to share it as far and wide as possible across social and mainstream media,..get the message out to the people. Social media groups, administrators and websites must all uinite under the umbrella of peace. Zimbabwe have suffered enough, millions are spread across the diaspora, and the lost generation want to go back home to live a peaceful life.
We all need to play our part and effect citizen arrests on anyone perpetrating violence, take photos and give them to authorities, this is for all our children, black, coloured, white, any race, religion, gender, political orientation and other ..we need peace and to move on and catch up with the global village as we are twenty years behind the most basic of development, health, housing, education, transport, water, electricity, employment and a whole host of other Service Delivery!
Peace is the only way we can move the nation forward. Instability means more suffering, and the creation of dangerous terrorist groupings, high crime, drug taking, social decadence and a total destruction of a once peace loving nation, once the jewel and Bread basket of Africa. Mugabe is gone, lets bury the past and all work together to rebuild the motherland Zimbabwe,..PEACE!
WWW.NEWZIMBABWEVISION.COM as always , maintains its non partisan approach and focuses on information dissemination to help the ordinary street person, make more informed choices and decisions More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
INFORMATION IS POWER!- Lets invite friends and family worldwide and grow our numbers as fast as ‘bullet trains’ and shift the balance of power from our oppressors to the people of Zimbabwe. Please email all your articles, photos and breaking news, to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp to Mr Sibusiso Ngwenya 0044 749 1 333 603
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