Bulawayo police are holding two men after they allegedly blocked President Robert Mugabe’s motorcade in Bulawayo on Friday.

Mugabe, whose motorcade usually averages 12 vehicles, was travelling in an extended convoy with cabinet ministers attending a graduation ceremony at the National University of Science and Technology.

Bulawayo police spokesman Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo said Newton Mlotshwa, 58, and Prayer Gavhanga, 27, had been charged with “disobeying lawful instructions from a uniformed police officer”.

Mugabe’s motorcade was hurtling towards NUST along the Bulawayo-Esigodini Road, opposite Ascot Shopping Centre, shortly before 11AM when it was brought to a brief halt.

Inspector Moyo said: “Gavhanga, who was driving, was rude and refused to clear the road for the motorcade.

“Officers took the vehicle ignition keys to stop him from fleeing. While they were doing so, the vehicle’s owner, Mlotshwa, who was a passenger, rushed to a police bike and removed the bike’s ignition keys demanding to be given his keys back.

“In the process of restraining him, a police officer was assaulted. Mlotshwa will be additionally charged with assault.”

Inspector Moyo said motorists should co-operate with the police, adding: “This incident could have been avoided. It was public knowledge that the President was coming to Bulawayo for the NUST graduation and motorists should just follow police directives.”

Mlotshwa and Gavhanga are due before magistrates on Monday.

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President Robert Mugabe is using constant election talk as a ruse to prevent Zanu PF from discussing his succession, with the unintended consequence of the ploy being the scaring away of investors and sluggish economic growth, MDC leader Welshman Ncube said.

In a wide-ranging interview in which he spoke about his relationship with Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, their continued support for Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, the stalled constitution-making process and his prospects in the next  elections, Ncube said he did not anticipate polls in March as repeatedly claimed by Mugabe.

Ncube suggested Mugabe may not be serious about early polls given that he has been calling for elections “tomorrow” since 2010.

“Mugabe has said to us there will be an election every year for the last two years,” said Ncube.

“There should have been an election before the end of last year. There was supposed to be an election before the end of this year; now there is supposed to be an election no later than March next year… Look, there is a method to that madness and the method is simply to say if I’m having an election around the corner there is no issue about who is the Zanu PF candidate.”

Ncube said Mugabe’s antics had kept the country’s economy stagnant for the past three years as investors adopt a wait-and-see attitude.

“It is a damaging and selfish strategy to make sure the economy does not grow so that others do not get the credit. So you can go into an election and say all these others have also been in government with me but they also failed.”

Given outstanding processes needing completion before polls, Ncube said it is likely elections would be held around June 2012. He confirmed he would contest the presidential poll, but would not forge alliances with the MDC-T out of which his formation split in 2005 because the MDC-T reneged on an electoral pact on the eve of the 2008 harmonised elections.

Although he did not share the same values, policies and ideology with Tsvangirai, Ncube said he had a good working relationship with him in government. He had also managed to find “comfort zones” to work together with Mugabe on government business despite having a “disrespectful disagreement” over the way Mugabe had handled the principals’ issue.

Ncube insisted Mugabe and Tsvangirai were interfering in the internal affairs of his party by disregarding a High Court ruling and the Sadc Maputo resolution which declared Mutambara was not a principal.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai’s argument that the matter was still in court after Mutambara’s appeal to the Supreme Court does not  hold water because the High Court judgment stands until the Supreme Court rules otherwise, said Ncube.

“If they didn’t want to interfere in the internal affairs of MDC, they would accept our communication from the party that says the MDC had its congress and it elected so and so as its president…” he said.

“Read (Justice) Kamocha’s judgment;  it’s clear that the legal position is that the congress is valid unless there is a court of law which has overturned it. So what Mugabe and Tsvangirai have done is to say the congress is invalid unless and until the matter is finalised in the Supreme Court.”

Ncube also said Tsvangirai was shooting himself in the foot by siding with Mugabe, who want a dysfunctional government so he could implement very little of the Global Political Agreement.

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The number of people, mostly ordinary Zimbabweans, who are being arrested for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe has swollen significantly in recent months.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) alone are representing over 50 individuals who have been dragged to court for calling Mugabe all sorts of names in anger, frustration, excitement or in jest.

Some political observers and commentators have attributed the development to growing resentment of the 88-year-old leader by his subjects, who blame him for their individual predicaments.

But other analysts blamed it on the overzealousness of the law enforcement agents who arrest the offenders, hence bringing the otherwise “common and insignificant” insults out into the public domain.

ZLHR communications officer Kumbirai Mafunda yesterday said his organisation was concerned about the growing number of arrests involving the alleged undermining of the authority of the President.

He said the fact that the human rights lawyers were representing over 50 fairly recent cases was indicative of a likelihood there were many more similar cases around the country which his organisation might not be aware of.

Ironically, according to ZLHR statistics a Mugabe insults, Mashonaland Central, the bastion of his Zanu PF party, topped the list of cases of people that have allegedly called Mugabe names.

Political analyst Alexander Rusero said the increase in the alleged insults had various reasons to it, one of which was repressive laws enacted by Mugabe’s successive administrations.

The other dimension, he said, was an indication of the growing frustration among the people of Zimbabwe over the current leadership which they found to have overstayed and responsible for their maladies.

“The implications are multi-dimensional. It is, on one hand, indicative of the problems that we have with the redundant laws of an old regime,” he said.

“The President occupies that office by virtue of his being a politician and should, therefore, be open to criticism in a democracy.This situation where we have people arrested over a slight slip of the tongue is wrong.”

“Political opponents should be free to say their minds about the President for the purpose of winning votes.”

The more worrying scenario, however, he said, was the growing number of cases of insulting the President, an indicator of deepening frustration among the people or hate of the leader.

“This is a case where the centre no longer holds. The increase in the contempt of the national leader may be indicative of rising frustration of the ordinary person,” Rusero said.

“They are amplified messages being sent to the President where you find simple villagers being bold enough to insult the person of the President without fear of the consequences, or where drunkards act in such insultive ways as tearing up images of the President or pelting his portraits.”

Another political commentator, Ibbo Mandaza, attributed the growing trend to overzealousness of the law-enforcing agents. He said cases where presidents were insulted by their subjects were common and should not be seen as unique to Zimbabwe.

“Presidents the world over are prone to public banter and political jokes. That’s the reality of politics. The problem is that our authorities are overzealous. Look, even in the United States, President Barack Obama was subjected to even racial insults. There is, however, need for careful distinction between outright insults and political jest.”

Mafunda said cases of people being arrested for such offences had increased since 2010.

The lawyers have since referred some of the cases to the Supreme Court where they are challenging the constitutionality of the sections of the law under which the people are being charged. Police use Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which deals with “undermining the authority of or insulting the President”.

Among the people arrested is a Chiredzi man who, while drinking in some beer-hall, allegedly threw missiles at Mugabe’s portrait, apparently angry that he was jobless despite being educated.

Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora, who is also MDC-T spokesperson, was arrested in March 2009 and charged for allegedly likening Mugabe to a goblin while addressing a rally.

Meanwhile, Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma was yesterday summoned to appear before a Bindura magistrate on Tuesday next week on charges of insulting Mugabe. The minister was served with the summons at his government offices by two detectives from Bindura.

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Zimbabwe failed to sell $30 million of Treasury bills at an auction after the country’s finance minister said banks must buy the securities or they will be compelled to acquire negotiable certificates of deposit.

The Harare-based Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe rejected the $8.65 million worth of bids that were made at yields of 8.5 percent to 12 percent for the 91-day bills, an official at the institution said, declining to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media. Units of banks including Barclays Plc (BARC) and Standard Chartered Plc (STAN) operate in the country.

Tendai Biti, the finance minister, made the ultimatum in an interview on Nov. 3 in the northwestern resort town of Victoria Falls. The central bank last month rejected all bids at two sales while a third offering of $15 million generated $9.9 million in accepted bids. The securities are the first to be offered by the bank since 2008, shortly before Zimbabwe abandoned its currency in favor of the U.S. dollar.

“Rather than berating banks — especially the multinationals, Barclays, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual (OML) and Standard Bank (SBK) of South Africa — for their failure to lend, the government needs to get a grip on its unsustainable deficit and debt problems,” Tony Hawkins, an economics professor at the University of Zimbabwe, said in column published in Harare’s NewsDay newspaper today.

‘Last Chance’

Biti did not say how he would enforce the ultimatum. Negotiable certificates of deposit are often issued by central banks and while they can be traded in secondary markets ,they cannot be cashed in before maturity.

“I am giving the banks sector the last chance to fully support the Treasury bills,” Biti, 46, said in the interview. “If they don’t support it, I will issue NCDs and that’s it.”

Calls to the central bank were not answered today while calls to the mobile phone of George Guvamatanga, president of the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe, didn’t connect. Biti did not answer calls made to his mobile phone.

Biti and the central bank are trying to kick-start the country’s capital markets after a decade-long recession ended in 2009 after the 15-nation Southern African Democratic Community negotiated a settlement that ended a political dispute. A coalition government between President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the Movement for Democratic Change of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was then formed.

Surging Inflation

The Zimbabwe dollar was abandoned in a bid to curb an inflation rate estimated at 500 billion percent by the International Monetary Fund. The country currently has a debt of $10.7 billion, according to the finance ministry.

Reluctance to buy the bills stems from “skepticism around the government’s ability to honor the Treasury bills at maturity,” the Tunis-based African Development Bank said in a monthly report on Zimbabwe on Nov. 2.

The plan to restart the bill sales was announced in July by Gideon Gono, the central bank governor. Zimbabwe lacks a benchmark interest rate. The weighted average lending rate for private banks ranged from 14 percent to 20 percent in the four months through July 31, Gono said in a midyear monetary policy statement.

“The return of the money market is a small step forward not least because the Treasury bill rate sets a determined floor for interest rates,” Hawkins said. That “might dissuade politicians from setting statutory maximum lending rates.”

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd. (BARC) is the biggest lender by market value on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with a capitalization of $62 million while units of London-based Standard Chartered as well as Standard Bank Group Ltd. and Nedbank Group Ltd. (NED), both based in Johannesburg, operate in the country. CBZ Holdings Ltd. (CBZ) is the biggest locally owned bank.

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Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti said lenders including units of Barclays Plc (BARC) and Standard Chartered Plc (STAN) have a last chance to support the central bank’s Treasury bill sales or they will be compelled to buy negotiable certificates of deposit.

The Harare-based Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will on Nov. 6 offer $30 million worth of 91-day Treasury bills after after two failed offerings and one partially successful sale last month. The sales are the first since 2008, shortly before the country abandoned its currency in favor of the dollar in a bid to curb an inflation rate that had risen to 500 billion percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.

“I am giving the banks sector the last chance to fully support the Treasury bills,” Biti, 46, said in a Nov. 3 interview in the northwestern resort town of Victoria Falls. “If they don’t support it, I will issue NCDs and that’s it.”

Biti and the central bank are trying to kick-start the country’s capital markets after a decade-long recession ended in 2009 after the 15-nation Southern African Democratic Community negotiated a settlement that ended a political dispute. A coalition government between President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the Movement for Democratic Change of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was then formed.

On Oct. 26, the central bank offered $15 million of the securities of which $9.9 million were sold at an average yield of 8.51 percent. The bank rejected all bids at attempted sales on Oct. 4 and Oct. 24.

Barclays, Nedbank

The plan to restart the bill sales was announced in July by Gideon Gono, the central bank governor. Zimbabwe lacks a benchmark interest rate. The weighted average lending rate for private banks ranged from 14 percent to 20 percent in the four months through July 31, Gono said in a midyear monetary policy statement.

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd. is the biggest lender by market value on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with a capitalization of $62 million while units of London-based Standard Chartered as well as Standard Bank (SBK) Group Ltd. and Nedbank Group Ltd. (NED), both based in Johannesburg, operate in the country. CBZ Holdings Ltd. (CBZ) is the biggest locally owned bank.

Biti is also in negotiations to secure funding to recapitalize the country’s banks and plans further regulation of the industry.

Stress Tests

In September, Global Emerging Markets, a $3.4 billion investment company with offices in London and New York, said it had proposed setting up a $1 billion fund in a venture with the finance ministry to fund banks, especially the smaller, locally owned lenders.

“There are discussions with parties, but it’s not anywhere near the $1 billion,” Biti said. “I can’t tell you the figure but, what I can say is that there are various negotiations taking place.”

Alongside any recapitalization, the Finance Ministry plans to appoint a banking ombudsman.

“We have come up with comprehensive amendments to the banking sector,” he said. “We are introducing a banking ombudsman to ensure that the consumer is protected and the amendments will also ensure mandatory stress tests. It’s a plethora of amendments that are coming.”

Biti is also in talks with South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a bid to secure funding to help accelerate the country’s economic recovery.

No Leadership

“The South African government is firmly committed to assist us. I can’t put a figure on how much they would give us,” Biti said. “I spoke to Pravin Gordhan about two days ago and I am optimistic it would come through.”

On Nov. 2, Biti cut his forecast for Zimbabwe’s economic growth this year to 4 percent from an earlier estimate of 5.6 percent, citing a smaller-than-expected crop harvest.

Zimbabwe’s recession was triggered by the start of a program of seizing of white-owned commercial farms in 2000. That slashed exports of crops including tobacco and roses and turned the country into a corn importer. A new program compelling mining companies to cede 51 percent of their assets to black Zimbabweans has hindered investment in the world’s second- biggest platinum reserves.

“There are no signs that we are providing sufficient leadership,” Biti said. “You can’t continue doing things over and over again. There has to be a paradigm shift or else we will continue limping.”

Government revenue won’t be able to meet annual budget requirements of $3.4 billion to $3.8 billion, he said.

‘There is so much demand against the state and its not possible to meet the demands,’’ he said. The economy is a crumb against developmental needs of the country.’’

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A Harare auto spare parts dealer Peter Makoni (48) of New Marlborough on Tuesday blew his head in a suspected suicide case following a divorce dispute with his first wife. Makoni’s body spent the whole of Tuesday night at the of corner Old Mazowe and Mapereke roads under police guard. It was only removed yesterday morning at around 10am after the Criminal Investigations Department and forensic personnel had concluded their preliminary investigations.

Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tedious Chibanda confirmed the incident and said investigations were still under way.

He said the case had been referred to CID Homicide.

Neighbours told The Herald that Mr Makoni, who appeared troubled, spent the better part of Tuesday sitting in his car that was parked in the neighbourhood where he had been living with his second wife for the past seven months.

Relatives say Mr Makoni sent a text message to his cousin to meet him at the corner old Mazoe Road and Mapereke Road in New Marlborough.

The cousin, Mr Lucky Magezi, in the company of Makoni’s second wife Ms Nyaradzo Nangai complied and arrived at the meeting place at around 6pm where they found Mr Makoni locked in his Isuzu Bighorn.

He is said to have lowered the window and told them: “It is better for me to die,” without elaborating further how he had reached such a fatal decision.

He is said to have disembarked from the car and shot himself once in the head with a pistol around 7:30pm.

Residents who first arrived at the scene said Mr Makoni’s body lay underneath the vehicle close to the left rear wheel, about a metre away from the pool of blood.

No blood trail could be detected from where the corpse lay to the pool of blood, leaving residents with questions of how the corpse could have moved itself closer to the left rear wheel.

Makoni’s niece who declined to identify herself confirmed her uncle’s rocky relationship with his first wife who stays in Bluffhill in Harare.

“My uncle has had suicidal tendencies for a long time we never suspected it would come to this. He has been having divorce issues with his first wife,” the niece told The Herald.

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“We as principals are the ones with the final say. “Ivo vatatu vamuri kuona ava tisu takanyora Global Political Agreement”. These were the statements from an octogenarian perceived by many as a dictator. His current tenure of office has only been made possible through negotiations.

Robert Mugabe keeps forgetting that he is in office by the mercy and understanding of his other players in the GPA. His tenure is not democratically authentic and has remained questionable. He claimed victory in a one man race and wanted to impose himself as the supreme national leader to the detriment of the Zimbabwean majority. To reach that platform, he engaged the CIO and military to exercise heavy handedness that included violence and torture. Given his geriatric age, it is highly unlikely that he remembers the 2008 violence. He is only thankful that he can still travel abroad and address such important meetings like the UN or SADC. At such a compromised stance, his next

Presidency is in doubt because his policies have increasingly become unpopular and therefore he has become unelectable.

His stance demonstrates an absence of care and concern for the masses. Caught in the middle of diplomacy for the sake of peace and political progress, SADC was left with no option but to force Mugabe into teaming up with his political rivals. When SADC intervened and stripped him of his Maoist powers, Mugabe practically became a ceremonial President. Morgan Tsvangirai entry as the first Prime Minister gave Mugabe endless nightmares.

With the coalition, runaway inflation was immediately arrested. Instead of appreciating the peace and economic resurgence as brought by the GPA, the ailing President decided to expose the dictator on his mind. For another five years, no one in Zimbabwe is willing to endure any meaningful appointments by Mugabe that are characterized by the monotonous reshuffling and recycling of corrupt and tired politicians.

Zimbabweans should know the truth. Despite his bookish degrees of the 1960s obtained through correspondence, Mugabe has no single clue of how to manage a 21st century economy in a fast changing world. I am not even too sure if the President and his sheepish bunch care about technology, development studies or any contemporary topics that prepare Zimbabwe to face global challenges.

The president finally had one last opportunity ahead of crucial elections to show his true colours of dictatorship. His utterances at the recent all-stakeholders conference demonstrated that he is the same old Mugabe that conscious Zimbabweans should be wary about. His statements were meant to urge people to remain unquestioningly loyal and compliant with his party policies.

At 88, it is sad how some people still believe Mugabe can work some magic to bring change to Zimbabwe. Even the loyalists within ZANU PF are also beginning to see the light. Mudenge helplessly died in office. At that time nothing tangible in terms of policy was found on his desk to preserve as legacy for the Zimbabwean tertiary education system. Given the length of time Mudenge served in the Higher Education Ministry, many would wonder if he was that great to be irreplaceable or there was something to hide using his name.

Many will agree with me that Mugabe participated in the liberation struggle through a profit motive. He sought to enrich himself while also destroying both his enemies and the economy so that by the time he left Zimbabwe, it would be as good as useless. Today he is one of the richest men in the world. His wealth will be enjoyed up to the fifth generation from his Presidency. In the liberation struggle he should have masterminded great plans to eliminate opposition members while drafting plans for heavy looting of national assets.

In the 90s Mugabe allowed the operation of the first generation of black-owned commercial banks like Unibank under the guise of indigenization and economic empowerment. Back then fake bank notes started circulating amid widespread speculation that an indigenous banker had in fact bought a commercial money printing machine. Investigations into the allegations were swept under the carpet with Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe later revoking Unibank’s license.

It is under Robert Mugabe administration that the Willowgate scandal happened and worked to demonstrate the roots of corruption in Zimbabwe. Favored friends walked away with wrist pats as the unfortunate went down. Zimbabweans were left disappointed and speechless. The late Solomon Skuza even sang “Leaking” in which he demanded answers for such gross abuse of power. At the time, the Zimbabwean dollar traded blow for blow against hard currencies as her agriculture-driven economy was blossoming. Despite clear evidence of corruption, Mugabe failed to fire his liberation war cronies and that problem still eats into national wealth today. His inability to stand head above shoulders in dealing with his wayward Ministers sealed the nation’s fate of misfortune. To this day, Mugabe has not shown any remorse for the damage he caused to Zimbabwe.

Instead, in 2003, the president authorised the printing of worthless money under what he considered short-term fiscal solutions. That sank the economy as prices dropped by the hour. Months ago, the nation was shocked to hear that the President owed over $300,000 in unpaid electricity bills. His cronies too owed similar amounts. Today the same President wants another five year term of office! How foolish can the electorate get? Besides condoning corruption and empowerment of the already empowered, why should Mugabe return to office? The childish message that any opposition win in 2013 means another colonization of Zimbabwe is a washout. That means people should be ready to cheer for ZANU PF destroying Zimbabwe assets simply because any other opposition will sell Zimbabwe to Britain?

Mugabe has been a dictator. Once a dictator, always a dictator! The only thing Mugabe can still offer Zimbabweans is more violence, more division and foolish patriotic pride where bad governance should never be questioned. On these realistic premises, the tired president is not fit to lead Zimbabwe anymore. The violence, incarceration of disgruntled voices, the corruption, plunder of national assets, abuse of uniformed forces and intimidation of voters tell a story that corroborates the fact that Mugabe does not deserve yet another term in office. He has become a burden and a liability to the nation. The land distribution and empowerment cards have gone astray and the economy is now bleeding. Mineral profits are going into army and private pockets of ZANU PF politiburo members as the country continues to suffer. Zimbabweans should not waste their time voting for such a selfish man. Now he spends more time napping at summits and important conferences. His recycled speeches have become monotonous old songs. Where does that take Zimbabwe? Mugabe indeed is tired and no longer electable. He must go!

  1. Philosopher on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 8:36 am 

Spot on Fatso.anyone who is going to vote for this old goon and his murderers bunch of i.d.i.o..t.s is a mental case

  1. papa wemba on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 8:45 am 

I said it,Fatso is has really graduated into a fine journalist.The problem with zim is that the zim child was killed before it was born and the Lancaster house agreement as the maternity ward for the zim child was not favourable to the majority but to Zato.Freedom was given by the right hand and taken by the left hand by ZAto so now its the last mile zimbos,COME 2013.

  1. JEREMY BROWN on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 8:51 am 

KIKIKIKI THESE AFRICANS ARE POLITICALLY NAIVE.IS IT THAT DICTATORS ARE SO POWERFUL THAT THEY CANT BE DISLODGED OR AFRICANS ARE NOT BRAVE TO SAY ENOUGH.Come’on Afro ,zim do it the LIBYAN style.

  1. Greyhora on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 9:29 am 

Brilliant and totally spot on! Apart from indigenization and colonization, there is nothing Mugabe and his Zanu PF ever talk about. Notice how they never talk to Zimbabweans about our natural resources like gold platinum and diamonds, which they are very busy looting in preparation for their inevitable exit from power and possible exile. They talk to the Chinese and Indians, who are masters at smuggling especially huge quantities of precious stones out of the country and re-branding them overseas, while the nation gets absolutely nothing. He has then the nerve to say that the final decision on the constitution rests with the three principals. This is clearly a “president” deluded, power-drunk and suffering early stages of senility. He is totally unelectable!!

  1. Bhodlumlilo gt on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 10:24 am 

As Zimbabweans we have a saying “chokwadi chinorwadza” my knowledge of english is crude, but in english it would sound like the truth is always painful. The truth is painful both to the perpetretors as well as the victims. The reason why Zimbabweans moved to other countries and behave like nomads was to run away from the truth. The truth that Mugabe had turned into a monster he had turned against the masses, political leaders, businessmen etc. The truth became quite evident when people could not afford a single meal and zim currency turned into toy money mari yemahumbwe. Everything became heywire. The blame game spearheaded by jonathan moyo an expert in falsehoods started in eanrst, MDC, western sponsored sanctions, chinhoyi diesel etc MDC became easy target as defensive mechanism against daylight rigging of 2008 elections. This defensive mechanism against failure makes zanu to even find alternative leadership or a reasonable justification why they think zimbabweans would opt for zanu. The only reason they think zimbabweans would for zanu is Morgan Tsvangirayi’s failed marriage to a Locadia or a sick allegation that MDC will return country to Britain. So this level of thinking will never appeal to Zimbabweans. Zanu has a child’s play hangover left by jonathan moyo and gono. CHOKWADI CHINORWADZA!!

  1. Chimukundo on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 11:23 am 

Spot on!!!

  1. Save Conservancies from Zanu PF on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 11:58 am 

What else can one say? i have printed a copy to translate and distribute it to the majority of rural folks. i printed the whole page including the comments so that my rural folks can think like everyone else normal. The abnormal can be seen through their few comments of a different view. Wagoma Mamina kutaura zvazviri.

  1. Stop-a-Thief on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 12:29 pm 

Farai, please do one of these on a regular basis, this is the untold history which needs to be out in the open.

Well done for producing such a brilliant article.

  1. Kasukuwere on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 12:55 pm 

Iwe Farai unoda kuparadza vaMugabe manje ticha dealer newe.How dare you expose and humiliate our president like that? The CIO guys are on the lookout for u and you will be tortured beyond repair. The boys are out there and varikukutsvaga ende u*******.

  1. Mai Miki on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 2:16 pm 

Mamina Farai thank you for dissecting Zimbabwe which in essence was hiding behind a finger. Behind this finger is a leadership with a whole host of theories about a western world which is after Zimbabwe’s wealth and farms. Therefore the whole world except china and friendly africans can not monitor or report on zimbabwe. The head of government Morgan Tsangirayi who won the 2008 elections, is not allowed to appear on ZBC/TV or state papers unless if it is a false report that would tarnish the image of Morgan or MDC. MDC and its officials shall only be reported upon by approved state reporters.

The majority of Zimbabweans are subjected to excessive brutality and abuse by state agents with no recourse to courts. The justice minister does not believe that the majority of zimbabweans have a right to vote and determine their destiny. The past 32 years regime has ignored the wishes of the majority and they only listened to their greediness. Zanu Pf members are now among the richest in the world while most children can not afford a pair of canvas shoes. Such is a confident regime that is seeking re-election!! Over my dead body or my fellow zimbabweans yes

  1. Jumpdaki on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 2:26 pm 

You see! You see! As long as you think and believe, conviniently believe for that matter that wrongs against the Zimbabwean populace began in 2008 you them make Jumpdaki see no reason why he should be associated with Zimbagwe beacause he saw such wrongs in higger magnitudes being comitted as early as the disarmourment of Gwayi river mine assembly point in the early 80s.

Mimina your selective memory will not make ours selective. You are a Gukuraundist trying to bury his head in the sand. You cite a 2008 child play. This proves you are die hard satanist and hutu from hutuland. You reason like *****s who would report that “We lost one member of the security forces meaning only one whyte soldier and ignoring scores of ***** soldiers who would have died. We can see through your hypocricy and therefore your article is as senseless as you are. Mamina is mucous in Kalanga. Who says whats in a name?

  1. Spinningwheel on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 3:11 pm 

There will be no progress until the stubborn and rebellious Mugabe is relieved of power. He is incapable of reasoning that he will never achieve anything tangible in what is left of his life but however stubbornly persists in his folly. He rebels against his own people whom he perports to be serving.

  1. Guvnor on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 3:14 pm 

There is no shame in the muppet admitting complete failure and retiring of his own volition. Its simply a matter of being patriotic for once and putting the country and the people first.

  1. Hutlessnomad on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 3:40 pm 

The desire to rule when one has no capacity to meaningfully rule with the approval of the citizens, and without the ability to develop the nation is a worthless whim of an addled brain.

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First Lady Grace Mugabe has courted controversy by allegedly pushing for the eviction of more than 50 resettled farmers close to her orphanage in Mazowe to make way for a game park.

This is the second time Grace has had resettled farmers forcefully evicted in Mazowe after first kicking farmers out to make way for the construction of her orphanage last year.

Residents were furious that Grace invaded already developed and legally acquired land to erect her orphanage instead of looking for virgin land like that they were forcefully relocated to. The evicted families have expressed outrage that they were not given alternative plots but were just being told to go back where they came from.

“We have been around this place for a long time only to be told to leave without being offered alternative land or compensation,” said a disgruntled farmer speaking anonymously. “How does she expect us to build our homes without compensation? The Mugabes have a penchant for grabbing. They grabbed farms and now it is our land. We do not know where to go now because we left our original villages years ago.”

Last year some residents who bought stands in 1998 were issued with eviction letters and promised alternative accommodation and compensation, but nothing has materialised to date. Even Justice Ben Hlatshwayo has also been a victim of eviction by Grace.

Regis Chikowore, a director in the Media, Information and Publicity ministry, said his office is not aware of the evictions.

“Our office is not aware of such evictions but if there is anything going on, the affected farmers have to seek advice from their provincial resettlement board,” said Chikowore. “I think they were issued with notices a long time ago,” he said.

Many resettled farmers are now facing fresh evictions spearheaded by chiefs, Zanu PF politicians and senior government officials countrywide.

Last month Mugabe and the Zanu PF politburo were forced to intervene after senior party officials, war veterans and army generals invaded the Save Conservancy.

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Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected President Robert Mugabe’s plan for national elections in March next year insisting the Zanu PF leader has to agree with his ruling partners first before proclaiming a date for the polls.

Mr. Tsvangirai said President Mugabe cannot unilaterally determine the timing of new polls. He was addressing a New Zimbabwe lecture series in Harare Thursday night.

“There is no March date for an election, of course our colleagues in Zanu PF wanted an election in 2011 even earlier on in 2010 but because they know that they cannot force their way of declaring an election without the agreement of the other parties they know what the GPA says,” he said.

He said: “Mugabe has no sole power to declare an election. That is a constitutional position. The president agrees with me that there is no need for ambush. Why should we ambush each other?

“We have worked together for the past four years. Why should we come up with such an ambush as if one person has the monopoly to declare date?”

The prime minister also took aim at Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa saying an unconstitutional change of government in Harare would not be tolerated by the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Zimbabweans.

Chinamasa and Zanu PF parliamentary chief whip Joram Gumbo recently said the military would not accept a Tsvangirai-led government if he won the country’s next presidential poll.

Mr. Tsvangirai this week called a meeting of his party’s top officials where a decision was made to take the matter up with the AU and SADC, guarantors of the Global Political Agreement that led to the formation of the unity government.

“I have news for Chinamasa that there are soldiers with our file and rank who will not join the Chinamasa coup … SADC and the African Union will not allow an unconstitutional government. The next elections should have an uncontested outcome,” he said.

Mr. Tsvangirai also said he was confident that a smooth transition would be possible in the event he won the new elections.

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A Harare man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman accusing her of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe and then demanding money to protect her has been arraigned before a Harare magistrate.

Tatenda Calton Chitumbira, 28, appeared before magistrate Olivia Mariga on impersonating police officer, public officer or public official and extortion charges.

The court heard early this month in Mufakose, Chitumbira and two other people still at large threatened to kill the woman, accusing her of trying to topple Mugabe. Chitumbira allegedly informed the woman that she was on a list of people targeted for elimination by Mugabe’s intelligence department.

According to state papers, Chitumbira demanded $1 000 from the woman as protection fees and to remove her name from the list or risk being killed. The woman, who was not named in court papers, later gave Chitumbira the money but also made a police report.

Marega remanded Chitumbira to today for bail ruling.

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