As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.
As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.
He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.
Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
The meeting, which according to insiders was held at an unspecified location, centred on finding a solution to the myriad of challenges Zimbabwe faces.
Although Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, could neither confirm nor deny the meeting, insiders told NewsDay that the two sides met and a wide range of issues were discussed.
“Is there anything wrong when two Zimbabweans meet to discuss their country Zimbabwe? I don’t see anything newsworthy about that,” Tamborinyoka said.
Insiders said the two politicians discussed areas of mutual co-operation “to end brutality and misrule in Zimbabwe”, which they both accuse President Robert Mugabe of being the mastermind of.
“The meeting was about strengthening relations between the two institutions (war veterans and MDC-T), as well as discussing ways to end Zanu PF rule,” an insider said.
Attempts to get a comment from Matemadanda were fruitless, as his mobile phone went unanswered, while Douglas Mahiya, the war veterans’ association’s spokesperson, said he had no knowledge of the said meeting.
“I don’t know what you are talking about. I have no information on the supposed meeting,” he said.
Matemadanda and other war veterans’ leaders, who include their chairman, Christopher Mutsvangwa, were recently expelled from Zanu PF on allegations of being rebellious.
The ex-freedom fighters were accused of plotting to overthrow Mugabe and replace him with his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Last month, Matemadanda fired a salvo at Zanu PF’s G40 faction, describing it as being a worse devil than Tsvangirai.
Zanu PF accuses Tsvangirai of being a puppet of Western countries that imposed sanctions on government officials, including Mugabe and his wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe. newsday
The warning came following the publication of gory pictures and videos showing riot police officers ruthlessly crushing dissent in the just-ended anti-government protests.
Zimbabwe Christian Alliance director Useni Sibanda said police officers who brutalised peaceful demonstrators must understand that such violence would have a psychological impact on them as well.
“It will affect them mentally and in some cases we have been counselling perpetrators of violence who need their memories to be healed of the heinous acts they would have committed,” he said.
Reports say several soldiers developed mental problems following their participation in the Gukurahundi massacres where over 20 000 people in Matabeleland and Midlands regions were reportedly killed by 5 Brigade at the height of the dissident insurgency in the 1980s.
“The fact that families and people are aggrieved is a curse on that person and his family. God will judge that person for those acts because God defends the powerless and weak,” Sibanda said.
Mthwakazi kaMzilikazi Cultural Association member Nhlanhla Khumalo said: “In our culture, love and respect are very important values of the society. If you pretend to be clever and kill someone, the spirit of the dead person will always follow you wherever you are. It might not be now, but it will surely happen.”
“Those who can be sent by anyone to kill must know that it’s not those who sent them who suffer spiritual attack, but those who participate in the killing of innocent people. The one you are killing sees you and not the one who sent you hence you become that person’s target,” he added.
Ibhetshu Likazulu activist Mbuso Fuzwayo also issued similar warnings.
Zapu deputy spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said it is a known fact that avenging spirits do exist and were known to cause long-term harm on perpetrators’ surviving family members.
“The police and military officers, while they carry out orders to brutalise citizens, should remember that they will face the consequences alone with their families. Those issuing the orders will still be enjoying their luxurious good lives free of the backlash from avenging spirits,” Maphosa said.
“Besides fear of avenging spirits, police and the military must respect both human life and human rights. People of this country have a constitutional right to display dissatisfaction and displeasure with the regime through demonstrations and nobody should take that right away through brutality.”newsday
However, the campaign seems to have hit a snag amid reports top women’s league members were now fighting each other after they failed to agree on First Lady Grace Mugabe’s candidature.
“There were chaotic scenes during the women’s league national executive meeting held in Mazowe last week. Sarah Mahoka (Hurungwe East MP) initially complained about plots to expel her from the party and constituency, but the First Lady said her problems were self-inflicted. This angered Mahoka, resulting in an angry exchange between the two,” a source said.
“The First Lady accused Mahoka and others in the G40 faction of using her name. Mahoka had to be shouted down by other women, including some from the G40 faction, but she insisted the First Lady had used her.”
In February, Mahoka publicly humiliated Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, challenging him to openly declare his presidential ambitions.
Sources said Grace’s anger also emanated from information she gathered that three names had emerged as contenders for the position — her deputy Eunice Sandi-Moyo, Senate President Edna Madzongwe and Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene.
“Grace was angry because she thought it was a no-contest for her. Now she realises Mahoka and others have been using her all along,” the insider said.
Insiders said Grace and Mahoka were drifting apart.
“Grace is now relying on (director of State Residences, Innocent) Tizora and building her own power base around him outside the G40. Mahoka and others have found it hard to see her. Grace has even snubbed the rallies and events that they have arranged for her to speak,” another close source claimed, adding Mahoka had also accused Tizora and Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo of trying to orchestrate her expulsion.
Mahoka who is the women’s league secretary for finance, however, poured cold water on the claims, but seemed to rule out Madzongwe.
“You know my relationship with the First Lady; we are very close and we would never do that. Madzongwe and the First Lady are from the same province. Madzongwe is also related to the President, it would not be proper for her to be in the presidium,” she said when contacted for comment.
Mahoka said Grace had an “excellent working relationship” with everyone in the executive.
“Those are all lies because the First Lady has a very good working relationship with all members of her executive, including Sandi-Moyo. She would not have a problem with any of us and there was no such thing as an angry exchange,” she said.
“We never discussed such things and, in any case, we cannot keep discussing the same thing we have passed a resolution on. We have done our part and we are now waiting for (Zanu PF legal secretary Patrick) Chinamasa to make sure it is in the party constitution.”
The clause was strategically removed ahead of the ruling party’s December 2014 congress as a way to get rid of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
Following Mujuru’s expulsion from both Zanu PF and government and the subsequent appointment of Vice-Presidents Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, the women’s league felt hard done and has since been pushing to have one of the deputies coming from their ranks.
They launched a fresh campaign this month to have the clause reinstated, amid claims this was part of an elaborate plot to have Mnangagwa axed on allegations of plotting Mugabe’s downfall. newsday
He said both embassies were not in Zimbabwe to involve themselves in the domestic affairs of Zimbabwe, let alone to interfere with, or take sides in local politics or even to give themselves an imperious role of judging Zimbabwean politics.
“Zimbabwe is a sovereign state which, is equal to any other in the world, including the US and Canada, whatever illusions ambassadors of those two countries here may harbour in their minds. Beyond diplomatic relations as regulated by the Vienna Conventions, there is nothing else that gives governments of those two countries or their emissaries here any special claim to our politics, or a judgmental role on occurrences
“Their statements last week were not only unacceptably repugnant, but vainly suggested their governments play father figure to a sovereign state, as if Zimbabwe is under some kind of joint US-Canadian trusteeship. For the record, Zimbabwe gained its Independence in 1980 following a national liberation struggle which never enjoyed an iota of support from the West,” he said.
Dr Mushohwe said Zimbabwe, being a sovereign state, was equal to any other in the world, and was free to pursue its own national policies as supported by its democratically elected sitting Government.
He said Zimbabwe took no orders from any foreign state – big or small, far or near – in the pursuit of its politics, policies and decisions.
“The US government, with more than a decade of a raft of punitive measures it took to unilaterally sanction Zimbabwe, is the least qualified to lecture Zimbabwe on welfare issues relating to Zimbabwean citizens. Through those illegal sanctions, the US government has undermined the Zimbabwean economy, thereby bringing untold suffering to the People of Zimbabwe.
“The US thus should never be allowed to blame the Zimbabwe Government for effects of its spiteful policies here. The least the US Ambassador Harry Thomas here can do, is to keep his mouth shut, instead of compounding the crimes of his government against the people of Zimbabwe by parading false piety,” he said.
Dr Mushohwe said Western governments, including those of the US and Canada, did not support the constitution-making process when it was underway but were hostile to it.
Dr Mushohwe said hardly a month ago, more and more African-Americans were shot and killed in cold blood by the US police but the ambassador who was himself an African-African American remained silent on the issue.
“Why did he not write home to remind his own government on the need to uphold the rights of fellow blacks back home? Or resign in protest to vindicate his claim to commitment to human rights? Such rank hypocrisy is not only sickening but, for the American Ambassador, amounts to complicity with his Government in a war against his own kind. Let not those with logs in their eyes seek to cure imaginary specks in African eyes,” he said.
Last week, the United States Embassy, Canada and Australia issued separate statements supporting the protests and condemning law enforcements agents for maintaining peace and order by arresting illegal protesters.
“The United States is troubled by the economic policies and financial strains that have prompted numerous recent protests in Zimbabwe and we join many Zimbabweans in their deep concern over reports of violence during some of the protests,” reads statement released by the US embassy in Harare yesterday.
The US embassy also said it was “monitoring recent threats to crackdown on activists using social media”.
On the other hand, the Canadian embassy said: “The Embassy of Canada to Zimbabwe is increasingly concerned with reports of violence and human rights violations in response to public protest.
“The Embassy of Canada calls for calm and stresses the importance of peaceful dialogue. The Embassy of Canada reiterates its call on all stakeholders to respect the Constitution of Zimbabwe, in particular, the freedom to peacefully demonstrate, the right to personal liberty, the right to personal security and the rights of arrested and detained persons,,” read the statement.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary and Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba warned opposition elements that Government would come hard on protesters who seek to destroy the country.
Speaking to ZBCTv, Mr Charamba said Government would not allow another demonstration that the opposition groups were planning for Friday.
“Let them test the authority of the State. Let them test the authority of the State and then they will realise that until and unless you keep within the lawful confines of the law, the full might of the State will visit you.
“Of course, they have crossed the line. This whole nonsense of trying to create a Zimbabwe which is a burning country will not be repeated. We needed what happened last Friday and Wednesday because if we had moved and moved decisively, ahead of such demonstration of hooliganism, then there would have been an outcry to say the Zimbabwean Government is trampling on human rights. So they got their first and last chance,” said Mr Charamba. Herald
Instead, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo encouraged motorists to embrace the prepaid tollgate fee system.
He was responding to a question in Parliament by Buhera South legislator Cde Joseph Chinotimba on Wednesday on why Zinara was not embracing the use of plastic money at tollgates.
“At tollgates, we may not be able to use the POS machines because we will spend a lot of time but I am advising motorists to use prepaid facilities. If we are to allow you to use the POS machines at the tollgates, it may take a long time and the queues can be so long that you will end up getting bored,” said Minister Gumbo.
He said as an alternative, Zinara had a new policy for a pre-paid system which is more efficient and convenient.
“We now have a policy which allows you to make a pre-payment where you get your ticket in advance. The pre-paid system is also used for Zinara payments at tollgates,” said Minister Gumbo.
He said the pre-paid system was mostly used by companies and institutions who bought tickets in advance.
He said bond coins were also acceptable at the toll gates.
“We also use bond coins and it makes life easier for motorists to move around in their cars. When you pass through the tollgates, you are allowed to make your payments using bond coins because they have an equivalent value as the US dollar.
“We also ask you as people’s representatives to advise your constituents that they can use these bond coins at the tollgates,” he said.
Zimbabwe has been hit by cash shortages in recent months due to externalisation of foreign currency and a widening trade deficit.
As a result, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has come up with a raft of measures aimed at minimising the crisis. The measures include promotion of plastic money usage (use of bank cards and other electronic payments) by the transacting public, reduction in electronic transaction costs as well as imposition of daily cash withdrawal limits.
The use of plastic money in the retail sector has increased by 70 percent following calls by monetary authorities on the transacting public to increase electronic money usage. herald
Ephraim Hodzi (37) appeared before Midlands Provincial magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa facing one count of canvassing for votes.
Hodzi through his lawyer Mr Brian Dube pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is out free on bail. Hodzi applied for discharge at the close of the state’s case and the ruling would be made on Thursday.
Prosecutor, Mr Andrew Marimo said on July 23, Mrs Maria Dzamira was the presiding officer at Mambo Secondary School in Gweru during the Ward 7 poll.
“The accused was one of the polling officers who were vetting voters at the entrance before entering the room to cast their votes.
“On the same date there was Chemedzai Maburo in the queue waiting for her turn to cast her vote,” said the prosecutor.
During that time, the court heard, Hodzi whispered to her saying, “Vote independent, vote independent.”
“The complainant didn’t respond at the time and went through the voting process. The accused them made gestures to her to check if she had done as per his instruction,” said Mr Marimo.
He said outside the polling station, Ms Maburo informed a Zanu-PF agent what had transpired.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Hodzi’s arrest.
Zanu-PF won the poll to claim a seat that had been in the hands of the MDC-T since 2008. The election was triggered by the death of Gweru deputy mayor councillor Artwell Matyorauta in April this year due to a heart problem.
Cde Stanford Mukotami of Zanu-PF polled 571 votes against an independent candidate, Mr Artwell Matyorauta, the late deputy mayor’s son who secured 317 votes.
Another independent candidate, Mr Josh Katazo garnered 143 vote. chronicle
Mr Murimoga dragged Mr Tsvangirai to the High Court last month accusing him of handpicking Kuwadzana East MP Advocate Nelson Chamisa and Warren Park MP Engineer Elias Mudzuri as vice presidents against the provisions of the party’s constitution that stipulate that such appointments be done by congress.
Following the court challenge, Mr Murimoga has fled his Chitungwiza residence after failing to get protection from the party leadership whom he accused of being behind the attempt on his life.
He has also taken the MDC-T to the High Court demanding his salary after going for more than four months without being paid.
In an interview yesterday from his hiding base, Mr Murimoga said he had received several threats from party activists and he has since left his residence together with his family.
“I first started receiving threatening messages on our group Whatsapp platform of party members. It all started when I took Mr Tsvangirai to court. People have been coming to my house threatening me and I have since left my residence and sought refuge from well wishers some of whom are embassies that have traditionally supported the party.
He said it was strange that the party that allowed Harare mayor Mr Bernard Manyenyeni to seek recourse at the courts after he was suspended now sought to discredit him when he tried to assert his rights by approaching the same courts the same way Mr Manyenyeni had done.
“These are the very courts that Mr Manyenyeni approached for recourse. Why am I being victimised for doing the same thing? Are these not double standards by my party?” said Mr Murimoga.
“I have fled my residence and stay with some well wishers. It pains me greatly that I am being persecuted by my party. It would have been understandable had it been any other party. Not the very party that I assisted in conceiving,” he said.
Mr Murimoga has also taken his party to the High Court demanding his outstanding salaries that had not been honoured.
When contacted for comment, MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu said he had not received reports of threats against Mr Murimoga.
“The MDC is a peace-loving political party that strongly abhors and condemns any form of violence against anyone. To the best of my knowledge, the party has not received any complaints to the effect that Partson Murimoga is being threatened by MDC supporters,” said Mr Gutu.
“On the issue of salaries for party employees, that is an internal party issue. All our party employees are very much aware of the procedure to be followed when they are demanding payment of their wages and salaries.”
Mr Murimoga said he still believed that Mr Tsvangirai was wrong in unilaterally appointing Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri as vice presidents outside the confines of party congress as required by the constitution of the opposition party.Herald
“Your Worship we did not serve the defence with relevant papers on time after consolidating all the charges.
“Therefore we seek for a further postponement to October 4 for purposes of trial,” said the prosecutor, Mr Jonathan Chingwinyiso.
Mr Chingwinyiso is being assisted by Messrs Malvern Musarurwa, Gwinyai Shumba and Timothy Makoni.
Mr Chikwekwe recused himself from the case.
He, however, presided over the matter yesterday for the purposes of remand.
Tomana is facing trial for criminal abuse of office after he allegedly dropped charges against suspects accused of attempting to bomb Gushungo Dairy.
It is alleged that the charge arose from a road traffic accident that claimed the life of Chipo Chikowore.
Tomana allegedly called for the docket and instructed that the charges be dropped.
In 2006, Matonga was charged with contravening sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In December 2008, Tomana allegedly instructed Morgan Dube to drop charges after plea against Matonga. The court heard that in 2006, Zupco board chairman Charles Nherera was charged with corruption.
Tomana testified as a defence witness and Nherera was sentenced to three years in prison.
After sentence, Nherera unsuccessfully applied for bail pending appeal at the High Court.
Nherera served his sentence and was released from prison in December 2008.
When Tomana was appointed AG, he declared that Nherera was innocent and wrongfully convicted.
The court heard that former Bindura Hospital acting medical superintendent Beauty Basile was charged with criminal abuse of duty. She appeared before Harare Regional Magistrates Court.
Tomana ordered the withdrawal of charges after plea on November 24, 2009.
The court heard that in October 2009, Patrick Mavros, a gold dealer, was charged with possession of gold without a licence.
Mavros admitted to the charges but Tomana directed that prosecution be declined, it is alleged. Herald
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Cde Obedingwa Mguni said it was not only illegal but also bizarre to have roadblocks within a 10 kilometre radius.
Cde Mguni said this in Parliament last week while responding to a question posed by Chitungwiza North MP Godfrey Sithole (MDC-T) on the criteria used to mount roadblocks.
Deputy Minister Mguni also said too many roadblocks do not promote tourism.
“The policy is driven from the United Nations. In a written document, it says roadblocks can be mounted 10 kilometres apart.
“However, here in Zimbabwe we don’t have numbers of police who can manage to do every roadblock and it is not tourism friendly to mount roadblocks after every 10 kilometres. It’s bizarre for the country,” said Cde Mguni.
He said sometimes police use their discretion to mount roadblocks when they deem it necessary as part of their operational duties.
So they have to mount (roadblocks) since the people is being organised to revolt. Some people may destroy properties, it may be dangerous to other people’s lives so police have the right to make decisions to keep the country in a peaceful state,” said Cde Mguni.
The Deputy Minister also clarified the difference between roadblocks, spot checks and patrols.
“These are three different things. Usually, the motor bikes people are doing what we call patrols and spot checks. They can patrol whether they are two and if they see suspicious vehicles, they have the right to stop them because they do not patrol just to go. They have to identify something which is wrong and they have got the right to stop and make inquiries whether they are two or one,” he said.
Cde Mguni said roadblocks must have three or more police officers.
“In a patrol as well, besides the motor bike — it could be a BMW or any other car, two officers can be there in that car. They drive it along the road patrolling and identifying unusual activities. They can stop vehicles and search if they have to,” he said. chronicle
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary and Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba, wrote to ANN7 after the television station broadcast a story published by CAJ News quoting unnamed security personnel claiming that they were joining the protests because they had not been paid.
“Editor, the Zimbabwe Government takes very great exception to claims on your screen suggesting the involvement of the country’s security forces in opposition demonstrations,” said Mr Charamba.
“You very well know — or should know — the rules around handling news, including picking up suggestive reports from dubious sources. What is “a flight air commando”? Have you checked the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have not been paid? What is “umpteenth” time?
“Is it beyond your channel to raise the Zimbabwean Government for a check before you publish such sensational claims? Or are you protecting your sinister efforts towards an endgame you dream and desire? Simply, it won’t happen.
“What is sure to happen is a rejection of this type of sinister “journalism”. I’m sure you can do better next time. In the meantime, the Zimbabwean Government urges you to do the honourable thing, namely to drop that falsehood forthwith. Not as a favour, but as a requirement of rules of your craft.”
ANN7 dropped the story in the wake of Mr Charamba’s censure.
The MDC-T is reported to have sent members of its youth wing to some African countries (names supplied) for paramilitary training and urban violence.
“Let me, however, highlight that according to security intelligence, MDC-T and their surrogate political parties have engaged their donors in neighbouring countries who have been contracted to sew both police and military uniforms,” said acting Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations), Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, in a statement yesterday.
“The security institutions are seized with investigations of this matter and are on high alert.
“There is a possibility that these uniforms will be clandestinely used to destabilise the country. Anyone found responsible will face the full wrath of the law.”
MDC-T spokesperson, Mr Obert Gutu, denied his party was ordering the uniforms.
“There is absolutely nothing like that. The MDC is a civilian, lawful and peace-loving social democratic political party. We have no business acquiring army uniforms.”
Chief Supt Nyathi also dismissed a story on an online publication that alleged that Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge had ordered officers to shoot and kill ring leaders from MDC-T who were involved in the demonstrations on Friday and are still at large.
“We want to dismiss the story with the contempt it deserves as the ZRP, unlike other law enforcement agencies in other countries who use firearms to shoot people during demonstrations, does not use firearms to deal with unruly elements.
“This mischievous story is meant to divide security forces who, for your information, closely work together to protect the internal and external territorial integrity of Zimbabwe.
“No amount of propaganda will make police officers turn away from their constitutional obligations.
“Whoever feels otherwise is free to leave the ZRP especially those who are alleged to have been interviewed by CAJ news,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
Monday, 29 August 2016
They said organisations like Sadc and the United Nations (UN) are increasingly getting compelled to intervene in the deepening Zimbabwe crisis.
This comes as the United Nations — expected to hold a summit in September — on Friday said it is closely monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe.
Also, last week a group of respected Elders — including former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Anan, Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and Desmond Tutu — wrote to Sadc petitioning the regional block to intervene in the deepening Zimbabwe crisis and more importantly facilitate a smooth transition of power.
Sadc heads of State are set to meet tomorrow in Swaziland to discuss issues affecting the region, among other issues.
Social commentator Elliot Pfebve said the Sadc region is worried and so is the AU and UN, adding that is the reason why “The Elders have urged the Sadc meeting in Swaziland to find a transitional solution to the Zimbabwean political crisis”.
“In view of such momentum and the success of the petition to the UK Prime Minister, we Zimbabweans are now petitioning Sadc heads of State to engage with stakeholders and pave way for a National Transitional Authority,” Pfebve said, adding that “we are the people!”
He further stated that “such a united voice calling for an end to the (President Robert) Mugabe era can only be ignored at their peril. We are entering a seismic optimum point of people power, unstoppable and unyielding.”
Political commentator Mcdonald Lewanika said Sadc and the UN need to read the signs and take the escalating protests as an early warning sign of the heightening crisis in Zimbabwe.
“As such, these international bodies must increase the costs of repression on Mugabe’s regime and demand that it finds civil ways of engaging with and dealing with the discontent of its citizens,” he said.
He said “based on history we know that the regime, as it has already shown, will continue to take heavy-handed action, but with some activists and citizens beginning to fight back, there is no telling where the country eventually ends up”.
Lewanika said the on-going demonstrations that the police are unsuccessfully trying to quash are an important indicator of the dire state of affairs in the country.
“Although they are still relatively small, they count as an indication of the disaffection that people have with the State and the government must not only be concerned but take action to address the challenges that citizens and political parties are highlighting.”
“It is only an uncaring leader who remains unfazed in the face of such loss of trust by those he presides over,” said Lewanika.
Political commentator Blessing Vava said the protestors’ strategy could be to put Zimbabwe on the world agenda, noting the upcoming Sadc meeting.
“It is to be seen if the momentum is going to be maintained because my worry though is the demos, though good, are failing to attract a critical mass to shake off the regime,” he said.
However, activist Farai Maguwu said “in the end, the solution shall not come from Sadc or the UN but by Zimbabweans themselves”.
“A poor government is weak and vulnerable and what we are seeing is a testing of the waters by pro-democracy activists,” he said. daily news
This comes after law enforcement agents brutally crashed a demonstration organised by the grouping to press for comprehensive electoral reforms ahead of the much-anticipated 2018 elections.
But Nera spokesperson Didymus Mutasa said in a statement yesterday the political parties had rescheduled the demonstration that they are tipping to be of colossal proportions to this Friday.
Mutasa added that the Nera will also be staging demonstrations countrywide on the same day.
“To this end, Nera will tomorrow formally advise the court that the sanctioned demonstration never took place as the police, in a brazen act of contempt of court, violently stopped citizens from marching on the sanctioned route,” Mutasa said on Sunday.
The former State Security minister, now a member of the Joice Mujuru-led opposition Zimbabwe People First party said it will be up to the judiciary to determine the fate of Home Affairs minister and the ZRP over their contempt case.
The court order that Nera obtained after police refused to clear them for the demonstration specifically barred them from obstructing or interfering with the march.
He emphasised that political parties under Nera were organisations of peace-loving Zimbabweans, saying “we mean no harm to anyone”.
“We demand nothing more than being allowed our constitutional right to march and to hand over a petition to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) so that they begin to put in place mechanisms for a truly free, fair and credible electoral process ahead of the next election.
“We also further advise that apart from the protest march in Harare, Nera structures in all provinces, cities and towns will be informing the place of similar marches in their areas on the same day.
“Zimbabweans are under no illusion that we are where we are because of the crisis of legitimacy. On Friday, the whole nation wishes to speak with one voice by peacefully demanding that the next election be truly free, fair and credible,” the statement reads further.
Describing the behaviour of the police in crashing their demonstration as callous, the Nera parties argued that Zimbabweans have previously protested without incidents of violence.
“As Nera, we are heartened that the world is watching and that the United Nations has come out to say it is disturbed by the brutality of the Zimbabwe police on innocent citizens.
“The onus is on the State to exercise restraint and allow Zimbabweans to exercise their constitutional rights,” the parties said.
In the aftermath of last week’s crashed demonstration, police launched a crackdown during the night, firing teargas at people walking in town with unconfirmed reports that they went around beating people in bars in the city centre.
The genesis of the socio-economic and political crises the country is grappling with, the Nera parties say, was the disputed 2013 elections “that bred a government with no local and international confidence”.
They argued that disputed elections remained the pressing national concern hence their demand for Zec to listen to them “so that we cure this recurring disease of illegitimacy arising out of contentious elections that breed disputed outcomes”. daily news
Well-placed Zanu PF sources linked to the ruling party faction which is opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe told the Daily News yesterday that it was allegedly “widely known” that the embattled VP’s supporters were playing a prominent role in the worsening anti-government protests.
The Generation 40 (G40) sources said Team Lacoste, as the Mnangagwa faction is known, had allegedly become so desperate to push Mugabe out of power before the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, that it was now not only “advising” the opposition, but also “working hard to foment anarchy in Zimbabwe” to achieve their goal.
“It is widely-known within the party that rogue Lacoste members are unleashing their own thugs and militia during protests as a way of putting pressure on Gushungo (Mugabe). Even you can see that there is a professional hand behind some of the current chaos.
“Do you think that it is by chance that Choppies (supermarket chain in which Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is invested) is always attacked in these demos?,” one of the sources said — alluding to the fact that the attacks on the grocer chain were due to Mphoko’s alleged links to the G40.
The Zanu PF youth league, which is now also heavily linked to the G40, appeared to confirm the conspiracy yesterday, threatening to attack protesting Zimbabweans to help overwhelmed police to maintain order.
Addressing party youths and provincial officials who included MPs, who gathered in Harare, youth league boss Kudzai Chipanga claimed it was legal for the Zanu PF youths to assume the role of the police.
“When they demonstrate next time we must come in our numbers to help the police to protect the people. It is called citizenship arrests and it is provided for by the country’s laws. So, we must be able to capture the protestors and take them to the police,” he said.
Meanwhile, lapdog State media ratcheted up their assault on Zanu PF critics yesterday in what even senior ruling party officials admitted was “embarrassing propaganda” after government newspapers claimed the MDC had allegedly sent its youths outside the country for “training in paramilitary tactics and urban violence”.
“It is believed MDC-T hawks, faced with irrelevance and donor fatigue, started planning civil disobedience and sent youths for training in certain African countries (the countries were not named). These groups were deployed last week to unleash unprecedented violence in Harare’s central business district.
“The Sunday Mail witnessed how some of them hid bricks and stones in lunch boxes, milled around intersections ‘innocently’ and then attacked unsuspecting police officers. The ‘protestors’ also used catapults,” the government’s unashamedly pro-Zanu PF newspapers reported.
But a senior Zanu PF official described the claims as “embarrassing propaganda”, adding that it was “ridiculous to suggest that anyone could send would-be saboteurs to foreign lands to learn to use stones and catapults”.
The panicking government’s propaganda blitzkrieg comes as the wave of uprising continues to grow that is threatening to knock Mugabe and Zanu PF off their perch, with fed-up Zimbabweans planning to mount two more massive demonstrations this week — beginning with a nationwide shutdown on Wednesday.
The announcement on Saturday by radical pressure group Tajamuka/Sesijikile that it would organise another debilitating nationwide shutdown, followed hard on the heels of the vow at the weekend by the group of 18 opposition parties who operate under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) that they would not be cowed by worsening police brutality, and would mount another mega demo in Harare on Friday.
Both opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) are part of Nera and say they will support the Tajamuka/Sesijikile nationwide shutdown which will in the main call for Mugabe’s resignation from power.
Last month, Tajamuka also played a prominent role in a massive stay-away which not only shut the country down, but was widely seen as the biggest general strike to have been mounted in the history of post-independent Zimbabwe. That mass action gave Mugabe an August 31 ultimatum to either relinquish power or face an uprising.
MDC secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, called on all MDC supporters and other “right-thinking” Zimbabweans to come out in full force in solidarity with Tajamuka/Sesijikile on Wednesday.
“We will support efforts by Tajamuka/Sesijikile on Wednesday and all other progressive forces that want to remove Mugabe from power. We are unfazed by Mugabe’s hollow threats that are meant to intimidate us because his end is nigh,” Mwonzora said.
Afghanistan-based political commentator, Maxwell Saungweme, said the shutdown and other protests could usher in a new political dispensation in the country, notwithstanding the government’s iron-fisted response to the growing dissent by the populace.
“It is common for dictatorial regimes to oppose change by any means. But the history in Libya, Egypt and even our own liberation struggle tells us that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
“The courts are doing well by following the law and the constitution and the regime is in denial. Change is here and the earlier they wake up and smell the coffee the better. Otherwise they will go the way many such regimes have gone,” Saungweme said.
Nera convener Didymus Mutasa also threw his weight behind the Tajamuka/Sesijikile shutdown, saying he was not averse to working with them.
“As Nera, we welcome them in the fight against Mugabe even though I have not personally met them. We also support their own initiative in that regard because that is what we are all yearning for,” he said.
This week’s two planned protests actions come in the wake of a worrying tendency by the government to ignore court rulings, as was witnessed on Friday when police stopped a Nera march despite the High Court having barred Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and all law enforcement agents from interfering, obstructing or stopping the demo to press for much-needed electoral reforms ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections. daily news
This comes at a time when police in Harare on Monday arrested protesters outside a court demanding the immediate release of Tajamuka-Sesijikile leader Promise Mkwananzi and several other political activists accused of allegedly inciting violence.
One of the Tajamuka-Sesijikile members, Hardlife Mudzingwa, told reporters in Harare that Zimbabweans should stage the peaceful stay away Wednesday dubbed “the mother of all protests”.
Mudzingwa said indications are that President Mugabe won’t last up to end of next month as the country’s economy is fast declining, leaving millions of stranded people helpless as most industries in the country have shut down due to lack of lines of credit to sustain the production of various goods.
Members of the protest group said they are not afraid of threats by some Zanu PF youth who have vowed to crush protestst in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party indicated on Sunday that it will deploy its youth in the country’s streets to assist the police to crush any future anti-government protest.
Deputy secretary of the Zanu PF Youth League, Kudzai Chipanga, told hundreds of youths at the party’s headquarters that they would not allow the Movment for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai and other pro-democracy groups to stage any protests, saying only Zanu PF should be allowed to do what it wants at any time.
“Now they are beating up the police, they are looting in shops and destroying valuable property. We are the ruling party and we can’t allow them to continue to do that nonsense. As the youth, be ready to deal with them when they call for protests, next time they call for any demonstration we will also be in the streets to help the police to arrest them.
“You must therefore sleep with your cellphones under your pillows so that when you are called by the commissar you are in town quickly. The law provides for citizen arrests so don’t be afraid to deal with these malcontents. While they will be complaining about the situation in the country, we will taking all white-owned farms and distributing them among ourselves so that we can grow our crops and get some residential stands,” said Chipanga.
In recent days, the opposition has escalated protests demanding President Robert Mugabe’s immediate resignation for failing to run the southern African nation.
Meanwhile, several groups have urged the Southern African Development Community should intervene in Zimbabwe. voa
Officials at the school who spoke on condition of anonymity last week, said girls now lived in fear as male teachers constantly pestered them for sex.
“Recently one teacher was taken to court for bedding a pupil. The teacher was charged for sexually harassing pupils and fired,” said an official.
Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director, Mrs Tumisang Thabela confirmed receiving reports about teachers asking for sex from school children.
She said investigations were underway but could only be completed when pupils returned from the holiday.
“We have received that information and have visited the school to find out what is going on. Unfortunately, the fact that schools are closed has crippled our investigations.
“We would have wanted a scenario where we find pupils in the school and we talk to them directly. In the meantime, I must say we have assigned a team from the district to immediately start investigations,” said Mrs Thabela.
It was reported in the paper that Matopo High School headmaster, Mr Gardson Sibanda, exposed the issue of teachers abusing pupils in a staff meeting.
Mr Sibanda demanded that the matter should be immediately investigated.
Sources have revealed that three pupils who were abused last term reported the matter but school officials swept it under the carpet.
“A librarian is reported to have asked for sex from a Form Three pupil during that period of a strike claiming that no one would see them. In another incident, it is also said that before the end of last term, an Advanced Level teacher also asked for a sexual encounter with a student.
“The student reported the matter to the headmaster’s office and the teacher was given a warning but it ended there.”
Sources said a lot has been happening in the school but it was being concealed with no action being taken. Chronicle