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Friday, 31 October 2014


The Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Rugare Gumbo says Zimbabweans should give Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru the respect she rightfully deserves.

In an interview with the ZBC News on Friday, Cde Gumbo said disrespecting Cde Mujuru amounts to signs of defying President Robert Mugabe. Cde Gumbo said Zanu PF is aware that some senior officials in the party want to reverse gains of independence and warned party supporters to always be vigilant saying there are those looking at all possible avenues to destroy the party from within.

He said Zimbabweans must be reminded that Dr Mujuru is still the Vice President of this country.“Let me emphasise this, Mai Mujuru is the Vice President of Zimbabwe and deserves all the respect. She did not choose herself to be the Vice President of Zimbabwe but we elected her to that position.“We are aware of some elements aimed at bringing regime change. Most of the people who are opposing Mai Mujuru are the same people of Tsholotsho Declaration and this is Tsholotsho Declaration Number 2,” said Cde Gumbo.

This comes at a time Dr Mujuru has been under intense pressure from war veterans and supporters to resign following allegations of corruption.There has also been a media expose detailing alleged under hand dealings involving the Vice President leading supporters to call for her resignation before congress.Cde Gumbo, however, took a swipe at the media whom he described as fanning hatred among the people of Zimbabwe.“The media, especially the Herald, is responsible for attacking the Vice President. We know people who are behind such stories.

They are aimed at destroying the party from within. And we urge you to observe your ethics when reporting,” Cde Gumbo added.

Meanwhile, the President has said the party has mechanisms to deal with such issues, hinting the December congress will solve all the problems.


A former High Court Registrar and candidate in the ongoing public interviews for aspiring judges got a rude awakening after he was served a notice of appeal for review of his fraud trial proceedings dating back to more than a decade ago.

Jacob Manzunzu, a senior lawyer and current registrar with the High Court of Botswana and a former registrar with the High Court of Zimbabwe is among the 11 lawyers and court officers plying their trade in the Diaspora who were interviewed on Friday aiming to be among the lucky 6 from the pool of 46 to be appointed High Court judges.Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku asked the candidate of his criminal record and Manzunzu responded before the panel and members of the public in attendance that he was tried and acquitted on charges of fraud.

Unbeknown to him members from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were lying in wait in the lobby of crown plaza ready to serve him with a notice of appeal for review of his acquittal. He was served soon after exiting the great indaba at crown plaza with the notice in which the NPA has approached the appeal court citing gross irregularity of proceedings, miscarriage of justice, and unreasonableness of Manzunzu’s acquittal by Regional Magistrate Clever Tsikwa.

The case against Manzunzu arose from an incident which occurred in 2000 when he was still Registrar and Sheriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe in Harare, where he allegedly corruptly bought a house in connivance with other accused persons and unlawfully transferred ownership to Tichaona Samuriwo.This subsequently led to the eviction of Sibongile Manyimo from her property at 3 Rosedean Gardens, Ashdon Park and the sale of her vehicle.

During trial the NPA requested the trial magistrate to stand down the matter briefly to allow the retrieval of key documents to prove the state case and it was turned down, a position which the state case feels was misdirection on the part of the magistrate.There were some light moments in Friday’s session of interviews where candidates showed their characters, attitude and colourfulness.

The public interviews will wind down on Saturday where labour court judges aspiring to take up the 6 posts up for grabs will be interviewed.Book


A Mutare Polytechnic College lecturer, Lizzie Bepete-Karume, hs told Chief Zimunya’s court that she is being tormented by the spirit of her departed mother that seeks appeasement.
Like in most cases of incarnation, the victims are always innocent and mere message deliverers, but they get to suffer if no immediate action is taken by the family or the perpetrators.
The spirit of the departed mother, identified as Juliet Kondai-Bepete, seeks appeasement and claims she was murdered by her husband’s brother’s wife Dorcas Bepete.
The spirit which has been manifesting on her is now troubling the lecturer and threatening to destroy her marriage as she cannot go to work. Last Sunday was now the second time they appeared at Chief Zimunya’s court.
On September 28, Chief Zimunya had instructed the father, Bauline Bepete, to bring his wife Dorcas, to answer to the allegations levelled against her so that the spirit may be appeased.
They had been instructed to come back last Sunday only to disappointingly come back without Dorcas, who was said to have refused to attend the court in the absence of her relatives.
In her manifestation, Lizzie revealed that Dorcas had consulted a traditional healer to make her husband Bauline and another brother Jethro indisposed.
She said Dorcas was also afraid that the truth would be revealed about how she poisoned her at church which led to her death. “Do not blame Bauline and Jethro because Dorcas has cast a spell on them to incapacitate them.
“Dorcas consulted a traditional healer and actually wanted to kill the youngest brother, Joseph, who has been the most vocal about solving this matter.
“She even tried to suppress my spirit from coming out today (last Sunday) at the court, but I conquered.  (Musaswere kunetsana naBauline naJethro vakagadzirwa. Dorcas akafamba. Aida kutouraya babamunini Joseph. Tarisai mbonje iri kugotsi kwavo. Idombo rakavatema richida kuvauraya. Dorcas aida zvakare kuti mudzimu usabude nhasi pano padare asi mishonga yake yaramba),” said Lizzie in her manifestation.
Family members present begged Chief Zimunya to hasten the matter because Lizzie risked losing her job if she did not regain her full bill of health soon.
Lizzie’s husband also said her trances and manifestations were scaring the children and destroying his relations with his in-laws who had been dragging their feet to resolve the matter.
Chief Zimunya requested for $10 transport money for his aide to travel to Marange to subpoena Dorcas’ relatives to attend a court hearing on November 9.
Bauline was again instructed to bring his wife to court on the day, while all the concerned family members were also requested to be present. manica post


FORMER Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara, has been sucked in the Mutambara chieftainship wrangle after the wife of the late chief made sensational allegations that he (Prof Mutambara) knows the people who killed her husband to take the position.
There was drama at the chief’s court in Mutambara on Tuesday after the fuming wife of the late Chief John Godfrey Mutamabara – Alice – blocked the professor’s vehicle from leaving, demanding that he tell the public what they did to her husband.

He died on October 21 last year. The situation almost turned into a fracas after a visibly irate Mutambara shoved Alice warning her against her actions. Police officers from Cashel Valley had to intervene and quell the boiling situation which was about to turn nasty.
It had to take three police officers to manhandle and restrain a raging Alice from blocking Prof Mutambara’s Land-cruiser vehicle from leaving the premises.
After the former Deputy Prime Minister left, Alice went on to verbally attack members of the Mutambara clan who were indoors. She accused them of killing her husband like a chicken and vowed to go down fighting.
“Arthur (Mutambara) disclosed to me everything they were told when they visited a traditional healer concerning the chief’s death. Now that they are all gathered here he no longer wants to tell the whole world what was said by the traditional healer. They killed my husband in order to take the chieftainship.
“I am left alone here and they want to harass me. Why can’t they tell the truth so that the world understands what happened. These things must be made public and these people must come out and confess that they killed their own so that I live peacefully here. If they don’t do that, they give an impression that I had something to do with the chief’s death,” she fumed.
She accused the Mutambara elders of conducting secret meetings about her late husband.
“They killed him to land that position. What I want is for them to take responsibility for his death. Arthur is fuming at me because he knows that I will tell them what he told me about the traditional healer they visited,” charged Alice.
She labelled the professor a culprit. “You see what these people are doing. The police must not intervene in these issues because they do not know deeply what is taking place.
“They should open up and let the world know their deeds.”
Efforts to get a comment from Prof Mutambara were fruitless at the time of going to press as his mobile phone was always busy. Mr Sylvester Mutambara is the acting chief. manica post


Vice President Joice Mujuru’s enemies within Zanu PF went for broke yesterday, bussing in hundreds of youths and women, many of them from the Midlands, to agitate for her dismissal at the tense politburo meeting that was held at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

The party hardliners who organised the well-choreographed demonstration — with the twin objective of shoring up First Lady Grace Mugabe’s political fortunes and crushingÂș Mujuru’s — were supported by President Robert Mugabe when he addressed the gathered youths and a few war veterans.

This was despite the fact that the youths had clearly defied his Tuesday plea, at a luncheon for legislators, for order and respect for party bigwigs, including himself. Mugabe also backed Grace’s controversial entry into formal party politics yesterday, hinting further that the forthcoming
Zanu PF elective congress would see the demise of Mujuru, his embattled party and government’s number two.

He told the disorderly crowd, bussed into Harare by a faction opposed to the VP, that there was nothing wrong with his wife, who has made sensational and divisive allegations against Mujuru, seeking political office.

And as the bussed crowds chanted “Joice ngaande” (Joice must go), a chuckling Mugabe, who appeared to be enjoying the moment and abuse of his deputy, said even when marriages broke up, the wife would customarily be given time to pack her bags and go — implying that it was a matter of time before Mujuru was given her marching orders.

“The party has its way of doing things. You cannot tell your wife to leave on the very day when you break up. You consult other people and those you don’t like you will not vote for them come congress,” Mugabe said ominously.

This was the first time that Mugabe had openly and clearly sided with one of the main factions in his troubled party. Curiously, police did not escape the severe and vocal criticism at yesterday’s gathering, with the angry yobs branding Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and his team as appendages of Mujuru and the “Gamatox” faction.

Instead of the police, the crowd wanted soldiers to take charge of their rally — hinting at divisions among the security and law enforcement agencies in the party’s deadly factional and succession wars.
Among the prominent players who addressed the crowd yesterday were Joseph Chinotimba, Shuvai Mahofa — who has been retrieved from political dustbins in Masvingo — as well as discredited war veteran Paul Nyaruwata, who called for the ouster of popular war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda.
“Ndimi makatikumbira kuti tikupei mukadzi...tauya nhasi...nguva yakwana. Hapana anonzi firapo...pane varikupa varungu minda...tinokumbira kuti munhu wese ari corrupt mukandei pasi, tokudai makachena (Your Excellency you asked us to give you a woman deputy and today we are here because it is time for a change? No one should expect to die in office ... some among us are giving whites land ... we ask you to fire all corrupt people),” said Mahofa.

Nyaruwata, who was chased from the leadership of the war veterans’ association for gross corruption said, “We are tired of Jabulani Sibanda. We have had different chairpersons and we are here as war vets to dissociate ourselves from what Jabulani Sibanda said. He was once suspended, how did he come back?”.

Ironically Sibanda himself was suspended a decade ago, along with six provincial chairpersons of Zanu PF, following a failed “coup” that was ostensibly meant to catapult Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa into the vice presidency post that was later occupied by Mujuru.

Clearly revelling in the occasion and playing to the gallery, Mugabe questioned the political stamina of Sibanda, who has staunchly opposed his wife’s divisive entry into politics — saying leadership in Zanu PF is not “sexually transmitted” and that war veterans were opposed to “bedroom coups”.
“There is nowhere in the Zanu PF constitution where it is said the president’s wife cannot contest for positions. Charwadza vamwe chii? Even ma war vets wamuri kuti Jabulani, charwadza chii? Madzimai pachavo ndovakati toda kuti amai vatitungamirire, chakaipa chii? Handisi ini ndakadaro (What is troubling you? The Women’s League is the one that asked that Grace leads them, what’s wrong with that? It’s not me who decided that,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe also accused the war veterans’ leader of being “possessed by Satan” and said the army would not stand aside and watch while Sibanda challenged him.
“Jabulani anotaura sekunge akabatwa naSatan,” he said.

Exposing that the demonstration was well-choreographed Mugabe said, “we hear that Jabulani Sibanda stopped some buses from coming...asi Jabulani akutonga nyika kani (is Jabulani now running this country)?”.

The crowd shouted down party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, when he sought to address them. Mutasa coined the phrase Gamatox a few months ago while imploring Mugabe to use the deadly pesticide to deal with “weevils” that have allegedly infiltrated the party.
As Mutasa chanted pamberi ne Zanu PF, the youths demanded that he says “Pasi neGamatox”, which he refused to do.

“Handiite izvozvo” Mutasa said.
And just as his wife has done publicly, Mugabe revealed his dislike of Mashonaland East chairperson Ray Kaukonde. He also attacked Mashonaland West chairperson Temba Mliswa, whom he accused of behaving like “a king”.

“Kune ma chairman vataona vakabva vadhakwa nehukuru ihwohwo zvimwe chete nachairman wekuMashonaland West. Anofunga kuti ane masimba ehu king anodarika vaMugabe (There are party chairmen who are drunk with power, like the Mashonaland West one. He thinks that he has powers similar to those of a king, which are bigger than Mugabe’s)”.

Analysts interviewed by the Daily News yesterday said all indications were that a splitting of the party now looked inevitable, with the only hope being that this would occur without violence and loss of lives.

“I think Zanu PF has now reached a point of no return. Mugabe came out loudly and clearly today (yesterday) that he is on his wife’s side and that Mujuru has no space in his team.
“If one then takes into account the fact that he (Mugabe) openly supported the move by hardliners in his party to have their way, via mob rule clocked as a spontaneous demo by so-called war veterans, then the inescapable conclusion is that the die has now been cast, and that the feared split will now happen in all likelihood.

“With Mujuru likely to be turfed out soon, possibly at the party’s December congress, the hope is that this looming split does not happen violently and with loss of lives. But the omens are not good given the history and culture of the party,” said analyst Shephered Mntungwa.
An emotional senior Zanu PF official, who requested anonymity, said yesterday was one of the “saddest days” in the history of Zanu PF.

“The hyenas (Mujuru’s party opponents) are getting their way for now and they think they are winning. What they don’t realise is that they have planted seeds of destruction that will ultimately destroy them and the party.

“Today is one of the saddest days in the history of Zanu PF, where the party’s machinery is being used against a poor widow (Joice). Did she steal someone’s husband or abuse government funds to build a multi-million dollar mansion in Harare?

“And has she taken multiple farms, many of them from fellow black Zimbabweans, and built a $20 million business overnight using dubious funds as some people have arrogantly admitted? So where is the justice, fairness and principle in all this?” he asked rhetorically in a thinly-veiled attack on Grace.

The demonstrators at the Zanu PF headquarters carried and waved placards that read “Pasi ne 10 percent” (Down with 10 percent), “Jabulani puppet ya Dr 10 Percent” (Jabulani is a puppet of Dr 10%), “Pasi nemaChairman efake” (Down with fake party chairmen) and “Mavambo mumba mako iwe” (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn was formed in your house). daily news


I welcome you all, especially the MDC delegates to this Congress, cognisant of the fact that you have made great personal sacrifices to be here today. I know that some of you have sold your valued assets to be here because you believe that this party and this Congress in particular, will set in a new trajectory that will provide the answer to the monumental national crisis that we all face.

We were last here, in this very same room, in March 2006 for our second Congress with delegates making similar personal sacrifices because we were again emerging from an internal turbulence. Eight years later, we are here again to mark this 4th meeting of the greatest organ of our great party under almost similar circumstances.

This Congress was scheduled for 2016 but we are holding it today, two years ahead of schedule. We meet today in this scorching October heat at this 4th Congress of the Movement for Democratic Change.

The high summer temperatures are consistent with the heat of the current economic moment in our country, the national crisis that is burning all hope of revival under this incompetent government. We have a blazing crisis that will need not only fresh hands on the national wheel, but a comprehensive roadmap to the next election that will provide hope to the despondent people of Zimbabwe.

After disagreements in the cockpit of the party following the stolen election of July 2013, we took a collective decision to hold an early Congress so that the entire leadership would seek a new mandate from the people.

We took that decision for this early Congress because we knew that as a democratic party, it is the sovereign will of the people that is always sacrosanct, not individual positions disguised as the feelings of the grassroots members of the party who are here today to speak for themselves. It is you, this body called Congress gathered here today that makes and unmakes leaders in the MDC, not individuals and their memos.

Unfortunately, some of our colleagues were too lily-livered to come and face the people even though we agreed together to bring forward this Congress. They lacked the conviction of their ambition and they walked out of the party before we all came here not only to seek a new mandate from you, but to chart together the way forward for the party and the country We, however, wish our former colleagues well in their new political endeavors after they expressed what they called their freedom of dissociation.

As democrats, we must accept and respect the freedom to differ.
But of course, we must ask ourselves whose interests are best served by these rebellions and splits? All problems can definitely be solved internally and breaking away from the MDC can only strengthen Zanu PF and not the democratic movement. 

In the end, we will have a plethora of sponsored movements that do not in any way serve the interests of the majority of Zimbabweans who are yearning for democratic change.
We hear former colleagues are launching their party next year. As I said, we wish them good luck. They are not our foes but partners in the struggle. They have attempted to give an impression that we are in competition with them hence the persistent negative campaign especially against the person of Morgan Tsvangirai. We are even ready to assist them grow! At the end of the day it is the people Zimbabwe who will judge, for they know the difference between fact and fiction, real and fake leaders. The people are not gullible.

For some of us, we are here before this Congress because we are a democratic party that believes in the sanctity of the people’s will. Our basic rule is that we must practice the democracy that we preach by consistently seeking a mandate from the people.

But I want to say the people, who are the real owners of this party, also reserve the right to endorse their leaders if they still retain confidence in them. It is your democratic right to elect leaders just as it is also your democratic right to retain those you still have confidence in. I want to thank you for your confidence by overwhelmingly retaining me and some of the leaders unopposed in the recently concluded nomination exercise.

I also want to equally thank you for exercising the same right to nominate several others to fight it out in their nominated positions. This is in line with the major democratic tenet of this great people’s movement that leaders must come from the people.

Our big task at this Congress
Apart from our elections tomorrow, we have come here to transact serious party business in line with the challenges facing the party and the nation. In the country, we are in the middle of a debilitating economic crisis; a crisis that has exposed the lack of political leadership in government. We must as a party debate and agree on our response to that national challenge.

Internally, we have been in existence for 15 years as a party and that history has informed us in many respects. Our challenge is to robustly transform our party into a strong institution with a united leadership that will definitely win the next election.

The national executive and council set up committees to ask people and initiate debate on policy review, institutional review and the review of our party constitution so as to have that strong and united party that will deliver on the people’s aspiration for a new Zimbabwe. The work of those committees and that of a committee that worked on the roadmap to the next election will be debated and adopted by this Congress.

I am personally convinced that this is our last Congress as an opposition party. We have been a popular party since our formation but we have failed to govern because the people’s will has been persistently and brazenly subverted. 

At this our last Congress as an opposition, we boldly announce the closure of what has been the frequent and systematic theft of the people’s mandate. That is why we are holding this Congress under the theme: Towards national convergence; the solution to the national crisis. While our internal elections tomorrow will be the icing on the cake, we owe it to history and to future generations to provide the political and economic answers to this restive nation suffering under the yoke of a clueless political leadership and a biting economic crisis.

After thorough and comprehensive debate on the important review and strategic documents, the nation will expect this Congress, through the leaders you elect, to deploy a competent team that will deliver on the people’s expectations and aspirations. We must come up with a team and a comprehensive roadmap that will not let down the national dream of positive political change in the very near future.

Starting with this Congress, we are uniting and stabilising the MDC as an institution to recreate it into a formidable force capable of winning the next election. That can only be done if we address the inconsistencies in our Constitution, address the issues of role clarity and create a united team. We need that united team and a transformed institution that will refocus us not on personal positions at the expense of the national crisis, but put the MDC on the threshold of winning the next election and positively transforming the lives of Zimbabweans. 

The MDC’s tortuous journey
Since the formation of the MDC in September 1999, our enduring cause has always been driven by our unquestionable commitment to free the land from tyranny and illuminate the way for the people of Zimbabwe.

It has been an arduous struggle which saw us losing hundreds of dear comrades along the way, killed by Mugabe and his agents of death. Many of us have been arrested on trumped up charges, tortured, abused and maimed while others were raped and displaced. It has been a long and arduous journey; indeed a painful history which should embolden our resolve to continue the noble fight for a just and free society.

We have scored a number of great successes in the past 15 years most notably during the GNU which culminated in the new Constitution in spite of initial fierce resistance by ZANU PF. We now have a people-driven Constitution. On the other hand ZANU PF, for 34 years has proved that it has nothing to offer to the people of Zimbabwe except continued deception. 

So yes, in a mere 15 years we have seen it all! We have known both joy and pain; an odd mixture of achievement and frustration. We have been in prison and in the corridors of government as part of our painful journey towards an exclusive MDC government that is now on the horizon.

The national crisis
Since the contested election of 2013, the economy has not gained any traction. To the citizen, we have seen massive unemployment of over 85 percent, insecure jobs to the few that have them, unfulfilled promises and inadequate remuneration for civil servants as well as the disappearance of any form of savings.

Endemic corruption and unbridled avarice have become an albatross of this economy. And this at a time when the country itself is seriously mired in debt, the external debt alone in excess of $10 billion.

Ordinary citizens are failing to put food on the table while a raft of national grievances is affecting all Zimbabweans regardless of their political affiliation. These grievances include lack of jobs, endemic power shortages, a declining economy, an acute liquidity crunch, a Constitution that is not being implemented and declining social services, particularly health and education. As I speak, doctors of public hospitals are on strike.

We have a government that has failed to mobilize a rescue package for the productive sector in order to breathe life into this economy. There is unmitigated failure on the part of government to come up with a solution to rescue this abysmal situation.

A recent Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Survey painted a very bleak national picture, putting capacity utilization at 39,6 percent. The policy uncertainty and inconsistencies on key programmes such indigenization and economic empowerment is not helping matters in bringing sanity and predictability, the two key factors necessary for economic stability. 

There is an acute lack of investor confidence and support by development partners, driven by the legitimacy crisis, as well as a ballooning debt which remains unserviced. Without legitimacy, the country remains exposed to risk and uncertainty, factors that determine investment and economic progress. The government simply has run out of ideas, even in the wake of shrinking revenue collections as a result of a diminishing base. 

The purported economic blueprint, ZimAsset, needs funding to the tune of $27 billion, and this at time when we have failed to fund an annual budget that needed only around $4 billion. 

Unemployment is at its highest. Corruption is the order of day, we all read about mega salaries in parastatals where CEOs earned obscene salaries with others getting paid in excess of $500 000 per month! Looting of national wealth is rampant from diamonds to gold. This represents a lost civilization!

They continue to wreck our economy with impunity, destroying millions of jobs due to bad economic governance. They promise you 2.2 million jobs but they don't tell you that they destroy 4.2 million jobs in the process. Now you do the math! 

Our grim economic plight as a people would have been surmountable had there been a credible election last year, even if it had meant a genuine and fair loss by the MDC-T. The business sector has been crippled and shackled by a biting liquidity crunch, creating a gridlock that has negatively affected both commerce and the services sector.

Lastly, despite all our shortcomings I believe, a sunrise is possible and that dawn must start within our well-meaning selves through the direction we chart here at this Congress.
Despite Africa’s investment attractiveness and a rising appetite for African products across the world, Zimbabwe has missed out on this emerging optimism on Africa that would have done wonders for our economy.

The most graphic and tragically comic illustration of our sad national predicament is the failure of government to raise the paycheck for civil servants’ and a First Lady who has the luxury to addresses 10 provincial rallies to attack the Vice President while the nation wallows in a deep economic crisis.

Vision and the Way forward
We in the MDC have a clear vision for the country. I personally can envision that new Zimbabwe that we have always aspired for.
Firstly, we must realize the imperative of a new governance culture, as encapsulated in our new Constitution. The tragedy is that we have largely failed to usher in that new culture because our Constitution remains unimplemented, particularly those revolutionary clauses that relate to an expanded bill of rights and devolution.

Devolution will take pressure from the centre and address the important national question that relates to the rights of all people, equal opportunities and control of local resources by local communities.

We must urgently implement our Constitution as the first step in addressing our governance culture.I see a new Zimbabwe; a new country with the possibility of reconciliation of all peoples, a nation working together to resolve its confidence crisis.

A Zimbabwe with a new ethos, where people live in peaceful co-existence regardless of their cultural, ethnic, racial, religious or political differences. Given our traumatic past, we must learn to tolerate each other and draw a line in the sand to say never again should we slaughter or persecute each other for being different.

We must remain an inclusive, united society that is ready to swim or sink together, where diversity is celebrated rather than punished because it is the celebration of difference that will make our democracy hold. In the new Zimbabwe, there will be no compromise on the dignity of the citizen, which thankfully, is now enshrined in our Constitution. All citizens must enjoy the true meaning of life by being treated equally by government and all state institutions. 

Under an MDC government, I see a strong and formidable nation rising from the ashes of both the colonial and the Zanu PF misrule. I see the realization of our national dream; indeed the advent of a new nation that will be a source of pride for posterity in a peaceful land characterized by happiness and abundance. 

With our abundant resources, we must see increased productivity and innovation. Resuscitation of industry is a must. Zimbabwe can be Africa's agricultural powerhouse once again. Nothing can stop us from revamping our commercial farming sector where we can become net exporters of food products once again. We are number two country in the world with the largest deposits of platinum. We have vast gold reserves that are largely untapped. Diamonds and plenty other minerals are everywhere in this country.

With good governance, we can unleash an economy that will put the majority of Zimbabweans back to work. The jobs that are needed are nothing compared to the resources that God blessed us with. We can create one of the greatest economies in Africa. If Botswana did it with their diamonds alone, why can't we do it with all these minerals? That’s what this President does not seem to understand.

Zimbabwe deserves a working economy where everyone who wants a job can find one. A working economy where every parent will be able to afford to send kids to schools and colleges of their choice and that child will be guaranteed to a good job after graduation.
The theme of this Congress recognizes the emerging national convergence. I want to assure all of you that there are many of our colleagues even in Zanu PF, who now agree with us on the nature of the problem and the solution to our crisis that requires consensus across the political divide. Yes, we are now all agreed that our collective and patriotic desire to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Zimbabwe is definitely more important than the needless focus on vitriolic attacks and selfish political interests that have no place in this digital age.

So we are aware of the crisis facing the nation and we are confident that we in the MDC have the capacity to steer the country to a path of stability and prosperity. Our sad national predicament stems largely from a crisis of legitimacy arising out of the stolen election of July 31, 2013.

The tough lesson we have learnt is that we will not legitimize Mugabe by participating in a sham election in the absence key reforms that will protect the people’s will. We will never again participate in an election with a pre-determined outcome.

Our national crisis can only be resolved by a return to legitimacy which can only happen after a fresh, credible election. The current national reality is that we are now isolated from meaningful investment, capital flow and substantial development financial assistance due to a crisis of legitimacy stemming from a sham election whose serious imperfections were noted by everyone, including SADC and the AU.. 

Zanu PF’s narrowly focused and confined “Look East” policy has not yielded direct fiscal support for the country.We have had a myopic foreign policy that overlooks the significance of the broader international community, thereby underplaying the potential of leveraging international relationships in a broad sense. 

We must once again rejoin the family of nations, in its wide scope, in mutually beneficial relationships, but largely driven, on our part, by the desire to enhance and further the interest of the ordinary citizen of this country.

Zimbabwe needs friends, strategic partners and promoters in the region and across the breadth of the international community. Our international relations, even at the regional level, require fixing. We have been consistently inconsistent for so long that there are not many takers supporting our plans for the way forward. 

The safest bet is to shift our mindset towards new thinking and new pronouncements that are inclined towards mutually beneficial policies. The region and the international community, who all publicly acknowledged serious imperfections in our last election, must not unconditionally re-engage this Zanu PF government.

The international community must not just re-engage without a framework; but must insist on implementation of agreed electoral conditions and the embracing of universally acceptable standards by the authorities in Harare.

What we do not encourage is a mere re-engagement in the absence of a framework that plods and entices the nation towards the respect of full democratic values. The region and the international community must insist on the government in Harare respecting and implementing the national Constitution. 

They must insist on the need to respect the rule of law and the conditions sanctioned by SADC to ensure that the next election is vaccinated from the periodic mischief that has blighted the credibility of all our elections.

Any re-engagement must be accompanied by a stubborn insistence by the international community on the universally accepted standards that ensure the guarantee of full freedoms and the enfranchising of the ordinary citizen. They must insist on key reforms that will ensure that the people put in place a legitimate government that will begin to address the challenges facing the nation.

We in the MDC will play our part by insisting on the creation of those conditions that will give Zimbabweans a fresh bite of the cherry as only a legitimate government elected in a free and fair election is the basis of a permanent solution to the challenges we face as a nation. The solution does not lie in meekness and half-hearted attempts at creating a semblance of stability at the expense of democracy. 

I wish to restate here that as a party, we reserve our eight to mobilize the people and to support every sector that will engage in legitimate, peaceful and constitutional action to force this government to address the key national grievances that we all face regardless of our political diversity. Henceforth, we will be opting for boldness and not meekness. We would rather fight than wallow in oppression and misgovernance simply because we would have opted to resign to our fate. We will mobilize and galvanize the nation for the endgame.
The solution to the national crisis lies in none but ourselves. Surrender and capitulation to our fate will not help matters!

Fellow democrats, I am making an urgent call today for a shift to action. We cannot allow ourselves to be victims of illusions and phantoms of hope alone. We have to be brave, we have to take action. 

It means rejecting the economic misery brought upon us by ZANU PF and reclaiming our share in the wealth of this country which has been a preserve of a parasitic clique in ZANU PF. 

It means demanding to see what is not working fixed: from the economy, our democracy, Constitution, rule of law, service delivery, infrastructure, electricity, water, sanitation. Our destiny is in our hands. 

For my part, as I stand before you today, I'm forever ready to lead from the front these very troops gathered here today and all those across our nation.

After this watershed Congress tomorrow and armed with clearly defined policies, a new institutional framework to re-energize the party, a leadership with a new mandate, a newly agreed and adopted roadmap to legitimacy and our poise for action, Zimbabwe will never be the same again. 

Dear Congress delegates, I am very convinced that we are on the final lap to fulfilling our historical obligation to bring about positive transformation in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. I wish you happy and fruitful deliberations at this watershed Congress that is set to change our country forever!
I thank you


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MDC organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, introduces Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Elizabeth as Dr Macheka.

She stands up and chants "chinja maitiro" slogan.  Elizabeth says she doesn't want donated doctorates.

11:22 - Lovemore Moyo takes the podium. He thanks God for surviving a serious car accident recently.
11:23 - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai takes the podium. He sings: "teererai mirairo yakanaka musazo rovana".
11:26 - Tsvangirai says "We want to usher a new trajectory out of this economic crisis. We have a blazing crisis that the hands on the wheel cannot deal with".
"We took a decision for the early congress because the will of the people is sacrosant and not individual desires."

"Some were afraid to come and face you because they are don't leave a party because of a conflict."

"I wish them (Biti and crew) well in their new endevours...breaking away from MDC only strengthens Zanu not MDC."

"They are not our foes but our partners. We are ready to assist them to grow. Because people of Zimbabwe know the difference between fact and fiction."

11:56 - Tsvangirai continues: "I want to thank you for electing me as your leader for the next five years."
He warns of negative campaigns in MDC and says those to be elected should be real leaders.

"The congress is about tackling the debilitating national crisis and electing new leaders."

"This is our last congress as an opposition party. Zanu PF knows this is the last congress MDC holds as an opposition," Tsvangirai says.

"We lost hundreds of comrades through Mugabe and I have been tortured many times."

"We face the national crisis since 2013...I am surprised by some people accusing corruption iwe une mapurazi mangani asi unotaura zve corruption of $1 million."

"As I speak, doctors are on strike."

"We must lose elections through free and fair means. We must learn to tolerate each other rather than slaughter each other."

"We are aware of the crisis...and we can deliver the country from it."


AN Umguza married pastor who allegedly raped his Form Three niece with the blessings of his wife on several occasions until she fell pregnant has appeared in court.

The victim had an abortion but it was not stated who assisted her to terminate the pregnancy. Lemison Moyo (33) appeared before regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere yesterday and claimed that he was in love with his niece.

He added that he had indulged in sexual intercourse with her using different types of sexual positions.
Taking the witness stand, the girl said Moyo started having sex with her in December 2012 when she was still a virgin and later forced her to cut all ties with her maternal relatives.
“My uncle used to rape me after discussing with his wife and they would assault me for no reason. I kept the abuse to myself because I was banned from conversing with anyone,” she said.

“I finally got fed up and decided to write my other maternal aunt a letter narrating my ordeal and notifying her that I was contemplating suicide. She fetched me from Moyo’s home and took me to her friend who is a prophet and I gathered strength to tell the prophet everything that had happened to me while I was under Moyo’s care.”

The girl said Moyo would buy her gifts ranging from underwear, soap and facial lotions and her aunt, who is married to Moyo, was aware of what was happening.

“I was so scared and confused then and I failed to tell anyone of the abuse because Moyo would threaten me. I once tried telling my aunt what was happening but she accused me of trying to steal her husband from her.”

Magistrate Mberewere remanded the matter in which Trust Muduma prosecuted to November 7. chronicle


OPPOSITION party MDC-T will from today hold its congress in Harare, with the highlight being elections to replace party members that joined MDC-Renewal.

While party leader Morgan Tsvangirai is unchallenged, the congress could prove decisive for him as he seeks to cement his place as the leader of the opposition in Zimbabwe following the mortal split earlier this year.

The run-up to the congress has been acrimonious, with mudslinging taking centre stage, as top officials jostled for influential posts. Despite last year’s heavy election defeat, staunch party members are adamant that the former premier still has the pull factor and charisma to challenge President Robert Mugabe yet again in 2018.

It is the contests for top posts — secretary-general, organising secretary and spokesperson — that is likely to hog the limelight, with reports of tension and acrimony ahead of elections. National organising secretary Nelson Chamisa yesterday told Southern Eye they expected 7 000 people at their congress, saying all was set for the congress.

“We are ready for the congress which kicks off tomorrow (today),” he said. “The programme, which kicks off with a key note address by the president (Tsvangirai) has been finalised. “Delegates are expected to deliberate on proposed constitutional amendments, state of the economy and adoption of the road map to a new Zimbabwe.” 

Among amendments that are likely to be effected is the centralisation of power in the office of the MDC-T president, as some feel the secretary-general’s post was two powerful and was creating two centres of power. 

To give credence to this thought, the previous secretary-generals, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube have been accused of splitting the party and forming their own factions. However, this will only incense Tsvangirai’s critics who accuse the MDC-T leader of being a dictator. Chamisa said security would be tightened to wade of potential “infiltrators bent on causing chaos” on Saturday, when the party holds its elections. 

The party is said to be split into two factions, one allegedly led by Theresa Makone that has spokesperson and aspiring secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora as its man to replace Biti.
The other camp has Chamisa and aspiring treasurer-general Tapiwa Mashakada.

Makoni will battle it out with Mashakada for the treasurer-general’s post. Lovemore Moyo is set to be retained as chairperson, as he is unchallenged. Former Labour minister Paurina Mpariwa is reportedly eyeing the women assembly chair where she is likely to face a challenge from Sibusisiwe Bhuda-Masara, the present women’s assembly secretary-general and former Chimanimani MP Lynnette Karenyi. 

Aspiring deputy treasurer-general Chalton Hwende faces stiff competition from Bernard Chiondegwa.


A TEACHER at a private secondary school in Chinhoyi yesterday appeared in court facing a theft charge after he allegedly diverted over $900 in students’ examination fees.

Petros Chizumba, a teacher at King Solomon Private Academy in Chinhoyi, was not asked to plead to the theft charge when he appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Singadu Njele.
He was remanded on free bail to November 21 for trial.

It is the State case that between March and May this year, Chizumba received examination fees for 14 Ordinary Level students at his school, but converted the money to his personal use.
The issue came to light on Monday when the students were refused to write their O-Level Mathematics Paper One at the nearby Chemagamba High School.

Students at the private college use Chemagamba High School as their examination centre.
Trust Mukarati prosecuted. newsday


HOME AFFAIRS minister Kembo Mohadi has suffered a blow in his quest to grab a fuel station in Beitbridge after a High Court judge barred him from interfering with operations of an investor — AfricOil, which has bought the liquidated fuel depot Red Queen for about $2,3 million.

 Mohadi was also warned that the courts had a duty to protect the country’s laws and protect both the weak and poor in society. Justice Martin Makonese also threatened to censure Mohadi’s lawyer, a Mawadze for using inflammatory language against the company’s legal practitioner Joseph James.
Mohadi had been accused of threatening to kill an employee of AfricOil Petroleum, a consortium keen to invest in the fuel sector in Beitbridge.

In his judgment made on Monday, Justice Makonese said there was enough evidence that the minister interfered with the operations of the company’s liquidator, Barbra Lunga, who sold Red Queen to AfricOil.

“In this matter I am concerned with preservation of law and order,” he ruled. “The first respondent (Mohadi), who occupies a special and important position as a Minister of Home Affairs, a position he has held for more than a decade, must appreciate that the courts have a duty to ensure that the laws of the land are protected and that the weak and powerful in society must feel protected. 

“Any acts of self-help must to that extent be discouraged.” The judge said since Mohadi did not challenge the allegations of physically manhandling guards at the premises and threatening Lunga, the balance of probabilities indicated that there was interference.

“In spite of denial that officers from Zimbabwe Republic Police have taken over control of the assets, I am inclined to believe that the first respondent (Mohadi) has indeed interfered with the use and enjoyment of the assets. 

“The real issue for the respondents is to take whatever legal action they deem fit in the courts of law for appropriate relief. The court cannot condone self-help.

“The language used in all pleadings and documents filed in court should not seek to cast aspersions on the integrity or otherwise of other legal practitioners, care must always be taken by legal practitioners not to use inflammatory language and use of intemperate language will always be discouraged.” 

In December 2012, Justice Lawrence Kamocha divested Mohadi and his business partner Josias Moyo of the directorship of the companies. He ordered Mohadi and his business associates to reimburse more than $340 000 they allegedly swindled from Nerry Investments, another company already under liquidation whose bank account the minister had allegedly turned into a “piggy bank”.
Mohadi was found to have authorised the company to pay for his son Campbell Junior’s rental expenses in South Africa.

Campbell had enrolled at Lanseria Flight Centre at the Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Johannesburg, where he is training as a pilot. He was allegedly getting $680 for personal use every month from company coffers. southern eye


CONTROVERSIAL self-styled war veterans’ leader and pioneer of the chaotic land reform exercise in 2000, Francis Zimuto, popularly known as Black Jesus, has petitioned Local Government minister Ignatious Chombo, demanding he be made paramount chief of an area that formerly belonged to white commercial farmers, spanning from Bikita Minerals to Mashava.

 Twelve chiefs — Marozva, Chiwara, Makore, Chikwanda, Musara, Mugabe, Charumbira, Serima, Zimuto, Ndanga, Bere and Nerupiri are said to be having boundary disputes over the area, with each claiming jurisdiction.

However, some of the chiefs have rubbished his demands as nonsensical, saying the area previously fell under their jurisdiction before the coming of the white colonial settlers, who displaced them.

In a five-paged petition to Chombo, seen by this paper, Zimuto, who hails from the Zimuto chieftainship clan, claims that there is a chieftainship wrangle and land disputes have erupted because of overlapping boundaries in the formerly white-owned farms.

The petition has been copied to Chief’s Council president, Chief Fortune Charumbira, the Local Government ministry permanent secretary, Masvingo provincial administrator Felix Chikovo and district administrator James Mazvidza.

“This area has been declared a battlefield and the supremacy of authority on this land has no-one in full control,” Zimuto wrote.

“Each of the 12 chiefs is claiming the authority of this land that stretches approximately 100km and 60km in width.

“There is no fairness and wisdom to allow these chiefs randomly encroach into former white commercial farms now.

“They should stay put in their area because their subjects and their land is still there.”

He argues that there is a need for a new chief in the formerly white commercial farms because they have new people from various districts and provinces of the whole country and must have a new paramount chief. Zimuto claims Chombo has been misinformed and thus the government “failed to bring sanity in the area and put to rest the issue”.

“Honourable minister, may you stamp authority on these chiefs . . . none of these chiefs had boundary disputes before 1980, as they were content with the boundaries put in place by the colonialists, which kept them in their respective Tribal Trust Lands,” he said.

“The people are requesting you to appoint a seasoned deserving paramount chief in this area immediately.”

Zimuto, who dares those who object, goes on to suggest that he is the best candidate to take the offer, arguing that he was the forerunner of the land invasions that saw those commercial farmers leaving their farms.

While Charumbira could not be reached for comment, one of the chiefs involved, who asked for anonymity, said Zimuto was “day dreaming” and did not check under whose jurisdiction the area fell under before the Land Apportionment Act.

“He is having selective amnesia. He should revisit history and check under whose authority that area fell under before the whites took the fertile land,” the chief said.

“That alone should solve the puzzle, not to say because I invaded a farm in the area, therefore, I should be rewarded with chieftainship. He has been rewarded enough with the farm he took.”

Chombo could not be reached to ascertain whether the petition had reached his office, although Zimuto said he had handed it. newsday