Let us not forget this. Why did ED do this? Did he do this for the people or against? If he did so against, has he changed? HomeNews NEWS Furious Mnangagwa held Mugabe by collar Last updated Sep 8, 2011 771 6 629Shares Sensational details leaked by the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks website contains claims that Zimbabwe’s Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa “grabbed President Robert Mugabe by the lapels” during a heated argument in 2008. John Nkomo, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Robert Mugabe: According to these rumours, Mnangagwa grabbed Mugabe by the lapels at which point Mugabe's bodyguards forcibly subdued Mnangagwa, injuring him to the point that he was hospitalised. A leaked diplomatic cable by former US ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee claims Mnangagwa and Mugabe squared off over the latter’s plans to give away the Home Affairs portfolio to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party during negotiations for a power sharing government. In the cable McGee wrote: “Mugabe leads a fractured party and he is trying to satisfy key individuals and groups. Rumours circulated last week that he and Emmerson Mnangagwa were involved in a heated argument over the possibility of ceding Home Affairs to the MDC. “According to these rumours, Mnangagwa grabbed Mugabe by the lapels at which point Mugabe’s bodyguards forcibly subdued Mnangagwa, injuring him to the point that he was hospitalised. “We have been unable to confirm the physical altercation; nevertheless, there appears to have been a serious rift between Mugabe and Mnangagwa over the allocation of ministries. Mnangagwa is loathe to allow any of the security apparatus to pass to the MDC.” McGee added that “defence forces chief Constantine Chiwenga and Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono are opposed to the MDC assuming responsibility for Home Affairs. They fear the ministry and police would investigate them for corrupt activities.” ... See more
Crocodile Lies All Over Davos The military regime has packed our social media full of ghost accounts trying to tell us to "give #EDJunta a chance" and even some real people telling us to assist the junta to market itself to the World Economic Forum Davos Even the international newspapers are wasting thousands of column-inches attempting to put lipstick on a pig. If we did not know any better we would say the Junta had paid the Financial Times and Telegraph journalists to present the junta as a reformed law-abiding regime with the best interests of its people at heart. In reality it is just the editors sitting in their Fleet Street offices and briefed to prepare the world to accept a new sub-Saharan dictator because the British, in their post-Brexit panic think he is a necessary economic partner. The editors do not even know, nor do they care, what is going on in Zimbabwe, as long as they can fly in, have lunch with the president, take some pictures, visit Victoria Falls, and write a lot of fluff like the piece titled "I Am Not A Crocodile" in the Financial Times. The Telegraph did not even bother with the flight to Harare and the pictures; they just quoted the Financial Times article, repeated Mnangagwa's promises of free and fair elections and willingness to rejoin Commonwealth, and used for pictures of Robert Mugabe and Margaret Thatcher, to make the point that this is a similar moment to when we installed Robert Mugabe. Of course, he needs money, so Mr Mnangagwa has to say all those things, just as Robert Mugabe talked of reconciliation, but already the Telegraph writes about this being “a clear departure from the policies of Mr Mugabe” in another article pre-Davos article that was full of fluff. He even said election monitors from EU, UN and anywhere should come and observe. We will believe that when they have been given the accreditation. In fact they should apply as soon as possible because we are now already into the pre-election period which is also supposed to be monitored. Mr Mnangagwa is making a lot of promises, promises that are just that, promises, and intended to hoodwink both Zimbabweans and the intentional community that he and his regime are reformers who are going to bring good governance to Zimbabwe. He has even been presented as a compassionate leader; making a media storm of visiting his nemesis, former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has cancer, and promising him his pension benefits through the media. We are still awaiting the gazetting of the benefits, but we are certain it will not be gazetted until Tsvangirai has given in to the blackmail. Meanwhile in the mind of readers Tsvangirai is already reviving his benefits. In the social media the briefing is that the regime is legal and constitutional in that if the President resigned, his party is entitled to appoint a successor to finish his term of office. But Robert Mugabe was forced to resign, with tanks in the streets and a violent takeover of the television station to announce Mugabe's house arrest. Then the people who were holding him forced him to resign, as admitted by his former spokesman who is now Mr Mnangagwa“s spokesman, George Charamba. This therefore takes us out of the realm of party succession, into the coup business, especially since those who held the president under house arrest and forced him to resign then went ahead and installed themselves into the executive seat. If they had carried out a consultative national process agreeable to Zimbabweans, the opposition MDC was willing to work with them, but once they succeeded with coup, the generals shared out to themselves cabinet posts. Zimbabweans and the international community are now being said to have popularly supported the coup, even though theirs was only a demonstration against Mugabe, that he must go. In fact the opposition had only supported the removal of Mugabe because the coup plotters had promised that they would carry out an inclusive national process which would culminate in free and fair elections. Needles to say the opposition was hoodwinked, and the junta is going full steam ahead, unilaterally preparing to hold a rigged election, without resolving all the contentious issues about integrity of the new voter's roll, locations of voting stations, procurement of voting stationery, timelines and many other issues which require consensus. Meanwhile soldiers are also being deployed to rural areas to intimidate voters and President Mnangagwa is remaining silent about it. Exhibiting trypical abused wife syndrome Zimbabweans are talking about “give him a chance” and “let's be patriotic and help him sell Zimbabwe.” Why offerer help to #EDJunta's which is not offering a genuine new era, but a new error of entrenching a military dictatorship in our motherland? He is very deceitful; He arrests rivals and says he's implementing anti corruption measures; He talks up free and fair elections while deploying soldiers to rural areas; He talks up free media while hogging state media for his own campaign; He denies Gukurahundu while sitting on two official reports that could have been used as a starting point for a transitional justice process Because of this we don't see why anyone would like to help him to lie to the World Economic Forum @Davos http://www.newzimbabwe.com/columns-46170-Mnangagwa+off+to+Davos+empty+handed/columns.aspx ... See more
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has for the umpteenth time shown disdain for the constitution and for Zimbabweans in the diaspora. Two weeks ago, addressing Zimbabweans in South Africa President Mnangagwa totally ignored the diaspora demand for voting rights, despite urging them invest back home. This.... ... See more
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Time For Action Is Now ZANU PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa has unilaterally announced that they intend to hold elections in five months. And he did so outside the country, in Mozambique, which shows just how much regard his government has for the opposition. While the MDC Alliance knows that it can beat ZANU PF in a free and fair election at any time, we are concerned that no steps have been taken to address our concerns regarding the conduct of the election; A credible national voters’ roll in time to be inspected and verified, Transparent procurement of election materials and their security from temper, A clear and concise road map towards the holding of the election. Failure to provide these may well be part of untoward and improper machinations to delay and/or postpone the holding of elections despite pronouncements to the contrary. We need to see concrete steps. There is also continued militarisation of villages around the country, with confirmed information that thousands of army officers in civilian attire have been deployed in the countryside for the purposes of carrying out clandestine political campaigns on behalf of Zanu PF. And the secrecy and privacy of voter registration information is being compromised by people forcing registrants to surrender their BVR serial numbers to village heads and Zanu PF officials. All these issues have been raised with the government to no avail; they have been documented by NGOs, and we now demand that they must stop. Failure to live up to these requirements will mean that the election does not conform to SADC, AU and UN standards, which we demand must be upheld. Without the seal of approval from all these organisations the elections will not be free and fair and also and the result will not a credible reflection of the will of the people. We also demand that commanders of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces unequivocally and publicly state that they will accept the outcome of free and fair elections regardless of who wins. And of course without the public broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, television and all its four radio stations being accessible to all political players, as the national constitution demands, there can be no free and fair election. And this has to begin now in the run up to the election, not just in the election period. We urge all Zimbabweans at act now to protect the motherland from the imposition of a military dictatorship disguised as a democratic government. And we urge the international community to support us in our quest to protect our people from a corrupt military dictatorship that intends to entrench itself through a fake election. ... See more
Acting MDC-T President Engineer Elias Mudzuri chaired the first meeting of the MDC national standing committee in 2018 at Harvest House on Wednesday, January 17...
President Mnangagwa has publicly pledged to ensure free and fair elections, and every country concerned with the wellbeing of Zimbabwe has underscored the need for free and fair elections monitored by credible international organisations, as a prerequisite for economic revival. But our past elections have dismally failed the test for free, fair and credible elections and predictably attracted international condemnation, hence the economic stagnation for decades. Without free and fair elections, the country will always fail to attract that critical mass of international investors who will significantly contribute towards meaningful economic growth and development. So says MDC Acting President Elias Mudzuri. He also told The Standard that if President Mnangagwa appointed Judge Loice Matanda-Moyo, the wife of coup leader, Retired General Sibusiso Moyo, as chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, that would be an extension of the militarisation that began during Mugabe’s tenure when George Chiweshe (retired army general) was appointed chairman of ZEC in 2005. It would have to be resisted. Full story here. https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2018/01/14/no-jostling-tsvangirai-post-mdc-t-mudzuri/ ... See more
Cornered Junta's Attempt to Blackmail Tsvangirai Flounders The propaganda of the Mnangagwa Junta is now such that as you read newspapers you now need special glasses that can filter out propaganda. The current wave of propaganda began with The Herald misreporting MDC VP Nelson Chamisa as ‘admitting’ that the MDC had approached the Mnangagwa government for an inclusive Government; that he went to the United States after realising that the idea was rejected and they realised that they had to gear up for an election. In reality US Senate Foreign Relations Committee meetings are scheduled months ahead, the invitations have to be sent to any participants, then accepted, and visa and travel arrangements made, could not happen in the three weeks between the coup and Chamisa’s visit to the US. The correct position is that as the coup plotters and the war veterans were not confident that enough of their Members of Parliament would support an impeachment motion. Nor were they sure that ZANU PF grassroots supporters would go out on the streets to support the coup. So they approached called the opposition to mobilise it's MPs for the impeachment vote and its supporters for a public demonstration. The quid pro quo for the opposition supporting the removal of Mugabe was that the Junta would work with the opposition on a transitional plan to end in free and fair elections. But once the coup had succeeded, greed got the better off them and they reneged on the agreement, and attempted to approach individual members of the opposition to be appointed into an all-ZANU PF cabinet. There were no MDC takers, so Mnangagwa made his “keep on barking” inaugural speech. But they soon realised they could not a free and fair election, especially without almost half their members who are G40. So they concocted President Mnangagwa’s visit to President Tsvangirai where the Herald report contained the following interesting lines attributed to Tsvangirai spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka: “The President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) today made a courtesy call to see our party president who has not been well since the time he went public that he has cancer of the colon,” said Mr Tamborinyoka: “The President came just as Mr Tsvangirai was about to leave the country for his routine medical check-up. “In the 45-minute closed-door meeting the two leaders discussed …. the urgency of free and fair elections to ensure a return to legitimacy as well as the need to engage the international community so that the country rejoins the family of nations.” So two important ideas; President Tsvangirai to go to South Africa, and urgent fee and fair elections. This was followed by a Herald editorial commending President Mnangagwa “for his magnanimity and showing not only his softer side, but also political maturity in reaching out to Mr Tsvangirai who is not in the best of health, as shown in pictures that we carried in our paper and those that circulated on social media.” The Ubuntu editorial also contained these lines: “There are indications that benefits which accrued to him as Prime Minister under the Government of National Unity will be honoured. “Mr Tsvangirai and his family deserve that. It’s beyond legal question.” Then came Tsvangirai’s press statement, again accompanied by the same pictures of President Tsvangirai, virtually in his pyjamas as he was not aware the State President was coming to visit. But President Tsvangirai was clear about the challenges before Mnangagwa’s administration. “Firstly, the new administration has to articulate a clear and comprehensive roadmap to legitimacy that includes implementation of the much-needed reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections in a few months time. “It is disheartening to note that we are already behind schedule and last week I raised these concerns to President Mnangagwa when he made an impromptu, but welcome gesture to check on me…” Now is there anything in this that shows or says anything about Tsvangirai wanting a postponement of elections? It is now clear that the visit was one of the most cynical and inhumane acts by the #EDJunta - blackmailing a sick man with his own pension and withholding his diplomatic passport so that he could not travel for treatment until he signed a statement that he is going to retire. On the same day of the visit the statement came out of the blue, but Tsvangirai clearly played them and wrote only that he is thinking about retiring. Because of their lack of understanding of English, they thought the deal was done and gave him his passport. Now everyone who was saying #EDM is so humane can shut up, because now we know why they made a convoy to Tsvangirai's house. It was not to visit a sick fellow Zimbabwean. It was to blackmail him that if you don't agree to retire you will die. If you don't agree to postpone elections elections you will die. Tsvangirai did neither, but he was able to go for his treatment, and on elections it is still game-on. The ball is still in ZANU Lacoste’s court; they should commit to free and fair elections, because the international community is waiting for that commitment. This Junta is counting on the international community to rescue it from the financial crunch, but it must also live up to its promises to the people on November 17 before that support comes. And thanks to their estranged comrade Professor Jonathan Moyo the issue is hot, not just on BBC, but also on the wires. This is the latest interview with Reuters: https://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N1P72VK ... See more
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