Politics

Mugabe says Mnangagwa ‘must apologise’

A bitter Robert Mugabe says new President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies should apologise for last year’s military operation that ousted him from power – and he doesn’t think Zanu-PF will win this year’s polls. Mugabe made the comments at a private party held for him on Saturday at his Harare mansion to celebrate his 94th birthday. “They must accept ...

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The founder of #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Evan Mawarire presented a passionate speech about his experiences, economic drive, and constitutional challenges at Westminster Parliament today. The event which was organised by the Henry Jackson Society was attended by members of Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO), Zimbabwe Diaspora Community, and Lord Chidgey who was in the chair until the arrival of MP for Vauxhall, Kate Hoey. In his speech Pastor Mawarire described the situation in Zimbabwe as dire saying that a 30 minute speech by President Mnangagwa cannot change the effects of 37 years. He said that those who were instrumental in intimidating the opposition – denied citizens their choices in 2008 and 2013 are still in government. He paid tribute to the late Morgan Tsvangirai for putting up a great fight for freedom and justice under the most difficult conditions. He criticised the regime for failing to publicly apologise for the Gukurahundi atrocities saying that it is the responsibility of the government to provide closure for the victims. He gave his own personal experience at the hands of the regime and warned that it can happen to anyone. “We need to move away from a situation where Zimbabwe is owned by a few – $15 billion goes missing and no one can account for it – we were incarcerated for demanding our rights – gone are the days when people remained silent – young people have gripped the idea of freeing themselves – our freedom is more important to us than ever before” he said. When asked by the BBC reporter about Free and Fair Election – he was not at all confident that these would happen and cited 2000 and 2008 as examples of Military interference (2008 was a real Coup). “When MDC won the elections in 2008, the missing factor was the ordinary citizens – we the people were the missing component – but since #ThisFlag Movement, people have made it their aim to sacrifice for freedom – Mugabe had said that there are special jails for people like us saying ‘leave our politics alone’ – and people like Paul Chizuze and Itai Dzamara are still missing” he said. “I felt bad for leaving the people when I went into exile and that is why I returned” he said. Mawarire hopes for freedoms for the people – but cannot see the current incumbent Government members as varying that out. He pointed out that many who have been made ministers in the current Government -Junta – were directly responsible for 2008 Coup and the 1983 massacres. He questions the Open for Business mantra by Zanu-PF when they clearly do not care about the general population. “As long as the laws have not been aligned, the economic growth being touted is baseless with no freedom” he said. Mawarire also called on the British Government not to let the Zimbabwean people down by selfishly pursuing its economic interests but must push the Mnangagwa administration to provide a level field for sustainable elections and economic growth. He called on the British government not to ignore human rights abuses in Zimbabwe for its own economic gains. In his address on the Diaspora vote, Mawarire emphasised that although it is one of the most important issues that the current government needs to address, he doubted that the diaspora vote was going to be granted in time for the 2018 elections. The meeting was also attended by Dr Tshibangu Mukumbay from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who was interested in looking for looted assets from his country by Zanu-PF.

For all the apparent unity demonstrated by Zanu-PF when Bennett was sent to prison, in fact deep divisions within it were soon to emerge. The death of Vice-President Simon Muzenda in September 2003 had sparked a vigorous contest within the party, splitting into two camps around Emmerson Mnangagwa and former Zanla commander Solomon Mujuru, for a replacement. In the course ...

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‘Mnangagwa cannot change the effects of 37 years’

The founder of #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Evan Mawarire presented a passionate speech about his experiences, economic drive, and constitutional challenges at Westminster Parliament today. The event which was organised by the Henry Jackson Society was attended by members of Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO), Zimbabwe Diaspora Community, and Lord Chidgey who was in the chair until the arrival of MP ...

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Jonathan Moyo writes to Mnangagwa

EXILED former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo has written to President Emmerson Mnangagwa via twitter on his 100 days in office. Moyo said, “YOUR 100 days in stolen office through a #bloodymilitarycoup on 15/11/17 have shown that an ILLEGITIMATE & UNCONSTITUTIONAL govt like yours can’t deliver legitimate outcomes to the people. #CoupMakers can SAY but can’t DO the right things ...

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Zimbabwe military takes over ZEC

Zimbabwean Executing Commissions are being run by the military. It has been disclosed by the Blue Ocean Document that 78 out of the 97 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) employees are members of the Zimbabwe National Army. Wikileaks revealed that this comes in the wake of the underground tactics of the Military Intelligence Department which has been the secret behind the ...

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Mnangagwa winds up 100 days in office

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appealed for patience as he winds up his first 100 days in office, saying “it takes more than 100 days to recover an economy”, so citizens should not lose hope at the slow pace of change. When he assumed office in November last year, Mnangagwa pledged rapid transformation of the economy and the general way of ...

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Mugabe exposes Mnangagwa over killings

Former president Robert Mugabe yesterday opened up about his ouster last year by the army, disclosing for the first time that some people were allegedly killed and others tortured as the 94-year-old politician piled up pressure on his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe told close relatives and friends at a private birthday party at his Harare mansion, known as Blue ...

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Zanu-PF’s culture is second nature to Mnangagwa’s government

The human rights campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire has made clear that he has no confidence in the government of President Mnangagwa. Speaking at a meeting in Parliament in London on Thursday, the #ThisFlag leader said Zanu-PF’s culture seemed to be second nature to the government and predicted the upcoming elections would not be free and fair. Mawarire said the ousting ...

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NPRC condemns violence

NATIONAL PEACE AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION PRESS STATEMENT CONDEMNATION OF ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE: The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) is saddened by reports of intraparty violence and disturbances in Buhera at the burial of the late MDC T leader Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. The nation is hereby implored to: 1. Stop immediately the victimisation of women and respect the ...

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Mugabe warned: Shut up!

An Ex Zipra veteran Max Mkandla has warned former President Robert Mugabe to shut about about claiming that this year’s elections will not be free and fair because he during his tenure retained power through violence and refused to hand it to the late Morgan Tsvangirai who had trounced him by 73% in 2008. The remarks came after Mugabe reportedly ...

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