Fears that army will influence Zimbabwe’s elections .

A Zanu-PF official says the army is not in a position to let the opposition win the upcoming general elections in Zimbabwe.

Deputy finance minister and Harare East legislator Terence Mukupe told Zanu-PF members at a party meeting in Harare that Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance – arguably president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s most visible challenger – was too young for the task.

“How can we say‚ honestly‚ the soldiers took the country‚ practically snatched it from Mugabe‚ to come and hand it over to Chamisa? This country‚ where it is now and where it is coming from‚ needs a grown-up‚” he said.

Chamisa‚ 40‚ controversially took over the leadership of the MDC-T when veteran party leader Morgan Tsvangirai passed on in February 2018 after illness. He is locked in a battle of legitimacy with Thokozani Khupe‚ who has since formed a breakaway MDC party.

With statistics from the voters roll indicating that around 60 percent of registered voters are in the 40 years of age demographic‚ analysts have been predicting that the youth could carry a swing vote against Zanu-PF‚ whose presidential candidate is 75 years old.

Deputy minister Mukupe‚ in the same age bracket as Chamisa‚ declared that a young president will not be tolerated. “I don’t think that I am mature enough to be given the country to run and all the soldiers in this country salute me saying ‘the commander in chief is here’‚” he added.

Vice-president Kembo Mohadi last week denied that Zanu-PF was being led by the army and that it would stay on if the party loses the watershed elections. But it is Mukupe’s statement that has been worrying civic society and the opposition for some time now.

Speaking at a policy dialogue meeting‚ Ibbo Mandaza last week warned that an upset for the army could mean the military could once more take matters into their owns hands like they did in November 2017. “We believe that we need a contingency plan because the possibility of some mad soldiers trying to take the law into their own hands is real‚” he said.

Meanwhile‚ there have been calls for servers of the national registry to be moved away from the country’s army headquarters‚ the Josiah Magama Tongogara barracks [formerly KG6]‚ because of strong fears of voters roll manipulation.

In 2008 the military stepped in to the rescue of Robert Mugabe when he was forced into an election run-off with Morgan Tsvangirai. The two leaders would later form an inclusive government but Tsvangirai was sidelined from most security briefings



May 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

Police keep violating the law: Opposition

OPPOSITION parties have accused the police of perpetually violating the country’s Constitution by actively participating at Zanu PF rallies when they are supposed to be apolitical.


MDC-T secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora said it was illegal for the police band to perform at Zanu PF political rallies.

“The Constitution (section 11) requires them to be apolitical and they were at yesterday’s rally, they were furthering the political interests of one party. It means, therefore, this election will not be free and fair as law enforcement agents will be partisan, the army will be forced to be partisan, so will the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation],” he said.

Mwonzora challenged Zanu PF leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa to stand by his word and stop hiring the police band to entertain Zanu PF supporters at rallies.
“Imagine the police playing at a MDC rally, would that ever happen? … We will not attempt to invite them because we will not attempt to make them break the law. A police band can be hired to play at private functions, but the Constitution is clear about their involvement in politics,” he said.

The MDC-T has vowed to approach the courts to put the police in their place in line with the laws of the country.

National People’s Party (NPP) secretary-general, Gift Nyandoro said the conduct of the police reflected that “the old Zanu PF is still very much alive”.

“The abuse of State resources for party gain reflects political collusion between the military administration headed by ED (Mnangagwa) and the executive apparatus of the State. This demonstrates that nothing new was ushered by the military regime. Rather, it’s old wine in a new bottle,” he said.

Mnangagwa recently pledged to end the Zanu PF party-State conflation, saying there should be clear distinctions between their functions.

This came following reports that police officers and army helicopters had facilitated voting and distribution of ballot papers respectively during the just-ended Zanu PF primary elections.

Contacted for comment yesterday, police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba defended the police band, saying it was open for hiring to any event.

“The police band is open to anyone. It plays at weddings, graduations, even for NGOs [non-governmental organisations]. This does not mean to say we then become political by playing there. The function you are talking about, the police band was actually hired to provide entertainment while His Excellency [Mnangagwa] was opening a dam. It was not about Zanu PF,” she said.

May 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Zimbabwe sacks thousands of striking nurses

Zimbabwe has fired all nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries, in a hardline response to growing labour arrest by the country’s new leadership .

Several thousand nurses were sacked in a terse statement issued on Tuesday evening by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who accused the strikers of being “politically motivated”.

Patients were turned away from major hospitals this week after the nurses began their industrial action, weeks after doctors had ended their own strike.

“Government has decided in the interest of patients and of saving lives to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect,” Chiwenga said in a statement.

He said unemployed and retired nurses would be hired to replace those fired.

Chiwenga was the military general who led the ousting of Robert Mugabe in November when the army briefly took control and ushered Emmerson Mnangagwa into the presidency.

Chiwenga described the nurses’ strike as “deplorable and reprehensible” as the government had released $17-million to boost their pay and allowances.

He said the funds would now be used to employ new nurses.

Zimbabwe’s nurses association said they “noted” Chiwenga’s statement but added that they remained on strike.

After Mugabe’s 37-year rule, Mnangagwa has vowed to revive the country’s moribund economy and attract foreign investment to fund better public services.

More than 90% of Zimbabwe’s budget is spent on government wages.

Teachers at public schools have threatened to go on strike if their pay is not increased.

Zimbabwe is due to hold elections in July or August, the first since the shock fall of Mugabe, who ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy, is a veteran loyalist in the ruling ZANU-PF party.

© Agence France-Presse

April 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Zimbabwe’s Ex-Army Chief Fires 15,000 Nurses

Zimbabwe’s former army chief Constantino Chiwenga has fired more than 15,000 nurses who went on strike to demand better wages.

Mr Chiwenga led the military takeover last November that resulted in the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe – and is now vice-president.

In a statement, he said money had been released to the health ministry to pay outstanding allowances to the striking nurse on Monday, but they had not returned to work.

While this demonstrates good faith in the part of government, the prompt transfers which have been effected against demonstrable economic challenges facing the country, has not quite surprisingly persuaded the striking nurses to go back to their stations in the interest of saving lives and helping helpless patients under their care.

The government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and thus as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.”

The decision to fire them had been taken “in the interest of patients and of saving lives”, the vice-president said.

According to Zimbabwe’s Independent Online new site, this strike comes after the government gave in to doctors’ demands and increased their salaries and allowances following a month-long strike that had crippled the health sector.

April 18, 2018 at 6:20 am Leave a comment

UK: Zimbabwe’s Military Transition To Be Discussed On 14th April

By ZimEye Correspondent| Zimbabwe’s military transition is going to be under discussion on Saturday the 14th April next week.

This will be at the Independence celebrations in Nottingham.

“The meeting will talk about the November 2017 events the current ED government’s mandate the sudden death of the MDC and its impact; Constitutionalism in Zimbabwe,” the Chairman of the Nottingham Zimbabwean Community Network, the Regis Manyanya said.

He told ZimEye the meeting will also look into, “Our citizens being held in UK detention centres for being opposed to the rule, immigration rules & regulations in the UK. Obviously we will have lighter times to joke about the Asante Sana mantra & the scarf.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s scarf fashion brand will be on sale at the function. The event will coincide with the upcoming visit of a high powered ministerial delegation from Zimbabwe.

April 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Zimbabweans in Nottingham Celebrate Independence Saturday 14th April 2018

April 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Mnangagwa Scarf Explosion In UK

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s scarf has exploded in the United Kingdom and will be the main feature when Zimbabweans converge in Nottingham to celebrate independence next week Saturday 14th April. The event will coincide with the upcoming visit of a high powered ministerial delegation from Zimbabwe.






April 5, 2018 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

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