Arrests over Nottingham Trent University halls racist chants


Two men have been arrested after a video of racist slurs being shouted in university accommodation emerged.

Rufaro Chisango tweeted the video of the abuse which included “we hate the blacks” while locked in her room at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) halls of residence on Wednesday.

NTU has suspended the “suspected perpetrators” pending inquiries.

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

Miss Chisango, who filmed the chanting on Monday evening, tweeted: “yoo I’m fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting ‘we hate the blacks’ outside my bedroom door.

“Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable.”

Nottingham Trent University Sandby student residence
Image captionThe video was recorded at Nottingham Trent University’s Sandby halls of residents

She told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she “felt really shocked, isolated and uncomfortable” when she heard the “shouting outside my door”.

“It was a big impact obviously, when it happened. It shouldn’t be tolerated at all.”

Miss Chisango had reported the abuse to the university halls of residence reception on Tuesday, but the NTU was only informed on Wednesday.

She said: “It shouldn’t have [taken] such a long delay when I reported something like this.

“I just want the appropriate action to be taken.”

NTU said it was “shocked and appalled” to see the video and was investigating “as a matter of urgency”.

“We are also working with our accommodation partner to understand why the university was only alerted to this on Wednesday evening after this was reported to them in the very early hours of Tuesday.

Nottinghamshire Police said: “We treat hate crime as a priority.”

Ilyas NagdeeImage copyrightILYAS NAGDEE
Image captionNational Union of Students officer Ilyas Nagdee said racism was “common”

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said: “My heart breaks for this young woman and I have the utmost respect for her bravery in speaking out.”

Ilyas Nagdee, 23, National Union of Students officer representing students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent, said these experiences are “common”.

“We’ve seen examples of incidents like the racist writing on bananas at Warwick, the Confederate flag at Manchester and now shouting through the door in Nottingham.

“These are just the stories that go viral over social media. But unfortunately this is the day-to-day experience of students of colour across the country and it has been going on for decades.

“I’m contacted at least a couple of times a week by students asking me for help after experiencing racism.”


March 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

We won’t allow a toddler to rule Zimbabwe,’ chiefs say in reference to MDC’s Chamisa

Harare – Zimbabwean chiefs have reportedly thrown their weight behind the ruling Zanu-PF party, saying that they would not allow a “toddler” to rule the southern African country.

Zimbabwe was expected to go to its first presidential elections without long-time rivals Robert Mugabe and the late Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The elections were set to take place later this year, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa running as Zanu-PF’s candidate. The MDC was likely to field in the youthful Nelson Chamisa, 40.

Chamisa was named the acting MDC_leader after Tsvangirai’s death from colon cancer on February 14.

But according to New, chiefs from Mashonaland east recently endorsed their support for Mnangagwa, saying that they would never “allow anyone who never fought in the liberation struggle or was an infant during that period to become the country’s president”.

The chiefs said this during a meeting with the Zanu-PF women’s league.

In clear reference to Chamisa, one of the chiefs said that “they would do everything in their power to prevent a toddler” from ruling the country.

“We will not allow someone who was a toddler, learning to walk during the liberation war to be president of this country. As chiefs, we will not allow people who have no track record in fighting for the country’s liberation struggle.

“We will not support someone who was young or not yet born during the war to be president of Zimbabwe. Our support is with the people who fought for Zimbabwe’s independence,” Enos Musakwa also known as Chief Musarurwa was quoted as saying.

March 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Claims Kasukuwere visited Russia to secure lethal drugs to used on political opponents

A political activist Elliot Pfebve has made sensational claims that former Zanu-PF National Comissar Saviour Kasukuwere before he was ousted had been assigned by his party to go to Russia to secure lethal drugs to eliminate opponents.

“Crimea Kasukuwere must explain: The surprise visit to Crimea by Saviour Kasukuwere is a smoke screen of what is happening behind the scene. Kasukuwere is neither educated nor has expertise to lecture Russia on how to weather sanctions as reported by the press, but he is there for a grand plan to establish a triangle of death in preparation for 2018 General Elections,” Pfebve wrote on his blog.

“The Zimbabwean delegation secretly left Harare for Russia to meet the Russian Federation Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who doubles as the General of the Russian Army to purchase arms for Zimbabwe clandestinely operations believed to be destined to be given to the Militia which ZANU PF 6th congress voted to resume their training and deployment. Because Zimbabwe is still under arms embargo, ZANU PF sought the go between of a Chinese business man Zhang Lou, a long time friend of the Russian ruling elite who controls the arms manufacturing company.”

He said the deal was signed by Emerson Mnagagwa and the money will be deposited in China for Russia. Kasukuwere therefore is in Russia in his capacity as the newly appointed ZANU PF Commissar, remember Border Gezi and Elliot Manyika.

“Mugabe seemed to have this appetite of handing the keys of brutality to Mashonaland Central but not bothered to develop the impoverished province, a contrast to Manicaland which have always been give the keys to Reserve Bank. Albeit he doesn’t seem to run short of stupid hands willing to spill blood for a living. The appointment of Kasukuwere as the Commissar, a brutal CIO turned politician is no coincidence; the next elections will be bloody,” he wrote.

“In a related development, the purging of progressive forces in ZANU PF which saw VP Joice Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo, Nicholas Goche and Didymus Mutasa among others was to ensure that only brutal people were appointed in the politburo and Central Committee running to the 2018 elections. These people believed in a reformed ZANU PF and it costed their jobs. Evidence has shown that ZANU PF government has recently bought lethal drugs, which they will use to target opponents by poisoning them in food and drinks using money raised from Toll Gates. All politicians, opposition or progressively within ZANU PF must be warned that many of you will be poisoned amid a spate of carefully crafted accidents.”

by Stephen Jakes

February 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Pastor Evan Mawarire warns Zimbabwe elections may be rigged

Geneva – A prominent Zimbabwean activist voiced doubt on Tuesday that upcoming elections – the first since Robert Mugabe’s ouster – will be credible, as the new president’s commitment to basic rights was still unclear.

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Morgan Tsvangirai, Longtime Foe of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Dies at 65

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Morgan Tsvangirai, a former labor leader and prime minister of Zimbabwe who once seemed on the cusp of defeating the country’s longtime president, Robert G. Mugabe, only to face bloody intimidation that thwarted his ambitions, died on Wednesday night. He was 65.

Elias Mudzuri, the vice president of Mr. Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, confirmed the death. The cause was colon cancer, for which Mr. Tsvangirai had been hospitalized in South Africa for months.

He died less than three months after his longtime nemesis, Mr. Mugabe, was ousted by the military last November as part of a struggle within the governing party, ZANU-PF.

For almost 20 years, Mr. Tsvangirai (pronounced CHAN-gih-ray) headed the Movement for Democratic Change, a party founded in 1999 to capitalize on the growing unpopularity of the autocratic Mr. Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe from its independence in 1980.

In 2002 and again in 2008, Mr. Tsvangirai stood against Mr. Mugabe in elections marred by growing levels of violence against opposition supporters by government followers.


Mr. Tsvangirai at a rally in Harare in October 2008. He won more votes than President Robert G. Mugabe in the first round of the presidential election, but withdrew from a runoff. Credit Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters
The abuses peaked in 2008, when Mr. Tsvangirai won more votes than Mr. Mugabe in the election’s first round but withdrew from a runoff, saying he did not want anyone to be murdered for voting. About 200 of his supporters had already been killed.

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Mr. Tsvangirai proved no match for Mr. Mugabe’s wily political maneuvering, which drew on his record as a leader in the struggle against white minority rule, his often violent intolerance of opposition, and his ability to marshal support from regional and broader African political forces.

Mr. Mugabe frequently inveighed against Britain, the former colonial power, and depicted his adversaries, including Mr. Tsvangirai, as puppets of the country’s former imperial overlords.

When Mr. Tsvangirai became prime minister in 2009 under a power-sharing agreement brokered by neighboring South Africa after the flawed vote of 2008, the pact and his new job diminished his ability to oppose the president.

Even as he accused Mr. Mugabe of flouting provisions of the so-called unity government, many critics said Mr. Tsvangirai had been outwitted and co-opted by the president, his former sworn enemy. Indeed, Mr. Tsvangirai seemed to settle into a more comfortable relationship with him, built on the privileges of office.


Mr. Tsvangirai arriving at Harare International Airport in January 2009 for power-sharing talks with Mr. Mugabe. He had been out of the country since the previous November. Credit Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters
In 2012, after Mr. Tsvangirai celebrated his second marriage with a glitzy party attended by guests arriving in Bentleys, Mercedes and BMWs, some of his followers were aghast at the ostentatiousness of the display and questioned who had paid for it.

By the time elections were held the following year, Mr. Tsvangirai was greatly weakened. He accused Mr. Mugabe of rigging the election and challenged him in the courts. But Mr. Mugabe claimed victory with 61 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Mr. Tsvangirai, and it seemed that Mr. Tsvangirai’s brush with high office was over. That was certainly Mr. Mugabe’s view.

“We have thrown the enemy away like garbage,” Mr. Mugabe said. “We say to them: You are never going to rise again.”

For all that, Mr. Tsvangirai appeared in recent months to be attempting a comeback, even as he made frequent trips abroad for colon cancer treatment.

In 2017, he was part of a so-called united front with other opposition groups, including the Zimbabwe People First movement, which is led by Joice Mujuru, a former vice president and onetime guerrilla fighter who was ousted by Mr. Mugabe in 2014.


Mr. Tsvangirai, then prime minister, with Mr. Mugabe after signing a new constitution in Harare in May 2013. Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press
“In 2013, we don’t know what hit us,” Mr. Tsvangirai said last year, finally conceding that he had been beaten in the polls that year. “We were defeated. But this time, we will refuse to be defeated.”

The intention behind the alliance with Ms. Mujuru was to challenge Mr. Mugabe in elections in 2018, but that strategy was eclipsed by the military-backed intervention last November that brought Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former ally of Mr. Mugabe’s, to power.

After Mr. Mugabe was overthrown, there was fevered speculation that Mr. Mnangagwa would seek a more inclusive form of rule than that of the leader he had just ousted. Instead, Mr. Mnangagwa lauded Mr. Mugabe and announced a government of his own supporters, including the military.

Even as he fell ill with cancer, however, Mr. Tsvangirai failed to groom a successor, and he left behind a fractured party with no obvious leader to challenge Mr. Mnangagwa in the elections expected this year.

The eldest in a family of nine, Mr. Tsvangirai was born on March 10, 1952, in the Gutu district of Masvingo Province, in central Zimbabwe. The family was poor, and Mr. Tsvangirai abandoned formal schooling early to start work, first as a textile weaver and then as a plant foreman in a nickel mine.


In June 2009, as prime minister of Zimbabwe, Mr. Tsvangirai met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
In 1978 he married Susan Mhundwa, with whom he had six children before her death in a car accident in 2009. (Mr. Tsvangirai was injured in the crash, with a truck near Harare, as was the car’s driver.) He married Elizabeth Macheka three years later.

His personal life at the time raised eyebrows. While he was planning to marry Ms. Macheka, another woman claimed to be his wife from a traditional ceremony in 2011. A court ruled in her favor.

A third woman also filed court papers claiming that she had been engaged to Mr. Tsvangirai. He eventually apologized publicly to his supporters.

“I had no intention to hurt anyone,” he said. “It was a genuine search” for a new wife.

Like Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Mnangagwa, Mr. Tsvangirai was a member of the dominant Shona ethnic group. But while they chose armed resistance from exile in the so-called front-line states bordering what was then Rhodesia, Mr. Tsvangirai became a labor union leader, defending workers’ rights and rising through the ranks. He was elected secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in 1988.

His political roots in the labor movement set him apart from those like Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Mnangagwa, who drew their legitimacy from the seven-year war against white minority rule. Initially an ally, he became a thorn in the side of Mr. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party.


Mr. Tsvangirai with his wife, Elizabeth Mechaka, at a national policy conference in Harare in May 2013. In elections later that year, Mr. Mugabe claimed 61 percent of the vote to his 34 percent. Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press
But as the president’s intolerance became more evident, the gulf between the two men widened.

Famed for his vicious criticism of Mr. Mugabe’s government, Mr. Tsvangirai was twice detained during his time as a labor leader, the first time in 1989 after he voiced concern over rising state repression. Three years later, he was arrested for ignoring a ban on public protests ordered by Mr. Mugabe.

In 1999, he founded the Movement for Democratic Change as a challenger to Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF Party. He soon discovered that opposition to Mr. Mugabe was a dangerous business.

In the late 1990s, he went on record in the local news media claiming that assailants had tried to throw him from his office window. In 2001, he narrowly escaped the hangman’s noose when he was tried on charges of plotting to kill Mr. Mugabe before the 2002 presidential election.

In 2003, Mr. Tsvangirai faced a treason charge for urging his party supporters to topple Mr. Mugabe’s government. The case was thrown out without going to trial.

Four years later, he was among many opposition supporters who were beaten as they tried to stage an antigovernment rally. Mr. Tsvangirai sustained head injuries that drew broad international media attention.


Mr. Tsvangirai, left, at his home in Harare on Jan. 5, meeting with Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mr. Mugabe’s successor as president. Mr. Tsvangirai was being treated for cancer at the time. Credit Jekesai Njikizana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
“Yes, they brutalized my flesh,” he said in a message from his hospital bed. “But they will never break my spirit. I will soldier on until Zimbabwe is free.”

Mr. Tsvangirai’s party split in two in 2005, when a faction led by Welshman Ncube, the party’s former secretary general, broke away.

The two sides disagreed on whether they should participate in planned Senate elections. Mr. Ncube thought the opposition should participate; Mr. Tsvangirai did not.

Then came the turmoil and bloodletting of 2008. Mr. Tsvangirai was initially optimistic about the future of the unity government, despite being denied an outright victory in the first round of voting, in which he had trounced Mr. Mugabe, his longtime rival.

“We will deliver a new Zimbabwe to the people,” he said while announcing his party’s decision to become part of a unity government.

But events offered a different course.

Jeffrey Moyo reported from Harare, Zimbabwe, and Alan Cowell from Berlin. Norimitsu Onishi contributed reporting from Johannesburg.

February 15, 2018 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies

By Peta Thornycroft, johannesburg Our Foreign Staff

Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer, a party official said.

His death on Wednesday night at the age of 65 throws uncertainty over his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party less than three months after the army ousted 93-year-old foe from the presidency.

Mr Tsvangirai, who founded the MDC in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.

Elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter.

Mr Tsvangirai’s death was confirmed to The Telegraph by a family member.

Mr Mugabe’s government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.

Security forces swooped on Mr Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

Mr Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts – including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window.

Mr Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016
Mr Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 CREDIT: EDDIE MULHOLLAND
Mr Tsvangirai took his furtive first steps on the country’s complex and sometimes violent political scene as a trade union activist in the 1980s.

He went on to form a unity government with Mugabe after disputed elections in 2008 in which he beat the veteran autocrat – now 93 years old – in the first round of the vote.

But violence against Mr Tsvangirai’s supporters, which he claimed cost 200 lives, prompted him to pull out of the run-off.

Only outside mediation helped put the lid back on Zimbabwe’s fractious politics and usher in a period of power sharing and relative calm.

But Tsvangirai was quickly relegated to junior partner in the coalition and excluded from all major economic and foreign policy decisions, as well as from any debate over the role of the security services.

He faced off against Mugabe three times at the ballot box and had been expected to oppose him once again in presidential elections set for 2018.

A non-smoker from Zimbabwe’s majority Shona community, Mr Tsvangirai had widely been seen as the best hope for reviving Zimbabwe’s divided politics and moribund economy and was a forceful anti-corruption advocate.

Mr Tsvangirai was recognised on several occasions for his commitment to political change, and was widely thought to have been shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, just three weeks after becoming prime minister in Zimbabwe’s first post-independence power-sharing government, his wife Susan was killed in a car crash that also left him injured.

But some commentators suggested that it was his crushing defeat in fraud-riddled elections in 2013 that he was never able to recover from.

And in 2016 he announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

Mr Tsvangirai and Mnangagwa enjoyed a cordial relationship with the opposition veteran attending the new president’s inauguration.

Mr Tsvangirai is survived by his second wife Elizabeth Macheka.

February 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Mujuru stoned at rally

FORMER Vice-President and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru and dozens of her supporters were yesterday injured after they were attacked with stones by suspected Zanu PF activists in Glen Norah and Glen View, Harare.


The incident raised fears that Zimbabwe might not have free and fair elections as promised by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his inauguration speech on November 24 last year.

Mujuru was campaigning in Highfield and Glen View suburbs ahead of the impending elections, when her convoy was intercepted by commuter omnibuses carrying Zanu PF supporters, and pelted with stones.

Her campaign vehicles were severely damaged in the skirmishes, as Mujuru herself sustained a swollen cheek after she was hit during the attack.

The former Vice-President described the incident as barbaric and called on the electorate to dump Mnangagwa’s “violent” Zanu PF party in the upcoming elections.

“Some of these things are done by the government and we must ask that if things are being done in this way, are we going to have a free and fair election? There won’t be,” she said.

“Are we going to say elections were free and fair under these conditions? We cannot! Is this the same government that is going to administer free and fair elections? We are now questioning why they call themselves a credible government.”

Injured NPP Mujuru rally supporter Glen Norah violence
Mujuru added: “Let’s not forget that this administration came through unconstitutional means, which is a coup. So let’s not forget it’s a military government that came in through a coup d’etat and this is why they are doing this. This is not a government that will fulfil the people’s will.”

She said her party would not fight back, but would continue to campaign peacefully in order to expose “Zanu PF’s undying violent DNA.

“This should show the world that we are a party that does its business in peace. We don’t fight and we don’t want anybody to think that we are here to destroy their lives because others are used.”

Although police were not readily available to comment over the incident, Mujuru claimed her supporters had managed to apprehend some of the culprits, who included soldiers.

“Please let’s not retaliate, but let’s show them how things are done. This is the 21st century and we shouldn’t be doing things such as what happened today,” the former Vice-President said.

“Going onwards, there is no turning back. We are moving ahead and even the President said elections are going ahead and as we prepare we need to conscientise ourselves and we will fight peacefully. We don’t take weapons to fight others. We have to teach them modern politics and appeal to the people.”

NPP secretary-general Gift Nyandoro said their attackers initially shouted obscenities at Mujuru before pelting her convoy with stones.

He said after the attack, Mujuru insisted that they should continue with the campaign.

Nyandoro said they were first attacked near Chitubu in Glen Norah A and later in Glen View 8, adding Mujuru was then taken to a private city hospital for treatment.

“As we are talking now, several people are badly injured and we have colleagues who have been taken to hospital,” he said.

But Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa said he was unaware of the incident.

“I have no knowledge of that at all. I am hearing it from you for the first time, but I will enquire,” he said.

Zanu PF has been accused of unleashing violence as a campaign tool against its opponents each time there are elections.

February 2, 2018 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

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