Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Vice President Chiwenga is a murderer

“There is a good catch to all this. At no time did Mangota aver that the commander of the Defence Forces, Valerio Sibanda, was approached and participated in deploying the soldiers. Nor did the judge mention the commander of the Zimbabwe National Army. It would seem, therefore, that Chiwenga made the decision without involving the two people in charge of the army. It would always be weird for an acting minister to leapfrog the army generals,” wrote Tawanda Majoni, in Zimeye.

“The last time the law spoke, the president was the ultimate authority in the deployment of the army. His signature must accompany military deployments, so to speak. According to Justice Mangota, Mnangagwa did not deploy the soldiers. Since Chiwenga did and Mnangagwa didn’t, the former has a case to answer. It means he violated the constitution and broke subsidiary laws.”

 Another excellent article, thank you Tawanda. 

If Justice Mangota has already established who was responsible for deploying the soldiers and giving out the order of “shoot to kill” then one has to ask why bother with the Commission of Inquiry? 

If the truth be told, many people had already come to the same conclusion that VP Chiwenga had deployed the soldiers without consulting Mnangagwa. This was not the first time the VP had taken a very important decision without consulting the President - we all remember his summarily dismissal of nurses because they had dared to go on strive earlier this year. 

So President Mnangagwa has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to run for months on end at great national expense to establish something that a normal Court was able to establish is a few weeks. What a waste!

Since the Commission of Inquiry had already been establish the Commission should have been given the power to rule on the matter before any other body. 

Even is President Mnangagwa was the one who had issued the order to shoot, he still has authority and power to appoint a commission of inquiry. Justice Mangota should have confined himself to address the question of whether or not it is reasonable to assume the Commission would still be sufficiently independent to establish the truth without overreaching and telling the Commission what that truth is!

It is not as if Zimbabwe’s Courts are themselves the bastions of justice one would expect in a healthy and functional democracy given they have played their part in helping Zanu PF tighten its dictatorial grip on the nation. In a recent Con-Court challenge of the election result the Judges acknowledge there were serious electoral flaws in the process from the evidence submitted before the Court. And yet the Judges ignored all this evidence on the shaky grounds that it was not collaborated by the “primary source evidence” in sealed ballot boxes. 

The Judges conveniently ignored the plaintiff’s assertion that they had requested the sealed boxes to be opened but the request was denied. The Judges could have ordered the sealed boxes to be opened but chose not to exercise their power and authority. 

And so the Judges’ decision to declare Mnangagwa the winner of the elections was based on the assumption that the evidence in the sealed boxes bespoke of a free, fair and credible election contrary to the evidence they have seen but chose to ignore. 

Every respectable Election Observer team’s report has confirmed the evidence the Judges ignore and condemned the elections as flawed and illegal! 

By Jeff Chakanyuka

The Worst President Zimbabwe had..


Let us just say self-exiled former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo is not exactly what one would call a reliable and dependable witness. The man has a reputation of telling half-truths, lies and damned lies. After a year living in exile, denied of all the spoils of high office and public adulation; twitting from his hiding place, to be heard but not seen; it is sad to note that he is still an unreliable witness!

“Nobody can point to any gathering or meeting or activity that links me with or in which I participated with Mnangagwa prior to the prize giving event at Dinyane High School. A swallow does not make a summer,” explained Zanu PF’s former Chief Spin Doctor, Professor Moyo.

“It does not make sense for people to conclude that I was close to Mnangagwa on the strength of one event that I became associated with by virtue of coming from the district where the event was held.”

He was explaining the now infamous 2004 Tsholotsho debacle where a group of Zanu PF leaders plotted to have Mnangagwa elected party VP and go on to succeed Mugabe. The plot fizzled out to nothing when the chief beneficiary of the plot, Mnangagwa, failed to show up and the rest chickened out.

“Prior to the Dinyane event, there was a similar speech and prize giving event at Ntalale High School in Matabeleland South which I did not know about until after the fact,” Professor Moyo told Alex Magaisa, who interviewed him. 

“There were other Mnangagwa events elsewhere around the country and I attended none of them. So how did I become close to him simply by attending the Tsholotsho event? 

“Add to this the fact that I was not on the panel of speakers at the Tsholotsho event, whose leading lights were Patrick Chinamasa, Jacob Mudenda and Josiah Hungwe. Claims that I have ever been close to Mnangagwa are legion yet fanciful.”

What is fanciful is the damn lie that Minister and MP for Tsholotsho who was the star guest of the school and who, in turn, invited all the other political leaders should want us to belief he did not know of the sinister political plot and that the prize giving was just a cover. 

Still, even a seasoned liar like Professor Jonathan Moyo can say something true, we can collaborate from other sources; truth we will be very foolish to ignore. 

“All said, my considered judgment has always been that Mnangagwa is not presidential material. He is a very cruel person and his threat to separate my neck from my shoulders in the politburo and his boast that they used to separate necks from shoulders of comrades in Maputo is an example of extreme cruelty and barbarism. While he is clearly streetwise, he's not a statesman by any stretch of the imagination,” continued Professor Moyo.

“You can tell whether a person reads books by their speech. People who read books are great speakers and great thinkers. Mnangagwa is not in this category.

“It is not surprising that it took a military coup for Mnangagwa to become president. He had no other path. It is also not a surprise that the same military stole the election for him. Again, he had no other path.”

All the respectable election observer teams who witness our 30 July 2018 elections have all, without exception, condemned the elections as flawed and illegal. There is no denying that Mnangagwa rigged the elections. 

There is also no denying that the country’s failure to hold free, fair and credible elections is the root cause of Zimbabwe’s economic and political mess. 

The economy in total meltdown; unemployment has soared to the dizzying height of 90%, basic services such as supply of clean running water and health care have all but collapse, etc. Zimbabweans are the poorest people in Africa and 75% of the population living of US$1.00 or less a day! This has all happened because Zanu PF use brute force to establish and retain a de facto one-party dictatorship which carte blanche dictatorial powers to rig elections and stay in power regardless of the people’s democratic wish, their suffering and even deaths. 


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After 38 years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule the nation has suffered so much it is inhuman to expect the people to tolerate this for much longer. First it was Mugabe and now it Mnangagwa have dragged this nation right up to the edge of the abyss; we must turn away before it is too late! We must implement the democratic reforms and thus ensure free, fair and credible; our only sure way to stop stole corrupt and incompetent thugs stealing elections. 

Mnangagwa is no statesmen but a vote rigging thug. He is illegitimate and he must be forced to step down.

By Jeff Chakanyuka

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mnangagwa is no different from Mugabe

“There have been other worrying signs. At the weekend, in a column for the Sunday Mail, Mnangagwa declared that illegal foreign currency trade had become a "security issue". Mangudya was also quoted in the press warning private companies illegally buying forex on the black market,” reported newZWire.

“The Reserve Bank is increasingly unable to meet the forex demands of local companies, with the forex payments backlog at over $600 million. Mining firm RioZim has taken the unusual step of threatening a lawsuit because the central bank is not meeting its pledges to provide forex. Threats from Mnangagwa and Mangudya are therefore clearly out-of-place, as they both know there wouldn't be a black market if there was enough forex to go around.

NewZWire is 100% correct there; of course, there would be no black market trading in foreign currency if there was no forex shortage.

Indeed, it is nonsense to call it a black market. Zimbabwe is using a multi-currency system and therefore everyone is free to trade in anyone of the many currencies. Note, this free trade includes trading in the different currencies themselves. Until 2009 the Z$ was the only legal currency and only authorised dealers were allowed to sell and buy all other foreign currency.

“Mnangagwa has sold himself at home and abroad as the "steady and firm hand" that the country needs,” continued NewZWire report.

Yes, he did but has already proven that he is not to be trusted. Mnangagwa promised to end corruption and has done very little about it. Like Mugabe before him, he has proven to be a reckless spender. Zimbabwe’s present forex shortage resulting in the shortage of basic commodities such as food, fuel and drugs is Mnangagwa’s own making in that ever since coming to power he has been spending money on new cars for Chiefs and Zanu PF officials, he squandered $1.4 million on a chartered plane for Grace Mugabe, etc.

When Mnangagwa failed to hold free, fair and credible election, as promised, that was the last straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the international community and the would-be investors and lenders were concerned.

He and his cronies can continued to crow “Zimbabwe is open for business!” in their colourful trademark scarfs. They are just wasting their breathe; the much hoped for flood of investors they are expecting would never happen. Investors do not do business in a pariah state in which the next regime change has to be yet another military coup or violent street protests.
By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mnangagwa punishing the nation with shortages

Only a village idiot would believe that Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF thugs would have carefully plotted to have the foreign currency shortage, the financial chaos brought on by the Bond Notes value going up and down like a yoyo, the shortage of bread, fuel, medicine, etc. 

There is no doubt that the one thing Mnangagwa had wished for more than anything since seizing power nearly a year ago was to see a flood of investors and lenders pouring into the country in response to his “Zimbabwe is open for business!” carrion call. It was not to be, investors and lenders have continued to shy away from investing in Zimbabwe. 

The country’s worsening economic situation is a result of Mnangagwa’s failure to get the fundamentals right such as holding free, fair and credible elections, ending corruption, stop the waste of resources on new cars for chiefs and on chartered planes, etc. and not just talk about it. Zimbabwe cannot be open for business when it remains a pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs. Investors do not do business this thugs because of the hustle and the risk of being mugged! 

There is no doubt that Mnangagwa understood the need end Zanu PF’s reputation as a party of thugs hence the reason for all that talk of “new Zimbabwe and new dispensation”. He was hoping that talking about holding free, fair and credible elections would suffice. The prospect of implementing the democratic reforms and giving up all Zanu PF’s dictatorial powers to rig the elections was a bridge to far for him and his junta cronies. 

Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown are a result of Mnangagwa and his junta’s refusal to accept the reality that Zimbabwe will never achieve any meaningful economic recovery as long as the country remains a pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs. Chamisa’s suggestion the regime is causing the economic meltdown to punish the people is nonsense. The nonsensical narrative we have learnt to expect from corrupt and incompetent opposition leaders who claim to have the answers to all the nation’s problems but will only disappoint because they have no clue!

The only way out of this hell-hole Zanu PF has landed us in is for the party to step down to allow for the appointment of a interim administration that will implement the democratic reforms and then hold free, fair and credible elections.

Zimbabwe’s economic recovery is impossible whilst the country remains a pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs! 

By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Forex shortages loom Zimbabwe

Mnangagwa going after the foreign currency dealers with all guns blazing!

“As we work towards improving and stabilising the flow of foreign exchange into the productive sector, we must at the same time ensure and enforce discipline in the market,” he wrote in an article in Bulawayo 24.

“This means everyone must play to rules and norms, including respecting the laws of the land.

“Sadly, events of the past two weeks have shown this is not so. Not everyone is playing to the rules. Partly because of wanton illicit currency deals happening in what is known as the black market, our economy has been disturbed.

“We have suffered massive market failures, manifesting in complete collapse of the pricing framework for virtually all commodities, regardless of import component. There has been a run on the bond note.”

What is so annoying about all this is the foreign currency shortage is just a manifestation of a bigger underlying problem which the regime is refusing to acknowledge. This is being penny wise but pound foolish!

It is all very well for Mnangagwa to talk about “everyone must play to rules and norms, including respecting the laws of the land.” The heart, body and soul of Zimbabwe’s economic and political problems all emanate from him and his Zanu PF junta not playing to rules; they are above the all the laws of the land; they are a law unto themselves.

Zanu PF blatantly rigged the recent elections in total disregard of the laws to ensure free, fair and credible elections. No one is going to be fooled by someone who stages a military coup, gets the Con-Court to declare that legal, rigs elections and get Con-Court to declare him the winner masquerading as the champion of the law. Zimbabwe is pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs. This has far reaching ramification to the country’s hopes of economic recovery than a foreign currency dealer.

The root cause of Zimbabwe’s foreign currency shortages is we are spending more forex paying for imports than we earn from exports. 38 years of gross mismanagement and rampant corrupt under this this one-party Zanu PF dictatorship has destroyed the country’s commerce and industries, agricultural sector, mining sector, etc. forcing unemployment to soar to dizzying height of 90%. We are now a nation that produces every little and imports almost everything!

We need to revive our economic production to reduce imports and increase exports.
  
By rigging the 30 July 2018 elections Zanu PF has destroyed our chance of reviving the economy scared away the would-be investors who cash injection in needed to kick-start the comatose economy. Investors do not do business in pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs!  

It takes a thief to catch a thief has a new twisted 
meaning. In Zimbabwe we have hardened criminals guilty of wholesale looting of the nation’s resources, military coup, vote rigging, over 30 000 cold blooded murders, etc. – all high treason stuff - using all state machinery to catch petty foreign currency dealers. Big deal!      

By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Finance Minister Ncube, wants to be judged after 6 months

This is infuriating! When have the people of 
Zimbabwe ever had a voice in even life and death matters? The country has just gone through an elections results were not “traceable, verifiable and the whole process was not transparent” and a senior government official is wittering of people “judging” as if he does not know that Zanu PF does as it pleases, period.

Minister Ncube is doing one other thing the Zanu PF 
regime loves to do - blame other people for its own mess. In the 1990s Zimbabwe had two back to back five-year IMF and WB sponsored Economic Structural Adjustment Programs (ESAP). Both programs failed to deliver an meaningful economic recovery because Zanu PF cherry picking, the regime implemented some reforms but left out all the important ones. President Mugabe went to town blaming the programs for the nation’s economic problems and blamed the IMF and WB for forcing the country to adopt them in the first place.

To hear Mugabe blubbering on and on about ESAP 

one would be forgiven to think IMF and WB had 

force 

Zimbabwe to accept the programs at gun-point. It 

was an excuse for not servicing the country’s 

mountain of debt. The IMF hit back by turning off all 

financial assistance to Zimbabwe.



It is doubtful if the IMF would have ever agreed to 

this TSP’s 2% tax on all electronic transactions 

clearly aimed at hitting the 75% of Zimbabweans 

living on US$1.00 or less a day! No doubt the regime 

will use the revenue to buy new cars for chefs, 

charter planes for Grace Mugabe, etc. The tax 

epitomises what is wrong with Zanu PF’s warped 

economic reforms and policies; they all hit the poor 

hard to subsidize the extravagant lifestyles of the 

filthy rich ruling elite.  



Even if the American government was to lift the 

sanctions this will not guarantee the IMF and WB 

would want to bankroll this regime's voodoo 

economic policies and programs. There is the issue 

of clearing the US$2 billion debt charges which 

Minister 

Ncube says he will pad in the next 12 months. All 

from the same 2% tax on the poor because the 

regime is not going to attract any local and foreign 

investors. By rigging the elections the regime shot 

itself in the foot, it scarred away would-be investors. 

No one wants to invest in a pariah state ruled by 

corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs.



People were very pleased with the appointment of 

Professor Mthuli Ncube as Minister of Finance, given 

his impressive qualification and wide-ranging 

experience. Sadly, it is now clear he has no common 

sense. None! He has already made two very 

important policy blunders he said Zimbabwe was 

phasing out Bond Notes and then that he would 

allow 

the Bond Notes to float. He made U-turns on both 

but when the damaged was already done!


But his worst blunder is dragging the nation through 

years of economic hardship in pursuit of this TSP 

when it is clear there will be a lot of pain but no gain 

because there will never be any meaningful  

economic 

recovery whilst Zimbabwe remains a pariah state!





Minister Ncube; what Zimbabwe needs to revive its 

comatose economy is cash injection from the foreign 

and local investors not the last cents wrung out of 

the poorest of the poor, the regime has taxed to 

death already!


Zanu PF has dragged this nation into this hell-on-

earth and yet remains in power regardless. It is bad 

enough that you are dragging us through this hell for 

nothing; please do not insult our intelligence by 

pretending you do not know that Zanu PF rigs 

elections and therefore is democratically 

untouchable! “Judge me in six months!” Yeah right, 

as if anyone has ever done that!


By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

EU Election Observer Report

The 30 July polls in Zimbabwe were for the presidency, parliament and local councils - known as the Harmonised Elections - and were the first since the stepping down from power of the former president Robert Mugabe after 37 years in office. Many previous elections have been contentious and with reports of abuses, and so while the commitment to hold credible elections by the interim president was welcomed, a legacy of the past was a low level of trust in the democratic process and institutions, which permeated the electoral environment. 

The right to stand was provided for, the elections were competitive and political freedoms during the campaign were respected. On Election Day, voters enjoyed the right to vote and both the campaign and election day were largely peaceful.

However, the right to an effective legal remedy was not adequately provided for, there is no equal suffrage and shortcomings in the registration of voters somewhat compromised universal and equal suffrage. Notably, major shortcomings in the pre-election environment impacted on the free expression of the will of electors, state resources were misused in favour of the incumbent and coverage by state media was heavily biased in favour of the ruling party. Further, the electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner. The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. Finally, the restrictions on political freedoms, the excessive use of force by security forces and abuses of human rights in the post-election period undermined the corresponding positive aspects during the pre-election campaign. As such, many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards.

The election was competitive, with a large number of candidates and political parties contesting all three elections. The campaign was largely peaceful, with freedoms of movement, assembly and expression respected, and both the main presidential candidates held numerous rallies across the country. However, while political rights were largely respected, there were concerns regarding the environment for the polls and the failure to achieve a level playing field. Observers widely reported on efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of electors, through inducements, intimidation and coercion against prospective voters to try to ensure a vote in favour of the ruling party. Such practices also included direct threats of violence, pressure on people to attend rallies, partisan actions by traditional leaders, collection of voter registration slips and other measures to undermine confidence in the secrecy of the vote, manipulation of food aid and agricultural programmes and other misuses of state resources. 

The introduction of a number of legal and administrative changes was welcomed, including increasing the number of polling stations, limiting voters to voting only at their registered station, and limiting the number of excess ballots to be printed. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) put in place administrative arrangements for the holding of the 30 July polls as scheduled. However, the potentially positive measures were undermined by ZEC’s persistent lack of inclusivity and transparency. Further, the election management body became embroiled in a number of contentious issues, including the layout of the presidential ballot, modalities for printing and distributing ballots, poor procedures for confirming ballot security between printing and election day and the conduct of postal voting. ZEC also failed to make full or proper use of the Multi-Party Liaison Committees, particularly at the national and provincial levels. These issues contributed to a deterioration in the relationship between the electoral commission and the opposition in the weeks before the election. 

On the day of the election EU observers reported positively on the conduct of voting. Zimbabwean citizens turned out in large numbers and despite some lengthy queues, particularly in high density areas, the voting process was managed well by polling officials who worked hard to process voters. Some problems with the voter roll, or lack of voter awareness of their polling location, were evident. Party agents were present in virtually all of the polling places visited by EU observers. However, there appeared to be a high degree of instances of assisted voting in some places. The vote count in polling stations was reasonably well organised, though procedures were not always followed. The result was posted at the polling station in many instances, but not all. 

Presidential results announced by ZEC were based on figures from the provincial level. ZEC also provided a CD-ROM with polling station figures set out in excel format. As this was not a presentation of the actual V11 forms from each polling station, the CD-ROM did not provide the level of transparency, traceability and verifiability which was hoped for and which could have been achieved. Further, the figures presented by ZEC in the CD-ROM contained a large number of errors and inaccuracies. While these may not bring in to question the outcome per se, the errors do raise enough questions to have doubt as to the exact accuracy and reliability of the figures presented. The information provided by ZEC attests to a lack of quality control in its work, notably given that this was such a critical aspect of the elections. It is also notable that the provinces with the highest margin of votes in favour of the ruling party have been the areas with the highest number of reports of “smart intimidation”, misuse of state resources, involvement of traditional leaders and other electoral malpractices 

While the country stayed generally calm after polling, tension in Harare increased dramatically as the first parliamentary results indicated a clear lead for the ruling ZANU-PF. The fact that presidential results were not being released added to speculation and tensions. Before the announcement of official results by ZEC, MDC-A leaders started claiming that their party had won and that at least the presidential elections had been rigged. On 1 August a demonstration in the vicinity of the ZEC command centre was met with the deployment of military units. Soldiers fired live rounds into the crowd leaving at least six people dead and 14 injured. The MDC-A headquarters was also raided, and 27 persons, reportedly engaged on the MDC-Alliance’s vote tabulation, were arrested and computer equipment was seized, and to-date has not been released.

Following the declaration of results, there were reports of violence, and human rights defenders documented over 150 human rights violations between 1-7 August, including retributive acts against supporters, agents and candidates of the opposition. Reports of such of such acts persisted in the post-election phase. The legal challenge against the presidential results by Nelson Chamisa, presidential candidate for MDC-Alliance, was handled in a timely and transparent manner, but was rejected by the court on the basis that their claims were unproven. While ZEC’s poor management of the results may have opened up the process to a degree of legal jeopardy, the case brought by Chamisa did not adequately prove the case for a substantial change of the result. However, many of the claims regarding problems during the pre-election period and many of the procedural errors in ZEC’s management of the results had varying degrees of validity. 

Based on EU EOM monitoring, the state broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, failed to abide by its legal obligation to ensure equitable and fair treatment to all political parties and candidates. State-owned TV, radio and newspapers, which dominate the media landscape, were heavily biased in favour of the ruling party and incumbent president in their election-related coverage. Media operated in a generally free environment during the campaign and freedom of expression was respected. 

The legal framework provides for key rights and freedoms for the conduct of competitive elections. However, shortcomings in the Electoral Act and the absence of campaign finance regulations limit the integrity, transparency and accountability of the process. Furthermore, delays in adjudication, dismissal of court cases on merely technical grounds and a number of controversial judgments compromised the right to an effective legal remedy. 

The switch to biometric voter registration so close to the election was a major challenge for ZEC, which assumed responsibility for the roll for the first time. Data indicates a capture rate of 78.6% of the estimated eligible population, though with lower levels of registration in urban areas and a number of errors which remain to be resolved. The manner of sharing the voter roll with stakeholders proved contentious and, while acknowledging the effort ZEC made in undertaking the biometric registration, its lack of transparency and failure to provide clear and coherent information about voter registration overall added to a sense of mistrust by stakeholders. 

In the direct election for the National Assembly, only 14.75% of candidates were women and women were nominated in just 126 of the 210 seats. But by virtue of the additional proportional list system for the Assembly, which is a temporary constitutional measure, women will represent some 33% representation in the parliament overall. 
Priority Recommendations 
  1. ZECs independence needs to be strengthened, free from governmental oversight in the approval of its regulations. 
  2. ZEC must provide effective and timely information on all steps of the electoral preparations, making all information of public interest, including ZEC resolutions and verifiable polling station level results, immediately and easily accessible. 
  3. Voter registration needs to be enhanced in “under registered” districts of the country to ensure universal and equal suffrage. 
  4. Legal measures should be introduced to mitigate abuse of the advantage of incumbency and abuse of state resources 
  5. State-owned media must abide by their legal obligation to be impartial and provide equitable treatment to all political parties and candidates. 
  6. The results management process needs to be more coherent and fully explained to all stakeholders well in advance of the polls in order to enhance transparency, verifiability and integrity of the results process. 
  7. The process of aligning the Electoral Act with the 2013 Constitution needs to be pursued and completed. 
  1. Develop regulation of political party financing to promote accountability and transparency and as a key step towards creating a level playing field between political parties. 
  2. Procedures for the security of the ballot from printing, deployment to polling stations and on Election Day should be reviewed and procedures clearly announced for future elections. 
  3. Multi-Party Liaison Committees should be a regular feature of inter-party dialogue throughout the entire electoral cycle, to be an effective conflict resolution tool for political parties and to provide an effective forum for reporting on non-compliance with the Code.1 

Click the following link to see the full report



Thursday, October 11, 2018

The war never ends

A message to Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa has shown himself to be just another corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging tyrant, another Robert Mugabe in all but name, as one UK MP, Kate Hoey, rightly pointed out.

“Without doubt the election has been cleverly rigged but even worse is the fact that it is the military that is behind the regime and they are now unleashing a similar fear and terror campaign on leading opposition activists and curbing all protests by killing and arresting innocent Zimbabweans,” wrote MP Hoey, following her trip to Zimbabwe to observe the elections.

 “The courage and self-sacrifice of the Zimbabwean people is humbling to behold. We, in the international community cannot accept the result of the election and the UK government must take a lead to ensure that the Zimbabwean government is seen for what it is a mark 2 Mugabe regime and one that deserves no support whatsoever.”

The real tragedy here is Mnangagwa and his regime are dragging the nation through yet another period of tough economic turmoil of hyperinflation, commodity shortages, etc. The economic chaos is causing heart-breaking human suffering and hardships. Sadly, it is all for nothing, there will be no meaningful economic recovery; not as long as Zimbabwe remains a pariah state.

After 38 years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule that has brought economic ruin and human misery we must now admit this is not working and address the elephant in room – the vote rigging Zanu PF dictatorship.

By rigging elections, Mnangagwa et al dragged us back into this pariah state mess of Mugabe years. They are holding the nation hostage. They are committing high treason and they must held to account. No one, absolutely no one, is above the law. And this time we must hold them to account or there is no end to this nightmare.

If Mnangagwa and his junta are allowed to stay in power to the next election in 2023; they will rig those elections too and extend their stay in power. Zanu PF will never “reform itself out of office” as Professor Jonathan Moyo once admitted.

Zanu PF rigged the 30 July 2018 elections, this regime is, per se, illegitimate. The regime must step down to allow the implementation of democratic reforms, the holding of fresh free, fir and credible elections and thus allow the nation to finally shed off its pariah state curse!

We must end the political insanity of Zanu PF thugs ridding roughshod over our freedoms, rights, hopes and dreams of a life with dignity! Mnangagwa and his thugs are mortals, not Gods, and the idea that they can commit treason repeatedly and get away with it is an outrage that must not be allowed to continue another day!
by Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Fruits of rigging an Election

Mnangagwa, just like Robert Mugabe before him, will never admit he is the one who has dragged the nation into this economic mess. In this case, Mnangagwa is happy to blame Mugabe for the mess as if he was not even around when it all happened. And, with the usual arrogance of the tyrant, Mnangagwa believes that he KNOWS exactly what the nation needs to get out the mess. We are all expected to do as we are told, no questions asked.
The truth is Mnangagwa, just like Mugabe before him, is just an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant who loves absolute power and that is all he cares about. He has no clue how to fix the country’s economic mess and we will be foolish to follow him like sheep to the slaughter! Very, very foolish indeed!
Zimbabwe is stuck in this economic and political mess because the nation has been stuck with a corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship for the last 38 years. The party blatantly rigged the elections making it impossible for the electorate to remove it from power regardless of how inept, corrupt and oppressive the regime had already proven to be.
Mnangagwa has just rigged this year’s elections, the first since the removal of Mugabe after 37 years of his tyrannical rule, and thus dashing all hope of Zimbabwe breaking with the tyrannical past. By rigging the elections Zanu PF has just scared away would-be investors the regime was wooing with the “Zimbabwe is open for business!” jingle!
Who would ever want to invest in a country whose next regime change is decades away, yet another military coup or worse?
By rigging the elections, Zanu PF has brought on us all the curse of the pariah state; in economic terms, the curse of the werewolf. The Zanu PF dictatorship is the werewolf that is stalking the land and the silver bullet that will kill it is holding free, fair and credible elections!
The 2008 to 2013 GNU was supposed to implement the raft of democratic reforms to ensure the next elections were free, fair and credible. Sadly, not even one reform saw the light of day. This illegitimate Zanu PF regime must step down to allow the appointment of an interim administration that will implement the reforms and manage the free and fair elections.
Any economic hardships, commodity shortages, price hikes, tax hikes, etc. will cause untold sufferings and even deaths but will never bring about any meaningful economic recovery as long as Zimbabwe remains a pariah state.  
By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF thugs are illegal...

Why is Zimbabwe borrowing $500 million and spending it on buying food and other consumables when everyone knows the golden rule is never to spend borrowed money on things that add no value or that will not help generate more wealth? This is common sense.
It is sad that people like RBZ governor John Mangudya and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube who, before they are appointed to high office, seemed to be very rational individuals; but, as soon as they are appointed, they lose their marbles. They know to keep their job they must do as they are told - regardless of how stupid and foolish that might be.

If we are serious about having a good and competent government then we must take the issue of free, fair and credible elections very seriously because until we can hold the leaders to democratic account they will never take any notice to our demands for good governance.
Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess because the nation has been stuck with this incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship for 38 years. There is no doubt that the party has been rigging elections to stay in power against the democratic wishes of the people.
Zanu PF rigged the 2018 elections and if the regime is allowed to stay in power until 2023, then we can be confident the party will rig those elections too. Having created the de facto one-party dictatorship that has to enable the party leaders to rig elections and stay in power regardless of how pathetic their performance in office; this is the one thing Zanu PF is not going to give up without a fight.
If you rig elections, per se, you do not have the mandate to rule, you are illegitimate. President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta rigged the 30 July 2018 elections, the regime is illegitimate and it is up to us the people to force the regime to step down.
It is self-defeating for us to be calling for free, fair and credible elections and then do nothing if someone blatantly rig the elections. After 38 years of Zanu PF rigging elections and us doing nothing about it with the disastrous political and economic consequences, we can see all round Zimbabwe today. The pressure for us to stand up and put an end to this curse of rigged elections has never been more enormous than it is today.
Zanu PF has rigged elections for the last 38 years and got away with it because, we the people, have lacked the political will, vision and resolve to tell Mugabe and now Mnangagwa, he is illegitimate and must step down! Come what may; come 2023, Mnangagwa and his junta must not still be in office to rig those elections too. 
By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Zanu PF insanity....

Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein, who is credited with explaining “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

What the great man did not say is how, once they have panicked, the otherwise seemingly, sane people can behave with the certified insane.

It is most disconcerting when seemingly sane human beings panic and behave like panicked houseflies; sadly Zimbabweans have been doing just that.
In 1980, Zimbabwe was one of the top five rich countries in Africa, a middle-income nation; today we are the most impoverished nation in Africa. Zimbabwe’s economic collapse has been a relentless match to the bottom. What has been insane about it all is that the nation has been stuck with the corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF dictatorship throughout the last 38 years.
Ordinarily, the nation would have been able to remove the corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF; we have failed to do so in this case because Zanu PF has usurped the people’s freedoms and fundamental human rights including the right to free and fair elections and even the right to life itself. Zanu PF has rigged elections to stay in power against the democratic wishes of the people.
The root cause of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown is decades of Zanu PF gross mismanagement and rampant corruption. The people of Zimbabwe should have focused on stopping Zanu PF rigging elections, the only sure way to remove the party from office. Zanu PF has used brute force to create and retain the de facto one-party state but instead of people keeping a cool head and fight for the individual freedoms and fundamental rights the people panicked into accepting the vote rigging and Zanu PF’s rule as fait accompli.
For the last 38 years, the nation has been caught up in this insanity of making the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship work.
For the umpteenth time, Zimbabwe’s economic and political problems stem from the country’s failure to remove the corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical Zanu PF thugs from office. The thugs have just rigged the 30 July 2018 elections and instead of demanding that the regime step down the  Zimbabwe Council of Churches are only after a solution that will allow Zanu PF to stay in office regardless their pathetic track record of economic blundering and failures.
It is not so much the politicians who have driven this nation right up to the edge of the precipice but rather the panicked clergy and such like who, even after 38 years, still support Zanu PF dictatorial rule hoping against hope that it will deliver freedom, economic prosperity, etc.
By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Vice President Chiwenga is a murderer

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