Friday, January 4, 2019

Expect nothing from Mnangagwa in 2019

Why wait! Why did ED fail to surprise the whole nation with a prosperous 2018?

Mnangagwa was a senior member of Zanu PF for the last 38 years, it is nonsense to pretend that he did not play his role in the mismanagement, corruption and the lawlessness that caused the economic ruin. He certainly played the biggest role, second to Mugabe himself, in the blatant rigging of elections and use of brute force to establish and retain the de facto one party’s state.

Mnangagwa promised to hold free, fair and credible elections last July. He failed to keep his promised and blatantly rigged the elections. Mnangagwa and his junta have no democratic mandate to govern, they are illegitimate, and they must therefore step down. 

Yes, since the country gained her independence in 1980, Zanu PF has rigged the elections to stay in power. The people of Zimbabwe have turned a blind eye to the rigging for fear of the regime’s angry reaction if they did otherwise. This, as we can now see, was a foolish mistake because 38 years of Zanu PF misrule has left the nation in economic ruins. 

Zanu PF rigged the 30 July 2018 elections are the party must step down; we must not repeat the mistake of the last 38 years of rewarding those who rig elections by allowing them to rule. 

“Insanity,” said the great Physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different result!”

For the last 38 years we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by a corrupt and vote rigging regime in the hope that it will deliver economic prosperity, “Gutsva ruzhinji!” (Mass prosperity!), as Mugabe never tired of telling the nation. All Zanu PF has ever brought is mass poverty! 

The simple most important lesson we should have learned from the folly of the last four decades is: that it pays in the end to elect a competent and democratically accountable government in the beginning. Our insanity was to expect a vote rigging and hence illegitimate regime to delivery economic prosperity! 

People like Dr Mavaza are Zanu PF apologists, probably paid and paid well; that is the excuse for their insanity. What excuse do the rest of us have to be insane, especially the millions now living in abject poverty, the real victims of the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship!


By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

African election observers and others endorsed Mnangagwa and Zanu PF’s victory, while Western observers, mainly the Americans and Europeans, were skeptical, stopping short of rejecting the outcome,” said Dumisani Muleya, The Zimbabwe Independent Editor, in his editorial comment.
Mr Editor, you are wrong on both counts!
Both SADC and AU did not “endorse Mnangagwa and Zanu PF’s victory”. What their respective election observer teams did was confined their comments to the “peaceful campaign period including voting day”. They were very clear not to mention such glaring flaws and illegalities as the failure by ZEC to produce something as basic as the verified voters’ roll, the blatant cheating in adding up the votes, the shooting of civilians on 1stAugust which was clearly meant to cower the populous to stop all protests against yet another rigged election, etc.
Other elections observers also noted the relative peace in this year’s elections compared to the wanton violence of say the 2008 elections. They also reported the glaring flaws and irregularities. The Americans, Canadians, the Commonwealth, the EU and almost every other observer said the elections were “biased, unfair, playing field was not level” and, most important of all, that the process “failed to meet acceptable international standards”. That is just diplomatic language for the elections were rigged and therefore Mnangagwa and Zanu PF have no mandate to govern the country.
President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF regime are illegitimate, period.
It is not for SADC, the AU or anyone else in the international community to spell this out everything to us that Zanu PF is illegitimate and much less what should happens next. We must figure that one out for ourselves, admit it and, most important of all, decide what to do about it.
Are we going to bury our heads in the sand, as we have always done and pretend the elections were free, fair and credible and reward Zanu PF with absolute power as before? Or are we going to finally end the insanity of the last 38 years, admit the elections were rigged and, for once, hold Zanu PF to account for this treasonous act?
“All the while, Mnangagwa and his administration have come up with austerity measures to halt the economic tailspin. However, diplomats, from the West and East alike, say Mnangagwa’s reform agenda is all foam and no beer!” continue Muleya.
“This is where talks come in. The involvement of former Kenyan chief justice Dr Willy Mutunga, as we exclusively report in this edition, is opportune.
“Zimbabwe needs dialogue and a healing process. The form and content of the talks as well as the ultimate objective can always be discussed.”
Could not agree with you more, Dumisani; the Zanu PF’s economic policies and programmes are indeed empty rhetoric with no substance. The regime is blundering from pillar to post and meanwhile the country’s economic meltdown is getting worse and worse, dragging the nation closer and closer to the edge of the precipitous abyss.
Yes the country needs “talks” but not the talks to get Mnangagwa and Chamisa to talk to each other!
What the people of Zimbabwe need right now is the courage to confront and confound the country’s demons. The only dialogue the nation needs with Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF thugs is to tell they rigged the recent elections, they have no mandate to rule and therefore they must step down. Any attempt to hang on to power will only be viewed as holding the nation to ransom and will not be tolerated. What happens next is for others to decide not them!

By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Friday, November 30, 2018

Canada says Sanctions will remain on Zanu-PF

Mnangagwa rigged the recent elections and is therefore illegitimate. It is now four months since the rigged elections and if he thought he was going to get away with it; he was wrong. 
“In 2008, Canada adopted Special Economic Measures Act (Zimbabwe) Regulations with respect to Zimbabwe. These measures prohibit arms trade with Zimbabwe, and impose sanctions against listed Zimbabweans and entities. These measures will remain in place until there are positive shifts in Zimbabwean policy that result in improvements in human rights, democracy, freedom, and the rule of law” Canadian ambassador to Zimbabwe, RenĂ© Cremonese, told the Independent is a recent interview. 
Rigging the has been a tough and very expensive task for President Mnangagwa but rigging the economic recovery, without which his continued stay in power is impossible, is proving to be mission impossible. 
Full marks to Mnangagwa, he did not need anyone to tell him the importance of attracting foreign direct investment as the only way to revive Zimbabwe’s comatose economy. He hit the ground running with his “Zimbabwe is open for business!” mantra which he adopted soon after last November’s military coup. Sadly, for him, he did not have the intellect to realise that investors are shrewd lot; they would not take his word for it, they would want to see his words backed by action.
Mnangagwa promised to hold free, fair and credible elections, it was the ultimate assurance that Zimbabwe was no longer pariah state ruled by corrupt and lawless thugs. He failed to keep the promise.
Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta friends had risked life and limb to wrestle power from Mugabe in the November 2017 coup; many had people doubted if the coup plotters would risk losing it in turn in a free and fair elections. The doubters were proven right. 
The July 2018 elections were whole flawed and illegal. There were glaring irregularities such as the denying of 3 million Zimbabweans in the diaspora the vote; the failure to produce a verified voters’ roll although this is a legal requirement; etc. 
The elections have been condemned as “biased, unfair and falling short of accepted international standards” - diplomatic language for the elections were rigged and therefore Zanu PF is illegitimate. All the western nations has retained the economic sanctions they had imposed on the Zanu PF regime, as noted above. 
The greatest pressure on the Zanu PF regime to step down is coming from the sanctions but from the country’s worsening economic meltdown. The flood of investors the regime had hoped for in response to the “Zimbabwe is open for business!” clarion call has not materialised. The shrewd investors and lenders did not miss the rigged elections, etc. and have shied away. They do not do business in a pariah state.
As soon as it became clear that Zanu PF had rigged the elections, thus confirming the country’s status as a pariah state, all hope of a meaningful economic recovery evaporated. There has been panic and chaos in the country’s economic and financial market caused by shortage of foreign currency, fuel, food, medicine, etc. and the fluctuation of the Bond Notes against the US$. The new Minister of Finance, Professor Mthuli Ncube’s ill advised comments have not helped.
“It is the economy, stupid!” The Catch phrase helped former US President Bill Clinton win the elections. The phrase is having the opposite effect on Mnangagwa, the economy is sealing his doom! 
In his epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, describes a sailor who shoots a friendly albatross and, as punishment for his barbarism, is forced to wear the large bird’s carcass around his neck.  
The worsening economic meltdown is the albatross round Mnangagwa’s neck, his punishment for blatantly rigging the elections.
Zanu PF is imploding, the factional dog-eat-dog infighting in the party is tearing it apart. However the party is as determined as ever to hang on to power and so whilst the party is sinking into the abyss it, nonetheless, still retains its strangle hold on the nation. 
Zanu PF is sinking into the abyss and dragging the whole nation down with it. We must not and cannot allowed this to happen. 


Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta must be forced to step down a.s.a.p.; the regime rigged the elections and is therefore illegitimate. Whatever happens the regime must not be allow to remain in office to the 2023 elections. Whilst the party remains in office it will never allow and meaning democratic reforms to be implemented and the nation cannot afford yet another rigged elections in 2023!

By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ncube's budget will tax the poor to death

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, Professor Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe’s minister of Finance, presented his maiden national budget. There are many things one can say about the budget, I will just say five things:

1) ”The spike in prices of goods and services appears to have receded, confirming that the main price hikes were a spontaneous response to uncertainty and confidence issues,” he said.  

What he should have gone on to say he had created most if not all the uncertainty with his ill-advised and downright foolish statements. He said Zimbabwe was going to phase out the Bond Notes only to contradict that a few days later. 

He then said “market forces” will determine the value of the Bond Notes relative to the US$ and other foreign currencies only to say the opposite a day or so afterwards. This caused serious panic in the economic and financial markets with the Bond Notes : US$ exchange jumping from the official 1:1 to as much as 10:1! 

If Zimbabwe had been a healthy and functional democracy, Minister Ncube would have been forced to resign; Zimbabwe is Banana Republic and so he stayed. If anyone thought the above admission showed the Minister had learned his lesson the next statement shows he had not!

2) "The 2 917 Youth Officers who still remain on the payroll, are being retired and the posts removed from the establishment, by end of December 2018,” he said.

"At its 38th Meeting of 5 December 2017, Cabinet re-affirmed its decision to terminate employment contracts of 3 188 Youth Officers as previously resolved.”

President Mnangagwa had made a big song and dance about ending corruption, mismanagement, etc. that had become endemic under Mugabe’s reign. Now the nation learns that it was all hot-air the few Zanu PF youths laid off were those belonging to the rivalry G40 faction. 

Even if the regime finally act and laid off these Zanu PF youths, commonly known as the green bomber in reference to their traditional green uniforms and are nothing more than green flies laying life nuggets on the wounds of the sick nation; nothing much will change. 

The nation is painfully aware that President Mnangagwa has “redeployed” most of his former cabinet members, permanent secretaries, etc. on their last salary, perks everything. Only those considered to be G40 members have been laid off. In other words the nation is shedding off one set of blood sucking ticks only to inherit another! This is just a revolving door!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Chiwenga deployed soldiers and gave order shoot to kill

“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 Kurai Chakanyuka

Commission of inquiry is diverted attention from the rigged elections

If the truth be told, I have not paid much attention to the antics 1st August Commission of inquiry chaired by former President Kgalema Motlanthe of SA. I had expected the commission to be a farce, a complete waste of time and resources, I was wrong. 

It has turned to be a complete waste of time and resources, yes, but worst of all it is political decoy delivered with flare and gusto. The primary task of the commission was to draw public attention away from the rigged elections and they have certainly done that; President Mnangagwa must be very pleased with the results!

It is all very well to hear former Zanu PF Chipangano thug, Jim Kunaka, confirm that last November’s military coup was indeed a coup detat and why it was necessary.

“A coup was held in November last year because the old guard had been outwitted by the G-40 team. They had to use guns because they had been completely outwitted,” said Kunaka.

“I know everything about the Zanu PF culture of violence. Remember I was a senior member of the ruling party.” 

It was comical to hear Kunaka being denounced in turn by his former comrade, Lewis Matutu. 

“Jim Kunaka has conceded perpetrating violence against the opposition and killing people for political gains live on TV before the commission of inquiry. All this was done under the oath. It is the duty of the law enforcement institutions to apprehend him and be charged under the laws of the land. He should not be allowed to get away with this!” said Matutu.

“If he was given instructions as he alleges, he must name those who gave him such orders if they do exist. Let him name those that were working with him. He just complicated his life because mhosva hairovi (crime does not rot like meat) he must be held accountable.” 

But that is just it, Kunaka can name those who gave him the instructions to kill; just as the individuals responsible for the shooting of the seven civilians behind this commission on may be named; what difference will that make! In the 38 years of Zanu PF tyrannical rule, over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans have been murdered in cold blood to establish and retain the de facto one party dictatorship we are groaning under. 

In 99% of the cases the murders were never arrested even when many people had named. In the odd case where the criminals were arrested, tried and convicted; they were granted the ubiquitous presidential pardon, for Zanu PF thugs only of course, without ever spending a single night behind bars! 

Indeed, one can go so far as to say this Commission of Inquiry’s primary purpose is to divert the nation’s attention from President Mnangagwa and his junta’s treasonous act of rigging the 30 July 2018 elections and the disastrous consequences of the worsen economic meltdown that followed. And full marks to all the commissioners, they have played their assigned roles with flying colours. 

Zanu PF thugs have carte blanche powers to do whatever they considers necessary to secure their own and the party’s strangle hold on power. Last November’s coup was high treason the regime got Justice George Chiweshe to rule is “legal, constitutional and justified”. 

The junta has just successful blatantly rigged the elections with the assistance of the corrupted ZEC. The whole election process was flawed and illegal, the regime even failed to produce something as basic as a verified voters’ roll. 

The election results were challenged in the Con-Court. The Judges ignored all the evidence put before the court, proving beyond doubt that the elections were rigged, because the evidence “was not collaborated by primary evidence in the sealed ballot boxes”, they argued. 

The plaintiff’s request to have the ballot boxes opened was denied and the Judges themselves never asked to the boxes be opened. So, the Judge’s decision to endorse Mnangagwa as the winner were based on the assumption that the primary evidence in the sealed ballot boxes would have proven the elections were NOT rigged. 

Of course, it was a nonsensical judgement. What was the point of asking the parties to this case to submit sworn affidavit if the judges are going to ignore that evidence and then conveniently ignore the opportunity to examine the primary source evidence they are insisting on! 

The primary purpose of the Con-Court in the above case was to help the Zanu PF junta gloss over the glaring irregularities and  illegalities and judge rigged elections free, fair and credible. 

Of course, the regime knew that it had rigged the elections and many people would be furious about it. The regime, whose murderous thugs had clearly strained at the leash to keep the peace throughout the campaign period, unleashed the thugs at the protestors. The shooting dead of the seven civilians was meant to reminder all that the party would not tolerate any protests against the rigged elections. 

The Motlanthe Commission; just like ZEC, the Con-Court, etc.; is a toothless dog with neither the bark nor bite. It is not the The commission will not name the individuals who pulled the trigger much less those who deployed them and gave the order of “Shoot to kill!” It is not in the commission’s remit. 

Even if the commission named everyone of those involved here we can be certain of one thing this will do nothing to help restore the individual freedoms and human rights much less put right the immediate problem of rigged 30 July 2018 elections!

Indeed, it is now clear that the commission of inquiry was a cynical decoy to take attention away from the serious issue of the rigged elections and the economic meltdown that followed.

Last year the regime organised the 18 November 2017 street protest, carefully stage-manage theatrical to allow the public to let out some steam and it worked like a charm. This Motlanthe commission is yet another carefully stage-managed performance that has too worked like a charm.

The seven shot dead must be turning in their graves, joining the over 30 000 murdered by the regime who are spinning by now, angry the opportunity the shooting presented to demand meaningful democratic change has clearly been wasted, once again!

By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I'm Proud to be an activist


"Elections were unfair" Commonwealth ruled - final nail in dictatorship coffin

In Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe but never rains but pours and now it is pouring cats and dogs! 

Ever since coming into a year ago following the ouster of Zimbabwe’s former corrupt and ruthless tyrant, Robert Mugabe, Mnangagwa promised to move the country from a pariah state to an international respected and functional democracy. And what better way to prove Zimbabwe was now a democratic nation than for the country to hold its first ever free, fair and credible elections. 

He knew holding free, fair and credible elections was the ultimate acid test, especially given Zimbabwe’s history of rigged and violent elections, and was quick off the mark to promise such elections. He went one step further and invited elections observers from all corners of the world including those nations and institutions he knew would not be easily fooled into endorsing a flawed and illegal election process. 

Those who knew Mnangagwa and his junta regime said from the on set that the regime would never fulfil the promise to hold democratic elections. “The junta was the one that had imposed Mugabe on the nation all these years and the coup was over control of the dictatorship and NOT ending it,” they argued. 

“The coup leaders risked life and limb to wrestle power from Mugabe, they were not going to risk losing power eight months latter for the sake of democracy, a utopian ideal they have never ever subscribed to.”

Sadly, the doubting Thomas have been proven right, Mnangagwa has failed to keep his promise to hold free, fair and credible elections. 

Mnangagwa refused to implement any of the democratic reforms everyone had agreed at the onset of the 2008 GNU were necessary to end Zanu PF’s carte blanche dictatorial powers to rig elections. The one notable thing he did was to make sure his party thugs were kept on a leash and hence there were very few reported cases of violence. 

The opposition was allowed to campaign freely without the usual disruption and harassment from the regime, mainly the Police and CIO. It is no secret that the two institutions were loyal to Mugabe and the G40 faction. Although Mnangagwa purged many of senior Police and CIO members, still it was not enough for him to trust those left to carryout the usual dirty party instruction without spilling the beans.

Not even one election observer team with any democratic credentials has failed to see the elections were flawed and illegal. The regime has failed to produce something as basic as a verified voters’ roll! The Commonwealth observer team has produced is report and, like so many others before it, it is pretty damning.

The final report was released by the Commonwealth Observer Group to Zimbabwe which was chaired by former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama.

“In the report, former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama (chairperson of the team) expressed concern over two major issues which he said unfairly unlevelled the playing field in favour of the ruling Zanu-PF,” reported Daily News.

"The first was the heavy bias of the State print and broadcast media in favour of the governing party. The second was use of incumbency privileges in a manner that unduly disadvantaged opposition parties," Mahama said. 

Mnangagwa’s pretensions of transforming Zimbabwe from a pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs is dead in the water. The Commonwealth election observer team has just driven home the final nail in the Zanu PF dictatorship’s coffin and it is up to us Zimbabweans to finally bury it. 

President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta rigged the 30 July 2018 elections, the regime is illegitimate, it has no mandate to govern the country and it must be forced out of office.  

When we say we want free, fair and credible elections; we must mean it. And there is no better way to demonstrate that we mean what we say than punishing all those who dare to rig elections!

If we are serious about rejoining the Commonwealth and the rest of the international community and, most important and urgent of all, ending the economic meltdown that has left 75% of our people living in abject poverty; then this Zanu PF dictatorship must go! 

As long as Zimbabwe remain a pariah state we cannot rejoin the Commonwealth, accomplish any meaningful economic recovery, etc. We will continued to suffer and die in dumb anguish denied of all our freedoms, rights and human dignity!  

By jeff Kurai Chakanyuka

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, November 10, 2018

Nick Mangwana: the Zanu pf idiot

Nick Mangwana has worked hard as a Zanu PF apologist and was recently rewarded with the appointment as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Publicity and Broadcasting Services. The post was held by none other than George Charamba cum columnist Nathaniel Manheru. 

One of the reasons why Charamba was promoted upstairs to twiddle his thumbs and say nothing; as happened to many other former ministers, permanent secretaries, etc.; is after decades of praising Mugabe switching to praising Mnangagwa was sounding hollow. Sadly for Nick. he too had spent many decades praising Mugabe his sing-song praise of Mnangagwa is just as hollow and contrived as Charamba's! 

“This week saw an unprecedented number of high-profile individuals appearing before our courts of law in connection with corruption, giving momentum to Government's fight against graft,” wrote Mangwana in The Herald. 

“Given the fact that the tolerance threshold for the malady of abuse of office and corruption had been so low in the country, this is a marked and significant shift, which must inspire confidence in the generality of our people. 

“Admittedly, there has been cynicism in some quarters as to the sincerity of the exercise, but the nation should rest assured that the fight against corruption is real and that more cases of corruption will be dealt with in the courts, while some procedures and processes are underway to institute further cases that are within the radar. 

“This will make the following weeks interesting to watch.

“His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangangwa, has already declared zero tolerance to corruption and has used various fora to hammer this home: as the wheels of justice turn, Zimbabwe will see the actualisation of the anti-corruption governance paradigm espoused by President Mnangagwa.”

There are five key points well worth noting here:

  1. Nick, you have defended Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF all these years and never ever acknowledged there was corruption and yet now you do with the casual air of one who has done so all along. Worse still, wittering on and on about how Mnangagwa is doing something to end corruption when he have done precious little and dismiss those saying so as cynics! 

  1. In a country in which corruption was so rampant that $15 billion in diamond revenue alone was “swindled” in just a few years, according to Robert Mugabe; it is shocking that a year after Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe still not even one swindler has been arrested and not even one dollar recovered. The diamond mining has continued since the ouster of Mugabe by the same players under the same secrecy - in short, the looting continues. 

  1. The factional war in Zanu PF is not a secret and Mnangagwa is going after his political enemies in the name of fighting corruption just as ruthlessly as Mugabe had gone after Mai Mujuru and her supporters. If last November’s coup had failed to ouster Mugabe it would be Mnangagwa and his supporters who would be in the dock today. No doubt, Nick Mangwana would be singing Mugabe’s praises and how he is finally stamping out corruption! 

  1. If Mnangagwa was serious about ending corruption then he would have to start by arresting his own VP Chiwenga and himself - the two are certainly in the top ten most corrupt individuals in Zimbabwe. He is going after his political enemies and rivals in the guess that they are corrupt; he is no more than a cannibalising hyena pretending its victim smelt of goat and therefore is a goat! 

  1. The truth is Mnangagwa has promised to end corruption but has failed to honour his promise just as he promised to hold free, fair and credible elections only to rig the elections. As for you Nick, you are just a Zanu PF apologist lying about Mnangagwa ending corruption just as readily as you have lied that there was no corruption in Zimbabwe.
By Jeff Kurai Chakanyuka