Eddie Cross In About Turn on Tsvangirai

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Eddie Cross who almost got into trouble with his party after stating that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not be able to contest next year’s elections because of his failing health now says the MDC-T leader is the best candidate to beat Emmerson Mnangagwa in next year’s elections.

 

Cross says the honeymoon is over for Mnangagwa because he made a tactical error in appointing a cabinet which is “just a collection of the old, corrupt and incompetent people who created the present economic shambles in the first place”.

By doing so, Cross says, Mnangagwa has thrown the opposition a lifeline.

“For me the even bigger question is, can we get our act together and pick up this rope and pull ourselves into our real future?” he says.

“We need to sort out our leadership, only Morgan Tsvangirai has the national support required to defeat ZANU- PF, he needs support and help to do so, and he needs it NOW.

“People have got to get off the fences they are sitting on and help us finish what we started in the past fortnight.

“He needs a team of competent people who can sell our policies and programs as being the way out of this mess and to take us into the future, he needs people of capacity and integrity.

“He needs money – lots of it because you cannot fund a national political campaign without resources.

“Finally, he need(s) the International Community to stick to its guns and maintain the stance that their help and assistance will only be given to a government that has clear cut democratic credentials.”

Mnangagwa said he had confidence in his cabinet, which was sworn in today, and promised that they would deliver.

Eddie Cross In About Turn on Tsvangirai

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Eddie Cross who almost got into trouble with his party after stating that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not be able to contest next year’s elections because of his failing health now says the MDC-T leader is the best candidate to beat Emmerson Mnangagwa in next year’s elections.

 

Cross says the honeymoon is over for Mnangagwa because he made a tactical error in appointing a cabinet which is “just a collection of the old, corrupt and incompetent people who created the present economic shambles in the first place”.

By doing so, Cross says, Mnangagwa has thrown the opposition a lifeline.

“For me the even bigger question is, can we get our act together and pick up this rope and pull ourselves into our real future?” he says.

“We need to sort out our leadership, only Morgan Tsvangirai has the national support required to defeat ZANU- PF, he needs support and help to do so, and he needs it NOW.

“People have got to get off the fences they are sitting on and help us finish what we started in the past fortnight.

“He needs a team of competent people who can sell our policies and programs as being the way out of this mess and to take us into the future, he needs people of capacity and integrity.

“He needs money – lots of it because you cannot fund a national political campaign without resources.

“Finally, he need(s) the International Community to stick to its guns and maintain the stance that their help and assistance will only be given to a government that has clear cut democratic credentials.”

Mnangagwa said he had confidence in his cabinet, which was sworn in today, and promised that they would deliver.

Army Boss General Chiwenga Who Toppled 93- Year Old Mugabe Tipped For Zimbabwe Vice Presidency

HARARE – Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, is seen standing a good chance of being elevated straight from the barracks to become one of the two vice presidents at Zanu PF’s extraordinary congress scheduled for this month, the Daily News can report.

At the special congress, Emmerson Mnangagwa will be endorsed as the party’s president and first secretary, in the wake of the decision by Zanu PF’s central committee to recall ex-president, Robert Mugabe from the high pressure office, and have him replaced by Mnangagwa.

While Mnangagwa’s endorsement will be a matter of formality, there is fierce jostling for vacant posts in the party, particularly for the two vice presidents.

Whoever would have been appointed to the position of vice president and second secretary of the party would automatically become Mnangagwa’s deputy in government.

The country has been without its two vice presidents since last month when Mnangagwa was fired from both government and Zanu PF.

After Mnangagwa and his Team Lacoste faction made a dramatic comeback — riding on the military’s intervention in Zanu PF’s internal politics last month — Phelekezela Mphoko, who was the other vice president, became part of the collateral damage targeting key members of the rival Generation 40 faction.

The party’s constitution entitles Mnangagwa to appoint the two vice presidents, the national chairperson, heads of the politburo and its committee members and the deputies to the heads of departments.

Mnangagwa has found himself in a fix over who to appoint as his deputies.

Chiwenga is seen topping the list, which includes former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, ex-War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube; Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo; minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans Kembo Mohadi and Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda.

Mnangagwa also finds himself with the need to appease the feminine folk displeased by his recent Cabinet appointments which only had four women out of 22 Cabinet ministers.

The ruling party’s women’s league has recently been clamouring for the restoration of the quota system in the presidium. It would therefore be interesting to see if Mnangagwa would budge, in which case he might have to pick from some of the seasoned female heavyweights such as Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Edna Madzongwe, Eunice Sandi-Moyo and Angeline Masuku, among others.

Analysts told the Daily News that it will not be surprising that Chiwenga could secure one of the vice presidents’ post after the army chief played a pivotal role in a military operation, which toppled Mugabe and ushered in Mnangagwa.

The appointment of air marshal Perrance Shiri and Major General Sibusiso Moyo into Mnangagwa’s first Cabinet have largely been interpreted as his show of gratitude to the military for clearing his way to State House.

As such, he might reward Chiwenga with the vice presidency.

Social commentator, Rashweat Mukundu, believes there is a high possibility that Chiwenga will emerge as vice president at the congress.

“He is raising a wave of popularity not only in Zanu PF but nationally and Zanu PF may look at him as an asset come the 2018 elections,” said Mukundu.

Political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme, said with the inclusion of generals Moyo and Shiri as ministers, common sense can be that generals (Philip) Sibanda and Chiwenga will be VPs.

“They can’t have their juniors be ministers when they are out,” said Saungweme.

“As you know, ministers are senior to commanders in hierarchy and command structure. But it seems Ngwena wants these to be elected at their congress this month as opposed to appointing.

“He can appoint them as VPs anyway if he wants without any legal issues. By the way Chiwenga and Sibanda also meet the Zanu PF equation for VPs as they represent Zipra and Zanla as well as the Ndebele-Shona balance the party has always done for VPs.

“They can’t let others eat from their coup sweat. Mnangagwa’s Cabinet showed us that it was prize-giving season for the boys involved in a coup that include war vets, military and other Lacoste members.

“Chiwenga and Sibanda can’t lead a coup to let others eat or for them to remain stagnant. Chiwenga and Sibanda VPs is a possibility,” opined Saungweme.

Political analyst, McDonald Lewanika, said it was very possible that Chiwenga will be the vice president or one of them.

“To all intents and purposes, the post is the commander Defence Forces’ for the taking, and if he wants it there will be no dark horses. But if it’s not something he wants, then others who may be worth considering in the spirit of the Cabinet already set and bridging the divide in Zanu PF, would be colonel Tshinga Dube, and Sydney Sekeramayi.

“Madzongwe was once touted as potential VP but the fact that this was initially to replace ED this may make her consideration a tough sale, as is Sekeramayi’s.

“It is unlikely that ED will step out of Zanu PF for the VP pick, the only danger that is there is that if Congress is allowed to choose a VP for ED that vice president as a product of congress election rather Mnangagwa’s appointee will be a very powerful if not dangerous VP.

“On the bright side it would also assist in checking ED’s power as he will have as second in command, another popularly elected member,” said Lewanika.

Another analyst, Eldred Masunungure said it would be unwise for Mnangagwa to appoint Chiwenga to the position of vice president as it would endorse the notion that the military are effectively calling the shots.

“I think it will be imprudent for Chiwenga to be appointed VP at this stage. It will become abundantly evident that ZDF is being rewarded for the cardinal role it played in the ascendency of the incumbent president.

“We all know the president was fired from Zanu PF; he was in the wilderness politically and physically after he fled to South Africa. He was rehabilitated courtesy of the military intervention.

“(Now) the military has already been rewarded with two Cabinet posts which I think is adequate. He needs to ensure that the military is unified as an institution and is not unduly fractured… So if he is thinking about it (appointing Chiwenga as VP) it will be imprudent and unwise maybe in a new term,” said Masunungure.

Masunungure did not rule out the politics of ethnicity which remain a pivotal variable in the politics of Zimbabwe.

He said by this token Mnangagwa may not need to look to Mashonaland Central or Mashonaland East for a VP as many may think they already had their share.

“Frankly he would need to think about the traditional source in Matabeleland by virtue of the unity accord. Perhaps (Kembo) Mohadi could be a serious candidate for Matabeleland and then outside Matabeleland he would need to think of the women quota.

“As it is Muchinguri is a serious candidate. She is female, a war veteran and comes from province that has never had a VP. So he can kill several birds with one stone,” Masunungure said.

There have, however, been some voices that have been calling on Mnangagwa to appoint the most senior pre-Unity Accord Zapu official, Dumiso Dabengwa despite the fact that he now leads his own party.

These include Mnangagwa’s own special advisor, Chris Mutsvangwa, who recently told a press conference that Dabengwa should be one of the vice presidents.

Mutsvangwa argued that this would help the country’s liberation movement.-DN

The Military Diamond Syndicate In Zimbabwe: Are The Real Criminals Around President Mnangagwa?

Zimbabwe soldiers on parade

When Major General Sibusiso Moyo went on national television to declare the takeover of government by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, he was explicit;

We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice

The messaging resonated with the tired and battered people of Zimbabwe but three weeks to the day, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the operation was executed by the criminals to consolidate their power and evade national and international scrutiny. In this report we are going to focus on the ring leaders and peel the intricate web of deceit and plunder that the current merchants of freedom created in Zimbabwe.

There is a web of military involvement within the whole diamond saga in Zimbabwe. To understand how things worked we have to look at the State apparatus and enterprises that were involved.

  1.  Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC)
  2. Minerals Markerting Corporation Of Zimbabwe
  3. Zimbabwe Defence Industries
  4. Central Intelligence Organization

We also have to look at the companies that had a claim in Chiadzwa.

  1. ZMDC
  2. Mbada
  3. Anjin
  4. Jinan
  5. Kusena Diamonds
  6. Mbada Diamonds,
  7. Marange Resources
  8. Diamond Mining Corporation (DMC)

The web of Marange Diamond companies ownership

The ZMDC was established by Act of Parliament No. 31 of 1982. Its role is prospect, explore and mine precious metals. ZMDC owns the entirety of Marange Resources.

Mbada Diamonds is a 50/50 joint venture between ZMDC’s subsidiary, Marange Resources and New Reclamation Group’s subsidiary Grandwell Holdings, while Canadile Miners is a 50/50 joint venture between Marange Resources and Core Mining and Minerals. Retired Major Lovemore Kurotwi who is close to Air Marshal Perence Shiri who was his commander when he was with the notorious 5th brigade during the Gukurahundi massacre was the Deputy Chair of Cannadile. Other members were Adrian Taylor, Yehuda Licht (Israeli diamond dealer), Danesh and Ashok Pandeya Taylor is alleged to have worked as a mercenary in Sierra Leone, while Licht is believed to have spent time in jail in Angola on diamond-related smuggling offences. Kurotwi was arraigned and later acquitted of symfoning $2 billion through illicit diamond trade. Settlement Chikwinya once identified Retired Brigadier Victor Rongai, Retired Colonel Charles Mugari, Retired Major General Charles Ruwodo as shareholders of Cannadile.

Grandwell Holdings was registered in Mauritius, its shareholder composition is sealed however various investigations revealed that David Kassel, former chairman of South Africa’s New Reclamation Group (Pty) was a shareholder. While it was not proved, it is believed that Shiri, Chiwenga and Grace Mugabe have a stake in the company. Robert Mhlanga a retired Air Force Pilot and Mugabe’s former helicopter pilot is believed to be a Shiri’s business partner. Robert Mhlanga was the chairman of Mbada representing government interest and his daughter Patience Khumalo was the CEO before her departure in 2014. Mhlanga bout a $14 million mansion in South Africa.

Minister Mpofu was also entangled in the Mbada debacle as shown by some of his dubious appointments to the Mbada board. Sithengisiso Mpofu who sat in the board is Minister Mpofu’s sister-in-law while Dingiswayo Ndlovu was his personal assistant.

The Zimbabwe Defence Industries is a company that was registered in 1985 by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) a parastatal. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces did not have legal mandate to register the company and thus ZDI was registered by IDC to circumvent this restriction. IDC only owns 5% in ZDI. The board of directors includes ZDF commander General Constantine Chiwenga, air force commander Air Marshal Perence Shiri, army commander Lieutenant-General Philip Sibanda and RT Madamombe. Zimbabwe Defence Industries owns 40% of Anjin.

Anjin’s Executive Board included Mr. Martin Rushwaya, the Permanent Secretary of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defence. Non-executive board members included Mr. Morris Masunungure, a retired officer in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), and Mr. Romeo Daniel Mutsvunguma, a retired colonel in the ZDF.

Global Witness also reported that the principal officer and company secretary of Anjin was Brigadier General Charles Tarumbwa, widely reported to be a senior military lawyer. It was the Brigadier General who signed the agreement, on behalf of ZDI linked Matt Bronze, to establish Anjin with the private Chinese investor AFECC. Zimbabwe’s company register also stated that Anjin’s share capital consisted of 2,000 ordinary shares shared equally between Brigadier General Tarumbwa and AFECC’s Peng Zheng.

To make this even more complex Col Tshinga Dube who was ZDI general manager was in 2012 appointed by Minister Mpofu as the Chairman of Marange Resources which is wholly owned by ZMDC.

There is a long trail of military appointees within the diamond industry in Zimbabwe for example the MMCZ Col. Nelly Basutu who was appointed in 2008 as its head is wife to Air Vice-Marshal Titus Abu Basutu, the deputy to the Air force Commander Perence Shiri. MMCZ authenticated and prepared the invoices that enabled Sandawana to sell diamonds to the Middle East outside of and in contravention of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) procedure. Sandawana was acquired by ZMDC.

In all our investigations on the missing $15 billion we did not come across the names of Chombo, Kasukuwere or Jonathan Moyo. Although these ministers especially Chombo and Kasukuwere flaunted ill-gotten wealth, they are not the major criminals in Zimbabwe. The real criminals are around President Mnangagwa today.