Gukurahundi Denier ED Mnangagwa Never Wanted The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission , Says Jonathan Moyo

Former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo appeared on SABC News for an interview in which he accused President Mnangagwa of opposing the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill during a Zanu PF politburo meeting.

Moyo argues that Mnangagwa and Patrick Chinamasa opposed the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. The proposal was to have a Peace, Truth and Reconciliation Commission but Chinamasa and Mnangagwa succeeded in convincing Zanu-PF to oppose the truth component. Mnangagwa had no option but to sign the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill into law since it had already been passed in Parliament.

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Mnangagwa recently refused to apologize for his role during Gukurahundi at a meeting in Davos. He later said he won’t account for the atrocities as an individual

Eyebrows Raised As President Mnangangwa Appoints Bribe Accused Justice Priscilla Chigumba Election Commission Chief

The decision of President ED Mnangagwa to appoint High Court Judge Priscilla Chigumba , who in 2016 solicited for a $20 000 bribe from one of the parties in a case she was presiding over as head of the election agency has not only raised eyebrows of the general public  but also of some her peers  who are now questioning the president’s judgement.

Justice Priscilla Chigumba

Justice Priscilla Chigumba

Chigumba will replace Justice Rita Makarau who resigned under unclear circumstances in December last year.

It was alleged that Justice Priscilla Chigumba solicited for a $20 000 bribe from one of the parties in a case she was presiding over.

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Justice Chigumba was grilled by members of the JSC led by the late  Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku over a complaint that it received to the effect that the judge had sent an agent to solicit for a bribe from a Mr Kanokanga who was one of the parties in a case in which she was presiding over.

Justice Chidyausiku said the JSC had received a written complaint from Mr Kanokanga and said while they had asked Justice Chigumba to make a written response, she was obliged to comment on the allegations since the commission was troubled over the allegations given that she was now seeking higher office.

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This appointment by Mnangagwa is worrying to the opposition and civic organisations that fear such corrupt officials who are prone to solicit for bribes to such sensitive roles has serious implications in the democratic processes.

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In 2015, as a High Court judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba ruled that government legally acquired the farms and their sell to Nyambirai was invalid and therefore he cannot seek any compensation or eviction of people who were allocated the farms.

Justice Chigumba pointed out if there is any compensation due to anyone who claim to be the owners of the said farms, that compensation can only be paid by Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, Britain, as clearly stated in the country’s Constitution.

Chigumba will be sworn in on Thursday.Zimbabwe is due to hold elections later this year.

 Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi confirmed the appointment today.

A former St Ignatius High School student, Chigumba obtained 15 Advanced Level points in 1989. She later obtained a Bachelor of Law degree in the United Kingdom.

After graduating she worked in private practice from 1994. Chigumba joined the Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry as a magistrate in 2004.

She served as a resident magistrate and provincial magistrate before being seconded to work as a senior professional research assistant in the Office of the Chief Justice. She was sworn in as Justice of the High Court in December 2012.

 

President Mnangagwa Slap In The Face For Gays And Lesbians In Zimbabwe

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa will not give gays and lesbians any special treatment, but will follow the Zimbabwean Constitution, which bans same-sex marriages.

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Speaking to CNN’s Richard Quest at the just-ended World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnangagwa said it was not his duty to speak out for gay people, departing from former President Robert Mugabe’s hardline stance, which classified gays and lesbians as “worse than pigs and dogs”.

“Those people who want it are the people who should canvass for it, but it’s not my duty to campaign for this,” he said.

Pressed on whether he was going to change laws to allow same-sex marriage and protect the rights of gays, Mnangagwa turned to the Constitution saying his hands were tied.

“In our Constitution, it is banned — and it is my duty to obey my Constitution. With regard to areas that we felt we would not accept, it is issues of gays and homosexuality, which is unlawful in our country. We rejected all those.

“There are a few countries from Europe, which recommended we reconsider our position with regard to adults of the same sex marrying each other — that we rejected,” he said.

Mnangagwa also faced grilling on his claims that his government was turning a new page and looking to leave its past mistakes and focusing on the future.

“Those who want to live in the past can continue to live in the past. But those who want to see the future can look at what we are doing, and make a judgment of what we are doing,” he said.

Mnangagwa, who has been on record saying Zimbabwe is lagging behind by about 30 years, said it was time to implement policies that would ensure the country catches up.

“We have to say: Why are other economies in our region progressing? Why are other economies growing? Why do we not have direct investment coming into Zimbabwe? We must say: What did you see which constrains you from coming into our environment. When they do so, if we’re able, we’ll adjust the legislation and laws.”

Mnangagwa has already amended the Indigenisation Act, removing restrictive investment quotas, especially percentage ownership limits.

Trumps Rubbishes Nelson Chamisa Over MDC Alliance $15 billion Offer

The United States has distanced itself from claims by MDC Alliance acting chairperson Advocate Nelson Chamisa at the weekend that President Donald Trump promised the opposition party a $15 billion kitty should they win the forthcoming elections.

In his address at an MDC Alliance rally in Mutare at the weekend and in a bid to woo supporters, Adv Chamisa said President Trump pledged to bail out the MDC Alliance government with $15 billion for reconstruction and economic recovery programmes.

In December last year, Adv Chamisa together with People’s Democratic Party leader Mr Tendai Biti travelled to Washington where they met several officials in the US administration.

They suggested to senior Washington officials that it was not yet time to repeal the current ruinous and illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe.

“When we met with President Trump in America alongside Biti, he asked us how much we needed to move the country forward and we told him that we needed $15 billion,” said Adv Chamisa, who is also MDC-T co-vice president.

He said Mr Trump assured them that the funds would be disbursed immediately after winning elections since his government had faith in the MDC Alliance.

But United States embassy spokesperson Mr David Macguire shot down the claims by Adv Chamisa, saying it was not Washington’s business to give money to political parties.

“We do not support individuals or political parties,” he said. “We do not take a position on who is going to be a political leader of a country. The outcome of an election is up to the people of that country to decide.

“We do not make such promises to individuals or political parties.”

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Acting Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said Government and the ruling Zanu-PF would not lose sleep over utterances by MDC-T.

“We are an independent country and we are not an extension of America. We are busy preparing for our elections and we will not lose sleep over those statements by the MDC-T,” said Minister Khaya Moyo, who is also Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity.

Political analysts said the statement by Adv Chamisa unwittingly exposed their mission to Washington, which was meant to perpetuate the illegal sanctions regime.

The $15 billion claim, they said, was mere political gimmick, as Mr Trump would not release that kind of money to Africa given his perceived views of the continent.

Professor Isheunesu Mpepereki said Adv Chamisa indicated that the MDC-T was determined to use sanctions as the stepping stone to State House.

“They want people to suffer so that when that happens they would switch allegiance to the MDC-T,” he said.

“They have continued to extract support through the suffering of people and that is ridiculous.

“If Trump promised them something, it means they would be selling out the sovereignty of this country. They went to offer Zimbabwe as a commodity fetching high price.”

Prof Mpepereki said the assertions were a carefully calculated political gimmick given that MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai once promised a $100 billion economy once elected into office while addressing party supporters in Gweru last year.

Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association secretary-general Cde Victor Matemadanda said Zimbabwe’s sovereignty could not be traded for ill-gotten wealth.

“What is it that Chamisa offered to Trump for him to pledge $15 billion?” he said. “We do not want to buy off our sovereignty. What we know and what we have all seen on television was that Chamisa and Biti went to America to call for sanctions and that is what he is now admitting.

“If he is sincere why not just be quite and work hard to win the elections than mislead Zimbabweans.”

Mashonaland East traditional leader Chief Musarurwa said what Adv Chamisa said exposed the reasons for their mission to America.

“If they are to get that money, it has to come with some conditions,” he said. “The conditions would obviously be to reverse the land reform programme and bring back whites who used to colonise us.

“They are merely conforming what we already know that they went there to call for the retention of sanctions.”-Chronicle

Mugabe Never Made Any Mistakes During His Rule : President Mnangagwa

In an interview with a Russian news agency, Sputnik, President Emmerson Mnangagwa surprisingly said that his predecessor former president Robert Mugabe never made any mistakes during his rule.

Mnangagwa had been asked to state one of the mistakes which Mugabe had made and which he wished to avoid making as head of state. His answer seems a bit surprising as President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rule has been styled as a “new dispensation” and a “new era” with a different way of doing things, implying that certain things were not working in the right way. Mnangagwa instead chose to blame Mugabe’s failings on the G40 Faction.

Here is an excerpt from the Interview.

Sputnik: And summarizing the political situation in your country now, in your opinion, what was the main mistake of the previous leadership, of president Mugabe, which you would not like to repeat?

A: No, the president never made any mistakes. There was a small cabal of individuals in the relationship around the first lady. Because the president is now quite advanced in age, they took advantage of his age, and we were having persons who were making executive decisions, which is against the constitution of the country. And our people reacted to people usurping power, which is not given to them by the constitution, so this was corrected by the masses of Zimbabwe.

Sputnik: The level of corruption grew pretty high during the time of President Mugabe…

A: With the new disposition, the new order, one of the primary issues that we’ve put forward is that we need zero corruption, we will not tolerate any corruption at all. I’m now about 54 days in power, and so many people now have been taken to court on the case of corruption. So it’s one of the things that we want to eradicate in our society, we want to have a clean society. People must work hard to earn their living, and we must provide those of talent, we must have the environment where people who have talent must be rewarded and become rich if they can, but properly and honestly.

More: You can read the full interview transcript here

Watch :Grace Mugabe Gang Raped During Military Coup In November, Now Struggling With Depression

Grace Mugabe’s was gang-raped during a military takeover in Zimbabwe, and this traumatic, brutal experience may hay contributed to her mental breakdown failing to travel to Singapore with her husband for a medical checkup and failing to attend Ezekiel Guti’s funeral, sources have revealed.

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe reacts as her picture is taken during a voter registeration excercise at State House in Harare, Thursday, September, 14, 2017. Mugabe proclaimed the voter registration excercise to start as the country prepares for Presidential elections set for 2018( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Grace, 52 was supposedly detained along with her husband Robert, 93 after the military stormed Zimbabwe’s capital Harare overnight last year in November.

While President Emmerson Mnangagwa told just ended African Union summit of the word “safe” to describe his former boss, Robert Mugabe, nothing is mentioned about his wife who was severely abused, physically and emotionally. This has sparked anger from Mugabe’s loyalists who accused Mnangagwa of being dishonest and mistreating the former first family.

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A source close to the family revealed that since the November coup, Grace Mugabe has been kept indoors under heavy military guard at their family home in the plush suburb of Borrowdale.

Zimbabwe’s Former First Lady Grace Mugabe

There had been rumours that Grace would make her first public appearance this weekend at the funeral however she did not show up. The Mugabes and The Gutis are close friends and their son-in-law Simba Chikoore is a senior elder in the church.

The source revealed to this paper that Grace Mugabe is not allowed to go outside the perimeters of the house. Mugabe had pleaded with Mnangagwa to allow her to accompany him for his medical checkup in Singapore last month but Mnangagwa refused. There is fear that Grace would reconnect with her allies Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere.

The greatest fear for the military government is that Moyo, Grace, Kasukuwere and Zhuwao may sabotage it and reveal secrets related to the activities of  Mnangagwa and Chiwenga that can be detrimental to their bid to lure international support.

The source also revealed that Grace Mugabe has been suffering from depression due to her isolation. She has not been allowed visitors and all her children are now living away from her in the Far East.

“She is virtually by herself. The only person she has at this point is Gushungo but you know with his advanced age, there is nothing much he can do. She is depressed, sometime bordering on psychosis”

It is believed that Grace has tried to reach out to close family friends like Gideon gono and Father Mukonori for help in pleading her case with the military government but this has been fruitless.

Rhodesia Era Cop David Coltart Apologises For Atrocities Against Africans

FORMER Education Minister Senator David Coltart has lauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government following the passing of the National Peace and Reconciliation Act, saying it was a step in the right direction.

David Coltart

David Coltart

In a statement he posted on his page on micro-blogging site, twitter on Friday, Sen Coltart also apologised for the atrocities by the Rhodesian Government during the time he was a police officer. His remarks follow President Mnangagwa’s revelation in Davos, Switzerland, last week that he had signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill into law to, among other issues, tackle the emotive Gukurahundi issue.

Vice-President Kembo Mohadi heads the Organ on National Peace and Reconciliation.

“I commend the passing of the National Peace and Reconciliation Act as a positive step in the right direction and call on Government to ensure that it has the independence, resources and cooperation it needs to be able to expose the truth and begin the long, hard but critically important process of reconciliation and healing,” he said.

“I also believe that part of the process of healing and reconciliation consists in all of us acknowledging and apologising for our own complicity and responsibility for the things we have done. So what is to be done going forward?”

Sen Coltart said Zimbabwe needs to break the cycle of political violence that dates back to Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 through a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

He said his apology for the mass killings of blacks by the racist Rhodesian Government was prompted by what he described as a “sustained social media campaign” portraying him as an unrepentant Rhodesian.

“This week I have been the subject of a sustained social media campaign seeking to portray me as an unrepentant Rhodesian who has refused to condemn atrocities committed by the Rhodesian security services. I have also been accused of killing Black Zimbabweans during my time in the police force and of refusing to apologise for the role that I played,” said Sen Coltart.

He however argued that the portrayal of his views and the allegations made against him were “patently untrue.”

Sen Coltart said he has addressed the issue in his biography: The Struggle Continues: 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe and other platforms.

“I unreservedly condemn the atrocities committed by the Rhodesian regime, such as the Nyadzonia massacre in which an estimated 1 028 men, women and children were killed. I also unreservedly condemn the unjust system of governance in Rhodesia which  was based on a white supremacist ideology and engaged in the brutal oppression and systemic discrimination against black, coloured and Asian people,” he said.

Sen Coltart said he regretted not doing enough to oppose the Rhodesian government system.

“I sincerely apologise for the role that I played in propping up a racist regime as a young man in the police force. If I knew then what I know now, I would have resisted conscription and actively sought to fight, using non-violent means, the injustices of the Rhodesian regime,” he said.

Sen Coltart was enlisted into the Rhodesian police force at the age of 17 and served for two years before he left to study law.

He said as a teenager he was caught up by the propaganda that it was a war to preserve Christianity and willingly joined.

He said he takes responsibility for his actions and inactions.

“I also acknowledge that, as a White person, I have benefited from Rhodesia’s discriminatory policies and laws. When I speak with my black, coloured and Asian friends and colleagues about their awful experiences under Rhodesian rule, I deeply regret my failure then to stand by you. I have repented before God and ask for forgiveness,” said the former Cabinet Minister.

Sen Coltart said he expressed revulsion at the death of anti-Apartheid icon Steve Biko in 1977 and had committed to try and make the racist administration in South Africa see things differently.

He also narrated a harrowing experience in which he was forced to dispose of a slain liberation fighter at the height of the insurrection.

“I disclosed this incident in my book precisely because I believe we all have an obligation to share the truth and not spare ourselves in doing so to the millions of people whose lives were terribly affected by that dark period in our history,” said Sen Coltart.

Morgan Tsvangirai Can Now Bath Himself

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is now able to shave and bath himself, a sign that his situation is improving, his brother, Manase Tsvangirai, has said.
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Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

According to NewZImbabwe.com, Manase was among those who attended a prayer meeting held for his brother at the MDC-T headquarters in Harare on Friday.

He told reporters that he had been to South Africa to see his brother who is being treated for cancer.

“As the Tsvangirai family, we are grateful for the support we are getting from the people of Zimbabwe in all walks of life during this difficult period. We appreciate this positive gesture shown to my brother who is not feeling well,” said Manase.

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“You all know that it is difficult to cope up with an illness in the family but, we are not losing hope because when I visited my brother in South Africa, I noticed a great change as I spent a week in that country.

“From my own observation, there is a great improvement considering that he can now make a shave, bath himself, eat well and walk around. You are aware the drugs he is taking are too strong and have side effects that can make him lose strength and at times he can feel nausea but, doctors have assured us that he will be well.

“We are hopeful that he continues to heal,” Manase said.

General Chiwenga Who Toppled Mugabe Mocks Zimbabwe Graduates Who Have Never Been On A Plane

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga last Friday mocked graduates, saying some of them have more than two degrees but had never been on a plane, while he hailed comical Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba.

In a speech read on his behalf by Lands minister Perrance Shiri at Harare City Library during the launch of a book titled Masasi aChinoz — highlighting Chinotimba’s jokes and authored by Chenjerai Mhondera, Chiwenga literally attacked graduates for not coming up with initiatives to empower themselves the way the legislator did by launching the book.

Of late, Chinotimba has become a darling of many owing to his jocular, crazy and strange but philosophical statements in and outside Parliament, which has seen him being appointed ambassador of happiness last year by government through the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry.

“Some of you have two or three degrees and have never seen the inside of an aeroplane, but our ambassador of happiness (Chinotimba) is flying to Dubai because of being happy and making people around him happy as well,” Chiwenga said.

“I am delighted…with this rare and special occasion, the first of its kind, the launching of a book that affords us the opportunity to laugh regardless of the situation one may be in,” he said.

Chiwenga praised Chinotimba for proudly showcasing his talent as a comedian, saying the legislator is now reaping benefits of his talent.

“You have had from the minister of Labour and Social Welfare that next month they are going to spend a week in Dubai, rubbing shoulders with other people like him (Honourable Chinotimba) our ambassador of happiness around the world and the Head of State of that country. It’s amazing.

“Despite everything, Chinotimba has the people of his constituency at heart, the widows, the orphans and those with disabilities, let us all borrow a leaf from our ambassador of happiness and give to the needy.”

Mhondera, who worked with Chinotimba in coming up with the book, concurred with Chiwenga saying the legislator is one of the hardest working MPs in the country, hence honouring him through the book.

Vice President Retired General Chiwenga answers questions in Parliament yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Vice President Retired General Chiwenga answers questions in Parliament yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

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“This is our first volume and we will release the second volume of the book later. Chinotimba is a comic character but he has worked tirelessly to develop his constituency and for that reason he deserves to be honoured.

“We have appreciated him for being a hardworking parliamentarian despite his humorous character,” Mhondera said.

The 36-page book includes a few jokes created by Chinotimba himself.

“We started collecting the jokes from 2015 to come up with this book. The target market for the book includes basically everyone. Remember, it is said laughter is the best medicine ever discovered and this wise saying has stood the test of time,” Mhondera said.

Apart from the jokes, the book also profiles Chinotimba.

“The book gives a detailed account of Chinotimba. This is meant to help the reader in understanding who Chinotimba or Chinoz is,” he said.

In the book, Mhondera notes that jokes meant to demean Chinotimba have been a blessing in disguise for the jocular parliamentarian.

“With Chinoz, it is now common…the same jokes have promoted Chinoz from zero to hero and he has become a favourite of many,” reads part of the book.-Dailynews

President Mnangagwa Says Zimbabwe Not Open to Gays

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that he will obey the Constitution with regards to gay rights and same-sex marriage. According to Section 78(3) of the Constitution “Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.” Mnangagwa declared that he will uphold the constitution and said that he was not going to campaign for same-sex rights. However, the president said that those who support such rights should lobby for them instead.

In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said:

Those people who want it are the people who should canvass for it, but it’s not my duty to campaign for this.

In our constitution it is banned — and it is my duty to obey my constitution.

This news is likely to be welcomed by Zimbabweans.  The country is still very conservative when it comes to sexuality.  Former president Robert Mugabe was rabidly opposed to gay rights and is on record for saying that homosexuals are worse than dogs and pigs.

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President Mnangagwa Says Zimbabwe Not Open to Gays

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that he will obey the Constitution with regards to gay rights and same-sex marriage. According to Section 78(3) of the Constitution “Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.” Mnangagwa declared that he will uphold the constitution and said that he was not going to campaign for same-sex rights. However, the president said that those who support such rights should lobby for them instead.

In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said:

Those people who want it are the people who should canvass for it, but it’s not my duty to campaign for this.

In our constitution it is banned — and it is my duty to obey my constitution.

This news is likely to be welcomed by Zimbabweans.  The country is still very conservative when it comes to sexuality.  Former president Robert Mugabe was rabidly opposed to gay rights and is on record for saying that homosexuals are worse than dogs and pigs.

More: CNN

EDamin Mnangagwa Gukurahundi Returns to Matabaleland As Soldiers Terrorise Nkayi Villagers Ahead of 2018 Polls

BULAWAYO – Some Zimbabwe National Army members camped in Nkayi North’s Gwelutshena have been accused of unleashing havoc and terror attacks on villagers in wards 3, 4, 5 and 6, Welshman Ncube’s MDC has said.

Leonard Mhlanga, the MDC Matabaleland North chairperson said soldiers are terrorising villagers in Nkayi, coercing them into voting for the ruling party.

“This is a complete mockery of President Mnangagwa’s ‘pledge’ to allow free and fair elections in a few months’ time,” he said.

“We demand that President Mnangagwa brings his ‘boys’ in the military to order on this unbecoming conduct and walk the talk on his pledge of a free and fair election.”

Efforts to get a comment from the ZNA were futile.

Mhlanga said “the army has a duty to protect civilians from external threats and be the safeguard of the people’s democracy and not to be used as instruments of coercion and intimidation against the very citizens they are supposed to protect.”

“Their conducts should be in line with the provisions of the national Constitution that forbids them to be partisan or act to further the interests of any political party,” he said.-Dailynews

EDamin Mnangagwa Gukurahundi Returns to Matabaleland As Soldiers Terrorise Nkayi Villagers Ahead of 2018 Polls

BULAWAYO – Some Zimbabwe National Army members camped in Nkayi North’s Gwelutshena have been accused of unleashing havoc and terror attacks on villagers in wards 3, 4, 5 and 6, Welshman Ncube’s MDC has said.

Leonard Mhlanga, the MDC Matabaleland North chairperson said soldiers are terrorising villagers in Nkayi, coercing them into voting for the ruling party.

“This is a complete mockery of President Mnangagwa’s ‘pledge’ to allow free and fair elections in a few months’ time,” he said.

“We demand that President Mnangagwa brings his ‘boys’ in the military to order on this unbecoming conduct and walk the talk on his pledge of a free and fair election.”

Efforts to get a comment from the ZNA were futile.

Mhlanga said “the army has a duty to protect civilians from external threats and be the safeguard of the people’s democracy and not to be used as instruments of coercion and intimidation against the very citizens they are supposed to protect.”

“Their conducts should be in line with the provisions of the national Constitution that forbids them to be partisan or act to further the interests of any political party,” he said.-Dailynews

Mnangagwa In Fresh Moves to Arrest Grace Mugabe

The declaration by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week that former first lady Grace Mugabe is no longer immune to prosecution appears to have left Mugabe’s garrulous wife vulnerable to arrest as vultures circle above her, bracing for a kill.

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Grace made a lot of enemies during her time as first lady and Mnangagwa’s pronouncement has opened floodgates of legal trouble for the once most feared woman in Zimbabwe.

In an interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Mnangagwa said Grace enjoyed no immunity and could be arrested and taken to court on any charges.

South African model Gabriella Engels, who was walloped with an electric cord by Grace and was left nursing a deep cut on the head and other injuries, has rekindled her fight for justice and is planning to have Mugabe’s wife dragged to South Africa to face the music.

“If I had the opportunity to meet the new Zimbabwean president, I would ask him to do the right thing and handover Grace for prosecution,” Engels told The Standard yesterday.

Engels’ lawyers were working hard to bring Grace to justice in South Africa so that she can answer to the case of assault.

“We are aware that she is no longer a person of power, that her husband was ousted from office and that the government of Zimbabwe said she does not enjoy any immunity anymore,” Engels’ mother said.

“In light of the latest developments, our lawyers are working on that case to secure justice for my child.”

Engels said her family was grateful and happy that Zimbabweans ousted the Mugabes because they were now abusing power to put fear into her family.

“Most definitely, I am happy, we are free and we will continue to fight until we get justice,” she said.

Engels’ lawyers from AfriForum led by former South African prosecutor Gerhard Nel were not available for comment.

Mnangagwa has already withdrawn close security officials who were assigned to Grace, although Mugabe remains protected by the state.

Lawyer Obert Gutu said in terms of the tenets of Public International Law, Grace should be arrested as soon as she enters South Africa.

“She lost all the immunity that she purported to have after her husband left office, never mind the circumstances,” he said.

“Even though the immunity granted to her in the first place was dubious because she did not qualify, now the veil has been pulled and she is exposed. South Africa can arrest her the moment she enters that country.”

Back home, villagers from Manzou Farm who had their property razed down and crops destroyed at Grace’s instigation are also plotting legal action against the former first lady.

The villagers held meetings last week to discuss their case and are in the process of engaging their lawyers with a view to sue Grace.

Aspinas Mafuka, one of the affected villagers, said in an interview yesterday that the villagers had met to consider the way forward following the ouster of the Mugabes.

“We are considering action against Grace. She no longer has state power behind her and is now just an ordinary person. The families who suffered at her hands strongly feel she committed crimes against humanity and are hurt by the loss of property and we are now considering court action,” he said.

Police presence at the boomgate to the farm continues to worry the villagers who said they had hoped that the new administration would have withdrawn them by now.

“Currently, everything is quiet, but we are now looking at how to ensure that police guarding the area are withdrawn. We appeal to the president to intervene and stop this suffering at the hands of one person,” Mafuka said.-amh

Emmerson Mnangagwa to Bring Closure on Gukurahundi

Chiefs will work with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to bring closure to the matter of civil disturbances that rocked Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s, a respected traditional leader has said.

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

Chiefs Council of Zimbabwe deputy president Chief Mtshane Khumalo told The Sunday Mail that the President had invited them to participate in healing and reconciliation efforts.

His remarks follow President Mnangagwa’s revelation in Davos, Switzerland last week that he had signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill into law to, among other issues, tackle the emotive issue better known as Gukurahundi.

He was speaking to the BBC’s Mishal Husain on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

In the interview, the President said appointing Vice-President Kembo Mohadi to head the Organ on National Peace and Reconciliation showed Government’s high-level commitment to the matter.

A National Peace and Reconciliation Commission has been appointed.

President Mnangagwa said, “We are not saying the past must be thrown away from history. It has happened, it is there. . .The communities that are affected, if they ask me to come for any reason, I will. The most important thing is that what has happened has happened. What can we do about the past? We have put up a Commission to deal with that issue.

“That should not stop us to have a better future where all the communities should be united, should co-operate, should love each other, should work together; this is the message which we have.

“We are more worried now about how in the future we should have a united Zimbabwe. In my view, there is nothing more than me putting legislation where a Commission headed by a Vice-President and most eminent persons in Zimbabwe to deal with that issue and make recommendations.

“Just recently, I had a meeting with chiefs from Matabeleland, discussing with them; because I feel there is that bad patch in our history and we would want to correct it. We would want to say wherever wrong was committed, we must say the Government of the day must apologise.

“Wherever a community suffered any injury, if it is possible to have that injury repaired, we do it. So, as a community, as a Government and as traditional leaders, we have agreed on how to deal with that issue. And I am happy that quickly, within the last 30 days or so, I have been able to put forward legislation which I signed last week.”

Chief Khumalo, whose realm covers Bubi, told this newspaper that traditional leaders were among those best-placed to help bring healing given their proximity to affected communities.

“When we met during our special meeting about two weeks ago, the President told us that he wants us to be part of the healing process on Gukurahundi. So, we are aware that we have a job to do. We stand ready to be involved in the duties that will be assigned to us once the process starts. “Most of the people who were directly affected by Gukurahundi reside in rural areas, so it is easier for them to consult and also connect with such people. We have not been informed on the role that we will play, but once the process starts, we will be involved in the process.”

Chief Khumalo added, “The Unity Accord is not dead. The people should know that the unity we enjoy today is a result of that agreement between Zapu and Zanu. So, in whatever we do, we must never undermine that unity, which also contributed to ending those disturbances.”

On his blog last week, former Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace national director Mr Nicholas Ndebele wrote: “I note that the President did not deny the fact that the massacres did happen. More than once, he repeated that ‘what happened did happen’.

“Further, he said as a way forward, he had just signed a Bill into an Act of Parliament (into law), that will engage in a process of healing, taking into account the feelings, views and suggestions of the communities that were affected.

“I find the process of taking on board the views and suggestions of the affected communities more (respectful) of the victims than a media-induced apology.”

The CCJP wrote its own report on Gukurahundi.

And spokesperson of the Mr Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu, Mr Iphithule Maphosa, told a local daily: “A lot of people have since commercialised the subject and most of the noises being made are not genuine.”

This was in response to repeated attempts by some politicians and the private media to score cheap points using an emotive issue.-Sundaymail

Sydney Sekeramayi Fingered For Poisoning ED Mnangagwa

Zanu-PF deputy political commissar Omega Hungwe has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was not poisoned using ice cream but was poisoned by one of the passengers in a helicopter ride to Gwanda for a presidential youth interface rally in August last year.

Hungwe said this during an inter-district meeting in Mutare on Sunday. She said Mnangagwa who had fallen out with Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace did not eat any ice cream at the rally despite claims . Said Hungwe:

President Mnangagwa didn’t get it (poison) from ice-cream but got it on the plane.

Hungwe’s revelations appear to exonerate Grace who was accused by Mnangagwa’s supporters of trying to poison him with ice cream from her dairy farm. Energy Mutodi claimed that Mnangagwa was poisoned by then Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa who were in the helicopter with him. In an interview with the Financial Times last week, Mnangagwa claimed he knew people who administered the poison which almost claimed his life.

More: Daily News

REMEMBERING Robert Mugabe’s First Wife: Meet Sally Hayfron

ROBERT Mugabe’s first wife Sally Hayfron remains adored in Zimbabwe and is still considered by many to be the founding mother of the nation. Here is everything you need to know about her life.

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Zimbabwe coup: Robert Mugabe’s first wife was Sally Hayfron

Elderly dictator Robert Mugabe has resigned after being placed under house arrest when the Zimbabwean military launched a coup last week.

It is thought that the military takeover was triggered by Mugabe sacking his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in favour of his controversial wife Grace.

Grace, 52, is widely loathed in Zimbabwe for her outrageous spending habits and thirst for power. Her actions have earned her the nicknames ‘Gucci Grace’ and ‘disGrace’

Mugabe and Grace first started having an affair while his first wife Sally Hayfron was dying of kidney disease.

Unlike Grace, Sally is regarded with affection in Zimbabwe and she is known by many as Amai, or mother.

Who is Mugabe’s wife Sally Hayfron?

Born in 1931 in present day Ghana, Sally met Mugabe at a teacher training college and soon asserted herself as a fervent political campaigner.

The pair got married in 1961 and two years later Sally gave birth to a son, Nhamodzenyika, who died of malaria when he was three years old.

Following the death of Nhamo and the imprisonment of her husband, Sally sought exile in the UK, where she worked for the Africa Centre until her visa expired in 1970.

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Robert Mugabe was having an affair with Grace while Sally was dying of kidney disease

The British Home Office had intended to deport Sally, but multiple letters from Mugabe and a petition signed by at least 400 MPs eventually persuaded the authorities to allow her to stay.

At the time of Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, Mugabe was seen as an anti-colonial hero.

However, he is now widely regarded as a violent despot, who has ruined one of southern Africa’s most promising nations.

Sally went on to become the First Lady of Zimbabwe in 1987 and was elected Secretary General of the Zanu-PF Women’s League in 1989.

After dying of kidney disease in 1992, she was buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Then, to mark the 10th anniversary of Sally’s death, Zimbabwe issued a limited edition set of postage stamps featuring two photographs of her.

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Sally Hayfron is well loved in Zimbabwe unlike Grace Mugabe

Sally’s marriage to Mugabe began to falter when they found out they could not have any more children.

Mugabe has always insisted that Sally was aware of his relationship with Grace. At a business conference in 2014, the despot tried to justify the affair.

He said: “Even as Sally was going through her last days, although it might have appeared to some as cruel, I said to myself ‘well it’s not just myself needing children, my mother has all the time said I am going to die without seeing grandchildren’.”

Morgan Tsvangirai Stopped From Seeking Further Treatment In Germany As His Health Deteriorates

Harare – Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly battling for his life in South Africa where he is receiving medical attention.

Tsvangirai, a former prime minister, announced in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and had begun chemotherapy.

He hoped to lead a united opposition into 2018’s general elections.

Reports on Friday said Tsvangirai’s situation had gone dire, with NewsDay saying that his doctors had indicated he had “three months to live”.

The report quoted sources as saying that although Tsvangirai was “alive and responding to treatment, his health continued to deteriorate”.

His medical team had since summoned his close relatives to South Africa “to update them on his latest condition”, the report said.

Meanwhile, another Zimbabwe online publication, NewZimbabwe.com, said that Tsvangirai’s doctors had stopped him from flying to Germany for further treatment, as they feared the long flight to the European country “was not safe for his deteriorating condition”.

Tsvangirai recently hinted that he would retire from politics.

He won the most votes in the first-round of the 2008 presidential elections, but poll officials said it was not enough to avoid a run-off against Mugabe.

As Zanu-PF ruling party loyalists unleashed a wave of violence, Tsvangirai pulled out of the race and became prime minister in a power-sharing government in which he was widely seen as being outmanoeuvered by then president of the country, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe Gets 7-day Ultimatum To Vacate Reformed Church in Zimbabwe Land

FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s family has been given seven days to vacate a private land, which they allegedly grabbed from the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ)-owned Eaglesvale Senior School in Harare.

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA

The school’s board chairperson, Enos Chomutiri, told NewsDay yesterday that they have instructed their lawyer, Rodney Makausi, to order the Mugabes off stand number 791, Greystone Township, registered in their name under deed 4149/80.

Makausi said the eviction letter was handed to security officials at Mugabe’s Blue Roof residence in Borrowdale Brooke.

“Our clients have notified us that you have illegally occupied their above-mentioned piece of land without their authority and without any lawful or just cause,” part of the letter read.

“They have notified us that you have now planted maize crops (sic) on the said piece of land without their authority.

“Our clients have now asked us to demand, as we hereby do, that you vacate the said piece of land within the course of the next seven days from date of this letter, failing which our instructions are to institute proceedings for your eviction without further notice.”

The letter, dated January 23, was addressed to the Gushungo Holdings manager, only identified as Nyoni.

The latest developments follow reports that the Mugabes pulled down a billboard erected by Eaglesvale headmaster Dennis Anderson showing that the property belonged to the church under the Eaglesvale Daisyfield Trust (EDT).

Chomutiri said the church has had the title deeds to the land since 1978.

He said the Mugabes claimed they have title to the land, which they acquired from the government in 2015 after the property was gazetted for compulsory acquisition.

The land, measuring 23 hectares, runs from where Borrowdale Road intersects with Harare Drive to where it intersects with Crowhill Road and Helensvale shopping centre, the road that leads to the Mugabes’ expansive Blue Roof mansion.

The land was earmarked for the development of Eaglesvale Senior School — an elite school currently operating from rented premises in the capital’s Willowvale industrial area.

A senior government official, who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity, said the property was State land given to the church by the colonial government in 1978, which they then gave to Eaglesvale School to build its campus, before Grace expressed interest in the land.

Former Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo then gazetted the land for compulsory acquisition to build a Robert Mugabe Memorial Centre, but the move was declared unlawful by the Administrative Court.

In its ruling, the court said the government’s compulsory land acquisition policy could not apply on privately-owned urban land.
“Minister Chombo then said he would get alternative land for the church, but I doubt if it was done by the time he left the ministry.

“I am sure the matter will be solved soon,” the official said.

Court papers seen by NewsDay show that there has been a legal battle over the land between the Local Government ministry and Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk-Sinode Vanmidde-Afrika dating back to 2016.

The case, number 14/16, was withdrawn from the Administrative Court by the government in February 2017.

“Take notice that the applicant withdraws the notice of application for order confirming acquisition of a piece of land filed in case No LA 14/16 tendering wasted costs,” read a notice to the Administrative Court issued by the Lands ministry.

The church, in its submission before the Administrative Court, argued the land was meant for public infrastructure and could not be acquired by the government.

General Chiwenga Who Toppled Robert Mugabe Collapses , Rushed to Hospital

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Constantino Chiwenga

VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga was last night spotted coming out of a top private hospital in Borrowdale, Harare, amid reports of a health scare.

BY STAFF REPORTER

Chiwenga was being helped by aides, who surrounded him as he got into a silver Mercedes Benz S class vehicle through the back door after spending hours at the facility.

It could not be immediately established what Chiwenga was doing at the institution.

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Although an official at the private hospital claimed the VP was visiting a relative, another official alleged that Chiwenga had been taken ill earlier and stabilised.

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Chiwenga was later driven off the hospital premises in a motorcade whose other vehicles included a Black Mercedes Benz S class and a maroon Range Rover with South African number plates.

A military police double cab vehicle was also parked at the hospital although it was not part of Chiwenga’s motorcade.

Media, Information and Broadcasting Services ministry principal director Regis Chikowore was not reachable for a comment last night.-Newsday

Morgan Tsvangirai Still Alive But Health Worsens, Doctors Summon Relatives to South Africa

Former prime minister and leader of the MDC-T Morgan Tsvangirai’s health is reported to have deteriorated. Contrary to some rumours, Tsvangirai is alive and being treated for colon cancer, although his health is reported to be worsening. Doctors treating the veteran opposition leader are reported to have summoned Tsvangirai’s relatives to South Africa to update them on his condition.

A source who spoke to NewsDay said:

The president is alive, but his health has deteriorated from the time he left the country.

He is not feeling well and everyone is worried about his health. I saw social media messages saying he is dead, that is not correct, he is still alive.

The source said that Tsvangirai will meet a local prophet in Germany. The prophet is reported to have prophesied that Tsvangirai will shock Mnangagwa and win this year’s election.

In a final bid to turn his health fortunes, Tsvangirai is set to fly out of South Africa anytime soon for healing in Germany, where he is reportedly set to meet a prophet.
Elizabeth has since organised and received visas for the three-day trip for an undisclosed party delegation travelling with Tsvangirai to Germany and they have been granted their visas.The prophet in question is said to have prophesied that Tsvangirai is going to win the 2018 polls, beating Mnangagwa in a shocking outcome.

Before leaving for treatment in South Africa, Tsvangirai hinted at stepping down as leader of the opposition party to make way for the younger generation.  However, this seems to have disorganised the opposition as different leaders battle to succeed him.  All three vice presidents of the party, Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri are interested in taking over from Tsvangirai.    Tsvangirai’s absence has also seemingly disrupted the coalition MDC Alliance as members of the MDC who are opposed to the alliance seem to be getting bolder.

More: NewsDay

Chiyangwa Offers $1 000 Reward To Catch Man Who Said Tsvangirai Is Dead

Zifa President and Zanu-PF politician Philip Chiyangwa has offered a $1 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who created an audio circulating on social media purporting that MDC Alliance leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

When asked why he is interested in catching the man Chiyangwa said he is the same person who said he had been caught with a big snake and had killed 6 girls. Said Chiyangwa:

…It’s the same voice that said that I have a snake which was making money and I owned Chinhoyi hotel and I had 6 girls killed at Chinhoyi University et cetera. Now that is the very same person I am looking for. Now I am saying those that are willing to receive a reward of $1 000 dollars please if you can expose this person and tell me where he is

Listen to the audio of the unidentified man claiming Tsvangirai is dead:

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Grace Mugabe’s plan to remove fleet of supercars from Zimbabwe hampered by cows

  • Grace Mugabe’s plan to remove fleet of supercars hampered by cows
  • Ex-first lady of Zimbabwe had tried to move them under cover of darkness
  • Several were damaged in a pile-up when cows wandered into the road
  • The cars damaged include a £250,000 Rolls Royce Ghost and a Porsche

A fleet of supercars owned by Grace Mugabe have been involved in a pile-up as the disgraced former First Lady attempted to spirit them out of Zimbabwe.

A rare £250,000 Rolls Royce Ghost, a Porsche and a Range Rover were damaged as they were driven at night, in convoy through back roads of Botswana to a safe haven in South Africa.

Mrs Mugabe, who is known as ‘Gucci Grace’ and ‘Dis-Grace’ for her violent temper and extravagant spending habits, organised the transfer after fearing she will lose her ill-gotten gains in a crackdown on corruption in the wake of the bloodless coup which ended her husband Robert’s 37-year rule.

Sneaking out: Several of Grace Mugabe’s cars including a £250,000 Rolls Royce Ghost were , were damaged as they were being driven in convoy through back roads of Botswana

Smash up: The Rolls Royce Ghost was later seen with noticable damage being towed away after the pile-up

Gucci Grace: Mrs Mugabe, seen with her husband, attempted to sneak the cars out of Zimbabwe, through Botswana and to South Africa under cover of darkness

The 52-year-old’s attempt to put her supercar collection out of harm’s way backfired spectacularly last week when her son and his drivers were stopped for seven hours as they crossed over Zimbabwe’s border in Botswana.

Fearing the vehicles’ were being used to move large sums of cash, jewels and other assets amassed during Mugabe’s grip on power, border guards spent seven hours searching them and interrogating Russell Goreraza, Mrs Mugabe’s son by her first marriage, who produced affidavits signed by his mother.

Guards also contacted Mr Mugabe’s office and quizzed his wife over the phone before the vehicles were cleared, sources told Zimbabwe’s The Chronicle.

However, some hours after they were given permission to drive on, the valuable convoy was involved in a freak collision after cows wandered onto their remote route, as they sped through the night.

Eyewitness Orabile Tebegano, who was also on the road at the time, told ZimEye.com; ‘There were cows passing and the guys in front of me stopped, but I looked into my rear view mirror and I saw a car spinning in the middle of the road, it was a white Corolla, and he hit the Porsche and the Range Rover.’

Snag in the plan: Mrs Mugabe’s cars, which were being driven in convoy by her son and hired drivers, were involved in a pile-up when a herd of cows wandered into the road.

Damage: The front of Mrs Mugabe’s red Porsche is seen damaged after the crash

Mrs Mugabe organised the transfer after fearing she will lose her ill-gotten gains in a crackdown on corruption in the wake the ousting of her husband Robert’s 37-year rule.

Pictures showing the eye-catching black and white Rolls Royce Ghost series II on the back of a pick up truck reveal the luxury car must have been hit hard from behind during the pile up.

The images of the thwarted drive prompted a massive response on social media by Mrs Mugabe’s detractors, who saw them as a metaphor for the hated first lady’s downfall.

In the months leading up to her husband’s political demise, the mother of three – who had ambitions to succeed her 93 year-old spouse – went on an unprecedented spending spree, snapping up mansions, gems and luxury cars.

She bought 120 acres of prime land in the capital Harare and built a string of private schools, which will carry her name for posterity.

She flew to Johannesburg to secure a sprawling mansion called The White Lodge, complete with koi pond, sweeping drive and summer house, in Sandhurst, South Africa’s most exclusive suburb.

Flashy: Mrs Mugabe reportedly bought the Rolls Royce in South Africa, paying cash for the extravagant £250,000 car

The valuable convoy was involved in a freak collision after cows wandered onto their remote route, as they sped through the night on their way to South Africa

While there, she is said to have paid in cash for the distinctive Rolls-Royce, which is finished with a white interior.

Mrs Mugabe is described as ‘not mentally OK’ and going ‘berserk’ towards the end of her husband’s long rule by Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Known as ‘The Crocodile’ for his ruthless ambition and merciless plotting was sacked as Mr Mugabe’s longstanding deputy on the orders of Grace, who wanted power for herself.

At a rally on the day before he was relieved of his duties, in November last year, Mrs Mugabe denounced him as a ‘snake, who should have his head crushed’.

He told the Financial Times, ‘I was being castigated there as a snake. She went berserk on that one. At that stage now I believed she was not mentally OK.

In August last year, the former right hand man suddenly fell ill after being poisoned by a colourless, odourless rare ‘ hard metal arsenic toxin’, imported from Russia or Israel, which he is convinced was organised by opponents with the ruling Zanu-PF – which was divided between Grace’s allies and enemies.

Last November, Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe after the army stepped in and the frail despot was forced to resign.

General Chiwenga Who Toppled Mugabe Causes Commotion In Parliament As He Blasts Nelson Chamisa (WATCH VIDEO)

VICE-President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday caused a storm in the National Assembly when he appeared to rubbish Members of Parliament’s questions during his maiden appearance for the question-and-answer session in the House.

Commotion started after Kuwadzana East legislator, Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T) pointed out that all the countries in the world, except Zimbabwe, took care of their war veterans

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Mnangagwa Disaster As Zimbabwe Fails to Make World Economic Forum List In Davos

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Mnangagwa with Ramaphosa

Mnangagwa with Ramaphosa

Mnangagwa with Ramaphosa

ZIMBABWE has failed to make the inaugural top 100 list of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Readiness for the Future of Production Report, which profiles countries considered to be ready to benefit from emerging technology which is changing the nature of industrial production.
The WEF this year invited Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend its annual meetings, currently underway in Davos, Switzerland.
Mnangagwa has vowed to open the economy up and implement reforms long resisted by his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
The report, the first ever to assess the readiness of world economies to adopt to the ever-changing technological developments, was published on January 12 and includes 16 African countries.
Among the countries that made it to the list are Zimbabwe’s neighbours, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.
The report evaluates 100 countries on a scale of zero (worst score) to 10 (best score) across both the structure of production and the drivers of production components.
“As the fourth industrial revolution gathers momentum, decision-makers from the public and private sectors are confronted with a new set of uncertainties regarding the future of production. Rapidly emerging technologies — such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, wearables, robotics and additive manufacturing — are spurring the development of new production techniques, business models and value chains that will fundamentally transform global production,” says the report.
“Both the speed and scope of change add a layer of complexity to the already challenging task of developing and implementing industrial strategies that promote productivity and inclusive growth. The report seeks to build awareness on the factors and conditions required to transform production systems and help countries assess readiness for the future.”
Of the African economies that made it to the list, South Africa scored 5,03 points to emerge on position 45 on the structure of production and scored 5,02 point on the drivers of production to land position 49.
Mauritius also performed well with scores of 73 and 39 respectively.
Botswana made a structure of production score of 3,17 (86th) and a drivers of production score of 4,43 (69th) while Zambia’s scores were 2,39 (92nd) and 3,54 (95th) respectively.
The other African countries that made it to the list are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia and Cameroon.
The report analyses and presents the results of the first edition of the Readiness for the Future of Production Assessment, which measures how well positioned 100 countries and economies — across all geographies and stages of development — are to shape and benefit from the changing nature of production through the adoption of emerging technology. It serves as a new benchmarking and diagnostic tool to catalyse multi-stakeholder dialogue, shape joint actions and inform the development of modern industrial strategies.
“The nature of production is undergoing unprecedented change as new technologies transform cost structures, make new business models and methods of production available, and bring entirely new products and services to market,” the report said.
“Building on its competence in global benchmarking, notably in competitiveness, human capital, trade facilitation and digital readiness, the World Economic Forum developed a proposal for a new benchmarking framework to help countries assess the extent to which they are ‘ready’ or well positioned to shape and benefit from the changing nature of production.”
All the 16 African countries that appeared on the list are in the bottom 58, with economies classified as “nascent” when it comes to their readiness to adopting the technological changes.
Germany tops the list and the other countries that fared well on the list are the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Singapore and China.
“The output of the readiness tool will be a set of country profiles benchmarking economies and allowing decision-makers to identify the most pressing issues that require investment and action to respond to the fourth industrial revolution. Likewise, by identifying the current conditions critical to future readiness, the country profiles will allow stakeholders to have a sense of the speed of change and the effect of investments in the critical levers identified,” said the WEF.-Fingaz