Chaos In MDC-T As Zimbabwe Opposition Says Leader Tsvangirai Not Stepping Down

Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) said Tuesday its leader Morgan Tsvangirai is not stepping down, contrary to recent media reports.

This is after Tsvangirai hinted in his New Year message on Monday that he was considering handing over the reins to the younger generation.

“Contrary to recent press reports that suggested that President Tsvangirai will soon be stepping down from the leadership of the party, the fact of the matter is that President Tsvangirai remains the leader of the MDC and he is the MDC Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections,” said the party’s spokesperson Obert Gutu in a statement.

Gutu said Tsvangirai continued to recover while resting at home and was due to leave for South Africa later on Tuesday for his routine medical check-up.

Tsvangirai, 65, is battling colon cancer and has been in and out of hospital since he revealed his condition in June 2016.

Tsvangirai said on Monday: “I am looking at the imminent prospects of us as the older generation leaving the levers of leadership to allow the younger generation to take forward this huge task that we started together so many years ago with our full blessing and support.”

These remarks have fueled speculations that the long-time opposition leader is about to call it quits, with many analysts saying this would be a good move given his failing health.

Gutu said the MDC-T was gearing up for the 2018 polls and would complete the selection of its candidates within the next few weeks.

Professor Jonathan Moyo Hiding In Malawi

FORMER higher education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo is in Malawi, local media claimed this week, adding he had also given a “special interview” on last November’s political drama in Harare which forced him into exile.

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Prof Moyo, has largely used social media to condemn the military intervention which ousted former President Robert Mugabe last November.

Loyalists of the former Zanu PF leader were sacked from government and the ruling party with some, like Moyo, escaping into exile, while several of those who remained in the country have been arrested.

Although Moyo has used Twitter to criticise the successor Emmerson Mnangagwa regime as illegitimate, none of the ousted Mugabe loyalists had yet given extensive media interviews on the military-chaperoned power transfer in Harare.

His exact whereabouts had also remained a mystery with Kenya denying media reports that he had escaped to the east African country where is wife is also from. Moyo also scoffed at the claim, saying he was not in Kenya but on Twitter.

However, the Malawi-based Nyasa Times claimed on Facebook that he was in the SADC country.

Reads a Facebook post by the publication; “Please note that tomorrow we shall have a special interview with Zimbabwe former Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Prof Jonathan Moyo who is here in for exile after the military took over the government in Zimbabwe for more, gab your copy tomorrow.”

The publication’s claim could not be verified Tuesday and Moyo was not responding to queries sent to his social media accounts.

However, an ally of the former cabinet minister said they could not comment on Nyasa Times’ “claim not being true”.

Moyo was one of the kingpins of the G40 Zanu PF faction which battled the Lacoste group in the ruling party’s succession war.

Lacoste backed Mnangagwa while G40 had the support of Mugabe’s wife Grace and former co-vice president Phelekezela Mphoko.

After losing the succession fight with the November coup, most of the G40 loyalists have kept their counsel with Mugabe also not commenting about his forced resignation.

But Moyo has been savage and unrelenting in his criticism of the new Mnangagwa government forcing the new regime to warn him against “bad mouthing the country from exile”.

Said new Defence Forces Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda last December; one of “the members of the G40 cabal that had surrounded the former Head of State are now bad-mouthing the country from foreign lands where their intentions to harm the peace and tranquillity that exist in our country have been pronounced.”


Mnangagwa also said, while visiting South Africa, that most of the ousted G40 loyalists were not causing any trouble apart from three or so but declared that “this would soon end”.

He was believed to be referring to Moyo and former cabinet colleagues Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick

Tshinga Dube Says Mnangagwa Has No Case to Answer Over Gukurahundi, Its For Traditional Leaders To Deal With

FORMER War Veterans minister and Makokoba legislator Tshinga Dube has argued there is little that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration can do to address the Gukurahundi issue, saying the 1980s mass killings would best be handled by traditional leaders and not politicians.

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Mnangagwa is being sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president after Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, ending his 37-year rule. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


Addressing journalists in Bulawayo on Saturday, Dube said the Gukurahundi issue was more spiritual than political, adding that traditional leaders were better placed to lead all rituals associated with appeasing the spirits of the victims.

“For me, Gukurahundi is more spiritual than political or academic. The chiefs must come together to lead all traditional or ritual processes to appease the spirits of the dead. I don’t think the politicians can deal with Gukurahundi, they can only facilitate the way it is handled,” he said.

At least 20 000 civilians were reportedly killed by an army unit unleashed on Matabeleland and Midlands provinces by then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe in the 1980s to hunt down perceived PF-Zapu armed dissidents.

Mnangagwa’s administration has been under mounting pressure to deal with the emotive Gukurahundi issue, with some pressure groups petitioning him to urgently address the matter.

About eight Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) activists staged a protest at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds recently where Mnangagwa was addressing the clergy, calling on him to address the issue. They were arrested and tortured, but charges against them were dropped.

Another Gukurahundi protest was held in Pretoria, South Africa, where Mnangagwa was addressing Zimbabweans based in the neighbouring country.

“My own position is that Gukurahundi has not been conclusively addressed. When such things happen, it means we must take them seriously. It cannot and will never be swept under the carpet and pretend as if nothing happened.

“We want closure, there must be closure. We need to find a way of apologising to the victims, and I still stand by my view that only traditional leaders and not politicians can lead the processes to appease the spirits of the departed. There are traditional rituals which can be done by the chiefs,” Dube said.

Former President Robert Mugabe once described the mass killings as “a moment of madness”, but failed to publicly apologise for the atrocities. Victims and human rights groups have continued to pile pressure on government to address the country’s dark episode.

The former President sent a North Korean-trained force to crack down on supposed opposition to his rule, resulting in the killing of over 20 000 civilians.-Newsday

Grace Mugabe Will Make Her First Public Appearance This Week Since Robert Lost Power At ZAOGA’s Ezekiel Guti Funeral

  • The former first family Robert and Grace will be in the crowd as Ezekiel Guti Jnr is remembered

TRAGIC ZAOGA’s Ezekiel Guti’s family friends will make their first public appearance since his death on his burial on Sunday, sources have revealed.

ZAOGA plunged into mourning as Ezekiel Guti Jnr dies after drowning in South Africa pool

Evangelist Ezekiel Guti Junior, son of the founder of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA Forward in Faith) church, Archbishop Ezekiel Guti, has died.

Guti Jr (35) died yesterday in South Africa where he was battling for his life in intensive care unit (ICU) after he nearly drowned in a swimming pool on Christmas Day.Guti Jr was in South Africa for the holiday with his family.

Grace Mugabe who has not been seen in public since the fall of her husband Robert in November last year is expected to attend the funeral. Questions have been raised about the former chicken seller who turned the first lady with recent reports suggesting she was confined to her  “Blue Roof “ mansion all along.

Reports in December said that she had accompanied her husband to Malaysia on his way to Singapore for medical check-up.

When she did not show up in a photo of former president Robert Mugabe leaving the Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, there was speculation that she had remained behind with her daughter Bona in Malaysia.

On Sunday, the Standard reported that she never left the country at all.

“Since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November, Grace has been holed up at her Blue Roof mansion in Borrowdale Brooke amid reports that authorities blocked her from travelling outside the country,” the paper reported.

“Grace was reportedly only being allowed to travel to her Mazowe business empire, but under escort.”

When the military took over on 15 November, there were reports that Grace Mugabe has fled to Namibia but it turned out that she had never left the country and was at her Blue Roof mansion.

The Standard said that the former first lady was likely to be arrested over the awarding of her PhD degree which the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption  Commission is currently investigating.

The paper said the former first lady was not covered by the immunity that is enjoyed by her husband

Grace Mugabe , Ezekiel Guti Relationship

Their relationship is believed to centre on the ZAOGA church in which Grace attended while Robert Mugabe is a devout Catholic. Guti family played a key role in the marriage of Bona Mugabe and Simba Chikore who is a member of their church.

In October 2013 , soon after Bona’s marriage  Grace was quoted saying

“Way back, I asked my daughter whether she had a boyfriend since she was growing up the same way I did, a shy person and reserved, and she said there was someone,” said Grace Mugabe.

“I called (Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa, ZAOGA, pastor) Mai Eunah Guti to ask about the boyfriend and her response was – “if that boy becomes your son-in-law, you will be delighted”.

“I also spoke to Baba Ezekiel Guti, and he again echoed the same sentiments. They (Bona and Simba) developed a relationship and I told my daughter I am going to bring you up the traditional way. Do not ever let that boy touch your breast or your body you must have the honour to get married when you are still a virgin. She has listened to me and I spoke to Simba and I told him that I want my daughter to get married when she is still a virgin and he respects that.”

Grace likens Zaoga founder Guti to Mugabe

Turning to Zaoga leader Ezekiel Guti, Grace said he was in many ways like her husband, President Robert Mugabe.

“When I look at you every time, you remind me of my husband. You are such a neat person, very well presented and a very meticulous person and you always glow, you glow because of the thoughts you carry in your heart,” she said.

It is not clear whether Bona , Simba  and grandson Simbanashe who left for Malaysia last year will attend the burial. Bona is said to be expecting her second child.