Mnangagwa Hands Back Tsvangirai’s Diplomatic Passport

MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s has been given a diplomatic passport after it was withdrawn by the Mugabe regime.

This was revealed by President Mnangagwa’s spokesman, George Charamba. “What I do know is that the Friday meeting (two weeks ago) between Mr Tsvangirai and President Mnangagwa and Vice President Chiwenga dealt with an issue that was exercising the former Prime Minister — the issue to do with the withdrawal of his diplomatic passport in circumstances that were unclear. It’s not clear who instructed that but the effect of it is that Mr Tsvangirai no longer had his diplomatic passport, which meant he was now travelling on an ordinary green passport — and that meant he was no longer able to access those conveniences that come with the red passport accorded to diplomats and high level personalities by host countries.

“A decision was taken there and then to instruct the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade General Sibusiso Moyo to reinstate that passport and, as per standard when you are being issued with a diplomatic passport, the Passport Office withdraws the green passport. No citizen is allowed to hold more than one passport,” he said.

“Without pre-empting anything within the MDC-T political environment, I suspect that maybe very well where the confusion is coming from. What I want to underline is that it is a false discourse to try and suggest that the Zimbabwean military has a say or a role in determining leadership in opposition politics and I want to stress kuti kana vachiita factional politics dzavo vane G40 yavoka, kana vachiita factional politics dzavo, can they enact those within the framework of levers of instruments that they can control and I am very clear the military is not one such lever.”

Five Zimbabweans killed for body parts to Zambia

The Member of Parliament for Binga North Prince Dubeko Sibanda says five people from his constituency were killed last year along the Zambezi River with their body parts including their heads being taken to Zambia, the Insider has reported.

He asked the leader of Government business in Parliament, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, what the government was doing to protect citizens who live along the border.

“In my constituency, we have experienced about five Zimbabwean citizens last year who were murdered along the Zambezi River for purposes of taking body parts including their heads to Zambia,” Sibanda said.

“We have had a number of our fishermen along the Zambezi River being attacked by armed people from the Republic of Zambia and being robbed of their boats and engines.

“My question to the Leader of Government Business is, what is our policy with regards protection of citizens of this country that are living along the borders with other countries, with specific reference to protection of citizens who live along boundaries which are made up of water bodies?”

Ziyambi said he would raise the issue with the Minister of Home Affairs to ensure that there is more security in that area.-Insiderzim

General Chiwenga Orders Zimbabwe Chiefs to Change Their Colonialist Robs to Traditional Regalia Within One Month

THE Government should change traditional chiefs’ regalia with immediate effect as it does not reflect the country’s cultural values and practices but is a symbol of colonialism, Vice-President General Constantino Chiwenga (Rtd) has said.

General Chiwenga (Rtd) made the remarks while introducing President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Chiefs Indaba held at the Zanu-PF Convention Centre in Gweru yesterday.

The Vice-President said the Government should not take longer than a month to change the chiefs’ paraphernalia and replace it with traditional regalia which reflected African culture.

“Your Excellency, my grandfather was a chief and during colonialism he was victimised for refusing to don this red gown and that hard hat which the chiefs use as their regalia.

“It was introduced by our former colonial masters and does not reflect our culture. We have our own traditional regalia which we wear during ritual ceremonies.

“Your Excellency, my suggestion is that we change this regalia with immediate effect. I don’t think it should take us a month to do that,” he said.
General Chiwenga (Rtd) said President Mnangagwa was an astute leader with unquestionable liberation war credentials.

He said the President had shown his commitment and dedication to serve the country from the time of the liberation struggle to post-independence Zimbabwe where he served the nation diligently in different portfolios.

Chronicling part of the President’s history General Chiwenga (Rtd) said, “Our President, Shumba Murambwi, was born in 1942 in Zvishavane and his family was sent to the then Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) after exhibiting passive resistance by defying Bantu Commissioners (now District Administrators) during the colonial era.

“While in Zambia, Cde Mnangagwa underwent military training under Zapu, he was then sent to China where he trained with others from Zimbabwe before returning to the country where he was then arrested for derailing a locomotive.

“He was sentenced to death but was exonerated by virtue of his young age.

“He then served 10 years and studied his law degree which he later finished in Lusaka, Zambia where he was sent after he was released from prison. He came back and became the Secretary for Security in the party doubling as Special Assistant to the President.

“After Independence he served in different capacities before being elected Second Secretary of Zanu-PF and Vice-President of the country before subsequently becoming the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

Tsvangirai’s Wife Elizabeth Macheka Alleged To Have Confiscated His Passport To Try To Force Him To Step Down

Elizabeth Macheka, the wife to Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the opposition MDC-T party, is reported to have confiscated and withheld the former prime minister’s passport in a bid to force him to resign and step down. As a result, Tsvangirai had to delay his trip to South Africa, where he is being treated for colon cancer. However, Tsvangirai resisted the pressure to sign a document which would have installed Nelson Chamisa as the new party leader.

Macheka is reported to have pushed for Tsvangirai to step down because she had received assurances from the military that Tsvangirai would be given his pension and other benefits for serving as prime minister in the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013 if he handed power to Chamisa. Tsvangirai had to surrender his old passport to President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the courtesy visit after he was promised a diplomatic passport, which was later delivered to Macheka. Tsvangirai’s wife only released his passport after intervention from Tsvangirai’s allies.

Tsvangirai’s son Edwin attributed the delay in the trip to a “mix-up.” Said, Edwin:

Mainini Eliza had his passport. It appeared as if she had confiscated it but that was not the case. There was just a mix-up and it was resolved.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, on the other hand, dismissed the allegations saying:

That is nonsense. The president is in South Africa. I just spoke to him and he is alright. That is hogwash and anything else is hogwash.

Exiled Zanu-PF politician Patrick Zhuwao has claimed that the military is trying to influence MDC-T succession to ensure that Chamisa takes over.

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