President ED Mnangagwa Rescues Stranded Zimbabwe Mother In DRC

While the Angel of Hope Foundation is being spearheaded by the First Lady and mother-of-the-nation Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, today in typical humanitarian spirit a real life experience could not wait for the motherly hand of Amai alone but the father was equally up suitable to the task as President Mnangagwa came to the rescue of a stranded 27 year old mother of three all the way from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Blessing Kapora

Blessing Kapora

It all started when Zimbabwean born Blessing Kapora lost her father at age 3 and her mother followed when she was 15.

She had to be looked after by her aunt who was unemployed.

After completing her O’ levels she and her unemployed aunt set off in search of opportunities in Capetown, South Africa.

There she met the love of her life, a Congolese national who gave her 3 children, 2 boys and a girl in 2010, 2011 and 2013 before they both lost their jobs.

After a long period of struggle failing to make ends meet and feeding the children, they both decided to return home in DRC with the children, but alas their fate did not change for the better…still there was no job.

It was then that the husband decided to retrace his footsteps back to South Africa with the intention that the wife would rejoin him if he gets a new job, but this was not to be.

Life with her in-laws got tougher and tougher until she was advised to approach the Zimbabwean Embassy in Kinshasa where she has been phoning repeatedly over the past one year, giving up at one point.

Once the plight of this young mother …the rest is history…. she was the first person the President wanted to see soon after embarking on the plane back home from Kinshasa this Wednesday (today) afternoon.

A glimmer of hope shone on her last week when her grandmother who stays in Chitungwiza called her to inform her that the embassy had informed her that there is a plane coming from Zimbabwe on Tuesday (yesterday).

President Mnangagwa wanted to know what languages they speak and he counselled the young mother to teach them the ways of our Zimbabwean people eating mufushwa (dried veggies), sadza and others saying they are now our children.

In the Bible it is written that a wife is a helper for her husband but in this case of Kapora, the father has come in as a helping hand to his spouse in her Angel of Hope project which is touching lives of many in the country.

Morgan Tsvangirai’s Widow Elizabeth Macheka Breaks Silence

HARARE – The wife of the late opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is being accused by her late husband’s family of kicking out the former prime minister’s children from the couple’s Highlands mansion, an allegation she strenuously denied yesterday.

Tsvangirai’s brother, Manasa, claimed yesterday that two of his late brother’s children — Vincent and Miriro, from another of the late MDC leader’s wife — had been kicked out of the palatial home in Highlands, Harare.

“I have not been there but I have been told that some of the children were told to pack their things and leave the place,” said Manasa.

“Yes, Miriro and Vincent were told to leave, we are still sorting things. I will go when I find time. For now, I am still sorting out some more important things,” he added.

Yesterday, Tsvangirai’s widow rubbished the allegations in an interview with the Daily News.

“I am still in mourning, but it is not true that any child has been locked out,” said Elizabeth.

“Miriro and Richard are with their mother and we actually parted well after their mother requested to see them temporarily. They are welcome here any time and I have even spoken with their mother,” she said.

Elizabeth told the Daily News that she was actually in the process of arranging tuition for Richard junior since he is at university.

She said: “People must not lie that anyone has been shut out even though some of them know what they did while my husband was sick in South Africa. I don’t want to talk about that now but people should not lie on top of their ill-treatment of me and their lack of respect.”

The latest development comes as the grieving widow has faced unprecedented persecution by her in-laws from the time her husband has been on his deathbed to the day he was laid to rest in Buhera last week.

Tsvangirai was buried in Humanikwa village on Tuesday last week after his body was flown back home from South Africa where he died in a private hospital.

Elizabeth was forced to leave Humanikwa village soon after the burial of her husband, unable to attend post-burial ceremonies after suffering relentless abuse at the hands of her late spouse’s family members.

According to Shona tradition, soon after burial of the deceased, precautionary rituals are usually performed to purify those concerned with the funeral, especially the wife, to prevent the spirit from returning from the grave to trouble those left behind.

Elizabeth did not participate at all in any core-funeral and post-burial ceremonies.

The torment endured by Tsvangirai’s wife has been roundly condemned as “nothing short of a disgrace”.

The Daily News has already reported that the Tsvangirai family has severed ties with the former prime minister’s widow as it girds its loins, ready to strip her of property and evict her from the majestic Highlands mansion.

This may, however, turn to be an uphill task because, legally, the surviving spouse inherits whatever would have been left behind by her husband or wife, unless there are special circumstances inhibiting this.

While Manasa claimed they have not yet deliberated on his brother’s estate, he made it clear that the children should get the lion’s share.

“We are still discussing the way forward,” he told the Daily News.

“We will take our time. If a person has been working, mdara akashanda (Tsvangirai was a hard worker) and he was working for his children; he was not doing that for us, his brothers, but for his kids. Children should benefit and not anyone else, every man works for his children.

“Even if you are married, children should benefit first. Even when you have done things with your own hands you would say I have built this and that for my children and not for yourself. The children are the inheritors and not anyone else,” said Manasa.

The Daily News has reported that before his death, Tsvangirai consulted his lawyer Innocent Chagonda of leading Harare law firm Atherstone & Cook about his estate more than three times, apparently fearing that his beloved spouse would become a victim of property grabbing by his relatives.

The top Harare lawyer said Tsvangirai consulted him to determine whether probate was necessary, and to assess if there may be any problems or contentions, saying the settlement would offer him priceless peace of mind.

Probate, or estate administration, is the process by which a deceased person’s property, known as their “estate,” is passed to the heirs and beneficiaries named in their will.

Chagonda said he offered him sound legal advice. He declined to state what legal advice he proffered to Tsvangirai, instead explaining what the law says.

“If you die interstate, your matrimonial home will be inherited by the wife and the residue will be divided equally between the children and the wife,” Chagonda, a veteran lawyer, told the Daily News.

He was referring to the intestate succession by spouses that is governed by the Deceased Estates Succession Act (Chapter 6:02).

In terms of this law, whether one is married in community of property or out of community of property, where no will is left, the surviving spouse is entitled to receive from the free residue of the estate all household goods and effects and the matrimonial home.

In addition, such a spouse will also inherit, together with the deceased’s children, the remainder of the property that does not constitute household assets.

Depending on the circumstances, it is also possible for the surviving spouse to inherit in full the entire estate of a spouse who is late.

The provisions of the Act, makes property grabbing blatantly illegal.

Elizabeth’s lawyer Harris Nkomo said he is yet to receive instructions from his client to contest the said decision to disinherit her.

Tsvangirai’s death on February 14 was almost overshadowed by a bitter family dispute that pitted his wife Elizabeth, with whom he has no children with, on one hand, and his children, mother and siblings on the other hand.

Elizabeth – cast as a villain throughout the funeral rites – played a peripheral role, with Tsvangirai’s mother at one time threatening to commit suicide if she was allowed to attend the funeral.

It was the same script during Tsvangirai’s last days in South Africa when the family also barred Elizabeth from visiting her husband as he battled cancer of the colon.

Harassed by her in-laws since the time Tsvangirai was admitted to the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg, Elizabeth, 41, almost considered suicide as a flurry of accusations were thrown her way.

Her in-laws who took over all the funeral proceedings from the time Tsvangirai’s body landed at the Robert Mugabe International Airport on February to the day he was buried in Buhera’s Humanikwa, sidelined the wife and made no effort to cover up their differences in public.

In South Africa she had to be sneaked in, in order to visit her dying husband.

The family even went as far as trying to remove her as next of kin—only to be stopped from doing so by Tsvangirai. This was after the family members threatened to assault her in hospital.

Following the MDC leader’s death, focus is now on his estate.

Not much is known about Tsvangirai’s wealth.

Before he joined the unity government in 2009, he had largely lived a modest life and often criticised Zanu PF chefs of engaging in “primitive accumulation of wealth”.

His Highlands mansion is probably his biggest asset, followed by his Strathaven property, which he acquired with his first wife Susan, who died in a car crash in 2009 shortly after Zimbabwe’s inclusive government was sworn into power.

He also had a few personal cars, cattle, goats and sheep.

It is unlikely he still had cash in the bank since his battle against cancer depleted much of it.

Following his visit to Tsvangirai’s mansion in Highlands in Harare early last month, President Emmerson Mnangagwa assured the late MDC leader that he will work towards releasing his pension and other benefits, and the government has already put paid to its promises.

But it now remains to be seen who will get the monthly pensions among his brooding brood with a R2 million hospital bill also outstanding.

Tsvangirai wed Elizabeth nee Macheka in September 2012 after a messy fallout with his ex-bae Locadia Karimatsenga, who was much loved by the family, especially by the late opposition leader’s mother.-Dailynews

Wicked Stepmother Elizabeth Macheka Locks Out Morgan Tsvangirai’s Children Soon After Husband Burial

THE late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s children have reportedly been locked out of their father’s Highlands mansion by their stepmother, Elizabeth Macheka.

By Everson Mushava

The children, all adults, have now relocated to Tsvangirai’s old home in Strathaven suburb, Avondale, following the burial of their father at his rural home in Buhera last Tuesday.

The former Prime Minister’s younger brother, Manase confirmed the development, but said negotiations were still in progress to resolve the dispute.

“I have not seen the children, but I have been called and advised of the development,” Manase said.

“I can confirm they are now staying in Strathaven. The children have advised me that upon their return from burying their father, they were told by their mother (Elizabeth) that she was no longer able to stay with them and they should find somewhere to go. I will go and see them and find out how best the issue can be attended to.”

Although Manase did not give details of when they were sent-packing, well-placed sources told NewsDay they were told to leave last Thursday upon arrival from Buhera, where they had attended their father’s burial on Tuesday.

Tsvangirai reportedly sired about 10 children with different women, including six with his late wife, Susan, but had none with Elizabeth.

Although Elizabeth could not be reached for comment yesterday, she confirmed to the United States-based radio station, VOA Studio 7, that she had barred some of the children from visiting the mansion, citing their bad relations.

Her lawyer, Harrison Nkomo also told Studio 7, Elizabeth had rights that needed to be respected by Tsvangirai’s family, as she was still married to the former premier before he died.

Nkomo told NewsDay yesterday that he would only comment when the matter had been brought to court.

The late Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka was not reachable for a comment, but a source close to Macheka said the former PM’s wife had no problems with the two children, Richard and Miriro and had offered to pay their fees.

“She only has problems with Vincent who wanted to beat her up while they were in South Africa where Tsvangirai was receiving treatment for colon cancer,” the source said.

Elizabeth returned to Harare on Tuesday soon after her husband’s burial, after she had been left out of the proceedings which were dominated by Tsvangirai’s in-laws from the previous marriage.

She allegedly claimed that she was ordered to leave the Tsvangirai homestead soon after burial.

But in one of her WhatsApp chats with her late husband’s relatives, where she was asked why she had left before conclusion of the family rituals, she said her father, Joseph Macheka (Zanu PF national consultative assembly member and former Chitungwiza mayor), had advised her not to stay behind.

Tsvangirai’s widow was exposed to public humiliation at the funeral after her mother-in-law, Lydia Chibwe Zvaipa appeared on national television threatening to commit suicide if she and acting MDC-T acting president Nelson Chamisa set foot at the former Premier’s funeral.

It was not yet clear why Tsvangirai’s mother did not want her daughter-in-law to attend her son’s funeral.-Newsday

Rowdy MDC-T youths destroy Tsvangirai’s maize crop

ROWDY MDC-T youths reportedly destroyed tasselling maize crop at the late party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s mother, Lydia Zvaipa’s home during the burial of her son in Humanikwa village, Buhera, last week.

By Everson Mushava

Tsvangirai died a fortnight ago in South Africa after a long battle with colon cancer and was buried at his rural home last Tuesday.

His burial was, however, marked by ugly scenes which also saw party vice-president Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora and national organiser Abednico Bhebhe, physically assaulted by youths from a rival camp as the race for Tsvangirai’s succession turned nastier.

The three were accused of disrespecting party acting president Nelson Chamisa and decampaigning him in the succession race which also pits Elias Mudzuri.

The rowdy youths, according to sources, also accused Khupe of influencing Tsvangirai’s mother to threaten to commit suicide if Chamisa and her late son’s wife, Elizabeth Macheka, attended the former premier’s funeral.

Gogo Tsvangirai was not spared the attacks as she became the butt of ugly social media bashing. She was also booed at her son’s funeral.

“The same youths who held Khupe, Mwonzora and Bhebhe hostage also went on a rampage destroying Gogo Tsvangirai’s maize crop by pulling down the cobs,” a family member said, showing the NewsDay crew the destroyed maize crop.

“Some of the youths went on to allege that Gogo’s feud with her daughter in-law (Macheka) and Chamisa was materialistic.

They claimed that Chamisa, as a lawyer blocked the Tsvangirai family from claiming the MDC-T leader’s property from Macheka,” the family member added.

Family spokesperson, Manasa Tsvangirai, said it was sad some party supporters have continued to use her mother as a subject of attack over things they don’t have information about.

“For the record, as a family, we have taken a position that when our brother worked; he was working for his family — his wife and children. We don’t want anything from his property; it belongs to his wife and children. His children should engage with their mother (Macheka) on the way forward,” Manasa said.

The party youths also caused a scene when they took away Tsvangirai’s casket for burial before the family performed its rituals, and even threatened to beat up the former premier’s younger brother, Collins, after he ordered them to return the body.

Elizabeth Macheka’s Father Finally Speaks Out

Before she married the former Prime Minister, she had acquired a number of properties including one in Borrowdale and her businesses were doing quite well.

I am saddened in burying my son-in-law, Morgan Tsvangirai. He was a good son-in-law with whom I had an excellent relationship.
Despite coming from different political parties, we had a cordial connection which was filled with mutual respect.

I did not expect that he would die, though he had been unwell for some time. I thought that he would pull through and come back home.

My daughter gave me regular reports about his illness and she remained hopeful that he would get better.

She was extremely stressed all the time, but I always encouraged her to remain strong and continue to play her role as a wife.

In many of my interactions with the former Prime Minister, our conversations were filled with humour.

On many occasions, our discussions centred on politics.

We often joked about our political rivalry, him being leader of the main opposition and me being a National Consultative Assembly member for the ruling party Zanu-PF.

He often joked that I should join his party, but I extended the same offer to him, to join Zanu-PF.

Our modus vivendi on our political differences is something that other people can draw lessons from because belonging to different political parties should not be a cause for conflict.

I often told him that I would never leave Zanu-PF to join MDC because that would not be a wise decision to follow a son-in-law’s preferences because I have five daughters who can still get married to husbands from other different political parties.

Mr Tsvangirai also told me that when his relationship with Elizabeth became known in the public, a delegation of the female leadership in the MDC asked him not to go ahead with marrying my daughter.

The MDC leaders told him that marrying Elizabeth would be akin to getting into a marriage with Zanu-PF.

But I admired his magnanimity because he remained humble and respectful to us, his in-laws, despite our political differences and the pressure he faced from his party.

I feel very sorry for my daughter because the last few months have been shattering for her. She stood by her husband during his illness.

She lost a lot of weight during this painful period and even though it was not easy, she soldiered on.

I am convinced that as a wife, she played her role as best as she could and she really could not have done anything more.

There was a time when Mr Tsvangirai suffered a bout of illness while on duty, it must have been in Kadoma, where he vomited profusely.

To show her love, Elizabeth cleaned up the vomit with her bare hands.

This shows how much she loved her husband.

A lot has been said about how she was treated at the funeral, but for us as a family, we were not really focused on that.

Our focus was on making sure that we did our part in giving our son-in-law a decent burial. We bear no grudges with anyone and we have no problems at all with the Tsvangirai family.

I am particularly sad for Elizabeth because this is not the first time that she has lost her husband.

She lost her first husband, Mabasa Simba Guma, in a tragic accident so it is dismaying that she is facing another tragedy when she is still relatively young (42).

Growing up, Elizabeth was always a hardworking woman.

She was always business minded and even before she met Mr Tsvangirai, she had acquired her own fair share of wealth which was a very commendable feat for someone at her age.

Before she married the former Prime Minister, she had acquired a number of properties including one in Borrowdale and her businesses were doing quite well.

She had a chain of stores in the city and she flew regularly to countries such as China and Dubai to buy merchandise for resale.

Her entrepreneurial skills started at a very young age when she was very involved in the buying and selling of farm produce from farms surrounding Chitungwiza.

From these humble beginnings she grew her business interests. It is painful that some people think that she married Mr Tsvangirai for his status. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I know very well that is not the case because my daughter is a hardworking woman.

She only married Mr Tsvangirai because she truly loved this man, whom I also developed to admire a lot because he was a good man.

I know that the two loved each other and it was genuine love that was not driven by anything else.

Nurse Who Leaked Morgan Tsvangirai’s Picture Found Dead, Relatives Claim She Was Murdered

A Zimbabwean nurse, Ms Nomsa Ncube, who worked at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) in Johannesburg, South Africa was found dead four days after MDC-T president Mr Morgan Tsvangirai died from colon cancer at the institution.

Ncube caused a stir when a picture of her posing with a lifeless Tsvangirai went viral on social media. There are different versions on the cause of her death with a family member claiming she may have been killed while some online sources allege that she committed suicide following public condemnation when her picture with Tsvangirai started circulating.

Zimbabwe’s consul general to South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro confirmed Ncube’s death and said investigations were underway to ascertain the cause of death. A family source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the nurse was killed as she was found in a pool of blood.

More: Chronicle

Grace Mugabe Will Not Be Arrested When She Goes To South Africa, She Still Has Diplomatic Immunity For Assaulting Model Says Lawyer

Willie Spies, the lawyer for Gabriella Engels, has said that former first lady Grace Mugabe will not be arrested if she enters South Africa despite the fall of former president Robert Mugabe. Spies conceded that Grace still has diplomatic immunity for assaulting Engels with an electrical cable last year at a South African hotel.

Speaking to the daily publication, NewsDay, Spies said:

The fact remains that the prosecuting authority in South Africa does nothing [in bringing Grace to justice]while the immunity granted to the former First Lady, still stands.

However, Spies added that a South African court will hear a motion to set aside Grace’s immunity between 10 and 11 May.

Engels’s mother Debbie added:

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.

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

More: NewsDay

Elizabeth Macheka Kicks Out Morgan Tsvangirai’s Children From The Highlands Mansion

The late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow, Elizabeth, is reported to have kicked out Tsvangirai’s children from the Highlands mansion which belonged to the former Prime Minister.

 

Elizabeth was humiliated by Tsvangirai’ family throughout the funeral and burial ceremonies of her husband with Tsvangirai’s mother, Lydia, openly saying she did not want to see her otherwise she would hang herself.

One of Tsvangirai’s brothers said Elizabeth could not be given special treatment as she was just one of Tsvangirai’s wives since he was a polygamist.

Tsvangirai had six children with his first wife Susan and there are reports that he had four other children with two other women.

Elizabeth confirmed with Voice of America’s Studio 7 that she had barred some of Tsvangirai’s children from the mansion because there was bad blood between her and several members of the family.

Tsvangirai’s brother, Manase, said they are expected to discuss the matter as a family to resolve it amicably.

Elizabeth’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo said there was need for the Tsvangirai family to respect her as she was still married to Tsvangirai before he died.-Insiderzim

3 000 Soldiers Deployed In Communities, Says Joice Mujuru

Former vice president and presidential candidate for the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC), Joice Mujuru, has written to President Emmerson Mnangagwa waning him that he needs to demilitarize the state if the 2018 harmonised elections are to be free, fair and credible. Part of a letter written to Mnangagwa by Mujuru’s lawyers reads:

Zanu PF political commissariat and government have deployed an estimated 3 000 military officials in civilian clothes in both urban and rural communities to campaign for Zanu PF ahead of the election.

These and other security personnel deployed in various institutions including the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should be weeded out urgently.

Our client is worried that despite your office’s pronouncements to that effect, there are no indications that since you assumed power, sufficient steps and programmes of engagement with all the necessary stakeholders has been done in order to ensure the promotion of a conducive environment for free, fair and credible elections.

However, Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo rubbished Mujuru’s assertions saying:

That is nonsense, absolute hogwash. Why would we do that? We are the people’s party, we have support and strong structures that can campaign for us. The army has no business in elections. If she has deployed her army, then she can talk about that army because we have no knowledge about what she is talking about

More: NewsDay

Robert Mugabe Blasts President Mnangagwa For Taking Military Tanks to Fight His Young Girl Grace

Mugabe said contrary to claims by Mnangagwa that he was being treated with respect, his family was being abused.

“They say Mugabe is a legend.

What legend are you talking about when you are busy taking away the vehicles?

They say they want to protect my legacy, which legacy are they talking about? Doing the opposite of what we fought for,” he charged.

“The boys and girls who used to work with us have been withdrawn, vehicles being taken from us.

“What legacy when they have expelled me from the party?

This girl here, my wife, is no longer a member of Zanu PF, so what legacy are you talking about?

Why fear this girl (pointing at Grace)? She is just young, but they took the tanks to fight her,” Mugabe said before breaking into laughter.

Mnangagwa’s Wife Speaks On Using Bedroom Herbs On Private Parts

First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has warned women to desist from using sex enhancing herbs in or on their privates to please their husbands, saying it was one of the reasons why cases of cervical cancer were on the increase in the country.

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Addressing people attending the eighth leg of her national cancer awareness campaign in Marondera, Mashonaland East province, on Saturday, the first lady also added that men should stop having extramarital affairs. Said Mnangagwa:

You should not use those herbs because they are one reason why cases of cervical cancer are on the increase in Zimbabwe, but also, on the other hand, men should also desist from extramarital affairs.

More: Herald

Ousted Robert Mugabe Said Mnangagwa Has No Chance Of Winning 2018 Elections

Former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday told a shocked crowd that his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa may not win 2018 polls.

Mugabe said Zanu PF’s chances of winning this year’s elections were slim following the military takeover.

“We are sorry, we misled our people. We are sorry we deceived them.

I am talking even on behalf of Emmerson who does not want to be called president by me, we deceived our people,” he added.

“We need to apologise and say the truth to them.

I don’t know with the time left whether we are able to do that and unite the people.

But first things first, they must accept and apologise that what they did was wrong.

“It is not what we fought for.

Then we can start to talk on the way forward.

But I doubt if our people will forgive us. I doubt if they will be trusted again.”

Mugabe ended his address by chanting a slogan “Pamberi nekubatana, pamberi nebirthday, pamberi navaMugabe, pasi nevanoda kuvanetsa [Forward with unity, forward with the birthday, forward with Mugabe, down with those who want to trouble him].”

Mugabe Drops Mnangagwa Coup Bombshell During His 94 th Birthday Celebrations

Former president Robert Mugabe yesterday opened up about his ouster last year by the army, disclosing for the first time that some people were allegedly killed and others tortured as the 94-year-old politician piled up pressure on his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Mugabe told close relatives and friends at a private birthday party at his Harare mansion, known as Blue Roof, that the army chose to side with Mnangagwa in what was essentially a Zanu PF dispute.

He disclosed that Mnangagwa had called him yesterday requesting that they meet urgently to discuss his situation but the deposed Zanu PF leader vowed to tell it as it is. This will be the first meeting between the two since Mugabe’s ouster.

Before narrating events leading to the dramatic military takeover on November 15 and his life after leaving office, Mugabe asked “the weak” to leave the venue as he was about to give graphic details of the fierce power struggles.

“Those who are afraid please leave.

This is an important issue and I will not mince my words,” the former Zanu PF leader said.

He said Mnangagwa wanted to meet him on his return from a state visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

It was not immediately clear when the president will leave for the DRC.

“He told me this morning that he was going to the DRC where he has been invited by (President Joseph) Kabila, the son of the late leader Laurent Kabila,” he said.

He requested for a meeting and said he will bring along other leaders so that we could talk.

I said well, you can come. And he said he will do so when he returns from the DRC.”

Mugabe promised not to hold back during the meeting with Mnangagwa, saying the new rulers need to know that the takeover of power with the help of the military was illegal and detrimental to democracy.

“I will tell them the truth that what you did was illegal.

You abused the people, beat up people,” he told the crowd that was stunned into silence.

“I know you were told not to talk about this, but I will say it because it is the truth.

“People were injured, some were killed. They came here with bruises; some with their heads injured, and told us that some of them had been killed.

“I will tell them the truth.”

He said Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who was the army commander at the time, took sides with Mnangagwa in the Zanu PF factional wars and “rolled out tanks against the people.”

“Because we had a misunderstanding with one of my vice-presidents, Emmerson, the army with Chiwenga decided to take out tanks into the streets.

This is not what we fought for,” he charged.

“We did not fight for people to be threatened like what happened, it’s sad.

“Those tanks you saw, I last saw them in 1939-1945 during the war period.

I asked, ‘are we in a war period, why go to war against your own people?

Why do that? Because of power!’”

Mugabe said during the negotiations with the military commanders after they had placed him under house arrest, they claimed that people were on the streets demanding his ouster.

“They said to me people have marched, they want you to go.

They said they have filled the stadium demanding that I should go, I said: Which people, MDC people?

“What about those in Kadoma, what about those in Mutare, did you ask them? People were being beaten; the soldiers were beating up our intelligence guys saying you are paid higher than us,” he added.

“You wear good suits, hence you are protecting Mugabe.

Ahh, they don’t know that you don’t need to be educated to be a soldier; normally soldiers are recruited from Grade Seven or Form Two while the intelligence team is recruited from those who are educated.

“It should follow that when one is educated with a degree or ‘A’ Level you should be paid higher than those who are just recruited as long as they can be trained.”

Mugabe said contrary to claims by Mnangagwa that he was being treated with respect, his family was being abused.

“They say Mugabe is a legend.

What legend are you talking about when you are busy taking away the vehicles?

They say they want to protect my legacy, which legacy are they talking about? Doing the opposite of what we fought for,” he charged.

“The boys and girls who used to work with us have been withdrawn, vehicles being taken from us.

“What legacy when they have expelled me from the party?

This girl here, my wife, is no longer a member of Zanu PF, so what legacy are you talking about?

Why fear this girl (pointing at Grace)? She is just young, but they took the tanks to fight her,” Mugabe said before breaking into laughter.

“When Mnangagwa called, I addressed him as president and he said no, ‘don’t address me as president, call me by my first name, Emmerson’. I said no you are the president, this is what you are.

“Isn’t this what you wanted?” (Laughs).

He then pleaded with me and I said ‘anyway, I will call you ED since this is what newspapers call you.’”

He said the new administration was persecuting Grace by charging people linked to the awarding of her alleged fake Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

“They are busy fighting the degree which we all helped her achieve,” Mugabe said.

“Even if you were to withdraw the degree, does it change anything?

She will remain Mai Mugabe. That will not change.”

Mugabe said during the standoff with the military last November, Chiwenga tried to reconcile him with Mnangagwa to no avail.

“Let me give credit to Chiwenga, he tried to have me engage Mnangagwa, but [Mnangagwa] said, ‘the people have spoken’, I am quoting what he said.

“Which people? MDC people? What about those not in Harare? So today the people we must listen to are opposition supporters? What happened to congress?

“They now want to work with me for elections, can they be trusted again?

Ohh, can our people trust them again? Can our people vote for such a Zanu PF, a Zanu PF which shredded the constitution?

I don’t know.

“What are we going to tell them? Are they going to convince them that this is what we did? “Speak the truth that people died, that people were intimidated by the gun? I don’t know.”

Mugabe said Zanu PF’s chances of winning this year’s elections were slim following the military takeover.

“We are sorry, we misled our people. We are sorry we deceived them.

I am talking even on behalf of Emmerson who does not want to be called president by me, we deceived our people,” he added.

“We need to apologise and say the truth to them.

I don’t know with the time left whether we are able to do that and unite the people.

But first things first, they must accept and apologise that what they did was wrong.

“It is not what we fought for.

Then we can start to talk on the way forward.

But I doubt if our people will forgive us. I doubt if they will be trusted again.”

The party, whose theme was “celebrating our hero”, was organised by Mugabe’s family after they spurned an offer from Zanu PF to host the celebrations.

Guests, who included former Cabinet ministers, captains of industry and fired Zanu PF officials, went through thorough searching at the gates of the imposing mansion.

Mugabe ended his address by chanting a slogan “Pamberi nekubatana, pamberi nebirthday, pamberi navaMugabe, pasi nevanoda kuvanetsa [Forward with unity, forward with the birthday, forward with Mugabe, down with those who want to trouble him].”

I am ready to meet Chamisa – Khupe

MDC-T presidential claimant and co-vice-president Dr Thokozani Khupe said she is ready to meet her rival to the throne, Advocate Nelson Chamisa to find common ground while a senior official warned that if the beleagured party did not arrest incidents of violence and use of tribalism to rise to positions they risk losing all the seats in Matabeleland in the forthcoming elections.

Dr Khupe rubbished the meeting called by Adv Chamisa on Friday allegedly to endorse him saying such meetings were purely consultative and do not make decisions that were binding.

She, however, hinted that it was too early for people to start touting for another split as she was pursuing internal remedies that she felt were not being reciprocated by enough commitment from the other party members.

In an interview yesterday, her personal assistant Mr Witness Dube said the co-vice president was eager to have a meeting with Adv Chamisa to discuss sticking issues with a view of finding each other before decisions were taken on the way forward.

He stressed the need for her safety to be guaranteed and for a venue to be considered, ruling out Harvest House (the party’s headquarters) saying it had become the pot from where violence against perceived and imagined political enemies was brewed.

“The possibility is there that the two may find common ground. They are not enemies but there are disagreements in terms of principles and values of the party that have to be ironed out. Dr Khupe is therefore pursuing internal remedies which include meeting with Adv Chamisa to find common ground. Let’s not rule out the prospects of them finding each other because what unites them is stronger than what separates them. The feeling is that the power grab that happened following the death of Mr Tsvangirai complicated things in the party and those are the things that will be up for discussion if the meeting succeeds,” said Mr Dube.

He added that it was wrong for anyone in the party to insinuate that Dr Khupe last attended party meetings eight months ago as it was not factual.

“Dr Khupe has been attending meetings. She even went to Adv Chamisa’s Chambers on 13 February a day before the president died. There is a difference between alliance meetings and party meetings.

“She has been quite consistent in her stance on the political alliance. She has unequivocally said she sees no value in it but strategic faults and president Tsvangirai had said he would want to hear her out but unfortunately he passed on before they resolved the alliance impasse and that was why she had approached Adv Chamisa,” said Mr Dube.

A senior party member in a seperate interview on Friday said Zimbabweans should not take lightly the Buhera incident where a group of MDC-T youths calling themselves the Vanguard attacked Dr Khupe, secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe.

The youths also wanted to set fire to the hut that the trio had sought refuge in.

“It is unfortunate that Chamisa supporters are using systematic intimidation to harass fellow party members. I was pained to learn that during the attack on Dr Khupe there were a lot of tribal undertones. It is very primitive to use ethnicity to win positions. Look just across the Limpopo River, Cyril Ramaphosa is now President of South Africa despite the fact that he is from the so-called minority Venda tribe while in Rwanda Paul Kagame despite coming from another so-called minority Tutsi is the President and has done well.

“It is time for Zimbabweans to discard leaders who want to rise to power through archaic ways such as tribalism,” said the official.

The official claimed by harassing Dr Khupe, structures in Matabeleland provinces were angry and envisaged a situation where it would be difficult for Mr Chamisa to hold meetings in the region.

I am ready to meet Chamisa – Khupe

MDC-T presidential claimant and co-vice-president Dr Thokozani Khupe said she is ready to meet her rival to the throne, Advocate Nelson Chamisa to find common ground while a senior official warned that if the beleagured party did not arrest incidents of violence and use of tribalism to rise to positions they risk losing all the seats in Matabeleland in the forthcoming elections.

Dr Khupe rubbished the meeting called by Adv Chamisa on Friday allegedly to endorse him saying such meetings were purely consultative and do not make decisions that were binding.

She, however, hinted that it was too early for people to start touting for another split as she was pursuing internal remedies that she felt were not being reciprocated by enough commitment from the other party members.

In an interview yesterday, her personal assistant Mr Witness Dube said the co-vice president was eager to have a meeting with Adv Chamisa to discuss sticking issues with a view of finding each other before decisions were taken on the way forward.

He stressed the need for her safety to be guaranteed and for a venue to be considered, ruling out Harvest House (the party’s headquarters) saying it had become the pot from where violence against perceived and imagined political enemies was brewed.

“The possibility is there that the two may find common ground. They are not enemies but there are disagreements in terms of principles and values of the party that have to be ironed out. Dr Khupe is therefore pursuing internal remedies which include meeting with Adv Chamisa to find common ground. Let’s not rule out the prospects of them finding each other because what unites them is stronger than what separates them. The feeling is that the power grab that happened following the death of Mr Tsvangirai complicated things in the party and those are the things that will be up for discussion if the meeting succeeds,” said Mr Dube.

He added that it was wrong for anyone in the party to insinuate that Dr Khupe last attended party meetings eight months ago as it was not factual.

“Dr Khupe has been attending meetings. She even went to Adv Chamisa’s Chambers on 13 February a day before the president died. There is a difference between alliance meetings and party meetings.

“She has been quite consistent in her stance on the political alliance. She has unequivocally said she sees no value in it but strategic faults and president Tsvangirai had said he would want to hear her out but unfortunately he passed on before they resolved the alliance impasse and that was why she had approached Adv Chamisa,” said Mr Dube.

A senior party member in a seperate interview on Friday said Zimbabweans should not take lightly the Buhera incident where a group of MDC-T youths calling themselves the Vanguard attacked Dr Khupe, secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe.

The youths also wanted to set fire to the hut that the trio had sought refuge in.

“It is unfortunate that Chamisa supporters are using systematic intimidation to harass fellow party members. I was pained to learn that during the attack on Dr Khupe there were a lot of tribal undertones. It is very primitive to use ethnicity to win positions. Look just across the Limpopo River, Cyril Ramaphosa is now President of South Africa despite the fact that he is from the so-called minority Venda tribe while in Rwanda Paul Kagame despite coming from another so-called minority Tutsi is the President and has done well.

“It is time for Zimbabweans to discard leaders who want to rise to power through archaic ways such as tribalism,” said the official.

The official claimed by harassing Dr Khupe, structures in Matabeleland provinces were angry and envisaged a situation where it would be difficult for Mr Chamisa to hold meetings in the region.

MDC-T Headquarters To Be Renamed After Morgan Tsvangirai

Harvest House, the headquarters of the opposition MDC-T party will soon be renamed in honour of the former prime minister and founding leader of the opposition party Morgan Tsvangirai who was buried in Buhera on Tuesday. The MDC-T National Standing Committee is reported to have met on Thursday where it passed a resolution to rename Harvest House. One of the resolutions reads:

That Harvest House is to be called Morgan Richard Tsvangirai in honour of the late president after consultation with the national members.

The decision now awaits ratification by the National Council. although this is regarded as a mere formality. A source who spoke to online publication, New Zimbabwe said:

The Standing Committee made their recommendation and we are going to National Council just to endorse the decision.

More: New Zimbabwe

Nelson Chamisa Faces Arrest

A faction vying for control of the MDC-T says it could soon make a police report implicating Advocate Nelson Chamisa in the violence that occurred at the burial of the opposition party’s president, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, in Buhera last week.

Adv Chamisa is one of three party deputy presidents, along with Dr Thokozani Khupe and Engineer Elias Mudzuri, positioning themselves to succeed Mr Tsvangirai.

Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga last week said law enforcement agents were investigating the matter, and spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said details on progress on this front would be available in coming days.

Sources opposed to Adv Chamisa’s ascendance said they were putitng together a dossier on Adv Chamisa’s alleged complicity in the Buhera violence that saw some youths trying to burn Dr Khupe, party secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe alive.

An anti-Chamisa official who is high up in the party hierarchy said: “Chamisa’s hunger for power is amazing. He could not wait for our president to be buried. But this time, we are going to find a solution to deal with him that may catch him by surprise.

“You could soon see him being called by the police to explain what happened in Buhera. The matter cannot simply end like this and yet some hired thugs tried to burn down a house in which three very senior party officials had retreated to when faced with assault.”

Another official claimed Adv Chamisa sponsored hooligans to intimidate his opponents at the burial.

“There is a lot going on and many people are not happy with the manner that he is acting. He is now appearing like a dictator. At public functions, he does not allow anyone else to speak because he wants all the glory to be accorded to him.”

Yesterday, Adv Chamisa dismissed the allegations.

“Those are petty issues,” he said. “I don’t comment on those issues. Get in touch with (director of communications in the MDC-T president’s office) Luke (Tamborinyoka) or (MDC-T secretary for security) Giles Mutsekwa.”

Both could not be reached for comment.

At the burial, a visibly angry Mr Mwonzora publicly confronted Adv Chamisa and appeared to make threatening gestures at him; while Dr Khupe – who was not accorded VIP status when things calmed down somewhat – refused to greet Adv Chamisa when he extended his hand to her.

Yesterday Mr Mwonzora said of developments in the party: “I will speak at the right time.”

An official said Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora also wanted to know what role deputy organising secretary Mr Amos Chibaya, deputy treasurer-general Mr Charlton Hwende, and one other official who is a prominent member of a pro-Chamisa group calling itself the Vanguard, allegedly played in the violence.

Mr Chibaya told The Sunday Mail: “As you saw in Buhera, I was too busy to be involved with those youths. I was on stage, and the day before I did not interact with the youths because I arrived in Buhera very late and was not in touch with them. I only know about the violence from the videos and the reports that I have seen.”

Mr Hwende responded to the allegations thus: “First and foremost, I’m not a violent person, that is why as part of the leadership we have condemned the violence. By next week everyone will know the full story of what transpired after the team completes investigations.

“As a party we actually encourage the victims to approach the police and they are free to do so and point out the culprits if they so wish.”

Meanwhile, sources said Eng Mudzuri – despite attending an MDC-T Standing Committee meeting on Friday that appeared to endorse Adv Chamisa’s leadership – still wanted the party to hold a congress to elect a president ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

The source also said as a last resort, Eng Mudzuri was prepared to let Adv Chamisa stand in the Presidential race knowing that he would “most likely lose”, after which he would challenge him at a congress and assume leadership of the party.

Yesterday, Eng Mudzuri’s phone was not reachable but sources close to him said: “His attendance at the meeting was not by any means an endorsement of Chamisa. He still wants the extraordinary congress to be held.”-Sundaymail

Jonathan Moyo wades into MDC succession- calls Chamisa a charlatan

G40 kingpin Jonathan Moyo has blasted acting Movement for Democratic Change president Nelson Chamisa as a hopeless charlatan.

Though he did not mention the MDC or Chamisa by name, Moyo tweeted: “Anyone who claims entitlement to leadership of an elective structure on grounds of anointment or inheritance is a hopeless charlatan!”

Chamisa was appointed by the party’s national council to act as president for 12 months only hours after party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s death.

His colleagues Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri did not attend the meeting as they were already at Tsvangirai’s home mourning their departed leader.

Khupe claims she is the legitimate acting president because she was elected vice-president at the party congress while Chamisa and Mudzuri were appointed by Tsvangirai after congress.

Chamisa has dismissed Khupe’s argument saying the three deputy presidents are equal.

He also says there is no time to hold an extra-ordinary congress as elections are only three months away.

According to the national constitution, elections should be held between 23 July and 21 August.

Mnangagwa has hinted that they might be held earlier but he is likely to comply with the constitution as he is all out to regain international confidence and credibility.

Moyo’s tweet was greeted with both skepticism and praise by his followers.

McWilton said: “You booted out ED for Mugabe to anoint GucciGrace.   Now you complain and this is N.O.Y.B. You logic never cease to amae us.”

Raphael responded: “Apa wakuma apa.”

But Tafunga Mangombe did not agree: “Poor  memory  Coconut  head  u used  to worship  a 94 year  old  Mugabe  who  was just  being endosed not elected.”

Patson Dzamara chipped in: “Anyone who claims to be about leadership renewal and yet fronts a 94 year old is a hopeless hallucinator.”

Maxwel Mutero, agreed: “Haaaa wamupedzera”.

Fafie said: “Tinorova vanhu vane mhanza dzinokuya dovi.  $10 kana akazvarwa akadaro.  $100 kana akamboti “Did It”.”

Sydney F Zhakata, supported Moyo: “Hausati wambotaura chokwadi chinopfuura apa, shuwa G40 naChamisa should pay attention .”

And so did Tanaka: “Was having discussions with some colleagues earlier about the same thing. They’re all for Chamisa and seem very keen to see the suspension of the laws in order to catapult him into power. It’s hypocritical.”

Tapiwa Bvekera disagreed: “For the record I’m for constitutionalism, but going for a Congress is not the only way of following the constitution of the MDC. @nelsonchamisa has been elected acting president according to the @mdczimbabwe constitution I still stand by that!”

To which Tanaka responded: “The problem is that there are now too many candidates claiming legitimacy. Highlighting clauses over social media won’t bring closure. A ‘clear the air’ event like a congress will bring closure.” – Insider

Private Black Tie Birthday Party For Robert Mugabe, 94

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe celebrated his 94th birthday on Saturday with a private black-tie party hosted by his family, three months after he was ousted from power.

Mugabe’s birthday was previously a major public event in Zimbabwe, marked by an outpouring of fawning congratulations and tributes in official media from regime loyalists, government ministries and agencies.

His actual birthday on Wednesday was declared an annual public holiday for the first time this year, but the occasion was greeted without fanfare.

“The party is only for close family members and friends. It is not for the public and it is strictly by invite,” Louisa Nyanhongo, a member of Mugabe’s close circle, told AFP.

An invitation card that appeared on social media said guests would be “celebrating our hero”, alongside a smiling photograph of Mugabe.

The card said the party was at “Blue Roof” — the lavish private residence where Mugabe and his wife Grace, 52, have been living in apparent seclusion since he was forced to resign after a military intervention.

Nyanhongo’s telephone number appeared on the invitation, but she declined to comment further.

While president, Mugabe typically celebrated his birthday with a long speech while wearing a suit decorated with images of his own face at a party that included a multi-course feast.

Vast birthday cakes were a regular feature, with the biggest cake said to weigh the same number of kilogrammes as Mugabe’s age. It took several men to carry it into the marquee.

Mugabe, whose 37-year rule was criticised for brutal repression of dissent and economic collapse, has not appeared in public since his abrupt ousting.

This week, he was photographed with Grace meeting the new African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat in Harare.

The photographs were the first of the couple since his ousting.-Mail

Harassed Elizabeth Macheka Forced To Leave Tsvangirai’s Humanikwa Village

Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow Elizabeth was forced to leave Humanikwa Village in Buhera soon after the burial of her husband, unable to attend post-burial ceremonies after suffering relentless abuse at the hands of her late spouse’s family members.

The torment endured by Tsvangirai’s wife has been roundly condemned as “nothing short of a disgrace”.

The widow built the courage to make a public appearance at the burial, even after the family had severed all ties with their vivacious daughter-in-law.

According to Shona tradition, soon after burial of the deceased, precautionary rituals are usually performed to purify those concerned with the funeral, especially the wife, ostensibly to prevent the spirit from returning from the grave to torment those left behind.

Elizabeth did not participate at all in any core-funeral and post-burial ceremonies.

She was kept in the dark about the parameters on how death, funeral and post-death ceremonies should be held, and any other funeral arrangements.

She was also left out of the programme, arrangements how the proper burial rituals would be done, and all logistical issues, protocol included. No one consoled her as the bereaved.

The funeral ceremonies became a strictly Tsvangirai family activity, where family power was exercised to ostracise her, without any sense of remorse.

He role ended as soon as she brought back her husband’s remains back to Zimbabwe from South Africa where Tsvangirai died in a private hospital.

There was an earlier attempt to ban her from her husband’s funeral by her unforgiving mother-in-law Gogo Lydia Chibwe Tsvangirai, who was captured on State TV during the main news bulletin on Saturday night threatening to commit suicide if Elizabeth was allowed to mourn her husband at the Highlands home.

In a no-holds-barred sermon at the Mabelreign Methodist Church during a requiem service for Tsvangirai, forthright Reverend Jimmy Dube slammed the family for abusing their daughter-in-law.

“Vekwa Makuvise, nevekwa Tsvangirai (The Makuvises and the Tsvangirais) we have travelled together the ups and downs of life. Zvekutaura pa public zvemumusha siyanai nazvo (Stop washing your dirty linen in public).  Gogo Tsvangirai vane bhachi re red (Tsvangirai’s mum is an esteemed member of the church)  and we raised you well zvekutaura pa public siyanai nazvo (don’t air your family disputes in public).”

Elizabeth was also barred from accompanying her husband’s body, which was airlifted just after the Harare farewell to Buhera in an Agusta 412 bell helicopter. The helicopter took off from One Commando barracks with Tsvangirai’s mum.

The inconsolable Elizabeth was forced to proceed to her hubby’s burial in a road trip.

Tsvangirai’s brother, Manase, claimed in State media that Elizabeth was happy with how the family treated her.

“We have to treat all these wives equally,” Manase said.

“Maiguru Elizabeth was with the body from South Africa to Harare, naturally one has to give others a chance.

“When we were preparing to depart from One Commando to Buhera for the burial, we were asked to provide four people to accompany the body and it followed that she had to give others a chance and that is why she travelled by road. It had nothing to do with allegations of ill-treating her.

“When she came here last night, we gave her a room to sleep in and what better recognition do you expect, and she was quite happy.

“If you have three wives, for example, and even if one dies, that symbolic union cannot be taken away, particularly when there are children and when lobola (bride price) was paid. If you do not agree with my interpretation we can ask any elder around.”

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s role as Tsvangirai’s caregiver was not acknowledged at all throughout the time the grieving widow paid tribute to her husband.

There was no mention of her at his burial, with the family choosing to  acknowledge relatives of Tsvangirai’s first wife, Susan, who died in a car crash in 2009 shortly after Zimbabwe’s inclusive government was sworn into power.

Throughout this abuse, Elizabeth wore that Catholic uniform with grace, behaved with decorum in the face of relentless abuse, cast out into an unkind, unfriendly world of misunderstanding in-laws and her late husband’s overbearing relatives.

Throughout the ordeal, she maintained her silence, never retaliating.

However, she felt embraced by her family circle, especially her dad, Zanu PF member and former Chitungwiza mayor Joseph Macheka, who tended to his daughter during the difficult grieving process, amid domination of oppressive traditional practices and customary codes.

The Daily News understands Elizabeth left Humanikwa the morning-after the burial, headed back to Harare.

Her departure reportedly caused rancour in the family, but was a bold statement against dictatorial tendencies by the Tsvangirai family, where her exclusivism became the tone of the funeral, and it was apparent she was being systematically sidelined.

She returned to her Highlands matrimonial home, where she has been confined since.

The only time she left her home was on Wednesday when she was invited to escort Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga to the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Odinga, one of Tsvangirai’s best friends, travelled to Humanikwa Village to lay the former prime minister to rest.

Odinga — who is at the centre of controversy in Kenya after he declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital, Nairobi three weeks ago after his unsuccessful bid for the presidency — met with MDC acting president Nelson Chamisa at the Meikles Hotel on Wednesday.

Chamisa travelled with Odinga to Buhera and back to Harare, where they convened the meeting.

The Daily News understands the meeting discussed “future cooperation, party-to-party cooperation, and carrying forward the legacy of Tsvangirai,” Chamisa told the Daily News in a telephone conversation yesterday.

Asked what Elizabeth was doing at the meeting, Chamisa said: “She was called by Odinga to accompany the family to the airport.”

Odinga came to Zimbabwe with his family, his two daughters and sisters.

The Odinga family was being hosted by Elizabeth.-Daily News

Harassed Elizabeth Macheka Forced To Leave Tsvangirai’s Humanikwa Village

Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow Elizabeth was forced to leave Humanikwa Village in Buhera soon after the burial of her husband, unable to attend post-burial ceremonies after suffering relentless abuse at the hands of her late spouse’s family members.

The torment endured by Tsvangirai’s wife has been roundly condemned as “nothing short of a disgrace”.

The widow built the courage to make a public appearance at the burial, even after the family had severed all ties with their vivacious daughter-in-law.

According to Shona tradition, soon after burial of the deceased, precautionary rituals are usually performed to purify those concerned with the funeral, especially the wife, ostensibly to prevent the spirit from returning from the grave to torment those left behind.

Elizabeth did not participate at all in any core-funeral and post-burial ceremonies.

She was kept in the dark about the parameters on how death, funeral and post-death ceremonies should be held, and any other funeral arrangements.

She was also left out of the programme, arrangements how the proper burial rituals would be done, and all logistical issues, protocol included. No one consoled her as the bereaved.

The funeral ceremonies became a strictly Tsvangirai family activity, where family power was exercised to ostracise her, without any sense of remorse.

He role ended as soon as she brought back her husband’s remains back to Zimbabwe from South Africa where Tsvangirai died in a private hospital.

There was an earlier attempt to ban her from her husband’s funeral by her unforgiving mother-in-law Gogo Lydia Chibwe Tsvangirai, who was captured on State TV during the main news bulletin on Saturday night threatening to commit suicide if Elizabeth was allowed to mourn her husband at the Highlands home.

In a no-holds-barred sermon at the Mabelreign Methodist Church during a requiem service for Tsvangirai, forthright Reverend Jimmy Dube slammed the family for abusing their daughter-in-law.

“Vekwa Makuvise, nevekwa Tsvangirai (The Makuvises and the Tsvangirais) we have travelled together the ups and downs of life. Zvekutaura pa public zvemumusha siyanai nazvo (Stop washing your dirty linen in public).  Gogo Tsvangirai vane bhachi re red (Tsvangirai’s mum is an esteemed member of the church)  and we raised you well zvekutaura pa public siyanai nazvo (don’t air your family disputes in public).”

Elizabeth was also barred from accompanying her husband’s body, which was airlifted just after the Harare farewell to Buhera in an Agusta 412 bell helicopter. The helicopter took off from One Commando barracks with Tsvangirai’s mum.

The inconsolable Elizabeth was forced to proceed to her hubby’s burial in a road trip.

Tsvangirai’s brother, Manase, claimed in State media that Elizabeth was happy with how the family treated her.

“We have to treat all these wives equally,” Manase said.

“Maiguru Elizabeth was with the body from South Africa to Harare, naturally one has to give others a chance.

“When we were preparing to depart from One Commando to Buhera for the burial, we were asked to provide four people to accompany the body and it followed that she had to give others a chance and that is why she travelled by road. It had nothing to do with allegations of ill-treating her.

“When she came here last night, we gave her a room to sleep in and what better recognition do you expect, and she was quite happy.

“If you have three wives, for example, and even if one dies, that symbolic union cannot be taken away, particularly when there are children and when lobola (bride price) was paid. If you do not agree with my interpretation we can ask any elder around.”

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s role as Tsvangirai’s caregiver was not acknowledged at all throughout the time the grieving widow paid tribute to her husband.

There was no mention of her at his burial, with the family choosing to  acknowledge relatives of Tsvangirai’s first wife, Susan, who died in a car crash in 2009 shortly after Zimbabwe’s inclusive government was sworn into power.

Throughout this abuse, Elizabeth wore that Catholic uniform with grace, behaved with decorum in the face of relentless abuse, cast out into an unkind, unfriendly world of misunderstanding in-laws and her late husband’s overbearing relatives.

Throughout the ordeal, she maintained her silence, never retaliating.

However, she felt embraced by her family circle, especially her dad, Zanu PF member and former Chitungwiza mayor Joseph Macheka, who tended to his daughter during the difficult grieving process, amid domination of oppressive traditional practices and customary codes.

The Daily News understands Elizabeth left Humanikwa the morning-after the burial, headed back to Harare.

Her departure reportedly caused rancour in the family, but was a bold statement against dictatorial tendencies by the Tsvangirai family, where her exclusivism became the tone of the funeral, and it was apparent she was being systematically sidelined.

She returned to her Highlands matrimonial home, where she has been confined since.

The only time she left her home was on Wednesday when she was invited to escort Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga to the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Odinga, one of Tsvangirai’s best friends, travelled to Humanikwa Village to lay the former prime minister to rest.

Odinga — who is at the centre of controversy in Kenya after he declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital, Nairobi three weeks ago after his unsuccessful bid for the presidency — met with MDC acting president Nelson Chamisa at the Meikles Hotel on Wednesday.

Chamisa travelled with Odinga to Buhera and back to Harare, where they convened the meeting.

The Daily News understands the meeting discussed “future cooperation, party-to-party cooperation, and carrying forward the legacy of Tsvangirai,” Chamisa told the Daily News in a telephone conversation yesterday.

Asked what Elizabeth was doing at the meeting, Chamisa said: “She was called by Odinga to accompany the family to the airport.”

Odinga came to Zimbabwe with his family, his two daughters and sisters.

The Odinga family was being hosted by Elizabeth.-Daily News

Eyebrows Raised As 80 Zimbabwe Soldiers Sit For Driver’s Licences And All Passed At Once

Eyebrows have been raised after more than 80 members of the Zimbabwe National Army sat for and all passed provisional driver’s licence tests conducted at 4.1 Barracks two weeks ago.

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It is understood that the soldiers took the licences after an order from a superior in Harare that every soldier must have a licence and now fears are abound that the new drivers are to be used for campaigning in the forthcoming elections by the ruling Zanu PF.
ZNA public relations director Lt Colonel Alphios Makotore referred questions to his junior Captain Francis Chanduru who is based at 4 Brigade. Chanduru neither confirmed nor denied the story but said any soldiers doing driver’s licence courses are doing so to upgrade themselves.

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Sources told The Mirror that a letter was read on Parade that the soldiers should get licences urgently as there was a large fleet of vehicles that was coming. Examiners from the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) then came and conducted learner’s licence tests and all the 80 soldiers who included more than 30 women passed.
The streets of Masvingo are currently a hive of activity with soldiers using their trucks with L plates doing driver’s lessons. A large number of other soldiers are using trucks from Junior Driving School.
Junior Driving School director Noah Marima did not refute allegations that there were a lot of soldiers using his trucks for training. He said the soldiers who were training with his School were like any other ordinary learners.
The Mirror also understands that after completing their learner’s licence courses, the soldiers will go to Plumtree on February 15 where they are going to do road tests and get licences.

Zimbabwe Bids Farewell to Opposition Hero Morgan Tsvangirai

BUHERA (ZIMBABWE) (AFP) – Thousands of Zimbabweans gathered Tuesday to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai who was one of Africa’s most globally admired politicians and lived to see the fall of his political nemesis Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai, the country’s fiercest opponent of former president Mugabe’s tyrannical 37-year rule, died last Wednesday aged 65 at a hospital in South Africa where he had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

His body was flown to the burial ceremony aboard a military helicopter, accompanied by his mother Mbuya Tsvangirai.

Thousands of mourners gathered for the burial at Tsvangirai’s Buhera rural home, 220 kilometres (135 miles) south of Harare.

Many people in the crowd blew whistles and wore red shirts emblazoned with Tsvangirai’s portrait, some weeping openly.

Tsvangirai’s dreams of unseating Mugabe through the ballot box were dashed at several elections.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, attending the event, condemned political oppression in Africa as he addressed supporters of Tsvangirai whose electoral ambitions, like Odinga’s, were thwarted at controversial polls.

“Africa is littered with elections which are rigged,” Odinga told the crowds.

– ‘Morgan’s election victory was stolen’ –

Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in the first round of presidential polls in 2008 but narrowly fell short of the total required to defeat Mugabe outright, according to the official vote count.

Tsvangirai pulled out of an election run-off following violence which, he said, claimed the lives of at least 200 of his supporters.

Odinga insists he was the rightful winner of general elections in Kenya in August which extended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.

“We need to have clear and proper transparent elections in Africa. Rigged elections will not help Africa,” Odinga told mourners.

“Morgan’s election victory was stolen a year after mine was stolen in Kenya,” Odinga said, referring to the 2007 elections which Odinga alleges were rigged to ensure Kenyatta’s victory.

Tsvangirai was a tenacious opponent of the ruling ZANU-PF party’s four-decade hold on power.

Following the 2008 election violence, he was forced into a power-sharing government with Mugabe, who was ousted last year following a military takeover.

“He agreed to sacrifice his victory in order to save Zimbabwe. He became one of the leading icons of the second liberation of Africa,” Odinga said, describing Tsvangirai as “my dear brother” and a “hero”.

– ‘A great African’ –

Zimbabwe is due to hold crucial general elections by July and the country’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged they will be free, fair and credible — in honour of Tsvangirai.

After being repeatedly beaten and jailed by the regime, Tsvangirai became a symbol of resistance to the ruling ZANU-PF’s authoritarianism, entrenched since Zimbabwe broke from its colonial master Britain in 1980.

“We want to thank Morgan Tsvangirai for fighting for our rights. He was a humble man — a man who was loved by people,” said Christopher Chikwati, a 70-year-old resident of Tsvangirai’s village. “We will remember him forever.”

Former opposition leader Arthur Mutambara, who served as Tsvangirai’s deputy in the power-sharing government, said Tsvangirai was Zimbabwe’s rightful president.

“We are here to mourn the president of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai — a great Zimbabwean, a great African,” he said.

“He was arrested. He was beaten. The people of ZANU-PF are also here, they are the people who killed Morgan Tsvangirai.”

Tsvangirai’s death has sparked a bitter succession struggle within the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party which is threatening to divide the party to the benefit of ZANU-PF.

The party’s acting president Nelson Chamisa said Mugabe and his wife Grace had sent a condolence letter to Tsvangirai’s family.

Nelson Chamisa Accused of Stealing Morgan Tsvangirai Funeral Donations

The family of late Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai leader Morgan Tsvangirai has denied ever making appeals for donations to cover funeral costs, saying the state was taking care of everything, ACCORDING to Now Daily publication.
This comes amid calls by a faction of the party led by renegade vice president Nelson Chamisa for people to donate money into Ecocash accounts purportedly belonging to Tsvangirai’s daughter Vimbai Tsvangirai and one Samuel Tsvangirai.
“As a family we have never appealed for donations. The government is taking care of everything,” said one of Tsvangirai’s close relatives, asking not to be named. “Even if we needed the money, Vimbai would not be the one collecting it as they are claiming. It’s taboo. We have elders. Vimbai is mourning her father like everyone else and it is shameful that Chamisa is abusing her name like this.”
Chamisa’s rebel group, which controls the party’s social media accounts and has violently taken over the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare, posted on Facebook and Twitter making the dubious appeal.
The posts read: “Call for donations towards the funeral of MDC-T President Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Ecocash: 0772577481 Vimbai Tsvangirai; 0772950562 Samuel Tsvangirai :… (link: https://fb.me/N753i5N1) fb.me/N753i5N1.”
Hundreds of MDC-T supporters reacted angrily to the request on Facebook.
“Why are we Zimbabweans so quick to declare destitution? Donations for what? Why do you want to portray the late Tsvangirai as a pauper?” said Fungai Mungate.
Anthony Haramakwere said: “You shouldn’t ask people for donations. Its a state-assisted funeral, so this request is disgusting and unacceptable.”
“If you start stealing before you’re in power, what’re you going to do when you get into government?” said Bee Jnr Muzori.
Chamisa on Monday addressed thousands of people who gathered at the so-called Freedom Square in Harare, claiming to be the acting party president in defiance of an order by the party’s real acting president Thokozani Khupe for him to stop masquerading as one. Chamisa also went to the airport to receive Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who endorsed him as ‘acting president’, infuriating senior MDC-T officials.
“Arrival in Harare with Kisumu Governor @AnyangNyongo and my sister Beryl Achieng. We have been welcomed by acting MDC President @nelsonchamisa,” Odinga said on Twitter.
Chamisa, accused by fellow vice president Elias Mudzuri of being a military intelligence operative out to wreck the party from within, was chased away from the funeral by Tsvangirai’s mother Lydia on Saturday but later defiantly returned in the company of known party thugs.
The Khupe group is accused of failing to rein in Chamisa or appeal to Facebook and Twitter to shut down accounts which he now illegally controls through Tsvangirai’s former spokesman and alleged state operative Luke Tamborinyoka.
Tsvangirai’s body was flown to his Buhera burial place in a military helicopter late on Monday for burial on Tuesday. – ©2018 Now Daily. All Rights Reserved.

Nelson Chamisa Wants To Set Me On Fire : Khupe Narrates Assassination Attempts at Morgan Tsvangira Burial

Some Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) youth on Tuesday detained and assaulted the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s deputy, Thokozani Khupe, legislator Lwazi Sibanda, MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora and several others at Tsvangirai’s funeral service in Buhera, Manicaland province.

The youth accused them of opposing moves by acting party president Nelson Chamisa to succeed the late MDC-T leader, who succumbed to cancer of the colon last Wednesday.

Khupe said she was shocked about the violence at Hamunikwa village where she was almost killed by the marauding youth that did not want “us to attend Tsvangirai’s funeral”.

“Tsvangirai was a very hard working man who would not have tolerated this kind of behavior. We have criminal sons who beat me and others. People must learn to respect the dead. As we arrived at the homestead we wanted to greet gogo (Tsvangirai’s mother who did not want Chamisa and Tsvangirai’s wife to attend the funeral) but they called us names and said they will kill us.”

Speaking on VOA Studio 7 Livetalk’s The Connection youth show, she added that “they beat us with stones, umbrellas and any items they could lay their hands on. They called us dissidents saying we should go back to Matabeleland. It was me, Douglas Mwonzora, Abednico Bhebhe, Lwazi Sibanda, and several other people. One stone hit me on my back. I am in pain as I speak right now.

“One man asked us to go into his hut. Those thugs threatened to burn the hut but we were lucky that it was raining and so the thatch could not catch the fire. They threw a burning log into the hamlet. If it was not rain, we were going to die. But I went back to attend the funeral to make sure that he (Tsvangirai) was laid to rest.

“This happened in full view of the police. The police tried to stop them (youth) but they were too vicious. Everybody saw what happened. I don’t know what they will do to them. They (police) saw the criminals.

Mwonzowa said he saw some youths from Chitungwiza. They beat me while I was walking before hiding inside a hut.”

She said the youth stopped intimidating them when one of them told them that “the commander in chief (Chamisa) had ordered them to stop what they were doing. They then stopped.”

Reacting to the latest developments,Chamisa said, This is totally unacceptable. I got a report and I said to the security guy I want to get a report within 24 hours. We will not accept abuse of leadership and we don’t believe in politics of violence. It is anti-MDC. It’s not part of the MDC culture. We are not going to leave any stone unturned to look for the culprits. These may be provocateurs deployed to cause noise.”

Chamisa noted that he attempted to apologize to Khupe soon after Tsvangirai’s burial.

“I tried to apologize and I still apologize. Whoever did it is trying to have an agenda that is foreign. She (Khupe) has been the longest serving vice presidents and has been loyal to the MDC. We need to be vigilant. This apology goes to Khupe, secretary general Mwonzora and others. I apologize.”

He further apologized for the public humiliation of Zanu PF chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, who was booed by some members of the MDC-T while addressing people at the funeral.

“We don’t want to be purveyors of intolerance. Those who differ with us must be tolerated.”

Reacting to Chamisa’s remarks, Khupe said, “This violence emanates from the leadership crisis in the MDC-T. Our election was constitutional but now we have someone who is saying so and so is acting. The constitution stipulates what has to be done. I am the only person who is the acting president of the MDC-T. The constitution is clear on that. Those that don’t want to follow their own thing, I’m not in that …”

But Chamisa pointed out that the only organ that deals with acting presidents is the National Council and therefore “any other does not have a right to apportion this position … Go to the constitution, it’s very clear and the courts interpreted this very clearly. Three deputy presidents can act at a given time in the interest of the party.

“We can also go back to the National Council and have a secret ballot. But as of now we have an acting president who has been put in place by the National Council. You can go Jupiter, Mars or wherever and this will not change. This thing belongs to the people and if there is any query go to Harvest House.”

The United States immediately responded to the violence. “The US Gov strongly condemns the violence that occurred today @ the funeral for Morgan Tsvangirai. He stood in opposition of such violence & there exists no place for these types of actions today in Zimbabwe, as the country moves forward.”

Douglas Mwonzora, Thokozani Khupe Chased Away From Tsvangirai’s Funeral, Leave Under Police Escort

Senior MDC-T officials have reportedly been chased away from the funeral of the late founding leader of the party Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera. Party vice-president Thokozani Khupe and secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora are said to have left the funeral under police escort after angry supporters chased them away. The supporters have been alleged, though not proven to be backing Acting President of the Nelson Chamisa.

Tsvangirai who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to colon cancer, in South Africa is supposed to be buried today. His passing has resulted in chaos both in his family and in the opposition party. His widow, Elizabeth has been badly treated by his relatives who are reported to have disowned her and want to take his estate.

In the party, Chamisa claims he was appointed by Tsvangirai and this has resulted in a fallout with other senior leaders who are saying that the party’s Constitution should be respected.