Female Opposition Leader Joice Mujuru Assaulted By President Mnangagwa Supporters In Harare

National People’s Party President Joice Mujuru had to be rushed to hospital after stone attacks by suspected ZANU PF supporters in Glen Norah, Harare earlier today.

Sources close to the opposition leader presented a medical report from a specialist radiologist indicating that x-ray tests were executed on Mujuru on the arm and eye following the attack.

 NPP officials have not yet been able to provide  with specifics on the extent of the injuries on Mujuru.
 

Meanwhile, the NPP Secretary General Gift Nyandoro has indicated that police have since effected some arrests of people suspected to have attacked Mujuru.

According to Nyandoro amongst the people arrested are members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

“Following the attack of NPP President today police has since made five arrests and amongst them are two military officers at Glen Norah police and police are withholding their names,” said Nyandoro.-Online

Joice Mujuru Meets Ousted Robert Mugabe, Says He Is In Good Spirits And Happy Mood

National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru, has revealed that she met former president, Robert Mugabe after he called her.

“He called me and I obliged. He was telling me what happened was wrong, he was misinformed,” she told VOA.

Mujuru, who was savaged by both Mugabe and his wife, Grace before being ousted said she now feels vindicated, after her constant denials of plotting to overthrow Mugabe, were ignored by the then president and Grace.

“You know for a start, I told him (Mugabe) that they were not … it wasn’t me. Its people who are after Mugabe who you know are doing all these things. And it has, I’ve, I’ve have been vindicated by what I said to him,” Mujuru shared, adding also that she holds no grudge against Mugabe for how he treated her.

“I forgave him a long time ago, including the, the wife. They (Mugabe, his wife Grace) were tricked, and mind you the same people who are now in control are the very same people who went and tricked Mugabe,” said Mujuru, who personally attended and congratulated Mnangagwa on his inauguration. “So, they knew what they wanted to do – they wanted me out of the way first, so that they will be able to get to Mugabe easily,” she said.

Mujuru said, she was happy to find Mugabe in good spirits.

“He was very happy, I think he’s resting, he’s doing fine,” Mujuru said of Mugabe’s disposition. “I was very happy to see him in that mood.”

She said Mugabe did not appear to be under house arrest. “No, not house arrest as such,” she said. “Of course, being a former president he should have people who guard him as soldiers, they could be soldiers and policemen all included, because that is how he used to move, even when he was still head of state.”

Asked whether Mugabe appears free to have visitors at his home, Mujuru said Mugabe is experiencing what she went through after her ouster from the party and government – defection – and that they shared a laugh over it.

“Now that he is in this predicament, aaah, we were actually laughing, you know, I just said to him, ah, you know what, when you are in this situation people desert (you), and he said yes, even relatives have deserted.”

UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visits Zimbabwe

Minister for Africa for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin has arrived in Zimbabwe.

Malvern MP Harriett Baldwin

Malvern MP Harriett Baldwin

UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin arrived in Harare on 1 February. This is the second UK Ministerial visit to Zimbabwe since President Mnangagwa was sworn in in November 2017 and Minister Baldwin’s first visit since her appointment.

Minister Baldwin wants to learn more about Zimbabwe and better understand the context and the challenges and opportunities it is facing as it emerges from 37 years of rule by former president Robert Mugabe. The Minister will hold meetings with business representatives, politicians, human rights groups, NGOs and other members of civil society.

She will also see some of the important development work supported by the UK, including visiting a school for children with disabilities. She will see how the UK is increasing its work on reaching the most marginalised children with education, including those with disabilities, in the run up to the UK-hosted Disability Summit.

Minister Baldwin said:

The past few months have seen momentous change in Zimbabwe and it is a privilege to visit at such a pivotal time.

I am looking forward to meeting a wide range of Zimbabweans and hearing from them about the huge potential their country holds and the challenges that must be faced ahead of elections later this year.

The UK has a longstanding relationship with Zimbabwe and we are committed to working with the government of Zimbabwe for a bright, prosperous and hopeful future for all Zimbabweans.

Justice Chigumba New Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chair Sworn In

Justice Priscilla Chigumba

New ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn-in the new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba at State House this morning.

Justice Chigumba is a judge of the High Court and will lead the elections administration body following the resignation of former chairperson Justice Rita Makarau in December 2017.

The appointment of Justice Chigumba follows consultations with the Judicial Service Commission and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rules and Orders.

Justice Chigumba attended Goromonzi and St Ignatius High Schools and obtained her law degree at Kings College London in the United Kingdom.

She practiced as a lawyer with Gollop and Blank for years before joining PG Industries as a corporate secretary and later moved to form her own law firm.

She then joined the Ministry of Justice, Legal Parliamentary Affairs as a magistrate in 2004.

She was sworn in as justice of the High Court in 20 December 2012.

She joins the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission at a time when the country is preparing for the 2018 harmonised elections.

Asked about her mandate, the new ZEC chairperson said: “I will execute my mandate in a manner that will deliver free, fair and credible elections, in line with what the head of state has promised the world.”


Commission of Inquiry into Sale of State Land installed

Soon after swearing in Justice Chigumba, the President also installed a commission of inquiry into the matter of sale of state land in and around urban areas since 2005.

The commission whose mandate should be carried out in a period of 12 months from the date of the appointment of the commission is being chaired by Justice Tendai Uchena and has other members namely Mr Andrew Mlalazi, Mr Steven Chakaipa, Dr Tarisai Mutangi, Dr Heather Chingono, Ms Vimbai Nyemba and Ms Petronella Musarurwa.

Mnangagwa Heavily Criticised for Appointing Priscilla Chigumba As Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson

Senator David Coltart has criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s appointment of Priscilla Chigumba as the new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson replacing Justice Rita Makarau who resigned under yet to be disclosed circumstances.Post

Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, Coltart argued that Mnangagwa should never have appointed a Judge who was questioned by both the former Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku and the current one Luke Malaba on corruption allegations. Wrote Coltart:

Whilst President Mnangagwa has made good appointments to the Procurement Board & ZIMRA when it came to the vital appointment of a ZEC Chair he has failed. He should never have appointed a Judge who was questioned by both the former CJ & current CJ re corruption allegations.

Coltart is referring to the bribery allegations which were levelled against Chigumba during her interview to be a Supreme Court judge in 2017. While a section of the public feels that this was a smear campaign against Chigumba who is known for her ruling against a Government ban on demonstrations and clearing Pastor Even Mawarire of attempting to overthrow the government of Mugabe and inciting others to commit public violence, Constitutional law expert Alex Magaisa believes the bribery allegations will continue to haunt her unless there is a definite public clearance. However, Magaisa argues that “ An allegation alone is not enough to disqualify her from holding the ZEC Chair”. Writing on his website The Big Saturday Read, Magaisa argues:

The allegations of bribery will probably haunt her into her new job unless there is a definite public clearance. She was accused of demanding a $20,000 bribe from a litigant in a matter she was adjudicating. She protested vehemently against these allegations. It is not clear whether she was cleared but her appointment would suggest that she was. If she was cleared of the allegations, that clearance did not receive sufficient publicity to clear her name in the court of public opinion. In any event, the allegations seem to have cost her a promotion to the Supreme Court. She was going through the interview process for the job when the allegations were first publicly disclosed. 

If there is any semblance of truth in the allegations, then it casts doubt on her credibility for the job as she would appear to be corruptible. However, if she was cleared of the allegations, and it is possible that it may have been a smear campaign, then this needs to be made clear in order to give confidence to all political actors and the electorate. Every person, including a judge, is entitled to due process, which means she must be regarded as innocent until proven guilty and she ought to be given a chance to defend herself. An allegation alone is not enough to disqualify her from holding the ZEC Chair. 

Robert Mugabe University Not a Priority for Zimbabwean Government

Controversial plans to build a new university named after Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president, are no longer a priority for the country’s government.

Amon Murwira, the minister for higher and tertiary education, said that the focus was now on three other new institutions: Gwanda State University, Marondera University and Manicaland University, according to a report in NewsDay.

But he said that the ministry is still looking at the idea of the proposed Robert Gabriel Mugabe University so that it can reach an “informed decision” on the $1 billion (£708 million) scheme’s future.

The government had previously planned to build the controversial university, which was to be funded by a government grant, on Mr Mugabe’s private property in the Mazowe district of the country’s Mashonaland Central province. It was to focus on science, technology and engineering.

Mr Mugabe was forced from power in November.

Mr Murwira said: “We are studying the university concept so that we can come up with an informed decision or position on the university. At the moment, our focus is on Gwanda State University, Marondera University and Manicaland University.”

He added: “We need to come up with a clear concept on that project and see how we can take it up. At the moment, it is not a priority.”

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