Mliswa Warns Mutsvangwa That He Will Not Be Bullied, Tells Him Not To Abuse Proximity To Mnangagwa

Independent legislator for Norton Temba Mliswa has responded to alleged attacks from his predecessor Christopher Mutsvangwa. The two had a public spat at a Cholera Threat Assessment Exercise in Norton on Saturday. Mliswa issued a statement saying that he is not losing any sleep at the prospect of running against Mutsvangwa in the coming election. He also told Mutsvangwa that he would not be bullied and that Mutsvangwa should not feel entitled because he is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Special Advisor, a title which Mliswa scoffed at.

Below, we publish Mliswa’s Statement in full:

04 February 2018

PRESS STATEMENT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE MUSWA / MUTSVANGWA EXCHANGE

Press statement begins…… 
It seems speculation and media distortion are rife surrounding the events of Saturday 03 February 2018, between Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa and myself. For the sake of clarity here is an account of what actually transpired.

As you may be aware, Norton has recently faced a cholera scare emanating from reported cases in Chegutu. As a result of this and in quick reaction to contain the threat, I responded to the inner clarion call and facilitated the timely sourcing of adequate medications, equipment and preventative disinfectants as well as the establishment of an isolation zone through personal donation and that of kind well-wishers. Fortunately, test results when returned showed negative for cholera but the alert ensured that Norton is fully equipped in the event of an outbreak.

In light of the cholera threat to the district, the Ministry of Health led by Hon. D. Parirenyatwa embarked upon a cholera threat assessment exercise, visiting both Chegutu and Norton. Due to prior commitments in the constituency, apologies of which had been communicated to the District Administrator who was the MC at the two gatherings, I arrived to join the delegation at Katanga Clinic in Norton where the proceedings were already underway. It should further be noted at this point that l was in full communication with the DA throughout the whole time receiving progress updates as to when the delegation were departing from Chegutu for my participation in the programme.

As a legislator who represents the people, it would have been amiss for me to abandon the people who had congregated to attend the 3 separate Ward developmental meetings as had been scheduled and featured a host of invited guests amongst them being Chief Chivero. So contrary to warped perception, I was not late but dividing my duties to ensure that I fulfil my obligations as demanded and made the effort to attend the gathering as per my invitation as an invited guest and Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency and had further facilitated lunch for the visiting dignitaries as requested.

As the initiative was a Government initiative, the District Administrator, Mr Tomu had drawn up a programme of events and as protocol demands, as the sitting Member of Parliament and therefore political head in the Constituency, I was slated in the programme to convey the Vote of Thanks. However to my amazement upon arriving at the venue, Ambassador Mutsvangwa immediately launched into attack mode referring to my position as an Independent Member of Parliament in Norton as a “borrowed” seat.

This I innocently took in good humour until instead of inviting me to take the floor to subsequently deliver the Vote of Thanks as per order of events, Ambassador Mutsvangwa mischievously usurped the programme and invited Hon. Shamu to the floor to deliver the Vote of Thanks. At this point I interjected, questioning the change of programme and my exclusion thereof, genuinely believing there was a mistake of some sort. However, Ambassador Mutsvangwa insisted that Hon. Shamu continueand began approaching me in a menacing manner whilst hurling a barrage of obscenities and rants that I should rejoin ZANU PF or leave Norton, a chant that was quickly echoed by, now obviously planted rogue elements.

I have always respected Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s capacity and enjoyed a cordial relationship with him as my subordinate when I was the Chairman of Mashonaland West province. I speak on behalf of all Members of Parliament when I say that they should be afforded their level of respect as duly elected members of one of the three pillars of state.

It is unfortunate that an event aimed at such a noble cause would be hijacked and turned into a political party rally. Cholera and other communicable diseases know no boundaries and when an outbreak occurs the scourge transcends over party lines and affiliations. My concern has absolutely nothing to do with elections or campaigning, anyone is free to stand for election in Norton or anywhere else for that matter, that is democracy. It is Ambassador Mutsvangwa who believes he is still the Member of Parliament for Norton rather than me having a fear of competition. At the end of the day whilst competition is healthy, Ambassador Mutsvangwa is certainly not someone I would lose sleep over if he were to throw his hat into the political ring for Norton.

Furthermore, it is blatantly obvious that Ambassador Mutsvangwa was out to politicise the event in that he not only excluded me from the programme but also did not give the floor to the Chairperson of the Norton Town Council, Councillor Precious Mufahore as initially scheduled presumably as she is a member of the MDC party. I may differ with her on a number of issues but it is important to put politics aside at such events and practice political tolerance for the greater good as well as observing and respecting Government structures accordingly. The fact that I choose to make enquiries on the spot as things are happening to get it over and done with does not brand me unruly or disruptive in any way, in fact, it was important to seek clarity to mitigate a precedence from being set.

Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s unwarranted and barbaric act is in total contrast to the President’s vision and is, in fact, damaging to the brand that the President is painstakingly creating. It would appear that the emotional character of Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s is in direct conflict with the cool and calm persona of the President.

ZANU PF has long been castigated for violence and violent tendencies and Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s shenanigans are reminiscent of those dark days. He exposed his lack of political maturity and tolerance as well as ignorance and/or of neglect of the observance of protocol. He has further exposed his crass nature and his unpopularity in the constituency will soon become apparent, something that no amount of bullying, rice or food aid donations will compensate for.

This unfortunate incident brings to the fore the question of the role and responsibilities of a Special Advisor to the President. It is important that this is clearly understood and articulated as is that of the President and all the structures beneath him which may be referred to as enshrined in the Constitution. The President has the mandate to make various appointments as he sees fit, this I do not challenge, however, I think it is important that with these appointments comes the parameters in which a duly appointed person operates to avoid a sense of entitlement or self-aggrandisement leading to the abuse of portfolio or job title.

Such abuse often gives the general public the misguided conception that one who holds such title has powers that they really do not hold and as such imaginary powers are often used to intimidate and bully. Such tendencies were witnessed during the tenure of Dr Gono as the Reserve Bank Governor where Kereke assumed roles and powers he did not actually possess as Dr Gono’s Advisor or also as was further witnessed with Chibage as Advisor to Chihuri. Being an advisor is more of an administrative role rather than an operational one and centres on recommendations, analysing and report making.

Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa would, therefore, be well advised to enter the Norton political arena on his own merit and not rely on his proximity to the President as Special Advisor to gain him any measure of political capital. The bullying through job title, perceived powers and usurping of positions needs to be nipped in the bud before the resurfacing of the violence tag often associated with ZANU PF is allowed to rear its ugly head.

Section 3(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that “the principles of good governance, which bind the State and all institutions and agencies of the government at every level, include— (a) a multi-party democratic political system; (d) respect for the rights of all political parties (f) respect for the people of Zimbabwe, from whom the authority to govern is derived (h) the fostering of national unity, peace and stabilityAmbassador Mutsvangwa’s actions are therefore in direct contradiction with the Constitution.

Another point that baffles me is why Ambassador Mutsvangwa, as the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe National War Liberators and Veterans Association (ZNWLVA), would snub a Mashonaland West Provincial Was Vets meeting to discuss their welfare choosing instead to attend and be part of a task force at gatherings in Chegutu and Norton. A clear illustration of misplaced priorities and putting political expedience over call of duty. I have it on good authority that he is generally aloof regarding his attendance at war vets meetings which I would probably put down to arrogance noting the huge disparity of his quality of life and that of the majority of war vets.

Norton is a constituency of independent thinking people with divergent views who must be respected. Ambassador Mutsvangwa must not treat Norton like a toilet for hirn to just walk in and out of it as he pleases. If he truly felt that he “owned” Norton then surely he could have contested in the last by-election as an Independent upon his expulsion from ZANU PF?

There is no room in Zimbabwe’s new dispensation for rowdy and/or violent behaviour. The new dispensation calls for patriotism and working together. I note with concern that if the local broadcaster is allowed to continue reporting biased and nonfactual stories then we will have an uphill battle in upholding free, fair and credible elections.

Well Ambassador Mutsvangwa it is shots fired and you caught me unaware, well done, however, take note, the minority will have their say but the majority will always have their way. It is only a matter of time and may the best man win and I hope you will be able to congratulate me when that happens. 
“Norton will never be the same again”

Yours sincerely 
Hon. Temba P. Mliswa 
Member of Parliament 
NORTON CONSTITUENCY 
Press statement ends……….

Ex-CIO Boss Bonyongwe, Chihuri Were Planning Counter Operation Against Generals

According to the minutes of the meetings held between the Command Element of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and former president Robert Mugabe, the generals were worried that Mugabe loyalists were planning a counter-operation against the military generals during the military intervention in November. The loyalists were being led by former Minister of Justice and former Director-General of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), Happyton Bonyongwe. Bonyongwe wanted to use Augustine Chihuri, former Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Polic (ZRP) as well as the former Commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, Air Marshal (Retired) Perrance Shiri.

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On page 18, the bottom paragraph, the “Command Element” make a startling disclosure in their document that, the President “was informed about the mounting tension and concern within the Command Element triggered by a mobile communication message attributed to the new Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and former Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Rtd General Happyton Bonyongwe, to Air Marshal Perence Shiri who is in Dubai on official business allegedly urging him to fly back to join in efforts towards a counter-operation whose backbone would be the Police Force commanded by Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri”.

The “Command Element” also note in their document that “Commissioner General Chihuri had not attended the inaugural Wednesday morning meetings, or any thereafter. His Deputy, Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, had only attended the inaugural Wednesday morning meeting, after which he did not turn up for the rest”. The document reveals that the “Command Element”, “made it clear to the President that a counterforce against their operation would constitute an escalation which was bound to lead to a BLOODY outcome”.

The full minutes read:

Rumours of preparations for a counter-operation led by the Police and Rtd General Bonyongwe.

The President was informed about mounting tension and concern within the Command Element triggered by a mobile communication message attributed to the new Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and former Director-General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Rtd General Happyton Bonyongwe, to Air Marshal Parrence Shiri who is in Dubai on official business allegedly urging him to fly back to join in efforts towards a counter-operation whose backbone would be the Police Force commanded by Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri. It was drawn to the President’s attention that Commissioner Chihuri had not attended the inaugural Wednesday morning meetings, or any thereafter. His deputy, Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, had only attended the inaugural Wednesday morning meeting, after which he did not turn up for the rest.

Instances of friction between the Military and the Zimbabwe Republic Police were also drawn to th e President’ s attention culminating in what appeared to be a withdrawal of the Police Force from policing duties at least in the National Ca pital, Harare. The President was informed that the Command Element had made it clear that a counterforce against their operation would constitute an escalation which was bound to lead to a bloody outcome.

Chihuri has since been dismissed from the ZRP while Bonyongwe does not hold any government position.  Shiri is now the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement.

Download the full documents here submitted by the NPF here.

Grace Mugabe Plots Political Comeback , May Form Coalition With Rival Joice Mujuru

The extraordinary is happening behind the scenes: former President Robert Mugabe could be in the process of shaping an opposition political party that could feature his ex-deputy Dr Joice Mujuru and his wife, Mrs Grace Mugabe, among its leading lights.

Insiders privy to developments say a meeting last week between the Mugabes and Dr Mujuru was the first step towards the creation of an opposition coalition largely populated by G40 cabalists who have been in disarray since the November 2017 Operation Restore Legacy which ended their ambition of grabbing the reins of power.

The cabalists have been circulating a “consulation points” document in a bid to rally support for the fledgling project, which the ruling Zanu-PF says will not cause them any sleepless nights ahead of national elections constitutionally scheduled for this year. Among other things, the document wants to build consensus around possible postponement of the elections while a “transitional authority” holds State power. They also want Sadc or the African Union to deploy military troops in Zimbabwe to pave way for their “transitional authority” — something highly unlikely seeing as the continental bloc’s Summit just two weeks ago welcomed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as one of its two newest members, along with Liberia’s President George Weah.

Last week, ex-President Mugabe reportedly apologised to Dr Mujuru — who leads the National People’s Party — for sacking her as his deputy in 2014.

He is said to have given his blessing to the creation of an opposition political party that will bring together G40 and the NPP. It is understood he advised Dr Mujuru to work with sacked ministers Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao, Edgar Mbwembwe and Paddy Zhanda, among others. Former Member of Parliament Dr Daniel Shumba and ex-Zanu-PF Harare Youth League chair Mr Jim Kunaka are also said to be in the mix.

Our Harare Bureau understands Dr Mujuru was scheduled to fly to Cape Town, South Africa at the weekend to thrash out the scheme with her newfound buddies. Dr Mujuru, Prof Moyo and Messrs Zhuwao and Zhanda could not be reached for comment.

Mr Mbwembwe tried to distance himself from it all saying, “I have been out of Harare for more than a week, doing my constituency work. I don’t know anything about what you are talking about. Maybe you guys in Harare can give me details of what is transpiring.”

Mr Kunaka said: “I am not aware of the new political party project. There could be some people with a hidden agenda. I don’t play hide-and-seek. I do things in the open.”

Earlier, Dr Mujuru had told a Washington-based radio station: “I went to speak to (Cde Mugabe) . . . He invited me there himself. If you were to be invited by VaMugabe would you say no?” She said the former leader wanted them to “work well together”. Intelligence sources said all indications were that the G40 cabal still had a grip on Cde Mugabe’s decision-making through Mrs Mugabe.

“The initial plan was to have Grace lead the party, but then the name Joice Mujuru came up as a compromise because Grace’s political activities are still fresh in the minds of the nation. ‘New Patriotic Front’ has been brandished as a possible brand because the idea is to make it appear that this project is indigenous and Pan-African.

“A document has been crafted to that effect; to extol the virtues of Zimbabwe’s heroes because that is how a people comes together, around its heroes and myths. They will try to push forward the names of national heroes, which is where Mujuru comes in, even as they try to put back on track what is largely a self-serving agenda to grab power at all costs.”

Dr Mujuru was married to national hero General Solomon Mujuru. Another source said, “Mujuru is just a pawn in this game which is tailored to upstage President Mnangagwa’s administration. Why is Jonathan suddenly posting positive comments about Mujuru, whose intellectual capacity he has long questioned and whose leadership he has always disparaged? Why is he calling the meeting (between the Mugabes and Dr Mujuru) ‘game- changing’?

“These guys are going around saying they have bought 300 vehicles that will be used for campaigns. That’s not true. Some of the vehicles in question were purchased when (Ignatius) Chombo was still (Home Affairs) Minister and these were for chiefs. They are trying to create an impression that they are organised and well-funded when that is not the case.”

Zanu-PF Politburo member and war veterans leader Cde Victor Matemadanda said the G40 cabal was free to form a political party as the Constitution provides for such rights.

“One thing people like Zhuwao should not forget is that Zimbabwe is in a mess right now because of his uncle (Cde Mugabe) and the cabal that made Zimbabweans suffer because of corruption and neglecting developmental issues.

“Every Zimbabwean is battling economic hardships. It won’t be easy to forgive G40. Imbwa ikadzingwa mumusha inoyenda kunohukura iri kunze kwemusha yakatarisa mumusha, but ikawona kuti vanhu vandiramba, inofuratira yotarisa musango yoenda ichihukura nesango. That is exactly what Zhuwao and his team are doing.”

Zanu-PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi said the ruling party was ready for all comers.

“As far as we are concerned, this is a grouping of misguided elements who are all failures. Zanu-PF is too strong and as the Youth League we are not bothered. We should not lose sleep over (them). We are waiting for them and in elections we will show them what we are made of,” said Cde Togarepi.

A political analyst said G40’s intention was to dilute Zanu-PF’s vote and block President Mnangagwa from getting 50 percent-plus-one of ballots needed to make him a first round winner of the Presidential race.

Political analyst Mr Godwin Mureriwa weighed in, “Mugabe engaging Mujuru is a sign of desperation. He is trying to seek relevance and also trying to use tribal Zezuru politics but Zimbabweans are not that foolish. What Mugabe must know is that Zimbabweans are tired of him and nobody wants him to be involved in our politics again. They know that President Mnangagwa has the support of the majority of the people of Zimbabwe, who are behind him because he is working hard to improve the economy.”

Other citizens, too, are not amused with the evolving project.

Section 103 of the Constitution says, “The President and Vice-Presidents, and any former President or Vice-President, must not, directly or indirectly, hold any other public office or be employed by anyone else while they are in office or are receiving a pension from the State as former President or Vice-President, as the case may be.”

However, such a move could see Cde Mugabe lose the goodwill he has enjoyed from President Mnangagwa’s administration, which has largely sought to treat him with dignity as a former Head of State despite his last years in office being hijacked by the G40 cabal’s machinations.-Sundaymail

Petina Gappah And Natalie Jabangwe Clash Over President Mnangagwa

Petina Gappah and General Manager and Executive Head of Ecocash, Natalie Jabangwe clashed during the recent World Economic Forum preparations held in Davos.

Jealousy Mawarire, writing for Nehanda Radio claimed that Gappah, 47 and Jabangwe were both hired by competing factions within Zimbabwe government to prepare President Mnangagwa’s team ahead of the Davos meeting and later rubbed each other uncomfortably, with one trying to outdo the other in order to impress Mnangagwa.

Recommendations were then made by George Charamba to ensure that Gappah is barred from travelling with  Mnangagwa team. However ,  according to sources, Edwin Manikai pleaded with Mnangagwa to allow Gappah to travel to Davos.

Unemployed Gappah during the Davos preparations gave a misleading impression that she was doing voluntary work, implying that it was free and for the love of country. Gappah also gave an impression that she is employed by World Trade Organisation.

She blew her cover when a Facebook fan made a comment ” You are amazing Petina. You are not paid and you do this all for the love of your country”.

Gappah had to correct this because she realises there are people who know she is being paid. She confesses but avoids mentioning that she is being paid, only saying it’s not by the government raising a question is who is paying her and what is their interest?

Mawarire, further alleges that Gappah while in Davos clashed with Presidential Spokesperson, George Charamba, since she had taken over the press secretary duties.

“So intense was the friction that former security elements in the junta began to accuse Gappah of being “a weevil” that was breaking “security protocol” due to her ‘unorthodox’ way of doing things and her perceived unfettered access to the President”, writes Mawarire.

Another insider who travelled with Mnangagwa team said, Gappah did not have a role of technical expert. Instead, she was actually interviewing Ministers and writing. And together with Vimbai Kajese, they are the ones who have been given rein to ask questions and shutting out Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporations and Herald crew outside.

In 2013, Gappah heavily criticised former editor of the New Zimbabwe.com news website founding editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu, when he left the UK to joined Zimpapers.

Petina Gappah And Natalie Jabangwe Clash Over President Mnangagwa

Petina Gappah and General Manager and Executive Head of Ecocash, Natalie Jabangwe clashed during the recent World Economic Forum preparations held in Davos.

Jealousy Mawarire, writing for Nehanda Radio claimed that Gappah, 47 and Jabangwe were both hired by competing factions within Zimbabwe government to prepare President Mnangagwa’s team ahead of the Davos meeting and later rubbed each other uncomfortably, with one trying to outdo the other in order to impress Mnangagwa.

Recommendations were then made by George Charamba to ensure that Gappah is barred from travelling with  Mnangagwa team. However ,  according to sources, Edwin Manikai pleaded with Mnangagwa to allow Gappah to travel to Davos.

Unemployed Gappah during the Davos preparations gave a misleading impression that she was doing voluntary work, implying that it was free and for the love of country. Gappah also gave an impression that she is employed by World Trade Organisation.

She blew her cover when a Facebook fan made a comment ” You are amazing Petina. You are not paid and you do this all for the love of your country”.

Gappah had to correct this because she realises there are people who know she is being paid. She confesses but avoids mentioning that she is being paid, only saying it’s not by the government raising a question is who is paying her and what is their interest?

Mawarire, further alleges that Gappah while in Davos clashed with Presidential Spokesperson, George Charamba, since she had taken over the press secretary duties.

“So intense was the friction that former security elements in the junta began to accuse Gappah of being “a weevil” that was breaking “security protocol” due to her ‘unorthodox’ way of doing things and her perceived unfettered access to the President”, writes Mawarire.

Another insider who travelled with Mnangagwa team said, Gappah did not have a role of technical expert. Instead, she was actually interviewing Ministers and writing. And together with Vimbai Kajese, they are the ones who have been given rein to ask questions and shutting out Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporations and Herald crew outside.

In 2013, Gappah heavily criticised former editor of the New Zimbabwe.com news website founding editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu, when he left the UK to joined Zimpapers.