Drama As Morgan Tsvangirai’s Family Locks Elizabeth Macheka Out Of South Africa Hospital

There was a scuffle on Wednesday at South Africa’s Wits Gordon Hospital, where former Zimbabwe Prime Minister and Movement for Democratic Change Leader Morgan Tsvangirai is battling for his life with cancer.

According to an eyewitness, Tsvangirai ‘s wife Elizabeth Macheka was denied access to see her husband and blamed for the causing illness among other things by members of the husband’s family. As a result, a heated argument erupted and nearly went into a full-blown fight until members of the security intervened to control the situation.

Since Sunday, no visitors were allowed in his ward as the condition continues to worsen. Tsvangirai’s entire family including his mother are at the hospital, but Elizabeth was this week denied access.

Efforts to get a comment from Elizabeth were fruitless as her mobile phone went unanswered.

 

MDC-T Plunges Into Total Chaos As Morgan Tsvangirai Denies Anointing Nelson ‘COBRA’ Chamisa

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has denied replacing acting president Elias Mudzuri with youthful deputy Nelson Chamisa as claimed by party director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka.

Tsvangirai with VP Chamisa and Mwonzora

Tamborinyoka issued a statement Wednesday indicating that Tsvangirai had appointed Chamisa to act as both party leader and MDC Alliance chairperson “until the president returns”.

Tsvangirai is being treated for colon cancer in South African hospital amid claims that his condition is rapidly deteriorating.

And as MDC-T internal power struggle deteriorates to a circus, the former Prime Minister rejected his spokesman’s statement in a letter addressed to Mudzuri.

“I have been advised of communication being circulated within the party and the public generally regarding changes to MDC-T authority levels.

“This communication is false as I have made no such changes in the roles and responsibilities of MDC-T VPs,” the statement said.

Tsvangirai added: “This letter serves to confirm that the authority I vested in you to act as the president of the MDC-T party still stands and any other pronouncements are null, void and invalid.”

However, party deputy treasurer Chalton Hwende immediately took to social media to rubbish Tsvangirai’s purported reversal of Chamisa’s elevation.

“Fake logo, fake salutation and signature,” said Hwende. He included a slew of statements from provincial structures purportedly “endorsing” Chamisa’s new found position as head of the party and alliance with other fringe opposition parties.

But national spokesperson Obert Gutu also took to Twitter saying, “I have just been authoritatively advised that Hon. Elias Mudzuri is still the Acting President of the MDC-T”.

Reports early this week claimed Tsvangirai was on life support raising questions around the authenticity of both state attributed to the stricken opposition strongman.

Chamisa, Mudzuri, and co-VP Thokozani Khupe are locked in a bitter power tussle which also includes party secretary general Douglas Mwonzora.

Meanwhile, Tamborinyoka was due to address a press conference in Harare later Thursday.-NewZimbabwe

Valentine’s Day Date Set for Diaspora Vote Challenge Hearing By Zimbabwe Constitutional Court

THE Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has set February 14 as the hearing date for an application filed by three Zimbabweans, who are challenging restrictive provisions of the Electoral Act, which prevent people living in the Diaspora from participating in local elections.

Deputy Chief Justice, Justice Like Malaba(centre) yesterday arrive at the Bulawayo High Court accompanied by the Bulawayo Judges for the official opening of the 2017 Legal Year.(Picture by Eliah Saushoma)

BY CHARLES LAITON

ConCourt registrar recently published a notice of the hearing, advising that the full bench of the court would sit to hear and determine the application on Wednesday next week.

The setting down of the matter followed a determination by Chief Justice Luke Malaba, who, on January 18 this year, ruled in favour of the Diasporans and allowed them to approach the court demanding their right to vote.

Through their lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), the applicants — Gabriel Shumba, Sibonile Mfumisi, who are both based in South Africa, and one Darlington Nyambiya, who lives in Britain — are seeking an order compelling the Minister of Justice and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to facilitate the amendment of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13).

They want appropriate measures to be put in place to enable Zimbabweans living and working abroad to participate in the country’s electoral processes.

It is the trio’s argument that the residents’ requirements imposed under the Electoral Act are unconstitutional and that the new Constitution, which provides for political rights, allows for every citizen of Zimbabwe to participate in political processes regardless of their location and thus they want some of the restrictive provisions of the Electoral Act struck off the country’s statutes.

ZLHR and SALC also cited the Zec chairperson, Foreign Affairs minister, Finance and Economic Development minister and the Attorney-General as respondents in their official capacities.

Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Engelbert Rugeje Admits A Military Coup Forced Mugabe Out

President Emerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF national political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje yesterday gave conflicting narratives on how former President Robert Mugabe left government in November last year.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/EVERSON MUSHAVA

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Siyalima Irrigation Scheme in Guruve, Rugeje said the military played a key role in Mugabe’s ouster and catapulted Mnangagwa’s rise to the throne.

“The Operation Restore Hope . . . Restore Legacy is the one that brought the leadership of the President we have here. The rest, you will hear from the President himself when he speaks.”

But when Mnangagwa later took to the podium, he said Mugabe resigned on his own following a public statement by hundreds of thousands of people who peacefully demonstrated demanding his ouster.

“He realised that the people had spoken and the people’s voice is the voice of God,” he said.

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe respected the Constitution and Parliament had instituted an impeachment process to remove Mugabe when he resigned after he refused to fire some members of G40 who had captured him, making executive decisions on behalf of the party and government.

Mnangagwa also lashed out at G40 members, describing them as sellouts, who deserved a place in hell.

“We had sellouts in our midst that include even traditional leaders and this does not surprise us when we see the threat of sellouts,” he said.

“If you see G40, you see them selling out, and you look into their history, you see that there were sellouts in the families during the liberation struggle.”

Later on, Mnangagwa and his entourage flew to Madzibaba Wimbo’s Johane Masowe Echishanu shrine, where he chided the former G40 members for plotting to unseat him using their newly-formed opposition, New Patriotic Front.

“Everything that is blessed by God is loved by many. If you find yourself going against the people, pray and say ‘Legion, leave me’, because you would have been possessed by an evil spirit. Wake up and brew beer so that you are cleansed,” he said.

Mnangagwa declared that no opposition could withstand the Zanu PF machinery, describing those forming parties as time wasters.

“What you have done today, the Lord is very happy. Because you are here not to be insulted, here not to be harassed or without being forced,” he said.

Mnangagwa said in November last year, Zanu PF went through a cleansing process, which saw “ticks” being washed away.

“In November, Zanu PF, like a beast, went to the dip tank. I don’t know the fate of the rebels, they remained behind in dip tanks,” he said.

Mnangagwa said his administration was focusing on building the economy.

In a clear dig directed at former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Mnangagwa said: “If you see someone who is not in government saying this one has committed no crime, then know that things would have gone wrong. If you see someone insulting people without a crime, then know that things are wrong. Everyone here has their God, why insult them?”

Grace Mugabe Zanu-PF MP Stoned, Forced To Abandon Meeting

ZALERAH MAKARI

ZALERAH MAKARI

Epworth legislator Zalerah Makari (Zanu-PF) confirmed she was stoned on and forced to abandon a Local Government ministry meeting she was addressing in the constituency.

Makari accused her Zanu-PF rivals of hiring a mob to assault and intimidate her so that she does not contest in the party’s primary elections set to take place soon ahead of general elections later this year. Said Makari:

If people have support, why resort to violence now? Why not just wait for primary elections and then we compete in a dignified and respectful manner without fighting each other. I thank God that I survived the attack. I have made a police report. They threw stones at me, chased after me and I thank the police for coming to my rescue.

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