Robert Mugabe Meets NPF Leaders In South Africa

AMH chairman Trevor Ncube claims that former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is in Sandton meeting with G40 comrades.

Ncube said, “Robert Mugabe workers quizzed over National Patriotic Front. Meanwhile, he is in Sandton meeting with G40 comrades.”

Mugabe slipped out of the country early Wednesday for what was described as a “private” visit to South Africa.

The 94-year-old took a scheduled commercial Air Zimbabwe flight to Johannesburg but there was no information as to the purpose of his visit.

Last week former Mashonaland East provincial Affairs minister Ambrose Mutinhiri a retired Brigadier General announced he was quoting Zanu PF.

Mutinhiri then met Mugabe on Sunday after which it was announced that he had been appointed interim president of the new National Patriotic Front (NPF) party.

The opposition grouping had hitherto been fronted by Mugabe’s nephew and former Cabinet minister Patrick Zhuwao and colleague Jonathan Moyo.

Speculation in Harare claimed that Mugabe could have travelled to South Africa to meet Zhuwao and Moyo to strategize for the new political project. This could however not be independently verified.

– Online

Diplomatic Tensions As Zimbabwe Military Chiefs Visit Secretive North Korea

THE United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the United States are closely watching the Zimbabwean government’s relations with North Korea after Harare sent a military delegation to the secretive Asian state last month.

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A Zimbabwean military delegation, led by Air Force of Zimbabwe commander Air Marshall Elson Moyo (centre), with North Korean generals in the Asian country.

North Korea is under a comprehensive and open-ended UN arms embargo that prohibits the export of weapons to and import of weapons from the country. Military co-operation with Pyongyang is strictly prohibited.

In June 2006, the UN Security Council established an embargo on exports of major arms to and imports from North Korea. In June 2009, Security Council Resolution 1874 widened the embargo to all arms, except for the export of small arms and light weapons to the country. In 2015, the Security Council expanded the embargo to include all small arms and light weapons.

The compulsory UN restrictions have been extended to ban virtually all North Korean exports, including all coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, textiles, seafood, heavy machinery, electrical equipment and agricultural products.

According to information obtained from Rodang Sinmun, a North Korean newspaper that is the official voice of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Zimbabwe military delegation led by Commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshall Elson Moyo, arrived in North Korea on February 6 to attend the 70th founding anniversary of the North Korean People’s Army (KPA).

The visit came just five months after the UN Panel of Experts wrote a letter to Zimbabwe government officials demanding to know the operations of North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project (MOP) Group of Companies, as stated in a UN report dated September 5 2017.

Foreign Affairs secretary Joey Bimha told the Zimbabwe Independent the government was investigating the matter, but the latest visit has raised further eyebrows, diplomatic sources say.

Moyo’s delegation, which was made up of senior officers from the Zimbabwe National Army and AFZ, attended a reception hosted by the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces in honour of the military attache corps on February 6.

North Korea army General Pak Yong Sik, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, generals and officers of the KPA also attended.

The delegation also visited Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where they paid tribute to President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on February 7.

The team visited Mangyongdae, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung and were briefed on the revolutionary history of Kim Il Sung. They toured Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the Sci-Tech Complex.
The North Korea media reports also state that Kim Jong Un was presented a gift from the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Phillip Valerio Sibanda which was conveyed through Pak Yong Sik, by Moyo.

Sources said the UN and US are curious to establish the nature of the visit in view of UNSC Resolutions on sanctions against North Korea.

The UN has been tightening screws on North Korea over its ballistic and nuclear tests.

In a statement on North Korea released on Tuesday, US Vice-President Mike Pence said the US and its allies were not backtracking on putting pressure on North Korea.

“Whichever direction talks with North Korea go, we will be firm in our resolve. The United States and our allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure on the Kim regime to end their nuclear programme.

“All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable and concrete steps toward denuclearisation,” Pence said.

David McGuire, a public affairs officer at the US embassy in Harare, said although his country was encouraging countries to comply with the UNSC resolutions he was not sure what the delegation was doing in North Korea.

“We as the US have been increasing sanctions pressure on North Korea and we have been encouraging countries around the world, in conjunction with the UN Security Council resolutions, to comply with the resolutions,” McGuire said.

Asked whether the Zimbabwean’s military’s visit to North Korea is the kind of engagement the US wants to stop, he said: “I am not sure because I do not know what the delegation was doing there. Certainly, we do have questions on any kind of delegation that visits North Korea, especially wanting to know the nature of the business, what they will be doing.” – The Independent

Photo That Sparks Fears Robert Mugabe Could Return to Power

  • Mugabe was photographed posing with opposition leader Ambrose Mutinhiri
  • Mutinhiri is leader of the NPF party which will contest the election in August 
  • The former president, 94, was ousted by a military coup in November 2017

Deposed despot Robert Mugabe left Zimbabweans fearing a possible return after he was pictured posing with the current leader of the opposition this week.

The photo sent shockwaves through the ruling ZANU-PF party which he dominated for decades as he was shown with opposition leader Ambrose Mutinhiri.

Mutinhiri recently became the leader of the brand new National Patriotic Front (NPF) party which hopes to unseat the government in polls expected by August.

The NPF is made up of a pack of pro-Mugabe politicians who broke off from the incumbent ZANU-PF party back in November after the tyrant stood down.

Mutinhiri’s only became leader of the NPF last week after an abrupt resignation from ZANU-PF.

The announcement that he would be the presidential candidate of the new party came as a shock to many and exposed deep divisions in the governing party.

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Robert Mugabe (centre) posing with Zimbabwean opposition leader Ambrose Mutinhiri (right)

The symbolism of the photo opportunity, which was featured at the top of a press release issued by the new pro-Mugabe splinter party, was unmistakable. 

In response, Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa said the government would be watching Mugabe’s activities very closely.

‘There is an issue regarding the former president,’ he said.

‘Currently we see in the media various speculations about his activities… we are not happy with what the media is saying. We don’t know whether it’s correct or not but it is an issue we are examining.’

‘(The photo) sort of solidifies the whole idea that the Mugabe family is behind the project,’ said Gideon Chitanga, an analyst with the Johannesburg-based regional think-tank Political Economy Southern Africa, describing Mugabe’s meeting with Mutinhiri as ‘very cordial’.

Other analysts said that Mnangagwa had every reason to be concerned by Mugabe’s sudden re-emergence on the political scene.

‘There is an understated panic — especially within ZANU-PF,’ said Zimbabwean political analyst Brian Kagoro who added that the ruling party had already struggled to formulate a response to the opposition following the death of its figurehead Morgan Tsvangirai in February.

Analysts say new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is right to be concerned by Mugabe’s sudden re-emergence on the political scene

Mugabe’s resignation came after protestors held demonstrations calling for him to step aside

‘It would have been a much easier task to concentrate on infiltrating the (opposition) but now they have to deal with uncertainty as to who is with them,’ said Brian Kagoro, a director of the UHAI Africa think-tank.

Mugabe was forced to quit when the military briefly took power in November and ZANU-PF lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against their once beloved leader. Since his dramatic reversal of fortune, he has largely appeared to stay out of public life.

The military moved against Mugabe, 94, after he sacked his then-deputy and heir-apparent Mnangwga apparently fearing the nonagenarian was grooming his wife Grace to succeed him as president.

The former first lady had cultivated her own factional support base within ZANU-PF known as ‘G-40’ that was seen as hostile to the security establishment.

‘There is a fight for legitimacy among the retired military supremos,’ said Kagoro, who suggested that Mugabe was behaving with ‘grand malice’ over his treatment.

The NPF claims to have many members ‘who are outraged by the unconstitutional and humiliating manner in which president Mugabe was criminally ousted from the leadership of both ZANU-PF and the country’.

Robert Mugabe forged a reputation as one of the most brutal and corrupt leaders in the world

Despite the NPF’s emergence and the ensuing trepidation at the top of ZANU-PF, the pretender party is unlikely to make significant inroads at the polls.

‘They are trying to create the impression that Mugabe has a lot of residual support,’ said Derek Matyszak, a independent Zimbabwean political analyst. ‘But I don’t think they are going anywhere.

‘And though he is unaccustomed to not exercising his bit of power, I can’t see him going full on into the political field because he is dependent on Mnangagwa to have a comfortable retirement.’

Mutinhiri himself is seen as a marginal figure without an established regional or ethnic base that would be essential to dent ZANU-PF’s monolithic grip on power.

Chitanga, the analyst, said it was unfortunate that Mugabe appeared to be ‘getting entangled in opposition politics.’

‘The normal thing would have been for him to retire quietly,’ he said.

The NPF has quoted Mugabe as saying that ‘people are free to belong to parties of their choice’.

It also vowed to ensure ‘there is no interference by the army, or those that would want to resort to violence as a means of getting votes’.

It is an irony that will not be lost on voters that elections held under Mugabe were marred by violence and voter intimidation – alongside allegations of electoral fraud.-MailOnline

Nelson Chamisa : 9 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The MDC President

1. He just celebrated his 40th birthday last month on February 2.

At 40 he’s the youngest presidential hopeful with a significant chance of becoming Zimbabwe’s next president. The current Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, turns 76 this year in September. Former President Robert Mugabe turned 94 last month.

2. Nelson Chamisa’s wife is called Sithokozile Chamisa

Little is known about Chamisa’s wife and there are no photos of him with her in public. Together they have a child called Ashley Chamisa


3. Chamisa is a founding member of the MDC in 1999. He was only 21 years old then


4. In 2003, Chamisa broke new ground in the politics of Zimbabwe by becoming the youngest Member of Parliament at age 25.


5. Chamisa announced his entry into politics during his college days when he was appointed Harare Polytechnic Student Representative Council (SRC) president in his first year in 1998.


6. In January 2017 Chamisa was reported to have lied to MDC-T party supporters at a rally in Mutare when he told them that he had met US President Donald Trump and had been promised $15 billion.

The US government later released a statement denying Chamisa had been promised any such money by the US president.


7. In 2009, as Zimbabwe Minister of ICT in an inclusive government, Chamisa pushed for the removal of excise duty on computers and mobile phones.

This removal of duty on these technology items is considered to have contributed significantly to the accessibility mobile phones and mobile telephony to more people in Zimbabwe.


8. Chamisa is a church pastor.

While a lot of people know that Chamisa is a lawyer (studied at University of Zimbabwe), few know that he is also a Pastor. In December 2016, he graduated with a Degree in Theology from Living Waters Bible College, an institution founded by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe.

9. Chamisa was part of the legal team representing Zuva Petroleum in a  landmark Supreme Court case whose judgment triggered mass job terminations affecting tens of thousands of workers in Zimbabwe.

Chamisa assisted advocate Thabani Mpofu in the case. The landmark ruling gave employers a lot of leverage in dismissing their employees without having to worry about payment of severance packages.The ruling is widely considered to have worsened the plight of workers in Zimbabwe.

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