4 granted bail for ‘booing’ Robert Mugabe’s wife

FOUR people from Bulawayo accused of booing First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe at the Zanu-PF Presidential Youth Interface rally held last Saturday at White City Stadium were yesterday each granted $50 bail.

 Mabutho Lucky Moyo (32) of Lobengula, Mayibongwe Evans Zvigadza (28) of Barbourfields, Walter Sibanda (24) of Tshabalala and Dephine Dzvange (33) of Nketa 7 were allegedly being led by former Zanu-PF Bulawayo Central district chairman Magura Charumbira who is still being hunted by the police.

They allegedly sang and made gestures throwing hands in the air after the First Lady said Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was being persecuted for nothing.

The State, represented by Mr Jerry Mutsindikwa, had opposed bail saying the quartet was likely to abscond. He said they would interfere with the State witnesses as some potential witnesses’ statements have not yet been recorded.

Mr Mutsindikwa said: “The conduct of the accused persons was likely to provoke violence and as such it was the court’s interest that the public’s interest be protected. The State fears for the safety of the quartet as one of them was assaulted and found lying on the ground.”

However, Bulawayo magistrate Mr Franklin Mkhwananzi dismissed the State’s reasons and said the quartet were proper candidates for bail. He remanded the matter to November 23 when they would be provided with a trial date.

He said:

“So far nine rallies have been held and the quartet has only been accused of allegedly committing the offence once. This does not establish the likelihood that they might repeat the offence again. The quartet’s constitutional rights of the accused persons should not be trampled on because of one contact who said their lives would be endangered.”

He gave them bail on five conditions.

“Applicants should each pay $50 bail. They should reside at the given addresses until the matter is finalised. They should not interfere with State witnesses.

Applicants should not attend the upcoming rally which will be held in Harare. They should report to their respective police stations once a week on Friday,” he said.

The quartet which is facing a charge of undermining the authority of the President is represented by Mr Tanaka Muganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers.

Mr Mutsindikwa said the rally was attended by President Mugabe as the guest of honour, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other top government officials. “The quartet with others allegedly sang the song Into oyenzayo siyayizonda (We hate what you are doing) at White City Stadium when DR Grace Mugabe was addressing the gathering. They made hand gestures and booed at the First lady,” Mr Mutsindikwa said.

He said Zanu-PF youths later intervened and took Charumbira out of the stadium.

The quartet was spotted by police officers on duty.

‘Mugabe has two months to live as prostate cancer takes toll’ – Sources

HARARE – The dramatic dismissal of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the presidium may have been prompted by President Mugabe’s mounting health issues amid unconfirmed reports he has two months to live.

 President Mugabe on Monday fired his deputy and expelled him from his party as the battle to succeed him intensified with his wife Grace looking more likely the automatic choice for Vice President.

A source within the President’s inner circle last night revealed a Malaysian urologist has told the first family that the longstanding despote not live more than a month now due to the advance stage of his prostate cancer.

This was also corroborated by sources by senior sources in President Mugabe’s close security who said the move to sack VP Mnangagwa was prompted by President Mugabe’s rapidly deteriorating health.

“The president’s Malaysian urologist and Chinese doctors have informed the First Lady that the president is unlikely to live for more than a month due to mounting complications from his long standing prostate cancer,” reads the details leaked.

“The cocktail of medications that have been administered to Mugabe over a long period of time and they are now having less and less effect and causing side effects of the cancer such as fluid retention and decreased lung capacity. This is believed to likley causes “organs failure” within weeks if not days.

Mugabe has prostate cancer and was told by doctors in 2008 that the disease could rapidly turn for the worst, leaked US diplomatic cables reveals.

Mr Mugabe’s battle with the disease was revealed to James McGee, the former US Ambassador to Harare, by Gideon Gono, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, during a private meeting in June 2008.

It is believed that before his rally at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium on Saturday, Mugabe’s medical team were concerned that the dosage of medication required to put the president on his feet might prove fatal. On Sunday Mugabe failed to attend the Church star rally hosted by his wife and sources said doctors where attending him at home.

Mugabe said to have urged his wife Grace to seize the moment and make the long-awaited strike against Mnangagwa before the VP had time to do the same to her and the children.”The president is said to fear a situation in which he dies with Mnangagwa in a de facto position to take the presidency. He is believed to have advised the first lady to “kill” Mnangagwa “before he kills us”. He also instructed the first lady that the head of the Defence Forces, Constantine Chiwenga, was “a long standing coward who will salute anybody who will win”, so the key element was to “ensure that he salutes you first and not Mnangagwa” reads the details.

At 93, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is the oldest head of state in the world. But he’s not letting age slow him down. He is running again in next year’s elections. But his wife, Grace, 52, is positioning herself to succeed him in the event of his death.

Mugabe has run the country since it won independence from Great Britain in 1980. Before that, he led a long and bloody guerrilla war against the country’s white settler regime.

“He is a very astute politician,” says Andrew Meldrum, assistant Africa editor for the Associated Press. “He is a wily politician. He has out-maneuvered everybody within Zimbabwe, and around Africa, and even internationally.”

He has held onto power with a degree of ruthlessness. Enemies have been jailed or killed. Even allies aren’t allowed to build up any power. Meldrum himself was jailed and expelled from the country after reporting on torture.

“There have been vice presidents, but it’s a very perilous position to be in,” says Meldrum. “So the vice presidents are either elbowed aside or a trapdoor opens and they disappear.”

The latest example is Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled into exile this week after being denounced by the Mugabes. Mnangagwa had been in the cabinet since independence, and was known for being extremely loyal. He says he now fears for his life.

Grace Mugabe is more than 40 years younger than her husband. She was a receptionist when they met and began an affair. They had children together, before Mugabe’s first wife died.

In the last few years, Grace Mugabe has developed political ambitions, and started honing her political skills. She’s taken over the Women’s League of the ruling ZANU-PF party. She’s held rallies across the country, but “she is not widely popular,” according to Meldrum’s analysis. “She was originally known as ‘Gucci Grace’ among some people for her shopping trips overseas.”

“She has taken on a more political role,” he adds, “and she does distribute charity donations of clothes and food in rural areas. So she knows what needs to be done to gain popularity.”

Grace Mugabe has also weathered scandals, including separate assault charges in South Africa and Hong Kong. She was able to avoid prosecution by asserting diplomatic immunity.

She has spoken openly of her ability to become vice president and succeed her husband, in the event of his death.

When asked about creating a dynasty, she says, “Why not?”

C.M (32) MDC COUNCILOR ELECT WARD 15 BINDURA SOUTH

C.M (32) MDC COUNCILOR ELECT WARD 15 BINDURA SOUTH WAS TAKEN AT 10PM ON 21 JUNE 2008. HIS HOME WAS DESTROYED. AT THE BASE HE WAS SEVERELY BEATEN WITH IRON BARS. ”YOUR ARE A CLR. YOU HAVE TO DEFECT TO ZANUF OR WE WILL KILL YOU, WE WANT A BY-ELECTION” BOTH LEGS WERE FRACTURED AFTER THE BEATINGS.

J.M. FROM MTETA VILLAGE, MUDZI NORTH

J.M. FROM MTETA VILLAGE, MUDZI NORTH .HOMES WERE BURNED ON 7th JUNE 2008. A GROUP OF MILITIA, WAR VETS AND NEWTON KACHEPA ZPF MP, ON 20th JULY 2008 TAKEN TO CHIMKOKO BASE, WITH SON (17) AND BEATEN BY MILITIA SAYING ”YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE CLEVER, YOU ARE PUPPETS OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, TODAY YOU ARE GOING TO TELL US WHERE HE IS ” HE SUSTAINED FRACTURED LEFT ARM AND EXTENSIVE INJURIES TO BUTTOCKS.

MRS. C. (45) MASHAVA MINE

MRS. C. AGED (45) FROM MASHAVA MINE, MASVINGO PROVINCE BEATEN WITH BIG STICKS AT NIGHT BY YOUTH IN ZANU PF T-SHIRTS ON 14 JUNE 2008. THEY SAID ”YOU MUST BE PATRIOTIC, YOU ARE OPPOSITION PARTY”

LATE REUBEN MUTEWE STORY

THE LATE REUBEN MUTEWE OF AGE 38, MDC BRANCH CHAIRMAN, WARD 16, BUHERA SINCE 1999, WAS ABDUCTED BY ZANU PF MILITIA, TAKEN TO BEDZA TORTURE BASE ON 31 JUNE 2008. HE WAS BEATEN USING STEEL BARS ON HIS BACK AND A DEEP HOLE COULD BE SEEN FROM HIS BACK. HE DIED A HORRIFIC WAY.

H.C (32) BINDURA STORY

H.C (32) BINDURA STORY-WAS SHOT IN THE RIGHT ARM AND LEFT LEG AND BEATEN BY ZANU PF YOUTH AND MILITIA IN BINDURA. HIS MOTHER NERIA, SISTER SUSAN ALSO BEATEN AND AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO FORCE THEM TO DRINK POISONOUS PARAQUAT TO TRY FAKE IT AS SUICIDE. THEY REFUSED TO DRINK IT AND THE MILITIA POURED IT INTO THEIR MOUTH AND FACES AND THEY SUFFERED BURNS AND ULCERS AS A RESULT. THEIR BROTHER WAS ALSO SHOT IN THE UPPER THIGH AND DIED THE SAME DAY 20 JUNE 2008. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE NERIA AND SUSAN WERE ALSO CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR RESISTING DURING THE ENCOUNTER.

 

L.D (57) FROM MARONDERA NORTH

HE WAS ATTACKED AFTER VISITING HIS PARENTS IN UMP WHEN 10 ZANU PF YOUTH CAME LOOKING FOR HIS COUSIN. HE WAS AWAY SO L.D WAS ATTACKED WITH A MACHETE ON THE FACE AND HEAD. THEY ACCUSED HIM OF JOINING MDC AND BEATEN HIM SEVERELY AS WELL.

I.R (70) MDC ACTIVIST FROM BINDURA

ON THE 10TH OF JUNE 2008, KNOWN ZANU PF LOCALS ABOUT 18 OF THEM CAME TO HER HOUSE AND WANTED TO ASK WHY SHE WAS A SUPPORTER OF MDC. SHE WAS THEN ACCUSED OF BEING A SELL OUT. THEY BEAT HER SEVERELY WITH LARGE STICKS AND THREW HER ON TO THE COOKING FIRE. SHE SUFFERED BURNS TO HER LEGS, BACK AND HER GENITALS AND SHE DIED 1 MONTH LATER. SHE ENDURED A LOT OF SUFFERING IN HER LAST DAYS. HER EFFORTS SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

L.M (38 and pregnant) EPWORTH – VICTIM

ZANU PF YOUTH CAME TO HER HOUSE ON 14 JUNE 2008 EARLY MORNING WHILE SHE WAS IN DEEP SLEEP. THEY DESTROYED HER HOME AND TOOK HER TO A GRAVEYARD AND RAPED HER 3 TIMES AND DID NOT USE PROTECTION. A YOUNG GIRL NAMELY M(CONCEALED IDENTITY) 22 YEARS OLD STAYING AT HER HOUSE WAS ALSO RAPED ONCE. A THIRD GIRL IN THE HOUSE WAS ALSO RAPED BY ANOTHER GROUP OF ZANU PF YOUTH THAT SAME NIGHT. L.M CONTRACTED HIV AND HER LIFE WAS SCARRED FOREVER.

The untold truth of M.N 22 year old lady from Chiweshe Zimbabwe

22 Years old M.N from Chiweshe was beaten by Zanu pf militia in 2008 after being accused of supporting Tsvangirai’s MDC party and supporting the whites to be back on the land. The injuries on her buttocks were so horrific that no human should go through this. Zimbabweans should remember this lady for the brutal suffering she experienced in the last days of her life. Her feet were gouged to the extent that you could see the bones. inside. CLR Sarudzai Mutyavaviri led the militia that perpetrated the atrocities.

Military throws the first spanner

The militia has been seen beating up the police officers in the CBD, this has led to many interpretation that this was a show of force by the military bosses after revelations that Grace Mugabe is working in the background on the succession issue. Military bosses have been reportedly to be in discontent with the actions of the first lady and close sources reveal that they are ready to put off the gloves.

WAR VETS FIRED SHOTS AT GRACE MUGABE

War veterans spokesperson rebuked Grace Mugabe for making her statements about the President’s succession. The call was that Grace Mugabe should be arrested if the law is applied equally but this will never be the case. He went further to state that other people have been previously arrested for making such statements bout succession. He reinforced the idea that the law is not being applied equally and Grace Mugabe should not be saying anything about the succession. This gaffe is being predicted as a a big firestorm about to unravel within the ranks of Zanu-pf.

Grace Walks a Hyena Road

Words by the First Lady Grace Mugabe seems to have upset the war veterans. In this video Grace seems to be asking the President , which is her husband to name his successor. This speech has been widely condemned by the military and war veterans and sparked an all-out war about how the successor should be chosen. Grace claims no discussion about the president’s succession can be done without involving him. The words were interpreted as the first lady claimed that they own the country. War veterans fired back claiming the country belonged to the people of Zimbabwe who died during the liberation struggle.

MUGABE ENDORSES VIOLENCE 2018 ELECTIONS EXCLUSIVE

A video has surfaced of President Robert Mugabe encouraging his die hard supporters to commit acts of violence against opponents as we head into 2018 elections. This endorsement came as a surprise to many Zimbabweans because Mugabe had promised to end violence since 2013 but its the opposite that has prevailed. Its shocking that the President of  a democratic country endorses violence against opponents. This move has been seen with the targeting of journalists, war veterans and the media at large. Actions of Mugabe are contrary to the expectations of democracy and should be condemned.