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Grace Mugabe And Other First Ladies Who Live In The Lap Of Luxury

As Robert Mugabe’s reign over Zimbabwe draws to a close, attention has turned to the role his wife — known for her extravagant spending — has played in his plunging popularity.

As Robert Mugabe’s reign over Zimbabwe draws to a close, attention has turned to the role his wife has played in his plunging popularity.

Grace Mugabe has spent the past few years positioning herself as her husband’s successor, much to the chagrin of senior leaders of Zanu-PF.

She enjoyed the support of some in the political party’s youth wing, but is deeply unpopular with the wider population, thanks in large part to her reputation for extravagant spending.

Known to many as “Gucci Grace” or Zimbabwe’s “First Shopper”, she’s believed to have spent tens of thousands of tax-payer dollars on luxury goods and shopping sprees in Paris.

But she’s not the first to make the position of first lady look lucrative.

The queen of shoes

Imelda Marcos was the wife of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is remembered for his corruption and brutality.

As first lady, Ms Marcos was known for her opulent lifestyle, in particular her love of shoes.

When her husband was finally ousted from office in 1986, more than 2,700 pairs of shoes were found in her wardrobe, many of which are now housed in a museum in Marikina.

The family fled and lived several years in exile. But when her husband died, Ms Marcos returned to the Philippines and to politics, winning a seat in the country’s House of Representatives four times.

One of the country’s richest politicians, she reportedly maintains an extensive collection of clothing, artwork and jewellery.

She’s also believed to have stashed millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts under the name “Jane Ryan” frustrating attempts by investigators to recover the cash.

‘Desert rose’

Asma al-Assad was something of a media darling before the start of the Syrian Civil War.

Born in Britain to Syrian parents, the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is well-educated and was described by Vogue magazine as “glamorous and chic” in a 2011 profile.

As Syria became a war zone, and her husband stood accused of committing war crimes, Asma al-Assad was reported to have spent almost half-a-million dollars on furniture.

Emails obtained by Wikileaks reportedly contained to the details of orders for five chandeliers, 11 ottomans and a rug worth just under $20,000. She’s also believed to have a penchant for Louboutin shoes.

Her Instagram account is littered with photos of her looking calm and perfectly coiffed despite the war that’s raging in Syria and the desperate conditions faced by much of the population.

Mrs Gaddafi

The second wife of Muammar Gaddafi, Safia Farkash, kept a relatively low profile while her husband made headlines for his dictatorial rule in Libya.

She’s believed to have met the dictator while she was nursing him in hospital. They soon married and had several children, enjoying a lavish lifestyle while many in the country lived in poverty.

Reports of the exact nature of her wealth have varied, particularly since the 2011 Libyan uprising and Gaddafi’s death. But persistent rumours claim she’s the owner of 20 tonnes of gold along with a personal jet.

In 2012, The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates froze her bank accounts over alleged atrocities committed by her husband.

She’s now been allowed to return to Libya with members of her family, a move that stirred discontent among the population.

Grace Mugabe PhD Scandal Forces University of Zimbabwe Exams Suspension

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) was yesterday forced to suspend examinations mid-stream after students demonstrated demanding that vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura explain the circumstances under which First Lady Grace Mugabe obtained her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree three years ago.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI

The institution came under intense criticism following Grace’s graduation in 2014 amid claims that the university had been coerced to award her the degree by President Robert Mugabe. The university has kept her thesis a closely-guarded secret.

The revolt by the students came just a day after the ruling Zanu PF recalled Mugabe and expelled his wife from the party.

In a notice to students, authorities said the examinations had been deferred to the period January 8 to 24, 2018.

Grace was awarded a PhD in sociology three months after enrolment in what critics said was a “jealousy” move to equal then Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was also capped at the same time with her.

Yesterday, the UZ reportedly threatened to engage the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as invigilators for the suspended examinations as students vowed that they would only resume after Mugabe has resigned as chancellor of the university.

UZ Student Representative Council (SRC) president Tawanda Vhudzijena told journalists that the institution had given them two options, to write the examinations under the watchful eye of the military or defer everything to next year.

“We met with the university administration and we have been given two options, which are to write the exams under the supervision of the military or have them deferred to next year, but our position is firm, that until President Mugabe steps down, we will not write examinations, “ Vhudzijena said.

Mugabe, in power since majority rule from Britain 37 years ago, has found his grip on power slipping away after the military took charge last week to “pacify a degenerating political situation”.

Vhudzijena applauded the military action that has left Mugabe, Grace and some of his top aides under house arrest while others have been detained in barracks.

Zimbabwe National Students’ Union secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe said efforts were underway to mobilise all tertiary students across the nation to march against Mugabe today.-Newsday 

Grace Mugabe PhD Scandal Forces University of Zimbabwe Exams Suspension

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) was yesterday forced to suspend examinations mid-stream after students demonstrated demanding that vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura explain the circumstances under which First Lady Grace Mugabe obtained her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree three years ago.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI

The institution came under intense criticism following Grace’s graduation in 2014 amid claims that the university had been coerced to award her the degree by President Robert Mugabe. The university has kept her thesis a closely-guarded secret.

The revolt by the students came just a day after the ruling Zanu PF recalled Mugabe and expelled his wife from the party.

In a notice to students, authorities said the examinations had been deferred to the period January 8 to 24, 2018.

Grace was awarded a PhD in sociology three months after enrolment in what critics said was a “jealousy” move to equal then Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was also capped at the same time with her.

Yesterday, the UZ reportedly threatened to engage the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as invigilators for the suspended examinations as students vowed that they would only resume after Mugabe has resigned as chancellor of the university.

UZ Student Representative Council (SRC) president Tawanda Vhudzijena told journalists that the institution had given them two options, to write the examinations under the watchful eye of the military or defer everything to next year.

“We met with the university administration and we have been given two options, which are to write the exams under the supervision of the military or have them deferred to next year, but our position is firm, that until President Mugabe steps down, we will not write examinations, “ Vhudzijena said.

Mugabe, in power since majority rule from Britain 37 years ago, has found his grip on power slipping away after the military took charge last week to “pacify a degenerating political situation”.

Vhudzijena applauded the military action that has left Mugabe, Grace and some of his top aides under house arrest while others have been detained in barracks.

Zimbabwe National Students’ Union secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe said efforts were underway to mobilise all tertiary students across the nation to march against Mugabe today.-Newsday 

Former VP Mnangagwa Asks President Robert Mugabe to Resign

  • Mnangagwa says won’t return to nation unless he is safe
  • Parliament to resum today; lawmakers could impeach Mugabe
Emmerson MnangagwaPhotographer: Alexander Joe/AFP via Getty Images

The new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling party asked Robert Mugabe to resign as president of the southern African nation.

“The destiny of our country is in the hands of our people and his excellency must heed the call of the people to resign,” Emmerson Mnangagwa, who left the country after Mugabe fired him as deputy president earlier this month, said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front fired Mugabe, 93, on Nov. 19 and named Mnangagwa as its new leader. Mugabe has made contact with Mnangagwa, who says he won’t return to the country “until he is satisfied of his personal security,” the new party leader said.

Mugabe triggered his own downfall by firing Mnangagwa, a move that prompted the military to intervene and place him under house arrest. The nation’s parliament is due to reconvene on Tuesday and could impeach him should he remain steadfast in his refusal to resign.

Under Mugabe’s watch, the economy has imploded, leaving 95 percent of the workforce unemployed, according to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions estimates, and forcing as many as 3 million people into exile. His swift and legal exit will enable the military to implement its plan to install a transitional government until elections can be held, without the risk of outside intervention.

Mugabe’s decision to fire his long-time ally could have paved the way for his 52-year-old wife Grace and her supporters from a Zanu-PF faction known as the G-40 to gain control of the nation. Nicknamed “Gucci Grace” in Zimbabwe for her extravagant lifestyle, she said on Nov. 5 that she would be prepared to succeed her husband. The party has now resolved that she should be expelled from its ranks.

Ex-Zambian Leader Kaunda Dispatched to Convince Mugabe to Give Up Power

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week.

Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, left, and former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda, attend the inauguration ceremony of the Patriotic Front’s Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Lungu the candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, has won Zambia’s presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced late Saturday. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

The ruling party removed Mugabe as ZANU-PF president and first secretary on Sunday and lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

“Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare,” a senior government source told Reuters. Kaunda is also 93 years old. Reuters

Zimbabwe Govt Should Function As Usual – Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet  Dr Misheck Sibanda is advising all government ministers, permanent secretaries and civil servants in general that government machinery should continue to function as usual, notwithstanding the current state of affairs in the country.

In a statement, Dr Sibanda said all government ministers should continue to discharge their responsibilities in the usual manner and should operate from their offices in Harare.

All permanent secretaries are also advised to ensure that the departments under their purview continue to effectively discharge their mandates for the benefit of the citizens and other stakeholders.

Dr Sibanda said all cabinet ministers and heads of ministries must rely on official communication and not be distracted by statements coming through the social media.

He said cabinet will be informed of the date of the next cabinet meeting in the usual manner.

Mandi Chimene Flees To China ?

SPECULATION was this week rife that the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene, had fled the country after the military this week rounded up what it described as criminals around President Mugabe. Cde Chimene has been one of the vocal figures in calling for the purging of axed Vice-President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF politicians linked to the former VP.

However, it has since turned out that the Provincial Affairs minister is in China on the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association business. When contacted yesterday, she said there was no need for her to flee the country as she had not committed any criminal offence.

“I will be back on Wednesday, November 23. Why should I skip the country I fought for? I have not committed any crime at all. I am a Zimbabwean and I am coming back home soonest. What exactly is happening? I am with the Manicaland delegation on the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association business,” she said.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces announced early Wednesday morning that they had taken action to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in the country which if left unchecked would have resulted in violent conflict. The ZDF said the intervention was not a coup, but corrective action targeted at criminals around President Mugabe. The director in Cde Chimene’s office, Mr Kennedy Mugarisanwa, also confirmed the China trip and said it was a Government-sponsored trip.

Mr Magirisanwa said: “As you are aware, Cde Chimene is the chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association, she was invited on official business. They usually go there annually and the time was due. Her delegation includes personnel from local authorities, the business community and other sectors. I am not sure of the actual number of her delegation. You can check with her secretary on the trip’s schedule. I know that the trip was being co-ordinated by Mutasa Rural District Council chief executive officer, Mr George Bandure. It was a Government-sponsored trip,” he said.

General Chiwenga

Addressing the nation on ZBCTV early Tuesday morning, ZDF spokesperson, Major General Sibusiso Busi Moyo, who was flanked by Air Vice-Marshall Jacob Nzvede urged people to go about their normal business, but limit unnecessary movement.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict,” Maj-Gen Moyo said.

At the Forbes Border Post, there has been heavy presence of military personnel since Wednesday morning. Forbes Border post is Zimbabwe’s gateway to neighbouring Mozambique through Mutare,  the country’s fourth largest city. A check by The Manica Post showed that although business is being conducted as usual with haulage trucks coming in and out of the country through the border post, heavily armed soldiers in combat regalia are milling around the vicinity of the border post with two security check points – less than 300 metres apart – on the tarmac leading to the border post.

The security check points are manned by uniformed soldiers. Soldiers at the security check points are asking for identity documents and purpose of visit from passers-by before being allowed to progress. A small group of about six police officers seen near the border post on Wednesday were clearly not concentrating with goings-on around the soldiers, seemingly discussing their own issues.

In Mutare city and all parts of Manicaland, it was business as usual, with all operations being at normal. Commuters were busy with their daily chores, businesses were open, while students, both at schools and tertiary being busy with their examinations that there would be no disruptions of everyday operations.

Maj-Gen Moyo said: “To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual.

“Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice,” he added.

Maj-Gen Moyo assured other arms of the State that their actions were meant to protect their independence. “To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.”

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF national youth league secretary, Cde Kudzanai Chipanga, has apologised to ZDF Commander, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga and the ZDF hierarchy for his Tuesday’s remarks in which he denigrated them. Cde Chipanga has since distanced himself as the author of the statement and said it was handed over to him by one Rodney Dangarembizi.

Cde Chipanga had slammed Gen Chiwenga and ZDF saying: “All those in the security sector fatigues who wish to engage in politics are free to throw their hats in the ring and not hide behind the barrel of the gun.”

Mugabe Cried Uncontrollably Saying He Misses Ghanaian Wife Sally Hayfron After Being Cornered By Army

A top Zimbabwe military officer said under fire president Robert Mugabe cried uncontrollably after the army threatened his life following a what appeared to be a  takeover earlier this week.

The 93-year-old Mugabe who has been at the helm of Zimbabwe for 37 years begged for mercy saying he felt exposed to gangs following the death of his first wife Sally in January 1992. Without mentioning Grace, Mugabe said his life would have been different now.

“He told us that Sally Sarah Hayfron was the love of his life”, said the source.

Robert Mugabe married his first wife Sally in 1961 and they had a child together Michael Nhamodzenyika, who later died at age three from cerebral malaria in 1966. Mugabe was informed of this from behind prison bars and was devastated.

Mugabe went on to have an affair with married Grace Mugabe who was born in  South Africa. They later married in 1996.

Unlike ambitious Grace , popular first wife, Sally appeared by her husband’s side for official functions but rarely got involved in politics herself, focusing publicly on her charity work while gaining a reputation for legendary shopping expeditions.

The unveiling of Grace Mugabe as a potential successor to her husband began in 2014, when she became head of the ruling party’s women’s league and the state propaganda machine began talking up her political acumen. The first lady of Zimbabwe has support from the ruling party’s Youth League, but is widely disliked among the general population.

Grace Mugabe

Grace Mugabe

Before the events of 14 November her path to power had received a boost when her main rival, the vice-president , Emmerson Mnangagwa, was fired on 6 November. The feud between Mugabe and Mnangagwa had been bitter – in October she publicly denied poisoning him after he fell ill at a rally in August.

 

 

 

 

Robert Mugabe Departure Update : Army Says Making Significant Progress In Talks

Harare – Zimbabwe’s military said on Friday it was making “significant progress” in talks with President Robert Mugabe for his departure while it pursues and arrests some allies of the leader and his wife.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe addresses the ZANU-PF party’s top decision making body, the Politburo, in the capital Harare, February 10, 2016. Mugabe, the only leader that Zimbabwe has ever known, turns 92 this month amid escalating tensions within his ruling ZANU-PF party over who will eventually succeed him. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX26CYU

Talks with Mugabe continued, the military said in a statement reported by the state-run Herald newspaper and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

Zimbabwe’s military is “currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible”, the statement said.

“Significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe,” it said, adding that the military had already arrested some although others remained at large. Those sought had been “committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe”.

Difficulties 

The military is seeking Cabinet ministers and other top officials who had been associates of First Lady Grace Mugabe, part of a clique dubbed the G40 because many were in their 40s and 50s. They are of a different generation from the one that fought for independence from white minority rule.

Army troops and armoured vehicles continued to patrol the capital, Harare, as Zimbabweans went about their daily business.

The military has had Mugabe under house arrest since late Tuesday, yet it is taking pains to show respect for the 93-year-old leader, the world’s oldest head of state, by referring to him as the president and the commander-in-chief.

The ongoing negotiations appear to be trying to get Mugabe to agree to hand over to a new government. But difficulties could include the timing. The ruling party is set to meet next month, and Mugabe’s term ends next year. An election date has not been set.

In a striking image of the fluidity of the political situation, the Zimbabwe Herald on Thursday published photos of Mugabe jovially shaking hands with army commander Constantino Chiwenga, the general who ordered the president’s arrest.

Rapid political rise 

Others pictured in the first round of talks at State House, the president’s official residence, include Defense Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Intelligence Minister Kembo Mohadi, South African Cabinet ministers who are acting as mediators and a local Catholic priest, Fidelis Mukonori, whom Mugabe has used as a mediator before.

Grace Mugabe was not pictured. Her rapid political rise had alarmed many who feared she could succeed her husband after he fired his longtime deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, last week. That firing set off the military’s moves, and Mnangagwa is expected to lead any new government.

The military wants the process of establishing the new government to appear to be constitutional in order to maintain a veneer of legality and the approval of the 16-nation regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community, and the African Union.

As a landlocked country, regional sanctions by the bodies could be harmful to Zimbabwe’s already ailing economy.

A committee of SADC on Thursday has recommended an emergency summit of heads of state to discuss the Zimbabwe situation. It was not clear when that would take place.-thezimbabwemail

Criminals Prof Moyo And Kasukuwere Arrested, Mzembi Flees

FOREIGN affairs minister Walter Mzembi confirmed Wednesday that he was a fugitive as cabinet colleagues and G40 allies Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere were reportedly picked up by the military.

 

by Gilbert Nyambabvu

Also detained was finance minister Ignatius Chombo amid social media rumours claiming that he was found with US$10m in cash at his Harare home.

Moyo and Kasukuwere had been holed up at President Robert Mugabe’s private mansion in the capital. They were reportedly extracted from the property late Wednesday and detained at the army’s KG6 barracks.

Meanwhile, Mzembi, who was out of the country as the military takeover unfolded, confirmed that he was now a fugitive.

The minister, a Mugabe favourite, was recently promoted to the foreign affairs portfolio after his unsuccessful bid to become secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I just got a surprise solidarity call from UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Hon Charles Banda of Zambia,” Mzembi told a global travel publication Wednesday.

He did not disclose his whereabouts, but added; “I am touched by the expression of empathy and sympathy for my well-being and that of my family under these difficult circumstances.

“It really got to the bottom of my heart that a country I carried the cross for most recently in the UNWTO elections could be seeking to create a fugitive out of me!

“I trust that wisdom will prevail in the name of diplomacy to amicably end this crisis to the satisfaction of all.”

On the run … Walter Mzembi

All four ministers are key figures in the G40 Zanu PF faction which was thought to be pushing for First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her 93-year-old husband President Robert Mugabe.

The succession plot collapsed spectacularly this week with the military declaring a takeover of power, putting President Mugabe under house arrested and declaring that;

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

The military insisted that the power grab was not a coup and continued to address Mugabe as President and Commander in Chief in a move seen as calculated to ward off international condemnation and possible intervention.

The pretence appeared to be working with the global reaction deploring the development but falling short of outright condemnation. Most countries urged calm and a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

And as Zimbabweans waited warily for the military to announce the new political dispensation in the country, regional diplomatic efforts went into motion.

South African President Jacob Zuma revealed that he had spoken to Mugabe who indicated that he was safe but confined to his Harare home.

The Pretoria government said it was dispatching two ministers to Harare for talks with the Zimbabwean leader and the military while the regional SADC grouping was due to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis in Botswana Thursday.

Criminals Prof Moyo And Kasukuwere Arrested, Mzembi Flees

FOREIGN affairs minister Walter Mzembi confirmed Wednesday that he was a fugitive as cabinet colleagues and G40 allies Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere were reportedly picked up by the military.

 

by Gilbert Nyambabvu

Also detained was finance minister Ignatius Chombo amid social media rumours claiming that he was found with US$10m in cash at his Harare home.

Moyo and Kasukuwere had been holed up at President Robert Mugabe’s private mansion in the capital. They were reportedly extracted from the property late Wednesday and detained at the army’s KG6 barracks.

Meanwhile, Mzembi, who was out of the country as the military takeover unfolded, confirmed that he was now a fugitive.

The minister, a Mugabe favourite, was recently promoted to the foreign affairs portfolio after his unsuccessful bid to become secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I just got a surprise solidarity call from UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Hon Charles Banda of Zambia,” Mzembi told a global travel publication Wednesday.

He did not disclose his whereabouts, but added; “I am touched by the expression of empathy and sympathy for my well-being and that of my family under these difficult circumstances.

“It really got to the bottom of my heart that a country I carried the cross for most recently in the UNWTO elections could be seeking to create a fugitive out of me!

“I trust that wisdom will prevail in the name of diplomacy to amicably end this crisis to the satisfaction of all.”

On the run … Walter Mzembi

All four ministers are key figures in the G40 Zanu PF faction which was thought to be pushing for First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her 93-year-old husband President Robert Mugabe.

The succession plot collapsed spectacularly this week with the military declaring a takeover of power, putting President Mugabe under house arrested and declaring that;

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

The military insisted that the power grab was not a coup and continued to address Mugabe as President and Commander in Chief in a move seen as calculated to ward off international condemnation and possible intervention.

The pretence appeared to be working with the global reaction deploring the development but falling short of outright condemnation. Most countries urged calm and a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

And as Zimbabweans waited warily for the military to announce the new political dispensation in the country, regional diplomatic efforts went into motion.

South African President Jacob Zuma revealed that he had spoken to Mugabe who indicated that he was safe but confined to his Harare home.

The Pretoria government said it was dispatching two ministers to Harare for talks with the Zimbabwean leader and the military while the regional SADC grouping was due to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis in Botswana Thursday.

Criminals Prof Moyo And Kasukuwere Arrested, Mzembi Flees

FOREIGN affairs minister Walter Mzembi confirmed Wednesday that he was a fugitive as cabinet colleagues and G40 allies Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere were reportedly picked up by the military.

 

by Gilbert Nyambabvu

Also detained was finance minister Ignatius Chombo amid social media rumours claiming that he was found with US$10m in cash at his Harare home.

Moyo and Kasukuwere had been holed up at President Robert Mugabe’s private mansion in the capital. They were reportedly extracted from the property late Wednesday and detained at the army’s KG6 barracks.

Meanwhile, Mzembi, who was out of the country as the military takeover unfolded, confirmed that he was now a fugitive.

The minister, a Mugabe favourite, was recently promoted to the foreign affairs portfolio after his unsuccessful bid to become secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I just got a surprise solidarity call from UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Hon Charles Banda of Zambia,” Mzembi told a global travel publication Wednesday.

He did not disclose his whereabouts, but added; “I am touched by the expression of empathy and sympathy for my well-being and that of my family under these difficult circumstances.

“It really got to the bottom of my heart that a country I carried the cross for most recently in the UNWTO elections could be seeking to create a fugitive out of me!

“I trust that wisdom will prevail in the name of diplomacy to amicably end this crisis to the satisfaction of all.”

On the run … Walter Mzembi

All four ministers are key figures in the G40 Zanu PF faction which was thought to be pushing for First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her 93-year-old husband President Robert Mugabe.

The succession plot collapsed spectacularly this week with the military declaring a takeover of power, putting President Mugabe under house arrested and declaring that;

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

The military insisted that the power grab was not a coup and continued to address Mugabe as President and Commander in Chief in a move seen as calculated to ward off international condemnation and possible intervention.

The pretence appeared to be working with the global reaction deploring the development but falling short of outright condemnation. Most countries urged calm and a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

And as Zimbabweans waited warily for the military to announce the new political dispensation in the country, regional diplomatic efforts went into motion.

South African President Jacob Zuma revealed that he had spoken to Mugabe who indicated that he was safe but confined to his Harare home.

The Pretoria government said it was dispatching two ministers to Harare for talks with the Zimbabwean leader and the military while the regional SADC grouping was due to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis in Botswana Thursday.

Mugabe Agrees To Step Down After Negotiations With The Military

President Robert Mugabe has agreed to step down as president of Zimbabwe after negotiations between his representatives and those representing the military. The negotiations were held at state House after the military refused to meet with President Mugabe at his “Blue Roof” home in Borrowdale because it was his residence and not for official business. Roman Catholic Priest Father Fidelis Mukonori was one of the mediators.  The other mediators were South African Minister for Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the South African State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.

This comes after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power from Mugabe in the early hours of Wednesday. The military kept insisting that this is not a military takeover of government as it is only targeting the criminals around the president who had caused untold suffering to Zimbabweans because of their corruption.

Mugabe agreed to resign after his demands for safe passage for his family were granted by the military.

Earlier reports said that Mugabe had been insisting that the action taken by the military was illegal and that he was still the legitimate head of state. He wanted the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to admit that their conduct was illegal. Mugabe and his advisors are reported to have been insisting that he should finish his term as President

A source who spoke to Reuters earlier said:

It’s a sort of stand-off, a stalemate. They are insisting the president must finish his term.

The generals, on the other hand, would have none of it and wanted former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to be reinstated to his previous positions of Vice President of Zimbabwe and Second Secretary of Zanu-PF.-Online

Tsvangirai Returns to Zimbabwe Amid Military Coup

MDC -T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC -T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

ZIMBABWE’S defeated ex-prime minister has returned to the country as politicians eye opportunities for power while President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest.

Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader who was made Mr Mugabe’s deputy between 2009 and 2013 after he saw a surge in support in elections, was on the same plane into Harare as Sky News.

Sky correspondent David Bowden reported that also on the plane were two other government ministers, who were returning to their country from Russia.

It came after the army seized power in the country in what the leader of the African Union said looked like a “coup”.

Mrs Mugabe has made no secret of her desire to succeed her husband
Grace Mugabe has made no secret of her desire to succeed her husband

Mr Mugabe is being detained in the presidential palace, where explosions and gunshots were heard early on Wednesday.

The army said it was holding the president and his wife Grace, but there have also been rumours she had fled to Namibia.

Bowden said: “People are gathering here to see how this plays out and what they can grab from the spoils.”

 

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai, who was defeated by Mr Mugabe in 2013, has returned to Zimbabwe

He added: “As we left the airport there were heavily armed soldiers on checkpoints, checking every vehicle in, and every vehicle out.

“As we moved through the streets driven by a local activist we came upon an armoured personnel carrier full of soldiers who quickly raced out and chased us round the corner as soon as they realised we were filming them.

“We were convinced they might open fire – but they didn’t. It gives you an idea of the tension on the streets here… but it’s a tension laced with expectation.

A woman in military uniform walks past a billboard for the ZANU PF in Harare

 Zimbabwe: The people and politics behind the takeover

“People seem to think that something concrete is going to happen. They don’t know what it is but they do know that once it plays out Zimbabwe will not be the same as it has been for the last 37 years.”

Earlier, African Union leader Alpha Conde, said: “The African Union expresses its serious concern regarding the situation unfolding in Zimbabwe.”

He went on to insist that “constitutional order… be restored immediately” and called “on all stakeholders to show responsibility and restraint”.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe’s compound.

Grace Mugabe

 ‘Gucci Grace’: Who is Zimbabwe’s first lady?

On Monday, the head of the armed forces had warned that a “purge” of government political figures who had taken part in the 1970s wars of independence had to “stop”.

The sacking of the vice president and Mr Mugabe’s likely successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, last week, was seen as clearing the way for Mrs Mugabe to take over from her husband, after she won the support of ZANU-PF’s youth wing.

The military said it was taking control of the streets, blocking roads to the parliament and court to target “criminals”.

The head of the youth wing of Zimbabwe’s ruling party appeared on state television on Wednesday night, to apologise to the military.

 Zuma: South Africa sending an envoy to Zimbabwe

Kudzai Chipanga said he had voluntarily given his statement apologising for denigrating defence forces chief General Constantino Chiwenga.

Bowden said many people he had spoken to felt it could be the end of Mr Mugabe, who had maintained an iron grip on the southern African former British colony for 37 years.

He said: “Everybody you speak to doesn’t know the outcome of what is going to happen here – but everybody knows this is a seminal moment in the history of this country.

“It seems as though this is the endgame for Robert Mugabe. Now all we need to know is how it is managed.

“Does he leave the country saving face? Does he stay here as some kind of titular head with the government being run by somebody else? It’s unknowable.” – news.sky.com

Arrested Mugabe Resisting Army Pressure to Quit

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup.

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source told Reuters.

The source could not provide details of the talks, which appear to be aimed at a smooth and bloodless transition after the departure of Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Mugabe, still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero, is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.

Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest that former security chief Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was ousted as vice-president this month, has been mapping out a post-Mugabe vision with the military and opposition for more than a year.

Armoured vehicle is seen outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Fuelling speculation that that plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine and the military said it was keeping him and his family, including wife Grace, safe.

 Despite the lingering admiration for Mugabe, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, a former government typist who started having an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s as his first wife, Sally, was dying of cancer.

Dubbed “DisGrace” or “Gucci Grace” on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa’s removal a week ago – a move seen as clearing the way for her to succeed her husband.

In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armored vehicles at strategic locations.

Whatever the final outcome, the events could signal a once-in-a-generation change for the former British colony, a regional breadbasket reduced to destitution by economic policies Mugabe’s critics have long blamed on him.-rueters

Arrested Mugabe Resisting Army Pressure to Quit

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup.

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source told Reuters.

The source could not provide details of the talks, which appear to be aimed at a smooth and bloodless transition after the departure of Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Mugabe, still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero, is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.

Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest that former security chief Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was ousted as vice-president this month, has been mapping out a post-Mugabe vision with the military and opposition for more than a year.

Armoured vehicle is seen outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Fuelling speculation that that plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine and the military said it was keeping him and his family, including wife Grace, safe.

 Despite the lingering admiration for Mugabe, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, a former government typist who started having an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s as his first wife, Sally, was dying of cancer.

Dubbed “DisGrace” or “Gucci Grace” on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa’s removal a week ago – a move seen as clearing the way for her to succeed her husband.

In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armored vehicles at strategic locations.

Whatever the final outcome, the events could signal a once-in-a-generation change for the former British colony, a regional breadbasket reduced to destitution by economic policies Mugabe’s critics have long blamed on him.-rueters

Arrested Mugabe Resisting Army Pressure to Quit

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup.

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source told Reuters.

The source could not provide details of the talks, which appear to be aimed at a smooth and bloodless transition after the departure of Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Mugabe, still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero, is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.

Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest that former security chief Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was ousted as vice-president this month, has been mapping out a post-Mugabe vision with the military and opposition for more than a year.

Armoured vehicle is seen outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Fuelling speculation that that plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine and the military said it was keeping him and his family, including wife Grace, safe.

 Despite the lingering admiration for Mugabe, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, a former government typist who started having an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s as his first wife, Sally, was dying of cancer.

Dubbed “DisGrace” or “Gucci Grace” on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa’s removal a week ago – a move seen as clearing the way for her to succeed her husband.

In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armored vehicles at strategic locations.

Whatever the final outcome, the events could signal a once-in-a-generation change for the former British colony, a regional breadbasket reduced to destitution by economic policies Mugabe’s critics have long blamed on him.-rueters

South Africa’s Ruling ANC Says Wont Intervene In Zimbabwe Coup

SOUTH AFRICA’s governing African National Congress (ANC) says it will not intervene to end the crisis unfolding in neighbouring Zimbabwe, amid fears that the military could overthrow 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest ruler.

At a press conference ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the party would be concerned if “things go wrong there because it will impact on us”.

“But we have no authority over them. That’s the point we are making,” he said.

“At one time at the height of the Zimbabwe question there were suggestions by big powers that we must just walk into Zimbabwe [and]whip them into line. We will not do that. It is not done. It is our neighbour, not our province.”

Millions of Zimbabweans are in South Africa, the regional superpower.

They fled the economic collapse of their country, which resulted in the government being forced to introduce so-called bond notes because of a shortage of US dollars, one of the currencies Zimbabwe adopted after its own currency crashed because of hyperinflation.-bbc

Zimbabwe Coup Latest: Army Statement In Full

Below is the state ment from the army in full:

GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON

Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

To the civil servants: As you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging taking place in Zanu PF to the Civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against it.

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that, as an independent arm of the State, you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our Members of Parliament: Your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe: We urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice.

To political Parties; We urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behaviour.

To the youth: We call upon you to realise that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with dirty coins of silver, be disciplined and remain committed to the ethos and values of this great nation.

 


To all Churches and religious organisations in Zimbabwe:
 We call upon you and your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace, unity and development.

To both our people and the world beyond our borders: We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.

We call upon all the war veterans to play a positive role in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country.

To members of the Defence Forces: All leave is cancelled and you are all to return to your barracks with immediate effect.

To our respected Traditional leaders: You are the custodians of our culture, customs, traditions and heritage and we request you to provide leadership and direction to your communities for the sake of unity and development in our country.

To the other Security Services: We urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear that we intend to address the human security threats in our country. Therefore, any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.

To the media; we urge you report fairly and responsibly

Mugabe’s House, ZBC Reportedly Sealed Off By Army

JOHANNESBURG – Both Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s famous ‘blue house’ and the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been sealed off by heavily armed military personnel, Khuluma Afrika is reporting.

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14,2017. Photo: EUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14,2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Tanks were spotted heading to the capital Harare just a day after army chief Constantino Chiwenga, in an unprecedented move, openly threatened to ‘step in’ to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Khuluma Afrika, which describes itself as a centre for investigative journalism and current affairs, reported late on Wednesday that the heightened military presence was to improve security amid rumours of a coup.

According to the centre, Mugabe was not at home and his motorcade was still at his Munhumutapa offices, also in Harare, where secret service personnel were reportedly dispatched.

The cordoning off of ZBC premises was also in line with upped security in the southern African country amid a political impasse, the website said.

Controversial Mugabe has historically tightened personal security, especially over simple things like social media dissent or strikes by workers.

eNCA’s Zimbabwean correspondent Pindai Dube confirmed the tanks were visible in the streets of Harare, with sources indicating it was a ‘show of force’ rather than a coup.

South African Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali said flights between Zimbabwe and South Africa are continuing as usual.

“Our flights between the two countries are operating as per published schedules. Should there be a change in scheduling, a public and customer notification will be issued,” he added.

Sacked vice-president Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on 6 November.

His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed the 93-year-old president.

Robert Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.

Additional reporting by Reuters

eNCA

Mugabe Accuses General Chiwenga Of Treason As Tanks Blockade Harare

Zimbabwe most senior military general Constantino Chiwenga has been accused of issuing a  treasonous statement and may face the death penalty following what the ruling party Zanu PF described as military coup.

Chiwenga on Monday afternoon sternly rebuked the Zanu PF  in a rare open criticism of President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party before unleashing army tanks and personnel headed for Harare early Tuesday.

Mugabe ‘s party has now issued a statement saying General Chiwenga’s statement was treasonous, meant to disturb national peace and stability.

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party said on Tuesday it would never succumb to military pressure and described a statement by the armed forces chief that he would intervene to end a purge within the party as “treasonable conduct”.

In the statement, ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga of trying to disturb the peace and stability of the impoverished southern African nation.

Mugabe Accuses General Chiwenga Of Treason As Tanks Blockade Harare

Zimbabwe most senior military general Constantino Chiwenga has been accused of issuing a  treasonous statement and may face the death penalty following what the ruling party Zanu PF described as military coup.

Chiwenga on Monday afternoon sternly rebuked the Zanu PF  in a rare open criticism of President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party before unleashing army tanks and personnel headed for Harare early Tuesday.

Mugabe ‘s party has now issued a statement saying General Chiwenga’s statement was treasonous, meant to disturb national peace and stability.

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party said on Tuesday it would never succumb to military pressure and described a statement by the armed forces chief that he would intervene to end a purge within the party as “treasonable conduct”.

In the statement, ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga of trying to disturb the peace and stability of the impoverished southern African nation.

Grace Mugabe In Sex Triangle With Mugabe Ministers: Man Exposes Scandal

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe’s cabinet is now heavily populated with ‘first boyfriends’ according to Chairman of the War Veterans, and former diplomat / minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa stated this while speaking exclusively to Khuluma Afrika correspondents stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“You now have a pseudo administration that is exclusively led by a bunch of ‘first boyfriends’ who are neither equipped nor qualified to be in such positions.

Video: man exposes Grace Miugabe’s love triangles

The common denominator among all these young ministers is their sexual involvement with Grace Mugabe. Nothing else. Nothing more.” he said.

Mutsvangwa further accused first lady Grace Mugabe of lacking morals, and putting her self pleasure above the national cause.

 “The hallmark of this G40 cabal is plain to see over the last 15 to 20 years. The economy has been utterly destroyed, condemning many people to outright suffering.

This woman and her goals have no national interests at heart. She is more interested in surrounding herself with men who can satisfy her on request.” he added.

Mutsvangwa previously served under Robert Mugabe’s government as Minister of War Veterans, while had prior stints as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China, at a critical time when Zimbabwe was adopting the look East policy, having fallen out with the West.

He is a long time admirer and supporter of former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was fired last week for disloyalty to Mugabe. khulumaafrica

Grace Mugabe In Sex Triangle With Mugabe Ministers: Man Exposes Scandal

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe’s cabinet is now heavily populated with ‘first boyfriends’ according to Chairman of the War Veterans, and former diplomat / minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa stated this while speaking exclusively to Khuluma Afrika correspondents stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“You now have a pseudo administration that is exclusively led by a bunch of ‘first boyfriends’ who are neither equipped nor qualified to be in such positions.

Video: man exposes Grace Miugabe’s love triangles

The common denominator among all these young ministers is their sexual involvement with Grace Mugabe. Nothing else. Nothing more.” he said.

Mutsvangwa further accused first lady Grace Mugabe of lacking morals, and putting her self pleasure above the national cause.

 “The hallmark of this G40 cabal is plain to see over the last 15 to 20 years. The economy has been utterly destroyed, condemning many people to outright suffering.

This woman and her goals have no national interests at heart. She is more interested in surrounding herself with men who can satisfy her on request.” he added.

Mutsvangwa previously served under Robert Mugabe’s government as Minister of War Veterans, while had prior stints as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China, at a critical time when Zimbabwe was adopting the look East policy, having fallen out with the West.

He is a long time admirer and supporter of former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was fired last week for disloyalty to Mugabe. khulumaafrica

Mnangagwa Attempted Murder Case Of Former ZBC News Presenter Godfrey Majonga Opened

 

  • Godfrey Majonga was seen entering Harare Central Police station this week

THE Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has assembled a special unit to investigate crimes allegedly committed by ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa during his long tenure in office.

The unit, led by Assistant Commissioner Crispen Charumbira, includes Superintendent Nyambo Viera (CID Law and Order), Chief Superintendent Nyaradzai Majachani (CID Property Section) and Chief Superintendent Ngena (Law and Order). The case, which they are investigating cases against Mnangagwa, span alleged obstruction of justice, corruption, attempted murder and murder.

As of yesterday, sources said police had zeroed in on four cases of alleged murder in which Mnangagwa is implicated.

Police will also open other cases against Mnangagwa in weeks ahead as his woes mount. Some of the specific cases include the alleged murder of a woman linked to the former vice-president, attempted murder of former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation news presenter Godfrey Majonga, looting of Zanu PF companies and the Kwekwe goldfields deals and associated murders there.

Police interviewed some witnesses in the cases yesterday as they intensified investigations.

Police are also linking Mnangagwa to alleged illegal gold panning, cases of violence and murders in and around Kwekwe’s volatile goldfields.

As reported by the Zimbabwe Independent in September, the cases of violence and killings occurred in fights over the control of gold concessions and mines.

Groups involved in the fights are allegedly controlled by Gokwe-Kana legislator Owen Ncube — popularly known as Mudha.

The first case is the murder of Washington Dick who was killed allegedly by Likwa Ngwenya in November last year.

The matter is in the courts. Another murder case was also reported (CR86/10/16 at Kwekwe Central Police Station and CID Kwekwe 01/11/16) involving Noel Jacha, who is said to have been working with the late Dick.

There is also a case that occurred in the wee hours of January 14 when Elvis Moyo was murdered along Nhamo Street in Rutendo suburb, Kwekwe. His body was discovered by police officers on patrol.-AMH

General Chiwenga Stuck In China Alongside Axed VP Mnangagwa

HARARE – An uncofirmed report say General Chiwenga is reportedly in China in what is reported to be a medical visit. The General who is  believed to have been a strong ally to the deposed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa  left Harare for China on Sunday night just after meeting with President Mugabe.

 

It is the timing of his visit that has sent tongues waging that he could have skipped the country after he realised that Mugabe was determined to purge pro-Mnangagwa supporters with ZANU PF, Government and the military.

Sources said, when Gen Chiwenga attended the briefing with President Mugabe on Monday he looked fine and in good spirits. He however did not attended the Tuesday morning JOC  briefing as he had already left the country.

There is no date as to when the General is expected back. It is also peculiar that Robert Mugabe who usually loves to flaunt generals at his rallies did not have a single person from the security services when he attended the solidarity rally today at ZANU PF Headquarters.

There has not been any military comment about the sacking of the VicePresident who is also believed to have sneaked out of the country to evade persecution.

Former Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa fled the southern African nation because of “incessant threats” against him and his family two days after he was fired by President Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, 75, said Wednesday in a statement that he never planned to harm Mugabe, who he’s been supporting for more than four decades, and pledged to work to establish a “new and progressive leadership” in the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. “You and your cohorts will instead leave Zanu-PF by the will of the people and this we will do in the coming few weeks,” he told Mugabe.

Mnangagwa fled to neighboring South Africa, according to a person familiar with the situation who declined to be identified because the politician’s whereabouts have not been publicly disclosed. Zanu-PF expelled Mnangagwa, party spokesman Simon Kaya Moyo said after a meeting of the politburo in the capital, Harare.

His dismissal marked a dramatic shift in politics in Zimbabwe, where he had been a pillar of a military and security apparatus that helped Mugabe emerge as the nation’s leader after independence from the U.K. in 1980. He was Zimbabwe’s first national security minister.

Now Mugabe, 93, has broken with most of his comrades who fought in the liberation war, leaving the so-called Generation 40 faction of younger members of the ruling party championed by his wife, Grace Mugabe, in the ascendancy. The final outcome of the power struggle could be determined by the military and the stance of the 61-year-old commander of the army, Constantine Chiwenga, who traditionally supported Mnangagwa.

Mugabe said he fired Mnangagwa because he was plotting against the government.

Veterans Protest

“We dealt with him and hope we can deal with others who were conspirators alongside him,” Mugabe told party supporters Wednesday in Harare. “They should be dealt with and thrown out.”

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association condemned Mnangagwa’s dismissal and said it was breaking with the ruling party.

“The party and indeed the nation is being traumatized by one person, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who is bent on maintaining his hold on power and ensuring that he passes on this power to his wife in a dynastic fashion,” the group said in a statement Wednesday. “We are stating in no uncertain terms that we have completely disowned Mugabe. He is no longer one of us.”

The veterans are calling for support from western nations and countries in southern Africa to help maintain peace and ensure free elections in Zimbabwe, a leader of the group, Chris Mutsvanga, told reporters Wednesday in Johannesburg.

“We are busy organizing the people, and all we want now is regional help so the situation doesn’t become bloody under the control of a mad woman,” he said. “You don’t allow a cabal of thieves and a mad woman to do this. The army is very professional, we don’t want them to be the arbiters of what’s constitutional.”

Mnangagwa’s Expulsion

Mnangagwa’s firing and expulsion from the ruling party came amid growing tensions before elections next year when it may face a seven-party opposition coalition that’s capitalizing on public anger over cash shortages, crumbling infrastructure and a collapse in government services. The economy has halved in size since 2000.

“I don’t think the army guys will take it lying down,” Annie Chikwanha, a Zimbabwean professor of political science at the University of Johannesburg, said Wednesday. “Other than the presidential guard, I don’t think Mugabe really has control over the rest of the armed forces. There is also massive disillusionment with the state of the economy. I don’t think we can rule out a major show of force by the army.”

Supporters of Grace Mugabe, 52, gathered outside Zanu-PF headquarters on Wednesday with banners calling for her to be named vice president. Mnangagwa’s dismissal came after she accused him of plotting against her husband. She made similar allegations against then Vice President Joice Mujuru, who also fought in the liberation war. Those led to her ouster three years ago.

Grace’s Agenda

“Grace has always had this agenda to get rid of this entire cohort of liberation struggle people,” said Chikwanha. “She is almost succeeding — the war veterans have been alienated.”

While Mugabe is the party’s candidate for the elections, Grace, the president’s former secretary whom he wed in 1996 after the death of his first wife, said on Sunday that she’s ready to succeed him.

Her announcement came as Zanu-PF is planning to amend its constitution at a congress next month to ensure that a woman is appointed to its top body, known as the presidium. It currently comprises the president, Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe’s other vice president, Phelekezela Mphoko.

“We’re experiencing what’s clearly the unraveling of the state under Mugabe and, more significantly, the un-bundling of the securo-state in which Mnangagwa and defense force commander Chiwenga are a part,” said Ibbo Mandaza, head of the Southern African Political Economic Series Trust in Harare.

Zanu-PF Youth League Endorses Grace Mugabe to Replace VP Mnangagwa

ZANU-PF Youth League has endorsed the party’s Secretary for Women Affairs Dr Grace Mugabe as the right candidate to occupy the Vice Presidency ahead of the party’s Extra Ordinary Congress set for next month.

The wing’s secretary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga told journalists this morning that Dr Mugabe was the right candidate because her loyalty to the President was unquestionable.

Youth League Secretary Kudzai Chipanga stresses a point during a press conference at the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare yesterday. Picture by Munyaradzi Chamalimba.
Youth League Secretary Kudzai Chipanga stresses a point during a press conference at the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare . Picture by Munyaradzi Chamalimba.

“For avoidance of doubt, the Zanu-PF Youth League is fully behind the Secretary for Women’s Affairs Amai Dr Grace Mugabe in calling for the urgent removal of Cde Mnangagwa from the position of the Vice President both in the party and Government,” he said.

VP Mnangagwa

VP Mnangagwa

“That position is a straightforward jacket and must be handed back to the Women’s League. The Women’s League will guide us on the way forward regarding their preferred candidate. However, keeping in mind that the woman Vice President shall be Vice President of the whole nation, Youth League included, it has ignited us to take interest and position in the selection of the woman Vice President candidate.

“It has to be one who is acceptable and with unquestionable loyalty to the party and its principal the President Cde R.G Mugabe and more importantly one without ambitions to work against the President. The only person possessing such qualities is the leader of the Women’s League none other than Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Amai Dr Grace Mugabe.”-Herald