Chamisa Mesmerizes Thousands Of Zimbabweans In United Kindom


In an unprecedented move Nelson Chamisa addressed an open-air rally in the town of Bedford in United Kingdom. The organizers had to make a last minute adjustment by moving the venue to accommodate the hundreds of people who had confirmed their presence for the Sunday rally.

Chamisa arrived in UK in the early hours of Sunday in the company of longtime ally and former Secretary General of MDC-T Mr Tendai Biti. They were welcomed at the airport my a host of supporters and media crew from ZimboLive and Nehanda could be seen milling around.

From the airport Chamisa then attended   AFM church in Stevenage where he was given an opportunity to minister and also pray with the congregation. Chamisa who is also an ordained pastor delivered a sermon that was well-received by the congregants. One member of the church could be heard shouting “God Is In It!” which has been Chamisa’s tagline for his presidential campaign.

At the venue in Bedfordshire people started trickling in as early as 9am, by lunch time the place was fully packed. An estimated 1500 people thronged the open space to listen to the electric politician.  Most of the crowd was clad in red which is the color that MDC uses.

Chamisa then addressed the responsive crowd touching on various issues. He used a mixture of both his native Shona and English. He touched on the shortcomings of Mnangagwa in the current government. First he chided Mnangagwa for failing to unite Zimbabweans by choosing to go it alone after the deposition of Robert Mugabe.

Chamisa then articulated the issues that are retarding progress in the country.

“What we have in Zimbabwe is not primarily as cash or money issue. We have a crisis of confidence. People do not have trust in their government because instead of being the protector it has become the persecutor” He added.

Chamisa then pointed out the issue of reforms that are necessary before the elections. The issues of ballot papers who prints them.

“This is life or death, we have to correct the issue of credibility of the ballot. We need also to do a BVR audit to make sure the 5.3 million voters are real. We have instructed our lawyers. It is going to be a legal and political strategy.”

 

Petina Gappah And Natalie Jabangwe Clash Over President Mnangagwa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Petina Gappah And Natalie Jabangwe Clash Over President Mnangagwa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zimbabwe’s Hopes For A Better Future Hinges On The Last Professional Commander In The Army

Lt General SIbanda

Zimbabwe’s hopes of not completely degenerating into a military state hinges on the leadership of Lt General Phillip Valerio Sibanda. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty following the November coup, Sibanda has remained in the shadows only coming out to make statements when presiding over graduations and pass-out parades. A source within the army indicated that Sibanda was offered the position of Vice President of Zimbabwe . He however rejected the position citing that he has always been a soldier and would not be comfortable being in the political limelight. Philip Valerio Sibanda is also believed to have watered down the coup advising General Chiwenga and Emmerson Munangagwa to follow the constitutional process to get Mugabe out. “Amidst all the hullabaloo Lt General Sibanda has been the voice of reason and steady” The source added.
Amidst all the hullabaloo Lt General Sibanda has been the voice of reason and steady

There are rumors that both Mnangagwa and Gen Chiwenga are apprehensive at the posibility of elevating Lt General Sibanda to Commander of Defence Forces. They are unsure of whether he will follow through with calls to use the army to push their interests. Those who have worked with Lt General Sibanda from the liberation war times attest to his unwavering professionalism. Liberation Credentials Lt General Sibanda hails from Midlands and attended his secondary education at Marist Dete. Phillip left the country in 1973. He received military training at Morogoro under the likes of Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri. In 1974 after completing his training in Tanzania him ad four others: Elisha Gagisa (Stanely Nleya ), Elias Ndou, Abel Mazinyane and Joel Dambudzo were sent to Lebanon where they spent 9 months of rigorous training under the Palestinian Liberattion Organization at Jalub. He even saw combat against the Israelis. Upon his return In 1975 he became an instructor at the newly opened Mbwembwesi training camp in Tanzania. He was then seconded to form  part of the military commanders running Morogoro under the ZIPA. Among the Morogoro-based Zanla Commanders in Zipa were Contsantine Chiwenga (commissar), Perence Shiri and Augustine Chihuri (Stephen Chocha). From ZIPRA there was Eddie Sigoge Mlotshwa and Sam Fakazi. He also became the commander of the GC-B region. After the death of Nikita Mangena in 1978, he became camp commander for the CGT (Communist Guerrilla Training) camp, located about 60 miles east of Lusaka. He was initially appointed to the ZPRA High Command as chief of training however he swapped that position with Eddie “Sigoge” Mlotshwa for Chief Of Reconnaissance leading the Military Intelligence department. After Independence Philip Valrio Sibanda was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army at independence. He quickly rose through the ranks , by 1994 he was the only ex-ZIPRA cadre to have rose to the rank of Major-General. Between October 1995 and April 1998 he became the head of United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III) and subsequently MONUA (Mission d’Observation des Nations Unies à l’Angola) as the Force Commander charged with peace and national reconciliation. Sibanda was appointed Zimbabwe National Army commader in December 2003.

Lt General Phillip Valerio Sibanda Inspecting A Guard Of Honor with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Angola

Jonathan Moyo And Kasukuwere Could Still Be In Military Custody In Zimbabwe

Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere

Contrary to the belief that Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere skipped the country our investigations are pointing towards a different direction. They could still be  within Zimbabwe and in military custody. A number of media outlets have reported that Moyo and Kasukuwere escaped to Kenya. We have however reached out to Kenyan Immigration authorities who have indicated that they do not have any records of the two in their country.   Another lead had been that Moyo could have been in Swaziland where his wife is from. We reached out to the Swaziland authorities in Mbabane who claim that Jonathan was not a guest in their country. There has been a claim that Saviour Kasukuwere is en route to Equatorial Guinea  where he is expected to seek asylum. We tried to pursue this lead but without success. So Where Are They? We know that Jonathan Moyo is still using his twitter account. That has been the only proof of life. But things begin to get hazy from this point on. Prof Moyo’s twitter is still tied to his Zimbabwean number. The number is not reachable however we noticed that the email that was attached to his handle was changed. We have been trying to get in contact with him but to no avail. A source at Jonathan Moyo’s cellphone carrier indicated that the last known ping on cellphone towers was on the morning after the coup. The records indicate that the phone did not ping from around 2:48pm  then there was a 30 minute ping around 10AM on 15th November from a Mt Pleasant tower. The question is who turned the phone on if he had already left the country. From the chronology of events Prof Moyo attended a strategy meeting meeting disguised as a planning meeting for the proposed Robert Mugabe University in Mazowe on the 13th. At that meeting Grace Mugabe is believed to have assured them that all was in control.  Moyo did not attend cabinet on Tuesday of the 14th.  He is understood to have met up with Kasukuwere and Zhuwao at a restaurant in Helensvale. They parted around 5pm as Moyo headed home. At this moment it was already clear that a coup was underway. One source whom we reached out to was skeptical: “If indeed Moyo and Kasukuwere escaped wouldn’t it be baffling that they had a better plan and intelligence than a former Minister in charge of police Ignatius Chombo?” “A more plausible possibility is that both Moyo and Kasukuwere are in military custody. They knew they could build a case against Chombo but with Jonathan Moyo they really had nothing on him except the weak Zimdef  case.  Kasukuwere bought one of his properties from General Chiwenga, that alone could have become more complicated for the General. What if they kept both in custody and started sending the country onto a wild goose chase? ” Until Moyo and Kasukuwere are located, it may as well be plausible that they are in military custody or could have been eliminated the Itai Dzamara way.    

The Military Diamond Syndicate In Zimbabwe: Are The Real Criminals Around President Mnangagwa?

Zimbabwe soldiers on parade

When Major General Sibusiso Moyo went on national television to declare the takeover of government by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, he was explicit;

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

The messaging resonated with the tired and battered people of Zimbabwe but three weeks to the day, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the operation was executed by the criminals to consolidate their power and evade national and international scrutiny. In this report we are going to focus on the ring leaders and peel the intricate web of deceit and plunder that the current merchants of freedom created in Zimbabwe.

There is a web of military involvement within the whole diamond saga in Zimbabwe. To understand how things worked we have to look at the State apparatus and enterprises that were involved.

  1.  Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC)
  2. Minerals Markerting Corporation Of Zimbabwe
  3. Zimbabwe Defence Industries
  4. Central Intelligence Organization

We also have to look at the companies that had a claim in Chiadzwa.

  1. ZMDC
  2. Mbada
  3. Anjin
  4. Jinan
  5. Kusena Diamonds
  6. Mbada Diamonds,
  7. Marange Resources
  8. Diamond Mining Corporation (DMC)

The web of Marange Diamond companies ownership

The ZMDC was established by Act of Parliament No. 31 of 1982. Its role is prospect, explore and mine precious metals. ZMDC owns the entirety of Marange Resources.

Mbada Diamonds is a 50/50 joint venture between ZMDC’s subsidiary, Marange Resources and New Reclamation Group’s subsidiary Grandwell Holdings, while Canadile Miners is a 50/50 joint venture between Marange Resources and Core Mining and Minerals. Retired Major Lovemore Kurotwi who is close to Air Marshal Perence Shiri who was his commander when he was with the notorious 5th brigade during the Gukurahundi massacre was the Deputy Chair of Cannadile. Other members were Adrian Taylor, Yehuda Licht (Israeli diamond dealer), Danesh and Ashok Pandeya Taylor is alleged to have worked as a mercenary in Sierra Leone, while Licht is believed to have spent time in jail in Angola on diamond-related smuggling offences. Kurotwi was arraigned and later acquitted of symfoning $2 billion through illicit diamond trade. Settlement Chikwinya once identified Retired Brigadier Victor Rongai, Retired Colonel Charles Mugari, Retired Major General Charles Ruwodo as shareholders of Cannadile.

Grandwell Holdings was registered in Mauritius, its shareholder composition is sealed however various investigations revealed that David Kassel, former chairman of South Africa’s New Reclamation Group (Pty) was a shareholder. While it was not proved, it is believed that Shiri, Chiwenga and Grace Mugabe have a stake in the company. Robert Mhlanga a retired Air Force Pilot and Mugabe’s former helicopter pilot is believed to be a Shiri’s business partner. Robert Mhlanga was the chairman of Mbada representing government interest and his daughter Patience Khumalo was the CEO before her departure in 2014. Mhlanga bout a $14 million mansion in South Africa.

Minister Mpofu was also entangled in the Mbada debacle as shown by some of his dubious appointments to the Mbada board. Sithengisiso Mpofu who sat in the board is Minister Mpofu’s sister-in-law while Dingiswayo Ndlovu was his personal assistant.

The Zimbabwe Defence Industries is a company that was registered in 1985 by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) a parastatal. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces did not have legal mandate to register the company and thus ZDI was registered by IDC to circumvent this restriction. IDC only owns 5% in ZDI. The board of directors includes ZDF commander General Constantine Chiwenga, air force commander Air Marshal Perence Shiri, army commander Lieutenant-General Philip Sibanda and RT Madamombe. Zimbabwe Defence Industries owns 40% of Anjin.

Anjin’s Executive Board included Mr. Martin Rushwaya, the Permanent Secretary of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defence. Non-executive board members included Mr. Morris Masunungure, a retired officer in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), and Mr. Romeo Daniel Mutsvunguma, a retired colonel in the ZDF.

Global Witness also reported that the principal officer and company secretary of Anjin was Brigadier General Charles Tarumbwa, widely reported to be a senior military lawyer. It was the Brigadier General who signed the agreement, on behalf of ZDI linked Matt Bronze, to establish Anjin with the private Chinese investor AFECC. Zimbabwe’s company register also stated that Anjin’s share capital consisted of 2,000 ordinary shares shared equally between Brigadier General Tarumbwa and AFECC’s Peng Zheng.

To make this even more complex Col Tshinga Dube who was ZDI general manager was in 2012 appointed by Minister Mpofu as the Chairman of Marange Resources which is wholly owned by ZMDC.

There is a long trail of military appointees within the diamond industry in Zimbabwe for example the MMCZ Col. Nelly Basutu who was appointed in 2008 as its head is wife to Air Vice-Marshal Titus Abu Basutu, the deputy to the Air force Commander Perence Shiri. MMCZ authenticated and prepared the invoices that enabled Sandawana to sell diamonds to the Middle East outside of and in contravention of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) procedure. Sandawana was acquired by ZMDC.

In all our investigations on the missing $15 billion we did not come across the names of Chombo, Kasukuwere or Jonathan Moyo. Although these ministers especially Chombo and Kasukuwere flaunted ill-gotten wealth, they are not the major criminals in Zimbabwe. The real criminals are around President Mnangagwa today.

Munangagwa’s Cabinet: What a big deflating and depressing fart

Obert Mpofu – Minister Of Home Affairs

President Munangagwa today appointed his cabinet which took all the gas out of the expectations of the children of Zimbabwe. The people had waited in anticipation hoping that Munangagwa who has been in government for 37 years would somehow inject new blood and bring a different impetus to the ailing country. Instead, he chose to stick with the old guard.

Patrick ChinamasaMinister Of Finance
Chinamasa has been an erstwhile ally of Munangagwa. They worked together at the Ministry of Justice, when Munangagwa was Minister and he was Attorney General. He has also been a Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Minister Of Justice and more recently a Minister Of Finance. He was recently demoted by Mugabe to Minister Of CyberSecurity and Threat Mitigation.

Obert Mpofu Minister Of Home AffairsFormer Governor of Matabeleland North Province, was appointed as Minister of Industry and International Trade in mid-April 2005. Mpofu has been at the center of the controversy involving the looting of Chiadzwa diamonds when he was Minister Of Mines. Many Zimbabweans have expressed their disdain at the amount of riches that he ammassed over the period.

Air Mashal Perence Shiri Minister Of Lands, Agriculture and Rural ResettlementHe has been the head of the Air Force Of Zimbabwe. From 1983 to 1984  he was commander of the notorious  Zimbabwean Fifth Brigade. The Fifth Brigade was trained by North Korea instructed and is infamous for brutal massacres of civilians in Matebeleland during that period. Mnangagwa was Minister Of State Security at the time.

Dr Lazarus DokoraMinister Of Health And Child Welfare. He is the incumbent and he has done a dismal job introducing policies that decreased morale withing the service. He also introduced a curriculum that many teachers believe will cause more harm to Zimbabwean students.

Dr David ParirenyatwaMinister Of Health And Child Welfare. He has been in goverment for more that 3 decades as a Deputy Minister and Minister Of Health. He has presided over the gross decline of health systems in the country. Under his watch more than 484 people died of cholera without any government assistance.

Kembo MohadiMinister Of Defence  Security and War Veterans. He has been in government as Deputy Minister of Local Government, Minister of Home Affairs and  Minister of National Security. He has nothing to show of it except that the police he led became more corrupt while the Central Intelligence Organisation that once tortured him have become more brutal.

Ziyambi ZiyambiMinister Of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Ziyambi Ziyambi is the former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs . This is his first full  ministerial appointment

Major General Sibusiso MoyoMinister Of Foreign Affairs. Many know Moyo as the face of the recent coup. He is the soldier who went on national television to annouce the takeover by the military. He was  promoted to Major General from Brigadier General by Mugabe in 2016. He was Chief of Staff Quartermaster of the Zimbabwe National Army.  It is alleged Moyo commanded the military operations in Midlands province during the bloody 2008 runoff period.

Kazembe KazembeMinister Of Sport, Arts and Recreation. Has been a member of ZANU PF  Mashonaland Central Provincial executive. He became popular for being chided by Grace Mugabe at a rally in Bindura.

Dr Mike BimhaMinister Of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development. Former Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce. He is also previously a Board Chairman of Air Zimbabwe. Under his chairmanship Air Zimbabwe declined heavily after being saddled by debts.

July MoyoMinister Of Local Government, public Works and National Housing. He is a former Midlands Governor and politburo member. He was fired from ZANU PF after the infamous Tsholotsho Declaration collapse. He is a long time ally of Mnangagwa.

Sithembiso NyoniMinister Of Women and Youth Affairs. She has been in government for close to two decades now . She was appointed to  Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development in 2000.  She has a diploma in rural and social development, an advanced diploma in adult education, and a M.A. in rural social development.

Prof Amon MurwiraMinister  Of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development. Nothing much is known of him but he appears to be a purely technocratic appointment.  He was educated in Netherlands where he specialized in GeoInformatics. He was a lecturer at University Of Zimbabwe. He doesn’t seem to have any known previous engagement in government.

Super MandiwanziraMinister Of ICT and Cyber Security. He is a former TV host.  Former Deputy Minister of Information and incumbent Minister Of ICT. He has been linked to a number scandals at Telecel, Zimpost and the awarding of radio licenses.

Oppah Muchinguri-KashiriTourism and Hospitality. She has been in government since  1980. She has been Minister of Environment, Water and Climate,  Minister of Higher Education and Minister of Women’s Affairs. She no accomplishment of note for all her time in government.

Simon Khaya Moyo – Minister Of Energy And Power Development. Has been an ambassador to South Africa. A ZANU PF chairperson and a  Minister Of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.

Christopher MutsvangwaMinister Of Information Media and Broadcasting Services. One of the achitects of the coup as a former minister of War Veterans. He worked at ZBC and was also an ambassador to China. Eloquent but has no track record of execution.

  • Prof Clever NyathiLabour and Social Services
  • Dr jorum Gimbo Transport and Infrastructural Development
  • Winston ChitandoMines and Mining Development
  • Priscah MupfumiraMinister Of Tourism
  • Simbarashe MumbengegwiState for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Of Government Programmes 

Mnangagwa Sends A Chilling Reminder To His Enemies

Zimbabwe’s president designate Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in the country from a short stint in exile. He was welcomed at Manyame Airbase by supporters, friends and family.  Among them was the wife of the Commander Of The Zimbabwe Defence Forces Marry Chiwenga.

Elongated Motorcade

One of the things that has scratched Zimbabweans on the wrong side has been the length of Mugabe’s motorcade. On average Mugabe traveled with about  twenty to thirty cars. Today in the same fashion Mnangagwa’s motorcade had close to or more that what Mugabe used to travel with.

UnInspiring Speech

Mnangagwa headed for the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare where a throng of supporters awaited him. Amongst his  jubilant supporters were former ZANU PF members who had been chucked out of the party by Mugabe. Obert Mpofu – the ZANU PF Secretary For Finance introduced him to the crowd that was already in a frenzy shouting “Garwe Garwe Garwe!”. Garwe is Shona for crocodile which is Mnangagwa’s nickname that was derived from the notorious Crocodile Gang which was one of the early group of liberation war guerrillas to infiltrate Rhodesia in 1964.

Once on  the podium  he started with his trademarks slogan “Pasi nemhanduuuuuuu!” which roughly translates to “Down with traitors”. He then thanked his supporters and also ZANU PF leadership before chronicling the circumstances that led to his flight.

“I was informed about the plans to eliminate me.  Realizing that on the 12th of August this year I was subjected to poisoning, which resulted in my being airlifted to South Africa. Again I thank you the people of Zimbabwe for your prayers. This time I said I am not going to wait for the to eliminate me”

He then went on the offensive. “Vaenge vasingadi vachagara vachingovukura, chitima cheZANU PF chichingoinda chichingoinda, muchingotonga!” (Those who bark will continue to bark while the ruling ZANU PF train chugs along)

There was nothing in the speech to suggest that Mnangagwa will shift the trajectory of Zimbabwe politics from divisiveness to unity.

He will officially be sworn in on Friday.

Mugabe Has Been Refusing To Eat Or Bath Since Wednesday, Misses Sally – Source

Robert Mugabe and First Wife Sally

A source close to Robert Mugabe’s aides revealed that Mugabe has been having a hard time coming to terms with the betrayal by his trusted lieutenants. He has not been taking regular meals or baths since Wednesday and it has taken the intervention of Father Fidelis Mukonori to get him to eat or take a shower.

On Thursday before he met the Generals he is said to have broken down and started crying. He was wailing profusely saying he wished his first wife Sally Mugabe was still around. He even invoked the name of his late son Nhamodzenyika.

Since the day he met the Generals at State House, he has cast a lonely figure. Only a few relatives are allowed to meet with him. He spends most of his time looking at an old photo of Sally.  It is terrible

Mugabe is known to have been an introvert and lonely figure from childhood. There are very few people that he can confide in. It looks as though currently he only trusts Catholic Church Archdiocese of Harare’s Father Fidelis Mukonori .

“He has been at his side trying to console him. He sees his lawyers but with them it is strictly business.” Added the source.

Happier times with a steady wife

Breaking: Simba Chikore Resigns As Air Zimbabwe CEO

Simba Chikore today relinquished his post as CEO of Air Zimbabwe. Chikore is Mugabe’s son-in-law and he has been at the helm of the airlines for a little more than one year. Given the predicament that Robert Mugabe is in, it was expected that his fall would also result in the fall of his son-in-law.

More to follow….

Zuma Emissaries Denied Entry Into Zimbabwe As Army Starts Military Exercises In Masvingo

Jacob Zuma

Emissaries sent by South African President Jacob Zuma were today denied entry into Zimbabwe at the recently renamed Robert Mugabe International Airport. The emissaries arrive aboard a South African Airways flight but were quickly triaged to a different gate. They were then met by military personnel who are believed to have informed them that the army had everything in control and did not need external intervention.

President Zuma had earlier indicated that he was sending emissaries to Harare  to meet with President Mugabe and the military leaders. Speculation is that Zuma is against the continuation of military control and desires a quick transition to civilian rule.

Zuma also indicated that he was sending another emissary to Luanda, Angola to meet the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Security. There are no indications that SADC is mooting any military intervention in Zimbabwe, however Zuma’s address may come as an assurance that the regional powerhouse is watching.

Meanwhile Major-General Sibusiso Moyo has informed the nation that the army will be doing joint military exercises in Masvingo to test the county’s preparedness to resist internal and external threats. The military exercises will be run by the 4 Brigade which is also headquartered in Masvingo.

Zimbabwe Army patrolling streets – Getty Images

Indications are army is anticipating a backlash from regional players. 4 Infantry Brigade is one of the original 4 brigades that were created at independence and  is commanded by Brig. Gen. Exesbios Tshuma. The exercises are expected to last for three days and will involve both ground and air drills.

Major General Moyo implored the citizens not be alarmed during the exercises.

Zimbabwe On The Brink As Military Takes Over

Zimbabwe today was thrown into unprecedented waters when the army declared that it was now in control. Broadcasts were interrupted  at 4AM Zimbabwean time by a live reading of a prepared statement across TV and Radio stations. Two soldiers in Air Force and Army uniforms read the statement in English.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover. What the Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic sitution in our country which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict” read part of the statement

 

The statement was also directed to political parties, war veterans, traditional leaders and religious leaders whom the army called to pray for the country. Soldiers that were on leave to return to their stations as all leave from duty had been cancelled.

There were  isolated gunshots in the capital but there were no reported casualties.

Where is Robert Mugabe?

The army statement claimed that Robert Mugabe was safe and that he remained the President and Commander-In-Chief. His whereabouts are not known but it is believed that he might have been given a safe passage out of the country.

The fate of the G40

Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo

The soldiers were clear that they intended to deal with people who have of late been surrounding the President. These are presumambly the G40 group within ZANU PF. They include Vice President Mphoko, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatious Chombo and others. Their whereabouts is not known but there has been rumors that they might have skipped the country.

Watch part of the statement being read

It Is Official , The Army Has Taken Over Zimbabwe!

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces has officially taken over Zimbabwe.  In a statement that was read today at 4 AM on ZBC radio, the army claimed that Robert Mugabe and his wife were in their protection and he was safe. They said Mugabe remains Commander In Chief and Head Of State however they were only taking this drastic action to “pacify” the bad elements around him

 

More to follow…..

Mugabe Evacuates Family As He Refuses To Meet Army Generals

President Mugabe’s family was last night whisked out of the country as tensions rise. Sources at Charles Prince Airport have confirmed that Bona, Chatunga and Robert Jnr were yesterday seen off by Bona’s husband Simba Chikore and an entourage of security personnel. Their destination is unknown

Tensions have been on the rise since General Constantine Chiwenga declared that the army would not hesitate to waddle into the ZANU PF succession issues. It is believed that the Generals then requested a meeting with their commander in chief with the intention of pushing him to resign. They sent Permanent Secretary For Defense Martin Rushwaya to request a meeting but MUgabe was adamant that he was the Commander In Chief and would not meet with insubordinate commanders.

They also tried to send the Chaplain-General: Col. Joseph Nyakudya but again he was snubbed. Mugagabe is believed to be relying heavily on Brig. Gen. Anselem Sanyatwe the commander of the Presidential Guard who was not present at yesterday’s press conference. It is not yet clear if Sanyatwe has met with Gen Chiwenga.

It is believed President Mugabe is still hunkered at his home in Borrowdale together with his wife and Son-in-law Simba Chikoore.

It is not clear what the next moves would be but the next 24 hours will be critical

Mugabe Throws Jonathan Moyo Under The Bus

President Mugabe today threw Jonathan Moyo under bus after being confronted by General Constantine Chiwenga. A source tells us that Gen Chiwenga arrived from China this weekend and was whisked by an entourage of soldiers. Immedicately Chiwenga called Lt General Phillip Valerio  Sibanda, the commander of the Zimbabwe National Army for a briefing. They decided to wait for the Monday JOC briefing to talk to President Mugabe.

Before the meeting Gen Chiwenga requested a private tete-a-tete with President Mugabe. It is believed that General Chiwenga told the president in no uncertain terms that there was alarm within the military ranks and he could not guarantee the continued safety of the politician if he does not stop.

General Chiwenga reminded President Mugabe of Mgagao Declaration. He told him that it was not the civilian leadership that placed him in command of ZANLA but it was the decisive actions of the guerrilla leadership at Mgagao in Tanzania who did it. He told the president that he was now throwing away the legacy of the liberation struggle at the instigation of agents of destabilization.

The General then singled out Jonathan Moyo and demanded that he be fired from ZANU PF and government. Mugabe did not object but claimed that the only ZANU PF structures could trigger the process of removing Jonathan Moyo. There was an impasse on how to move forward, it was then that Gen Chiwenga asked President Mugabe to go with him to KGIV and address military leaders that had already been summoned by Gen Chiwenga. Mugabe refused.

It is unknown whether General Chiwenga was granted permission by the Commander-In-Chief to hold the press conference but all indications are that the conference was called as a last-ditch effort to force the civilian leadership to self-censor and stop the self-inflicted degeneration.

We tried to get a comment from Professor Moyo but it was believed he was holed up in a briefing with Mugabe, probably being served with his dismissal papers.

 

Zimbabwe On The Brink As General Chiwenga Takes On Mugabe Head-on

General Constantine Chiwenga today issued a stern warning to ZANU PF about what is going to happen given the current political instability within that party. The army today called a press conference that was addressed by the General flanked by his fellow commanders.

He started by pointing out that ZANU PF instability affects the peace and stability of the country. He then went on to point out that he was opposed to the current purges within ZANU PF and he believes that drastic action has to be taken.

 

“But what is significant to us and to the generality of Zimbabweans is to remember that all these rebellions were diffused by the military, but at no point did the military usurp power. We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to issues of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.”

Oppah Muchinguri goes into hiding might have left the country

Oppah Muchinguri has been haunted into hiding by Mugabe’s machinery.  The  Environment minister is believed to have been fearing for her life as her opponents close in on her. She has not been seen at her home or her office in past 3 days.

Yesterday a  group of about 30 youths marched to ZANU PF  Mutare offices chanting denigrating slogans and baying for her blood. They are believed to have been funded by Mandi Chimene and Irene Zindi who have been long-time rivals to Muchinguri.

Sources inform us that Muchinguri has not visited her offices at Mkwati building because she fears a warrant of arrest has already been prepared. She is believed to have been an instrumental member of Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction.

Oppah Muchinguri voluntarily relinguished her post as Women’s league chair secretary of the women’s League in the ZANU PF party in 2014. It is believed that she had been promised the Vice President slot that was then held by Joice Mujuru. She resigned the post and helped elevate Mugabe’s wife Grace as her replacement.

In December 2014 Mugabe made a U-turn and appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko as his deputies. This did not go down well with Oppah who felt deeply aggrieved and betrayed. She became an incessant critic of Grace Mugabe.

At one point in the Politburo Oppah brought Grace Mugabe to tears when she clashed with her over the distributions of ZANU positions at the 2014 congress.

Efforts to contact Oppah Muchinguri or her husband were fruitless as their phones were off.

General Chiwenga in China, did he run away?

 

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.

The official story is that Gen Chiwenga went for a routine medical checkup. Sources tell us that when Gen Chiwenga attended the briefing with President Mugabe on Sunday night he looked fine and in good spirits. He however did not attended the Monday 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 perculiar 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 Vice President who is also believed to have sneaked out of the country to evade persecution.

Mnangagwa taken ill, still marooned in Zimbabwe – no plane for him

Mnangagwa’s medical report

Contrary to what was reported yesterday that Emmerson Mnangagwa had skipped the country it has been confirmed that he is in the country but fell ill due to stress.

A medical report obtained by this publication indicate that  Mnangagwa was seized by acute gastritis and aesophagitis which indicate an inflamation of the alimentary canal probably from acidic erosion. This is a typical condition during stress especially if the victim has had other underlying conditions.

Mnangagwa had just recuperated from a poisoning episode and he had not been in good health since.

Mnangagwa’s allies were yesterday frantically searching for a private plane to airlift him airlift him to South Africa. Initially a friend of his with from the Lowveld had secured a plane for him and had been scheduled to take off from Buffalo Ranch airport. Munangagwa did not show up.

His former allies appear scared of reprisal, thus as of this publication; Munangagwa was still marooned in the country. A request had been made for a military helicopter but the Commander in Chief Robert Mugabe was not available to sign it off.

 

Breaking – Emmerson Mnangagwa skips the country

 

Fired Vice President Mnangagwa with Sydney Sekeramai and Gen Chiwenga

Things are moving too fast in Zimbabwe. Sources have revealed that former Vice President  E.D Mnangagwa jetted out of the country early morning when it became apparent that he was going to be relieved of his duties.

As reported earlier, Mugabe was preparing to arrest Mnangagwa and Emmerson was left with no option but to skip the country. Apparently an order had been sent to withdraw his Presidential security detail. Mnangagwa however was helped to skip by the military personnel that took over his protection since the Cyanide poisoning incident in 2016.

It is believed that he took off from Buffalo Range  airport on a private plane. His whereabouts are not known.

As the nation waits on tenterhooks it is also remains a mystery as to what Mugabe’s next move would be.

Breaking – Emmerson Mnangagwa skips the country

 

Fired Vice President Mnangagwa with Sydney Sekeramai and Gen Chiwenga

Things are moving too fast in Zimbabwe. Sources have revealed that former Vice President  E.D Mnangagwa jetted out of the country early morning when it became apparent that he was going to be relieved of his duties.

As reported earlier, Mugabe was preparing to arrest Mnangagwa and Emmerson was left with no option but to skip the country. Apparently an order had been sent to withdraw his Presidential security detail. Mnangagwa however was helped to skip by the military personnel that took over his protection since the Cyanide poisoning incident in 2016.

It is believed that he took off from Buffalo Range  airport on a private plane. His whereabouts are not known.

As the nation waits on tenterhooks it is also remains a mystery as to what Mugabe’s next move would be.

Whereabouts of Mugabe not known amidst uncertainty

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

The whereabouts of President Mugabe is not known amidst the uncertainty engulfing the country following today’s firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In an unprecedented move, Mugabe who was supposed to hold a press conference at 2pm Zimbabwe time did not show up. The statement was read by a visibly shaken Simon Khaya Moyo the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services.

The President’s motorcade was last seen yesterday heading for his Borrowdale home. It was not know whether  it was carrying Robert Mugabe or Grace Mugabe who had just attended an Apostolic Sect rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Sources within the President’s Protection Unit were also unsure whether the President was still in Zimbabwe or not. They also confirmed that the Presidential Guard has been on high alert with all units reporting for parade this morning.

Military sources have also revealed that there was a no holds barred meeting between President Mugabe and Military Commanders on Sunday to brief them of the then impending removal of Vice President Mnangagwa.

The president is said to have cornered Zimbabwe Defence Forces  Commander General Chiwenga and asked him if he still wanted to serve the country. He reiterated the importance of segregation of duties and respect civilian rule. He informed the military commanders that the matter was purely a civilian issue and he did not expect the military to be seized by the matter.

It is unknown what Emmerson’s response would be but judging by his previous subservience this could as well be the beginning of the end for him.

BREAKING: Mnangagwa Fired!

Mnangagwa caught on camera praying with one eye open

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been fired from both ZANU PF and Government. Addressing a press conference with a prepared statement, ZANU PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said President Mugabe has relieved Mnangagwa of his duties.

Simon Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa has been relieved of his duties for dereliction , disloyalty and little probity in the execution of duties.

The writing has been on wall for some time given the onslaught from Grace Mugabe and Mugabe himself. Mugabe looked visibly angry when he addressed a rally in Bulawayo.

It is not known what Mnangagwa’s next move will be.