Chamisa Charms Academics AT Oxford University

If anybody had doubts about Nelson Chamisa’s pedigree, his conduct and articulateness in the face of a fact-seeking audience at the citadel of higher education in Oxford today should have totally swayed them.

Fresh from a successful rally in Bedford on Sunday a buoyant Chamisa made an appearance at Oxford where he faced a roomful of intellectuals with a special interest on Zimbabwe. The moderator began by asking Chamisa about the legacy of Morgan Tsvangirai to which Chamisa responded by pointing to Tsvangirai’s quest for unity and his humility to continue to seek  to engage all Zimbabweans. He also spoke about Tsvangirai’s legacy as a trade unionist which he said was hinged on peace and non-violence.

Chamisa was also confronted with the question of leadership in MDC.

“We were unfortunate that we lost our icon Mr Tsvangirai at a crucial time and we have had to make sure that we put in place a vehicle that is able to win elections particularly in the context of a broad alliance and a grand national union. So we have had to form alliances with seven other political parties, and within that context we have had certain leaders that were not comfortable with the arrangement. It is so surprising how unity has become a source of disunity. This pursuit of unity has also caused other members not be comfortable with certain arrangements. But we need alliance with other parties.

It is so surprising how unity has become a source of disunity

Chamisa was also asked about the challenges that MDC was facing in building a coalition. He acquited himself well when he was confronted by the question of how he was going to handle China especially in the backdrop of his supposed intention to kick China out of Zimbabwe. Chamisa said he was not targeting any particular countries but he would seek mutually beneficial transactions across the world.

“Let us do business on the basis of set values and norms; good governance, human rights observance, non-exploitation of citizens” added Chamisa.

Still on Foreign policy Chamisa added that Zimbabwe needed to be re-integrated into The Commonwealth and the global world as a whole.

On the military’s continued role in civilian politics, Chamisa said it was concerning to him. He however also alluded to the fact that there are also a number of soldiers that are professional whom he believe would respect the will of the people.

“The ballot must be protected by the bullet not for the bullet to undermine the ballot”.

On Marijuana Chamisa said it was a hasty policy that was churned without the involvement of the people.

“We do not know the views of the people on this, we are going to review this.”

On the Zimbabwe Diaspora, Chamisa said MDC respected the resilience and work ethic of Zimbabweans who are making a mark across the world. He said his government will put in place a framework for skill repatriation into the country and pointed out that MDC was already in the process of setting up a skills database.

Chamisa then capped the evening with his views on the judiciary. He said that he feels at the moment he thinks Zimbabwe has a judiciary that has the necessary latitude to deliver on the bench.

“We cannot condemn the whole basket because there are a few bad apples”

Those interviewed after the address expressed optimism. One Chipo Madungure said she had come with an open mind but after listening to Chamisa, she has made her mind up.

“I will be in Zimbabwe in July and for sure I am voting this man” She declared with an emphatic grin.

ZANU PF Fields Man Who Served 5 Years For Fraud In America As MP For Mazowe

Man who who served 66 months for fraud in USA has thrown his hat to represent ZANU PF in the parliamentary election for Mazowe North.  Campion Takura Mugweni, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 66 months (five and one-half years), announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge Kinkeade ordered that Mugweni pay $1,965,637 in restitution. Mugweni, who stated in a motion for downward departure that he was a citizen of Zimbabwe, was later deported after serving his sentence.

Mugweni,  was also ordered to forefeit $40,000 in funds seized during an execution of a search warrant in April 2007 and funds IRS-CI seized from his bank accounts. In addition, US Government also seized a  2005 Hummer H2 vehicle and his 2006 Land Rover Range Rover vehicle.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, Mugweni admitted that from October 2006 until April 2007 that he schemed with others to prepare and electronically file fraudulent income tax returns by using personal identification information without authorization, and then used those fraudulent tax returns, which showed that refunds were owed to the taxpayers, as a basis for obtaining fraudulent refund anticipation loans from banks.

“Identity theft is a serious crime with serious consequences. CI will continue to aggressively pursue those who file false tax returns with stolen identities to claim refunds to which they are not entitled,” said Michael Lahey, IRS Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas Field Office.”

It remains to be seen if Zimbabweans will chose a known fraudster in a country that has been brought to its knees by fraud and corruption.

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