Nkosana Moyo Refuses to Buy Beer For Votes

ALLIANCE for the People’s Agenda (APA) president Nkosana Moyo says he is inundated with requests for beer and T-shirts every time he meets the electorate on the campaign trail countrywide as they want “to turn elections into a transaction”.

In a discussion with approximately 15 people at the Masvingo Civic Centre yesterday, he was quick to say that he has never given in to such demands.

“Everywhere I go, people ask me to buy them beer and give them T-shirts. But I do not buy them. I explain to them politely that this has partly destroyed our country. They turn elections into a transaction. They are doing themselves a service by securing the future of the country and their children in the best hands, they are not doing me a favour.
“When a candidate is campaigning and they are buying people things, where are they getting the money? Afterwards you complain about corruption, when you have started it from day one when you start an interaction with candidates which leads to corrupt practises,” he said.

Asked about his chances in the elections where 22 other candidates are vying for the presidency, Moyo, a businessman and former Cabinet minister who has held several positions in multilateral institutions, chose to be diplomatic.

“About me winning . . . the answer does not come from me. It lies with the Zimbabweans who I give that process, otherwise I will be involved in conflict of interest since I am one of the candidates . . . but if people follow my ways of how to choose a leader, I will win.

“People need to know what went wrong. People should look for the right person to fix things. What is wrong is the economy. Out of the 23 candidates, people should choose who is best to fix it. It needs a person who is good at the job. People should choose themselves the best candidate from the 23 contestants. They should look at our CVs, experience, track record so that they choose well.

So if the people follow what I am saying, I do not have any no competition. That is how I see it,” he said.

Moyo said the electoral playing field is tilted in Zanu PF’s favour.

“All our State institutions, not just the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), are appendages of Zanu PF. Zec is an arm of Zanu PF, whether we like it or not. The chairperson of Zec was appointed by the president, not by an independent panel that represents the interests of the people.

“What we need is for our institutions of State to be guided by the Constitution and they should understand that they stand above all political parties and protect the interests of Zimbabwean citizens not those of political parties,” he said.

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Man Bashes Wife for Attending Mnangagwa Rally

NEMAMWA – A man from Mubaiwa Village under Chief Mugabe in Nemamwa has been fined $50 for assaulting his wife whom he suspected of having attended President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s star rally held at Mucheke Stadium two weeks ago.

Supporters cheer Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a rally of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party in Harare, Zimbabwe March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Farai Nguvaino (31), a council employee at Masvingo RDC who was not at home on the day of the rally frantically sent mobile phone messages to his wife Nyembesi Gwatiringa ordering her not to get into busses that ferried supporters to the rally or let alone to go to the rally.
Gwatiringa complied with the instruction but failed to reply to the messages because she had no money in her phone.
The court was not told why Nguvaino blocked his wife from attending a Zanu PF rally.
Getting no responses to his messages, Nguvaino concluded that his wife disobeyed him and attended the rally. Nguvaino got home late in the afternoon and found his wife at home and without asking questions, he started assaulting her with a switch all over the body for attending Mnangagwa’s rally.
She suffered injuries as a result and was medically examined at Morgenster Mission Hospital. She reported the matter to the Police after hospital staff refused to serve her unless she brought a Police report.
Provincial Magistrate Langton Ndokera found Nguvaino guilty as charged and fined him $50 or 20 days in prsion.
Fidelis Nyamukondiwa prosecuted.

Grace Mugabe Booted Out of Mazowe Dam

Former first lady Grace Mugabe’s unbridled ambition to build a vast business empire in the scenic Mazowe area of Mashonaland Central province has suffered a major setback after the government repossessed the iconic Mazowe Dam she had grabbed in 2017, the Zimbabwe Independent  revealed.

Prior to the grabbing, Mazoe Citrus, which runs a thriving horticultural plantation in the area, had a 60% stake in the dam, while government held the remaining 40%. The dam was built in 1918 to irrigate the citrus plantation and other crops.

Grace, nicknamed Gucci Grace or First Shopper, had taken advantage of former president Robert Mugabe’s iron grip on power to establish a vast empire in the area spanning mining, agriculture and an elite private school — which she marketed as the centrepiece of her philanthropic work. After privatising the Mazowe Dam in July last year, Grace barred local villagers, who had relied on fishing, from accessing the water body.

She also banned recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing and rowing while also restricting the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) from managing the dam.

Zinwa’s acting corporate communications and marketing manager Tsungirirai Shoriwa confirmed that the authority now had “normal access” to the dam. “The ownership of Mazowe Dam has never been a contested issue at any time. Only access to the dam was restricted on account of security,” Shoriwa said.

“The security situation has since been reviewed, allowing Zinwa normal access to Mazowe Dam.”

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, was toppled amid dramatic scenes in November last year through a military coup. Water and Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri did not respond to questions sent to her.

Mazowe Dam, the country’s 16th largest reservoir, has a capacity of 39,35 million cubic metres of water. The seizure and effective privatisation of the dam was unlawful as it violated the Water Act. The Act stipulates that water should not be privatised, although section 3 says “all water is vested in the President”, suggesting Mugabe could have granted permission to his wife to take over the dam. Section 4 of the Act states that there should be no private ownership of water.

“No person shall be entitled to ownership of any water in Zimbabwe and no water shall be stored, abstracted, apportioned, controlled, diverted, used or in any way dealt with except in accordance with this Act. (2) Subject to this Act, a permit issued in terms of this Act shall confer upon its holder a right to the use of water in accordance with the permit,” it says.

This made Grace’s move illegal, although the clause indicating that a sitting president has final authority on water left the issue open to a controversial interpretation.

Grace’s vast Mazowe empire included an opulent double-storey mansion on Mapfeni Farm, which can be seen from Manzou Farm from where she had been trying to evict thousands of villagers since 2011 to establish a game park. In 2014, Grace grabbed a significant chunk of Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed agro-producer Interfresh’s Mazoe Citrus Estate.

She also has a dairy farm and an orphanage. Before Mugabe was ousted, Grace had lofty plans to build a US$1 billionstate-funded, but family-controlled university. Ironically, Mugabe, who vehemently opposed leasing out farms to former white owners, was renting the Mazoe citrus estate to local businessman Hamish Rudland, exposing his counterproductive posturing and double standards during his time in power. Mugabe’s wife in 2013/2014 mounted a fierce land grab of Interfresh estates that ravaged the business, leaving it with a negligible amount of arable land and teetering on the brink of collapse.

Interfresh, which had total land holdings of 3 800 hectares, lost 870 hectares, accounting for 23% of its Mazowe land holdings. This left the company with 2 930 hectares. Of the 3 800 hectares, only 1 067 hectares were arable. The Mugabe family grabbed 414 hectares (39%) of arable land, leaving Interfresh with 653 hectares (61%).

Mugabe, who seized vast tracts of land from Interfresh, a once-thriving enterprise listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, is said to have “invited” Rudland into the farming joint venture after failing utilise the seized land. The Mugabe family reportedly has more than 10 farms, and are part of the new land aristocracy ushered in by government’s chaotic land reform programme which began in 2000.

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Mnangagwa Opens Up On Castration ,Bomb Scare

President Mnangagwa has for the first time opened up on circumstances surrounding his 1964 arrest after bombing the Rhodesian steam locomotive in Fort Victoria (now Masvingo), revealing how he was forced to hold an explosive device during interrogation by security personnel from the Ian Smith regime.

The bomb almost took his life before it was thrown out through the window by one of his interrogators, making it the second incident involving dangerous explosives targeted on his life.

Last week, the President miraculously survived another bomb attack at White City Stadium in Bulawayo which claimed two lives and injured more than 40 others.

The Herald can also exclusively reveal that the President escaped castration by admitting that he was responsible for bombing the Rhodesian train.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Herald, President Mnangagwa said he was the only surviving member of the famous Crocodile Gang which gave the colonial regime sleepless nights after the Fort Victoria bombing.
“After I was arrested, I was taken to Harare Central Prison,” said President Mnangagwa.

“On the western wing of that building, there is a small room which they (Smith regime) used to call butcher house A20. In that room there is a long steel bar stretching across the entire room with some round hooks like those used to hang meat in a butchery. Saka vanoisa table seapo voisa musoro wako pachair vokusimudza voisa maleg iron wopinda muhook muya voisa maleg iron rimwe gumbo futi uku vobvisa zvese izvi (clothes) musoro wako warembera pasi. Vokuratidza notebook itsva nepenzera itsva. Vanobva vati zvandichanyora umu zvinobva kwauri kusvika tazadza notebook. Saka wainzi bhuuu kuno uku woti rirrrrr uchienda uku kana waguma wonzi bhuu uchienda uku but you won’t last long. You go off vombokubvisa but you come back again. Vokubvunza unoda kudzokera here kunze kwenyika? Wakatrainer kuEgypyt iwewe nekuChina woti handizvizive vokudzorera futi.

“Then I don’t know what happened, nanhasi handizive. Pandakaita come round I was in a female cell. By that time there was a toilet which was flashed nemvura inobva panze. Saka vakadzi vaive vakasungwawo vaipiwa mvura panze vachidira saka pavakarova door amuka-amuka ndobva ndauya kuzotorwa zvikanzi we have failed but we have all the evidence that you trained in Egypt, you trained in China.

“So they took me to another room with an open window facing Rail Avenue, now called Kenneth Kaunda. There were five white men called Inspector Beans, Brad Show and Smith. I can’t remember the names of the other two.

“In that room, they took a TNT explosive and a fuse and pinned them with a blasting cable. When you lit that it would explode within a matter of minutes and because I did engineering in China I knew that if it blasts we were all going to die.

They wanted to test if I was trained militarily so they asked me to hold that explosive while standing at the window and ordinarily a trained person was bound to throw it away through the window before it explodes.

“Saka vakabva vatungidza ndikati haa pano apo nhasi tinoenda tese asi uku ndichibuda hangu dikita. Pachakangoti fuuu one of them jumped and grab the bomb and threw it through the window and it exploded outside. He said this guy is innocent if he was a trained person he would have thrown the explosive away. Ndakabva ndaona kuti ndapasa pano.”

President Mnangagwa continued: “I was then taken to another office where the Minister of Justice, Law and Order at the time Desmond Lardner Burke had already signed my restriction papers for five years. He said I am sending you for restriction for five years so sign here but before we allow you to go, we want to castrate you so take off your shoes.

“They undressed me and asked me to sit on a bench where they had placed a burdizzo castrator. I looked at it and the moment they attempted to castrate me I said no, no, let me tell you the truth. I am the one who bombed the steam locomotive and I was also trained in China and Egypt. They said that is enough to hang you and they took me to remand.”-Herald

Police Raid Saviour Kasukuwere Home

FORMER Zanu PF political commissar and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s fallout with law enforcement agents continued to unfold with police detectives raiding his Harare mansion yesterday hunting for him.

Saviour Kasukuwere

Saviour Kasukuwere

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The raid, whose purpose could not be ascertained, came shortly after Kasukuwere was acquitted on “border jumping” charges.

Kasukuwere, who is in South Africa, confirmed the raid which he said involved five officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

“Yes, they were at my house. There were five officers from the CID who arrived at around 5am. They did not have a search warrant and were told I was not home. They went away only to return three hours later this time demanding to be allowed onto the property,” he said.

“They forced their way in. I was indeed not at home because I am outside the country. I was called so I talked to them and advised them to talk to my lawyer (Jonathan Samukange).”

Samukange said he was not aware of the police raid.

“I am actually hearing it from you. We had agreed that if they wanted him for anything, they would call me first so I could bring him in. Maybe, it is because I have been busy with campaigns, that could be the reason they may not have been able to get hold of me,” the Zanu PF lawmaker said.

“I am going to make inquiries so I get an understanding of what exactly the police are looking for.”

CID spokesperson Portia Chinho referred questions national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi who said he was out of Harare.

“I am out of town and only back on Thursday. I have no information on that,” Nyathi said.

Kasukuwere was part of a Zanu PF faction known as G40 reportedly then under the tutelage of former President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace. The faction was until November last year locked in a bitter political tussle for control of Zanu PF before the military intervention that forced Mugabe to resign paving the way for Mnangagwa’s rise to power barely two weeks after he had been fired as Vice President.

Along with his acolytes, then Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao who was then serving as Labour minister, Kasukuwere skipped the border into exile as the military closed in on them.

However, the former Zanu PF national commissar made a dramatic return to the country two months ago, dragged to court on “border jumping” charges but later acquitted.

The military intervention code named Operation Restore Legacy reportedly targeted “criminals around” Mugabe, who according to insiders included Kasukuwere, Moyo, Zhuwao and former First Lady Grace.

Moyo and Zhuwao have accused Kasukuwere of “selling out” to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s “military junta” government.

Robert Mugabe Returns to Zimbabwe After Treatment In Singapore

Former President Robert Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a private chartered flight from Singapore, where he had been seeking medical treatment.

Accompanied by his wife Grace and a large entourage, the 94-year-old appeared to be struggling to walk as he left the airport in Harare.

 

Mr Mugabe flew to Singapore about three weeks ago for an undisclosed ailment, although sources said he was suffering from high blood pressure.

Mr Mugabe was ousted by a military coup in November after almost four decades in power.

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Mnangagwa Recovers $850 Million Looted Funds

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that his government recovered $850m (£644m) during a three-month moratorium aimed at getting looted funds back, state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa

 

Mr Mnangagwa had announced the recovery plan for an estimated $1.4bn stolen by individuals and businesses after taking office last November.

He made the revelations during discussions about measures being made to fight corruption on the continent at an African Union summit in Mauritania.

The 75-year-old leader – who is the candidate for the ruling Zanu-PF party in the 30 July presidential election – said that his government had also established an anti-corruption court and passed an ethics law.

“Corruption networks are becoming more sophisticated, hence the need to enhance information sharing amongst member-states’ law enforcement agencies and related institutions on the continent and beyond,” Mr Mnagangwa is quoted as telling his peers.

Chamisa Gives Up On Party Name Fight With Thokozani Khupe

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has withdrawn from the legal battle with erstwhile opposition counterpart Thokozani Khupe over the use of the MDC-T name.

Chamisa and Khupe have been involved in a brutal power struggle following founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s death in February.

The youthful Kuwadzana East lawmaker dragged Khupe to court demanding that she stops using the party name and logo.

However, Khupe – who served as Tsvangirai’s deputy for 11 years before the fall-out and subsequent split – dug in her heels.

In a statement Monday, Khupe’s party spokesperson Linda Masarira said Chamisa had requested that the matter be removed from the court roll.

“This morning Monday  the 2nd of July 2018 our erstwhile comrades applied to have their matter against president Dr Thokozani Khupe, vice president  Adv Obert Gutu and national chairperson Eng Abednico Bhebhe, removed from the High Court’s roll.

“Advocate Thabani Mpofu representing Chamisa’s faction filed the application after attacking the integrity of the judicial system without justification,” Masarira said.

The matter was heard before Hight Court judge Justice Mary Zimba-Dube after a nasty row last week in which Chamisa’s camp accused Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese of being a Zanu PF supporter and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lackey.

“The matter being removed from the roll with costs because our erstwhile comrades have thrown in the towel and realised that their case…was ill-advised, unreasonable and unwinnable.

“The MDC-T led by Hon. Dr.Thokozani Khupe continues as the legitimate and lawful MDC-T,” reads the statement by Masarira.

Unrest In Zimbabwe As Another Bomb Hits Njelele Shrine

THE sacred Njelele rainmaking shrine in Matobo district has reportedly been bombed by yet-to-be-identified suspects, who used mining explosives to blast the main rock that covers the shrine.

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Njelele is situated at Matobo in Kezi, Matabeleland South province, and has since time immemorial been used by people from various parts of the country and abroad for rainmaking ceremonies and healing of various ailments that affected their communities.

A source and villager from Matobo, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the shrine was bombed on Friday night and the attack was discovered by the shrine caretaker Solifa Ncube on Saturday morning.

“Njelele Shrine has been bombed. Khulu (Solifa Ncube) said on Friday he left all in order at the shrine. I went on Saturday and we discovered that the rock, which covers the shrine, was bombed using mining explosives. They also destroyed the pots in the shrine and looted most of the traditional artefacts which were stored in the shrine,” he said.

“They went inside the cave and destroyed the pots and also put explosives, destroying the stuff inside. Khulu said during the week, he found salt sprinkled all over the shrine and there are a lot of men from apostolic sects who are claiming to be praying on Matobo mountains and we wonder if it’s only in Matobo where there are mountains. Our tradition and culture is being destroyed in front of us.”

The source said the incident was reported to the police and when they left the shrine on Saturday, the detectives were investigating the matter.

Ncube yesterday confirmed the incident indicating that the desecration and attack on the shrine was a serious attack on the local and national traditional culture and values.

“The bombing could have happened on Friday evening because we went to the shrine in the morning on Saturday and discovered that the shrine had been blasted, though they failed to split the main rock. But they destroyed all the traditional pots and regalia,” he said.

Chief Malaba, of Maphisa, yesterday said he was unaware of the incident, while Chief Nyangazonke, who stays close to the shrine, was not reachable for comment.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele could neither confirm nor deny the incident, referring questions to his superiors in Harare.

“I think you will agree that this is a case of national interest, so talk to the national spokesperson,” he said.
National spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not reachable on her mobile numbers, while Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said he was driving and could not comment over the matter.

This is not the first time that the shrine has been attacked.

Fifth Brigade soldiers during Gukurahundi in the 1980s reportedly fired shots at the shrine, an incident which locals claimed triggered a series of droughts in the region.

Pastor Chamisa Goes to Israel to Strengthen Faith As Election Campaign Reaches Final Stretch

MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa last week took a break from his campaign schedule to make a “private trip” to Israel, which he said was meant to strengthen his Christian beliefs.

PICTURES of Chamisa in Israel..amazing road network, irrigation schemes, housing

PICTURES of Chamisa in Israel..amazing road network, irrigation schemes, housing

Chamisa (40) is among the 23 presidential candidates vying for the country’s top job and has used his strong Christian background, being a pastor, to rally his supporters head of the July 30 elections.

His spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda confirmed the visit, but said it was a “purely private trip”.

“It was a private visit, which was undertaken by the president and we expect him in the country anytime from now,” he said.

“His itinerary suggests that he should be in the country by now or on the way.

“The trip had three dimensions basically; he undertook it to learn from the fastest growing economy on how they did it and see the level of infrastructure development so that his vision can be constructed along those lines and ethos.

“As you would know, he is also a devout Christian and he took the time to visit sacred places, have time with his Creator, pray for the nation as well as pray for peace.

“He also undertook the trip to re-energise his resolve in the fight for a better Zimbabwe.”

Chamisa made the announcement that he was in Israel on Friday night via Twitter.

“In Israel, I have just been to Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, River Jordan, Bethlehem, Mount of Olives and Jericho on a private visit.

“I’m fortified in my faith. Israel has a fantastic road network and superb architecture in housing.

“We will get there in our New Zimbabwe # behold the new,” he tweeted.

During the recent launch of the MDC Alliance manifesto, Chamisa said if elected into power, he would improve relations between Zimbabwe and Israel.-AMH

Drones to Fight Terrorism At Zimbabwe Political Rallies

Zimbabwe’s security cluster has activated robust anti-terrorism measures which will see police introduce special anti-terror personnel, drones and other monitoring mechanisms commensurate with the magnitude of all political gatherings countrywide.

DJ1 Phantom Quadcopter Drone in flight – September 2014 Photo by: Paul Mayall/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

The measures come as police boost security ahead of the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections, and follow the June 23 attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s life soon after addressing a rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo.

The attack has been roundly condemned locally and internationally, and President Mnangagwa has said it will not stop elections from going ahead as constitutionally scheduled.

In an interview in Harare last week, Zimbabwe Republic Police Commander for the 2018 Harmonised Elections Committee, Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza said at least 45 000 specially trained police officers had been tasked to handle security countrywide.

“There will be increased vigilance and increased police visibility at all rallies. We will also ensure that we deploy more plain clothes police office amongst the crowds and we shall be using drones to monitor activities at rallies and capture what is going on.

“As of our deadline which is 30 June 2018 (yesterday), we expect to have officially trained 45 000 officers ahead of the elections.

“Our training is focusing on management of harmonised elections, the Electoral Act, public order and disorder training, and human rights.

“We also have a manual that we have produced for all officers involved. It basically contains the key elements of the Electoral Act which the police will be using during the elections.”

Snr Asst Comm Makodza said police district and provincial commanders were in the process of issuing bans on dangerous weapons, a process that would culminate in a national prohibition order.

“In terms of the bans on dangerous weapons, officers commanding in districts that include Masvingo, Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, Midlands, Mashonaland East have already started issuing the bans that make certain weapons illegal prohibited weapons are catapults, knobkerries, bows and arrows, knives, machetes, axes and spears.

He said the environment was relatively calm with cases of intra-party violence having been recorded mostly during party primary elections.

Snr Asst Comm Makodza said most cases of intra-party violence had not gone to prosecution as those involved opted for out-of-court settlements.

“The ZRP acknowledges that the nation has heeded the call by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa to carry out elections campaigns in a peaceful environment,” he said.

“Besides the Bulawayo incident, which we have come up with practical measures to prevent in the future, this election is very peaceful. We are confident the call for peace has been received by most Zimbabweans.

“During our assessment in the provinces, on the state of preparedness for the elections, we note traditional and religious leaders are in line with us, they agree that the elections this time are peaceful, compared to the previous polls.”-ZP

EU Poll Observers Harassed By Mnangagwa’s CIO Operative In Zimbabwe

A MEMBER of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) based in Chiredzi caused a scene early this week after he harassed two members of the European Union (EU) pre-election observer team, demanding their passports and identification details.

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The CIO operative, identified as Innocent Ncube, is alleged to have harassed Christophe Menou from France and Fridarike Santner from Austria who were deployed to Chiredzi district ahead of elections slated for July 30.

It is alleged that Ncube interrogated Menou and Santner, forced them to surrender their passports and EU badges that he then photocopied before handing them back.

Though the matter was not reported to police, Santner confirmed the development saying she had raised the issue with the EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme.

“Yes, we got harassed and we have since lodged our complaint with our office. You can get in touch with the ambassador he will furnish you with more details,” Santner said.

Efforts to get comment from Van Damme were, however, fruitless by the time of going to print.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record encouraging international election observers to come and observe the upcoming elections, saying his new government had nothing to hide.

Although Ncube himself could not be reached for comment,
the District Intelligence Officer for Chiredzi, Joseph Urimbo said he was yet to receive the complaint.

“What I know is that our officer was invited to a Joint Operations Command (JOC) meeting and the meeting went on smoothly. If that incident happened after the meeting, I wouldn’t know because we have not received any complaint at our offices. However, I still need to confirm but that is not the way we operate,” Urimbo said.

Opposition political parties have in the past castigated the often arrogant and sometimes wayward behaviour of some CIO operatives, saying their record of intimidation was a bane for free, fair and credible elections.

Oppah Muchinguri Lost Breast In Bulawayo Explosion

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly revealed that one of his deputies, Kembo Mohadi is in South Africa for medical treatment following a bombing incident in Bulawayo last Saturday.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said that Mohadi and the ruling Zanu-PF party chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, were airlifted to South Africa and were “responding well to treatment”.

An unexplained weekend blast narrowly missed the Mnangagwa himself but killed two bodyguards and injured over 40 people.

The report quoted Mnangagwa as saying that Muchinguri-Kashiri was operated on as shrapnel reportedly pierced through her chest.

G40 political faction

Mnangagwa spoke to BBC earlier this week and said that he suspected a political faction supporting former first lady Grace Mugabe of being behind the attack.

Mnangagwa, however, did not say the former first lady was involved in the blast. He said he expected that arrests would be made soon, an AP report said.

Mnangagwa was fired as longtime leader Robert Mugabe’s deputy in November after he became a target of the first lady’s G40 political faction. The military responded by stepping in and Mugabe resigned, ending 37 years in power.

Zimbabwe now faced a historic July 30 election, the first without Mugabe since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Mnangagwa was under pressure to deliver a credible vote that Western countries see as key to lifting international sanctions.

ED Mnangagwa Ditches Air Zimbabwe for Expensive Swiss Luxury Jet

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday ditched the struggling Air Zimbabwe and hired a private Swiss luxury jet to fly him to Tanzania for a meeting with his counterpart, John Magufuli.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

According to government sources, Mnangagwa ignored Air Zimbabwe which had charged him $131 000 for his two-day trip to Tanzania and opted for the luxurious jet — Comlux — headquartered in Switzerland with a global presence around the world. The plane, according to sources, flew from its Swiss base to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to fetch the President. In April, Mnangagwa reportedly blew $2,3 million to charter the same plane on his State visit to Beijing, China.

“The Office of President had approached Air Zimbabwe for a quote on how much they would charge the President, for a regional trip, but we were all surprised when he opted to hire the private jet. Normally, regional routes are given to Air Zimbabwe, but we don’t understand why he opted otherwise,” said a senior government official.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba was not available for comment as he was said to have travelled together with Mnangagwa. At the time of going to print last night, Charamba had not responded to a text message sent to him, but sources said the decision to hire Comlux was made on Tuesday while Air Zimbabwe was only informed on Wednesday evening.

“The bookings for the presidential flights are normally made by the department of protocol in the OPC and we still don’t know why the national airline was left out,” another source said.

Attempts to get a quotation from Comlux were fruitless as their marketing department had not responded to emailed questions from NewsDay.

Mnangagwa’s special adviser, Christopher Mutsvangwa said: “I don’t know really because I am in Norton campaigning, but I think it is because he is due to proceed to the AU (African Union) Summit in Mauritania so that could be the reason, but as I said, I am not in office at the moment.”

Mnangagwa is supposed to join 30 other Heads of State and government in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital for an ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting.

Since he took over from former President Robert Mugabe last November, Mnangagwa has been accused of snubbing the limping national airline, preferring expensive chartered private jets.

In January, Mnangagwa also hired a private jet to Davos, Switzerland, as well as when he travelled to South Africa early this year.

Internationally-recognised rating agent, S&P Global, indicates that Comlux is rated as an integrated group in the aviation sector specialising in Airbus and Boeing, with the former typically chartered by Heads of State, royal families, business leaders or sports teams.

The aircraft includes a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom, office, dining and living room, plus room for entourage and staff.

It has cargo space for over 250 bags, and can even transport multiple cars.

Efforts to get comment from Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, Joey Bimha were fruitless.

The new Zanu PF leader, who seems to have taken over from where Mugabe left in terms of trips outside the country, has been to Mozambique, twice to Botswana, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast within three months.

General Chiwenga Who Toppled Mugabe Declares No More Coups In Zimbabwe

Constantino Chiwenga

Constantino Chiwenga

VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga has declared that the military would not carry out another intervention similar to Operation Restore Legacy which saw former President Robert Mugabe being forced out of government last November.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Responding to questions during a public lecture on the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo at the University of Zimbabwe yesterday, Chiwenga, who led last year’s military intervention as Zimbabwe Defence Commander, said the military would never intervene in politics again.

“What mechanisms are we putting in place to avoid a recurrence (of Operation Restore Legacy) now? There will not be a recurrence, let me assure you… we had created a situation which was bad for ourselves and that will not happen again,” he said.

Chiwenga said Operation Restore Legacy happened because constitutional power had been usurped by non-State actors and the economy had been allowed to collapse.

“… note that even if we were under sanctions, we could have done something … people were not sure of what tomorrow would hold for them. There was no policy consistency, people who were not constitutionally in government were making decisions and even battering the judicial service, firing people left right and centre,” he said.

Chiwenga said military intervention became necessary because Mugabe’s regime had become toxic, vindictive and issued decrees as if Zimbabwe had become a personal empire.

“We code named it Operation Restore Legacy advisedly. When you are foremost commander whose roots are steeped in the liberation struggle and you see the very fabric and foundation of the society you helped build as a cadre of the struggle, the very society you protected and defended as a commander threatened with implosion and collapse, what becomes uppermost on your mind is not political terminology or jargon, but your responsibilities as a man in charge of an institution which is the State’s line of defence as provided by section 212 of the Constitution,” he said.

Mugabe, according to Chiwenga, who was the symbol of State had become a victim in the whole matrix allowing non-State actors to abuse State institutions and without the army’s intervention the body politic of Zimbabwe would have collapsed.

Chiwenga said the Saturday bombing at White City Stadium was an act of spoilers who did not cherish peace and wanted to create instability in Zimbabwe.

“The recent terror attack on the national leadership at the White City Stadium on June 23, 2018 barely hours after His Excellency the President Mnangagwa had visited Ekusileni Hospital, itself Umdala Wethu’s dream for healing our society, brought to the fore the sheer fragility of national peace if taken for granted and left undefended. Dr Nkomo’s reaction to this heinous terror attack is predictable as is obvious, he would have denounced it as cowardly and inhumane,” he said.

United Kingdom : Former Zimbabwe Journalist Appointed Bristol City Mayor’s Deputy Advisor

FORMER journalist, Forward Maisokwadzo has been appointed Deputy Advisor to the Mayor of Bristol on Inclusion with immediate effect.

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Forward Maisokwadzo

Forward Maisokwadzo

Maisokwadzo’s brief will include representing the views of the Mayor and his Advisor on issues related to inclusion, preparing briefings and leading on the delivery of the inclusion related projects.

Commenting on his appointment Maisokwadzo said, “It is an exciting challenge which I’m happy to face. I thank the authorities who have appointed me ahead of many other good candidates.

“I am humbled by the confidence they have shown not only in me but the community I come from and I will do my best to fulfil the demands of this role.”

Asked about what drives him, Maisokwadzo, said he is “so passionate about justice, fairness and equality.”

The city of Bristol is among a few cities in UK who have an elected Mayor. Maisokwadzo will be working with Mr Marvin Jonahthan Rees, a British Labour Party politician who was elected Mayor of Bristol in May 2016 and became the first ever Mayor of Black African-Caribbean descent of a European City.

Before his new appointment, Maisokwadzo was National Media & Communications Officer for City of Sanctuary UK and Ireland.

He is deeply involved with the community in Bristol and has been a trustee of a number of charities, including being one of the Founders and former chair of African Voices Forum, AfriKaEye, The MediaWise Trust, an ethics journalism Charity, Avon and Bristol Law Centre, Bristol Refugee Rights, and ZIMBA FC- a multi-national football club he founded to use the natural power of football to bring people together for effective integration.

Maisokwadzo is also currently a local preacher on training within the Methodist Church of Great Britain and is actively involved within the Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship UK.

TROUBLE as Mnangagwa EXPOSES those behind attempt to kill him – (FULL DETAILS)

It is clear that Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has blamed an assassination attempt at a political rally last Saturday on a faction led by Grace Mugabe, wife of ousted president, Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa told newsmen on Wednesday that the so-called G40 faction was responsible for the grenade thrown at the podium in the White City stadium in Bulawayo.

The attack killed two people and injured 49. Both vice-presidents were slightly injured in the blast, as were several other top officials in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Manangagwa said the attack had been “calculated to achieve a bloodbath” and destabilise the ongoing electoral programme.

“My hunch without evidence is that the people who aggrieved by the new dispensation… are the G40 so that is the logical conclusion,” Mnangagwa told the BBC.

“I think this is a political action by some aggrieved persons by the current democratic dispensation in the country.” he added.

The president further said Grace Mugabe was “politically immature and was easily used by a tool who wanted to get at me”.

Many of those who were close to the former first lady have fled Zimbabwe.

Opposition leaders in Zimbabwe fear the bombing may serve as a pretext for a wide-ranging crackdown by the government or the military but Manangwa dismissed such concern.

“There is no need for a security crackdown; this is a criminal activity”, he said.

“But of course we must make sure the population is protected and only when we have got them are we going to be able to assess the extent to which the network is spread.”

Munangagwa Reveals Those Behind Attempt to Kill Him

Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has blamed an assassination attempt at a political rally last Saturday on a faction led by Grace Mugabe, wife of ousted president, Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa told newsmen on Wednesday that the so-called G40 faction was responsible for the grenade thrown at the podium in the White City stadium in Bulawayo.

This picture of former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe flashing the V-sign was circulating on social media yesterday three days after the attempted assassination of President Mnangagwa in Bulawayo. Mrs Mugabe was with her ailing husband in Singapore. Condemnation of the terrorist attack has been widespread

This picture of former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe flashing the V-sign was circulating on social media yesterday three days after the attempted assassination of President Mnangagwa in Bulawayo. Mrs Mugabe was with her ailing husband in Singapore. Condemnation of the terrorist attack has been widespread

The attack killed two people and injured 49. Both vice-presidents were slightly injured in the blast, as were several other top officials in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Manangagwa said the attack had been “calculated to achieve a bloodbath” and destabilise the ongoing electoral programme.

“My hunch without evidence is that the people who aggrieved by the new dispensation… are the G40 so that is the logical conclusion,” Mnangagwa told the BBC.

“I think this is a political action by some aggrieved persons by the current democratic dispensation in the country.” he added.

The president further said Grace Mugabe was “politically immature and was easily used by a tool who wanted to get at me”.

Many of those who were close to the former first lady have fled Zimbabwe.

Opposition leaders in Zimbabwe fear the bombing may serve as a pretext for a wide-ranging crackdown by the government or the military but Manangwa dismissed such concern.

“There is no need for a security crackdown; this is a criminal activity”, he said.

“But of course we must make sure the population is protected and only when we have got them are we going to be able to assess the extent to which the network is spread.”

ED Mnangagwa Spends Over $60 Million On Polls

The ruling Zanu PF party is spending a fortune to retain power at the forthcoming polls, with millions of elusive hard currency having been spent on top-of-the-range vehicles, advertising and campaign material to oil its poll campaign that has probably broken all records in terms of its financing.

For the second time, the Daily News can reveal that all Zanu PF candidates aspiring for seats in the National Assembly will each be given an all-terrain vehicle and a montage of regalia for distribution to party supporters.

Hundreds of campaign vehicles are currently awaiting clearance at the country’s borders, with the party’s transport committee burning the midnight oil to ensure they reach their recipients in good time.

The National Assembly comprises 210 legislators and 80 senators.

Zanu PF might have spent upwards of $60 million, assuming that each vehicle costs $40 000.

This is at a time when the country is struggling to meet critical payments for items such as drugs, fuel and machinery for industry due to foreign currency shortages.

More campaign material, among them T-shirts and bandanas, are on their way from India and China.

Zanu PF insiders told the Daily News yesterday that the party has built a war chest using generous donations from its traditional allies and business people who are hedging their bets ahead of the elections, slated for July 30.

They said the Communist Party of China, considered by Zanu PF to be an all-weather friend, and corporates thirsting for the country’s resources, were bankrolling the ruling party’s campaign although this could not be independently verified at the time of going to print.

Other traditional allies listed as having injected resources into Zanu PF’s well-oiled campaign machinery, include the Equatorial Guinea—whose President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has a close security unit comprising soldiers from Zimbabwe.

Nguema was recently in Zimbabwe.

Not to be left out, some local businessmen have also chipped in, including parastatals.

Carrying on with former president Robert Mugabe’s politics of patronage, the so-called new dispensation recently bought more than 226 cars for traditional leaders.

The party has a fleet of Ford Fiestas, Ford Ranger trucks, and buses, whose source of funding has largely remained a mystery.

Critics have condemned Zanu PF’s misplaced priorities, saying it was tragic that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration does not see anything wrong with its vote buying gimmicks when the majority of the population are wallowing in poverty.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said the primary source of Zanu PF’s funds was the scourge of state-party conflation.

“Secondly, their all-weather friends such as China can be part of their financiers given that even the infamous scarf was printed and produced from there. Individuals in Zanu PF are rich after four decades of plundering national resources. So they can also fund anything,” he said.

Saungweme said the opposition was already at a disadvantage in terms of resources, saying it cannot compete with Zanu PF on the basis of funding but ideas and good manifesto.

Stephen Chan, another political analyst, said it was highly improbable that Zanu PF could be getting foreign funding; cautioning the opposition to be careful of sounding like the ruling party which alleged in days gone by that the MDC was financed by foreigners.

“Having said that, there are real questions to be asked about government monies being diverted towards party purposes: Insofar as much of the money is being spent on transport costs, yes, this will give Zanu PF some advantages in covering ground for rallies and meetings in all parts of Zimbabwe,” said Chan, a professor of World Politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

“Insofar as it is spent on glossy advertising, which is seen largely in urban areas, it will have no effect on voting. People will make up their own minds about whether a partial break from Mugabe-ism is enough, or whether they want a full break. That is why the rumours of Chamisa flirting with Mugabe representatives were very counterproductive to the image he needs to present as the truly full break from the past,” added Chan.

Across the country, billboards of a grinning Mnangagwa occupy strategic spaces along major roads and in central business districts of Zimbabwe’s towns and cities.

The opposition has clearly been dwarfed by Zanu PF because of lack of funding to run a decent election campaign.

Mnangagwa Fingers Grace Mugabe Faction For Zanu PF White City Rally Blast

The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he suspects a group linked to the former first lady was behind an attempt on his life.

Two people died and more than 40 were hurt in an explosion near Mr Mnangagwa at a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Mr Mnangagwa told the BBC’s Fergal Keane that he suspected the G40 group, which supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency, had carried out the attack.

Mrs Mugabe’s husband, Robert Mugabe, was removed from power last year.

Widespread suspicion that Mrs Mugabe intended to succeed her husband as the country’s leader was a contributing factor to the political transition, and the army’s involvement in it.

Mr Mnangagwa did not accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the attempt on his life.

He told the BBC he expects arrests to be made shortly.

“I don’t know whether it was one individual – I would think it is broader than one person. I would think this is a political action by some aggrieved persons,” he said.

Mr Mnangagwa, then vice-president, and Mrs Mugabe were the two main candidates to succeed the ageing Robert Mugabe as president.

The faction supporting Mrs Mugabe was known as Generation 40 or G40.

Mr Mnangagwa described Mrs Mugabe as someone who had frequently insulted him in the past.

“On what basis would I trust someone who was used by a cabal to say things that had no basis,” he said.

Despite the apparent attempt on his life, Mr Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was stable and that foreign investors should not worry.

There would be no countrywide security clampdown and elections scheduled for next month would go ahead in a free and fair manner, he said.-BBC

White City Bombing : An Eyewitness Account

TIME stood still.

This was moments after the blast interrupted the cheers of jubilation at White City Stadium in Bulawayo as President Mnangagwa left the stage after delivering another rousing speech on Saturday.

That moment seemed like a lifetime to panicked and confused onlookers, who became both actors and spectators to the unfolding tragic drama on stage.

Kembo Mohadi, the country’s other Vice President and a man who’s no stranger to blood and mayhem given the time he spent fighting for Zimbabwe’s freedom during the war of liberation, was limping badly as he clutched his right leg.

Cde Christopher Mushowe was lying on his back before he was assisted up by aides and whisked to safety.

In front of him was Vice-President, General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) who was being helped off the stage by an aide in a white t-shirt, with Dr David Parirenyatwa the Minister of Health and other senior officials walking off the stage the opposite direction from the explosion.

Making his way behind him, Emmerson Mnangagwa Jnr seemed as confused as the sea of yellow and green at White City that had gathered to hear President Mnangagwa’s vision for Zimbabwe.

They too were at sixes and sevens, trying to make heads or tails of the gory scene unfolding on stage.

Some of the security detail, perhaps guided by instinct, tried to rush to protect their charge, but had an almost synchronized fall moments later as the impact of the blast kicked in.

A number of them, including two army officers were lying down injured; another security aide’s leg was reduced to shattered bones and blood.

While another security aide lay motionless with a deep cut on his head.  I recalled seeing him earlier at Ekusileni Hospital during President Mnangagwa’s visit and how I and a colleague, both fans of boots, admired his nice shoes.

He was later to regain consciousness before he was whisked away by members of the Red Cross mostly made up of female paramedics. To their credit, they reacted swiftly bringing stretchers and whisking the injured to ambulances and then hospitals.

Zanu-PF Youth Secretary for Administration Cde Tendai Chirau briefly spoke with some of the injured details, with one of them assuring him that his injuries were not serious before leaving the stadium.

Remaining behind was Cde Davis Mhambi who assisted the Red Cross in putting the injures on the stretchers.

A moment of shock came when a member of the security I am acquainted to and was seated next to, appeared from behind me with blood on his left leg.

“Ndakuvara sha,” he said in shock. “Come and get my phone and call my wife, she is here among the crowds; tell her that I have been injured,” he said.

Just before the blast, I had just grabbed our chief photographer, Eliah Saushoma who could have run towards the blast, telling him that I needed to do an interview with Cde Mabutho Moyo, a Zanu-PF youth.

The object of the story was for Cde Moyo, one of the youths arrested for booing former First Lady Grace Mugabe on 4 November last year; to share his feelings after President Mnangagwa’s address and the experience he went through during his incarceration among other issues.

Saushoma was to get a fresh picture of Cde Moyo, and stopping him from running towards the Presidential entourage saved him from injury from the explosion that would at worst been fatal.

After the blast, some security aides fell from the stage from the impact of the explosion but not before trying to protect their principals.

One of the security personnel had his jacket ripped off on the top of his shoulder, but ran and tried to form a wall to prevent the crowd that was running in panic towards the stage but collapsed.

However, that was not to be as he was quickly taken to an ambulance to receive treatment.

As I was leaving the stadium, I noticed a cameraman from ZBC holding a female colleague who had been injured by shrapnel from the explosion. She was wincing in pain. By that time soldiers were asking people to leave the ground, but allowed us to call for help for the female camera person and she was taken away.

I was to learn that another two ZBC staffers had also been injured.

An image that remained in my mind was of a Cde Joshua Malinga who cast a lone figure on the stage, stuck to his wheel chair in the midst of the confusion.

Earlier addressing the rally, President Mnangagwa recounted the 4 November 2017 rally after which he was fired as Vice-President of the country by his former boss Mr Robert Mugabe.

“I would like to relate the past history which began here on the 4th of November last year. I was seated where Mrs Chiwenga is sitting but I don’t want her to experience my experience. You all remember what happened and I had no hand in you when you booed the former First Lady,” said President Mnangagwa.

“But I was accused that I was responsible. However, those events created subsequent events that brought about the new dispensation. After being insulted, I congratulated the former First Lady for insulting me then my former boss (former President Mr Robert Mugabe)  said tomorrow I will drop you and he did that.

“However, you are fully aware of the journey our history has unfolded for us leading to the 18th of November last year.”

President Mnangagwa said when Zimbabweans took to the streets calling on Mr Mugabe to step down, the former President made desperate attempts to call him back home from South Africa.

“I will like to mention one small little incident when I was in South Africa, I phoned the former President in the middle of demonstrations which were happening in Harare by all members of the citizenry in this country.

“I could see that every political party participated, members of Christian organisations participated, all our citizens white and black participated in that demonstration and it touched my heart so I phoned the former President,” said President Mnangagwa.

“The former President said ‘is this Emmerson’ and I said yes it’s  Emmerson then he said where are you and I said I was in South Africa then he asked what I was doing there and I said old man you forget that you fired me a few days ago.

“He says no, no, no that’s not correct, just come back, come back now , we have problems here I need to solve these problems together with you. Then I said ‘Mr President I left the country because people surrounding you would want to eliminate me and so I left. Then he says no no no come and stay with me at State House, no one will touch you.”-sUNDAYNEWS

Shiri Pledges To Donate 30 Cattle If Rushinga District For Votes Zanu-PF

Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Resettlement, Air Chief Marshal (retired) Perrance Shiri has revealed that he promised the people of Rushinga district that he would donate his pension to them. Shiri pledged his pension on condition that the district voted for Zanu-PF. Addressing a rally at Nhakiwa business centre in Uzumba on Sunday, Shiri said,

I told them (Rushinga residents) that I have set aside my pension so that I can buy 30 cattle to be distributed across the province if they get more voters than this area [Uzumba]. Another party member and businessman in Mashonaland Central [Kennedy] Musanhi also pledged 30 cattle supporting me.

Zanu PF is a party of God, formed by God and it is our desire to take the people to Canaan. Despite the circumstances we are facing for example drug shortages in our health facilities, we are going to overcome all that. We have a leader who was baptised by fire. He was embarrassed in public and you know that, but he is the leader.

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Zimbabwe Electoral Commission In Surprise U-Turn, Says If You Want Voters’ Roll With Photographs Bring External Hard Drive

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said that all those interested in getting a copy of the voters’ roll which contains photographs should approach the electoral body with their own external computer hard drives. This comes barely 24 hours after Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba announced that the electoral body was not going to provide copies of the voters’ roll with photographs out of privacy and security concerns. Chigumba on Monday claimed that Zec’s lawyers had advised them that it was against the Constitution to release the voters’ roll which had photographs on it.  However, the voters’ roll with photographs will be in PDF meaning that it is not ” analysable and searchable.”

We publish Zec’s latest statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS ON VOTERS ROLL

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission wishes to respond to media reports that the voters’ roll issued to stakeholders is fake. The Commission is saddened by such allegations which in its opinion are meant to cause alarm and despondency among the generality of the Zimbabwean populace. ZEC calls upon all stakeholders to conduct themselves in a responsible manner which is consistent with nation-building.

Section 20 (2) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] provides that a voters roll shall specify in relation to each registered voter, the voter’s first and last names, date of birth, national registration number and sex as well as the place where the voter ordinarily resides. The voters roll issued to stakeholders contains the above information as required by the law. The law in section 21 (7) further requires ZEC to issue a voters roll that is searchable and analysable but tamper-proof. ZEC is issuing a roll which can be analysed and searched by age, name, national registration number and residential address in conformity with the law.

Allegations that the voters roll is fake because it does not contain voters photographs are regrettable. While section 9 of the Electoral (Voter Registration) Regulations, 2013 Statutory Instrument 85 of 2017 provides for the Chief Elections Officer to compile a voters roll for each polling area showing in relation to each voter the voters photograph in addition to the information provided in section 20 (2) of the Electoral Act aforementioned, it is pertinent to note that the voters’ roll referred to in section 9 of the Regulations alluded to by the stakeholders in the print media particularly the Newsday of 22 June 2018 relates to a polling station voters roll. This is the roll that will be printed and distributed to each polling station for purposes of polling on 30 July 2018 which will not be in its consolidated form as that issued to stakeholders.

Further, it is also important for stakeholders to note that such roll is printed in PDF format and as such it is not analysable and searchable as envisaged by the law. However, this does not mean that the Commission is under any constraint to provide any person who requests for it in that format a copy. Note, however, that this is not the roll that is envisaged by the law (section 21(7)) to be provided to stakeholders but ZEC is willing to make it available. Those who wish to get a copy of the PDF voters roll containing voters’ photographs are free to approach the Commission with their own external computer hard drives where such roll will be downloaded on.

Zimbabwe Terrorist Attack Claims Two

The death toll in an attack on Saturday in the city of Bulawayo, the second most important in Zimbabwe, rose to two, according to hospital sources.
Smoke rises after an explosion at a ZANU-PF rally in Bulawayo [The Associated Press]

Smoke rises after an explosion at a ZANU-PF rally in Bulawayo [The Associated Press]

The official radio had confirmed the death of one of the 49 wounded in the detonation occurred on Saturday at the Bulawayo stadium shortly after a speech by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a rally part of the election campaign, organized by the ruling party African National Union of Zimbabwe-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).

Mpilo hospital sources in that city said that a second injured died, but the announcement has not yet received confirmation from the Ministry of Health.

The attack, described by the terrorist authorities, has received widespread international condemnation led by the United Nations and the African Union.

The elections are announced for July 30 with the participation of 23 candidates for the presidency of the country, which occupied Mnangagwa since last November after the resignation of veteran Robert Mugabe.

Both the President and other high officials affirmed that this act of terror will not stop the process towards holding elections in a climate of peace in this southern African nation.

Zimbabwe Police Offers Reward After Assassination Attempt On President Mnangagwa Hurts 49

Zimbabwe police offered a “substantial reward” in their investigation of an attack during an appearance by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that left 49 people hurt in the nation’s second-largest city.

Zimbabwean police stand guard outside the High court in Harare, December 31, 2008. The court on Wednesday ruled that a leading human rights campaigner and 15 other activists should remain in custody pending a remand hearing in a case that has deepened doubts over a power-sharing deal. Jestina Mukoko, head of a local rights group, and the other activists have been charged with recruiting or trying to recruit people to undergo military training to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE)

Authorities said Sunday that “specialists” from the police and security agencies are investigating an explosion that detonated as Mnangagwa and other officials were leaving the podium. The president, who replaced Robert Mugabe with the assistance of the military last November, wasn’t hurt.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told reporters in Harare, the capital, Sunday that the government was offering a ”substantial reward” for information. She declined to put a dollar figure on the reward.

”All teams are now firmly on the ground conducting investigations,” Charamba said. “So far the number of injured people is 49 and they’re being treated in hospitals in Bulawayo.”

The explosion, at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium, occurred minutes after Mnangagwa completed a speech to supporters of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party ahead an election scheduled for July 30. The president later blamed the attack on his “enemies,” saying they had attempted to assassinate him last year with poison.

Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a rally in Bulawayo on June 23.

Photographer: Zinyange Auntony/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga called the attempted assassination an ”act of terrorism” and said security would be provided for people running in next month’s ballot if they were ”afraid and scared.”

“Let me be very clear, nothing will stop the election in Zimbabwe,” Chiwenga told party supporters in the capital, Harare’s satellite city of Chitungwiza, on Sunday. “These criminals will be hunted down, they’ll be hunted down and brought before the law.”

Zimbabwe Police Offers Reward After Assassination Attempt On President Mnangagwa Hurts 49

Zimbabwe police offered a “substantial reward” in their investigation of an attack during an appearance by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that left 49 people hurt in the nation’s second-largest city.

Zimbabwean police stand guard outside the High court in Harare, December 31, 2008. The court on Wednesday ruled that a leading human rights campaigner and 15 other activists should remain in custody pending a remand hearing in a case that has deepened doubts over a power-sharing deal. Jestina Mukoko, head of a local rights group, and the other activists have been charged with recruiting or trying to recruit people to undergo military training to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE)

Authorities said Sunday that “specialists” from the police and security agencies are investigating an explosion that detonated as Mnangagwa and other officials were leaving the podium. The president, who replaced Robert Mugabe with the assistance of the military last November, wasn’t hurt.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told reporters in Harare, the capital, Sunday that the government was offering a ”substantial reward” for information. She declined to put a dollar figure on the reward.

”All teams are now firmly on the ground conducting investigations,” Charamba said. “So far the number of injured people is 49 and they’re being treated in hospitals in Bulawayo.”

The explosion, at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium, occurred minutes after Mnangagwa completed a speech to supporters of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party ahead an election scheduled for July 30. The president later blamed the attack on his “enemies,” saying they had attempted to assassinate him last year with poison.

Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a rally in Bulawayo on June 23.

Photographer: Zinyange Auntony/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga called the attempted assassination an ”act of terrorism” and said security would be provided for people running in next month’s ballot if they were ”afraid and scared.”

“Let me be very clear, nothing will stop the election in Zimbabwe,” Chiwenga told party supporters in the capital, Harare’s satellite city of Chitungwiza, on Sunday. “These criminals will be hunted down, they’ll be hunted down and brought before the law.”

Zimbabwe Presidential Hopefuls to Have State Security Following Bulawayo Terrorist Attack

Vice President General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) yesterday described as an act of terrorism the explosion that rocked White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday soon after President Mnangagwa addressed a Zanu-PF rally and said the incident would not deter Zimbabwe from holding elections in a peaceful environment.

VP Chiwenga said the culprits would be brought to book by the police.
The VP also disclosed that security would be provided to all candidates in the forthcoming elections who felt that they are in danger.

Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza, VP Chiwenga said debt collectors were becoming a nuisance in Chitungwiza and that they should stop harassing residents.

On elections, VP Chiwenga said; “Before l proceed, let me make it clear for l know we have got our friends from the Press, that nothing will stop the elections in Zimbabwe, nothing at all.

“Zimbabwe is going for a new trajectory, a Zimbabwe we want, a Zimbabwe which the people of Zimbabwe want. The harmonised elections, come 30th of July, will go ahead.

“That act of terrorism which happened in Bulawayo is nothing, it does not deter us. But if the colleagues running for harmonised elections on the 30th of July are afraid and scared, they will be given security. The police will hunt down the criminal or those criminals and they will be brought before the law,” he said.

“The act does not stop anything, so we must all continue to campaign peacefully because we want an election which is free, violence-free and credible. An election which the people of Zimbabwe will say ‘this is our election’ and these are the leaders whom we have elected, free of any influence.”

VP Chiwenga urged residents to pay for services they are being given and that debt collectors engaged by Chitungwiza Municipality should stop forthwith.

He blasted the MDC-T-led council for failure to develop Chitungwiza for 18 years.
VP Chiwenga called on the electorate in Chitungwiza to vote for Zanu-PF which had a comprehensive plan to improve service delivery.

“This dormitory town of Chitungwiza has grown over the years with no development in sight. For the past 18 years it has been under the control of the opposition characterised by poor service delivery and non-development. Garbage is not being collected, sewer pipes are bursting everyday and there is no running water,” he said.

“There should be a comprehensive plan to solve water, sewer reticulation as well as garbage collection that is functional. This is what this new dispensation is all about. Industries should be constructed here so that our youths and parents have jobs. The construction of Kunzvi Dam will solve all the water problems in most residential areas. Government is also in support of Chitungwiza’s vision of constructing Muda Dam.”

He called on the public to shun corruption.
“No one will develop our country or come to our aid if we don’t help ourselves as Zimbabweans. One thing which is required for every Zimbabwean is to shun corruption. We should unite, after all Zimbabwe is for all of us.”
VP Chiwenga added that people should heed what President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been saying to let bygones be bygones and move forward.

“After Operation Restore Legacy, President Mnangagwa said what has happened is now history, let go of the past. Let us move forward in rebuilding a new Zimbabwe,” he said.

Timeline of failed plots to kill ED Mnangagwa

December 10, 2014 — Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was then Vice-President-designate, survived an assassination attempt after unknown criminals broke into his Zanu-PF offices the previous night and laced his desk with cyanide.

The poisonous powder affected the VP-designate’s secretary, Mrs Catherine Magaya. The incident was first revealed by former President Robert Mugabe at Zanu-PF’s extraordinary session of the Central Committee on December 14.

August 11, 2017 — Then Vice-President Mnangagwa was airlifted from a Zanu-PF Youth Interface Rally at Phelandaba Stadium, Gwanda, after he started feeling dizzy and vomiting. He was first airlifted to Gweru en-route to South Africa for life-saving treatment.

In an interview with the Financial Times in Harare on January 16 this year, President Mnangagwa indicated that he knew who had poisoned him.

“I suspect. I suspect as to who did it. They are still good friends of mine. I now suspect that they now know that I know,” he said when asked whether he knows who had poisoned him.

“It was called a hard metal arsenic toxin. Arsenic toxin, something like that. That’s the class of poison. And it’s not easy to come with it. They say it’s colourless, it is tasteless and the areas where it could be found are possibly two. Three initially, professors in that area eliminated this one, and it was left with two countries. Russia and Israel. So it’s possible it came from Russia,” he said.

After being fired as Vice-President on November 6, 2017, President Mnangagwa says he was informed by impeccable security sources that a plan had been hatched to eliminate him. He had to make the hard decision to skip the country.

It is believed that the scheme involved either shooting him at his home and covering it up as a shoot-out or arresting him and eliminating him while in custody under the guise that he had committed suicide.

While on a visit to Luanda, Angola, on January 12 this year, President Mnangagwa narrated his ordeal.

“I was fired at 4pm and left the office and by 6.30 pm, one of the security guys came to inform me that he must be part of a group that had a mission to eliminate me. I didn’t think it was pleasurable to wait to be eliminated. I left within four hours of being fired for the Mozambican border. I arrived at the border and our side of the border stamped my passport, but before they could lift the boom for me to cross into Mozambique, it was closed. The message came that I was not allowed to leave Zimbabwe. I said in that case there was no need, I (will) go back. They said again I was not allowed to go back into Zimbabwe but I said you can’t stop me. What case have I committed? As I was walking away, they tried to fire (at me) but I have one young man, one of my twin sons, was there. He is an officer and was able to grab the weapon and I was not shot,” he said.

Break-ins
*There has also been a worrying trend of break-ins at President Mnangagwa’s offices.

While he was Justice Minister, there were four reported break-ins at his offices at the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. One incident was reported at Defence House when he was Defence Minister.