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Source: Mnangagwa laughs off Mugabe rant | Newsday (News) BY RICHARD CHIDZA PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is not reading too much into rants made by former President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, saying his predecessor was entitled to his opinion. Mugabe let rip at Mnangagwa on Saturday in a speech believed to have been made at […]
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is not reading too much into rants made by former President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, saying his predecessor was entitled to his opinion.
Mugabe let rip at Mnangagwa on Saturday in a speech believed to have been made at his plush Borrowdale mansion during celebrations to mark his 95th birthday organised by the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Church.
But Mnangagwa, through his spokesperson George Charamba, laughed off Mugabe’s attack.
“Even in the village, there are old people with a right to an opinion. We don’t have time for that. Everyone has a prerogative of opinion,” Charamba said somewhat dismissively.
Information ministry secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana said Mugabe could not be held responsible for his actions, given his advanced age.
“Former President Mugabe is an elderly man whose age is quite advanced. At that age, people tend to have some feebleness of the mind.
“That state of decrepitude manifests in different ways. Some of the ways are that one is taken advantage of by having words deceptively attributed to them and, in other cases, manipulated to say things they have no lucidity or presence of mind to make sense of,” Mangwana said.
“But, whatever the case, most people who are 95 cannot be held responsible for their actions or words and our former President is no superman. We will continue to remember the positives he contributed to our country and learn from the mistakes he made and still makes in his fallibility as a man of advanced age.”
Mugabe, in the alleged offensive speech, accused Mnangagwa of pitching his administration “on dead bodies” of tens of thousands of people who died and disappeared in a military campaign codenamed Gukurahundi between 1982 and 1987.
“Some of us think leadership means killing people. You want to see a dead body every day, but people will, at some point, want to see your head on a platter. You are not God, ED [Mnangagwa]. Today, you are at the top, tomorrow you will be at the bottom. You should know that. God has his own way of punishing rogue and cruel people,” Mugabe reportedly told his audience.
Mnangagwa served in various capacities under Mugabe for 37 years, but mainly in the security sector, including as State Security minister during Gukurahundi.
The President is also believed to have been the power behind the brutal pre-run-off election in 2008 after Mugabe had lost the first round to the late opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mugabe was pushed out of power in November 2017 after a coup following an internal Zanu PF power struggle.
The former guerrilla leader was seen as preparing his wife Grace for an active role in the presidium, including possible succession. He fired Mnangagwa, triggering the coup and a chain of events that led to his resignation under duress.
Since Mnangagwa’s takeover, the military has performed a more active role in public security issues, leading to the death of at least 20 people since August last year and Mugabe
wants them back in the barracks.
“I say to soldiers, be followers of the people you want to lead, you are not even qualified to lead them. Take your places in recognition that you are not trained to lead, but to follow the people, to protect them.
“No! no! no! to soldiers being leaders of the people. Get the soldiers to their rightful place,” Mugabe reportedly said.
Before the 1987 secession of hostilities and the Unity Accord, Mugabe hounded then opposition leader Joshua Nkomo out of the country as the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade closed in.
Despite having used the army and consistently arguing that politics leads the gun since the liberation struggle, Mugabe reminded Mnangagwa that “the military was created to protect people”.
“(Former Vice-Presidents) Joshua Nkomo, Simon Muzenda and others are gone, but this is not what we created our army for. Soldiers should never lead our politics,” the former Zanu PF leader said.
“When we started our struggle we had principles and those principles have been abandoned …”
Source: Govt mulls compulsory defensive driving courses – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 25, 2019 BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA TRANSPORT and Infrastructure Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza has encouraged motorists to undergo defensive driving courses, to reduce fatal accidents on the country’s roads. Speaking on the sidelines of a road networks tour in Mashonaland East and Masvingo on […]
Source: Govt mulls compulsory defensive driving courses – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 25, 2019
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
TRANSPORT and Infrastructure Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza has encouraged motorists to undergo defensive driving courses, to reduce fatal accidents on the country’s roads.
Speaking on the sidelines of a road networks tour in Mashonaland East and Masvingo on Friday, Matiza said the current statistics of road accidents is worrying and calls for motorists to obtain Defensive Driving Certificates (DDCs).
“Road carnage is high in our country and because of this all motorists are encouraged to obtain DDCs as we move to tame the road jungle. Those who operate public vehicles should be on the forefront. However, we want all motorists to take defensive driving courses. We will see how, as government, we can make this compulsory. For now we are urging road users to think about DDCs,” he said.
According to the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ), despite the poor state of the roads, human error constitutes 90% of road accidents in Zimbabwe, with those without DDCs topping the list.
A total 1 986 people died last year due to road accidents compared to 1 828 who perished in 2017.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has called on all road authorities to exhaust funds allocated to them.
Zinara board chairperson, Michael Madanha said they have moved a gear up to curb corruption and leakages in the organisation.
Last year, government took exception to Chikomba Rural District Council’s laissez faire attitude towards road construction and maintenance after residents had visited the
Transport ministry offices complaining that council officials were selling fuel coupons meant for road rehabilitation on the black market.
According to Zinara, Chikomba was allocated $418 775, but only $190 146 was used. Another worst performer in Mashonaland East province was Goromonzi.
Zinara has released $240m for road construction and maintenance to be disbursed to local authorities. This year’s allocation has increased by more than 40%, compared to last year, when only $188m was released.
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Source: Zimbabwe faces bread shortage crisis – The Citizen Zimbabweans wait to load goods at a bus station in Johannesburg to take back to their home country for Christmas. Picture: Tariro Washinyira/GroundUp The country has already seen increases in the price of bread of up to 70% in the past few weeks. Zimbabwe’s current bread […]
The country has already seen increases in the price of bread of up to 70% in the past few weeks.
Zimbabwe’s current bread shortages could easily be compared to the shortages that led to the French Revolution in 1789, as one researcher describes the situation.
This comes after reports that the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) sent out a warning that the country was left with only a week’s worth of wheat for bread. The country has already seen increases in the price of bread of up to 70% in the past few weeks, with a standard loaf now costing more than R10.50, which the average Zimbabwean cannot afford.
Allen Munoriyarwa, a Zimbabwean researcher residing in South Africa, said “bread is basic, especially for people who live in the urban areas. Also bear in mind boarding schools that have thousands of students.
“Its shortage disrupts these schools. It is embarrassing actually to, in 2019, still be talking of bread shortages.”
Although the country’s government has suggested the replacement of bread with other commodities such as sweet potatoes, yams and porridge, Munoriyarwa yesterday argued that these foods were not as readily available as it seems.
He said: “They are scarce also, and will not be ready substitutes. Some, actually most, people will have to make do without bread at all. It is no longer affordable, considering that most Zimbabweans are in the informal sector with no reliable incomes.”