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By Dr Ralph Mguni
In the aftermath of the 'most peaceful' elections
Ralph Mguni
The repeated calls by President Mnangagwa for unity and understanding, together with the condemnation of all violence must bring much hope to all Zimbabweans. This is a stance of a true statesman. If the results of the recent harmonised elections confirm that he is who the people of Zimbabwe have chosen to lead them, then these words indicate real magnanimity on his part. To an observer outside the corridors of power however, the messages from the President raise more questions than answers. In the Zimbabwe that we know, control of the armed forces resides with the "nearly" all powerful President.

When soldiers are deployed on the streets of the nation's capital purportedly to quell civil strife and then proceed to mow down innocent civilians, a condemnation of violence from the Commander of all Armed Forces rings somewhat hollow. Is it credible that such impunity could be possible without the President giving his nod? If so, are there parallel command structures running independent shows in Zimbabwe? If that be the case, what credence can be given to all the promises that indeed the country has transformed into a haven of peace which is truly open for business?

The people of Zimbabwe need to navigate the coming days of the coming days with vigilance and caution. At the very least the nation should expect swift retribution against the malefactors with culprits apprehended and the faults in the command chain exposed. Cynics will doubt that anyone will be held accountable for the tragic loss of innocent lives, all of whom leave distraught families who will find consolation hard to come by. Hopefully this will not be another case of disdainful passing the buck, a phenomenon previously very much associated with the President and his party. After all, is it not just the recently deposed Robert Mugabe who bears responsibility for all the past evil deeds of Zanu?

Call it tolerance, uncaring attitude or inability to empathise with the suffering but the preparedness of many Zimbabweans to look the other way when injustice is committed is disconcerting. The sychomphatic press covered the story of the gross human as merely some civilians being caught in the crossfire. Really? Caught in crossfire is a term which refers to a situation where hapless innocents are harmed when belligerents are shooting at each other. But was this the case here? Could the demonstrators, however cantankerous and bullish be regarded as an army shooting against the well trained and well-armed members of the ZDF?

Even so, at these important crossroads Zimbabweans have to reach out to each other for the nation to progress. A peace pipe has to be found and shared. The poisoned atmosphere of mutual hate and mistrust that prevails in our country is only serving to sink and mire our nation deeper in the doldrums. Even those who got us into this mess are losers. The ill-gotten opulence they possess is proving a millstone round their necks. Those who killed and pillaged for the sake of power have since become aware of their own mortality; that their own days on planet are also numbered.

Another GNU?
There is talk in some quarters about another GNU as way out. This is quite understandable. Was this not the way out of the mess that the governing party had created in 2008? And worked out very well for Zanu? The allure of this route to the two main parties is obvious. Zanu would retain power and MDC participants would again adorn the prestigious titles of Honourable Minister or titles higher. The latter mentioned would get their snouts into the trough again. However, the country and perhaps the MDC too know the snares of such simplistic solutions. For one reason, such arrangements serve only the participating parties with the country's interests relegated to the back burner. Instead of the parties focusing on moving the country forward priority becomes to strategize and maximize electability in future plebiscites. As happened in the 2008 to 2013 GNU the dominant party holds the greater advantage; thus Zanu prepared well for the near clean sweep of July 2013. MDC members of government were relegated to mere proxies, simply contenting themselves with the rich pickings which came from being near the centre of power.

What Zimbabwe needs most at this moment is a break from the cycle of one-party power-dominance. We need a real transfer to the people. Such a break will not be easy but it is the bitter pill to swallow and the political landscape could not be more opportune than at this time.

Transitional Authority.
Transition, as the term states would offer space to break with the past and change the failed trajectory that our country has been for so long and which has spawned the hardship and misery palpable in almost every sphere of life in Zimbabwe. As I see it the beneficiary would be the Zimbabwe nation, with more genuine openness, trust obtaining, a nation at peace with itself. Yes, the all-powerful and privileged would see their hold on power eased somewhat but such loss would only be transient; indeed future rewards might even more than dwarf the temporary loss. A seed planted to increase the yield many times over! Perhaps hose who would feel the gain most are the current have-nots, which are by far the nation's majority.

The key to success would very much lie in the composition of the supervisory Transition Authority. One thing Zimbabwe can pride itself of is the plethora of strategic thinkers which it possesses. A possible model could be of a Transition Authority comprising of representatives drawn from stakeholders ranging from political parties, religious and civic groups as well as identified special interests.
Another approach could be to recruit "neutrals" from anywhere; their qualification being that they would derive no benefit in whatever shape or form from elections that would follow the period of transition, thus, they would have no party political motives in levelling the plane for future elections. Their sole motivation would have to be the removal of the toxicity that almost always accompanies elections thus allowing Zimbabweans to see themselves as one people first and party affiliates second.

The power and political systems currently could see a Zanu government in perpetuity. Its stranglehold on all instruments of power, the army, the judiciary and the executive, enables it to carefully craft elections to maximze its electability. Who would blame them? Zanu, perhaps more than any other liberation movement in Africa, has many reasons for maintain a grip on power. Nowhere else has a ruling group exhibited such dereliction of responsibility and rampant abuse of power and remain in charge. Elsewhere such have elicited violent reactions in civil strife and violent coups. The fear of having to account for past misdeeds runs deep in the minds and actions of Zanu leaders.

Our governing party must however, take the plunge safe in the knowledge that Zimbabweans are not a vengeful people. Earlier I alluded to passivity of Zimbabweans in the face of abuse. Like many attributes has appositive side to it. The people's live and let die attitude shields them from harbouring lasting bitterness. Zimbabweans' ability to move on perhaps takes a leaf from the words of Mandela, an icon with no parallel yet. A quote from his book: "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."  This, after twenty seven years of incarceration in most appalling and inhospitable conditions!

Zanu would be well advised to ride this forgiving spirit of Zimbabweans whilst it lasts. If President Mnangagwa indeed lived up to his call for national peace and togetherness, one reward would be to recover some dignity out of his sorely tarnished image, which I am sure he is well aware of. Who knows, history might even rank him among the visionaries who truly transformed the course of his coutry!

For the gallant MDC Alliance, a successful appeal against the ZEC verdict which would land victory with President Chamisa, might turn out to be pyrrhic. To end up President of such a divided and polarised nation would be akin to reaching out to a poisoned chalice. Greater value would ensue from allowing Zimbabweans find each other first, and the nation, its soul.
Zapu Information Desk


Whither ZAPU: The Morning After the stolen Votes by Zanu PF


Now that the 2018 plebiscite has emphatically placed my party ZAPU in its rightful political space, it is time for members to sober up to reality. Let me begin by congratulating all those who stood in these elections under the banner of ZAPU. You are heroes for the sacrifices in time and resources you made. Posterity shall forever be grateful for sustaining the pulse of the party under extremely trying conditions.

Suicide Mission : These brave soldiers of ZAPU who stood in the 2018 national elections can be likened to the Chinhoyi Seven who perished at the hands of the Rhodesian Police on the 28th of April 1966. The Seven guerrillas were sent to battle ill-equipped, ill prepared and lacking basic strategic military planning. Consequently, they all perished in one of the most famous battles which later gave birth to the first republic in 1980. These ZAPU heroes of the second republic didn’t fare any better, suffering the same fate (albeit only in political terms). Fortunately, most of the contestants who were suffocated by the combined force of ZANU PF and MDC Alliance are still young. As a result, they lost a battle and not the war. It is for that reason that this misfortune must be viewed as a lesson for future, and even more taxing battles ahead.

Suicide Factory: The horrific show by all ZAPU candidates on the 30th of July 2018 can be traced back to its sham congress of 24-27 August 2016. Metaphorically, a baby conceived on the night of 27 August 2016 was unsuccessfully delivered on the 30th of July 2018. A sham congress begets a sham polls outcome. The conveners of that congress are guilty of infanticide. The poorly choreographed charade, where delegates were collected randomly from the streets, managed to massage the egos of those seeking endorsement, but failed dismally to translate into votes. The number of “delegates” who attended that congress are almost double the number of people who voted ZAPU countrywide in the past elections. It confirms that you just needed to be a member of mankind to attend, yet congresses all over the world are attended by bona fide members of that party. The ballot box of 30 July 2018 echoed that reality with precision.

Suicide Preparation: The timing of the ZAPU congress gave us a good head-start in preparation for elections set for July 2018. Our opponents, ZANU PF were engaged in mortal combat grappling with succession battles to replace Robert Mugabe. On the other hand, MDC-T was under the guidance of a bedridden Morgan Tsvangirai. As fate would have it, both parties lost their luminaries a few months before the elections, bringing unprecedented turbulence in both camps. While this happened, ZAPU was either a nonchalant spectator or sleepwalking or both. While ZANU PF reshuffled their cards 9 months before the elections, MDC had just 5 months to find a winning formula. ZAPU had around two years. For two years, ZAPU hobnobbed from one coalition group to another, first enjoying a short-lived romance with Mangoma’s CODE before rumours surfaced that the junta which deposed Robert Mugabe was working with President Dumiso Dabengwa and had secured a role for him in the new administration. Sights of the Black Russian sanitizing the coup in South Africa didn’t help matters either. Fortunately, nothing came out of it. Next stop, and on the eve of nomination day, President Dabengwa announced his decision not to contest the elections in favour of firebrand upstart Nelson Chamisa. The timing was certainly meant to cause shock and awe against enemy camp. Instead, it produced a spectacular ricochet on unintended targets. Many in ZAPU were shocked beyond disbelief. I personally supported President Dabengwa’s decision for two reasons explained below.

The Last Dance: Firstly, forcing President DD to contest the Presidential race was certainly going to be an act of embarrassing our icon. He is a hero whose profile has suffered multiple body blows in the later years of his political career and all well meaning patriots had a duty to strategically preserve the memory of this icon by keeping his name as far away from the ballot as possible. Dr Nkosana Moyo, Joyce Mujuru, Thoko Khuphe will be testimony of the ruthlessness of Zimbabwean politics. Secondly, his endorsement of Nelson Chamisa further enhances his profile for someone who fought for the liberation of our country, and at the right time, handed over the button of leadership to the next generation. That, for me, is unparalleled patriotism. Its legendary. It’s a bold statement of selflessness. To confirm that he didn’t fight for himself or his immediate families. Zimbabweans must take a bow for this great man. Meanwhile his peers, the guerrillas who sent the Chinhoyi Seven to their slaughter, recently garnished their perchance to entitlement with a slogan “Chinhu Chedu” which means “Our Thing”. They swear that because they participated in the war, nobody else should be allowed to lead the country. As if taking a cue from President Dabengwa, former President Robert Mugabe also endorsed Nelson Chamisa. Many will argue that Mugabe did it just to get back at his erstwhile comrades. Be that as it may, President Dabengwa led the way for the opposition upstart Robert Mugabe to follow.

However, in the end, this did not seem to have enhanced the fortunes of Nelson Chamisa. In the absence of credible evidence of collusion and rigging by ZANU PF and the electoral body, it is fair to assume that the double endorsement at best didn’t add value and at worst backfired. Whatever the case, this must be the loudest signal that President Dumiso Dabengwa cannot continue on the dance floor. The music is different, the beat faster and the lyrics incomprehensible for his age. This was his last gig, and instead of cheering, spectators are jeering. The last nail on the coffin is the number of votes our candidates received in their respective constituencies. The embarrassment is beyond measure. The national organizing secretary of the party was blessed with a paltry sixty votes in his attempt to become a Member of the National Assembly. The NOS is the heartbeat of the party. An organizer must be organized. Please don’t get me wrong, he remains a hero for sacrificing his time and resources to stand on my behalf while I watched from the terraces, but for a party with a rich history as ZAPU to engage in such a lame attempt is not acceptable.

The Intelligence Supremo: The Black Russian is a very soft-spoken operator. One wonders if his aloofness is by design, training or birth. His cold face masks a sharp military and intelligence mind. His head is home to a treasure trove of war, agreements, painful episodes, betrayal and endless secrets spanning over 50 years between Africa South of the Sahara to Russia. He is a moving encyclopaedia of the rise and fall of one Robert Mugabe. But the Black Russian himself never rose, and, never fell. The reason he never rose is none other than Emmerson Mnangagwa, the current President of Zimbabwe. He has managed to outwit my icon from dusk to dawn, from left to right. The defeat of ZAPU in 1980 by ZANU was down to ruthless intelligence by ED against his peer who chose to play by the book. The crackdown on ZAPU, which led to the incarceration of DD was again down to one man, ED. The Goromonzi conference, which led to DD leaving ZANU PF has its under-currencies to the gamesmanship of the ED camp. The removal of Mugabe, and the dummy which was sold DD by ED, was down to his chicanery. ED has achieved in 9 months what DD has tried, and failed, in twelve years. Now ED is set to be the elected POZ, when DD is set to pose, for good this time, his political career. We should, however, celebrate that he is still standing. All his peers of his rank or better have passed on. Josiah Magama Tongogara, Rex Nhongo and Lookout Masuku come to mind. To have him around as fit as he is, is a blessing to our generation.

Way Forward: There are several lessons to draw from this election. First, ZAPU needs to identify and deploy competent cadres. This can be achieved through calling a legitimate congress, even if delegates are a mere 200 people who are genuine members of the party. If ZAPU stands a chance to do better in 2023, this must be done before the end of 2018. Secondly, the so deployed cadres must be able to correctly decode the frequency of the voting patterns across the country to be able to set an agenda that speaks to those issues. They must desist from setting an agenda they think is good for the people. The people, by voting the way they did, are sending an encoded message to parties. Those who can crack the code will win 2023. They must desist from riding on yesteryear glories and tribulations. Yes, ZIPRA was a mean machine, yes ZIPRA operated with MK of ANC. Yes, ZAPU was a top ally of Russia. Yes, ZAPU was a top ally of ANC. All that is now history which must be preserved. But it must never be a tool to win hearts. Russia has moved on. Putin has no business thinking about the vanquished. ANC is in bed with ZANU PF. ZAPU has lost its bargaining currency to those former allies. The gloss was ruthlessly dealt with by Gukurahundi. Even Gukurahundi itself has lost value as a political currency. July 30, 2018 proved beyond doubt that people have either forgiven or forgotten or both. They dumped ZAPU in its former traditional strongholds and chose the perpetrators of the genocide. Not only did they do that, they showed so much affection for the poster boy of the genocide, Emmerson Mnangagwa himself. Nothing tells you of a people on the move than that. They dumped MRP, the youthful torchbearers of Matabeleland self-determination advancing the agenda of a two states solution by choosing the MDC Alliance in Bulawayo where MRP was the most visible, and sometimes nonsensical to the state. These are the frequencies the new ZAPU leadership should tune in to. MRP set themselves up for an unofficial referendum, whose result this election delivered with the clarity of a sniper. Mthwakazians unequivocally rejected a passport arrangement to visit Harare and vice versa. They prefer the continuation of the battle of Zimbabwe between Highlanders FC and Dynamos FC. Anyone who chooses the opposite is sure to be thoroughly punished come 2023.

Next, ZAPU must connect their agenda to the decoded frequencies and start active application of their policy narratives at local levels even one province at a time. Robust activism at local levels will connect the party to the voting public. ZAPU must be seen holding local municipalities to account by leading from the front. ZAPU must be firmly with and among the people to show that they can be an alternative. Finally, ZAPU needs to find ways of building a war chest for 2023. For ZAPU to have at least $1 million for elections in 2023 they will need to raise $17,000 a month beginning September 2018. That is what visionaries do. They have a “giraffe anointing” to quote Nelson Chamisa. But all this will not happen if the party fails to take decisive action to rebrand and retire some of its legends. But these legends must not be retired the Robert Mugabe way. They must be retired with the dignity they deserve to preserve the institutional memory of the party and the general political terrain. Attention must be given to ensuring that those who inherit the stewardship of the party are willing and capable to engage robustly in the marketplace of ideas and can do so without fear or favour. The current situation where nearly all members of the NEC cannot articulate the brand widely even in this age of free and open media in the form of social media is a monumental disgrace. Political gamesmanship is visibility and clarity in delivering your agenda to the people. To rely on past glory and Gukurahundi for sympathy allegiance is political stupidity.

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Zimbabwe sets first post-Mugabe elections for July 30 

Mnangagwa, who took power after the November military coup against Mugabe, counts on the election to bolster his legitimacy as he pursues a promised break with Mugabe’s repressive policies while urging foreign investors to return to Zimbabwe. Missing from the July ballot for the first time in 20 years will be Zimbabwe’s foremost political gladiators, Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the longtime opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader who died of cancer in February.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said it had picked companies in southern Africa to print ballot papers and supply voting ink. The MDC wanted printing of ballots to be put to an open tender, but this was rejected by the government. ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba told reporters that the commission’s partners, including U.N. agencies, would provide a quarter of the $198 million budget needed to hold the elections.

Mnangagwa has invited the Commonwealth to monitor voting in Zimbabwe for the first time since 2002 when Harare was suspended from the group over accusations of rigged elections. He has applied for Zimbabwe to rejoin the Commonwealth. If the election is approved by international monitors, it could be a key step to unlocking foreign lending to Zimbabwe, which has been largely cut off for two decades. The vote is being cast as a fight between the old guard of Zimbabwe’s 1970s independence war and a younger generation.

Mnangagwa’s main challenger is 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the MDC, who has energised the party, drawing huge crowds at rallies in some of the ruling ZANU-PF party’s rural redoubts. Sixty percent of the 5.4 million voters on the new register are under 50 years old, according to official data.

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed an application by Zimbabweans living abroad to be allowed to vote. The court did not immediately give a reason. In a brief statement in an official government gazette, Mnangagwa said he had fixed July 30 “as the day of the election of the president, the election of members of the national assembly and election of councillors.”

A presidential run-off vote is set for Sept. 8 if no candidate gets at least the 50 percent-plus-one vote required to win.


For the 75-year-old Mnangagwa, victory would accord him democratic legitimacy after taking power following the coup. Mnangagwa urged ZANU-PF primary election candidates at a meeting on Wednesday to unite to ensure victory. He forecast that ZANU-PF would prevail over the more than 100 political parties expressing an interest in contesting the election.

Nicknamed “Crocodile” for his secretive and insular demeanor, Mnangagwa goes into the election with the advantage of incumbency, allowing him access to state resources for his campaign. Crucially, Mnangagwa enjoys the backing of the army, which analysts say remains averse to any leader who, unlike him, lacks a pedigree from the liberation war against white rule.

“Though the election looks like it will go to the wire, the greater likelihood, based on cold-blooded analysis, is that experience, depth and state incumbency will triumph over youthfulness,” said Eldred Masunungure, a professor of political science at the University of Zimbabwe.

Critics say Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s most loyal acolyte and blame him for a government crackdown on rebels loyal to political rival Joshua Nkomo in the mid-1980s that rights groups say killed 20,000 civilians. Mnangagwa has denied the charges and says political freedoms have improved under his short tenure and that he is repairing frosty relations with the West.

Editing by James Macharia and Andrew Roche

 Gukurahundi fear is broken at Makorokoro
by Mkhululi Zulu
Hundreds of Zapu supporters gathered at Makorokoro on Wednesday. Without any exaggeration whatsoever, the just about a thousand villagers stunned even the organisers as it became Zapu`s largest rural gathering to date from a single constituency. By the way, these people went to the meeting voluntarily. There were no 2kg packets of expired Chinese rice, no ntsarus with someone`s head, no torches with anyone`s head, no threats of being starved if one fails to attend, no money thrown around to energize them to insult a sitting President, there was none of it.
It was a meeting to boldly declare that "kuZapu ndiko nkanye kwedu". It is a loud cry for the implementation of the Devolution of Power. And voting for a Zapu candidate wherever is to vote for a devolution of power. The people of Makorokoro like many Zimbabweans, especially from Matebeleland South, have lived under a painful political quandary since Zimbabwe`s independence. After the gukurahundi genocide and the subsequent forced political assimilation through the disgraceful 1987 unity accord, it has been difficult to identify a political direction. Heavily funded political vultures and opportunists of diverse types have taken advantage of the situation.
Many have been using the plight of the people to join the ZanuPf looting spree as once elected, they would vanish into the luxuries of Harare. Fearlessly attending a Zapu public meeting and turning it into a massive ward rally sent some shocking messages to hired or bribed semi-literate and rogue elements of the state security apparatus who panicked when realising that intimidation tactics were rendered not only ineffective but foolish as they are in vain. Fear as a weapon has a very limited duration.

The people of Makorokoro must inspire all the victims of the Zanu-PF government to stand up and simply implement devolution of power through a vote. The Zapu President Doctor Dumiso Dabengwa has been saying it. It is not just the removal of certain individuals from government offices that we need now, but it is putting in place an alternative socio-economic order that emancipates the people by allowing them to manage developmental programmes in their communities. They must benefit from their God-given natural resources.
Source - Mkhululi Zulu 

News / National

Zapu ditches Mangoma's Code

by Staff reporter
THE opposition Zapu has officially cut ties with the Elton Mangoma-led Coalition of Democrats (Code), citing differences with its partner.

Party leader Dumiso Dabengwa confirmed the development yesterday, saying Code had no respect for Zapu's liberation war values.

"We have come to the painful conclusion that our presence in Code will not serve the realisation of our goals and aspirations. This decision was arrived at after careful consideration because Zapu was among the first four parties to work on the idea of this coalition a few years ago, Dabengwa said.

"There are several grounds for this assessment in our structures, but the most important triggers for the timing to pull out are that our structures have reported difficulties in marketing the coalition to those who support our sympathies with Zapu."

This comes weeks after the merger of Zapu and the Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe (PDZ), led by United Kingdom-based Barbara Nyagomo, who now deputises Dabengwa in the new arrangement.

"In spite of the fact that we are the longest serving brand in Zimbabwean politics, we have been humble, maybe too humble, and been ready to work in a spirit of give and take, but it is evident that sometimes this is construed to mean we give and others take," the former intelligence supremo said.

"However, we have a political compass, namely the true liberation of Zimbabwe and all its peoples that cannot be bargained away for anything. This guides us in our formation of partnerships with other parties, individually or in clusters."

Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said the party had resolved to go it alone in the upcoming election subject to it cutting an election pact with other opposition parties.

"For now, yes, we are going it alone, but we are still open to working with other progressive forces, especially through co-operation or any other election partnership," he said yesterday in an interview.

Other parties in Code include Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe led by Barbara Nyagomo, Zimbabweans United for Democracy Party (Farai Mbira), Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (Gilbert Dzikiti), African Democratic Party (Marceline Chikasha), Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (Simba Makoni) and ZimFirst (Maxwell Shumba).

Zapu News Desk

by Staff Reporter 

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Members of the United States of America's Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jeff Flake and Chris Coons have demanded that Zimbabwean President Emmesron Mnangagwa and his administration implement a raft of reforms which include apologising for Gukurahundi if the relations between the two nations are to be restored. The US has told Mnangagwa to undertake a "genuine process of national reconciliation up to and including acknowledging and apologising for atrocities in Matabeleland Gukurahundi." 

The frameworks include unifying the people of Zimbabwe by "acknowledging that human rights have been abused, including during the urban land clearances of Operation Murambatsvina, and the violence perpetrated in the wake of the 2008 election against the opposition and citizens of Zimbabwe." 

America also demanded that Mnangagwa take "steps to offer redress or compensation to victims of abuses." The framework also spells out that the new administration orders "an immediate inquiry into the disappearance of prominent human rights activists, including Patrick Nabanyama, Itai Dzamara, and Paul Chizuze." 

Announcing the new measures, Flake said: "President Mnangagwa has signalled his intent to bring about change in Zimbabwe. His words need to be followed by concrete actions. "This measure outlines steps that, if taken, would go a long way to demonstrate that President Mnangagwa is earnest in his desire to bring about long-overdue change for the people of Zimbabwe, who suffered under authoritarian rule for far too long." 

"After 37 years of suffering under the repressive rule of Robert Mugabe, the people of Zimbabwe should be excited about the possibility of a brighter future." America also set a pre-election condition for the new administration. "The following pre-election conditions are met: '(A) Establishment and public release, without cost, in both paper and digital formats, of a biometric voter registration roll that is endorsed by all registered political parties. 

"(B) An independent electoral management body is selected, the members of which should be nominated by all political parties represented in the parliament of Zimbabwe, and permitted to entirely carry out the functions assigned to it in section 239 of Zimbabwe's 2013 constitution in an entirely independent manner. 

"(C) The Defense Forces of Zimbabwe are neither permitted to actively participate in campaigning for any candidate nor to intimidate voters, and must verifiably and credibly uphold their constitutionally mandated duty to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons and be non-partisan in character. 

"(D) International observers, including from the United States, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the European Union are permitted to observe the entire electoral process, both prior to, on, and following voting day, including by monitoring polling stations and counting centers, and are able to independently operate in a manner enabling them to access and analyze vote tallying, tabulation, and the transmission and content of voting results. 

"(E) Candidates are allowed free and full access to state media, which must afford equal time and coverage to all registered parties, in an impartial manner, and must be able to campaign in an environment that is free from intimidation and violence. 

Senator Coons said; "To ensure conditions throughout the country improve, the international community should insist on concrete actions from the new government of Zimbabwe before lifting sanctions and renewing investment in the country. 

"We look forward to visiting Zimbabwe, meeting with its top officials, and assessing the steps they are taking to hold free, fair, and credible elections as well as to advance broader economic and political reforms to improve the lives of all the citizens of Zimbabwe."

Source: Newsday


by Staff reporter


Receptionist behind Magwegwe High School headmaster smearing

After visiting Magwegwe High School on a fact finding mission has taken note of worrying developments at the school owing to the school's receptionist who is intimidating staff at the school and pursuing a tribal and ethnic agenda at the school.

After the school headmaster Mr Ncube was not at liberty to delve into details about the incident where purported students wrote a damning tribally charged complaint against the school head, we undertook our own investigations and have since established that the receptionist by name of Mhango, masquerading as students, is the one who wrote the letter.

Our investigations have also established that Mhango is in the habit of intimidating staff, parents and students at the school, often threatening some with registering their names on a list with state security agents.

Mhango, who has on several occasions been caught stealing phones and at one time meat meant for the school, is said to be in the habit of calling staff meetings with Shona speaking teachers at the school where she discuss politics and tribal hatred at the government school. Those who spoke to us showed signs of fear whenever they mentioned the name Mhango.

The school headmaster received our team with warm hands but did not agree to discuss the matter at hand except assuring us that authorities were working on the matter and he was confident a fair resolution will be delivered.

We however, realizing the discomfort displayed by the school head, went on to do our own investigations and the findings point to excessive intimidation and fear that obtains at the government institution at the hands of the woman at reception.

Staff members and students alike displayed so much fear of the woman, whom they accused if bragging about her disguised deployment at the school by the CIO.

The Magwegwe High School head and staff need our support as citizens as they are under siege from Mhango who has not hidden her ZANU PF membership at the school.

Mhango needs to be reminded that problems facing this country are as a result of tribally and ethnically driven hatred, on which the current government rode for the past four decades.

Mhango needs to be reminded of the need to be a responsible civil servant and that residents, parents and students at the school expect proper unbiased service regardless of ones political or ethnic orientation.

Zapu Information Desk

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Zimbabwe African Peoples Union wishes to congratulate the Chiefs of Matabeleland for heeding the call to unite and stand firm with their people on the issue of the coronation of Crown Prince Bulelani Khumalo. 

The unity of purpose displayed by the Chiefs in the face of a paranoid repressive regime blocking the event over the weekend was a demonstration of astute and resolute leadership. 

ZAPU, as believers in peoples power, stand firmly behind the Matebeleland Chiefs and are supportive of their brave stance against the repressive Zimbabwean establishment that is prepared to disregard the constitution and international statutes on human rights in order to push a hegemonic system that violates rights of citizens. 

Failure to interpret the law and constitution leading to the weird High Court provisional order over the matter is testimony that the ZANU PF system is so hell-bent on perpetuating it's evil on the people even in areas the constitution seeks to protect them. 

It is constitutionally provided that a people can practice their culture without hindrance and interference of any sought. It is also constitutionally provided that a traditional leader of a peoples choice can preside over their traditional and cultural affairs. 

The court's decision around this matter, after the monumental failure to read the constitution and law, not only smacks of hypocrisy but as insulting arrogance to everything legal and constitutional by a regime whose existence is a result of a military coup which is not provided for in the Zimbabwean constitution. 

How the country's courts endorsed the November coup and deny coronation of a Ndebele Crown Prince beats the legal mind, especially considering the constitutionality of the Ndebele monarchy and its historical connotations. 

The involvement of ZANU PF in this matter, together with assigning Fortune Charumbira to interfere in this matter is not only off the point but a deliberate ploy to delay the revival of the Ndebele culture and traditions. 

ZANU PF and Charumbira are not at all versed in the Ndebele culture, so how do they seek to preside over what they are not aware of? They have never known a King throughout their inflated history. 

ZAPU knows fully well that had ZANU PF and Charumbira had a King in their history, by now that monarchy would have been restored. They, however, can never respond positively to the Ndebele Crown since it's not part of their culture. 

ZAPU also notes with sadness the involvement of one of the Khumalo clan members, Peter Zwide Khumalo who filed in the same courts of Zimbabwe challenging the coronation. The fact that his unveiling went on unhindered is testimony that he has become the hand of the evil system that has oppressed and suppressed the Ndebele nation since it's fall 1893. 

The mother party fully supports the resolution by the Matabeleland Chiefs to remain resolutely united until the King is coronated. 

We support the legal and constitutional route they have announced, and any other that is meant to facilitate the realization of full rights of all citizens without prejudice. 

*Iphithule Thembani Maphosa* 
*ZAPU National Secretary for Information Publicity and Marketing*

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