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92,000 'ghost voters' still on new roll
"The commission gazetted the new voters roll as envisaged by the electoral law on the 29th of May 2018," said Chigumba.
"This meant that the country now had a voters' roll from which continuous voter registration could be made.
The ZEC boss said the voters' roll's exclusion list has some 11,767 people with invalid national identity card numbers, 510 registrants sharing the same identity numbers and but with different details who are still to be confirmed by the Registrar General's office.
Chigumba also revealed that the voters' roll still has some 39,892 duplicate registrations "arising from transfers and 31,248 duplicates arising from double registrations."
Dabengwa has proven why l should die ZAPU, Prop CHAMISA!
From 1957, being led by a forty year old Joshua Nkomo, our party conscientised our people to fight for our freedom. We gave Zimbabwe a name "Zimbabwe". We taught our people to say "no to Second Class Status" forced on us by Colonialism. We taught our young men how to fight a war. We taught Mugabe from the pathetic temporary teacher he was, into a politician. We taught Mnangagwa from an expelled Rhodesian he was, into a politician.
We are a reputable University of Practical Politics in Zimbabwe. We have a set of rules which make us unique. We are patient, tolerant, reasonable, factfull, honest, highly temperemental, all embracing, religiously humble, slow to act, decisive, self sacrificing and all this we do because we want our country to be successful. My President, Dr Dabengwa, has proven once again to ME as a minor individual, that he still holds the old and trusted fibres of ZAPU.
We are ZAPU, we refused as long ago as in 1957 to be divided by advesary Political Scientists. President Mugabe spent 53 years trying to exhibit ZAPU as a Regional Party. In the last days of his reign, he ended up trusting ZAPU than his own wild monster ZAPU. Mugabe remembered how he divided the struggle in 1963 countering ZAPU by tribal politics.
ZAPU stood its ground and refused to be reduced into tribal backwardness even under the knife of Gukurahundi. Lately in 2009, ZAPU faced an internal rebellion led by people who were later found to be Mnangagwa's people based in South Africa. This group of people formed a party which was supposed to be tribal, and purportedly sympathetic to ZAPU. This party started to attack our late leader Dr Joshua Nkomo, accusing him of having rejected a cessation ideology to divide our country into two.
We are ZAPU, principality is our virtue. Emerson Mnangagwa deserted us in 1967 when we had militarily trained him in Egypt. We still clung to the loyalty of being a disciplined Zimbabwean. We let Mnangagwa join a cult which only focused on enriching Mugabe and uplifting the politics of tribe. We knew, as ZAPU, that those two values would die and the ZAPU original vision of 1957 would last for ever.
We are ZAPU, patient and resolute! In 1983, our leader Dr Joshua Nkomo wrote Mugabe a letter from exile, warning him that the politics of tribe was unsustainable in a diverse country like Zimbabwe. In 2017, long after our leader had passed on, we stood as witnesses when the politics of tribe started to melt against its creators. We were witnesses when Mrs Mugabe was warning Mnangagwa that Zezuru was unconquerable. These are the things we, as ZAPU, forsaw, as long back as 1957.
We are ZAPU, we are patient enough to watch and wait. In 2017, we saw Emerson Mnangagwa being humiliated for being a Karen Karanga and yet years ago in 1967, he left ZAPU, claiming that Zanu was his real home on grounds of the tribe of the man who was leading Zanu.
Tribe does not work in Zimbabwe. What works is Zimbabwean Zimbabweaness and this is the key principle under which ZAPU was formed. Divisions were a tool of Colonialism. Thus how they conquered Africa. They found Africa to be divisible and exploitable. Mugabe used the same template to loot Zimbabwean wealth. He divided weak minds and remained with free access into our National coffers.
Our country has always needed the undying principality of ZAPU, to unite our country for a good cause.
When a young and clean man rose in the MDC, ZAPU, assessed the young and learning Chamisa. We were immediately reminded of a day in 1957 when we anointed a 40 year young man called Nkomo, and honed and sharpened him to become the bespoke leader we yearned for.
Nelson Chamisa is NOT a perfect leader at all. But, as afore stated, we, as ZAPU have done this before. We know how to lead a leader. Thus why at the end of his political life, Mugabe reverted and trusted the constance of the ZAPU leaders. He even wanted Dabengwa back, but, Mugabe, like Mnangagwa, have sinned so much against Zimbabweans that they can never be clensed. This writer, declared two months ago, that I would be an MDC-VOTING ZAPU MEMBER. I am exceedingly humbled that my President, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa has concluded that Chamisa needs our mentorship.
I am glad that I can now propagate for Chamisa's MDC with the full backing of my President. I will remain ZAPU throughout my life, because ZAPU proved long before I was born, that it is a well intended, all embracing and truly Zimbabwean Party of Excellence.
Zimbabwe sets first post-Mugabe elections for July 30
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.
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.”
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
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.
Zapu ditches Mangoma's Code
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.
"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
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."
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
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*