Friday, 17 November 2017

Zimbabwe Key Figures To Succeed Mugabe

Emmerson Mnangagwa Mnangagwa, 75, has been a close ally of Mugabe’s since 1974, when the two were leading members of the political wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union liberation movement. A veteran of the country’s war of independence from 1964 to 1979, when Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia, Mnangagwa is known by his "the crocodile". Mnangagwa narrowly escaped being hanged after being convicted by a Rhodesian court under the country’s terrorism act. The court gave him an 11th-hour reprieve after determining he was under 18. Over the past 37 years he’s headed both the intelligence and defence ministries, as well as the ministry of justice. Mnangagwa became vice president in 2014 – a short-lived appointment brought to an end by the enmity of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who heads a faction of mainly younger Zanu-PF officials loosely known as Generation-40. Mnangagwa’s faction is known as Lacoste, named after the French clothing company’s crocodile logo. Constantine Chiwenga Chiwenga is the overall commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, or ZDF. Born in 1956, he joined the war for liberation in 1973, a year after it began in earnest. He rose through the ranks to become a brigadier when, after the war ended, the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army and the Rhodesian army merged into a single entity known as the ZDF. In 1994, he was promoted to lieutenant-general and in 2004 replaced General Vitalis Zvinavashe as the head of the ZDF. Beneath him, Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda commands the army, and Air Marshal Perence Shiri the air force. Valerio Sibanda Sibanda fought with the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army during the liberation war before rising to command Zimbabwe’s land and special forces. Sibanda also commanded a combined international force of United Nations peacekeepers that oversaw the disarming of Angolan combatants after that country’s 30-year civil war ended in 2002. Unusually in Zimbabwe, Sibanda hasn’t previously been seen to be in an overtly political position. Perence Shiri Shiri, born in 1955, commanded Zimbabwe’s notorious Fifth Brigade, a special army unit trained by North Korean instructors that was deployed in Zimbabwe’s Midlands and Matabeleland provinces in the 1980s. The brigade carried out atrocities including torture and the extrajudicial execution of more than 3,000 people between 1982 and 1987, according to New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Shiri became commander of the air force in 1992. Grace Mugabe Robert Mugabe's second wife, who is more than 40 years his junior, has risen from presidential typist to the most powerful woman in Zimbabwe. They met and had their first two of three children while Mr Mugabe's first wife, Sally, was terminally ill with cancer, though they only married after her death. Her alleged appetite for extravagant shopping earned her the moniker Gucci Grace. While her supporters point to her charitable and philanthropic work and refer to her as "Dr Amai", meaning "mother", her critics accuse her of pursuing a ruthless campaign for wealth and power. Joice Mujuru who Mugabe fired in 2014 alleging that she was trying to topple him, is now the president of the National People’s Party. She also leads a grouping of opposition parties (People’s Rainbow Coalition) as its presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

Mugabe his first public appearance since the military seized control

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe his first public appearance since the military seized control of the country, attending a graduation ceremony at Harare's Open University on Friday morning. His the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe and goes to the ceremony each year, we hope this will be his last visit before he resigns.
In an apparent display of defiance, the 93-year-old arrived at the ceremony on today dressed in a blue academic gown and tasselled hat. The event appears to allow him to project the image of leadership, even as calls for his departure after 37 years in power grow stronger. It came during an extraordinary series of negotiations with regional leaders. Zimbabwe's military said it was making "significant progress" in the talks while it pursues and arrests some allies of the leader and his wife. A senior source in Zanu-PF told Reuters news agency the party was due to meet on Friday to draft a motion to fire Mr Mugabe on Sunday. If Mr Mugabe still refuses to stand down, the party plans to impeach him on Tuesday, according to the source. Meanwhile Morgan Tsvangirai, a former prime minister and long-time opponent of Mr Mugabe, said he must resign "in the interest of the people". He added that "a transitional mechanism" would be needed to ensure stability.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Zimbabwe military's on a mission

Zimbabwe's Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, made the following speech on national television after the military seized it and blocked off access to government offices:
"Following the address we made on November 13, 2017, which we believe our main broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and The Herald were directed not to publicize, the situation in our country has moved to another level. Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and commander-in-chief of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Comrade RG Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. "We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice. "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy. To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging that is taking place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that. "To the judiciary, the measures under way are intended to assure that as an independent arm of the state you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.
"To our members of parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets. "To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice. "To political parties we urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behavior. "To the youth we call upon you to realize that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with dirty coins of silver. Be disciplined and remain committed to the ethos and values of this great nation. "To all churches and religious organizations in Zimbabwe we call upon you and your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace, unity and development. "To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is actually doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict. "We call upon all the war veterans to play positive in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country. "To members of the defense forces, all leave is canceled and you all to return to your barracks with immediate effect. "To our respected traditional leaders, you are our custodians of our culture, customs, traditions and heritage and we request you to provide leadership and direction to your communities for the sake of unity and development in our country. "To the other Security Services: We urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear that we intend to address the human security threats in our country. Therefore any provocation will be met with an appropriate response. "To the media; we urge you report fairly and responsibly. "Thank you."

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Mukoma Jah Stoned at Funeral

JAH Prayzah’s bid to pay his last respects to his former aide, the late Crispen Nyemba, backfired when he was manhandled and stoned at Glen Forest Memorial Park yesterday. Nyemba died in a car accident along Samora Machel Avenue in the early hours of Sunday. The lanky musician, who was accompanied by his manager Keen Mushapaidze, had to run for dear life across the Glen Forest Memorial Park, with some irate mourners in hot pursuit.
Amid the unfolding drama, some mourners had to temporarily abandon proceedings and scamper for the nearest cover amid a hail of misdirected objects aimed at the “Kutonga Kwaro” hit-maker. Jah Prayzah, who was wearing a grey outfit, could be seen being shepherded from the graveside by a sea of people, all the while ducking and placing a protective hand over his head to avoid the flying missiles.
It seems The Musician owned his late Bouncer money Crispen Nyemba 3months salary, a family relative have revealed. Tamburai Nyemba a family spokesperson said Cris told wife, the whole family and me that Jah Prayzah owned him some money, and left the band to start his own security company.