Chamisa turns to rebels, as fight for MDC leadership hits the home stretch

OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has effectively dumped his party long-standing Masvingo provincial chairman James Gumbi and thrown his weight behind a faction of returning rebels led by lawyer Tongai Matutu. Matutu a former deputy Minister of Youth got Chamisa’s endorsement at a provincial council meeting on Saturday at Mucheke Hall in Masvingo. Gumbi is reportedly linked to the MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora who reports say will challenge Chamisa at the party’s congress in May for the presidency. Matutu returned to the main MDC after briefly joining former secretary…

‘Chamisa Must Denounce Sanctions’

MDC-Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa must openly denounce the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America if he cares about the welfare of the country’s war veterans, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda has said.  Addressing war veterans at Masvingo Polytechnic in Masvingo yesterday, he said only Zanu-PF and the Government have the interests of war veterans at heart.  Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, accused Mr Chamisa of lying by promising what he could…

‘Zimbabwe Army Failed To Remove Mugabe’

FORMER President Robert Mugabe refused to resign even though he was in the middle of a military coup, leaving the military with no option but to rely on the impeachment process for him to be removed, a parliamentarian has said. Norton independent legislator and former (Mashonaland West) Zanu-PF provincial chairperson, Temba Mliswa, bust the Zanu-PF and army bubble saying their coup had failed after Mugabe refused to go. Mliswa made the remarks during an all-stakeholders post-election workshop hosted by the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) in Bulawayo last week. “I…

Chidawu Named Harare Minister

President Mnangagwa yesterday appointed former Harare mayor, Senator Oliver Chidawu to the post of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Harare Metropolitan Province, as Government’s plans on devolving power to provincial councils in line with the Constitution gathers momentum. Section (2) of the Constitution obliges central Government to cede more powers to provincial councils for them to determine local development priorities. President Mnangagwa has challenged provincial ministers to be economic drivers and move away from the old dispensation where they were merely political commissars. In a statement, Chief Secretary to…

Zim Govt Settles For Washington Lobbyist

The government of Zimbabwe has hired Ballard Partners to represent it in Washington, making it the first firm to lobby on the country’s behalf in more than a decade. Brian Ballard, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s campaigns, and the firm’s other lobbyists will counsel Zimbabwe on “communication with U.S. government officials, U.S. business entities, and non-governmental audiences,” according to a disclosure filing. “In as much as the government of Zimbabwe has been denied access to international financial institutions and been under intense diplomatic pressure from Western countries, it…

Mnangagwa Shakes Up Zanu-PF

President Mnangagwa has with immediate effect dissolved the Zanu-PF Harare and Bulawayo provincial structures and a way forward would be announced in due course. Further, an alleged petition purporting to pass a vote of no confidence in some members of the national youth league was declared null and void. Recently, a clique within the youth league purported to pass a vote of no confidence in Cdes Pupurai Togarepi (secretary), Lewis Matutu (deputy secretary), Tendai Chirau (secretary for administration) Admire Mahachi (national secretary for external relations) and Mercy Mugomo (deputy national…

MDC condemns Arrest Of Hon Mamombe

The MDC condemns the arrest of Hon Joanna Mamombe which is nothing but an act of political persecution. The MDC is concerned by the unrepentant behavior of the military State which continues to harrass MDC leaders, MPs, the general membership and leaders of Civic Society Organisations including workers’ Unions. Hon Mamombe is not a criminal, the MDC is a team of law abiding transformers whose sole agenda is to create opportunity for prosperity to the people of Zimbabwe. Criminals who are abusing public funds for personal gain including buying cars…

Charamba Defends President’s Foreign Trips

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa will continue travelling abroad as part of his re-engagement efforts and his trips must not be assessed from a cost perspective, but from benefits accrued, his office has said. In an interview with Star FM last night, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr George Charamba said diplomacy does not come cheap. Mr Charamba is the presidential spokesperson. He was responding to queries from some quarters on the essence of President Mnangagwa’s foreign trips. “There are certain costs which we have to incur. In any case,…

Reports About Tracking Doctors And Lawyers False, Mutsvangwa

Government has dismissed as false and misleading reports in the private media claiming President Mnangagwa threatened to track down lawyers who represented rioters and doctors who treated people who were injured during the MDC-Alliance instigated violent demonstrations last month. In a statement, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said such reports were deliberately distorted to suit a political narrative. “We have noted with dismay the attempts to distort, render mischievous translation and deliberately twist His Excellency President Mnangagwa’s message at a Zanu-PF rally in Mwenezi on Saturday…

Mnangagwa Escapes Fresh EU Sanctions

Zimbabwe’s leaders escaped fresh sanctions by the European Union on Monday despite growing repression. The EU Parliament last week called for individual sanctions to be widened against top government and military officials, but EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels only agreed to maintain travel restrictions and an asset freeze on former President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, as well as the Zimbabwe Defence Industries. Suspended sanctions against Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda and Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri were also maintained, while former police…