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Abandon Hope All Who Enter Here: Zimbabwe Business as Usual

CrossEddieWe had three significant events this past week – the President opened Parliament; the IMF came to Harare on a road show; and the revenue Authority published its figures for the third quarter of the year. Taken together these three events summarize the situation in Zimbabwe very clearly and in a stark fashion.

The IMF visit was fascinating because it is the first time that we have been honored by the Breton Woods institution in having the Africa Director and a team, come to the City on a road show to present their review of African economic prospects and conditions and their forecast for the immediate outlook. The Director was impressive – clear grasp of the issues, confident and diplomatic. Eddie Cross


"Mugabe Take Your Zanu (PF) To The Grave, But Not Our Zimbabwe'

Whatever the outcome of his Politburo meeting today, Robert Mugabe has now fallen from being the respected Zanu (PF) father figure that he was to being just another of the contestants for power in Zanu (PF) and therefore fair game for any tactics.

The centre definitely cannot hold and what we thought was his wife's faction of the party has now proved to be his faction; it went and mobilised busloads of supporters to go to the Zanu (PF) HQ and demonstrate before the start of the meeting.

The posters were clearly made centrally, probably at the Ministry of Information or Police Printers, and the buses were dispatched to strategic centres to pick up only supporters of his wife, or rather those who are against Vice President Joice Mujuru - outside Harare of course.

War veterans have also been divided and Mugabe is being supported by the Chinotimba faction.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:27

Zimbabwean President Mugabe Has No Intention of Leaving Office

What The Herald is now doing can no longer qualify as journalism, but as political skulduggery on behalf of a faction of Zanu (PF).

And if what Obert Mpofu's website, the wrote today is anything to go by, that faction is Robert Mugabe’s. He has now come out to claim it.
No more hiding behind Grace, and he has no intention of leaving office anytime soon, he said.

But first to the piece by Senior Reporter Zvamaida Murwira which makes the sensational claim that War Veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda "has all but sensationally confirmed that corruption and extortion allegations being levelled against Vice President Joice Mujuru are true."

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 12:24

Final MDC Rally of MDC 3rd Congress - Zimbabwe Looks Forward


Its congress now looming, candidates confirmed, others having fallen way and others disqualified for various misdemeanours, the MDC-T holds its last rally of the Third Congress, hosted by MDC-T Harare Province. Its supporters turned out in their numbers this morning in Highfield East, by Cyril Jennings Hall, with aspiring candidates for the national standing committee posts invited for final campaign speaches. Pic Obert Gutu today Live updates as we get them...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:11

Occupy Africa Unity Square Protesters Beaten by Zanu (PF) Thugs, Arrested By Police


Organisers and participants in the Occupy Africa Unity Square protest have been arrested and beaten up in another episode that exposes the lawlessness and violations of human rights in Zimbabwe.

Well-known Zanu (PF) thugs, usually based at Mbare Musika, known as Chipangano and supported by Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi, attacked Itai Dzamara, Dirk Frey and Tichaona Danho, seriously injuring them.

But in an unbelievable twist, Zimbabwe Republic Police officers came and arrested the injured protesters, including organiser, Itai, who had already been previously questioned by police about the demonstration and told them that he was peacefully exercising his democratic right. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:13

As MDC-T SG Battle Hots Up, Mwonzora Presents Impressive Political CV

Mwonzora216Douglas Mwonzora who is reportedly gaining on Nelson Chamisa in public support to take over the secretary general post in the Movement for Democratic Change, has presented a campaign CV that shows a man who has been in the thick of things in most democratic developments in post independence Zimbabwe.

As most others he was arrested and detained for leading University of Zimbabwe demonstrations against state corruption and plans by President Mugabe to establish a one-party.

He was part of the so-called October 4 Revolution, 1989 which led to the closure of the University of Zimbabwe and he continued his fight against the one-party state by joining Edgar Tekere’s Zimbabwe Unity Movement in 1992 - becoming its Harare Secretary for Legal Affairs and later spokesman.

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