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EU Flip-Flop on Zimbabwe: Will The Real Van Damme Please Rise

JeanclaudePhillipe Van Damme, the European Union ambassador to Zimbabwe, is probably less well known to Zimbabweans than that other Van Damme - Jean Claude. But what we know about the later is that if he says that he as going to clobber you, he will do it.

With the diplomatic Van Damme and his ilk on the other hand, you can never be sure what they are going to do, even if they say so.

Now they are talking about how Zimbabwe should fix its "economic framework and political field as well as the rule of law" as pre-conditions for smooth re-engagement - yet it was their own releasing of the choke-hold which emboldened Zanu (PF) to ignore the reform agenda.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 16:46 Read more...
 

Déjà Vu - Violence in Zimbabwe Elections Despite MDC Withdrawal

Life is difficult enough for these Hurungwe villagers without thugs forcing them to vote for Zanu (PF). (Pic wfp) 

There is a sense of deja vu in the upcoming by-elections in Zimbabwe where violence in Hurungwe West is instilling fear in the electorate despite the main opposition MDC pulling out of the election, citing lack of security - one of many  reforms that must be undertaken for free and fair elections to take place.

Temba Mliswa who is opposing the official Zanu (PF) candidate, has been locked up on trumped up charges, his workers have been beaten up, and his farm almost taken from him by Zanu (PF) youths who have since been ordered by the court to vacate.  

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 10:22 Read more...
 

Time Running Out For Reforms, Exactly How Zanu (PF) Wants It

mnangagwaTime is running out for Electoral Reforms which will require time for implementation before the 2018 elections. But as we are now all aware, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has said that Zanu (PF) will continue ruling while the opposition (and the NGOs) continue shouting about reforms.

This intervention by Mnangagwa, expressing Zanu (PF)'s view of the issue, is a game-changer which requires opposition parties and ngos and all citizens to take another look at how they have been doing things, and to strategise for bringing about the necessary changes. Otherwise Zanu (PF) is very happy with the status quo, and would like it to go on like that right up to 2018.                  "You continue shouting about reforms while we rule" - Mnangagwa

Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 19:59 Read more...
 

Abuse of Traditional Leaders, Deployment of ex-Army in Hurungwe By-Election

ChomboHurungweIgnatius Chombo captured abusing traditional leaders and deploying former soldiers at Nyamhunga in Hurungwe for the June 10 by-election which is being boycotted by the MDC for that very reason.

Chombo, the Zanu PF's Secretary for Administration, on the video talks about his fearsome team (of ex-soldiers) and tells the villagers that they must never be seen entertaining the independent candidate, Temba Mliswa. 

He also says it is a wonder that the MDC was ever in Hurungwe, as if it was a failure on the part of villagers that the MDC ever organised in Hurungwe - the kind of language which causes villagers to believe that the MDC are enemies who should be attacked.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 23:40 Read more...
 

MDC Boycott Vindicated, But SADC and AU Must Now Open Their Eyes

More than ten Zimbabwe Republic Policemen pictured recently beating up a handcuffed man - a clear indication of how far Zimbabwe has gone down the lawless route...

This, the video of Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo in our earlier story encouraging violence in Hurungwe, and reports about Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying MDC supporters should die vindicates the MDC decision to boycott the upcoming elections, and should be sctutinised by SADC and the AU.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 23:39 Read more...
 

Misfiring Mugabe, Zuma Anger Zimbabweans

Kalangas1To those who have doubted that Robert Mugabe is an unrepentant tribalist who initiated Gukurahundi on tribal lines, they should now have no reason to doubt.

His ranting against the Kalanga people, calling them uneducated crooks and thugs that are fanning Xenophobia in SA is telling.
For 35 years Mugabe has used such divide and rule tactics to maintain power.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 09:38 Read more...
 


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