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Freddy Who, And What's He Got To Do With Mugabe and Xi Jinping?

ShavaFIs Frederick Shava, the fly in the ointment as Mugabe seeks billions from China? 

My social networking friends who shall remain nameless were shocked when they read of Frederick Shava's name in the context of Robert Mugabe being welcomed to China by President Xi Jinping.

"Cde" Frederick Shava, the new Ambassador to China, is apparently the same Shava who resigned from government in shame following a scandal in which government Ministers were abusing their preferential access to scarce motor vehicles.

Shava and a few other Ministers bought several of them and on-sold them to desperate industrialists who money but did not have direct access to the manufacturers, Willovale, and were therefore willing to pay several times above the prices that the Ministers were paying for them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:33

When Pawns Become Stars, A Rejoinder To Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's

gracehellPriscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's turn of phrase deserves kudos galore for coining the term pawn startdom to describe the First Lady's latest shenanigans.

And you know something is wrong in society when pawns becomes the stars, or even when First Ladies become pawn stars.

It also says something about our society when the major (pieces) players are transfixed and pawns take on the characteristics of major players, or even seem to metamorphosize into major pieces.

The major pieces are paralysed with fear and choose to work through their pawns and proxies; the society is soon reduced into proxies and symbols.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:37

New Government Should Not Honour Mugabe's Odious Debts With China


With the denial of bail to these MDC-T youths who were arrested while demonstrating peacefully, President Robert Mugabe has proved once again that he can pretend to be democratic, but as soon as he feels threatened he can step up the repressive machinery.

Reports today that he is planning to go to China also serve to confirm that he is stepping up that repression, as the Daily Mail revealed back in 2010 that his security chiefs had received arms from the Chinese which would be used to crackdown against his opponents.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:33

Mugabe, Zanu (PF) Cannot Escape Long Arm of Law

Gono managed finances for the 2008 terror campaign. A Bloomberg Businessweek Report exposes how a beaten Robert Mugabe on the way to losing the 2008 election was rescued by a hedge fund from New York, defeating gallant efforts of the MDC-T and of the former Ambassador James McGee who risked his life investigating and exposing the rights violations by the regime.

The report showed that Och-Ziff hedge fund supplied almost $100 million used by Camec to buy platinum mining rights confiscated from Anglo American - but the money did not go into the national coffers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 01:31

"If We Can't Be Free In Our Country, It's Better To Die"


While the few Zanu (PF) Politburo members and MPs who chose to attend were enjoying a lavish festivity to celebrate a stolen election, amid a collapsed economy, the MDC-T national executive held a three-day retreat at which the party resolved to mobilise the nation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:50

Mugabe Police Condemned for Arrest of MP, MDC-T Youths

Relatives of MDC activists, including MP Ronia Bunjira, who were arrested while peacefully demonstrating for jobs in Harare in yesterday, greeting them inside the court this morning.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 20:55

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Bhadharai Pano