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Chinese President Xi Jinping(right) attempts to shake hands with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 3, 2018.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has defended his foreign trips arguing that Zimbabwe must embrace the international community to secure crucial foreign investment.

Critics have accused Mnangagwa of travelling abroad more than his predecessor Robert Mugabe who was at one time nicknamed Vasco da Gama because of his frequent travels out of the country.

“I have seen some comments here asking why these foreign trips are necessary at this time,” Mnangagwa responded on his facebook page.

“Let us remember where we were, and how we suffered as an isolated nation. In this new era Zimbabwe is open to the world, and governments, businesses and individuals all are looking to do business with us.

“The new Zimbabwe must embrace the international community in order to secure crucial foreign investment. These projects will create jobs, and foreign investment will inject crucial cash into our economy.

“I will therefore continue to work tirelessly for the people of Zimbabwe both at home and abroad, as we embark on this new and exciting journey together,” Mnangagwa said from China where he was on a six-day State visit at the invitation of China.

“Today, I conclude my first state visit outside of Africa, an historic visit which will help bring further crucial momentum to our economy,” he said.

“We had many fruitful discussions with political and business leaders in China, including President Xi Jinping, and secured a host of deals which will make a real difference to the lives of Zimbabweans.

“The refurbishment of Hwange Power Station Units 7 and 8 is set to increase power generation by 600 megawatts, while we also secured a massive infrastructure development deal under which the world’s largest infrastructure development company will set up a regional office in Zimbabwe.

“They will focus on road, rail, air and dam construction projects and will be true partners in the development of the new Zimbabwe.

“Our two countries also signed numerous agreements to advance areas of economic cooperation, skills development, education and other facets of the economy.”

Critics argue that Zimbabwe has been signing too many agreements and mega deals which are meaningless until they are implemented.

Before his trip to China, Mnangagwa had signed deals valued at more than $7 billion. – Insider

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The British Embassy in Zimbabwe has sought to distance itself from allegations that it is backing President Emmerson Mnangagwa to win in the upcoming 2018 harmonised elections. This comes after Professor Welshman Ncube, the spokesperson for the coalition MDC Alliance spoke out against the British and the Chinese for seemingly backing President Mnangagwa. Said Ncube,

We think it is inappropriate for the British and the Chinese to pick a horse in this election. They should, instead, insist on Zimbabwe abiding by international norms and standards for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

Responding to the allegations, Simon Thomas, the Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy Harare said that his country did not care about who wins the polls. He insisted that his country’s only interest in the election was that it should be conducted under free and fair conductions. Writing on microblogging site Twitter, Thomas said,

This simply isn’t true. Let me be clear: no throwing our weight, no backing horses,  (United Kingdom) isn’t backing ANYONE in the  (Zimbabwe) election! We don’t much care WHO wins. We care a lot HOW they win. And we’ll continue to press all sides for a free and fair election.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa as they pose for the media after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 3, 2018. Parker Song/Pool via REUTERS
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader’s first state visit to China since he seized power last year.

Mnangagwa, who was sworn in as president in November after a de facto military coup ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, has vowed to rebuild his country’s ravaged economy and re-engage with the international community.

China had considered Mugabe a “good friend” in a relationship dating back to its support for Zimbabwe’s independence war, but pointedly failed to support him when he was ousted.

“I’m willing to work with Mr President to jointly map out our future cooperation and write a new chapter in China-Zimbabwe relations for the benefit of our two peoples,” Xi said, during a meeting in Beijing.

China has growing interest in investing in Africa’s natural resources and has poured more than $100 billion into roads, railways, mines, powerlines and factories on the continent over the last decade.

Trade between China and African countries reached $85.3 billion in the first half of 2017, according to Chinese state media.

Xi said China has been happy to see the economic reform policies that Mnangagwa put in place after the “peaceful, smooth” transfer of power.

Mnangagwa said that Zimbabwe appreciated China’s political support and goodwill and thanked Xi for sending an envoy immediately upon his inauguration.

“That was a great honor,” he said.

China continued to invest in large infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe throughout Mugabe’s rule as his government, sanctioned by Western nations for human rights abuses, increasingly turned to Beijing for help.

With his visit, Zimbabwe would attempt to tap China’s huge financial resources, technical expertise and modern technology in order to help revive the economy, Mnangagwa told the official Xinhua news agency in an interview on Saturday.

In December, Zimbabwe signed a $153 million loan agreement with China to expand and refurbish its international airport in Harare in a bid to attract investors and tourists, the first such deal under the new government.

China’s foreign ministry said a trip to Beijing by Zimbabwe’s military chief one week before the army seized power in the South African nation was a “normal military exchange” amid speculation at the time he had come to brief on plans to seize power.

Mnangagwa is likely to join other African leaders coming to Beijing in September for a summit held once every three years. – Reuters

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Nelson Chamisa

Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa has blasted politicians for belittling God by turning churches into platforms for rallies.

“This past Easter alone, we saw hordes of politicians pontificating at church gatherings in the process desecrating the true meaning of Easter and the Church,” Chamisa said in his weekly Road to Victory message.

“The church must be a place of unity and peace. We have of late seen the church being reduced to a platform of hate and divisive language.

“The State or any political party for that matter must never be allowed to contaminate, weaken and compromise the church. Church capture must be vehemently resisted.”

Although he did not name any persons, President Emmerson Mnangagwa made headlines when he attended Easter Saturday with the Zion Christian Church at Mbungo.

Mnangagwa preached the gospel of peace, love, unity and togetherness saying without these Zimbabwe would never progress.

Chamisa also said in his weekly message he has written to Mnangagwa so that the two can meet to define and frame the parameters and contours of a national discourse in Zimbabwe’s politics.

“It is important to eliminate insults, animosity and hatred in our national politics. We need neopolitics; the politics of ideas, solutions, policies and national strategies to develop Zimbabwe,” he said.

“I am yet to hear from President Mnangagwa on the exact dates that we will meet.

“The MDC is a partner in national development and not a threat. Being on opposing political sides is not enemity but just an expression of the reality of diverse views. After all, it is diversity that makes a nation because diversity strengthens and does not weaken,” Chamisa said.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018

Road to Victory (R2V): Nelson Chamisa on Tuesday

Fellow citizens, revolutionary and convivial greetings to you all.

We are just coming from the Easter holidays and I am deeply pained by some of my colleagues in the political industry who continue to belittle God and the role of the Church in our communities.

They have turned the church into platforms for rallies, in the process bastardizing the sanctity of the church. This past Easter alone, we saw hordes of politicians pontificating at church gatherings in the process desecrating the true meaning of Easter and the Church.

1. Celebrating the resurrection power of the Cross

The new Zimbabwe that I envision will be characterized by a true and honest separation between the State and the church.

I am a firm believer in the autonomy and independence of the church which must as an institution continue to be the custodian of a country’s values and the true moral compass of a nation.

The church must be a place of unity and peace. We have of late seen the church being reduced to a platform of hate and divisive language. The State or any political party for that matter must never be allowed to contaminate, weaken and compromise the church. Church capture must be vehemently resisted.

2. All roads lead to Bulawayo

On Saturday, the MDC and its Alliance partners move to Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city which features prominently in our vision as the hub and industrial capital of the new Zimbabwe.

In the Easter spirit of the power of resurrection, we are committed to resuscitate Bulawayo as the country’s industrial hub.

The city of Kings and Queens has for long been abandoned, neglected and forgotten—thanks to the legendary ineptitude of the party now occupying the seat of government.

2.1 Devolution is our revolution—    To devolve is to involve

In the spirit of devolution encapsulated in our Constitution, we will devolve power to all regions and communities so that local people are empowered to make decisions and to control and benefit from the resources around them.

Devolution is the true involvement of a people in the management of their own affairs and in the new Zimbabwe; we do not wish to continue this Hararenization of key national essential activities and services.

Indeed, to devolve is to involve and in the new Zimbabwe, devolution will be a reality so that all local communities are part of the national governance system.

For me, Bulawayo is special. Bulawayo reclaim its status as the industrial capital of the country and as the centre of innovation.

Zimbabweans need and deserve development. As a country, we need the strands of development to be felt in all corners of the country so that everyone feels they belong.As things stand, a lot of our communities justifiably feel left out of the government matrix of development.

We have to resolve that as a matter of urgency.

To the people of Bulawayo, come let us reason together at the White City Stadium on Saturday.

3. Redefining National Politics

3.1 My meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa

In the spirit of national building and promoting constructive dialogue in the quest to find solutions to national challenges, I have written to President Emmerson Mnangagwa requesting a meeting with him.

I have written to him with the aim of defining and framing the parameters and contours of a national discourse in our country’s politics.

It is important to eliminate insults, animosity and hatred in our national politics. We need neopolitics; the politics of ideas, solutions, policies and national strategies to develop Zimbabwe.

I am yet to hear from President Mnangagwa on the exact dates that we will meet.

The MDC is a partner in national development and not a threat. Being on opposing political sides is not enemity but just an expression of the reality of diverse views. After all, it is diversity that makes a nation because diversity strengthens and does not weaken.

In that context, national holidays and national events should be inclusive and not be dominated by a single political party. Programmes must involve all the stakeholders including the official opposition.

In that regard, I will be initiating a courtesy call by the official opposition on government.

3.2 The national Independence in context

On the 18th of April, the country will be celebrating the country’s independence.

This is the time to pay veneration to our hard-won independence and how the patriotic sons and daughters of this land fought a tenacious liberation struggle to rid the country of racism and colonial rule.

This is the time to seriously reflect on whether as a country we should have a national dress as this would be the fitting occasion to adorn an agreed national dress.

In the new Zimbabwe, the celebration of our hard-won independence will not be a one-day event.

We will introduce an independence month of celebration whose key signpost will include festivities, discussions, seminars, lecture series as well as national tours to important national sites.

While the 18th of April will remain the day for the main event, we have declared April as an independence month to be marked by separate related activities that bestow honour to the sons and daughters of this land—departed or living—with some of them still serving in the country’s institutions such as the army, the police force and the rests of the civil service.

An independent people must think independently. Let it be truly a new dispensation. If we are open for business, we must be open for new and good politics for the merriment of all Zimbabweans.

At a personal level, I will be engaging in a plethora of activities to honour and commemorate our independence day.

One Zimbabwe, one people.

One Zimbabwe, one future.

One Zimbabwe, one vision.

Behold the new.

God bless Zimbabwe.

God bless Africa.

Advocate Nelson Chamisa is the MDC President and the MDC Alliance Presidential candidate. – Insider

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MDC President Nelson Chamisa

The opposition MDC-T party has expelled 17 party members who are allegedly linked to breakaway vice-president Thokozani Khupe. The 17 are members of the Bulawayo provincial executive and were accused of ignoring party programmes among other allegations.

In a statement Bulawayo Provincial spokesperson Felix Magalela Sibanda said:

On March 25, the provincial executive fired some errant MDC-T members from the party. Those who are either MPs or councillors will be recalled from Parliament or council, whatever the case maybe.

They were fired primarily for putting the party into disrepute and disregarding national council resolutions, failure to attend party meetings and programmes.

…It was resolved that all in Parliament or council should be recalled, henceforth. For all fired have the right to appeal after within 14 days.

Some of the expelled officials include,

  • Nomvula Mguni
  • Tamani Moyo
  • Aleck Gumede
  • Beauty Lifa
  • Mildred Reason Mangena
  • Mildred Ncube
  • Emmelia Moyo
  • Samson Mubemi Magwegwe
  • Dorcus Ncube
  • Mqondisi Balanda Moyo
  • Alfred Dzirutwe
  • Sphathisiwe Moyo
  • Nkanyiso Mabhena
  • Sibongile Moyo
  • Stanley and a Sbyleen
  • Edward Simela
  •  Masuku
  • Mavis Mlilo
  • Flora Gumbo
  • Matshazi

However, Khupe’s spokesperson, Witness Dube dismissed the expulsions saying,

When they claim to have fired Khupe and Bhebhe, Khupe openly said this was a non-event, as we have since dissociated ourselves from them. President Khupe has since called for an extraordinary congress, which was earlier on scheduled for April 7, but has since been postponed to April 21 due to security reasons.

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Walter Magaya

Tempers flared during PHD leader, Walter Magaya’s rape trial at the High Court this Tuesday morning as top Harare lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu castigated the Prosecutor General, Advocate Ray Goba for being vindictive and failing to understand basic precepts of law.

Magaya appeared before Justice Emy Tsanga facing charges of rape, unlawful termination of pregnancy and obstructing or defeating the course of justice.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The state was represented by Advocate Goba, Mr Ulandi and Mrs Muronda, while the defence team comprised of Everson Chatambudza, Admire Rubaya, Oliver Marwa and Advocate Mpofu.

The complainant and alleged rape victim, Petronella Donhodzo Mandaza, who turned hostile and has under oath testified that she had falsely implicated Magaya and no longer wishes to pursue the case, hired the services of Advocate Sylvester Hashiti to plead her case.

Prosecutor General Goba applied for the court to put Magaya in custody and reapply for bail on the basis that his plea had terminated his bail.

He said the accused was facing serious charges and had interfered with the Prosecutor General and witnesses since January this year.

Advocate Mpofu however objected to the application by the Prosecutor General and told the court that Magaya was removed from bail by the magistrates’ court after he lodged a Constitutional Court challenge against his persecution.

The court ruled that the state had failed to prove how Magaya had interfered with witnesses and added that if ever there had been interference, the state was at liberty to have the accused brought to court on those allegations.

Advocate Mpofu said the conduct of the Prosecutor Peneral shows that he is petty and vindictive, adding that the country is cursed to have Advocate Goba as its Prosecutor General as he lacks understanding of the law.

Justice Tsanga had to intervene and told Advocate Mpofu to tone down and not to attack his counterpart.

Advocate Goba unsuccessfully sought the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the complainant, Mandaza who had failed to avail herself in court but chose to write an affidavit refusing to come and testify on the basis that she had falsely accused Magaya of raping her.

The court found that the application for a warrant of arrest against the complainant was premature and postponed the matter to the 25th of April where the state and defence councils will have answered to applications against each other. – ZBC

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly gobbled over $2,3 million to charter a private Swiss luxury jet to the Chinese capital, Beijing, sources in the aviation industry claimed yesterday.

Mnangagwa, who arrived in China on his first State visit to the Asian country since he took over the levers of power from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe last November, has been accused of snubbing the limping national airline, Air Zimbabwe, preferring chartered private jets.

In January, Mnangagwa also hired a private jet to Davos, Switzerland, as well as when he travelled to South Africa early this year.

“Air Zimbabwe had offered to take the presidential delegation to China for $1,9 million but government opted for a luxurious private jet owned by Switzerland-based aviation management company, Comlux at a cost of $2,3 million.

“This probably excludes costs related to the crew for the eight days of the President’s State visit to China,” a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said adding Mnangagwa used Comlux’s most prized asset, the VIP Boeing 767.

According to internationally-recognised rating agent, S&P Global, Comlux is rated as an integrated group in the aviation sector specialising in Airbus and Boeing, with the former typically chartered by heads of state, royal families, business leaders or sports teams.

The aircraft includes a private bedroom with en suite bathroom, office, dining and living room, plus room for entourage and staff.

It has cargo space for over 250 bags, and can even transport multiple cars.

Comlux’s Goana describes BB767 as “probably one of the most amazing aircraft in the VIP charter markets”.

It can fly 15 hours non-stop and has a capacity to carry 60 passengers with facilities that allow the “principal to be ready for business on landing”.

Chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda yesterday said he had no information on Mnangagwa’s travel arrangments.

“I would not know such things. I deal with administration of government. (Chief of protocol, Munyaradzi) Kajese would have a better idea,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s special adviser, Christopher Mutsvangwa said:“It’s a long flight … needs non-stop capacity … Air Zimbabwe flights have no similar capacity, as they have to make a refuelling stop-over. Our bilateral State visit need not needlessly burden third countries with security and protocol.”

Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive officer, Joseph Makonese would also not be drawn into commenting on the matter, claiming he was away on holiday.

“I am not aware because I am on a break. Ask our communications manager, (Tafadzwa) Mazonde,” he said.

Mazonde was not available for comment.

Efforts to get comment from Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, Joey Bimha were futile.

The new Zanu PF leader, who seems to have taken over from where Mugabe left in terms of trips outside the country, has been to Mozambique, twice to Botswana, Namibia, DRC, Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast inside the last three months.

The government has in the past few years unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Air Zimbabwe. – NewsDay

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We have to unite as Zimbabweans ... Jealousy Mawarire
THE newly formed National Patriotic Front (NPF) says it is preparing to file a Constitutional Court challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, coupled with massive street demonstrations to force the disputed leader out of power.
“We will also make a Constitutional Court application challenging the legality of the government,” NPF spokesperson Jealous Mawarire said during a panel discussion as SAPES Trust Wednesday evening. “We have to unite as Zimbabweans and show the world that what happened in Zimbabwe was a coup.”
The panel also had NCA president Lovemore Madhuku and activist Linda Masarira. In his comments, Mawarire said the Robert Mugabe-backed party led by former cabinet minister Ambrose Mutinhiri was preparing to overwhelm the “junta” with a million protesters onto the streets. He said they have since petitioned SADC and AU over the illegality of the November 14 military “coup” which forced Mugabe out of power. “What needs to be done is action on the ground here in Zimbabwe…we are going to demonstrate against the illegality of this government we are going to mobilise people onto the streets.
“We are setting in motion various political and legal processes and we are also mobilising our people to test and to challenge the legitimacy of the junta even in the streets. “If you believed that Mugabe should have gone because you had mobilised 800,000 people at Zimbabwe Grounds, we are going to mobilise a million people and put them onto the streets of Harare.
“If any President is no longer liked or wanted by a million-plus people, he should go. So, we are going to mobilise a million people in the streets of Harare and maybe see Emmerson Mnangagwa go with his scarf.” Mawarire said the action was not intended at restoring Mugabe’s unpopular rule. The journalist turned political activist also made startling claims the President was being blocked by the military from campaigning for his first election in rural areas.
Prisoner of the military “Mnangagwa is not campaigning; the army has stopped him from accessing Zanu PF structures,” he said. “That’s why he is coming up with funny government programmes like meeting students there, meeting captains of industry there. “He is campaigning in towns and it’s very awkward…the army has taken over control of Zanu PF structures.
“They have conducted a research and came to a point that Mnangagwa is not electable. That’s what we are getting. “They are saying we have to go with a new candidate (Vice President Constantino Chiwenga) and the new candidate is not Mnangagwa … it’s an internal coup.” Madhuku, on his part, chastised Zimbabweans for being too pre-occupied with the argument of whether Mugabe’s ouster was a coup or not.
The Constitutional Law lawyer was blunt it was a coup. He also said it was unlikely the local bench could arrive at any verdict that delegitimises Mnangagwa and his government given that the country’s top most judge Chief Justice Luke Malaba is the one who swore Mnangagwa in as President last year. – NewZimbabwe