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Prime Minister , Morgan Tsvangirai Friday
warned the inclusive government would
immediately collapse if he was arrested.
The Prime Minister faces possible arrest for
contempt of court following his condemnation
of a Supreme Court ruling which set aside the
election of former Speaker of the House of
Assembly, Lovemore Moyo.
Sources in the AG’ s office said Tsvangirai was
likely to be charged under Section 82 ( 1 )
subsections ( a ) and ( b ) of the Criminal Law
( Codification and Reform ) Act .
But Tsvangirai told journalists soon after
returning from a regional tour where he was
appraising regional leaders on the deteriorating
state of affairs in the country that his arrest
would be the “ final nail to the delicate and
fragile government” .
“ Well , the thing is that if there were people who
want to arrest me, I am here and I don’ t think I
want to run away ,” Tsvangirai said .
“ I have heard about it ( the arrest) and we will
see how they proceed but that will be the last
nail in this whole delicate and fragile
government. ”
He added : “ I think people should not try to be
over reactive. People should just be calm about
it but I will , of course , be waiting to see what
the charges will be should they decide to
proceed on that .
Last week an angry-looking Tsvangirai attacked
the Supreme Court ruling on former Speaker
He said : “ The decision is a clear reflection of the
state of affairs at the Bench , the Judiciary which
in the post -Dumbutshena and post – Gubbay era
largely discredited itself by becoming a willing
appendage of Zanu PF .
“ Dubious and pro- executive decisions have been
made in this era . ”
Tsvangirai warned yesterday the country could
slide back to “ dark days ” of violence unless
regional leaders helped save the power-sharing
deal with President Robert Mugabe.
The PM said he had met leaders of Botswana ,
Mozambique , Swaziland and Zambia and
briefed them about the growing political
tensions in the country .
The security organ of Sadc which brokered the
power-sharing pact is set to meet in Zambia on
March 31 with Zimbabwe high on the agenda.
Tsvangirai said he will be meeting the Sadc
appointed facilitator in the Zimbabwean crisis,
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa this
weekend , to brief him on the situation in the
country .
“ I have told these fellow leaders that the time
for Sadc to act and deliver is now . And we are
all agreed that Zimbabwe should not be allowed
to decelerate into an implosion ,” he said .
“ I have told the Sadc leaders of the renewed
siege mood in Zimbabwe , the arbitrary arrests,
the crackdown on democratic forces in the
country and the culture of impunity that is
seriously threatening the health and the life of
the inclusive government . ”
He said the civilian authority was no longer in
charge of Zimbabwe and called on Sadc leaders
to intervene and ensure that the country does
not explode into chaos.
“ While I was away in the last four days , it
appears the civilian authority is no longer in
charge and dark and sinister forces have
engaged in a hostile take -over of running the
affairs of the country , with or without the
blessing of some leaders of the civilian
authority, ” said Tsvangirai .
“ Together with civic society and other
democratic forces , we had planned to hold a
major peace rally in Harare tomorrow ( today) to
pray for peace in the country . We had duly
notified the police as required by law. I was told
yesterday that the police have refused to allow
that peaceful rally to proceed , against the
provisions of the law and the letter and spirit of
the GPA.
“ There has been an instruction from the Police
Commissioner -General to effectively ban
meetings when there is a Cabinet decision that
no meetings should be banned . ”
Tsvangirai however said the rally would go
ahead because the ban was illegal .
Yesterday a Harare magistrate, Barbara
Chimboza, ruled the MDC-T rally should not be
held because it was not in the interest of public
order .
Lawyers representing the MDC-T were late
yesterday preparing to file an urgent High Court
application to challenge the ruling .
Police banned MDC-T rallies scheduled for this
weekend , saying Zanu PF had either booked the
venues or was holding its own rallies in close
proximity to where the MDC-T wanted to
assemble .

– Mar 18 2011 17 : 49


JOHANNESBURG – To show how the party led
by President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe uses
brute force against its opponents, Elton
Mangoma , a cabinet minister in the country ‘s
troubled power -sharing government, rolled up
a pant leg during a recent interview at his
home to reveal scars from a 2007 police
beating that he said shattered his kneecap.
” If South Africa, the African Union and the
international community fold their arms , then
Zimbabwe can descend into chaos, ” warned
Mr . Mangoma , a leader in the Movement for
Democratic Change, or M. D . C . , the party that
fought Mr . Mugabe ‘s rule for a decade before
regional leaders pressured it into governing
with him for the past two years .
On Thursday , the police came again for Mr .
Mangoma , the minister of energy and power
development, who now stands accused of
criminal abuse of office in a deal to procure
fuel – charges he denied through his lawyer.
Also on Thursday , Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court –
viewed by many as partial to Mr . Mugabe, 87 –
invalidated the 2008 election of a speaker of
Parliament from the Movement for Democratic
The day ‘s events provided yet more evidence of
Zimbabwe’s rapidly deteriorating political
situation .
” The fact of the matter is that Zimbabwe is in a
crisis ,” Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai ,
leader of the Movement for Democratic
Change, said in a statement on Thursday .
Mr . Tsvangirai , who in March 2007 was badly
beaten at the same police station where Mr .
Mangoma said he was beaten , cited signs of
what he called a campaign by Mr . Mugabe’ s
party, ZANU-PF , to ” promote chaos and fear in
the country ” : 73 meetings of the M. D . C .
banned or disrupted by the police in recent
weeks; assaults on Mr . Tsvangirai ‘s supporters
in the slums of the capital, Harare , and in the
countryside; a propaganda onslaught against
him and his party in the state- controlled media ;
and the arrest and jailing of M. D. C . leaders and
activists opposed to Mr . Mugabe ‘s 31 -year rule.
Mr . Tsvangirai , who won more votes than Mr .
Mugabe in a March 2008 general election but
withdrew before a June runoff after widespread
attacks on his supporters , contended that
members of his party were being hounded by a
police force and criminal justice system
controlled by Mr . Mugabe .
” But ZANU-PF cadres and securocrats who
murdered people in the run-up to the 27 June
election are roaming free, ” Mr . Tsvangirai said .
He said Mr . Mangoma and six activists accused
of treason after watching videos of the
uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia were ” innocent
victims of a barbaric and senseless
dictatorship . “
Mr . Mugabe ‘s supporters said that the activists
were plotting to overthrow him. Jonathan
Moyo, a member of ZANU- PF ‘s Politburo , wrote
in the Feb . 27 Sunday Mail , a state-controlled
newspaper, that with the uprisings in North
Africa, ” no doubt vigilance has become the
order of the day all around .
” Only God knows why these hopeless copycats,
whose death wish is to be arrested at the
Harare Gardens and be charged with treason in
accordance with the rule of law they love
preaching about, honestly think they can do an
Egypt or Libya in Zimbabwe,” Mr . Moyo wrote.
ZANU-PF ‘ s crackdown seems driven by anxiety
about revolutions against autocratic rulers
sweeping North Africa and the Middle East , as
well as by the party’ s own push for elections
this year – elections that leaders of the
Movement for Democratic Change have warned
could lead to another violent and discredited
election .
In interviews in recent days , spokesmen for
both Mr . Mugabe and his party have said that
the elections must happen this year .
But South Africa, tasked by regional leaders
with brokering Zimbabwe’ s power- sharing deal ,
is pushing back against Mr . Mugabe ‘s rush to
the polls with unusual vigor that marks a
surprising break with its long and much
criticized ” quiet diplomacy ” in responding to its
neighbor ‘ s decade -long economic and political
In a statement on March 1 , Marius Fransman ,
the deputy minister in South Africa’s
Department of International Relations and
Cooperation, said South Africa and the region
took the position that any election held before
Zimbabweans adopted a new constitution
through a referendum would violate the power –
sharing agreement .
Told that ZANU-PF officials had said there
would be an election this year , Lindiwe Zulu , a
special adviser to South Africa’s president ,
Jacob Zuma , said in a recent interview that
pulling one off that soon would take a miracle .
And on a recent visit to Zimbabwe, Ms. Zulu
said , Mr . Zuma ‘s team plainly voiced concern
about a recurrence of violence and
intimidation .
” If they are going to have an election by
October , they would have to do a 360-degree
turnaround at high speed, ” she said .
Even more forceful comments came from
South Africa’ s deputy president , Kgalema
Motlanthe, who acknowledged the harsh
realities confronting his own country , where
more than a third of working – age people are
jobless and often resent the estimated two
million Zimbabweans who have settled here to
escape their devastated homeland .
Mr . Motlanthe called for the next Zimbabwean
elections to be a watershed in the country ‘s
history, free of violence and observed by
international monitors from the region and
Europe, his spokesman , Thabo Masebe,
confirmed .
” It is the will of the Zimbabwean people which
must determine the future of Zimbabwe as a
country , and it is in our interest as a country
that indeed we proceed in that direction ,” Mr .
Motlanthe said last week. ” Because if we fail
and Zimbabwe implodes , literally the border
between Zimbabwe will disappear and we will
sit with all the problems. “

Published: March 11 , 2011

The Times Editorial : Our government finally
appears to be getting tough on Zimbabwe’s
long -serving authoritarian president . Despite
making all the right noises after he took over the
presidency from Thabo Mbeki , President Jacob
Zuma failed , at least publicly , to depart
significantly from his predecessor ‘s ” softly
softly” approach to dealing with President
Robert Mugabe .
As a result , many Zimbabweans , who have
endured years of misrule under the 87 -year -old
president – as well as under the increasingly
strained ” unity” government of his Zanu -PF and
Morgan Tsvangirai ‘s Movement for Democratic
Change – remain sceptical of Pretoria ‘s claim to
be an honest broker.
Mugabe and his acolytes , who control the police
and military, have sidelined Tsvangirai at every
turn, failing to consult him on key
appointments, frustrating the work of his
finance minister and arresting his supporters –
even his drivers and bodyguards – on spurious
charges. Of late, Mugabe has been threatening
to call an early election despite the fact that a
new constitution is not in place , a precondition
of the agreement underpinning the unity
Though Zuma ‘ s mediators have no doubt been
working hard behind the scenes to resolve the
differences between Zanu -PF and the MDC, the
silence from Pretoria has been deafening .
Until yesterday , that is.
Marius Fransman , the deputy minister of
international relations , took the unusual step of
saying that South Africa would not allow its
neighbour to hold an election until it had met
the outstanding conditions of the power -sharing
agreement , including the adoption of a new
constitution .
Without mentioning Mugabe by name ,
Fransman said ” any calls for an election without
the finalisation of the constitution – making
process are in breach of the [ agreement ] as well
as of the constitution of Zimbabwe . . . which
gives legitimacy to the inclusive government ” .
You can ‘ t put it more clearly than that .

Mar 1, 2011 11 : 07 PM | By The Editor, The
Times Newspaper

Contradictions are so numerous in Zanu PF ’ s
public relations machine that it is possible to
miss some of the more glaring cases .
On Sunday we were told by the Sunday Mail that
President Mugabe had left the country for a
return visit to Singapore to check on progress
on one of his eyes which had undergone a
cataract removal . His eye specialists needed to
satisfy themselves that all was in order with the
eye, we were told.
At the time those media which had speculated
that Mugabe was undergoing a procedure in
Singapore were slapped down by the president
and his spokesmen who claimed the story was a
Western plant . Now , it turns out , the story was
true . Mugabe had undergone a procedure while
in Singapore , albeit a minor one .
On the front page of the same edition of the
Sunday Mail last Sunday was a picture of eye
specialist Dr Solomon Guramatunhu examining
a patient . Dr Guramatunhu is one of the finest
eye specialists, not only in the country but in the
region. Patients referred to eye specialists in
Johannesburg have often been asked what they
are doing there when Zimbabwe has somebody
of Dr Guramatunhu ’ s skills.
So we should ask , in this era of indigenisation ,
why President Mugabe chooses to have his eyes
attended to in Singapore instead of Zimbabwe ?
And if we got it right on that one , would
Mugabe’ s spokesmen like to comment on
whether he was treated by a urologist on a
previous trip to Malaysia , another story that was
shot down by the president ’ s staff . We seem to
recall a sanctions dimension to that one !
Still on the subject of stories that have
generated interest , can somebody comment on
the president ’ s proposed trip to Ecuador .
At the time of his visit to the UN General
Assembly in New York in September , Mugabe ’ s
spokesman said a proposed visit to Anglican
Archbishop Crespo in Ecuador would have to be
postponed to December . Now it is February and
there is no sign of the trip .
Crespo , we should remind ourselves , is a
schismatic prelate who like his friend Nolbert
Kunonga has no formal connection to the
Anglican church but postures a great deal . He
visited Zimbabwe to show support for Kunonga
last year .
Can we have some clarification on plans for the
return trip which seem to have evaporated !
Meanwhile , Chinese Foreign minister Yang Jiechi
has been visiting Zimbabwe telling everybody
that sanctions should be dropped and the West
told to mind its own business.
Shouldn ’ t the Chinese be told to mind their own
business? Sanctions were imposed because of
serious misrule . If the Chinese want to associate
themselves with that delinquency and
consequent suffering of Zimbabweans they can .
But they should not expect the next government
of Zimbabwe to be as friendly towards them as
this one .
They have currently locked up a Nobel Laureate
simply because he advocated support for those
clauses in China ’ s own constitution relating to
human rights.
We liked the reference in Monday’ s Business
Herald to China as an “ all-whether ( sic ) friend ” .
The author was equally wide of the mark on
who owns what in the UK.
“ If you go to London the majority of the shops
there are owned by the British …” columnist
Kurai Masenyama declared . He has obviously
never been to London.
Here is a test for him: Who owned the largest
and most prestigious department store in
London up to last year ? And who owns it now ?
We were amused to read a story in the Sunday
Mail headed “ Chiefs to engage Queen Elizabeth
over sanctions ” .
Chief Fortune Charumbira who is now calling
himself royal , said the chiefs’ council would be
sending a high level delegation to the UK to
persuade the Queen to help end sanctions .
“ The delegation will be dispatched to the UK and
other European countries where there are royal
institutions as soon as possible ,” Charumbira
said .
This illustrates the ignorance of the chiefs.
Queen Elizabeth and other European heads of
state act on the advice of their ministers . They
would certainly not be prepared to meet
partisan chiefs who want to adopt a policy that
is calculated to damage Zimbabwe’ s recovery .
Nor would they support a policy that is designed
to deceive the Zimbabwean electorate.
In fact they would not get past the gate at
Buckingham Palace . Who is advising them with
this nonsense? There will be no engagement in
London until there is engagement here . And
that ’ s a long way off as the events of this week
demonstrate .
The Herald ’ s Masenyama told us that : “ With Cde
Ignatious Chombo already in the trenches
fighting anti -people programmes championed
by MDC-led councils throughout the country ,
Minister Kasukuwere should also take his gloves
off and step into the ring. ”
And what about you Cde Masenyama ,
promoting this belligerent agenda? Are you
going to step into the ring or leave the fighting
to Zanu PF ’ s gang of hoodlums who have been
attacking Town House and other places around
the city? When push comes to shove we will find
these brave Zanu PF pugilists are essentially
cowards .
Muckraker was reading a sports story in the
Chronicle on Monday headed “ Zim crash out of
CHAN ” about the defeat of the Warriors in
Khartoum. It all seemed rather familiar . That ’ s
perhaps because it was. The Chronicle had lifted
word for word a NewsDay story headed
“ Warriors Out ” carried on the paper’ s back
The Chronicle simply attributed their story to
“ Online” . But they failed to say it was our
Online! They are now claiming they got it from
TalkZimbabwe who in turn got it from us.
This is a very serious case of plagiarism and we
wait with interest to see how the Chronicle’ s
editor explains it . At least we know now how
the Herald “ rules the roost”!
The Sunday Times tells us that Jacob Zuma ’ s
state of the nation speech to parliament this
year was a marked improvement on last year ’ s
presentation. One reason why it was so well
received was Zuma ’ s reference to things that
mattered to his listeners . For instance he
promised to deal with the potholes
mushrooming all over Johannesburg . ANC
Mayor Masondo has been pretending they don’ t
exist. But visitors from Cape Town can
immediately see the difference .
And in this connection , we congratulate the
Harare City authorities for bringing order to the
streets of Harare with the EasiPark project . This
is something that needed doing years ago.
The visit to Zimbabwe by China ’ s Foreign
minister Yang Jiechi ( referred to above ) was a
sign that Zimbabwe was not a pariah state but
was engaging with a global heavyweight .
These were the sentiments of media analyst and
practitioner Caesar Zvayi on ZTV on Monday .
“ The visit came at a time ,” says Zvayi , “ when the
West is trying to punish Zimbabwe in the EU
meeting to review the illegal sanctions . ”
According to Zvayi the visit served to show that
China was engaging with Zimbabwe whilst the
West was trying to isolate it.
Apparently Jiechi had claimed that Zimbabwe
was “ China ’ s biggest partner in Southern Africa” ,
something the gullible state media swallowed
hook , line , and sinker . The fact that Zimbabwe
was just one of a number of countries being
visited seemed to escape their notice . Instead
there was a pathetic attempt to portray
President Mugabe as the author of the “ Look
East ” policy which other African countries were
now trying to follow .
The desperation to be seen as China ’ s foremost
partner in the region was underscored by
Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe
Mumbengegwi’ s “ paying tribute to the fact that
his Chinese counterpart chose Zimbabwe as his
first port of call on his six African nation tour” .
Yet when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited
Africa in 2007 he visited Zambia , Namibia ,
Mozambique and Seychelles and strangely
managed to overlook China ’ s “ biggest partner in
Southern Africa” . Are we missing something
here ?
Heroes’ Acre continues to lose its lustre as the
family of former Zipra intelligence chief Cornius
Nhloko, who died last Wednesday , requested
that he be buried at his rural home in Silobela.
Added to this the family of the late liberation
war stalwart Tenjiwe Lesabe who died last
Friday had already indicated they would not
have her buried at the national shrine. Instead ,
the family said she would be laid to rest at her
farm in Fort Rixon.
Didymus Mutasa, Zanu- PF secretary for
administration, said the Politburo and President
Mugabe had concurred that she had immensely
contributed to the liberation struggle .
“ We could not confer her national heroine
status , which was her rightful status because
she was not consistent when she joined Zapu
led by Dabengwa ,” said Mutasa.
“ When you become a member of Zanu -PF , a
revolutionary party , you need to be consistent
and by joining Zapu , that was deemed not to be
consistent .
Zapu members are still part and parcel of Zanu
PF because of the agreement that we signed
and nobody should go against that agreement ,”
said Mutasa.
Once again Mutasa showed that he and his
colleagues in Zanu PF cannot differentiate
between party and national issues . Luckily most
Zimbabweans now see the process for what it
is; a Zanu PF affair and want nothing to do with
it. A party , a former ruling one for that matter,
cannot continue to impose the definition of who
is a hero and who is not . It is ultimately up to
the people to decide who is a hero.
And Didymus, by the way, is definitely not one .

Friday , 18 February 2011 10 : 01

Zimbabwean civil society and
political activists expressed
concern Monday that South
African President Jacob Zuma ‘s
appointment as a mediator in
the Ivory Coast crisis could
distract him from his existing
responsibilities in Harare ‘s own
troubles .
Mr . Zuma has been mediating
between the ZANU-PF party of
President Robert and the
Movement for Democratic
Change formation of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on
behalf of the Southern African
Develoment Community since
Wrapping up a summit in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, the
African Union named Mr . Zuma
to a five -member taskforce
assigned to mediate between
Ivorian President Laraunt
Bagbo, who lost last year ’ s
election but has refused to hand
over power to opposition leader
Allassane Ouattara ,
internationally recognised as the
The panel also includes the
presidents of Tanzania ,
Mauritania, Burkina Faso and
Chad. The announcement
scotched media speculation in
Harare’ s Herald and Newsday
papers that President Robert
Mugabe might be tapped for the
mediation panel .
Zimbabwe was not on the AU
agenda but sources said Mr .
Zuma would raise the Harare
issue with heads of state well
informed on the situation late
Monday. AU leaders were taken
up with more acute crises in
Egypt , Ivory Coast, Tunisa and
Somalia .
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
spokesman Philip Pasirai said
President Zuma ’ s inclusion in
the Ivorian task force will tend
to shift his focus away from
Zmbabwe .
” That is an obvious distraction
from the all- important issue of
Zimbabwe,” he ” Mr . Zuma has a
lot on his plate already and any
additional load will prove too
much to handle. “
Pasirai’s sentiments were shared
by Nhlanhla Dube , spokesman
for the MDC formation headed
by Welshman Ncube . Dube told
reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that
Mr . Zuma should strike a
balance between the Ivory
Coast crisis and the situation in
” If it was an issue of involving
someone in the SADC region ,
we would have thought of
former South African President
Thabo Mbeki who has
experience with leading
negotiations to join the Ivorian
panel . Mr . Zuma should have
been left to focus on
Zimbabwe,” Dube said .
The AU meanwhile , elected
Equatorial Guinea President
Teodoro Obiang Nguema as its
new chairman under a rotation
system , replacing Malawi
President Bingu Wa Mutharika .
Critics see Mr . Nguema as a
dictator with little regard for
human rights or democracy .
In his acceptance remarks
President Nguema called on
African leaders to unite and find
lasting solutions afflicting the
continent, including poverty and
strife .
” Africa must focus on the
dialogue for a peaceful
negotiaed solution to the
conflicts that ravage our towns .
Africa must assume , more than
ever before , a leading role not
just on the continent but in the
international arena ,” Nguema
The AU summit was also
attended by United Nations
Secretary -General Ban Ki -moon
and French President Nicholas
Sarkozy at the invitation of the
continental body .