Who exactly is this Radical Soldier? By the time we need to write his obituary....it will be too late to ask. Please also check www.zimfinalpush.blogspot.com and related websites.

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Saturday, 31 March 2007

Dear Dr John Makumbe,

We heard you "LIVE" on Radio "702" here in South africa giving an Ultimatum to the South Africans about their expected role in the resolution of the Mugabe-made crisis in Zimbabwe!
We agree with you in full and we are asking you issue that particular ultimatum in writing so we can post it on our blogsites!
We hold you in the highest esteem and we thank you for your kindest co-operation in this regard!
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.
Cell: 0791463039 RSA.


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Friday, 30 March 2007


We are starving; we will eat your teargas!!!
 - Zimbabwe National Students Union
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
has resolved that:
  • All workers be mobilised to stay away from work from 3 to 4 April 2007
  • National actions will be called for after every three months and they will be incremental until the situation improves
Poverty. Hyperinflation. Oppression. Unemployment. Failure of basic services.
  • Show your disagreement with how our country is being mismanaged and SUPPORT the ZCTU and STAY AWAY ON 3 and 4 April 2007
  • Read the ZCTU communique about the stay away on http://www.zctu.co.zw/html/stmts/21906.shtm or contact them for more information, on email info@zctu.co.zw or phone +263-4-794702/42 or +263-4-702517.
  • Lobby your friends and colleagues - forward this email on to them.
Let the workers organise. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labour is the future of Zimbabwe.


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Wednesday, 28 March 2007

"GIVE MUGABE A BREAK!" says uninformed Blogger!

Zimbabwe News: Give President Mugabe A Break

Give Mugabe, Zimbabweans a break

27 Mar 2007
By Hillary Joseph

So, Robert Mugabe is the bad guy, the villain, the dictator, the demon, the nyang'au of all the African leaders. And so? He must go, they say. Mugabe is the problem in Zimbabwe.

The high inflation rate is caused by Mugabe, high unemployment rate is because of Mugabe, the deteriorating farm produce is traced to Mugabe, and the drought is caused by Mugabe.

So, Mugabe is killing his own people, he is killing the nation, the nation he fought so hard to build, and therefore he must go.

Indeed, this vile man must go. But wait a minute, who is saying all this? Who is this fellow or fellows demonising Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, calling him all sorts of foul names?

Is it the people of Zimbabwe? Is it Tsvangirai and his workers union centred in urban areas? Or is it the big brothers watching from the UK and America?

Yes, it is true that the people in Zimbabwe are suffering, just like many other people in poor African countries and elsewhere are suffering, perhaps a bit worse than in some countries.

Is it that Mugabe has been in office for too long a time? Or perhaps is it because there have been no ``free and fair`` (according to British and American standards) elections in Zimbabwe simply because the opposition, no, specifically because Tsvangirai did not win?

Oh!!! What happened to history? Why do the Western and other Press which demonise Mugabe refuse to acknowledge the historical facts which have pushed Mugabe to where he is now so unfairly cornered?

The British and the Americans who pretend to be incensed by Mugabe`s actions and pronouncements know very well that they are the cause of all the destruction in Zimbabwe, politically and economically.

Are we already forgetting how Zimbabweans suffered under the British rule? And the British rule includes the period of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) declared by Ian Smith. The UK had all the powers to contain Smith and crush the UDI. The UK refused to take action.

Civilized world cried foul but the British was adamant, perhaps understandably so, for how could they take action against their kith and kin? Rhodesians (not Zimbabweans) were white and the blacks had no room in white Rhodesia.

Of course there were some selected black Rhodesians like the Tsvangirai of the yesteryears, but they were there to serve specific purposes for the white, just like Tsvangirai of today is there to serve some specific purpose for the British.

Because that country `belonged` to Rhodesians, the blacks had to be kicked out from the fertile lands to the arid areas, the reserves, as they were called. There, they had to eke out their living.

But the white Rhodesians were not satisfied with kicking out the blacks from the fertile lands, they followed them to the dry lands and planted anthrax and other biological poisons in their cattle and the black man`s cattle died in their thousands. The soil was poisoned and could not produce anything. Zimbabweans died in their thousands also.

Not only that, but Smith did many unspeakable things to the Mugabes, and it was OK for the British. After all, the Mugabes were blacks.

Because the blacks were pushed to arid land, devoid of any reliable means of survival, they went back to toil for the whites, and that was what the whites wanted, cheap labour.

But the great patience of the blacks reached breaking point and snapped. They wanted their land back.

The British played dumb. Smith said ``over my dead body.`` The people of Zimbabwe resorted to the only other means available too them - spears, machetes, clubs and occasionally, a gun or two. And all hell broke loose.

The wrath of Smith and the British descended heavily with sophisticated weaponry on the poorly armed Zimbabweans fighting for their basic rights, their survival. Many Zimbabweans paid their ultimate price; many were maimed for life, physically and psychologically.

The gallant Zimbabweans did not give up, a much superior force against them notwithstanding. They had a cause, a noble cause, a much superior cause to fight for. They were fighting for survival. In some small way, the war was taking some toll on the Rhodesians too.

The British thought it was too much, more of their kith and kin were falling victim to the war. So they said enough and asked the Mugabes to sit together at the same table with Smith at Lancaster House in London. Zimbabweans were granted their deserved independence.

It was here that the seed of betrayal was sowed. The demands of the Zimbabweans were clearly spelt out there and the British agreed to finance the compensations of the settlers in Zimbabwe who would be required to relinquish some of their farms (not all) to the Zimbabwean government to be distributed to the landless.

The Mugabes were very considerate indeed, considering the circumstances. They agreed to give the settlers ten years grace period after which the British were supposed to start compensating them.

What happened? Not only did the British not fulfill their part of the bargain, but they also dung up what the Zimbabweans call the stooge, Tsvangirai and financed him instead, in the hope that Mugabe would be removed sooner and let the settlers stay.

Tsvangirai is now fighting for ``freedom.`` Freedom from Zimbabweans? Freedom from his own people? Where was he when true sons of Zimbabwe were in the bush fighting for freedom from the colonialists? Freedom from humiliation, and discrimination, and segregation, and torture and killings at the hands of Smith and his clique.

True sons of Zimbabwe who were not only beaten up, but were murdered by the Smith regime.

Tsvangirai has the temerity to shout at the man who gave him the voice to speak in public. Could he have made such noise to Smith? He was there, wasn`t he?

I do not want to tango with the church, but it gives me the nausea when I hear some Bishop is shouting on top of his voice that he would lead a protest march against Mugabe, and he is ready to die for that. Ready to die, indeed?

Where was the church when the Mugabes were persecuted by Smith, and by extension, the British? Was the Bishop too young then to understand what was going on in Zimbabwe?

I shudder to think that the Big Brothers in London and Washington are now turning to the clergy to sow seeds of discord among Zimbabweans, knowing the effect of this on the minds and hearts of the faithful.

God forbid.

And now, the British, the Americans and Australians want to use African leaders to put pressure on Mugabe. For what?

For the settlers to claim back the land they once grabbed from Zimbabweans? Do they want to go back to Rhodesia? No, thank you. And, please, give Mugabe and Zimbabwe a break.


MDC leaders must not mislead youths

By Reason Wafawarova
Zimbabwe Herald

THE fractious MDC's hasty, ill conceived "defiance campaign" was nothing but a poorly disguised act of rebellious banditry vaingloriously paraded as a fight for democratic change.

The fact that the campaign was readily blessed by Western news agencies proved that the MDC is an anarchy-oriented party of mercenaries bent on furthering the Western agenda.

Without Western media sympathy and biased coverage, stripped of the propaganda against President Mugabe and the Government along with lies of alleged stuffing of ballot boxes, the MDC is an outfit of thugs, snivelling donor mongers, mercenaries, political opportunists led by a treacherous lapdog figurehead personified by Morgan Tsvangirai.

The deal between the MDC and the West is a simple one where the West's traditional quest to occupy economic space in resource-filled less developed countries is to be pursued by ensuring that willing poodles whose official tag can be anything from moderate, democratic or even statesman are put into office.

The fact of the matter is that the leadership of the MDC is made up of hopeless pseudo-politicians with no acumen to assume national leadership by popular mandate. They would rather depose strong leaders through sponsored anarchy and ungovernability.

It never occurs to the MDC that countries with growing economies across the world hold elections in which the opposition is beaten, but it never works to destroy the achievements of political competitors.

Ironically, the best examples to illustrate this are in the same countries that backing the MDC financially and politically in its destructive campaign to destroy the economy.

Tsvangirai promised to violently remove President Mugabe way back in 1999.

He followed this statement with calls for sanctions that he even extended to South Africa.

While South Africa ignored Tsvangirai's madness, the duplicitous West responded to the call; which in fact was their own call they had made by proxy through one of the most outstanding poodles to emerge in Southern Africa, a region where puppet politicking had been less successful for America and its allies.

Tsvangirai comes from the shoulders of villains like Moise Tshombe of the DRC, the reformed Alfonso Dhlakama of Mozambique, the slain Jonasi Savimbi of Angola and Zimbabwe's own disgraced Bishop Abel Muzorewa.

Anyway, Tsvangirai's desperation to please his sponsors saw him announcing an abortive mass stay away in 2002, followed by the final push rhetoric of 2003.

In 2004 and 2005, Zimbabwe was spared Tsvangirai's nonsense as he redirected his thuggery at perceived enemies within his own party.

Then his "A-team" of hoodlums took its "struggle" to the doorstep of the likes of Peter Guhu, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, and Timothy Mubhawu who are really lucky to be alive today, according to David Coltart's version of the events.

Tsvangirai's banditry reached its peak on October 12 2005 when the MDC split needless to say the West was less than amused to see their snake biting itself instead of the heel of their nemesis, Zanu-PF.

After a year of embarrassment and humiliation, the West directed US ambassador Christopher Dell to work with Britain's Andrew Pocock, who read the riot act to Tsvangiari and his cohorts.

It is now common knowledge that Dell ordered all the Western-funded feuding parties to unite and revive the anti-Zimbabwe banditry before both Tony Blair and George W. Bush leave office without President Mugabe as a trophy.

It was not difficult to get Lovemore Madhuku's NCA to comply, neither was it hard to get Tsvangirai's acquiescence along with the support-less Arthur Mutambara.

These are mercenaries who understand the language of money the way angels are said to understand spiritual tongues and so Dell cajoled them with a package of financial incentive and veiled threats.

Some uncouth church leaders were blasphemously roped in to manage the union of convenience and the barbaric war against the police was launched.

The police naturally refused to be fodder for the perennial losers. They stood their ground so resolutely that the West found itself on the back foot, calling for reinforcement by way of severe sanctions, whatever that means; in addition to hopelessly hunting for elusive support from South Africa and other African states.

Everyone, even sporting teams, is being coerced to reinforce the weak coalition of the feuding opposition factions in order to realise Dell's dream of doing a Milosevic in Zimbabwe.

The MDC's rebellious thuggery and wanton destructive conduct cannot pass for a struggle for democracy, let alone freedom as touted by the parties opposition media mouthpieces.

Theirs is plain criminal behaviour as exemplified by the MDC's dead "heroes" among them Learnmore Judah Jongwe and Gift Tandare.

The MDC's decision to rope in a handful of pliant clergymen, misguided students, and confused trade unionists into its campaign does not make the crusade noble or democratic.

The MDC's resolve assault police officers for purposes of defying the rule of law and the authority of a constitutionally elected government can never be seen as anything other than wanton banditry.

Zimbabweans fought for the one-man one-vote political system that was denied people by the forces sponsoring violence in the country. The recipients of filthy Western lucre have shown no willingness to promote democracy through elections that they selectively respect when results go their way, but condemn when they lose.

To this end, they believe only their 41 members in the House of Assembly and seven Senators are bona fide elected politicians while everyone else, including Jonathan Moyo, is an illegitimate product of rigging.

Why do those in the MDC, who pass themselves off as democrats, comfortable with the prospect of power without mandate?

The MDC and its handlers must be reminded in no uncertain terms that the route to power in Zimbabwe is through the ballot box not via induced anarchy or the suffering of the people.

Instead of plotting clandestine attacks on police officers, MDC leaders must come up with tangible policies on how best to arrest inflation, increase production and create black-owned wealth.

Zimbabwe does not need street terrorism; it needs a battle of minds competing for the betterment of the country.

Most importantly, MDC leaders must not mislead youths into mistaking anarchists for heroes and we need to share one history and one heritage just like other nations, among them settler colonies like the USA.

Confusion reigns in MDC camps

Harare Bureau

THE decision to lift the temporary ban on political rallies and demonstrations by the Officer Commanding Chitungwiza Police, Chief Superintendent Alex Chagwedera, has thrown the MDC into confusion with the Mutambara faction "cancelling" a rally it had pencilled in for St Mary's Huruyadzo Shopping Centre at the last minute.

This comes in the wake of the Tsvangirai faction's poorly attended rally held at Chiwaridzo shops in Bindura where Engineer Elias Mudzuri was jeered by onlookers as he addressed about 20 people believed to be the party's office bearers in the town.

In a statement announcing the cancellation, the Mutambara faction's deputy secretarygeneral, Ms Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga, accused the Government of trying to divide the opposition by sanctioning the rally.

"The seriousness of Zanu-PF in allowing our rally to proceed at the eleventh hour is criminal and typical of a regime bent on fomenting disunity among Zimbabweans … The MDC Defiance campaign will continue unabated of a divided opposition grateful to receive mercies from an illegitimate regime.

"'We will not allow Zanu-PF to set the agenda in Zimbabwe. We will not allow ZanuPF to divide and rule the opposition," she charged.

Though her camp says it does not recognise the rival Tsvangirai faction, Ms Misiharabwi-Mushonga surprisingly said the cancellation was a gesture of solidarity with the rival group.

"If Zanu-PF, which has no moral authority to do so, denies Morgan Tsvangirai the right to hold a rally Arthur Mutambara will never accept to proceed with such a rally. Equally so, if Arthur Mutambara is denied the right to hold a rally then Morgan Tsvangirai should never agree to accept the dishonest gestures of Zanu-PF."

Efforts to get comments from the Tsvangirai faction were fruitless.

The MP for St Mary's, Mr Job Sikhala stormed The Herald newsroom yesterday holding a letter dated 21 March and signed by Officer Commanding Chitungwiza District, Chief Supt Chagwedera denying him permission to hold the rally.

The letter, however, clearly stated that police would constantly review the situation and advise him of any developments ahead of the rally.

On Saturday, Police Chitungwiza announced that Mr Sikhala could proceed with the rally, which announcement was carried on television and all radio stations.

Mr Sikhala insisted that he needed written communication.

He was, however, evasive as to why he had become a stickler for the law, when only two weeks ago, he was ready to break it by attending an unsanctioned rally at Zimbabwe Grounds claiming that was a prayer meeting.

Since the ban on political rallies and demonstrations were effected last month, the MDC factions accused the Government of "closing democratic" space, and filed various court challenges to have the bans revoked.

This is why the refusal by the Mutambara camp to proceed with a sanctioned rally came as a surprise to many people.

Observers, however, say the cancellation of the rally puts into perspective the opposition's "defiance campaign" as a crusade of destabilisation and not a quest for democracy.

Police intensify probe into train bombing

Chronicle Reporter

POLICE said yesterday investigations into the petrol bombing of a Harare-Bulawayo passenger train at the weekend had intensified.

Chief police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said a manhunt was underway to arrest the hooligans.

"We are carrying out investigations on the train bombing and we hope to close in on the suspects soon," he said.

Asst Comm Bvudzijena said no arrest had been made so far but maintained that police would fight such violent tendencies.

He warned that law enforcement agents would deal with unruly elements without fear or favour.

The attack was believed to have been politically motivated.

More than 750 people are lucky to be alive after unknown assailants petrolbombed a Bulawayo bound train in Harare's Mufakose suburb on Friday night.

A twomonth pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage while four other people including the train driver, were injured in the stampede that followed the attack.

Friday's attack was the third in as many weeks. Two weeks ago, three police officers sustained serious burns when Marimba police station in Mufakose was petrol bombed. Sakubva police station in Mutare was also petrol bombed damaging dockets and property in the process.

President Mugabe has also condemned the orgy of violence and was last week backed by Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.

The church organisations called for an end to acts of violence.


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Mugabe gives police licence to kill

Police officers throughout Zimbabwe have now been authorised to use firearms against civilians whenever violence erupts on the streets. They have been told that if they shoot a civilian dead they will not face a murder charge.
A source at Harare central police headquarters confirmed today that this decision was taken on Monday morning at a regular briefing meeting. On Monday afternoon the instruction was radioed to police stations throughout the country.
Each police officer is to have a daily allocation of five rounds of ammunition, and stocks are sufficient for the entire Zimbabwe force.
"Authorities fear that if the police do not adopt a hard stance against the growing number of violent activities, the situation might get out of hand," said the source.
He referred to the petrol bombing
Police are being urged to use lethal force following an upsurge in street protests
last week of a crowded passenger train from Harare to Bulawayo, when fortunately only five people were injured. "They anticipate further violence after the lifting of bans on political rallies and the impending strike called by the trade unions in early April," he said.
The move to arm all police, even those with no training in weaponry and its use, is thought also to have come after a March 12 memo to the Zimbabwean government from Police Chief Augustine Chihuri.
In the memo - reported in this column on March 21 - Chihuri said he needed to spend Z$5 trillion (£125m) to get his force up to strength, re-trained and re-equipped.
It is not known whether he has yet sourced all or part of that money. But the Central Bank of Zimbabwe has a simple method to finance projects which are deemed urgent. It just prints the money.


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Tuesday, 27 March 2007


Quo vadis Zimbabwe?

By Trevor Ncube

Last updated: 03/26/2007 01:28:45


WITH horror, we have looked at Zimbabwe and seen the whiplashes of a panicking regime. But now what? Now what, after the welts are healing and the worst of the blood has been staunched?

Examination will show us that to chronicle this as the work of a desperate regime is inaccurate. It is the deliberate strategy of President Robert Mugabe, whose bid to extend his rule until 2010 has failed.

He therefore believes violence might secure him extended political tenure.

As Zimbabweans who believe in our country, we must begin to plot a way forward that is not dependent on Mugabe, Zanu-PF or even the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The best way forward will be to begin assembling the building blocks of a negotiated settlement that will result in a new rights-based constitution.

Here’s why.

Mugabe has no intention of stepping down any time soon, for a number of reasons. His own explanation is that Zanu-PF is currently divided over the succession issue and needs him to face the opposition. This is a crisis of his own making for he has not put a succession plan in place or created an environment in his own party that would allow for the emergence of a new leader.

He also fears prosecution for human rights abuses perpetrated against innocent Zimbabweans since independence in 1980. These include the Matabeleland massacres, the violent land invasions that saw hundreds of white commercial farmers and opposition activists killed and the Murambatsvina atrocity, which the United Nations report recommended should be referred to The Hague. And he continues to add to these crimes with the current round of violent attacks on opposition activists.

Playing on Mugabe’s mind must be the arrest of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor on war crimes charges, the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic for human rights abuses and the recent events in Iraq. Thus, the main reason for staying in office is not because he has a vision of a better Zimbabwe under his leadership, but because the office offers him protection from prosecution for human rights abuses. For the sake of progress, Zimbabweans may have to consider guaranteeing him immunity under certain conditions.

Zimbabweans have already suffered long enough and there is no price too high to pay for peace. They will have to choose between continued violence and pardoning Mugabe if he leaves office now. This demands political maturity and the international community will have no alternative but to take its cue from Zimbabweans. Should this immunity be extended to all his close associates? This could be worth considering in exchange for full disclosures of all documented human rights abuses.

It is important to realise that unless this is done Mugabe is prepared to use violence against all Zimbabweans calling for change to a more democratic dispensation. Zimbabweans must pay the ransom so that they are freed from Mugabe’s violent clutches. People desperately need a chance to live and dream again and only Mugabe, and those whose fortunes are wedded to his, stand in the way of this. Mugabe has nothing to lose and is prepared to take the country down with him, but he must not be allowed to succeed in this evil scheme.

With Mugabe gone, we could contemplate the future and its challenges. As part of the transition to a new Zimbabwe we will have to draw a line in the sand and ensure that we don’t allow another Mugabe to emerge from our midst. An all-party negotiated constitution on the South African model, which is rights-based, would be a necessary foundation stone for a new Zimbabwe.

It is instructive that violence, as a political tool, has worked perfectly for Mugabe so far. The current round of violence is partly intended to divert attention away from calls within Zanu-PF for him to step down. Mugabe has orchestrated the violence against the weak and divided MDC as a way of focusing his divided party on an outside enemy. Mugabe hopes that the factions in his party will buy this ruse, rally to his call to eliminate an ineffectual opposition and help him purchase a few more years in office. The violence is also intended to send a clear message to those within his party who are opposed to him. The message is that they too could come to suffer at the hands of his band of hired thugs.

It appears that, for the moment, the two factions opposed to Mugabe are not taken in by his diversionary tactics. They have woken up to the fact that he is using them to achieve his personal goals. They are realising that there is no national purpose to be served by Mugabe’s selfish political survival project. Indeed, his indication last week that he wants to run in 2008 is another tactic meant to force his enemies within Zanu-PF to fall in line and campaign for him under the threat that if he loses, so will the party.

He is using the epoch to cement the image of himself as synonymous with the ruling party when power groupings had begun to imagine a Zanu-PF without him. In this regard, calls by Tony Blair this week for more political sanctions play into Mugabe’s hands and force his protagonists in the party into an uncomfortable corner with him.

Two powerful factions within the ruling party want Mugabe out of office. These factions take credit for defeating Mugabe’s 2010 project. The more powerful of the two is led by retired general Solomon Mujuru, whose wife, Joyce, is one of Mugabe’s vice-presidents. A year ago, this faction was on the ascendancy, but has clearly fallen out of favour, as evidenced by Mugabe’s attack on the Mujurus’ ambitions.

The flavour of the moment is the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led faction, which suffered a major reversal of fortunes following the Tsolotsho incident in 2004. Now Mugabe, as part of a divide and rule tactic, is making this faction believe it is his preferred heir. It would be political folly for the Mnangagwa camp to derive a false sense of comfort from Mugabe’s political embrace. He will dump them as soon as they become a real threat and once he is secure again. Make no mistake, politics in Zimbabwe is about Mugabe and nothing else.

And Mugabe has his own faction fighting for his survival, in the top echelons of the army, the police and the intelligence services. It must be noted, however, that there are deep divisions within the middle and lower ranks of the uniformed forces which mirror the three factions in the party.

Two things are instructive as Zimbabweans ponder the way forward. The first of these is that the defeat of Mugabe’s 2010 project was delivered by forces for change within Zanu-PF and had little to do with pressure from the opposition or the international community. Secondly, the weakness of the opposition MDC, unfortunate as it is, removed an outside threat for Zanu-PF, focusing the party on internal dynamics and causing deep divisions and the realisation that Mugabe is the problem. This points to the fact that Zanu-PF’s internal dynamics might be key in finding a way out of Zimbabwe’s crisis and that the MDC might not be the place to look for relief. While this is an unpopular view it is a pragmatic one, informed by the current weakness of the MDC and the potential offered by reformers in the ruling party.

Equally important is the evidence that Zimbabwe’s problems are far bigger than Zanu-PF and the MDC put together. We need to disabuse ourselves of the notion that talks between the MDC and Zanu-PF will solve Zimbabwe’s problems. A durable solution requires getting a broad section of Zimbabweans talking to each other about their problems and structuring the future together. This is clearly not a winner-takes-all strategy, but a process of negotiating how Zimbabwe’s future is going to be ordered. For this project to have wider purchase, trade unions, the churches, business and all other civil society players will have to be involved.

What Zimbabwe needs from the region and the international community is an honest broker who commands respect from all players. Zimbabweans have become so polarised that it would be difficult to find anybody internally to play this role. First, there must be an acknowledgement that we need to talk to each other, followed by agreement on the issues to talk about. We need to tear up the Lancaster House constitution and start afresh, fashioning a progressive rights-based founding law.

We would then need to agree on an electoral law and the rules of engagement and invite the international community to help run a democratic election whose outcome would form an important bedrock for the future. We would need to put in place a process to rebuild key national institutions such as Parliament, the army, the police force and intelligence.

Our people must realise that they have the power to elect and that they have the power to recall.

Our recent past tells us that we have lost our humanity and respect for each other, and we need to define who we are. Our national psyche has been poisoned by Zanu-PF discourse and we need to cleanse it, and rebase our norms and values. We need to confront the ghosts of our recent past and decide how we deal with them in a fair and just manner so that they don’t revisit us in the future. We are where we are largely because we failed to deal with troubling issues relating to our war of liberation which have all come back to haunt us.

Talk of peace, justice and reconciliation will find few takers among the hardliners in the opposition and the ruling party. But we should refuse to have extremists on both sides dictating a narrow political agenda to the nation. Zimbabweans have been brutalised and dehumanised, and need political maturity, not grandstanding from their leaders. Indeed, Zimbabweans desperately need a visionary leadership.

This all-inclusive political approach takes cognisance of the fact that while the MDC has played a significant role in confronting Mugabe’s dictatorial regime, it is far from ready to govern. On the other hand, while Zanu-PF is largely responsible for our current predicament, there are some good people in the ruling party who are prepared to play a role in fashioning a new Zimbabwe. However, apart from simply wanting to dislodge Mugabe and grab power, none of the Zanu-PF factions has shown it has a plan for the country and that it can be trusted to govern on its own. Thus a new Zimbabwe will have to be the outcome of a collective and consultative national effort.

Brutus in Julius Caesar offers us a way forward: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.”

Indeed, we face a choice between violent and peaceful change and we need to make the right choice for the future of our country.

Trevor Ncube is chief executive and publisher of the Mail & Guardian and publisher and executive chairperson of the Zimbabwe Independent

Mr Trevor Ncube's Article on the Exit Options for Mr Robert Mugabe!

Can someone urgently send me the article and the links thereof!


Please urgently assist!


Please send to mufarostig@yahoo.co.uk


Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.



Rev Simon Nkomo's Comments!

Your article has raised some so many serious points about the crisis in Zimbabwe that it left me wonder if you actually remember yourself the abolition of slavery. If you do not, I can suddenly assure you Mr. Mugabe - and not his home oppositions and foreign enemies - actually does. Even the African Muslim website www.esinislam.com known for its negative approaches on Western news strikes the balance on Zimbawe's conditions

As a senior Envagelist and active minister of the anglican Church, I have begun to accept the suggestions of the African Muslim website www.esinislam.com that the Africans feel they could relate to Islam because it does not support the oppressors. I had just come out of this so-called pan-African onesided site angry and depressed only to reach your site from a BBC link and get even worse enraged and disturbed.

To say your comment about Mbeki's silent policies as an encouragemnt for Mugabe is depressing is an understatement. Though, I found your article extremely informative and rich in its styles, your indirect attacks on other African leaders is as disturbing as for me as a pastor to turn to those African Muslims at www.esinislam.com, especially their Sheikh the West African academic Sheikh Adelabu for a baptism. It's wrecking! The Zimbabwean deserve respect of all commentators for the one they had chosen to be their leader. It's Mugabe - whatever his enemies say about him - an elected president. Period!

Simon Nkomo
I'm not very sure which particular article Rev Nkomo refers to.
Rev M S Hove.


Peace and Tranquility???
Peace and Tranquility???
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Monday, 26 March 2007


Press Statement

24 March 2007

MDC Rejects ZANU-PF Divide and Rule Tactics

The MDC unequivocally rejects with total contempt attempts by the rogue
regime of Robert Mugabe to divide the democratic forces in the opposition.

Today the 24th of March 2007, the government announced through its media
mouthpieces that it had allowed the MDC to proceed to hold a rally in St
Mary's Chitungwiza., barely three days after it had formally written to the
MDC and advised that it would not sanction such a rally. It is very clear to
us in the MDC that the tainted olive branch being proffered by the
dysfunctional Mugabe regime is no more than sugar coated poison aimed at
dividing an opposition that is united to ensure that the regime will never
have another moment of peace until it is driven out.

The Government of Robert Mugabe has no iota of a moral right or authority to
decide on who should or should not hold a rally. As a Party, we do not
believe that our survival or our political fortunes depend on holding
rallies sanctioned by anyone, ZANU-PF for that matter. We reject in the
strongest of terms any attempt at such a suggestion. It should be clear to
Robert Mugabe and his surrogates that selective application of the law will
never have any takers in the democratic movement. If ZANU-PF, which has no
moral authority to do so denies Morgan Tsvangirai the right to hold a rally-
Arthur Mutambara will never accept to proceed with such a rally. Equally so,
if Arthur Mutambara is denied the right to hold a rally- then Morgan
Tsvangirai should never agree to accept the dishonest gestures of ZANU-PF.

Mugabe should know in very clear and uncertain terms that any injury
inflicted on one democratic force is a clear assault on all forces.

The seriousness of ZANU-PF in allowing our rally to proceed at the eleventh
hour is criminal and typical of a regime bent on fermenting disunity among
Zimbabweans. If at all ZANU-PF was serious, it should have given the people
of Zimbabwe and Chitungwiza in particular a public apology. From the time
that we announced that we would hold a rally in Chitungwiza, the amount of
abuse that has been visited upon our supporters is horrific. The Member of
Parliament for St Mary's home was ransacked and he was hounded into hiding
as if he is a common criminal, several party supporters were assaulted
brutalized and arrested, as late as this afternoon.

The evil nature of ZANU-PF and their total disdain for the opposition is
typified in this weak willed attempt at giving civil liberties. Robert
Mugabe can keep his benevolence, until the day that he publicly and with a
great show of contrition apologizes for the deaths of Gift Tandare and Itai
Manyeruke. There must be public display of remorse for the brutal assaults
on all opposition leaders over the last two weeks. We thank Mugabe for
nothing and never shall we beg him for anything. People of Zimbabwe will
reclaim their rights, by any means necessary.

The principle of the MDC Defiance Campaign is not that we will only
participate in rallies that have been outlawed by ZANU-PF but rather it is a
rejection of ZANU-PF machinations in all their forms. We do not depend on
ZANU-PF whims to grant the people their right to exercise their inalienable
rights. We therefore choose to defy the half hearted and evil gesture of
ZANU-PF of purportedly allowing us to hold a rally in St Mary's while
denying everyone else the same right. Let it be clear to Mugabe today that
no genuine democratic force will pander to the illusionary whims of ZANU-PF
and agree to crumbs of justice unwillingly dropped from his ivory tower,

The MDC demands that ZANU-PF unconditionally and without any shadow of
selective application of laws and rights, immediately return to all citizens
of Zimbabwe their right to freedom of Assembly and Association that it has
criminally usurped. ZANU-PF should further apologise to the Zimbabwean
people for its crimes against humanity and forthwith restore all civil
liberties unconditionally.

The MDC Defiance campaign will continue unabated. It will not be railroaded
by such feeble and distasteful fantasies by ZANU-PF of a divided opposition
grateful to receive mercies from an illegitimate regime. We will not allow
ZANU-PF to set he agenda in Zimbabwe. We will not allow ZANU-PF to divide
and rule the opposition.

Consequently, the MDC will not participate in a ZANU-PF sanctioned rally in
Chitungwiza on the 25th of March 2007.

It is defiance or death, and we choose to defy and confront.

Hon P. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

MDC Deputy Secretary General


I think many of us have seen movies/films that have a very complex plot!
To the real deep thinker, the more complex the plot, the more exciting the movie!
One that has really been great to me was "THE FUGITIVE."
A very successful Medical Doctor rushes home to find his front door open.
He rushes up the steps and is nearly knocked over by a man rushing down.
Someone had informed him that his wife's life was in danger, so he decides whether to go down the steps to try and apprehend the intruder that has descended down from his bedroom or to continue up the stairs to check on his wife.
(As we are to learn later, the person who had informed him that his wife was in danger was the very person who had sent the assassin to kill his wife!)
When he gets to the bed-room door, his wife is lying in a pool of blood and is already through to 911 and she manages to say, " Richard, attacked, Richard, dying."
When Richard, the husband, checks her out he finds that she has been struck by some metal object and is indeed dying.
Then he manages to replace the receiver and calls for the Police to proceed immediately to his house.
Incidentally, the Police were already at his door having received an urgent report that a caller had made a call from a number traced to his to the effect a certain Richard was murdering her!
So the Police rush up the stairs and immediately arrest Richard!
The only person who would have freed Richard was already dead, and that was the wife!
She would have clarified that 911 had misunderstood her call!
Her message had included Richard's name only because she saw him as she was making her desperate 911 call and therefore the message really was both to Richard and to the (already dialled 911) that she was dying of wounds inflicted on her body (but not necessarily inflicted by Richard.)
Then started the troubles that were to make Richard (a normally respectable figure in the Community) turn into a FUGITIVE (ONE THAT IS ON THE RUN, FLEEING THE "ARM OF THE LAW!"
The Prosecutors had produced in Court what they called "A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE" which was the recorded 911 call that had been made by the dying wife!
So apart from Richard himself (and the group that had master-minded the dastardly act); no-one else knew that Richard was innocent!
By some strange set of circumstances, he managed to flee from a Prison Van and went into the woods to hide and to plan how to investigate the murder of his wife!
So here was an innocent man, hiding in the woods, being both a "FUGITIVE" and a "PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR" to the murder mystery of which he had already been convicted by a Competent Court!
But there is another plot!
There is a gang of criminals.They wreck real havoc in the community.A new policeman is very zealous to get rid of the gang.He collects all the information.
He gets the leads that will definitely get the gang "nabbed".He tells his boss of the clarity of the evidence,
On the day when he is sure the gang will be caught in action, he informs his boss of his intricate plans. He is so happy that at last the gang will be nabbed and the community will be free of harassment.What surprises him, though, is the cold nature of his boss's responses whenever he mentions the progress of the investigations.
His boss just gives cold, standard replies. But the "policeman instinct" in him tells him there is something terribly weird but he never seems to get to bottom of the story.
But just before he leaves his office one day, something catches his attention.
A message meant for his boss is erroneously delivered to his office.
The message simply says: " The new bastard in your.bloody Dept is spoiling the fun! If you can't get rid of him (as we have been telling you for the last 3 weeks, then don't blame us if we 'take him out' ourselves."He quickly re-seals the note and puts it in his boss's in-tray!He sweats profusely as he drives the Police Van home!
Of course the million-rand question is:
What does an upright person do when "illegal and immoral" orders are received from above?
What does a man of principle do when his superior is the leader of the crooks?
What does an honest citizen do when he discovers that the Executive President of the country is the "Master-Assassin"?
Lets leave that one for now. We will return to it later in the "second-half"?
There is also a true story that happened in a city that I will not mention by name.
My friend in the Police Force was attached to the dog section. An urgent call was received that a Police dog was required to help sniff out some robbers that had fled in a certain direction into the thick bushes. He duly answered the call and his dog did assist apprehension of the two robbers. My policeman friend then had to return at top speed to answer to another call!
The Police-van overturned in the dirt road and a passing motorist managed to take out my bleeding Policeman friend and his colleague.
The blunder they did at that juncture was to open the back of the van to "free" the dog that was trapped in the cage there!
The dog rushed to sit next to its wounded master (Inspector Mpofu/ my Policeman friend!)
They then tried to reach Inspector Mpofu so that they would carefully lift him and put him into a Bakkie that had also stopped by to help at the scene of the accident.
The huge, vicious animal vowed that noone would get anywhere near his master who by now had lost too much blood.
The more they signalled for the "loyal" beast to get away, the angrier the animal became and really showed everyone present that he meant real business!
In his programmed thinking process, these 5 people had attacked his master and they would not get the opportunity to finish him off!
He was going to show everybody what he was made of if they dared approach his master who (in his illogical instinct) needed him most at this time and he would let him down at this, his greatest hour of greatest need!
So for 30 precious minutes even a Medical Doctor that had stopped by could not reach the now unconscious Inspector.
So Zimbabwe lay bleeding as the "guerrilla instinct" in the Octogenarian prevented the whole International Community from rendering any assistance!
I have marvelled myself at the complexities of Politics!
When I was young, I saw my parents suffering the effects of RACIAL DISCRIMINATION and I said to myself that when I grew up, I would do all I could to fight that evil system of RACIAL DOMINATION of ONE RACE GROUP by ANOTHER!
I did not go to Mozambique or to Zambia or to Botswana but I hold in High-esteem those that did!
Their patriotism was of the highest level and their sacrifices were of the supreme level!
The snares on their journey were too numerous and only a few have survived to tell the stories and the nightmares!
Unfortunately a lot of them died in conflicts which were not advancing the cause of Zimbabwe's liberation!
Some of them were "used" to fight "private and personal" battles by unscrupulous Commanders!
Some were sent by their "Chefs" to collect beautiful women from the villages and deliver them to the "lust-filled" Commanders!
Details of such negatives are never fully told since it is expected that during war situations, many unfortunate things happen!
The fighters then learnt to fit in within the system and learn how to survive within the Hierarchical Set Up!
(Here I'm trying to explain why a true ZANU cadre will never agree with you that his "Chef" is wrong even if he sees it himself!)
So when men "fell" during the so-called "NHARI REBELLION", different versions of the events leading to that rebellion will be offered by this side and by that side according to the allegiance of the story-teller!
Another example is the version of events leading to the "ENTUMBANE REBELLION" after Independence!
Some say a certain Politician issued a very "inflammatory" statement which led to the events that saw many soldiers lose their lives.
I referred to the movie "THE FUGITIVE" to highlight that in many instances things are not always how they appear to the eye of the simple observer!
For an example, were it not for the formation of the MDC, ZANU-PF would not have engaged in the Land Reform Programme in the manner that it did!
All I'm saying is: The very existence of the MDC gave ZANU-PF  the reason to engage in that exercise (although everyone, including Robert Mugabe himself, admits that it was not at all done properly.)
But the blunt truth is that is that it had to be done in a proper manner sooner or later!
The versions vary as to why ZANU-PF did not accomplish much before the formation of the MDC.
Some say ZANU-PF received money to finance that exercise and bought a few farms for a few senior Party Leaders!
Others say the British Prime Minister reneged on promises that had been made by his predecessors to fully fund the Programme!
ZANU-PF justifies all the evil that it metes out to the Opposition by alleging that they are a formation of the Westminister Foundation which was hoping that if the MDC came into power, the story of the black man's hunger for land would not arise!
Today, Sunday, the 25th of March, 2007, I've just been watching an SABC Programme just a few hours ago and Mr Andrew Meldrum was live on the talk-show with another journalist and the Zimbabwean Presidential Spokesman was "hooked up live" by telephone!
The two versions came up with Cde George Charamba articulating the ZANU-PF position.
But, of course the full story is not being told!
The MDC is the Political Party which asked why "some" farms which were lying idle could not be purchased by the Government so that the unemployed could benefit from the use thereof!
ZANU-PF was desperate for Political Survival, anyway after losing the Referendum on the Constitution and wanted something to "give" to its supporters as a "dangling carrot".
On the other hand, the NCA (The National Constitutional Assembly) was the one that was making a lof of noise about the need for a new Constitution.
ZANU-PF then picked up that whistle and went blowing it desperately but still lost the Referendum in the last "free and fair" of the will of the people of Zimbabwe!
All I';m saying is:
Now lets go some memories I have of certain events as I saw them through the eyes of an active, dedicated ZANU-PF CADRE and then lets go through certain questions and observations I have as a CONCERNED ZIMBABWEAN OBSERVER!
 It is extremely and vitally important at the outset that I, Mufaro Stig Hove, inform you, the reader, that I was one of the most ardent supporters of ZANU-PF (THE ZIMBABWE AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION –PATRIOTIC FRONT).
It was not out of coersion that I supported ZANU-PF!
 I supported ZANU-PF out of a real and fervent zeal, out of a real patriotic allegiance to such values as freedom, socialism (whether it was Scientific Socialism or raw Communism) and the general desire to see mankind live in a country with Human Rights availed to all regardless of the colour of one's skin or any other qualification.
ZANU-PF and PF-ZAPU (THE ZIMBABWE AFRICAN PEOPLES' UNION)were the Political Parties that represented the Liberation Movement and won between them 77 seats in the first Democratic Elections in 1980. There were 80 seats for the "blacks" in a 100 seat HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.
ZANU-PF got 57 seats and PF-ZAPU had the other 20.
The UANC (THE UNITED AFICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS) of Bishop Abel Muzorewa got the 3 remaining seats.
It is vitally important, too, at this stage of my submission that it be mentioned that when the Rev Ndabaningi Sithole broke away from ZAPU in 1963, there was a lot of fighting between the ZAPU members and the members of the newly founded ZANU. (ZAPU being the original Party of the late Dr Joshua Nkomo and ZANU being the newly founded Party of the late Rev Ndabaningi Sithole.)
These in-fightings and rivalries were threatening the over-all progress of the black man's struggle to emancipate himself from the shackles of white settler domination and discrimination.
The tragedy of this scenario was that Ian Smith and his CIO ( The Central Intelligence Organization) would "plant" men and women into both of these Organizations who would then commit crimes or mislead others into committing crimes so that Ian Smith would then have the excuse to arrest, detain, ban and even physically eliminate the leaders of both Political Organizations.
The other tragedy of such a scenario is that the very first casualty is the truth and usually there is no time for both parties to sit down and discuss in a "cool frame of mind" to see what exactly is the reason for certain happenings etc so that both Parties can review their positions and see where they share common aspirations, common goals, a common vision etc etc.
Fortunately for that difficult time of the 70s, "operatives" within the Intelligence Community would leak information to the leaderships of these Organizations highlighting the true state of affairs so that these leaders would discover that some in their midst were being used and hence their only way forward was to "close ranks" so that they would fight the common enemy (Ian Smith) and hence minimize the opportunities of "infiltration" etc.
(Note that I said "minimize" because "infiltrations" can never be completely removed from any situation no matter how effective and rigorous the "vetting" systems may be!)
The tragedy occurs when a very senior person on either side of the divide decides to "preach" falsehoods or "half-truths" and to incite his followers to hate/ attack etc members of the other Political Formations.
Ian Smith fully employed various evil and dirty tactics in his war against the guerrilla forces of ZANLA (The Zimbabwe National Liberation Army) , the military wing of ZANU and ZIPRA( the Zimbabwe Peoples' Revolutionary Army), the military wing of ZAPU!
"Selous Scouts" would be briefed by "deserters" from these forces on certain details about these respective forces, their patterns of behaviour, their signals, their language "codes", their dressing styles etc so that these "Selous Scouts" would then go to strategic places eg Mission Stations, kill missionaries there, loot stuff and then leave, say, ZANU-PF material eg pamplets etc in order for "Public Opinion" to sway against the legitimate ZANLA Liberation fighters and, of course, ultimately their Leaders (in this particular case) Robert Mugabe and on the ZIPRA side, Dr Joshua Nkomo!
So these same leaders learnt the very hard way of the evil nature of Politics and the abuse of Information to subdue and, if possible, permanently "neutralize" your "opponent."
The real tragedy occurs when within the Intelligence Forces there arise "disgruntled elements" who will make it their commitment to inform and advise the "opponents" of every detail of the plans of each and every impending "operation" etc.
The "State Machinery", for instance, can never "succeed" if the greater part of its members are disgruntled and are themselves privately "wishing and praying" for a change of Administration.
They will make sure that the so-called "Opposition" Forces are well briefed and updated and they would actually "aggressively" encourage these "opposition forces" to increase their "onslaughts" and a very intricate system develops of information dissemination and co-operation.
The "State Machinery" will then provide equipment eg "Arms" to the their "friends" in the "Opposition" who they will be viewing as their "liberators" from a perceived "evil" Administration.
The worst comes when certain of the very close "Protection Units" decide to do the "Laurent Kabila" on the very object they are supposed to protect!
In my humble analysis of events in Zimbabwe at the moment, I don't think we are very far from that scenario!
In that situation, the very personnel that are used to "rig" the Elections, to assassinate and eliminate are the very people that give detailed reports to the "other side" on the full details of these "activities."
In that situation, the only way out for a sitting Government, for instance, would be to call for , say, an "ALL PARTY CONFERENCE" so that there is a renewed National and Common Vision so that Points of Agreement and Points of Disagreement are fully discussed then the various Forces (whether Military, Intelligence etc) get a new "allegiance" to the new "Status Quo."
Any propaganda, any misinformation etc must then be done away with and apologies must be made and restitution and compensations paid out to all those that will have been "caught up" in various "cross-fire" situations.
Let me now go back to the events that occurred immediately after independence in Zimbabwe!
Dr Joshua Nkomo of PF-ZAPU was offered the Ceremonial Presidency and he declined. Many are of the opinion that he had been advised that Robert Mugabe would have effectively "killed" ZAPU then because as a Non-Political President, he would not be legally "allowed" to oversee the affairs of his Party.
I agree with that perception because it was in Mugabe's vision all the time to have his ZANU-PF as the "One-Party" that would remain in his envisioned "One-Party State."
Mugabe himself does not hide his deep disappointment in Dr Nkomo's turning down of that "noble and well-meant" offer. (Of course, there had been nothing "noble and well-meaning" in that supposed "offer", anyway!)
So Cde Nkomo was invited into a Government of National Unity with the post of Minister of Home Affairs being given to him.
The more strategic Ministries of Security and Defence were kept on the ZANU-PF side.
We were shocked and disillusioned when we heard one evening on the radio and on State Television that the ZAPU members had been expelled from Government and that there would be arrests of Senior and Junior Leaders of ZAPU as investigations were going on that Dr Joshua Nkomo was collaborating with the then- Apartheid South Africa and other "Imperialist" forces to oust "my" (Mugabe's) Government by military means.
What happened during those years from 1983 to 1987 can be got from various other writings and also from postings I made on my www.gukurahundi.blogspot.com
Suffice to say that I, myself, was a Secretary in a ZANU-PF District in Kadoma and we beat up and literally killed a lot of ZAPU members in various "Operations" which were well planned by the late Cde Robson Manyika and the late Cde Enos Chikowore (among others.)
What was most painful to me was that I was made to supervise the brutal beating of many of my friends and compatriots with whom we had worked and suffered in the 70s as a unified force under the umbrella of the then UANC.
I had either to be fully involved or risk being labelled a ZAPU "dissident" myself.
Incidentally, I had a Zulu wife then and to the simplest ZANU-PF "activist", a Zulu and a Ndebele were one and the same and were ZAPU "elements."
I remember clearly on the morning of the 16th of June, 1984 (at about 0530 hrs) that I left our house at No 23 Masina Street in Rimuka Township (near Kuredza Primary School/ opposite the Maternity Clinic) and rode my bicycle to buy the "Herald" newspaper.
I came across a big "mob" that was singing such songs as "Tondokudubura 'madhizi'….Takabata ma'sub' nezvimbambaira." (We are going to crush the dissidents….we are armed with sub-machine guns and landmines.")
(Of course, they were only armed with sticks, chains and other such "weapons").
As a fairly Senior member, I was surprised that I had not known of such an arrangement!
I was told, "Chef totoenda tose kubasa!( Boss, you are joining us in the task at hand.")
I remember I left my bicycle somewhere along the way at a member's house as I joined the growing crowd!
I only collected it late at about 18.00 hrs.
May I at this stage reveal that other ZANU-PF leaders confided with me that Cde Robson Manyika was at the "Moores Motel" and was awaiting the progress of this "Operation."
Back home, those at the back of the crowd knocked for my wife to open the door ( as they were doing at each and every house, anyway!)
My wife could not reply in good Shona and was only saved the beatings because a certain woman in the crowd shouted that she was "Cde Mapetere's wife" and could they be "very careful of what they were planning to do". (Cde Mapetere is my lineage name and I was using that one in ZANU-PF business!)
My Zulu wife was 8 months pregnant ( and was carrying our second baby).
I will never forget the dates and everything because she had a threatened miscarried a few days after that but God was good to us and she delivered the most healthy bouncy baby-girl on the 14th of July, 1984.(who today is a very pretty 23-year-old darling.)
My wife was then "covered" by Women's League members but was made to accompany them (for her own protection lest another group that would not be as discreet would inflict harm on her.)
So (as I was made to understand later), she accompanied the League women for some time until someone noticed her swollen feet and suggested that she be excused from this "Perm" Operation.
The terminology of "Perm" came from the straitening of women's (or sometimes men's) hair using a very hot steel comb.
So the "cleaning-up" Operations in the various (mainly High Density Areas) was likened to that very dangerous hair-straitening exercise!
I only got to know of  my wife's experiences when I met another group at the last point of Assembly at about 14.00 hrs.
The events in question had occurred at about 05.30 and I was worried if she was okay and if anyone had come across her since she was heavily pregnant!
I was assured that some Women's League members (and up to now I still think they are the Biblical "Good Samaritans") had offered to accompany her to my mother's place (which was at the other end of Rimuka Township at Stand 135 opposite Tafadzwa Primary School) so she could rest.
My mother (although Zulu also) had firmly established herself as a ZANU-PF member (although she made it a point that she informed them that the real Liberation was from sin and from the Devil and the real Liberated place was Heaven where we all had to "prepare" for even as we did our earthly chores.)
(She saw herself as one and the same with such brave , gallant heroes as Cde Victoria Chitepo and Cde Ruth Chinamano!
What a great woman my late mother was!
She once asked Cde Richard Chemist Hove what exactly had happened to Cde Josiah Tongogara.
She said Cde Hove just looked down and did not reply her!)
The "Good Samaritans" then met my mother (who was with another ZANU-PF team).
At this juncture may I mention that it was really torture for my mother to accompany these murderous gangs.
The only things my mother could kill were flies and I do not remember her killing a chicken! ( That MaNgcobo woman of God!)
So I sincerely believe she was overjoyed to find an excuse to return to her house with her heavily-pregnant daughter-in-law to look after her as the "Perm" Operations progressed elsewhere.
By the way, she had left behind my father whom everyone knew as asthmatic and would have had a serious attack on that very cold winter morning if he had been forced to join the Perm" Operations.
Me as a good loyal "Cadre", I supervised over the beatings up of not less than 30 ZAPU members.
At least two died as I watched with my own eyes.
It was thick sticks, chains and fists that did the job!
I must admit, though, that my conscience (as an Assemblies of God Pastor) did not allow me to personally beat up anyone myself!
In fact, I wasn't really "comfortable" with the whole situation but the "orders" had come "from above" and who was I to say anything?
"What of the Police? Where were they in all this?"
What good questions!
Those that ran to seek refuge at the Rimuka Police Station gave us the opportunity to "deal" with the "Dzaku-Dzakus" and "Dissidents" there (including members of the Police themselves!)
There were Policemen who were known to "support" ZAPU or were ex-ZIPRA and some were fervent UANC supporters (having a "hang-over" from the previous short-lived Muzorewa's "Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.")
("Dzaku-Dzaku" was the pseudo name  for UANC and, of course, "Dissidents"  were ZAPU supporters but loosely-extended to mean any Ndebele-speaking person!
One plain-clothes Policeman was beaten to death as I watched with my own eyes (and within the grounds of the Rimuka Police Station!) What a vivid and graphic reminder of the "suspending" of the rule of law!
Unlike the Saul (Paul) of the Bible, I wasn't really consenting to what was happening but I had no alternative!
A good number of my friends and compatriots (some of whom we had suffered detentions with in 70s were beaten to death as I watched!)
It was about 1400 hrs that we all had to march to an open place in the town of  Kadoma (in front of the TM Supermarket) where there are shops like Jaggers now) and 
Cdes  Robson Manyika, Enos Chikowore and others stood on top of open Police Bakkies (Vans) and addressed us all (including of course the "repentant" ZAPU members we had brought with us!)
The TV crews were told to switch off their equipments!
Then Cde Manyika said that what had happened that day was the beginning of what all ZAPU members were going to face as ZAPU was like a snake (mhakure) which had entered the children's house and had to crushed with all the force possible!
The TV crews were then told to switch on their cameras.
The message now was "Please we don't want any violence! Please don't take the law into your own hands! If you suspect that your neighbour is involved in "illegal" activities, please go to the Police Station and report them and return to your house! Leave the Police to do their investigations and verify the facts. Remember we are a Multi-Party State and everybody is free to join and belong to a Political Party of his/her choice including PF-ZAPU and even the UANC!"
You have guessed right!
The latter message was the one that was broadcast on ZTV that evening as the then-Prime Minister Robert Mugabe also joined in the chorus of the ZANU-PF leaders who condemned the lawlessness that was being perpetrated by certain of his "over-zealous" members who had decided to the law into their own hands.
But the "anger was appreciated", said!
These "dissident activities" had gone on for too long and members of "his" Party were running out of "patience."
But he did not omit to add that the real "suspicion" was that the ZAPU members were organising these events in order to give an impression that ZANU-PF was doing an indiscriminate "cleansing exercise" in order to mete out a "blanket punishment" on all ZAPU members (many of whom were not even involved in the "dissident" activities.")
What transpired in Kadoma was simultaneously done in Chinhoyi (Mashonaland West) and in many other towns of the Midlands eg Kwe-kwe and Gweru!
At Political Rallies (where every household was forced to attend and ZANU-PF "Cell" Chairmen were to write registers of which household did not have at least one member attending), Dr Joshua Nkomo was depicted as the Devil who had come straight from the pit of Hell to destroy the good work that the Angel Gabriel had been sent straight from Heaven to accomplish!
(Remember Robert Mugabe's middle name is "GABRIEL!")
I remember clearly the then Governor of the Midlands, (Cde Benson Ndemera) asking us what should be done to such a Devil!
The crowds shouted, "He should be killed!"
And those were the days we heard that Cde Joshua Nkomo had disguised himself as a very old woman and had fled to Botswana!
(My intention here is not to relate the whole story!
The story can never be told in full by any single individual or in any single book!
I'm only trying to relate the pattern of events as they would be experienced by members of the MDC (The Movement for Democratic Change) sixteen to twenty-three years later!
I still continued, though, to serve and to vote for ZANU-PF!
 I had no other real choice also because ZAPU was (about three years later) "swallowed" by ZANU-PF on the 22nd of Dec, 1987 when DR JOSHUA NKOMO signed that so-called Unity Accord where he also had to carry the picture of Robert Mugabe in his wallet like every other ZANU-PF member!
What an anti-climax after the events that were later so vividly described in the "Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace".
For your information,I posted the full "Gukurahundi Report" on my www.gukurahundi.blospot.com ( and I'm sincerely  thankful to Mr Mduduzi Mathuthu of www.newzimbabwe.com for the numerous pieces which I joined together and posted onto the said blog.)
As I said before, I continued to religiously labour and vote for ZANU-PF until another event Gweru which had a very permanent effect on my life!
Cde Patrick Kombayi (having left ZANU-PF and now a Senior member of Cde Edgar Tekere's ZUM- The Zimbabwe Unity Movement) stood against the late Vice President Muzenda in the Gweru Urban Constituency!
He was shot and wounded as he drove his vehicle like any other private citizen in of the streets of Gweru!
A certain CIO Operative called Kanengoni  and a ZANU-PF youth leader had done that "unholy" act.
Those two assassins were arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced by a "competent Court of Law."
Our dear Executive President, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe wrote a Presidential Pardon which was urgently delivered to the Judge as soon as he finished reading his Judgement
So instead of being handcuffed, they were immediately released and joined the world of the free and the innocent!
From that day, in 1990, I made a vow that I would never vote for ZANU-PF again!
I voted for Cde Tekere, instead, in the Presidential Elections that were held in that year (1990.)
Another thing happened that was to again affect my perception of ZANU-PF!
As I was in the queue to vote, my metal ID (Identification Document) was checked, as normal,  and my name found and was deleted in the Register (Voters' Roll) as is the standard procedure.
Then next was a young man who asked for my ID again
As he detached the Ballot Paper I was to use, I clearly remember seeing him writing my ID number 24-033249-W-03 on the corresponding Counterfoil that remained.
I didn't think much of it then and I proceeded to the next stage where I had my hand dipped into that ink stuff!
I then proceeded to the "private" corner at the other end of the Hall (which had been prepared  like a "fitting-room" of a Clothes Shop).
Without any hesitation,I put my mark against Cde Edgar Tekere's name, face and mark signifying that he was my choice for the Executive Presidency of The Republic of Zimbabwe for the Presidential Elections of 1990!
I had broken with my tradition and I felt free but strangely "guilty"!
I left the little corner smiling (my heart beating as one would feel after "cheating" on one's partner) and dutifully inserted the neatly folded paper into the Ballot Box!
A few hours later (at home), I started re-living the evemts that had transpired at the "Cooksey Hall."
I wondered why the young man had written my ID number on the Counterfoil of the Ballot Paper!
After a few weeks I confided this "query"with one of my "friends" in the CIO and he said it wasn't really done to everybody!
I told him his answer wasn't good enough!
"To whom was it done then?" I was very eager to know.
He answered that there were a few selected individuals who were being "monitored" and the State wanted to know how they were voting!
"SHIT", I quietly thought to myself!
I thanked the "friend" and passed on pretending that his explanations had not worried me at all!
But inside I was boiling and sweating!
I had just submitted an Application to join the ZNA (the Zimbabwe National Army) as a Chaplain and I was awaiting their "rigorous" "vetting" process!
So I could "kiss that vacancy Goodbye!"
I've since related this experience to many people and they do not see the very serious implications of this "Devilish" intrusion into one's private life!
"What exactly is the fuss, Mr Hove?" you may ask.
The Ballot Paper has a serial number which is exactly the same as the one on the remaining Counterfoil!
(Exactly like the cheque-book!)
After all the counting has been done and the results have been announced, the boxes are then sent to a "special place" for "auditing."
It is there when the audits are being done that the selected Ballot Papers are matched with the Counterfoils (as the "auditing" requires, anyway).
Simultaneously (or as a separate "Operation", it is then realized that 24-033249-W-03 (who is Mufaro Stig Hove) voted for ZUM and not ZANU-PF!
But even at that stage, that information is kept to a very selected few because that "extra" activity is completely illegal and unconstitutional!
Or am I wrong? Can someone assist me!
Are these "things" also happening in other countries, say RSA, Britain or the USA?
But I have never felt so 'abused"!
So "cheated"!
"So is this the Independence we welcomed in 1980?" I used to ask to ask myself for days on end.
"So we can't remove this Government, even if we wanted to, for fear of these 'things'?"
But as they say, "I HADN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET!"
The worst was to come when the MDC was formed in 1999!
It is not my intention in this particular submission to relate all the experiences of the MDC in the "Democratic" country we know as Zimbabwe!
You can read elsewhere that in my blogs an article entitled "THE SAD STORY OF THE MDC (1999 to 2006.)
For now I think I can close this submission.
I, however, think that if there could be dialogue in Zimbabwe, a lot of issues could be discussed and a way forward found!
The suffering of the people has gone on for too long and a way out must be found.
In a separate submission, I will try to show that Mr Robert Mugabe, himself, in not a sincere leader.
I believe a true leader of the people could have worked for a solution of his country's problems even if it meant him stepping aside to allow others to work on the intricacies of the problems facing the beautiful country!
Unfortunately, as most of us know, Robert Mugabe himself is the problem!
I have never understood the true nature of the man!
I have watched him as he speaks. I've tried to closely watch him as he is interviewed. I'm convinced that we do not have a ordinary man as our leader!
He does not do a normal eye contact with anyone!
His very blinking is too terribly strange.
Am I only one who has made that observation?
I'm encouraged because I remember my muzukuru Tanonoka Hwande (Joseph Machenjera ) also observing that the very proof that something was terribly wrong in the coutry could be felt in the "President's" voice.
You can hear the shivering of anger and various mixed emotions in his voice.
Joseph Machenjera then asked , "Whom is the President angry with?"
Is the President angry with everybody?
What crime did everybody commit to him?
I can testify that this so-called "President" has never been a "normal" person even before the formation of the MDC in 1999.
The way he has handled certain emotional momemts have completely baffled me!
For an example, we expected him to at least attend the funeral of the Rev Ndabaningi Sithole.
Not making him a National Hero was "evil" enough but not, at least, attending his Funeral was completely unforgivable!
I have perceived in Robert Mugabe a very evil heart! (What English word means our Shona "hutsinye"?)
I can bet my life on the fact when Robert Mugabe puts a certain type of smile on his face, he will be describing another person in a very bad light.
If he speaks of his "lazy" or "incompetent" Ministers, he will really put a strange smile on his face!
Or when he describes how these Ministers go to "witch-doctors" to seek for "muti" to get favours from the President!
I wonder why he always refers to himself as "we" even when he is not really referring to to the "Party".
I also wonder what exactly he meant when said in Malawi (at that road named after him), "Do you really know who I am?"
Is there a real bigger force that is in him that has not yet been "known"?
Does anyone have any answers?
Then there is the aspect of "mysteries"!
Was Mugabe "castrated " during the detentions he suffered at the hands of the equally evil Ian Smith?
Then what happened?  How was it rectified?
Did Mugabe go for various "face-lifts" ie "plastic surgery" on his face?
Did Mugabe ever authorise or get involved in the taking of assassination of certain of his people?
Please kindly refer to a submission posted elsewhere on these blogs as "Is Robert Mugabe the 'Master-assassin'?"
Does Mugabe or has ever used certain certain drugs eg "mbanje"("dagga?"
I'm asking because he used to talk with pauses where he sounded like one "inhaling" smoke from a twist of dagga!
Then has Mugabe ever taken time to explain all the questions that people ask about him?
Or  are people afraid of really getting "down-to-earth" with the man and ask him about his real private life!
Is he always tense even in the "private intimate moments?"
I have a feeling that we have never had a normal human being in our midst.
Was he always that strange or did the "war experiences" "harden" him?
But why did certain other people like Cde Nelson Mandela come out of 27 years of Detention and seem to have adjusted well to "normal" life?
Why did Mugabe seem to belittle Cde Nelson Mandela?
Why did Mugabe react with exaggerate anger to the revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu?
My final question is :
Does Robert Gabriel Mugabe have a serious "inferiority complex" and hence hides under the exaggerated rage to confuse his real emotions?
I hope I have opened a few "Pandora's Boxes" with the mixed "thoughts" and "memories" that I have presented to you, dear beloved reader, in this "Mixed Masala" type of submission!
My submission has been like a "Punch Drink"…..all sorts of flavours and mixed tastes.
Yours for the love of Zimbabwe and its wonderful, smiling people,
The Rev Mufaro Stig Hove….THE RADICAL SOLDIER!
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