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Sunday, 29 April 2007


You have been company to me as I tried to follow the events that are so fast and sad!

Crooks that are so committed and determined!

Unfortunately, the feed-back is not that encouraging!

I wonder whether I'm off on a "tangent" and hence rather irrelevant?

You who has come to this particular article......please write me on revmshove@yahoo.co.uk .....Please tell me: what is your vision for Zimbabwe?

Thanks in advance!

Rev M S Hove.


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Calls for third Mbeki ANC term 

Speakers at a religious ceremony honouring President Thabo Mbeki in the Eastern Cape have called on him to stand for a third term as ANC president, SABC news reported.
Mbeki was attending a religious ceremony in his honour at his family home at Ngcingwane village near Dutywa.
The House of Traditional Leaders said the body based its support for Mbeki's third term on steps he had taken to address issues affecting them.
Mbeki read from the Bible, choosing a passage from Samuel, thanking God for protecting him thus far.
Among those present were the Queen Mother and members of the Royal Bafokeng tribe, several traditional leaders and members of the Eastern Cape cabinet.
Former ANC Women's League President Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who was a member of the Pondo Royal family, had also been invited but had not yet arrived, reported the SABC.
Dear Fellow Zimbabweans,
Me Mbeki is very much worth watching!
If you hear him saying, "I am accepting the 'people's' request that I stand for the Third Term; then you know a Robert Mugabe is emerging among us!
It must equally affect how we relate to his role in our own Zim situation!
Rec M S Hove.


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Thursday, 26 April 2007


Zimbabwean victims seek help from other Africans

Thu 26 Apr 2007, 5:12 GMT
By Evelyn Leopold
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Opposition Zimbabweans, some victims of police torture, sought to convince other African nations on Wednesday that it was time to call for an end to the suppression in their country that has left a trail of broken bodies.
Lawyer Tawanda Mutasah, one of four Zimbabwean human rights campaigners, said African delegates at the United Nations had to be persuaded that Zimbabwe's actions need reprimands in the Security Council and the U.N. Human Rights Council.
"The United Nations has a responsibility to protect citizens who are suffering from state terror," Mutasah told a U.N. news conference, sponsored by philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Institute.
South Africa, among other nations, say President Robert Mugabe's brutal crackdown on his critics, is an African problem and does not endanger international peace and security.
Otto Saki, acting director of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, noted that criticism of Mugabe's policy had been voiced by leaders in Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, and Botswana, which refuted the charge by Mugabe's government that only the United States and former colonial power Britain had protested.
Grace Kwinjeh, an official in Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, whose repeated beatings provoked an international outcry, said a police raid on a March 11 prayer meeting changed many lives.
Like Tsvangirai, Kwinjeh was beaten and taken to several police stations after she went to a prison to visit arrested colleagues.
"None of us had prepared for the kind of brutality that was unleashed on us that morning," she said. "On one occasion I was beaten with an iron bar on my head which resulted in part of my ear coming off."
After the first beatings, Kwinjeh said that she and other prisoners were shoved into a police van, with open wounds, bleeding. "Like animals there in the lorry they made us all lie down on top of each other in this lorry."
At the Harare central police station, she said she was ordered to lie in a courtyard for several hours, dizzy and vomiting and refused any water. "We were told to get up and hold the person in front of you by the belt" and transported to a different police station, Kwinjeh said.
Among those with her was Sekai Holland, 64, who police called a "whore" for British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She suffered three broken ribs, a crushed knee and broken arms.
Hours and days went by, Kwinjeh said, including hospital care and with guns trained on her. Her lawyers obtained a release because no charges had been filed.
When she and Holland tried to board an air ambulance to South Africa, they were arrested again before they could finally leave the country. She has been treated in South Africa for five weeks.
"But we are the true lucky ones who left the country," said Kwinjeh, who wore a black turban. She said some 28 colleagues were "rearrested, tortured, abducted from hospital and as we speak they are still in prison."


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Monday, 23 April 2007


Any-one who thinks Elections may/will solve the Zimbabwean situation is completely uninformed!
The major issues before us must be discussed at an ALL-PARTY CONFERENCE and a National Way Forward found!
For an 84 year-old man to be excited that he will stand next year is completely stupid!
Very, very stupid!
Is he the only person in ZANU-PF? If he dies today, is ZANU-PF or Zimbabwe "finished"?
Please give us a break!
For Morgan to be fooled that ZANU-PF will not rig Elections and murder people is even more sad and depressing!
Finally, for anyone to believe that Cde Thabo Mbeki will solve the Zim crisis by preparing for next year is the height of folly!
Please pass message to all serious patriots!
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.


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Stop Mugabe's 2008 election campaign - DA

    April 21 2007 at 04:22PM
President Thabo Mbeki's having written letters to both Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change was welcome news, the Democratic Alliance said on Saturday.

"Failure to do so (writing to both) would have suggested a partiality which is inappropriate in the person requested to mediate between the two sides," the party's Douglas Gibson said.

He said the people of Zimbabwe and the whole of the region was looking to Mbeki to achieve a breakthrough. The DA would back Mbeki's efforts.

"Firstly, in order to make a success of the policy that government has embarked upon, President Mbeki must first admit that Zanu-PF has become a dictatorship. Any one president who stays in power for 27 years is a dictator. Secondly, South Africa must insist that President Mugabe does not run in the 2008 elections."

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'President Mbeki must first admit that Zanu-PF has become a dictatorship'
Mbeki wrote to both parties laying out the scope of the work to be accomplished, the Zimbabwe Independent reported earlier in April.

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Friday, 20 April 2007


Towards a negotiated settlement
 In Zimbabwe:
A position paper prepared by the Peoples' Policy Committee (PPC) to His Excellency the President of the Republic of South Africa in his capacity as the mediator to the crises in Zimbabwe
1. Introduction
Following the SADC extraordinary summit held in Tanzania on 28 March 2007, the People's Policy Committee (PPC) which is a network of Zimbabweans based in the UK, would like to put forward its preferred position as regards the proposed 'SADC Initiative'.  We begin with a tacit acceptance that Zimbabwe's crisis is an African problem requiring an African solution. The time has come for new, concrete proposals, promoted by African leaders and implemented by Zimbabweans from all political and ideological hues, to restore hope to Zimbabwe. On that note, PPC welcomes SADC's decision to appoint President Thabo Mbeki as the mediator to the actors in the protracted social conflict in Zimbabwe. It is hoped that his mediation shall tame the hydra of violence currently sweeping across the country and also usher in a new democratic dispensation. This position paper is premised on the assumption that His Excellency President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa is willing to consider submissions  from voices other than those stakeholders so far invited to attend the consultative meetings in South Africa. Given the extraordinary and grave conditions now obtaining in Zimbabwe and the significant population of Zimbabwean exiles living here in the UK some of whom are members of our pressure group on whose behalf we are acting, it would be remiss of us not to make appropriate representations to the SADC-initiated process. The major issues and expected minimum outcomes from the process are largely a common cause. Accordingly, we restrict our inputs to those matters the further resolution of which will, in our assessment and in  light of our country's chequered history, help create and deliver more enduring value, peace and national integration to all the people of Zimbabwe. In this context we would therefore have to address such issues as the aim of the negotiations, the creation of an enabling environment for genuine negotiations, the nature of the mechanisms for negotiation and therefore the question who would sit at the negotiating table, the cessation of human rights abuses, the possibility of the formation of a transitional government, the duration of the negotiations and the role of the international community in the negotiated resolution of the crises in Zimbabwe.
2. Multilateral negotiations
The People's Policy Committee (PPC) would like to submit to the mediator that the problem of Zimbabwe is so huge such that inter-party dialogue would be a limited an approach to it. It is hereby proposed that if any negotiations are to take place to end the hostilities and build durable peace and democracy in Zimbabwe, then those negotiations including the pre-negotiation agenda-setting phase should be all inclusive. It is the view of PPC that the mediator should extend the consultative informal talks to the members of the civil society, church, professional bodies and any other stakeholders who are keen to make such positive interventions in Zimbabwe. The perception that only the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU PF) party legitimately represent the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe and should therefore be engaged on the negotiations is incorrect. A case exists for an all-inclusive process comparable to that which ushered independence and democracy to South Africa in 1994. In the context of Zimbabwe, this would bring together the coalition of democratic forces currently operating under the Save Zimbabwe Campaign in addition to the ruling party and external observers from UN, AU and SADC. If the press reports emanating from Pretoria are anything to go by, PPC would unequivocally and unreservedly endorse the mediator's stance on insisting on a broad-based crisis resolution approach.
3.  Enabling Conditions for Negotiations
In consonant with other stakeholders, PPC strongly affirms the position that formal talks should  only take place after the government has repealed some repressive pieces of legislation such as the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) as well as the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).On that note, the government  should drop charges and release a legion of activists who are illegally being held in police cells on charges based on these unconstitutional laws. It is also the submission of PPC that the constitutional amendments that have been proposed by the ruling party should give way to the wholesale constitutional reform as enunciated in section 4 of this position paper. In furtherance of this constitutional condition, PPC would like to join many other voices including the 'Save Zimbabwe Campaign' in calling for the new constitution before the next presidential and parliamentary elections. As a matter of urgency the state should renounce violence on its citizens, stop abductions of activists and opposition members as well as refrain police brutality against innocent citizens. It is the considered view of the PPC that the EU should not lift the targeted sanctions on the ruling elite until the formal negotiations are underway and the government has demonstrated fully its commitment to allow a democratic transition process to take place in the country. PPC would also like to challenge the international community to enable all the actors, large and small with resources for them to participate fully at levels of the crisis resolution process.
4. A New Democratic Constitution
The position of the PPC is that the genealogy of the current problems in Zimbabwe is traceable to the National Constitution. Any diagnosis and prescription to the crisis which preclude the constitution is flawed and therefore irrelevant. The Lancaster House constitution was not cast on stone. Indeed it had been the expectation that in time, a new home grown supreme law of the land would be enacted by the people of Zimbabwe themselves in order to satisfy their local needs and realize their national aspirations. This is not the same thing as the piecemeal re-branding of the same document undertaken by the incumbent government over the years to satisfy its narrow partisan interests of keeping power at all costs. That there are serious limitations and flaws in the current Lancaster House Constitution and that these have given rise to issues of governance is widely accepted.  More compelling however is the fact that this constitution has resulted in a highly centralised unitary system of government which we submit is unsuitable for a future democratic Zimbabwe. That the incumbent government has manipulated the constitution to entrench itself and the interests of its constituents is accepted but this is only a symptom of a problem arising from use of an inappropriate constitutional model coupled with individual greed and propensity for excesses. Re-branding of the existing constitution in the hope that a new government emerging from next year's elections would act in good faith and achieve enduring national integration is too large a risk to take now bearing in mind the genocide and trauma suffered by minority ethnic groups particularly the Ndebele in south western Zimbabwe from 1982 – 1987, the so called 'Operation Clean Up' which left 700 000 people homeless and the so called Chimurenga 3 which crushed the agriculture sector. It is for these reasons that PPC advocates for the mediator to help the various actors in Zimbabwe to constitute an 'All Stakeholders Convention' (ASC) to work out a new constitutional framework that shall usher in a new democratic order in the country. Participatory constitution making is today a fact of constitutional life as well as a good in itself. A democratic constitution-making process is critical to the strength, acceptability, and legitimacy of the new era in Zimbabwe.Inorder to avoid the recurrence of the current problems in the future PPC strongly advocates for a people driven constitution which shall take into account the histories, cultures, grievances and aspirations of all its citizens. In our view, it is only through effective decentralization of authority to autonomous regions/provinces in so doing creating self-perpetuating institutions such as those that would emerge under our recommended union constitutional blueprint, would human rights and equality of all Zimbabweans be adequately protected and entrenched. Experience in new democracies and old, demonstrates that if human rights are not adequately protected initially, it will be difficult to do so later.
  • We further recommend that the president's term of office be limited to a maximum of two five year terms
  • Ministers appointed under the new constitution should be subject to confirmation by parliament both at central and provincial governments' level.
  • The judiciary must be an independent branch of government and not be under the Ministry of Justice. The judiciary should control its financial and administrative affairs free from executive involvement, though necessarily subject to parliament's ultimate control over the budget.
  • The agreed constitution should be subjected to approval by the people through a referendum supervised by SADC and the African Union and observed by the international community.
  • The agreed constitution should be subject to review by an expert commission at ten year intervals.
  •  The new Constitution must provide representative, accountable and multiparty government; respect for the rule of law; and the promotion of the fundamental human rights of all Zimbabweans.
5. Transitional Processes
PPC would like to propose the following sequence as a roadmap towards the resolution of the crises in Zimbabwe:
Prenegotiation Phase: - The mediator to consult the actors across the spectrum in order to set the agenda for the formal negotiations. These consultations can take the form of secret talks as already been happening but they should as a matter of principle be open to all stakeholder in Zimbabwe. The Prenegotiations are viewed by PPC as meant for bridging the chasm that lie across the various actors; the outcome of these meetings should be made known to the public at the appropriate time.
All Stakeholders Convention (ASC):- An All Stakeholders Convention composed  of civil society, political parties, media , faith-based organisations, women , youths and student movements as well as all sectors of society  that are willing to contribute to this process should be constituted. The ASC should be organised into working groups so as to deal conclusively with all the critical issues in the crisis. PPC would like to propose the following working groups; (a) constitutional reform (b) land reform (c)  electoral reform  (d) truth recovery (e) economic recovery. The working groups would report to ASC for debate and approval  The talks should lead to a power-sharing agreement on a transitional government, including opposition and civil society in key government posts, a new constitution, demilitarisation of state institutions, a new voters roll, a program of administrative and legislative reform guaranteeing genuinely free and fair elections on an agreed schedule and emergency economic recovery measures that could lead to full resumption of external financial support  after elections. The stakeholders should agree on the composition and establishment of an interim authority to oversee the country's transition to democracy.
Dissolution of Parliament: - Incumbent president's departure from office when his term expires in March 2008 followed by the takeover by an interim government. An interim government would take responsibility for the basic administrative functions of the state until a new government is elected later in the process. Constitutional amendments such as are required to facilitate the creation of an interim government should be passed by the current parliament in the spirit of the SADC-led Initiative.  As the process of normalising the constitutional and political situation develops, the international community should withdraw the targeted sanctions and other restrictions applying to the Zimbabwean government and initiate steps to assist in restoring democratic order and economic recovery in Zimbabwe.
Interim Government: - The All Stakeholders Convention should establish a transitional government, which should include the members of the opposition, civil society and the ruling party and provide for a rotating transitional presidency.
 The mandate of the Interim government should include the following among others:
q              organisation of a referendum for a new constitution and drawing up of a new voters roll; and
q              Implementation of the transitional  articles of the new constitution
q              Professionalisation of security and uniformed forces
q              Repatriation of Zimbabwean community in the diaspora
 The international community should be available to provide assistance to this process when required by the Zimbabwean negotiators. PPC would recommend that the African Union Force be deployed to give protection to the Interim Government.
Elections:- Following the ratification of the new Constitution, preparations should begin for new elections to be held no later than the end of 2008.The elections should be held under a new democratic constitution. The new constitution should provide for an Independent Delimitation Commission, 'Independent Electoral Commission', Media and Information Commission as well as the Security and Defense Commission all of which should be constituted in time to run both the Referendum and the Presidential/parliamentary elections. These elections should be based on the SADC principles and standards of holding democratic, free and fair elections. In that regard, the current electoral laws should be amended to meet the SADC principles and standards. The electoral reforms should also provide for the diasporans vote. An estimated 4 million Zimbabwean adults now live in exile outside Zimbabwe and have been disenfranchised by the incumbent government. PPC recommends that suitable arrangements be made to restore in full the voting rights of this community in time for the referendum as well as the parliamentary and presidential elections. International observers should be present to monitor the elections, to oversee the transition from the interim government to the new elected government, and to ensure that the elections are free and fair.
6. Truth recovery process
PPC would like to put it forward to the mediator that, for the purposes of building sustainable democracy in a failed state such as Zimbabwe, there is a need for a truth recovery process. While accepting the genuine doubts and fears around the issue of 'Truth', it is clear that many victims and survivors of the crises in Zimbabwe believe that some formal collective examination and acknowledgement of the past is necessary for them to find closure. The idea of truth recovery processes is based on the concept of 'transition', from crisis to peace or from one government to another. At its most basic, a truth process is meant to mark the end of one difficult era and the beginning of a new and better one. It is completely unacceptable, disrespectful and insensitive for any political leader to arrogate or appropriate to himself/herself the right to grant pardon to individuals that sponsored and committed human rights atrocities and state sponsored terrorism since independence in 1980. With or without a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, only the people of Zimbabwe can determine whether or not to take legal action against those who committed crimes against humanity and genocide against defenseless citizens. We would caution that this is a highly delicate matter which if not handled sensibly, could trigger conflict and war in future. The political leadership should honestly and publicly acknowledge responsibility for past political violence due to their acts of omission and commission. This would be seen as the first and necessary step having the potentiality of a larger process of truth recovery. When acknowledgement is forthcoming, we recommend that measured, inclusive and in-depth consideration be given to establishing an appropriate and unique truth recovery process. For this to develop, a team with local and international expertise should be established using a fair and transparent method to explore the specific feasibility of such a process.
The specific purpose of a truth recovery process:
  • Promote reconciliation, peace and healing; and to reduce tensions resulting from past violence;

  • Clarify and acknowledge as much unresolved truth about the past as possible;
    Respond to the needs and interests of victims;

  • Contribute to justice in a broad sense, ensure accountability and responsibility for past actions from organisations and institutions, as well as potentially from individuals;

  • Identify the responsibilities of the State, of military and police, and of other institutions and organisations for the violence of the past; and to make recommendations for change that will reduce the likelihood of future conflict.
The truth recovery process can take the form any of the following:
Truth and Justice Commission
Historical Clarification Commission 
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
7. Reconstruction
The new government would face the daunting challenge of entrenching democracy and peace, rebuilding the battered economy and resuscitating collapsed social services. The negotiations should thus, come up with an economic recovery framework. The economic reconstruction is crucial to restoring order and providing social security for the generality of the population. Without it, the negotiated settlement will be meaningless to the general public. PPC would like to recommend the implementation of an emergency economic recovery plan to curb inflation, restore donor and foreign investor confidence and boost mining and agricultural production, including establishment of a Land Commission with a strong technocratic base and wide representation of Zimbabwean stakeholders to recommend policies aimed at ending the land crisis. To this end PPC would like the negotiators to engage with the Brettonwoods institutions at various levels of the negotiation process inorder to build the confidence for their engagement in the reconstruction phase of this conflict resolution process.
10. Conclusion
In lieu of conclusion, PPC would like to ask the mediator to invest in its belief because it is made in good faith for the benefit of present and future generations of Zimbabwe. We further recommend that you take into account views from a broad cross section of Zimbabweans both individuals and groups. We highly value and appreciate the leading role that the SADC and the South African government are playing in trying to reach a negotiated settlement in Zimbabwe, and hope that this will continue under the form of an All Stakeholders Convention (ASC) to establish a constitutional order. Should the government of Zimbabwe maintain its strategy of terror, human rights abuses, violation of democratic principles, and their disrespect of the rule of law by violently repressing popular pressure for a democratic constitution, free and fair elections, we challenge the SADC, AU, and all other international institutions to completely isolate it. When all is said and done, we recognise that history does not offer a nation many such moments as one that our beloved Zimbabwe now has to rediscover its identity and sovereignty by among other things writing a new people driven constitution.
We thank you for this opportunity.

[1] The Peoples 'Policy Committee (PPC) is a network of Zimbabweans based in the UK. It is a non –governmental and non partisan net work of individuals and organisations whose core business is to influence public opinion towards the resolution of the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Contact Details
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Thursday, 19 April 2007


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Zesa to re-engage employee

Court Reporter

ZESA fired a worker for writing a letter to a newspaper seeking the return of his former boss, but yesterday the Labour Court told Zesa to reinstate him, saying his rights to express opinions had been violated.

Yesterday, the court ordered Zesa to reinstate Mr Mufaro Stig Hove without any loss of pay or benefits after it held that Mr Hove's dismissal was improper, since he had a right to express his views.

If Zesa's code of conduct prevented employees from criticising Zesa, then this would be a violation of constitutional rights.

Mr Hove was fired after writing a letter published in the Financial Gazette, appealing to former Zesa chief executive, Mr Simbarashe Mangwengwende to come to the rescue of the workers.

In the judgment, the court found that Mr Hove had the right to express his opinions.

Zesa Holdings had dismissed him arguing that his letter had put its name into disrepute and had the likelihood of causing financial prejudice.

The court, however, found that though it was common cause that Mr Hove had written the letter, Zesa Holdings had failed to prove to the court how exactly the letter had put the company's name into disrepute.

"The appellant had a right to express his opinion under the circumstances. It is, however, not clear to this court how exactly the article put the respondent's name into disrepute.

It was also the court's finding that if the Zesa code of conduct prohibited such expression of opinions, then it violated the employees' constitutional rights.

"If writing to the Press is a prohibited conduct, then such a prohibition is in my view, a violation appellant's constitutional rights."

The court said if it was no longer possible for Zesa Holdings to reinstate Mr Hove, then both should agree on a suitable amount to damages to be awarded.

kuthula matshazi <kuthulamatshazi@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Congratulations Rufaro on winning the case. It is interesting that you were victimised for free speech. I hope you are the person who knows the importance of free speech and the critical importance to safeguard it. Make sure you impart your experience in this forum and encourage diversity of voices. Who else other than you can champion freedom of speech? Congratulations and wish all the best in your future endeavours.
Best, Kuthula

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Stig Hove wins case against ZESA

HARARE - Mufare Stig Hove has won his lengthy legal battle against Zesa, which fired him for writing a letter to a newspaper seeking the return of his former boss. The Labour Court last week ordered the parastatal to reinstate Hove without any loss of pay or benefits after it held that his dismissal was improper, since he had a right to express his views. Hove was fired after writing a letter published in the Financial Gazette, appealing to former Zesa chief executive, Simbarashe Mangwengwende, to come to the rescue of the workers. "If writing to the Press is a prohibited conduct, then such a prohibition is, in my view, a violation of the appellant's constitutional rights," said the judgement. The court said if it was no longer possible for Zesa Holdings to reinstate Mr Hove, then both should agree on a suitable amount to damages to be awarded.
- Own correspondent

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A lot of mischiveous characters are alleging that I was dismissed from ZESA in 2003 for reasons varying from the absurd to the very, very absurd!


Please check the link below!

 That was the only reason for my dismissal by ZESA on the 7th of October, 2003!


I then won the Case at the Labour Court! I'm too busy for now to settle on that story!



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Revolutionary programme - Zimbabwe youths

April 19, 2007, 8 hours and 8 seconds ago.
By youth arise
The founding of Free-Zim Youth and Zimbabwe Youth Movement opened a new chapter in the just and historical struggle of the people of Zimbabwe for national independence and self-determination. Preceding progressive organisations had sought liberation through constitutional means and reformist strategies.
Revolutionary programme - Zimbabwe youths
By Free-ZimYouth

Free-Zim Youth and Zimbabwe Youth Movement
Revolutionary programme
In the course of our revolutionary struggle to liberate our country from oppression, imperialism and exploitation, our counterparts and allies have often asked us: What does your movement stand for? What is your programme? What is your ideology Are you a Socialist movement/Pan-Africanist? How is your movement structured? And many other things.
It is to supply some of the answers to these questions that this manifesto was written. The answers are far from complete.
It will only be when we lay aside our camourflash for our pens that the World will know true nature of our revolution and philosophy. Here we have merely provided a preliminary definition of what we conceive to be the Zimbabwe betrayed revolution.
Some people will find flaws in our programme and ideology. We do not apologise for such mistakes. For in a difficult struggle as one we are waging mistakes are bound to occur.
We strongly feel that the publication of this manifesto is imperative and that the material contained therein will provide our supporters and sympathisers with enough useful data to see the direction of the Zimbabwe revolution.
The founding of Free-Zim Youth and Zimbabwe Youth Movement opened a new chapter in the just and historical struggle of the people of Zimbabwe for national independence and self-determination. Preceding progressive organisations had sought liberation through constitutional means and reformist strategies.
FZY and ZYM moved away from this policy. In the words of our Nationalist hero Cde Dr Ndabaningi Sithole:" We have turned away from reformist politics. We now enter the era of take-over politics". " We are our own liberators by direct confrontation"
In launching what we now call "Betrayed Chimurenga" (the unfinished war of liberation) FZY and ZYM is continuing the struggle against oppression, colonialism, and imperialism started by our forefathers in 1896 and 1962.
A new dimension is added to this struggle by the demand for minority independence from the Capitalist rule of Zanu PF and from other neo-liberal systems.
We clearly define the question as under a tyranny, the seizure of majority rule by the Zanu PF regime a former nationalist movement that has betrayed the revolution and have adopted colonialists and imperialist's doctrine of oppression.
A bourgeois nationalist movement that has replaced Rhodesians white bosses by black bosses or white by black privileged classes creating a class struggle.
With the Ideological guidance of our fallen true nationalist heroes Cde Josiah Magamba Tongogara, Cde Joshua Nqabuko Nkomo, Cde Ndabaningi Sithole and Cde Edgar Tekere we have to complete the revolutionary struggle which has been hijacked by Zanu PF bosses. It means that:
(a) Where political power which was in the hands of a foreign minority now black minority, surely it will be wrested from them and placed in the hands of the indigenous African majority;
b) Where today a minority and neo-liberal systems enjoys economic and financial privileges, these will be abrogated and rights of the indigenous people to all natural resources and economic and financial betterment restored to them; and,
(c) Where exploitation and degeneration exist today, there should be real equality, freedom and social justice we repeat social justice.
The movement and the unity of the people
The movement is the vanguard of the revolution. It is the machinery through which the revolution has to be planned, waged and prosecuted and finally consolidated.
The movement must unite all the young Africans in a common struggle against a common enemy-the tyranny. All the African people of Zimbabwe must unite in the common struggle, irrespective of ideological, religious or regional differences.
The unity of the people is absolutely necessary for the successful prosecution of "betrayed Chimurenga" and the full cooperation of Comrades.
Those scapegoats serving the interests of the minority regime of Zanu PF either directly or indirectly must be persuaded to see the true nature of the betrayed Revolution.
The Movement must involve all the oppressed people of Zimbabwe, not only in the common purpose of fighting against oppressive rule and dictatorship, but also in the detailed preparation for a new order (fighting a system).
In the context of World struggle the Movement will join forces with all progressive movements, being Pan-Africanist, Socialist who are ideologically clear in the fight against class supremacy and put power in the hands of the masses of the working class.
Aims and Objectives
We are devoted to the interests of all young Africans and dedicated to the Revolutionary cause of the working class of our country and the globe.
We are committed to and struggle for transformation of Zimbabwe from a Capitalist society to a Socialist society in which there will no exploitation of Africans by another in their motherland.
-To create a free, democratic, independent and socialist Zimbabwe and remove the political domination of the tyranny Zanu PF regime.
-To transform young Africans into cadres to create a Socialist globe.
-To strive to eliminate class struggle, oppression and exploitation.
-To maintain and enforce a clear revolutionary outlook of the struggle.
-To strongly advocate and eliminate private ownership of natural resources (land, minerals) and empower landless peasants, working class.
-Challenge Zanu PF's sell-out of land reform and bourgeois Agrarian reform given to the Zanu PF bosses.
-Reignite the Continental revolution, by disintegrating the neo-colonial, Neo-liberal borders by mobilising the African indigenous on a broader United African Patriotic Front. In the fight for Economic and Political emancipation.


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Name and shame the torturers - justice is coming

John Makumbe

The continuing arrests, kidnapping and torture of opposition MDC supporters by the evil Mugabe regime is clear testimony to the fact that Ian Smith's settler regime was a far better dictator than Robert Mugabe's. Indeed, the Smith regime did arrest and detain thousands of Zimbabweans merely for resisting colonialism and settlerism. They beat up detained prisoners at times, but they still gave them food and medicines.
Some of the prisoners then were even able to read books and to study for all kinds of educational qualifications, including degrees. That is a far cry from the manner in which the diabolical Mugabe regime is treating innocent people, who are being illegally arrested, abducted, detained and tortured today. Reports that as many as 600 MDC activists have so far been arrested, kidnapped and tortured this year alone attest to the satanic nature of the Mugabe regime.
After 27 years in power, Mugabe has become a monster, who takes pleasure in inflicting pain on innocent victims of his own fear. In the face of the 2008 parliamentary and presidential elections, in which he is going to be a candidate, Mugabe has unleashed a reign of terror against both his opponents within Zanu (PF) and those in the MDC.
Unlike Ian Smith, who never used to bomb or kill his own kind, Mugabe has arrested, detained, beaten up and even killed some of the members of his own party in order to lay the blame on the MDC.
He has bombed at least one train, a police station and other state infrastructure in a vain attempt to demonstrate that the MDC has embarked on an orgy of violence. Fortunately for those of us who are innocent, the general public, the SADC community and the international players see right through the dictator's evil machinations; they know the truth.
In light of the activities of the past few weeks perpetrated by the despotic Mugabe regime, it is necessary for civic organisations and opposition political parties to carefully identify the specific members of the ZRP, the army, the CIO and the Green Bombers that are involved in these ugly and evil activities. Proper records need to be kept for purposes of prosecuting these individuals in a free Zimbabwe tomorrow.
Indeed, some of the names and other details of the victims of these demons are currently being published in this paper, but we also need to name and shame their torturers as far as possible. The people currently engaged in violation of people's rights must be made aware of what may befall them should Zimbabwe set itself free from the clutches of the dictator. A day is coming when justice will be visited upon some of these people in a manner they will not appreciate. Mugabe will not rule this nation forever.
The evils that the desperate Mugabe regime is committing make the evil activities of the Smith regime look like a badly organised picnic. It is not an exaggeration to say the Mugabe regime has perfected torture into an art form. The regime has become an expert in the infliction of pain and suffering both physically and mentally.
The stories relating to how some of the MDC supporters were tortured and harassed by state agents indicate that the agents involved must have been trained in some of the most diabolical method of physically and mentally hurting innocent people.
Ian Smith may have done some beating and torture of his victims as well, but Mugabe exceeds him by thousands of miles. What remains to be seen is whether a new and democratic Zimbabwe government will allow the perpetrators of these evil deeds go free, or ensure that the law take its course. I am of the latter option, of course.


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Wednesday, 18 April 2007


Some years ago I met a Ugandan who was driving an illegal taxi in Manchester (UK). We got chatting about African politics and Uganda as he drove me home, and he suddenly said something that has stuck with me over the years. He said that "It was wrong of the whites to leave so early, we weren't ready".

When I asked what he meant, he said that there should have been "a longer run up to independence in Uganda, with more skilled Africans trained into the Judiciary, Civil Service, Police and Military". He went on to expand on this, he was obviously keen to get things off his chest, and said that "The interim government should have been five years or more, with the first two elections, supervised whilst still under British overall control, to ensure the rules were stuck to".

He then added "But most of all, the police should have remained under British control, and we should have been told we didn't need an army as the British Army was staying to "protect" Uganda, not that we needed an army, or protecting from any one except our own army".

I forget which "African strong man" was in charge of Uganda at the time, it could have been Idi Amin, or Milton Obotoe, or one of the others, but his charge was that they had all squandered and stolen the resources that had been there upon independence, and let down the hopes of a nation.

His basic argument was that with no native military, and the police supervised by the UK, democracy would have stuck from the start, and the constitution obeyed by all parties. And, that by not wasting money on unneeded Armies; money would have been spent on education, medicine and infrastructure.

In reality this wasn't practicable, especially given the "anti-colonial" sentiments in both Africa and the West at the time. But when you look at the mess that the vast majority of African nations got into after independence, maybe he had a point for all of the new states and not just Uganda.

I haven't thought about this conversation for some years, and I am afraid that like many I have just written the whole continent off as a "basket case", with Zimbabwe just being the latest example, but I wonder how it would have all turned out "if only.." Britain and France had come up with a joint "plan" for correcting inappropriate borders (those that split tribes), and insisting on acting as military guarantors of the constitution for each newly independent state?

It's too late now, and asking for any white military force to go in and correct an abhorrent African regime is just whistling into the wind. There is still an "Anti colonial" lobby on the left wing of the UK, who would bring down the New Labour regime if Blair tried to use military force, so even if he has thought about it, he has not dared risked it.

I am afraid that you are stuck with the 'old boys club' aka the "African Union" or the "UN", aka the 'Chinese oil exploration authority', for any hope in Zimbabwe. In reality this means that nothing will happen, and until and unless South Africa feels threatened, nothing will be allowed to happen. With the news that Mugabe intends to run for election until he dies, that is the only hope you have, that he dies of old age.

It will be a very long time, if ever, before Zimbabwe fully recovers from the damage. All the farm infrastructure has been destroyed, the farmers dispersed, and capital goods (tractors etc) gone, and livestock diseased or eaten. Even just repairing the fences will cost millions.

Your country has effectively been destroyed, and will never regain the chances lost, because even if Mugabe's regime collapses, all the squatters, veterans, activists etc will still be there, and no one will be able to control them. It would need a military government just to protect people let alone enforce the courts orders.

I am sorry to be pessimistic, but I suspect that when Mugabe's party lose power, they will revert back to guerrilla violence to get it back, and this brings us back to "if only …."


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Monday, 16 April 2007


The rigging of the Zimbabwean Elections (2000 to 2007)
I think the fact that the Zim Elections were being systematically rigged from the year 2000 to date is one that has either to be accepted or contested.
It can never the duty of a single individual to relate how the Elections were (and are) rigged in Zimbabwe.
Then there are  also the following questions:
What difference does it make if we get thousands of witnesses giving their testimonies?
Will Mr Robert Mugabe then resign?
Will it change the manner in which Mr Thabo Mbeki handles the Zim crisis?
Why are Elections Rigged?
  1. Elections are rigged because it is believed that if they are done in a completely "free and fair" manner, a certain "undesirable' resilt will arise.
  2. They are also rigged because the "undesirable" contestants command a clearly greater support than the Establishment are "comfortable" with.
  3. Elections are therefore rigged because the Establishment is under certain pressures. They have to hold Elections to gain credibility but on the other hand they would be "out of power" if they did not engage in various nefarious activities to suppress the true will of the people!


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Friday, 13 April 2007


Comrades and friends the situation back home is very, very bad!
We cannot afford the luxury of these so-called "Diplomatic Initiatives" by Mbeki etc.
We cannot wait for 2008.
Anyone who is preparing for the so-called Elections in 2008 is very much naive!
Please lets seriously do something about the situation at home!
The people there need to be liberated!
I urge all sincere patriots to plan how to liberate the people!
You will remember my words this time next year when Mbeki declares the Elections of 2008 "free and fair" yet we will be knowing the real truth!
The people are suffering at home and ROBERT MATIBILI (OR WHATEVER HE CALLS HIMSELF) MUST GO AS OF THE YEAR 2000!
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.


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