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Thursday, 30 August 2007
THE Movement for Democratic Change and the Revolutionary Youth Movement yesterday successfully forced Zimbabwe's ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya-Moyo to agree to sign a petition penned by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora on the deteriorating situation back home and their demands to the Zimbabwe government for next year’s harmonised elections.
The petition would be taken to Moyo’s office in a week's time after about 500 Zimbabweans marched from South Africa's Union buildings to the Zimbabwean embassy in Arcadia demanding to be heard by the authorities there.
The two organizations are demanding that Zimbabweans living outside the country be allowed to vote in the March presidential, local and parliamentary elections. They want the Zanu Pf government to respect the rule of law but most importantly they want to see all stakeholders sitting down to write a new people-drive Constitution for the country.
The Zimbabwe government is the only country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which does not allow its citizens based in foreign lands to vote in national elections. They argue the process is expensive but embassy staff vote for their preferred candidates, a thing the Diaspora is saying should come to an end. SADC protocols, to which Zimbabwe is a signatory, clearly say that nationals living in other countries should be allowed to vote during their respective countries elections.
The MDC’s Nqobizitha Mlilo said such democratic campaigns, targeting President Robert Mugabe’s representatives wherever they could be found around the world, were necessary not only in pressurizing the Zimbabwean government to stop human rights abuses but also to send a clear message to the region that Zimbabweans are a peace loving people eager to finding a lasting solution to the political and economic crisis affecting their country.
They also want President Thabo Mbeki to hear them out as he continues to try and bring Zanu PF and the MDC together to find a way to solve the country’s political crisis.
“This is an expression of patriotism for people who have left their country to still be seen lobbying for the restoration of democracy so that they may go back. It is opposite to the view that that they are economic migrants hence the solution remains a political one,” said Mlilo.
One leading activists, who was arrested last week for organizing a demonstration, Reverand Mufaro Hove, called on the Zimbabwean government to stop torturing political opponents. He said Zimbabweans should unite and “fight the common enemy Mugabe”.
“I also call on you Kaya Moyo to join the struggle of liberating Zimbabweans from the oppressive leader Robert Mugabe as his dictatorship had affected everyone including those in Zanu PF,” said Hove.
Moyo agreed he would next week sign the petition from the two organizations. The petition will carry the Diaspora’s concerns over issues in Zimbabwe and the need to bring the country back to democratic rule.
Activists said Moyo’s acceptance to sign the petition showed a level of political maturity which was absent in Zanu PF as a party generally. Mugabe and his government have over the past few years been accused of using state machinery to cow opposition activists into submission.
Monday, 27 August 2007
It is desperately important that writers remind the people of Zimbabwe and any other friends of Zimbabwe of the socio-economic and political state of the nation of Zimbabwe BEFORE the farm invasions.
This is urgently and terribly important because ZANU-PF would like to establish their sickening peopaganda view that the primary purpose of the MDC was and continues to be to function as a "sellout organization" which Britain both founded and funded.
We therefore need to re-live the experiences of Zimbabwe BEFORE the farm invasions so that we can appreciate the very reasons why the MDC was formed.
WHY WAS THE MDC FORMED?
The MDC was formed in 1999 in response to a very desperate need for the removal of ZANU-PF, a Political Party that had ruled Zimbabwe since Independence in 1980.
There was a growing National Sentiment across the political spectrum that Robert Mugabe and "his" ZANU-PF had to be removed by any means possible from running the affairs of the Zimbabwean Nation.
These sentiments began way BEFORE the farm invasions (even as far back as 1986.)
The farm invasions got off in earnest in 2000 (to date) as a desperate measure by ZANU-PF to rekindle that Revolutionary Flame and try and woo the Black Electorate that had been swept away by and to the young MDC!
It is not a secret that if the MDC had not been there, the status quo would have still been with us (as far the farm "ownership" situation is concerned.)
In fact it was the ZCTU Leaders ie Tsvangirai etc who were asking why the Land Question was not being addressed so that the unemployed and the landless could benefit from having pieces of land allocated to them!
ZANU-PF then picked up the whistle and then ran away with it throwing away all logic in the desperate process.
To Mugabe this was a thick straw to hold on to (and true . for his personal political survival it was) but the otherwise noble idea was shipwrecked and the present precarious state of Zimbabwe is too clear to even try and hide!
It is therefore desperately essential that writers and journalists compile and reconstruct the landscape of Zimbabwe BEFORE the farm invasions so as to counter ZANU-PF's propaganda!
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MUGABE AND "HIS" ZANU-PF?
Why were the people of Zimbabwe desperate to have ZANU-PF removed?
In the event of a collapse of the MDC (which I pray never happens), ZANU-PF Propagandists will tell the story of how Tony Blair tried to re-colonize Zimbabwe via the MDC and failed!
Remember Mugabe saying ," MDC isvikiro raBlair blah blah "
It will then be very sad and very wrong if the founders, members and sympathizers of the MDC will go down in History as having unsuccessfully tried to install a Counter-Revolutionary Political Party etc etc and all that shallow rubbish.
It must never be forgotten that Zimbabweans across the Spectrum ( ie workers, intellectuals, farmers, the unemployed, the enterpreuners etc virtually everyone was supporting the "MUGABE MUST GO" refrain!
We must be reminded of the rampant corruption that was increasing unchecked!
We must be reminded of the nepotism ( eg the evil and illegal removal of Engineer Simbarashe Mangwengwende fom the Leadership of ZESA to make way for Mugabe's corrupt, arrogant and inefficient brother-in-law, Sidney Gata.)
We must be reminded of the wasted resources where Zimbabwe was made by Robert Mugabe to adventure into the DRC to prop up the dictatorship of a certain arrogant autocrat called Laurent Kabila.
We must be reminded of the alleged looting of the mineral wealth of the DRC and the subsequent assassination of the youthful Minister of Defence Moven Mahachi who was calling for a thorough Investigation into the allegations from the UN that Emmerson "Soft-As-Wool" Mnangagwa and others were getting filthy rich from siphoning the mineral wealth of the DRC.
Please remind us of the economic mismanagement where ZANU-PF concentrated on buliding "white elephants" eg the new Harare International Airport etc in order to create opportunities for crooks and saboteurs like Leo Mugabe to siphon State and other resources.
Remind us of the assassinations and disappearances of many great and valuable citizens of Zim eg Josiah Magama Tongogara, Witness Rukarwa, chris Ushewokunze, Sidney Malunga, Zororo Duri, William Ndangana, Prof "Mas", Willie Dzawanda Musarurwa, and other lesser personalities like Ms Rashiwe Guzha, the CIO Boss Eddison Shirihuru, Albert Mugabe, Peter Pamire, etc etc ad infinitum.
Don't forget the Gukurahundi Masssacres where Robert Mugabe ( the insecure man of a serious inferiority complex) had the sole aim of was to crush ZAPU and bring them to a state of capitulation so as to remove the obvious challenge from the humble but very charismatic Joshua M'qabuko "kaNyongolo" Nkomo.
(By the way how exactly did his wife Mama MaFuyane die in 2003? Zvakafamba sei chaizvo-chaizvo?)
Remind us please of how the gullible people of Zimbabwe were fooled into believing that the foxy Robert Mugabe and "his" ZANU-PF had accepted the principle of Multi-Party Democracy when they expelled Edgar "Two-Boy" "Murambatsvina" Tekere and "encouraged" him to form his own Political Party.
Thousands were flogged and murdered by the CIO for the simple crime of belonging to Tekere's ZUM.
Dr Patrick Kombayi is a survivor of a Mnangagwa-masterminded assassination attempt.
Please kindly clear the air and remind us of ALL the evils of Robert Mugabe and his version of Liberation/ Independence!
Remind us vividly and in detail of the misappropriation of donor funds where the said funds were used to buy farms for a few top ZANU-PF officials and no thought was given to the land-hungry majority.
Above all, remind us of the frightening economic decline, the rising Inflation, the soaring figures of unemployment etc etc BEFORE the farm invasions.
HELP REDEEM TSVANGIRAI'S NAME!
I am on my knees beseeching you to remind us, remind us and remind us and this doing urgently to counter the heavy doses of ZANU-PF Propaganda.
Whether the youthful MDC Party succeeds to remove ZANU-PF or not; our children and their children should be able to get a-hold of the truth!
PLEASE CLEAR THE AIR!
PLEASE REMIND US OF THE TRUTH!
The issues are now clouded by silly debates about whether to participate or not in ZANU-PF's desperate games (like the stupid unnecessary Senate things) while the greater truths are forgotten in the confusion!
GOD BLESS US ALL!
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Friday, 24 August 2007
President Mwanawasa also announced that Zambia had donated 10 000 metric tons of maize to the World Food Programme (WFP) to be made available to any SADC country in need.
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