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Friday, December 22, 2006

Our President's Christmas and New Year Message!

 
MORGAN Tsvangirai . . . decision to extend Mugabe's tenure will be resisted
HARARE - As we draw a close to what has been for many a very miserable year it gives me great pleasure to predict a glimmer of hope in an otherwise even more?murky prediction for 2007. 
I am aware that the year 2006, like the previous seven years, was particularly difficult. But you remained resolute in the struggle to express yourselves out of the national crisis. 
We endured long queues for basic commodities; suffered the indignity of shortages of transport, electricity and fuel; sacrificed our entire savings to enable children to attend schools and witnessed the loss of a loved one through HIV/Aids. 
 
We all know that since independence in 1980, and in particular the last seven years, we have been subjected to the most trying circumstances. Many are without food. 
We can’t afford to send our children to schools. Hospitals have been turned into avenues of death. An HIV/Aids pandemic is causing havoc, making Zimbabwe a nation with the highest number of orphans in the world.
 
  
The challenge facing us today is to devise an effective mechanism to save Zimbabwe from further haemorrhage. Wherever we are, let us commit ourselves in earnest to saving our nation. 
What can we do individually and collectively to advance the struggle for change, for a new beginning, and for a new Zimbabwe?

 
 As we approach 2007, let us look back and use our experiences to help the people to help themselves and to determine their own destiny, against the numerous odds imposed by Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF dictatorship. 
 
 
Safeguarding our freedom depends on what we are prepared to do, at home and in the Diaspora.  
It is quite obvious that we are in for a rough ride into 2007, especially when faced with the consequences of a Zanu PF defend-power project, imposed onto the people after the February 2000 referendum and the June 2000 parliamentary election.  
  
The brutal assault onto the people; declaration of war against the people; the flagrant display of dishonesty, the skewed policies and the propaganda we have been subjected to over the last seven years have hit us hard.   
 
  
Only the dishonest and those politically connected to Zanu PF are surviving the onslaught.?Southern Africa faces a major challenge in 2010. We are hosting the World Cup.
  
International attention shall thus be focused on all of us as a region as we receive visitors, international business and attend to the needs of millions of soccer followers. 
 
We cannot afford to be enmeshed in the political emotions associated with elections at a time when the entire focus of humanity shall be on the SADC region through sport.  
Fellow Zimbabweans, it is clear that Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF elite have elevated themselves to the position of super-patriots and decided to extend their rule against the national sentiment
  
Mugabe and Zanu PF rig elections; usurp state institutions for political expediency; beat up Zimbabweans who disagree with the style of governance and destroy a country full of promise.  
The decision to extend Mugabe’s term of office, already contested after the 2002 Presidential election, is major slap in the face for all Zimbabweans. 
 
We are in a serious dilemma as we have experienced and continue to live with an unprecedented economic meltdown and political uncertainty, all authored by Mugabe and his cronies.  
We desire a normal society where decisions that affect the entire nation cannot be a preserve of a political party. 
 
 
All Zimbabweans must discuss and agree on the efficacy of any proposal whose political implications affect the nation at large. Zanu PF has no right to impose its will on all of us.  
You are aware that I challenged Mugabe’s legitimacy in 2002 following your mandate. Despite his refusal to open up institutions of state to resolve pertinent concerns arising from the challenge, I wish to thank Zimbabweans for remaining steadfast and committed to the resolution of the national crisis. 
 
 
What Mugabe and ZANU PF have now done is the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. We cannot continue to watch Mugabe and his cronies play dangerous games with our lives. 
The decision to extend Mugabe’s already controversial tenure shall be resisted. Together with our civil society partners and all democratic forces, we pledge to provide the necessary leadership to deal with this tyranny. 
 
We are not going to let this affront on the people’s destiny go unchallenged. We shall consult you and follow your guidance in this crucial matter.  
 
As we enter in one of our bleakest festive seasons and into the New Year, may I assure you of my unwavering commitment to continue the fight for a lasting resolution of the national crisis. 
What came out of the Zanu PF conference is a major blow to Zimbabwe’s quest for a new beginning and to an end to uncertainty around Zimbabwe’s future. 
  
Morgan TsvangiraiPRESIDENT
 

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mugabe term extension madness: Tekere

National Report
http://www.fingaz.co.zw/story.aspx?stid=2163   
       
Kumbirai Mafunda Senior Reporter

FIREBRAND ZANU PF founder member and veteran nationalist Edgar Tekere has described as “madness” ZANU PF’s decision to extend President Robert Mugabe’s term to 2010.

Tekere, nicknamed “Twoboy,” said ZANU PF’s resolution at its conference in Goromonzi last weekend to combine the 2008 presidential and the 2010 parliamentary elections was a clear indication of President Mugabe’s insatiable appetite for power.
“Ndokupenga ikoko. Matricks okuda kufira pachigaro. (That’s madness. It’s a trick to stay in power for life.) He has already overstayed and the party and the country has suffered,” said Tekere in a telephone interview from his Mutare home.
Tekere was readmitted into ZANU PF at last weekend’s conference, but was barred from occupying any position in the party for five years.
Tekere, who became the first person within the ZANU PF leadership to publicly oppose President Mugabe’s one party state plan in the late 1980s, said he felt let down by his liberation war colleague. He claims to have struggled in his bid to woo President Mugabe into ZANU PF in the formative years of the party.
In an outburst likely to be seen as a case of sour grapes after being banned from elective office in ZANU PF for the next five years, Tekere said: “I sweated to form that party (ZANU PF) and to persuade him (Mugabe) to join it (ZANU PF) from Nkomo (Joshua).”
The former ZANU PF big-shot also scoffed at claims that the ZANU PF presidency had set strict conditions for him to meet before he could assume any office in the party.
“That party is more of my party than it is for Mugabe. Vamwe vacho ndiwana mafikizolo handimbozivi kuti vakabva nokupi (some of these people are Johnny-come-latelys, I don’t know where they came from),” Tekere said.
Pressed to explain his quest to rejoin ZANU PF considering that the party has not made any reforms since he quit it in 1988 to form his own party, the former Mutare Urban legislator said he will bare his soul on January 11 at the Harare launch of his memoirs, which he has titled A Lifetime of Struggle.
“I would prefer you talk to me on the 11th of January. But you can predict what I am going to say,” Tekere said.
But the political maverick’s dig at President Mugabe will baffle the ruling party’s senior leadership, especially supporters in Manicaland who laboured to back Tekere’s desperate bid to be re-admitted into the ruling party.
Tekere was sacked from ZANU PF in October 1988 because of his strong opposition to President Mugabe’s attempts to establish a one-party state. He formed the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM), which made an impressive attempt to dislodge ZANU PF during the 1990 general elections.
       


Welcome to the Internet, President Mugabe
By Geoff Nyarota
http://www.thezimbabwetimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208
Three unrelated events over the past two weeks have underscored the disdain and cavalier approach of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite towards press freedom issues.

In a truly democratic environment freedom of the press entails the guarantee by a government to news-gathering organizations of free access to information and the freedom to publish such information without let or hindrance. The same freedom is also extended to members of the public to access that disseminated information. With such access to information from various sources the public is better equipped to make decisions on matters that affect their lives.

For any situation approximating the above to be achieved in Zimbabwe the media landscape requires a complete overhaul, especially in the government’s media empire which has long ceased to inform in the public interest. The cause of the poor performance and the attendant decline in public appeal are no mystery to those charged with running government’s newspapers and electronic media. But many of them are appointed, not on the basis of their recognized talent or experience, but on their assumed propensity and obsession with presenting to the world a positive image of government at all costs

Leo Mugabe, the honourable Member of Parliament for Makonde, is an extraordinary business entrepreneur. He tries to make a success of the most unlikely ventures, including where he has no known skills. His term of office as ZIFA chairman was controversy-ridden. He is the chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Communications. Above all he is a devoted nephew of President Robert. His mother, Sabina, the President’s only sister, is also a Member of Parliament, while his brother Patrick Zhuwawo, serves in the capacity of Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Development

In his capacity as chairman of the parliamentary committee Leo Mugabe had occasion recently to present before the august House his committee’s report on the 2007 budget allocations to the Ministry of Information and Publicity.

There has been much turbulence in this ministry during the course of 2006. No sooner had the ministry lost its minister, Tichaona Jokonya, in rather tragically peculiar circumstances, than the deputy minister Bright Matonga was embroiled in serious allegations of grand-scale sleaze when he was chief executive of the Zimbabwe Omnibus Company, Zupco. The case which has already claimed the scalp of the bus company’s former chairman, Charles Nherera, appears set to bag another scalp that of controversial Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Notwithstanding his current ignominious circumstances, Chombo was appointed to the Zanu-PF politburo over the weekend. President Mugabe has an uncanny predilection with appointment to the upper echelons of the government machinery officials who sooner or later tarnish the image of our country through their involvement in allegations of corruption.

To ensure that such acts of corruption are kept under wraps, government has gone out of its way to render Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and New Ziana through gross interference in their editorial operations. Government media outlets have become discredited, unpopular and, therefore, totally unprofitable. Successive ministers of information have, each in their own unique style, attempted to turn these once profitable organisations, which government owns and controls, into commercially viable operations. Successive CEOs at ZBC, in particular, have discovered to their chagrin that one cannot turn around the fortunes of a media organisation, unless there is minimum government interference.

Leo Mugabe told Parliament that New Ziana, Transmedia Corporation (whatever that is) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation should join hands to start a "visual raw footage distribution service" to international broadcasters. This initiative would maximise their revenue earnings, he said.

I suppose Mugabe realizes that the said visual raw footage must be of a quality that is appealing to the said international broadcasters. Considering that the appalling output of ZTV has driven thousands of foreign currency-strapped Zimbabweans to import expensive satellite dishes, the issue of content rather than any proposed merger, becomes the major challenge faced by those trying to turn around the fortunes of the state broadcaster.

Mugabe told the House that such merger would enhance Ziana’s news-selling status, while earning foreign currency for its own recapitalization.

Obviously driven by what I can only perceive as a burning desire to countermand Leo Mugabe’s apparent concern for success in the operations of state-run media, the acting Minister of Information, Paul Mangwana, addressed a meeting of his own a few days after Mugabe tabled his proposal. Mangwana summoned state media editors to his office. He instructed them to ensure positive reporting on the major political issue of the day, Zanu-PF’s controversial and acrimonious project to dovetail the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2010, as well as on the just passed Zanu-PF congress.

Those who attended Mangwana’s meeting, along with permanent secretary, George Charamba, say Mangwana expressed grievous concern that the said harmonisation of presidential and parliamentary elections was not receiving positive coverage in the state media.

The Herald, which is arguably the most sycophantic of the state-owned newspapers, and its editor Pikirayi Deketeke, equally arguably the most loyal and "patriotic" of the editors, are said to have been singled out for heavy censure. They had become overly-critical of the government and engaged in what the minister described as unnecessary controversies.

By way of example the acting minister is said to have suggested that the harmonization story could definitely benefit from flavouring with ingredients such as examples from Zambia and other African countries which hold presidential, parliamentary, mayoral and council elections concurrently.

In simple terms, what Mangwana was telling the assembled editors is that the dirty linen of government or Zanu-PF should never be laundered in public. Like his predecessors, he obviously does not subscribe to any theory of transparency or accountability in governance. But it is such issues as the acting minister’s high-handed approach to press freedom issues and the content of discredited media outlets, and not necessarily packaging and marketing strategies, as proposed by Leo Mugabe, that should be the focus of any ministry official with a genuine interest in the welfare and viability of the state’s media empire.

Given the lackadaisical state of Zimbabwe’s media affairs, any heavy criticism of editors or their papers has a bearing on the performance of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, who has an inordinate amount of influence over who is appointed to edit a newspaper. Therefore, stung by Mangwana’s denigration, Charamba is reported to have rushed to the rescue of The Herald and Deketeke.

He apparently pointed out to Mangwana that too much state interference had led many Zimbabweans to seek alternative sources of information, "particularly hostile online newspapers". So Charamba knows the truth after all.

The government has effectively transformed Zimpapers, ZBC and New Ziana into a well-oiled machinery for the dissemination of its own and Zanu-PF’s propaganda. Government controlled newspapers as well as radio and television are skillfully employed to attack perceived opponents of government, the so-called enemies of the state, both domestic and foreign. Government’s foes are rarely featured in the state-controlled media, except in a negative manner.

What Mangwana clearly has in mind is a return to the situation aptly captured back in 2002 by the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (ZMMP). The ZMMP declared that ZBC was guilty of bias and distortion "like never before" in the run-up to the presidential polls.

A ZMMP report pointed out that between December 1, 2001 and March 7, 2002, in the run-up to the presidential election, ZTV carried a total of 402 election campaign stories in news bulletins monitored by the organisation.

Of these, an astounding 339 (84 percent) had favoured Mugabe, the ruling Zanu-PF candidate. Only 38 stories (or a paltry nine percent) had covered the activities of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), but "virtually all of them" were used to discredit the party and its candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai.

What Charamba would do well to explain is why Zimbabweans in large numbers are attracted to what he calls hostile online newspapers. He could launch this exercise by asking President Mugabe why he seems to have now joined the migration of readers away from the state-owned media to the allegedly hostile online and regular independent newspapers published in Harare.

Mugabe revealed to bemused members of his central committee last Thursday what, to all intents and purposes, had been a closely guarded secret about his preferred and regular sources of news and information about Zimbabwe. He did this while lambasting Zanu-PF officials for feeding online and other publications with information.

"There is information, sorry, misinformation….daily on the Internet, or in The Financial Gazette and The Independent and so on," he said. "We try to put it in a way that disguises it a bit, but it’s obvious that it’s a colleague of ours who has written it or sent the information to the Independent or the Standard."

I had no idea that the quest for the truth and a realistic appraisal of Zimbabwe’s current situation has now driven Mugabe to frequent the Internet. I felt a sense of conquest, as managing editor of The Zimbabwe Times.com, at this realization. The editors of New Zimbabwe.com, Zimonline.com, Zimdaily.com, The Zimbabwean.com, Zimobserver.com, Zimbabwejournalists.com, Changezimbabwe.com, Zimnews.com and other Zimbabwe-linked online services, too numerous to list but all spawned by Zimbabwe’s harsh media environment, must have felt the same.

The government has effectively driven scores of journalists, both Zimbabwean and foreign out of the country. Government spin doctors have tried in vain over the past few years to convince citizens that independent and foreign journalists are motivated by a malicious and unpatriotic craving to paint a negative picture of or to discredit our still beautiful but once prosperous country.

The foreign journalists have since returned to their own countries - the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and various other countries that had correspondents based in Harare. Likewise, many Zimbabwean journalists were forced to leave the country of their birth. They found refuge in South Africa, the UK, the United States and Canada.

One would expect that, with the departure of these two groups of objectionable or veritable enemies of the state, there would be celebration in official circles and that Zanu-PF would live happily ever after. But, as events over the past two weeks have illustrated, this was clearly not the case.

First, Mugabe grants an exclusive interview to a Canadian television station. While the "patriotic" reporters at ZBC look on in mortification as their beloved President shares with the Canadians his innermost thoughts about his retirement. The Canadians then make a copy of their exclusive interview with the President of Zimbabwe available to the local hacks.

"You are not good enough to interview me," seems to be Mugabe’s underlying message.
As if that were not perplexing enough, it also transpires that Mugabe has virtually followed the now exiled Zimbabwean journalists all the way to the Internet where they have set up online publications.

One would expect the President to be content with reading The Herald and watching ZTV, like other patriotic Zimbabweans. But apparently he surfs the net in search of online newspapers.

Then he flips through the pages of The Financial Gazette, The Zimbabwe Independent and The Zimbabwe Standard.
Curiously, he does not mention The Daily Mirror or The Sunday Mirror.
It is not the attractive packaging or effective distribution stratagems proposed by Leo Mugabe that will achieve self-sustainability in the government’s media empire. It is the accuracy of fact, the news value and the credibility of content that draws the likes of President Mugabe to the Internet, where news articles are crafted away from the self-serving fulminations of Mangwana.

Welcome to the internet, President Mugabe!             

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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ZIMBABWEAN PETITIONS U. S. PRESIDENT!

Here is the petition link
 
http://www.gopetition.com/online/10585.html

Here is the story that started it.
 
http://www.zimdaily.com/news/126/ARTICLE/1160/2006-12-11.html
 
Since then, I have spoken to two Congressmen who are willing to help us. But that is as far as my little mind has gone. I could use help.

 
Tambu Kahari.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zanu PF's worst Christmas present ever

By Daniel Fortune Molokele

http://www.newzimbabwe.com/pages/fortune83.15633.html

AS THE dust begins to settle in the aftermath of yet another annual Zanu-PF conference, it is trite to note that the most poignant outcome of the event is the fact that it was a huge non-event for the Zimbabwean majorities.

Indeed, the conference was at the very least a missed opportunity for the party to come up with a strong consensus in terms of the way forward on the political and socio-economic crisis affecting the country.

Instead, as the weekend event unraveled, it became increasingly clear that the party gathering had no serious intent at all to address the real issues affecting the nation. It is therefore most unfortunate that the party chose to invest their meager intellectual and strategic planning resources on a rigorous exercise of self-preservation. What is even more tragic is the fact that contrary to some media reports, there was not even a direct focus at all on the so-called ‘succession’ debate.

If anything, the issue was effectively eliminated from the agenda as soon as Mugabe announced nonchalantly in his speech that there was still no job vacancy at the country’s highest office. His speech had the net effect of setting the tone for the actual intended major outcome of the conference, that is, the endorsement of Mugabe’s selfish plans to extend his tenure in office.

The glass ceiling of the so-called debate was effectively reached when the party’s Chairperson, John Nkomo announced at the end of the weekend non-event that the conference had resolved that there should be no debate at all on succession because there are still no vacancies at the top. The mere fact that his remarks were greeted with wild applause by the thousands of the cheering delegates also underlined the party’s determination to invest its energies in this lucid exercise in self-preservation.

It is clear from the facts that emerged during the run-up to the conference that most provinces had already decided that the purpose of the 2006 conference was to legitimize the long rumoured plans to defer the presidential elections to 2010. The weekend event was thus to all purposes and intents a rubberstamping process for Mugabe’s insatiable thirst for political power.

In the final analysis, it was thus not such a big surprise that the most crucial resolution of the 2006 conference was the approval of a motion to move the presidential polls from 2008 to 2010 so that they could be ‘harmonised’ and held at the same time with the Parliamentary elections.

The postponement of the presidential elections aside, the other defining moment of the conference was what Mugabe said in his closing remarks. The leader of the party expressed his pride at the full support he had received from his cohorts. He is reported to have said thus, “I go out of here proud that I have the people behind me. I am what I am because of you”.

Surely it is clear that Mugabe has long lost touch with the masses of the country! One does not need to be rocket scientist or robotics professor to clearly note that the long suffering people have been pummeled into reluctant submission by Mugabe and his party. It is sad that the party is no longer able to differentiate the aspect of fear and popularity in terms of the opinions of the country’s majorities. The truth is that even scientific research from such surveys as the African Barometer report have already confirmed what was always an assumed reality. The fact is that Zimbabweans are a nation that lives in perpetual fear of State terror.

Whichever way one looks at it, the point of the matter is that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF have already overstayed their welcome in power. It is common cause that the people of Zimbabwe have for long tried to boot them out of power. The fact that they still remain in office has nothing to do with their popularity. No, not at all! In fact it has everything to do with their suppressive political trickery and chicanery. Everyone now knows that dissent is a byword and taboo in the Zimbabwean political landscape. Diversity and pluralism have long been banished out of the country and monopolism now reigns supreme across the land. No one has the right to freely express a different opinion from Mugabe from Zambezi to Limpopo!

What is even more sad for me is that Mugabe and his party also chose to ignore the fact that a sizable number of the Zimbabwean people have already decided to voice their disapproval of their political leadership by leaving the country altogether. The facts and stats are there for all to see! It is now estimated that at least three million Zimbabweans now live outside the country.

In fact a simple glance across the country would have easily revealed the long queues spiraling out of the South African boarders. Thousands of Zimbabweans are on their way home at this moment and time in what may be the biggest annual human trans-migration in the African continent. The process of the many Zimbabweans returning home for Christmas is only comparable to the world famous game migrations of the Serengeti in East Africa!

As the conference was busy adopting its resolutions, the rest of the country’s majorities were busy bracing themselves for yet another Christmas separated from their loved ones. It is often said that Christmas is a time for the families to gather together and enjoy the final moments of the year that was. But no so in Zimbabwe! The fact that at least one third of the country’s population is now living in the Diaspora simply means that many families will once again be forced to have yet another Christmas without their beloved ones.

But as if struggling to have the basic food commodities on the Christmas menu was not enough for the Zimbabwean population, the resolutions of the weekend conference must surely have added salt to injury! Indeed the last thing any average Zimbabwean would have wanted to listen to as the Christmas hit song was “Handiende’ from Bob and his Wailers! The sad music emanating from the Zanu-PF conference is surely the worst Christmas gift ever to come from Mugabe since 1980.

Daniel Molokele is a Zimbabwean Human Rights Lawyer who is based in Johannesburg. He can be contacted at

zimvirtualnation@yahoo.com

Daniel Molokele


 


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WHY THE MDC SPLIT?



http://www.zimdaily.com/news/127/ARTICLE/1173/2006-12-18.html

Why the MDC Split - The Truth


Mon, 18 Dec 2006 00:09:00


Silence Chihuri


At a time when the situation in Zimbabwe becomes really chronic with democratic and civic forces fighting the cause getting more and more overstretched, most Zimbabweans are desperately yearning for redemption. The only force that stood a real chance of delivering us from the jaws of a ravenous dictatorship was the MDC Party in its original unified format. Yet the party is now severely incapacitated by a split that was both inevitable yet unavoidable. In his new ‘Candid Politics’ column Silence Chihuri, former Treasurer of the unified MDC UK will be revisiting the issue of the MDC split in three series, i.e. why the MDC split, why the party should re-unite or die, and the challenges that await any such reunification.



Why the MDC Split?



There have been various theories that have been put forward as to the causes of the MDC split.


Among others, the theories range from conflicting views and approaches among the party leadership, the issue of the so-called ‘loose coalition’ that made up the party i.e. labour movements, civic society etc and a loose pool of disgruntled masses who hoped on to the MDC bandwagon in droves.


All this was against the backdrop of no clearly defined and binding ideology. Then the issue of tribe that has for the first time been ratcheted to unprecedented heights such that the future of national politics could be quite difficult to determine.


I would refer to the MDC in the past tense because the MDC I am talking about is the one that was split into the two factions that are trying with great difficulty to get back together.


I was very proud to be part of that original MDC and I contributed as much as any other people who were as committed as I was to a party that would not necessarily serve individuals, but the nation state.


I know that there are people out there who would still want to claim that either this or that faction is the real MDC, but I personally think that the real MDC vanished into the deep crater that was created by the split of the party.


What are left are individuals either side of the MDC divide some of whom are still as honourable and committed as they were before the party split. There is no party left unless it is restored.


If there is a party that can split with the majority of the leadership going to one side, and the majority of the members going to the other side, and people still thinking that either of the two pieces is the legitimate MDC, then that would only demonstrate a chronic lack of appreciation of a very serious problem.


Where then would the need to re-unite the party come from, if there were no split in the first place? At times it is important to remove fantasy from reality and that is what has to be realised as far as the issue of the MDC split is concerned, because this is why the matter has been going on and on and will ramble on while the country burns.


One of the main reasons why the MDC split was because the top leadership could not agree on a common approach to a number of issues to take the party forward. If the party is to be re-united to day there is need to avoid glossing over those significant differences but to effectively address and bridge them because those differences created mistrust that still exists among the founding leaders.



For example, the top leadership did not agree whether or not to remove Mugabe by force in the form of intensified mass civil disobedience, especially when the 2002 Presidential election was evidently stolen.


The other hawkish leaders then saw people like Welshman Ncube and David Coltart as the dovetailed academics that were sitting in the way of radicalising the party.


Of course, this has turned out not to be true because even now with the doves out of the way what has flourished is rhetorical radicalism.


There was also the issue of control of the party and this was from where the intra-party feuding actually started.


There were individuals who were resource gatekeepers and got super-rich overnight and they sought to use that access to resources as a means of swaying support of the vulnerable party faithful.


Money was dangled and flashed while the party structures especially in the rural areas suffered with people walking distances on foot to conduct party business.


During party occasions and functions the way members were catered for was usually biased according to whom they were inclined. This created discontent (a hungry man is an angry man), among the generality of members who suffered as a consequence and resentment grew towards those officials clearly marking fault lines that were exploited during the split.


There were then those with the power even to do without the resources and still surround themselves with ‘officials’ in a system of patronage akin to that in Zanu PF, and this stemmed mainly from the issue of the selective allocation of resources.


The system of patronage (including the so-called Kitchen Cabinet), was on the basis of the MDC successfully assuming power and then those strategically cherry-picked and planted into key positions would be used to turn the tables onto those who were using party resources as tools.


However, although there was a common sense of grievance among the deprived of the party, the system of cronyism also equally created resentment as elected officials were sidelined ahead of non-elected people and every principled party member was against this.


It should be noted also, that the penchant for control spilled beyond the national party boundaries into neighbouring countries and abroad where, key positions and authority would be parcelled out only to those ‘loyal’ to the powers that. The Diaspora link proved crucial especially due to the flow of scant resources and control was (still is), viewed as vital and the ‘rewarding’ of loyal and blind followers is still the norm


Then there was the issue of the party constitution that was seriously violated and this was the last straw because there were those who were hiding behind the veneer of the constitution to frustrate their colleagues by conducting themselves in supposedly constitutional ways while underneath it was a deliberate ploy to get ensconced.


This is why the constitution was then deliberately overlooked at a crucial moment (during the Senate Debacle) and with dire consequences to democracy and party unity of course. Either way, those in the leadership abused the constitution and no one person should singled out for retribution.


Some people would say that the MDC was too loose a coalition to remain intact having been founded from such a diverse background and therefore, the splitting of the party was only a matter of time.


It is understandable that when people are of different convictions and aspirations, they tend to find it more difficult to work together especially if there is no single factor that can bind them together.


To effectively re-unite the MDC, the issue of an ideology has to be re-visited and this has to be critically thought out because the MDC brand needs to be known for what exactly it stands for, and what it would seek to achieve for Zimbabweans.


The other and main reason for the split was that Tsvangirai could not ‘control’ Welshman Ncube who clearly emerged as some kind of a Super Secretary-General, and neither could he ‘fire’ him for obvious reasons.


When the 'opportunity' to split the party arose Tsvangirai jumped for it especially when it was crystal clear that Welshman was going to be on the other side of the divide. If Welshman were to happen to be on Tsvangirai's side after the split then Tsvangirai would not have helped the split.


When Tsavngirai bellowed that “ If the party has to split so be it” he actually meant that if Welshman Ncube has to go so be it.


The same goes for Welshman Ncube and those two would never want to be back beside each other and to now expect the same people who wanted apart to reunify the MDC in the context of working together once again, is neither serious nor logical It should be emphasised to them (two) and other like minded people however, that re-unifying the MDC does not necessarily imply reuniting Tsvangirai and Ncube but the two sides generally so as to restore the single MDC that existed before the split.


There was also, the issue of trading dirty insults that followed the split of the party and this further damaged the party fabric.


There was a lot of inflammatory terminology that was thrown around and this has to be healed with equal vigour if any form of trust has to be re-instilled among the party leadership.


It should be noted also, that the re-unification of the MDC should not necessarily mean that each person would re-assume his or her original position in the party because that would not be practical or logically possible.


Re-unification should mean that the two sides come together with the senior people in both sides agreeing to throw their weight behind the people who would be either confirmed in certain positions, or re-selected to assume other position.


The senior peoples, both former and existing position holders, would then rally the support of the rest of the members behind the agreed leadership. Now without mutual trust and due respect among the top brass of the party, it will be difficult to rally the regions behind a united front.


The insults then roped in the issue of tribalism, as everything to do with split was then perceived as tribal. However if properly and critically examined, there was no tribalism but it was personality clashes. No body has the key to Matebeleland or Mashonaland.


The key lies in the policies of a party rather any individuals being viewed as the movers or pushers or tribes behind political parties. Even as it lies in comatose Zanu PF still enjoys some sort of support in Matebeleland because there are people there who still believe in what Zanu PF stands for.


It is up to the MDC to come up with policies that would maintain their support in Matebeleland rather than choosing individuals who would supposedly garner them support. It is policies stupid!


The MDC was formed out of necessity to replace a failing government and a spiteful party that is Zanu PF. The MDC was supposed to deliver on this and the fact that so far it has not done so and even looks further from doing so, shows that there was something wrong in the inception of the party, the operation of the party, as well as the environment in which the party operates.


I have not dwelled on the environment however, because this is a matter for adaptation that should be done by anyone in such a situation. Zanu PF has been evil in terms of suppression, repression and brutality but they are no worse than Smith and the Rhodesians in their tactics.


What is actually different is that while Zanu PF and PF Zapu, two different parties both with fully-fledged military wings, were colluding and combining their forces and efforts to fight Smith, the MDC leadership has in fact, had the luxury to sit on their laurels and go on to split the single party thereby terribly compromising its capacity to fight an increasingly determined and devilish regime.


While Smith followed liberation forces beyond the borders of our country bombing them en mass in refugee and training camps, the MDC has enjoyed largely unperturbed following in neighbouring countries and abroad but what they have done with that support is to exploit it rather than nature and utilise it to maximum effect.


Zimbabweans in the Diaspora feel disenchanted by the MDC because they see it as an ‘MDC thing’ and not their thing. One cannot imagine all those business people, sportsmen and journalists who have fled persecution from Zanu PF through trumped charges for supposedly supporting the ‘enemy’ only to vanish into thin air choosing not to be openly involved with the MDC because they have a feel of what goes on in the party.


It is up to the leadership to look back and reflect on the past misses and near achievements. There are times when Zanu PF has been let off, not because the MDC were in collusion with them, but because the MDC had no strategy to counter them.


Now the issue of Mugabe extending his term of office to 2010 is real and will be pushed through as along as the MDC has no clear and effective strategy to stop that.


There is no need to make any more noise about doing this or that, but simply to get down to business and come up with all the necessary ways of pulling the stops on Zanu PF and a good starting point is for the MDC to re-unite in the real sense of the.


Next week the column will be examining why the MDC should unite.

URGENT CALL FOR DIALOGUE!

 Ex www.newzimbabwe.com (FORUMS!)
http://newzim.proboards86.com/index.cgi?board=general
We dont have to agree or come from same political pursuasion!!,...but our fundamental mutual interest can only be solved through dialogue!!! please the petition and put the national agenda on the world stage. Dialogue is the right way to go whether you belong to mdc , zpf, and all the pretenders who run their parties like privated limited companies and form them only when fired by zpf!! meaning they realy zpf in disgruntled politicians skin!!

The west and its intelligencia are advocating for talks with Syria and Iran and have normalised and indeed expanded relations with Libya and enjoy cordial ones with rich Russia who like Zimbabwe have phenomenal natural resources!

IT IS IN OUR FUNDAMENTAL MUTUAL INTEREST FOR DIALOGUE NOT BLACKMAIL SANCTIONS TO TRIUMPH, THE TRIUMPH OF DIPLOMACY LEAVES EVERYBODY HAPPY AND HUMAN!!!

SIGN HERE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.petitiononline.com/ZIMBOS/petition.html

Posted by Rev M S Hove…The Radical Soldier.
Cell: 0791463039 RSA.

Monday, December 18, 2006

MUGABE MUST GO NOW!

Press release
Zimbabwe is faced with yet another crisis.
 
 This time, we cannot let it go unchallenged.
 
 MUGABE IS SEEKING POWER TO THE YEAR 2010 AND BEYOND! 
 
We must all know that by now, he intends to stay in power till he sees the grave. Zimbabwe cannot afford this luxury, not for another Day !!
 
Mugabe must go now!
 
What boggles the mind is the support he is getting from the provinces. Obviously those ZANU-PF stooge delegetes voted to have their graves dug deeper. Are they blind, are they stupid, are they so brainwashed not to see the writing on the wall that Mugabe has destroyed their own livelihoods and reduced them to the poorest peasants of the region. Perhaps they are scared of the ever building wrath of the grass roots of Zimbabwe. They know that they have destroyed everything decent in Zimbabwe. Their fear is so great that they have nowhere to turn.
 
We, the people of Zimbabwe, are sick and tired of ZANU-PF. They have completely lost direction .We are tired of a government that has nothing in mind except to remain in power forever regardless of the cost and demise of Zimbabwe. An extension of Mugabe's rule is basically an extension of more poverty and more suffering of the Zimbabweans.
In the first place there was no reason to seperate Parliamentary electons from the Presidential elections.Suddenly, the elctions are to be combined. they are full of lies and excuses.
 
ZANU-PF has played tricks on the people of Zimbabwe for a very long time. Now therefore we urge all Zimbabweans to resist the extension of our suffering at the hands of this barbaric leader. We urge the army, members of the CIOs and the police to rally behind the majority of Zimbabweans and resist this ill-timed extention for Mugabe to rule Zimbabwe forever
We are also requesting the leadership of our neighbouring countries and the rest of SADC, to condemn this terroristic move by Mugabe. SADC countries are definitely affected, directly or indirectly, by the Zimbabwean crisis. Mugabe cannot be allowed to terrorise the whole region. Mugabe is a threat to peace in Southern Africa and SADC must realise that soon the people of Zimbabwe will say "enough is enough". Mugabe's decision to extend his tyranny is just the litmus to ignite the fires of freedom and defiance. That fire, once lit, will be unstoppable as it spreads across the savannahs of central and southern africa. Zimbabwe's neighbours will not be left unscathed.
 
 
It is high time we accept to the international community that we have failed to remove the tyrant using democratic means. We now need to adopt better methods to counter his barbaric methods to ramain in power. A barbarian is wild and you may never make any meaningful negotiations with one. There is no way Mugabe will accept any peaceful negotiations as any would pose a threat to his grip on power. Those in the diaspora must also get fully involved in resisting the extension of Mugabe's rule to 2010. That will be Thirty years in power.
 
However, he seems afraid of his neighbouring states. His speech at the conference clearly showed that he is afraid of his so called friends. He seems not sure whom to trust anymore. We need to pressurise SADC to act on such a move and this is where those in the dispora come into action.
 
 
People of Zimbabwe must brace for great resistance to further suffering. Mugabe must go now and it must be now.
 
Jay Jay Sibanda
 
 
CONCERNED ZIMBABWEANS ABROAD ( 076 976 0952 ) Johannesburg


 


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Friday, December 15, 2006

Zimbabwe's prospects for change!

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/viewinfo.cfm?id=2890

 
Bro Wilf Mbanga!
 
The recent elections in Zimbabwe provided Robert Mugabe with a golden opportunity to return the country to normality, to democracy and international recognition and assistance.
 
 
Tragically, that chance was squandered and now there is very little hope for the short or even medium term.
 
 
Why did he do it? Why did he blow this last chance to redeem himself, to put an end to isolation and ostracism from all but a few countries.  Even his African colleagues, while defending him in international fora for the sake of African solidarity – hold him at arm's length.   They really regard him as an embarrassment.  No longer does he receive regular invitations to state visits as he used to. 
 
 
The Nigerians, who defended him to the hilt in the Commonwealth and his nearest neighbours Mozambique and Zambia, not to mention South Africa, willingly gave a home to the dispossessed yet highly skilled white farmers who fled the Zanu (PF) mobs with little more than the clothes they stood up in.
 
 
His country is in an absolute mess. That much must surely be apparent even to him. There is no rule of law, no freedom of association or of the press. The police and army are politicized, the judiciary compromised, national institutions militarized.  Zimbabwe is virtually a police state. The election was run by the military.  The CIO is now in charge of food distribution.  The economy has contracted by 30% in the last two years, with inflation at 130%.
 
 
About three in five Zimbabweans are going to bed hungry tonight and one in four is HIV positive.  One in four is living in exile. In a population of 12 million that doesn't leave many who are not affected  by the tragedy that is Zimbabwe today.
 
 
As I speak tonight there is no fuel, no employment, no foreign currency, no security of tenure for property, no energy, and business confidence is at its lowest since independence. Health is in intensive care.  Coca Cola is unavailable for the first time in decades, because of a shortage of sugar in a country that used to export the commodity.
 
This is the lot of the average Zimbabwean. But the Zanu (PF) officials and their hangers on are cushioned from these hardships by an intricate and well-developed system of patronage.   They have been given jobs, farms, government contracts, licenses for hunting and photographic safaris – the list goes on and on.
 
One of the things Mugabe has successfully done is to compromise people, thus ensuring himself of their undying loyalty.  This is true of the entire upper echelons of Zimbabwean society now – cabinet ministers, senior government officials, army and police officers, heads of parastatals and indigenous businessmen. A lot of them are in receipt of stolen property, or have contravened exchange control regulations.
 
 
For as long as they toe the line, these offences are overlooked.  But let them dare to break ranks and the axe falls. Perfect examples of this is James Makamba – a businessman who dared to look at Grace Mugabe the wrong way, and former finance minister Chris Kuruneri who is still rotting in jail a year after being arrested.  He started questioning things and was in favour of valuing the Zimbabwe dollar. Not a good idea.
 
All those in power today know that their avarice has ruined the once-prosperous nation and they will never be chosen by the people to rule over them if free and fair elections are held.
 
A return to democracy effectively means loss of power, influence and control – and if they lose control most of them will surely end up in prison.  Mugabe himself could be brought to stand trial for genocide in Matabeleland.  Most of them would be prosecuted under a new government for their wholesale looting of state coffers and assets.
 
So any talk of a return to democracy for Zimbabwe would mean guaranteeing immunity from prosecution to today's ruling oligarchy – or thievocracy!
 
It would mean convincing them that they will be allowed to keep their ill-gotten gains, as well as a guarantee of their personal safety.  Because of course, not only have they been responsible for the material suffering of Zimbabweans, but – far more significantly than that - they have also directly or indirectly sanctioned the pre, post and mid-election violence that has taken place increasingly over the years and left many bereaved, maimed, raped or disabled.
 
Obviously this is an almost impossible task.  But is there any other way?
 
 
The Mugabe way is to up the stakes. He knows that he will one day have to compromise and so he is stacking whatever he can in his favour to give him a larger pile of bargaining chips. By this I mean statute books full of draconian legislation, stockpiles of armaments – so that if he makes a small concession it will be perceived by a world weary of his inhuman cruelty as significant in the light of his diabolic excesses. 
 
The opposition MDC is now planning mass action.  We know Mugabe will send his bully boys to crush this with brute force.  It will be interesting to see, first of all the response of the people to the call for mass action – knowing that they will be mercilessly beaten, arrested and even killed.  It will also be very interesting to see the level of violence unleashed on the protestors.  Will the army go in and mow them down? Or will the police simply thrash them, arrest a few ringleaders and let the rest go?
 
One symptom of Mugabe's insanity is that he has become unpredictable. He is truly a loose cannon at this stage. The other debatable point is how far he is actually in control of the army and the police.  This year has seen unprecedented levels of militarisation at every level – from cabinet to permanent secretaries, governors, members of parliament, several parastatals etc.  Does Mugabe have a firm hold on all these generals??  Nobody knows for certain.
 
 
Because of the fear of losing power, fear of being tried for genocide and massive corruption – it is unlikely that Mugabe will even consider a return to democracy. It looks as though we will have to wait until he is out of the picture. It is simply not an option for him at the moment.  The increasing militarisation that I have mentioned compounds the problem.  Armies give or obey orders – they don't ask people what they would like.
 
So what I'm saying is that the status quo is likely to remain with all the attendant problems and consequences.
 


 


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CIO warns of civil war!

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/viewinfo.cfm?linkcategoryid=27&linkid=35&id=2859
HARARE - Middle and junior-ranking officers of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have recommended that President Robert Mugabe abandon the idea of postponing presidential elections from 2008 to 2010 saying these plans risk igniting civil war.

The details emerged as the feuding opposition MDC factions vowed to close ranks and fight Mugabe as a united front in a double effort to force him to abandon the “politically contentious plan.”

Intelligence officials interviewed this week said the CIO’s top directors who report directly to the President were buffering this message from reaching “Number 1”.

The CIO officers said several of their colleagues working on the “PP (presidential poll) assignment” had emphasised the need to rejuvenate the ruling party but still maintain the presidential election timetable, which must be held by March 2008.

“We are dyed-in-the-wool intelligence operatives and our mandate is to interact with the lowest members of society and provide feedback as frankly and accurately as possible to our principals,” said one junior officer. “Several of our officers have officially confirmed that there is anger out there over these plans to postpone the elections given the deepening hardships. Generally there is a strong feeling from voters that they will not support Zanu (PF) unless Mugabe retires. The President is however being badly advised by those who report to him directly,” he said, adding that this was the general sentiment among middle and junior ranking CIO officers, who constitute the majority of the 3,000-strong spy agency.

The officials said the “foot soldiers” - or junior and middle rank CIO officers deployed to mingle and interact with the ordinary people - had in the past few months conducted an “intelligence ballot” which supported the theory that “there is an urgent need to reconstitute Zanu (PF) through a new leadership” to enhance its electoral fortunes. They said most of the feedback suggested “Mugabe should be persuaded to go into dignified retirement.”

Thursday, December 14, 2006

THE STORY OF THE MDC...1999 to 2006!!

Comprehensive statement issued by the MDC and important for your Historical Records
Sent to the Rev Mufaro Stig Hove (The Radical Soldier) by Bro William Bango (whom I hold in the highest esteem).
M.S.Hove. Cell: 0791463039 RSA. mufarostig@yahoo.co.uk
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The Developing Crisis.
We are a product of unique historical circumstances. Our shared history of injustice and suffering impelled and determined our birth as a force for democracy in Zimbabwe, and our perceived common destiny continues to bind us as we struggle for a deliberately defined and better future.

Throughout the 1990’s the current regime simply abdicated the sacred responsibility to govern. It subverted the popular mandate bestowed by the people and became a regime of cronies superintending the welfare and economic well being of a few at the expense of the majority of Zimbabweans.

The political and economic fortunes of the country were rapidly sliding into political decay and economic collapse. Democracy was being slowly strangled and ultimately gave way to a vicious primitive dictatorship. People’s voices were virtually excluded from the management of public affairs, their own affairs, and a supposedly benevolent dictatorship was substituted for democratic consultation and democratic processes.

The collapsing economy spewed hundreds of thousands of workers into chronic unemployment and poverty in the urban areas, while in the rural areas millions were driven out of the mainstream economy, with their labour yielding only subsistence existence. Levels of poverty never before experienced in this country were fast becoming a permanent condition of existence. Mortality rates plummeted as the health sector collapsed and hospitals became totally dysfunctional; school dropout rates reached alarming levels as people concentrated on the crisis of daily sustenance and public funding dwindled and general infrastructure collapsed leaving vast swaths of the country virtually inaccessible.

For the people, poverty seemed to defeat all possibilities of relief and redress. Hope was replaced by general gloom and despondency. Then, as now, the only exit route, literally was to wait for eventual certain death from hunger, disease or political violence. The entire population was in a trap.

All these woes were not natural catastrophes. They were a deliberately crafted strategy of rulership by the regime. Poverty was deliberately invented and maintained. The central strategic objective of the regime was to create poverty as an instrument to make the people depended on handouts, thereby render them unquestioningly available to the rapacious caprices of unbridled dictatorial rule. As a captured weapon in the hands of the dictatorship, poverty became a tool to ruthlessly enforce political docility.

The People’s Response-- The National Working People’s Convention (NWPC).
In the context of this fast developing national crisis, the broad democratic forces in Zimbabwelabour, women and youth organizations, civic groups, informal sector workers, students, peasants, the churches etc.,---were impelled by the common dire circumstances to come together under the auspices of The National Working People’s Convention (NWPC), review the situation and chart a path towards a common liveable future. The NWPC’s diagnosis of the crisis yielded a compelling path forward.

The NWPC accurately characterized the manifestations in the socio-economic field, the subversion of the separation of powers, the destruction of democracy and the democratic process, the serial violation of human rights, the general refusal to be accountable and to consult the people on all issues that affected them and a repressive constitution that fails to recognize and guarantee popular sovereignty.

These were correctly identified by the NPWC as simply symptoms of the general malaise. The root cause being a systematic failure of governance. Therefore, only a political solution could lay the basis for resolving the problems confronting the country. The NWPC Agenda for Action was anchored on two fundamental principles: (1) The critical need for a just people’s constitution and (2) crafting of policies that met the basic needs of the people. These fundamental principles, in themselves charted and impelled a path towards a sustainable political and economic dispensation for Zimbabwe .

All the democratic forces that assembled under the banner of the NWPC were under no illusion that about the practical import about the adopted resolutions and policies in general and the Agenda for Action in particular. They were both to be, and could only be implemented by a government that issued from a strong, democratic, popularly driven and organized movement of the people. There could be neither substitutes for nor short cuts to the vehicle that was to deliver social liberation. The people had to deliver their own method for liberation and there was a palpable hostility to any strategy that turned the people’s resolve and movement into handmaidens that sought to reform and sanitize the current dictatorship or be party to any brokered deals designed to achieve the same diabolical result and neutralize the undiluted thrust of the people’s organised interests.

The perceived movement, which was expected to eventually issue a redeeming popular government, was to be a broad people’s movement, strongly wedded to recognising and protecting the independent roles and mandates of the various organisations of the working people. Clearly, this was a firm instruction and unequivocal mandate to for the movement to immediately maintain the operational unity created by the NWPC and launch and sustain the democratic struggle as a broad united front until democracy is achieved.

As we gather here today, some among have got tired and went astray. They have defied the operational parameters defined and mandated by the NWPC. Today they are openly and shamelessly sending signals and overtures to the tyrannical regime for an empty compromise whose sole purpose is the achievement of individual political power that is bereft of people’s interests. Such is the nature of the tragic betrayal that has befallen the democratic forces in Zimbabwe over the past few months.

But the mainstream democratic movement has remained resolute. The MDC has remained loyal and maintained an unwavering commitment to the values and operational strategies charted by the NWPC. As we move on from this historic National Congress let us be more united and craft and implement policies that ensures that our inevitable liberation will be the product of and owned by all the broad democratic forces in Zimbabwe . The road has been long, perilous and difficult, but we shall prevail.

MDC Inaugural Congress.
The NWPC developed a National Agenda and identified how to carry it forward. That delivery vehicle became the MDC. Consequently, the MDC inaugural congress in February 2000, as with its formation in September 1999, was guided by the spirit, values, policies, resolutions and strategies of the NWPC. The party has remained faithful to the peoples’ ideals as expressed in the Agenda for Action by the NPWC. The Inaugural Congress set the stage to launch our blueprint to capture the various interests of the people into a broad programme of action to be implemented by an MDC government.

Over the past six years, we have formulated policies for our Political, Economic and Social Agenda that capture and express the political economic and social interests of the majority of Zimbabweans and we continue to celebrate our unity in diversity as a democratic movement with rich shared values and hopes.

All our policies and activities have consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to replacing the status quo with a popular, legitimate government driven by the people’s democratic force and anchored in a popular constitution. We continue to resist and neutralize all diabolical attempts to trap the movement in a groove of compromise with the dictatorship.

Through these relentless efforts, the MDC has now developed to become a central force on the Zimbabwean political terrain. Our performance in all local and national elections has demonstrated nationally, regionally continentally and indeed internationally that we are now the only dominant democratic political party in Zimbabwe today. We have scored major victories over the past six years and Congress has every reason to proudly recount and openly celebrate them. They are no mean achievements in the midst of tyranny.

THE OPERATIONAL POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT.
The valiant political victories that the movement scored were not won on a peaceful democratic political marketplace. Instead, they were snatched from the jaws of tyranny. We accepted, paid and continue to pay a heavy prize for using democratic methods against a political opponent who is totally contemptuous of, and violent to democracy, democratic processes and methods. For that we have no regrets.

Over the past six years, the party has been subjected to such a violent traumatic experience that today we can proudly claim that few political opposition political parties in modern times have survived the same levels repression as those consistently targeted, with the full might, of the state against the MDC. We have passed the test. Now we must prepare to govern with the resilience, fortitude and determination as have seen us survive the darkest and most dangerous times in the post independence history of this country.

The February 2000 Constitutional Referendum and The June 2000 Parliamentary Elections.
From the time of the formation of the party we were engaged in two battles: one organisational; the other defensive. Between the formation of the party in September 1999 and the Inaugural Congress in February 2000 the party concentrated on the establishment of an effective organizational structure on the ground. Wards, branches, district and provincial structures had to be established and stabilised and the party message had to percolate to the remotest villages.

Tragically, this intended programme of intensive mass mobilization had to be combined with a strategy to defend the nascent party structures and supporters against a ferocious onslaught from the ruling party backed by all state organs at its disposal. It was a clash of two political cultures. We sought to introduce a culture of peace, tolerance and democracy where dictatorship once reigned supreme.

With the party still in its infancy, we found ourselves going into a mobilization battle against the regime sponsored Constitution which was intended to render the dictatorship the natural political order in Zimbabwe . While the process of party building was in progress, we had to simultaneously rally the people of Zimbabwe to reject that gigantic confidence trick that the regime sought to bring under the guise of a “new” Constitution. Immediately after the Constitutional Referendum the party had to embark on the June 2000 parliamentary election campaign.

We operated daily under the sound of hostile gunfire with both the party structures and supporters targeted for destruction, the intention being to kill once and for all the idea of democracy, democratic processes and governance in Zimbabwe . Was remained of democratic culture had to be buried.

State-sponsored violence, the magnitude of which has no parallels in the post independence history of this country was unleashed and enveloped the country, creating such conditions of insecurity that for many of the party supporters, life expectancy began to measured in seconds rather than years.

The entire population was brutalized. Murder, rape, kidnappings and general violence became instruments of governance by the regime. Private property was routinely destroyed and there was a general breakdown of law and order. Law enforcement became heavily politicised along partisan lines and a supposedly protective state became a predatory one. The state became a captured instrument in the hands of the dictatorship. Every state organ and agent was turned into combatants against the MDC. Youth militias and rogue elements of the so-called war veterans marauded the country the country as virtual freebooters with specific instructions to destroy the MDC. It was virtually a war against the people. We had no state or legal protection and we had to craft our own survival methods and strategies. We prevailed.

The referendum campaign laid the context in which the violent political practices and pernicious, malicious and repressive legislation, which define the dictatorship today, were established and refined with each subsequent political campaign.

This hostile and dangerous political environment did not deter the MDC from its central objective of mobilizing the people to reject a proposed constitution that sought to entrench dictatorship and enslave them in perpetuity. The party successfully combined the tasks of party building, mass mobilisation and resistance, to defeat for the first time, and cut back the tentacles of tyranny. The people rejected the regime’s draft constitution.

It was a glorious victory for the brutalised people of Zimbabwe ; but much more significantly, it was a victory for democracy. It laid the foundation upon which future generations will continue to build an enduring democratic culture in our country. For the first time since independence, the people of Zimbabwe realised that with political power in their hands they can defeat injustice and lay a foundation for a future of their choice.

The referendum result was critical because it demonstrated to the entire world that the people of Zimbabwe were solidly behind the MDC and that the regime’s claim to be a people’s government was totally false. The crisis of governance in Zimbabwe became a matter of international public opinion because there was now a clear demonstration that the regime had lost the confidence of the people.

For the party as a whole, the message and lesson learnt is loud and clear: The people of Zimbabwe demand to craft their own constitution. Congress must therefore reaffirm its commitment to realising this objective through the methods demanded by the people.

Emboldened by the result of the February Constitutional Referendum the party prepared for the June 2000 parliamentary elections with courage and determination. Our comprehensive Election Manifesto captured and expressed the broad interests of the people of Zimbabwe for long time neglected by the regime. The Agenda for Action of the NWPC constituted the launching pad of our message. We effectively transmitted a message of hope, relief and national revival to the long-suffering people of Zimbabwe .

We promised a peaceful democratic culture under a people’s constitution; effective and impartial law enforcement; judiciary independence; land reform; general economic recovery, job creation, poverty eradication and freedom from hunger. All these were promises broken by the regime over a period of 20 years of violent misrule.

With a systematic record of failure, neglect and arrogance the regime had no tangible issue to project, no credibility to deliver believable promises. They had neither fresh policy nor old programmes to repackage and sell to the people. The regime stared at certain electoral defeat and the only electoral policy and strategy available was that of violence, which was officially unleashed without let or hindrance.

The violence that was unleashed during the February Constitutional Referendum was intensified and given a new impetus. The regime abandoned any semblance of democracy and legality. State-sponsored violence became the mode of day-to-day governance. Murder, torture, rape and all kinds of human rights violations against MDC members and supporters became regular electoral campaign events, with the perpetrators enjoying open state support and protection.

Groups of war veterans and ruling party youth militias with open state material and political support roamed the length and breath of the country murdering and terrorising innocent people at will. There was a total breakdown of law and order induced and orchestrated by the state and the civil administration of the country had virtually collapsed and replaced by a power structure resembling martial law. The election was conducted in political conditions that resembled a war zone.

Under the guise of the so-called “land reform,” widespread violence sealed off the rural areas from MDC campaigns, and crimes that can only rival fascism and Nazism in scale and wickedness were unleashed against the people. A well planned, systematically implemented and effectively managed infrastructure of violence left virtually no room for free political campaigning.

Our parliamentary candidates and party election workers could not campaign freely and were prime targets of the regime’s violence. Some had to abandon their homes and constituencies, while others operated virtually underground. Hundreds of thousands of our party supporters were physically prevented from casting their votes. At many polling centres, the electoral system had been manipulated to “net-in” only those believed to be ruling party supporters.

Electoral violence was complemented by authoritarian electoral management machinery and administrative dictatorial powers both of which ensured that the election was stolen before even the first vote was cast. There was extensive use of the dictatorial presidential powers in support of regime appointed agencies such as the Election Directorate to achieve the desired fraudulent outcome.

Changes to the electoral laws to bend the process in the regime’s favour were made only a few days before the poll. Handpicked civil servants in the Election Directorate supported by shadowy security agents ran the poll in place of an Independent Electoral Commission. Poll observation was routinely obstructed by the regime with some election observers denied accreditation. Overall, this combination of violence, presidential dictatorial powers and a ferocious bureaucratic stranglehold on the electoral process was meant to totally obliterate the electoral chances of the MDC.

However, in spite of the hostile and dangerous political environment in which we mounted our electoral campaign, the MDC’s poignant message could not be stopped. Through our newly created party structures we were able to disseminate our message to the remotest villages in the country and devise effective strategies to protect members and supporters from the worst excesses the regime’s violence.

The atrocities perpetrated by the regime began to attract widespread international attention and condemnation. Consequently we galvanised the region, the continent, the commonwealth and the entire international community to our democratic cause.

From June 2000 until today, the tyrannical regime has remained on the radar of international attention. Democratic forces through the world have rallied behind us to ensure that the regime justly gets the pariah status that it has brought upon itself. Our internal responses to violence and external outreach programme have been quite effective. Zimbabweans and majority opinion and organisations in the international community rejected both the electoral process and outcome.

However, the election results demonstrated the determination of Zimbabweans to reclaim their freedom. Voter determination and turnout were so strong that the regime’s violence and rigging mechanism could not alter the result in the 57 constituencies that we won; while in 39 other constituencies, evidence of electoral fraud was so overwhelming that the regime had to manipulate the judiciary system to ensure that MDC election petitions received inordinate delays.

By 2005, not a single election petition had received a fair hearing and concluded at the courts and they had to fall by the way side because of fresh parliamentary elections that were due. If the 2000 parliamentary election had been conducted the most basic or rudimentary conditions of freeness and fairness, the MDC would have easily netted in between 90 and 100 seats. We would have started the process to usher in an MDC administration.

The June 2000 parliamentary election was therefore a major victory for the people and the party. In addition to the regime’s defeat at the referendum the parliamentary elections three months later demonstrated once again that the regime had lost the legitimacy to govern and remained in power through the use of force.

The crisis that started with the referendum was exacerbated by the fraudulent elections. >From that time until today the regime has sacrificed every facet of national life and the general welfare of the people of Zimbabwe on the altar of sheer political survival. Dictatorial rule became increasingly totalitarian as the regime sought to control every aspect of society.

During the period between the June 2000 and the March 2002 presidential election the regime waged war against the MDC and all democratic forces in Zimbabwe . Our definition as a civilian law-abiding political party was removed and we were publicly pronounced as enemies of state and therefore targets of the most vicious administrative action. Illegal action on ordinary party supporters by the police, army and security agents occurred with frightening regularity with absolutely no means of legal redress.

MDC leaders and political activists were routinely arrested and brutalized on trumped up charges and political violence continued throughout the country. Human rights violations became a critical instrument of control and governance for the regime. Labour and civic organizations continued to be targets of violent state action and illegal arrests and detentions. Independent media journalist were constantly harassed and arrested and newspapers banned. Church leaders were demonised for speaking out against the regime’s record of violence and torture and women’s organisation were singled out for the most degrading and inhuman treatment. The whole society was held to dictatorial ransom. The objective was to cow down the entire population into submission.

These actions of physical violence and intimidation were complemented by draconian legislation designed to buttress an infrastructure of dictatorship otherwise maintained by brute force. Using its fraudulent majority in the parliament, the regime bulldozed all voices of reason, passed the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) to prescribe and nearly proscribe political activity, close down democratic political discourse, and shrink democratic space. POSA’s sister legislation, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) targeted and muzzled the press to immunize the regime’s corruption and brutalities from public scrutiny. These pernicious pieces of legislation were complemented by the ever-present severe and unwritten methods of tyrannical rule and law enforcement.

The tyrannical political terrain that was created made it virtually impossible for the MDC to function normally as a political party engaged in democratic political activity. It was an attempt to deliberately nudge the MDC into violent precipitous action and thereby provide an excuse for the regime to accuse the party of insurrection, use all the might at its disposal and crush and ban the movement.

We refused to fall into this diabolical trap. In spite of the daily acts of provocation that we endured, we remained committed to peaceful democratic methods of resistance. We launched various acts of peaceful defiance and civil disobedience to confront the regime constantly. The party remained strong and the various democratic mass actions that we engaged in demonstrated to the regime that the people’s quest for their freedom remained undefeated.

The March 2002 Presidential Election.
The state-sponsored violence that was unleashed during the June 2000 parliamentary elections was sustained and intensified during the intervening period leading to the presidential election. The entire state machinery operated virtually like a gigantic violent organ of the ruling party targeting the MDC.

Violence against us became a system of government administration and a command structure stretching from the remotest village up to the ruling party headquarters in Harare ensured the installation and maintanance of an extremely efficient infrastructure of violence, which touched every region, and aspect of national life.

The Defence Act, Police Act and the relevant sections of the Constitution were operationally suspended for the purpose of fighting the MDC. The overall army commander openly called for an insurrection should a legitimately elected MDC government come to power and all the other service chiefs openly associated themselves with that statement. The police and the secret service actively participated in campaigning for the ruling party and some committed openly criminal acts with impunity, and units of the army made frequent forays into the high-density suburbs to brutalise innocent civilians. Law enforcement virtually collapsed and any criminal act against the MDC and in support of the ruling party was officially sanctioned.

A number of our supporters were killed for holding their particular political opinions and the systematic violation of human rights reached a new crescendo. Leaders and party supporters were frequently harassed, arrested and detained under trumped up charges and well laid out ambush plans for the assassination of some members of the leadership miraculously failed. What was supposed to be a democratic inter-party political contest assumed the ominous proportions of the state against an unarmed political party. The volatility of the political situation nationally could only be described as one of low intensity conflict.

This violent situation was complemented by the existence of the newly promulgated draconian anti-democratic laws designed to snuff out all those democratic practices and processes that could not be destroyed by violence alone. POSA criminalized legitimate political debate and the freedom of association and assembly while AIPPA crippled the freedom to disseminate democratic ideas through the press. The movement virtually became a besieged party operating under a barrage of physical and paralegal attacks from the state and the ruling party.

At the height of the electoral campaign three MDC leaders including the party president were hauled before the courts on trumped up charges of treason. This was a deliberate, cynical and vicious attempt to decapitate the party and cause chaos, confusion and hopelessness among the membership. The trial dragged on for over a year and the charges were thrown out of court. Resources, which had been reserved for several party programmes had to be deployed for the defence of the leadership. However, in spite of this attempt to strangle the party, both the leadership and the generality of the members struggled on with the campaign heroically.

The electoral playing field was extremely uneven, tilting in favour of the ruling party. The voters’ roll was chaotic, with many ghost voters while hundreds of thousands of both old and new voters having been left out of the roll. This shambolic nature of the voters was exacerbated by the arbitrary amendment of the citizenship laws, which deprived hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans of their citizenship and the right to vote.

There was no independent electoral body. The Election Directorate and the Registrar-General’s department stuffed by the regime’s nominees and ruling party loyalists, functioned virtually as a rigging mechanism for the government. Military personnel performed key duties in the electoral process and the entire election administration system became militarised and presided over by a civil-military junta. The critical part of the democratic process could neither be expected to be superintended by, nor democracy to issue from such a highly compromised system.

In spite of all the bureaucratic impediments and incessant state-organised violence, Zimbabweans were determined to rid themselves of this tyranny. They turned out in their thousands to cast their vote and the reaction of the state turned the voting process into chaos. In the rural areas some polling stations were closed well ahead of time, while in the urban areas police had to violently intervene using helicopters, teargas and truncheons to stop people from casting their vote.

The result clearly demonstrated the much-anticipated MDC victory. The regime took time to announce the election figures and when they did they issued contradictory figures, which clearly demonstrated serious problems in manipulating an MDC victory into a defeat. Once again, through violence and the abuse of the state apparatus, we were cheated of our victory. Zimbabweans and the bulk of the international community are aware of this victory and the illegitimacy of the present regime.

We took the only route that seemed available to us at the time and petitioned the High Court. The long-drawn out legal battle is still in process and we do not expect any justice from the manipulated judiciary system. However we approached the court because we believed that it would provide us with a platform and opportunity to reveal to Zimbabweans and the international community how the presidential election was stolen.

The Internationalisation of the Zimbabwe Crisis.
Since the February 2000 Constitutional Referendum the focus of the international region and the international community had been trained on the evolving violent political situation in Zimbabwe. Many countries and organisations had been expressing grave concern at the violence deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe. The African Union, Commonwealth, the European Union and the United States of America all made serious attempts to persuade the regime from waging war against defenceless people.

Other organisations such as the International Bar Association and the World Council of Churches added their voices to no avail. The response of the regime was to pour vitriol on any voices of reason, claiming that it had the right of might to treat Zimbabweans any way that pleased it. It banned a selected group of countries, foreign non-governmental organisations and perceived to be critical from entering Zimbabwe and observing the election. The election was to be conducted away from the scrutiny of the international community.

The Commonwealth Conference that took place in Australia shortly before the presidential election failed to persuade the regime to put in place measures to enable the holding of free and fair elections, but ended up setting a troika composed of Nigeria, Australia and South Africa to try to broker a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis. A series of diplomatic engagements by the troika yielded virtually nothing, as the regime spurned any and all political formulae meant to dismantle the dictatorship in order to resolve the crisis of governance.

The persuasive efforts of the European Union and the USA could not derail the regime’s efforts to maintain illegitimate political power at any cost. It was the regime’s hostility towards all these international overtures that brought about targeted sanctions by the USA, EU Australia and New Zealand against the regime and its key supporters. The intransigence of the regime created for it conditions. We as a movement had absolutely no hand in that development. We did not and do not control political processes and foreign policy in those countries. The actions of the regime internationalised the crisis because the international community no longer regards human rights violations as a domestic matter, contrary to the regime’s despicable claims.

The Commonwealth troika took the initiative soon after the elections to diffuse the potentially explosive political situation that gripped the nation after the stolen election and called for dialogue between the MDC and ZANU PF. The mandate of the troika was to promote reconciliation between the two political parties in order to create a political environment conducive to addressing the issues of food shortages, economic recovery, restoration of political stability, the rule of law and the conduct of future elections. South Africa and Nigeria were to foster this engagement. The dialogue started in April 2000.

We were committed as a party to exploring all avenues towards resolving the crisis of governance in the country peacefully and we agreed to engage the regime in dialogue in good faith. We chose a team to carry the party’s political position to the talks within the confines of a strict mandate. Our position was that the goal of national dialogue must be based on an unconditional return to legitimacy through a presidential poll that was free and fair under peaceful political conditions. The negotiating team was tasked to demand that before serious dialogue could start the regime had to implement fourteen (14) confidence-building measures that restored a situation of tranquillity conducive to fruitful talks. These included:

1. An immediate stop to the violence that engulfed the nation.
2. An end to all political persecutions and political prosecutions.
3. The immediate disbanding of all ZANU PF militias and immediate cessation of further training.
4. The disarming of all war veterans and guarantees that they will not be rearmed and that they will not be rearmed and that they will not engage in political activities as an armed group operating virtually above the law, but only as ordinary Zimbabwe citizens.

5. An undertaking not to grant amnesty for the perpetrators of murder, rape, torture political violence and other serious crimes.

6. Am immediate stop to on-going human rights violations of all kinds.
7. An end to selective and biased law enforcement. Police should be non-partisan in the execution of their duties.
8. An end to the use of the Central Intelligence Organisation for partisan political activities.
9. A stop to the use of the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) in civilian policing duties or political activities of any kind.

10. Respect and impartial enforcement of the rule of law.
11. Repeal of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).

12. An end to the use of the national broadcaster (ZBC) as a partisan media instrument.
13. A commitment to stop the legislative use of Presidential powers in these areas, undermining the authority of parliament.

14. A commitment to humanitarian ethics of food and relief distribution on grounds of need, without partisan or adverse distinction of ant kind.

It is important that the party is fully aware of the accurate mandate given to the negotiating team. Our position was that before any meaningful talks could be entered into, all these 14 confidence-building measures were to be implemented by the regime in order to create a peaceful political environment conducive to dialogue.

The inter-party dialogue was convened in early April 2002. The opening session was devoted to the reading of opening statements and expressions of political positions, the exchange of position papers and it was agreed to resume a few days later in April 2000 for deliberations on substantive issues. It was anticipated by the facilitators that the talks should be concluded by early May 2002. At the next meeting held on April 10 2002, the inter-party team agreed on the rules of procedure during the deliberations and the agenda for discussions.

The agenda closely mirrored the concerns raised by the MDC in our confidence-building position paper and agreed that there was an urgent need to create conditions for normal political activity. The critical issues agreed to were as follows:

A. Creating conditions for normal political activity.
1. Legitimacy of elections and government.
2. Sovereignty of Zimbabwe.
3. Multipartism in Zimbabwe.
4. Confidence building measures in Zimbabwe.
5. Politically motivated violence in Zimbabwe
6. Constitution and laws of Zimbabwe.
B. Economic development/ recovery plan and mobilisation of resources.
1. Consensus on land reform----Abuja process.
C. Way forward.
1. Adoption of Programme of work.
Both the MDC and ZANU PF had agreed to the above agenda. Our negotiating team went fully prepared to engage in serious discussions. ZANU PF however realised that they had been put in a corner from where there was little hope of escape except to take part in the dialogue seriously and they started looking for flimsy excuses to break away from the talks. Their first salvo was to ask for in an inordinately long and unreasonable adjournment to 13 May 2002 ostensibly because the ministers in their team claimed prior government commitments. Their other reason was that they needed time to prepare for substantive discussions on the agenda items.

ZANU PF maintained a precondition for serious talks to begin. They insisted that the MDC should not take the matter of the rigged election and therefore the illegitimacy of the regime to court. We rejected this condition but indicated that we would consider abandoning the legal route if in our opinion the talks progressed satisfactorily and fruitfully.

There was a court deadline for the submission of our election petition and we continued with our preparations to submit the required court papers. The court deadline for the submission of our election petition fell within the period before the resumption of the talks and our legal team filed the papers on the due date. ZANU PF used the submission of our court papers as an excuse to break the talks and walk away. They argued that the court processes should be exhausted first before dialogue, if need be, could resume. Four years later, the courts have not even begun to hear the main case in our election petition.

It is clear that the regime had no intention from the very beginning to engage in serious political dialogue to resolve the political crisis in the country. They came to the talks under serious internal and external pressure. Internally the rigged election had created high levels of political tension which could have exploded at any time; and externally many countries were piling pressure on the regime to engage the MDC and chart a way forward in resolving the crisis. The regime agreed to the talks to give the appearance talking as a strategy to diffuse both internal and external pressures.

As indicated above, our main election petition has been pending for over four years now and there are no indications that the hearing will take place any time soon. We won the right to examine all election materials pertaining to the presidential poll but the Registrar General engaged in delaying tactics to frustrate us in this exercise and when the materials were finally provided, our examination team realised that the seals on a number of ballot boxes had been tampered with. The election materials could not be of much use to our case. There does not seem to have been any readily available remedy. ZANU PF refused to negotiate, while the state placed bureaucratic obstacles and the courts have since engaged in delaying tactics to hear the case.

Quiet Diplomacy.
The troika’s efforts to broker dialogue between the MDC and ZANU PF were scuttled by the open intransigence of the regime but the dispute remained internationalised. The regime became extremely isolated. Nigeria and South Africa intermittently tried to come up with fresh moves, all systematically spurned by the regime. Ultimately, South Africa decided to go it alone and launched its so-called quiet diplomacy, which turned out to be a ploy to gradually reduce international pressure on the regime and assist it to regain recognition and legitimacy by the back door.

Any action on several international fora by any country or countries; group or groups or progressive individuals to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis immediately receives stiff opposition from South Africa. Efforts by the international community to create effective mechanisms to bring the regime to account for its record of misrule have been systematically blunted by South Africa. It has successfully fought more battles on the international fora to protect the regime than the regime itself could have achieved. In our genuine pursuit to leave no stone unturned in the quest for a peaceful resolution of the crisis, we have met with the South Africans on numerous occasions encountered but achieved no positive outcome. We acme to the conclusion that South Africa was only interested in buying time for the regime and regarded the MDC as the junior partner in the political equation which must do ZANU PF’s bidding. We reject that without any equivocation or apology.

South Africa has arrogated to itself the right to veto any initiatives on Zimbabwe, which are likely to produce a resolution to the crisis that is inimical to the dictatorial interests of the regime. It has become part of the problem rather than engage in honest brokerage to produce a resolution of the crisis that furthers the interests of the region as a whole.

While we are not sealing off contacts with the South African government, we are now extremely sceptical about their sincerity as honest brokers in the crisis. It is up to the South African government to redeem their bona fides as fair players and honest brokers in the Zimbabwe crisis of governance.

Mobilising the People----The June 2003 Mass Action.
After the collapse of the inter-party dialogue we followed the only logical course available to the party. We went back to the people to explain, to strengthen our party organs and structures and generally mobilise them to engage in peaceful mass action to confront a tyrannical and arrogant regime. State sponsored violence did not stop; instead it was intensified as a measure to keep a restless population subdued. Arbitrary arrests, harassment of civilians by soldiers, impartial law enforcement and human rights violations all continued unabated. The population became besieged by a regime bend on extracting legitimacy from the people violently.

This situation of low intensity conflict was exacerbated by the collapse of the economy. In the urban areas, thousands of workers lost their jobs as companies closed. Food shortages became acute as the effect the chaotic “land reform” programme began to take its toll. Chronic neglect in the rural areas and the politicisation of food aid saw millions starving. The effects of HIV/Aids ran riot, as the bankrupt regime failed to provide for both medical and welfare relief. The population was being assaulted from all angles. The people were constantly beleaguered.

It was in this context, where all democratic avenues were closed and no hope for socio-economic relief that we sought to mobilise the people and demonstrate to the regime that the people are not prepared to endure arbitrary rule indefinitely.

The June 2003 peaceful mass action indicated clearly that the MDC was the legitimate authority in the country with the undoubted popular allegiance of the majority of Zimbabwe. Our goal was never to seek a violent confrontation with the regime as claimed by our detractors; instead, we intended to lay bare to the region and the international community that the regime remained in power only through the use force. It was therefore an illegitimate regime. For five solid days the forces of democracy under the leadership of the MDC, brought the country to a standstill and the regime could only react to our initiatives. We resisted all provocation, which the regime intended to use as an excuse for a formal declaration of a state of emergency in order to destroy the party, and our structures remain intact and resilient. We called off the protest when we were satisfied that our objective had been achieved.

The response of the regime was predictable. All the security forces were placed on red alert against a defenceless people embarking on no-violent mass action. A lot of brutalities were committed against unarmed people during the period of the mass action itself. Hundreds of people were arrested, detained and tortured for no preferred or proven charges and released without trial. After the mass action people going about their business peacefully in their neighbourhoods were routinely brutalised by uniformed forces without any recourse to the protection of the law. The regime continued to trample on people’s political and civil liberties with impunity.

The Struggle for the Restoration of Genuine Democratic Elections in Zimbabwe----RESTORE!
In spite of the brutalities associated with the suppression of our mass action, we did not succumb to tyranny. Instead the democratic resistance gained momentum throughout 2003 and 2004. Our democratic resistance was organised around five key democratic demands, which constituted the minimum standards for the restoration of genuine democratic elections in Zimbabwe. We applied constant pressure for the regime to:

1. Restore the rule of law.
2. Restore basic freedoms and rights.
3. Establish an Independent Election Commission.
4. Restore public confidence in the electoral process
5. Restore the Secrecy of the ballot
We believed that these principles, based on the SADC Parliamentary Forum Election Norms and Standards, and are common in most SADC countries, were and are a prerequisite to the exercise of our fundamental human rights and we demanded that the regime legislated them into place before the 2005 parliamentary elections. These demands were not new, instead they run through the entire MDC political programme since the formation of the party.

We mobilised a sustained campaign of domestic and international agitation that was quite effective. Our demands were captured by the SADC region and transformed into a programme of action. SADC formerly adopted the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections in 2004. The party took a principled position that no democratic value could be added to the nation if we took part in future elections under conditions that were tailor-made to rig the poll in ZANU PF’s favour before even the first vote was cast. That step was intended to ensure that the fake legitimacy, which the regime derived from staging a semblance of competitive electoral politics, would be removed.

The regime could no longer violently ignore our demands since the whole regions’ attention was then focussed on the electoral conditions in Zimbabwe ahead of the March 2005 parliamentary elections. For the first time since the June 2000 parliamentary elections, it had to concede at least to some of the demands, which it believed did not seriously undermine its tyrannical rule.

In response to local and regional political pressure, the regime used the parliamentary process to introduce superficial electoral innovations. A so-called independent electoral commission, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the use of translucent ballot boxes were legislated into force. In addition, the electoral laws were tightened to make extremely difficult to approach the courts seeking a nullification of the election results on the basis of ZANU PF violence, intimidation, denial of food and other human rights violations.

We remain opposed to the manner in which ZEC was introduced, its composition and its preponderant political leanings. It is clearly not an independent body. Our proposal was that the two parties should discuss the composition of an independent electoral commission and then pass on the agreed position to parliament to effect the relevant legislation. That way the neutrality and political independence of the electoral body could be guaranteed and become generally acceptable to all Zimbabweans.

Instead, ZANU PF bulldozed the process and used the parliamentary route so that its fraudulent majority could ensure that both the format and composition of ZEC would safeguard the political interests of the ruling party. The chairman of ZEC and the majority of the commissioners are known ZANU PF activists and can in no way be regarded as independent. In addition, ZEC was not a constitutional body, but remained subservient to the Electorate Directorate and the Electoral Supervisory Commission, all of which functioned openly as ZANU PF organs. It arrived on the political scene as a highly compromised and partisan body and no free and fair elections could be expected from its activities.

The simple introduction of translucent ballot boxes without addressing the critical issues of the political environment in which the electoral contest took place did not improve strengthens the democratic process. Translucent ballot boxes on their own did not stop vote rigging, intimidation and all other irregularities. Overall, the electoral “reforms” were simply cosmetic and designed to ward off regional pressure for an even electoral playing field. These reforms were subverted and ultimately did not significantly change the rules of the electoral game, increase room for political fair play or enhance the democratic process.

We remained resolute that no useful purpose could be served by participating in elections under those conditions. However, the leadership listened to wise counsel from the membership, from our supporters, the region, the continent and the international community. The gist of the advice was to take part in the poll, demonstrate the glaring democratic electoral reform deficit, re-establish and re-affirm the yardstick against which the dictatorship could continue to be evaluated. The arrogant insincerity of the regime had to be exposed.

The March 2005 Parliamentary Election.
We decided to take part in the March 2005 parliamentary elections under protest because it was clear to the party that the electoral playing field was tilted heavily in favour of the ruling party. POSA made the campaign conditions extremely difficult. Through POSA, ZANU PF regulated all our campaign activities through the requirement that the police sanction all political meetings---from rallies to confidential political strategy meetings. Using the police and the security agents, the regime was able to eavesdrop on all our sensitive preparatory political meetings, and this cannot be acceptable in a normal functioning democracy.

The voters’ registration process was haphazard and the voter’s register itself was still grossly inaccurate and thousands of potential voters were still not in the voters register and the newly created ZEC had not started to function. It had neither personnel nor resources. Although the campaign itself witnessed a noticeable reduction in instances of physical violence, the infrastructure of subterranean intimidation and other forms of human rights violations remained quite effective.

In the rural areas, the entire state administrative machinery was transformed from normal functions to serve as a vast ZANU PF intimidation structure. ZANU PF district councillors and chiefs openly intimidated villagers to vote for the ruling party and threatened dire consequences should the opposition win at identified polling stations. In some areas villages suspected of opposition sympathies denied food relief while in other areas the distribution of food relief was withheld pending the outcome of the election and they were threatened with food denial should the MDC win at polling stations in their locality.

Access to food became a critical inimidatory factor in the rural areas. In addition the electoral law ensured that candidates were absolved and immunised from irregularities arising from the activities of their supporters. This meant that unless all the incidences of violence and food denial could be proved to have been perpetrated by the particular ruling party candidate in a given constituency, the opposition party had no form of legal redress.

Party loyalists manned the election process. Known ZANU PF supporters and activists were engaged as returning officers and served in other critical capacities while security agents played a key role in the whole process. This process of swamping the entire election administration machinery with ZANU PF operatives created the context in which vote rigging, including simple ballot stuffing was executed. The counting of the votes was chaotic with contradictory figures being released for some constituencies, while in others the number of votes cast were suspiciously high for a normal election; and the party was not represented at the national vote coordination centre.

There is absolutely no doubt that the vote was rigged given the circumstances in which it was conducted and the heavily biased election administration machinery that conducted the poll. We came back with a reduced representation of 41 seats but in our calculation the party actually won in about 94 constituencies. Consequently the party gathered evidence in about 16 constituencies where rigging was so extensive that an impartial judiciary would have considered them open and shut cases and found for the opposition.

However even the legal route was closed to us. The Electoral Court that the regime set up patently unconstitutional. All our efforts to have the situation rectified were resisted and we felt that we could not subject ourselves to the jurisdiction of an unconstitutional court, which meant that the cases fell by the wayside.

The regime continued with its onslaught on the people. Over the past six years, the regime has been creating poverty rather than wealth and jobs as a means to control and subjugate the people. Now it has come up with a new and more devastating strategy: To eliminate the poor who are the products of its own handiwork. This has been the sole objective of the so-called “Operation Murambatsvina.” Millions of people have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed and lived in the open through the bitter cold months of 2005. What kind of a housing programme is it that starts by destroying people’s homes and rendering them homeless? Operation Murambatsvina was nothing but an open war against the people. It was a matter of the ruling party using the state apparatus to launch a pre-emptive strike and throw into disarray the victims of its on policies before they could organise and seek a democratic answer to their predicament.

We have the support of the democratic international community and we have the answer. That answer is democratic resistance. Let us mobilise all sections of the nation and launch the final bid for our freedom.

The 12 October 2005 Crisis.
We participated in the March 2005 parliamentary election reluctantly because we knew that the electoral terrain would never produce a free and fair expression of the people’s political choice. The electoral process and the result vindicated us. To us the only viable route forward was one of peaceful democratic resistance to compel the regime to yield to the people’s demands for democratic reforms to enable the holding of free and fair elections.

Today, the peaceful democratic resistance route offers itself as the only available route to compel the regime to put in place democratic reforms to usher free and fair elections. Continued participation in fake electoral contests would only serve to strengthen the regime’s propaganda that such elections signified the presence of a vibrant democracy in the country and therefore the regime was legitimate and democratic.

To fortify this false perception, soon after the March 2005 parliamentary election the regime initiated moves to yet again amend the constitution to introduce a senate. In the regime’s propaganda, senate was supposed to signify the “broadening” and “deepening” of democracy through an expansion of parliamentary representation. This was simply a ruse or a cheap trick and the reality was different.

Senate is purely a ZANU PF project, which adds absolutely no value to the resolution of the current crisis of governance facing the nation. It is part and parcel of ZANU PF’s succession plan. The idea was to create a political home or parking slot for the ZANU PF dead wood that can never succeed in an electoral context. In that way, having joined the gravy train, feelings of alienation, exclusion and bitterness would be removed from that group and render them willing to accept whatever succession plans are on offer.

The question that confronted the party was whether or not to participate in the senate elections and strengthen, bring to fruition the ZANU PF project? We had consistently opposed constitutional amendments as false start in, in favour of a people driven constitutional process, as the fundamental step in resolving the crisis of governance in the country.

In addition we had demonstrated in June 2000, March 2002, March 2005 and during countless parliamentary elections that free and fair elections are impossible until an electoral framework fashioned along the lines of our RESTORE document are in place. The question was what value would participation in the senate elections add to people’s struggle for democracy, good governance, the rule of law, economic recovery etc.?

To us the answer was quite clear and eloquent. Absolutely no value at all. Instead participation would have aborted or set back the democratic struggle by many years.

We objected to our being made handmaidens to plans whose aim was to create a dictatorial structure that enabled tyrannical rule to be inherited. Our position on the crisis of governance in this country is quite clear. We are convinced that it is only through a comprehensive and people driven constitution that democracy and good governance in Zimbabwe can ultimately be guaranteed.

Piecemeal or patchwork constitutional, as has been the experience with the current regime over the past 26 years only resulted in the entrenchment of dictatorship and the immense suffering of the people. This has been a fundamental principle that guided the deliberations of the NWPC and constituted the launching pad of the party. It was and still remains the major reason for the formation of the MDC. To breach that principle would mean that party loses its reason to exist.

We could not simultaneously be fighting dictatorship on one hand and strengthening it on the other. The MDC shall never be used as an instrument for the continued subjugation of the people of Zimbabwe.

It was precisely on the basis of fundamental differences on this sacred principle that the October 2005 split in the party occurred. There were those among us who got tired of the struggle opted for a political course that sought to compromise with the regime in order to create a political context and environment for second “Unity Accord” or better still an “Internal Settlement” This was simply a splinter group. Those of us in the mainstream MDC refused to betray the fundamental values and principles of the people and the party and we remain firm and resolute, committed to bringing about democracy and good governance to the country and put an end to the suffering of the people.

Some in the splinter group mounted what turned out to be a fake parliamentary opposition to the constitutional amendment designed to bring about the senate. The more honest among them including some key individuals among the party leadership in parliament were even absent when the crucial vote was taken. This was a clear indication of support for the senate project.

Those who opted to collaborate with the regime have distorted issues to come up with outrageous justifications for their action. No purpose can ever be served by narrating their position. They have made reference to democracy when in fact by their very actions they sought to link hands with the regime to destroy the democratic struggle and chances of bringing abort democratic governance in this country.

The MDC is a party that was formed on the basis of a shared history of suffering at the hands of the regime. It is a diverse party irrevocably bound by a civic equality as members of the movement. It is the only political party that lays a verified claim to having a nationwide rather that a regional or ethnic appeal. Let us keep it that way. Let us continue to celebrate and jealously guard the richness of our diversity and never allow the forces of tyranny to divide us.

Let us remain focussed on the struggle because there are more ominous developments ahead. We know that the regime is finalising a parliamentary bill to abandon the presidential elections scheduled for 2008, in favour of yet another constitutional amendment to enabled Mugabe’s handpicked successor to inherit the dictatorship until 2010. This is part and parcel of a strategy that started with the senate project supported by our erstwhile colleagues who went astray.

As a party let us brace ourselves to resist this sinister agenda with all our numbers and democratic might. We must now stop the dictatorship from continuing to play havoc with the lives and welfare of Zimbabweans. The agenda for action now must be to force the regime to yield to the people’s demand for free and fair electoral conditions ahead of the presidential elections of 2008.

The road has been long and hard. We have been through times so hard and traumatic those who continuously deride us cannot even begin to imagine them. Let us not be swayed or deviate. Together, let us walk the last mile to our freedom.

18 March 2006
Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Editorial.........

With all due respect, man was given a mind with which to rationalise his situation. Man assesses all his options and ends up making up his/her mind on the course that will be most appropriate in any given situation. The Zimbabwean situation has the following options (as I see them.)
>>>1. All the Political Parties can sit down and look at all their problems as one big family and chart the way forward and then present their common vision to the rest of the world. This is most ideal (if it were possible!)
>>>2. ZANU-PF and the Opposition Parties can continue with their present stance of preparing for the 2008 Elections. The missing link here is an assurance that those Elections can ever be "free and fair". There is no chance in Hell that Mugabe and ZANU-PF can ever allow any Elections at any time to be "free and fair!" Don't be misled by Mbeki and the so-called SADC!
>>>3. The third and most logical option in the present circumstances is for all the Democratic Forces to wage a very legitimate armed struggle!
This third option is the only way out to rescue the suffering people (unless someone has another viewpoint.) Mugabe and ZANU-PF must never be given "a lifeline" of any kind! If Mugabe is allowed "the last laugh", then there will be more bloodshed!
PLEASE BE ADEQUATELY WARNED!
Rev M S Hove mufarostig@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 0791463039 RSA.

"Time to pursue politics of engagement....." Lloyd Msipa.

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"..............no-one is clean in ZANU-PF................" Tanonoka J Whande!

"..............no-one is clean in ZANU-PF................" Tanonoka J Whande!

So-called SADC now part of the Zim problem.....

So-called SADC now part of the Zim problem.....
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Rev M S Hove....The Radical Soldier.

mufarostig@yahoo.co.uk
(0027)791463039

Dr Lovemore Madhuku (above) now included in the Mbeki talks.......

.....and Ms Jenni Williams (with white head-gear) of the gallant WOZA/MOZA ....

@#%...................................@#%....................................................@#%

May I join all patriots who are over-joyed that members of the Zim Civic Society are now also at the talks!
Dr Lovemore Madhuku (NCA), Ms Jenni Williams (WOZA/MOZA) and other reliable activists!
I'm sincerely over-joyed!
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove....of ZIMFINALPUSH/ PATRON: ZIMBABWE REVOLUTIONARY YOUTHS IN SOUTH AFRICA!

ADD WEBSITE ON ZIM JOINING HUNDREDS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE!!!!

ADD WEBSITE ON ZIM JOINING HUNDREDS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE!!!!
www.zimbabwetoday.co.uk

ZIM DIALOGUE: SOME PERSONAL COMMENTS!

CDE NELSON MANDELA: ALSO ON "QUIET DIPLOMACY??"

CDE NELSON MANDELA: ALSO ON "QUIET DIPLOMACY??"

IS A COUP REALLY POSSIBLE IN ZIM???

IS A COUP REALLY POSSIBLE IN ZIM???

>>>>>>PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS NEWS BULLETIN WITHOUT FAIL!<<<<<

The journalist who made the video which I posted at
http://zimgossiper.blogspot.com/2007/08/escaping-zimbabwe-under-barbed-wire.html
has explained that we need to sympathise also with the SA farmers in the border areas.
Then more on the SA Demo etc.
Please listen to the whole bulletin without fail.
LINK!!!!!

@@@@WHAT EXACTLY IS WRONG WITH ZIMBOS????@@@@@@@

Are Zimbabweans (esp those in the Diaspora) docile?
What exactly is wrong?
PLEASE KINDLY LISTEN!!!!!!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>TOO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

There are vigilante groups at the Zim-SA border and we are worried how they are operating!
The locals esp whites have decided to take the law into their hands there!
VERY FRIGHTENING!
But for now check link immediately below and listen to a very detailed account of how the 2002 Presidential Elections were rigged!

LINK TO SWRADIOAFRICA'S VIOLET INTERVIEWS MR TOPPER WHITEHEAD ON THE DETAILS OF THE 2002 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!!!

@@@@>>>>>MORE ON THE FLUSHING OUT OF ZANU PEOPLE FROM SOUTH AFRICA!!!<<<<<<<@@@@@@@@@

WE WILL NOT COMMENT ON WHAT PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI HAS SAID!
AS FAR AS THE ZIMBABWE REVOLUTIONARY YOUTH MOVEMENT IS CONCERNED ITS A NON-EVENT!!!
WE ARE COMMITTED TO OUR AGENDA OF FLUSHING OUT ZANU PEOPLE INCLUDING MR SIMON KHAYA-MOYO! WE HAVE ALREADY INFORMED THE S.A.P.S. OF OUR INTENTIONS!!
PLEASE LISTEN FOR MORE!!!
CLICK HERE!!!

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VOLCANOES IN THE MDC: A BLESSING IN DISGUISE?????

VOLCANOES IN THE MDC: A BLESSING IN DISGUISE?????

d/click for details..

>>>THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF THE "ZIMONLINE" EDITOR: REV HOVE'S STATEMENT!<<<

May I join all peace-loving people in condemning the attempt on Able Mutsakani's life!
All must be done to bring the culprits to book. All must be done to investigate if there was a more sinister motive to that very evil act.
We Zimbabweans are not in South Africa due to our liking. We would like to be at home to re-construct our country in peace!
I wish our brother a very speedy recovery so he can continue the noble effort of highlighting the evils of Mugabe and ZANU-PF.
Rev M S Hove, ZIMFINALPUSH!

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WHAT ABOUT THE 2002 ELECTION PETITION BY MR TSVANGIRAI????

WHAT ABOUT THE 2002 ELECTION PETITION BY MR TSVANGIRAI????
>>>>>>>>>>......SHOULD WE INVADE MUGABE??? CLICK JUST BELOW!!!

MUGABE'S THUGS BRUTALIZE WOMEN IN ZIMBABWE!

MUGABE'S THUGS BRUTALIZE WOMEN IN ZIMBABWE!
MRS SEKAI HOLLAND (NEE HOVE) MY OWN SISTER!!!

@@@@@@ZIMBOS WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@@@@@

YOU NOW CONCENTRATE ON THE ARCHBISHOP'S MISFORTUNES (REAL OR IMAGINED!!!!!!!)
YOU CONCENTRATE ON SANCTIONS (REAL OR IMAGINED!!!!!!!)
MUGABE WANTS YOU TO DIVERT FROM HIS ILLEGITIMACY!!!!!!!!!
WAKE UP FELLOW ZIMBOS!!!!!!!
MORE DETAILS ON THE RIGGING OF THE 2005 ELECTIONS!!!!!!!!
>>>>>>>>>>LINK!!!!!!!!!<<<<<<<<<<<<<

"Annan, the loud-mouthed hypocrite!" Rev M S Hove.

"Annan, the loud-mouthed hypocrite!" Rev M S Hove.
"Why the very sweet, correct talk AFTER leaving Office? The DRC, Zimbabwe etc are in a mess which you did not solve when in Office???"

14 Special Pictures of TATA MADIBA............

THE LATE COMRADE CHRIS HANI......

THE LATE COMRADE CHRIS HANI......
.........MBEKI LINKED TO ASSASSINATION????

REV M S HOVE'S ULTIMATUM: CLICK BELOW!!!!!

REV M S HOVE'S ULTIMATUM: CLICK BELOW!!!!!

>>>>>>>>REV M S HOVE'S ULTIMATUM TO ZANU-PF ACTIVITIES: LINK BELOW!!!!<<<<<

>>> LINK TO REV HOVE'S ULTIMATUM!! <<<

@@@@@@@@@@@@@


LINK>>>
>>> PETITION DELIVERED TO THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF WITS UNIVERSITY!!!<<<<


UPDATE: HAVE SPOKEN TO CDE SIMON KHAYA MOYO PERSONALLY DELIVERING THE MESSAGE FROM THE YOUTHS OF WHOM I"M PATRON!
I TOLD HIM WE ARE SERIOUS! HE SAID HE KNEW ME AND HAD HEARD ABOUT ME!
I TOLD HIM HE WAS USED TO FIRE ENG SIMBARASHE MANGWENGWENDE FROM ZESA AND WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN!
KEEP CHECKING THIS SPACE!!!!




MAITIRO E ZANU AWO AURAYA NYIKA!!!"

MAITIRO E ZANU AWO AURAYA NYIKA!!!"
NAMWARI ININI MUFARO HOVE NDINOKUTENDAI VATSVANGIRAI. WE ARE ETERNALLY ENDEBTED TO YOU!!!

BUT WHY MBEKI???????????????

BUT WHY MBEKI???????????????

>>>... CREATE YOUR OWN WEBSITE NOW: CLICK BELOW!!!<<<<<@#%&@%^*

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF "ZIMFINALPUSH"???

OUR WOMEN ARE IN SHAME!.... PLEASE CLICK!!!

Zimbabwean women want Dignity.Period!

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD IN ZIMBABWE???


VARIOUS VIEWS ABOUT THE "TALKS ABOUT TALKS!"

GONO MUST REMOVE SIX (6) ZEROS THIS TMIE!

MKOBA, GWERU!

MKOBA, GWERU!
"MAITIRO E ZANU AWO....... CHINJA!"

MATADZA HERE KUTIURAYIRA MUNHU ASHUNGURUDZA ZIMBABWE???

Hanzi vamwe mai vechikuru vakati vangopinda mukombi vagara kubva vatanga kutaura vega.

"Varume vemuZimbabwe ndaifunga kuti varume, hapana nezviripo zvese, chokwadi vatadza here kungotiurayira iye munhu one adai kutiomesera upenyu hwedu chokwadi tingatambura kudai sepasina varume vanogona kungomuuraya."........

MORE!!!!!

MUGABE BRUTALITY IN VIDEOS!!!

MUGABE BRUTALITY IN VIDEOS!!!

MARONDERA IRI KU"CHINJA MAITIRO!"

MARONDERA IRI KU"CHINJA MAITIRO!"

MDC SPOKESMAN NELSON CHAMISA LEFT FOR DEAD....

MDC SPOKESMAN NELSON CHAMISA LEFT FOR DEAD....
.....SHOULD CHILDREN OF ZANU-PF THUGS IN THE DIASPORA BE SENT HOME TO "SUPPORT THE REVOLUTION"???

MANY THANKS TO "ZIMDAILY"! THE LIST SEEMS COMPLETE OR NEAR COMPLETE!!!

THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DIASPORA ARE ANGRY AND CORRECTLY WANT TO RETALIATE!!!
WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD ABOUT THESE THUGS' KIDS???
LINK!!!

JUDITH TODD TELLS HOW DR NKOMO FLED ZIM!!!

JUDITH TODD TELLS HOW DR NKOMO FLED ZIM!!!

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"OH GOD PLEASE OPEN THOU THEIR EYES, THAT THEY MAY SEE THAT THE LIBERATOR OF ZIMBABWE IS NOW IN PLACE."

AN ANALYST'S VIEW OF "THIS MAN, ROBERT MUGABE!!!"

AN ANALYST'S VIEW OF "THIS MAN, ROBERT MUGABE!!!"

MARY REVESAI SAYS: "ITS NOT THE MDC'S JOB TO 'BAIL OUT' ZANU-PF"


Mr Robert Mugabe: HAS ALWAYS BEEN EVIL: HIS FAKE SMILE HIDES HIS REAL NATURE!!!

MDC RALLIES: REPORTS FROM CHINHOYI, KWEKWE, GOKWE!!!

MDC RALLIES: REPORTS FROM CHINHOYI, KWEKWE, GOKWE!!!

The MDC Luton Rally!

The MDC Luton Rally!

GALLANT W.O.Z.A WOMEN WRITE "OPEN LETTER" TO THE HON THABO MBEKI, RSA STATE PRESIDENT!

@#%*@#%*.........QUESTION: "WHO IS DOING REGIME CHANGE IN ZIMBABWE????"........@#%*@#%*

ANSWER: "THE MUGABE REGIME IS DOING REGIME CHANGE ON ITSELF!!!"
THE WORLD JUST WATCHES IN AMAZEMENT!!!!!!!!

PLEASE KINDLY VISIT!!

PLEASE KINDLY VISIT!!

Tsvangirai's UK rally applauded!!!

Tsvangirai's UK rally applauded!!!

An Economic Vision for Zimbabwe: Beyond the Rhetoric of Freedom and Democracy!!

An Economic Vision for Zimbabwe: Beyond the Rhetoric of Freedom and Democracy!!

"FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!!!

@#%* @#%*.......MESSAGE TO ALL ZIMBABWEANS ALL OVER THE WORLD!.... @#$*

THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL THE YOUTHS TO STAND UP FOR THEIR NATION!!!
LET THOSE WHO TALK CONTINUE!!!
YOU PLEASE BE ON STAND-BY TO LIBERATE YOUR NATION!!!

CLICK BELOW: "WHAT MUGABE DOESN'T WANT THE WORLD TO SEE!!!"

CLICK BELOW: "WHAT MUGABE DOESN'T WANT THE WORLD TO SEE!!!"

JENNI, CHENJERAI AND STAN WITH VIOLET ON SWRADIOAFRICA!

JENNI, CHENJERAI AND STAN WITH VIOLET ON SWRADIOAFRICA!

STAN, JENNI, CHENJERAI!!!

BOTH PART ONE AND PART TWO OF THE INTERVIEW ARE NOW HERE!!!
LINK!!!!!

THE MICE HAD A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM.........

THE MICE HAD A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM.........
"WHO WILL BELL THE CAT?????"

THE ANC GOVT IS A HYBRID OF CONFUSION!!

THE STATE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IN PARLIAMENT THAT CAN WE BRACE OURSELVES SINCE ZIM REFUGEES ARE COMING (SOME CROSSING THE LIMPOPO ILLEGALLY),
ON THE OTHER HAND THEY ARE BEING HEARDED LIKE COWS INTO LINDELA HOLDING CAMP FOR DEPORTATION!
CAN THE PERSON IN CHARGE PLEASE STAND UP!!!
LINK!!!!!

"POOR PEOPLE ARE NOT A LIABILITY!" ROBERT MUGABE!

Former "President" Lucas Mangope!

Former "President" Lucas Mangope!

@#$*@#$* WHEN "PRESIDENT" LUCAS MANGOPE WEPT!!! @#$%*

The S A Negotiating Team sent Mr Maharaj (representing the ANC) and Mr Pik Botha (representing the outgoing Apartheid Regime) to inform the "President" of the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana that it was all over!
It was in the middle of the night when their Helicopter landed at the Bophuthatswana "State House." A lot had happened in the "State" of Bophuthatswana and Mr Mangope was trying to "consolidate" his power against the "unruly" elements.
The long and the short of it is that the man (who was in his late 70s) wept when Mr Pik Botha informed him that "MR PRESIDENT" ITS ALL OVER! WE CREATED YOU AND NOW I HAVE BEEN SENT TO INFORM YOU THAT THE PICNIC IS OVER!"
Who will see our RGM to inform him......CDE "PRESIDENT" ITS ALL OVER????

YOU WIN..........HE KILLS YOU! "How could you defeat me???"

YOU WIN..........HE KILLS YOU! "How could you defeat me???"
YOU LOSE...HE KILLS YOU!!! "Why were you challenging me in the first place????"
It would be very irresponsible for me to give the Zimbabweans any false hopes......
Having said that, I'm rather encouraged by the news that is coming from the talks. Yes, there is a heavy black-out, but I understand:
1. Mr Mbeki is very serious about the progress of the talks and the fact that they must succeed without fail.
2. There are no "sacred cows", contrary to popular belief
and
3. All involved seem aware of the gravity of the situation and how it can degenerate into an uncontrollable inferno if there is no progress!
I, however, urge all patriots to consider ways of getting out out of this hole and even prepare to engage in any serious activities in case these talks break-down!
M S Hove (Rev.)

"WHY DO ZIMBABWEANS NOT RISE UP AGAINST THE REGIME????"

"WHY DO ZIMBABWEANS NOT RISE UP AGAINST THE REGIME????"
THIS DEBATE NEEDS TO BE CONTINUED!!!!

@#$* DEBATE ON "ZIMONLINE" ON WHY ZIMBOS DO NOT REBEL! @#%*

E MASUNGURE, N BUSU AND M HOVE
LINK!!!!!

THE REV NDABANINGI SITHOLE SPEAKS FROM THE GRAVE!!!!

THE REV NDABANINGI SITHOLE SPEAKS FROM THE GRAVE!!!!

"MUGABE DESPERATE FOR SURVIVAL!"

"MUGABE DESPERATE FOR SURVIVAL!"
Prof Stan Mukasa!!!

@#$*@#$* "MUGABE IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!!" PAN-AFRICANISTS FINALLY ADMIT!!!! @#%*@#%*

@#$*@#$*  "MUGABE IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!!" PAN-AFRICANISTS FINALLY ADMIT!!!! @#%*@#%*

ZIM INTELLIGENCE WANT PASTORS TO SHOW THEM THEIR SERMONS!!!

ZIM INTELLIGENCE WANT PASTORS TO SHOW THEM  THEIR SERMONS!!!
CIO TO "VET" PASTORS' SERMONS!!!!
LINK!!!!!

@#%*...."Mugabe ndakamuudza kuti Chidembo tamba-tamba: ini muswe ndakabata..(muswe i-Economy!)"

@#%*...."Mugabe ndakamuudza kuti Chidembo tamba-tamba: ini muswe ndakabata..(muswe i-Economy!)"
@#%*........"I told Mugabe you can play as you want, but the Economy will bring you down!!!"

MDC V P THOKOZANI KHUPE ADDRESSING RALLY IN MUTARE!!!!!!

MDC V P THOKOZANI KHUPE ADDRESSING RALLY IN MUTARE!!!!!!
MUGABE IS COMPLETELY STUPID TO UNDER-ESTIMATE THE FORCE CALLED THE MDC!!!

FARE THEE WELL, THOU BRAVE MAN!

FARE THEE WELL, THOU BRAVE MAN!
Mr Christopher Dell says 'GOOD BYE' to Zim!

A SINCERE FAREWELL, AMBASSADOR C DELL!!!!!!!!!!!

RADICAL'S FAREWELL TO MR DELL!
MORE!
MR DELL'S PARTING SHOT AT ZIM DICTATORSHIP!!!
LINK!!!!!!

LUTHERAN BISHOP SHAVA "OPTIMISTIC"!!!

LUTHERAN BISHOP SHAVA "OPTIMISTIC"!!!

@#%*@#%* LUTHERAN CHURCH BISHOP NAISON SHAVA "OPTIMISTIC" @#*@#%*

@#%*@#%*........... MY HEART WEEPS FOR ZIMBABWE!!!!.......@#%*@#%*

We have reached a level of suffering in Zimbabwe where Cde Thabo Mbeki should
literally "bite the bullet" and immediately send in a MILITARY RESCUE FORCE to redeem the people there,
then arrange for a Transitional Government to be put in place!!
Some-one must just violently remove those misguided, illegitimate,
desperately evil, and shockingly insensitive hooligans!
GOD HELP US NOW!!!
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove!!!

WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEATEN UP AND KILLED OUR WHITE BROTHERS LIKE WE DID!

WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEATEN UP AND KILLED OUR WHITE BROTHERS LIKE WE DID!

"FILL THE WHITE MAN'S HEART WITH FEAR........." R G MUGABE

"FILL THE WHITE MAN'S HEART WITH FEAR........."          R G MUGABE
............................LEST THE WORLD FORGETS!!!

@#*+@............"BRITAIN'S HANDS ARE CLEAN AS FAR AS THE ZIM LAND ISSUE IS CONCERNED!".........@#$&

"CLUE-LESS BLAIR THREW ZIM INTO DISASTER!"
LINK!!!!
ZIM NEEDS CONCTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT!!!
LINK!!!!!

MBEKI'S QUIET DIPLOMACY NOTHING BUT A HOAX!!!

MBEKI'S QUIET DIPLOMACY NOTHING BUT A HOAX!!!

EDWARD NDIWENI AND ALBERT SIBANDA (MDC MEMBERS) FOUND DEAD!!!

EDWARD NDIWENI AND ALBERT SIBANDA (MDC MEMBERS) FOUND DEAD!!!

"AFRICAN BROTHERHOOD.......

"AFRICAN           BROTHERHOOD.......

@#%@#% PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SWRADIOAFRICA DISCUSSION ON THE MBEKI INITIATIVE! @#%@#%

MANHUNT FOR HERO THAT WANTED TO LIBERATE THE PEOPLE

RGM: LOOKING EAST......!

RGM: LOOKING EAST......!
I KNOW IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT A LOT OF ACTIVISTS ARE LOSING THEIR SANITY ETC. DUE TO THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING!
LINK!!!!
THAT'S WHY I SAY ...."NO LETS NOT WAIT FOR ELECTIONS! LETS GET
A WAY OF LIBERATING THE PEOPLE THIS YEAR!
WE NEED BRAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE PREPARED TO DIE FOR THEIR COUNTRY!
TO HELL WITH THESE TREACHEROUS MBEKI THINGS!
MBEKI HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS
AND SOUTH AFRICA IS ACTUALLY ON "AUTO-PILOT" AS WE SPEAK!!!!!
WAKE UP VANHU VEZIMBABWE!
PREPARE TO DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY!
RADICAL SOLDIER!
PICTURE IS FROM A DIFFERENT SITUATION (COURTESY OF "ZIMDAILY").
LINK TO JHB STORY!!!

POLICE ARREST GALLANT W.O.Z.A. ACTIVISTS!

Dear Mr THABO MBEKI,

Dear Mr THABO MBEKI,
The things which the late Bro Learnmore Jongwe lamented about are still...
...happening today. Mr Learnmore Jongwe
(LINK 1)
and
(LINK 2)
did his part and was eliminated!
Now his best friend, Nelson, is continuing with the Honourable task.
(LINK!)
For how long will you pretend not to see, CDE MBEKI????

FELLOW ZIMBABWEANS PLEASE HELP ME!!

I do not understand what is going on at the moment.
I need assistance.
Firstly there is no Statement of Agreed Facts so The RSA President can at least comment
on the conduct and the legitimacy or otherwise of the previous Elections BEFORE
preparing for the new ones!
Secondly, what will Elections really prove when they are done next year?
That the people want ZANU-PF or the MDC to lead them?
But we all know that there is polarization whereby the mainly urban vote ANTI-ZANU-PF
and the rural mainly PRO-ZANU-PF (and there being a lot of INTIMIDATION in the rural areas!)
So what then?
Suppose the MDC wins the majority of the votes, what of the loyalty of the Armed Forces.....
have they reversed their previous Statement?
Who (as an External Force) will make sure there will be no strange activities by the Armed Forces?
Thirdly, in the unlikely event that that ZANU-PF wins a "free and fair" Election (I know its impossible)
but if it happens will the country then get back into the International fold?
Last but not least......
ALL OF YOU WHO ARE WAITING FOR 2008.... DO YOU KNOW THE ACUTENESS
OF THE SUFFERING OF THE PEOPLE AT THE MOMENT???????
DO YOU REALLY KNOW???? MY QUESTION THEREFORE IS: WHAT EXACTLY IS HAPPENING???
WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THE COMMON MAN???
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.
THE JOURNALIST WHO FIRST BROUGHT THE GUKURAHUNDI ATROCITIES TO LIGHT!
LINK!

"IS ROBERT MUGABE THE MASTER-ASSASSIN????"

SOME-ONE ASKED, "HOW DO YOU KNOW MUGABE KILLED ALL THESE PEOPLE?"
PLEASE NOTICE THAT THE ARTICLE DOES NOT SAY MUGABE KILLED ANY-ONE!!!!!!
IT SIMPLY ASKS QUESTIONS WHICH HE (MUGABE) MUST ANSWER!!!
ZIMFINALPUSH STAFF!
LINK TO ARTICLE!!!!!!!!

MR INKOSINATHI MGUNI'S ANALYSIS!

I must admit I was feeling "lazy" to read Mr Mguni's 35 page Analysis!
I kept it for a couple of months!
But when I read it yesterday, 3rd June, 2007, I was really impressed!
What an effort!
But , unfortunately, there are a few spelling and a few grammatical errors which need looking at!
BUT PLEASE PRINT THE DOCUMENT AND READ IT!
I wonder if Bro Mguni is still alive because he had some medical problem!
PLEASE READ HIS EFFORT!

FULL ARTICLE!!!!

A COMMENT ON MR MGUNI'S ARTICLE!

MR MGUNI WROTE A VERY WELL-RESEARCHED ARTICLE WHICH I
RECOMMEND THAT ALL SERIOUS ZIMBABWEANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE
SHOULD READ....
LINK!
NOW HERE IS THE FIRST COMMENT:
Yes Mguni I have read your article and I have this to advise you as an ambitious politician.
-Do you know the odds that Morgan and co operate against when you just say they have failed.
Do you know that there is noone who has challenged Mugabe to the extent of what Tsvangirai did.
Tekere and Nkomo, Sithole and many others did nothing better.
Ask your colleagues in the Mutambara faction that, they thought they could do better now they are stuck.
The can't go past 1000 votes (Its a fact).
They have all the campaign tools they need, noone is holding them-If you doubt this,
go ahead and form your party, you will be one amoung numerous, UPP, etc.-
Don't say Morgan must retire because he was recently elected at the congress by his party
to lead the party for the next five years.
Don't try to hijack his party, FORM YOUR OWN!!-
If you want him to go, why didn't you come to the congress and try to campaign.-
It is clear at this stage that he is the most priced asset that the opposition have.-
Wish you good luck malume.
WORLD MUST HELP RE-BUILD ZIM!
LINK!
BLAIR'S DEFEANING SILENCE ON ZIM!
LINK!
Mr Robert Mugabe went to town speaking various foul things about the tragedy
that sorrounded the great, young man, Mr Learnmore Jongwe!
Some of us just wept and could not hit back!
Mr Robert Mugabe is the last person that should have spoken about Mr Learnmore Jongwe!
The most evil person under the sun, that Robert Mugabe / Matibili!
To Bro Learnmore I say, "I'm really and sincerely sorry young man!
I, personally identify with you!
I wish I was there then to share your feelings, emotions etc!
Then you fell into the hands of wicked men mhondi vana Robert Mugabe!
Self-professed professors of violence!
Men who kill others like they kill flies!
You inter-acted with hypocrites like Cde Thabo Mbeki
(LINK),
Robert Mugabe
and Tobaiwa Mudede (whom you correctly described as a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR!)
Bro Learnmore, I have yet to release you from my heart!
I have a lump in my throat about your going!
I will write a few things which mainly will be pieces of advice to spouces of POLITICIANS!
No.....YOU ARE NOT GONE!
Some of us have not yet fully released you!
YES....AS THEY SAID AT YOUR FUNERAL.......
HEROES LIE IN OUR HEARTS!
MANY AT THE SO-CALLED "NATIONAL HEROES ACRE"
WILL BE EXHUMED WHEN THE TIMES COMES!
Yes....You are not visible among us!
Your courage will forever inspire us!
I'm very sorry my dear Brother LEARNMORE, true son of the soil,....
NOT THE BLOODY ROBERT MATIBILI!"
REV Mufaro Stig Hove....THE RADICAL SOLDIER!
....how can we make his job easier???
LINK!
HYPOCRISIES OF CHARACTERS LIKE MR MBEKI LED MANY BROTHERS TO LOSE
THEIR NORMAL TEMPERAMENTS!
LEST WE FORGET!
LINK!
CDE MBEKI, DO YOU REMEMBER THIS ONE????
LINK!
"THE ZIMBABWE I DON'T WANT....!"
LINK!

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