Archive for November 18th, 2017

ANGOLANS IN ZIMBABWE ARE WELL – MINISTER

LUANDA, Angolan Foreign minister, Manuel Augusto, said Thursday that the staff and diplomatic personnel of the embassy in Zimbabwe, whose president is under house arrest, are well.There is no reason to worry about, said the Angolan diplomat from Washin...
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Mugabe’s Ruling Party Meeting to Discuss His Ouster

Leaders of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's own ZANU-PF party have begun meeting Sunday and are widely expected to dismiss the long-time ruler.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired last week, is expected to be reinstated at the meeting, and Mugabe's wife Grace is expected to be removed from her position as leader of the ZANU-PF Women's League and possibly expelled from the party.

Impeachment is another possibility, the opposition's parliamentary chief whip Innocent Gonese told the Associated Press. The MDC-T leader said MDC-T and ZANU-PF had been in discussions to act jointly.

If Mugabe is not gone by Tuesday, then as sure as the sun rises from the east, impeachment process will kick in, Gonese said.

Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters Saturday his uncle and his uncle's wife were ready to die for what is correct. Speaking from an undisclosed location in South Africa, Zhuwao said Mugabe had no plans to resign in order to validate what he described as a coup.

Zhuwao said his 93-year-old uncle's health was good, although he has gotten little sleep since the military seized control Wednesday.

On Saturday, thousands of exuberant Zimbabwean demonstrators flooded the streets of Harare, some of whom marched toward the official residence of Mugabe amid nationwide protests calling for his resignation.

The protesters � some carrying signs that said, Mugabe must go! and Not coup but cool � came within 200 meters of the gates to the complex and staged a sit-down protest after being halted by national troops.

The State House is where Mugabe is under official house arrest and where negotiations for Mugabe's departure have taken place.

This is not fair. Why are soldiers preventing us to march to the State House, said 26-year-old Rutendo Maisiri. It is wrong. We will stay put.

The military has stopped such demonstrations in the capital in the past, but is now supporting the protests, directing demonstrators to the Zimbabwe Grounds where speeches are being made by activists, politicians and former freedom fighters calling for the president to resign.

The Zimbabwe Grounds is a symbolic location. It is where Zimbabweans welcomed Mugabe's return from exile in 1980 after the liberation war from white minority rule.

Demands intensify

Members of opposition groups are expressing frustration with the pace of negotiations over Mugabe's political future.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association, told journalists that the protests are designed to push the president out of office.

Demonstrations in other cities around the country were also calling for an end to Mugabe's 37-year rule.

Mugabe is reported to be resisting demands to step down from the army, members of his ZANU-PF party and political activists.

The Zimbabwe Defense Forces seized key state institutions Wednesday, confined Mugabe to house arrest and clamped down on those they termed thieves surrounding the president, including professor Jonathan Moyo, Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo, Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, ZANU-PF Youth League Secretary Kudzanayi Chipanga.

The detainees, who were in army barracks, are said to be members of a faction of the ruling party that were seeking to elevate first lady Grace Mugabe to the post of vice president. Robert Mugabe fired Mnangagwa from the position on November 5.

Mugabe made a public appearance Friday, his first since the military took over state institutions and opened talks aimed at getting the aged leader to resign.

Mugabe, wearing a blue and yellow academic gown, presided over a university graduation ceremony for more than 1,000 students in Harare. The president appeared to fall asleep at times and said nothing about the ongoing political uncertainty.

Demands intensify

Members of opposition groups are expressing frustration with the pace of negotiations over Mugabe's political future.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association, told journalists that Saturday's protests were designed to push the president out of office.

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who leads the Movement for Democratic Change party, joined the calls for Mugabe to resign.

Mr. Robert Mugabe must resign, step down immediately in line with the national sentiment and expectation, taking full regard of his legacy and contribution to Zimbabwe, pre and post Zimbabwe, said Tsvangirai, who returned to the country last week from South Africa, where he is being treated for cancer.

Mugabe hanging on

There has been no indication Mugabe will voluntarily give up power. Nick Mangwana, who is the Britain-based representative of ZANU-PF, told VOA that, President Mugabe remains President Mugabe as of now.

Mugabe is the only leader the nation has known since Zimbabwe won independence in 1980, and has turned back many previous challenges to his rule, often using the army, police and physical violence from supporters to intimidate opponents.

His hold appeared strong even as Zimbabwe's economy, which has struggled for years, suffered a new downturn over the past 12 months. Last December, the ruling ZANU-PF party nominated him as its presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

The turning point was the firing of Mnangagwa, 75, a liberation war hero who maintains strong support among veterans.

Source: Voice of America

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ZIMBABWE: FORMER MUGABE VP RETURNS HOME AS ARMY TAKES CHARGE

HARARE, As Zimbabwe's military appeared to be in control of the country Wednesday, former Zimbabwe Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who last week fled the country after vowing to topple President Robert Mugabe has returned home.

Zimbabweans stay calm & remain tuned to national news. I'm back in the country & will be quite busy over the next few days. My communication with you will now be via formal broadcasting channels so I'm unlikely to use twitter handle. Thank you for the support & solidarity, he tweeted. We salute & applaud the bravely of our ZDF who decisively rejected desperate last minute concessions by an Executive was to create a family dynasty. An army led transitional phase will now pave way for a peaceful, free & fair democratic elections.

Mugabe fired his long-time deputy on Monday last week, accusing him of disloyalty and deceit.

The following day, Mnangagwa was reportedly blocked from leaving the country for Mozambique and on Wednesday he issued a statement denouncing his dismissal, amid indications he was now in South Africa.

It was still not clear how Mnangagwa left Zimbabwe, but there was speculation that he went via Bostwana.

I would like my fellow citizens to know that I am out of the country, and safe, Mnangagwa said.

My sudden departure was caused by incessant threats on my person, life and family by those who have attempted before through various forms of elimination including poisoning, he said.

Mnangagwa said in a statement on Thursday last week: I stand prepared once again to pay the ultimate price in defence of Zimbabwe.

I am not afraid of anyone or worried about my political future under the current 'party capture' that is being tolerated and condoned by the Frist family.

I implore all genuine members of Zanu PF to reject this 'party' capture by a few individuals as I hereby do unequivocally.

The former VP further said the 93-year-old ruler and First Lady Grace Mugabe could not force him out of the ruling Zanu-PF, promising to return soon to lead Zimbabweans.

I will fight tooth and nail against those making a mockery against Zanu-PF founding principles, ethos and values.

The former Justice minister, who was once regarded as President Mugabe's most likely successor, in the statement, told his former boss that instead it will be him who will be forced to leave Zanu-PF.

You and your cohorts will instead leave Zanu-PF by the will of the people and this we will do in the coming few weeks as Zimbabweans in general now require new and progressive leadership that is not resident in the past and refuses to accept change, he added.

As I leave this post for now I encourage all loyal members of the party to remain in the party to register to vote as we will very soon control the levers of power in our beautiful party and country.

Let not your hearts be troubled for peace, love unity development and prosperity are around the corner.

I will be communicating with you soon and shall return to Zimbabwe to lead you.

Mnangagwa said Mugabe and his wife must not be allowed to personalise the ruling party.

Fellow Zimbabweans and specifically members of Zanu-PF, the time is now to say no to demi gods and people that are self-centred and only think of themselves and their families, he said.

Mugabe and his wife had earlier held a meeting where they denounced Mnangagwa for allegedly plotting a coup.

Zimbabweans stay calm & remain tuned to national news. I'm back in the country & will be quite busy over the next few days. My communication with you will now be via formal broadcasting channels so I'm unlikely to use twitter handle. Thank you for the support & solidarity, he tweeted.

We salute & applaud the bravely of our ZDF who decisively rejected desperate last minute concessions by an Executive was to create a family dynasty. An army led transitional phase will now pave way for a peaceful, free & fair democratic elections.

Mugabe fired his long-time deputy on Monday last week, accusing him of disloyalty and deceit.

The following day, Mnangagwa was reportedly blocked from leaving the country for Mozambique and on Wednesday he issued a statement denouncing his dismissal, amid indications he was now in South Africa.

It was still not clear how Mnangagwa left Zimbabwe, but there was speculation that he went via Bostwana.

I would like my fellow citizens to know that I am out of the country, and safe, Mnangagwa said.

My sudden departure was caused by incessant threats on my person, life and family by those who have attempted before through various forms of elimination including poisoning, he said.

Mnangagwa said in a statement on Thursday last week: I stand prepared once again to pay the ultimate price in defence of Zimbabwe.

I am not afraid of anyone or worried about my political future under the current 'party capture' that is being tolerated and condoned by the Frist family.

I implore all genuine members of Zanu PF to reject this 'party' capture by a few individuals as I hereby do unequivocally.

The former VP further said the 93-year-old ruler and First Lady Grace Mugabe could not force him out of the ruling Zanu-PF, promising to return soon to lead Zimbabweans.

I will fight tooth and nail against those making a mockery against Zanu-PF founding principles, ethos and values.

The former Justice minister, who was once regarded as Mugabe's most likely successor, in the statement, told his former boss that instead it will be him who will be forced to leave Zanu-PF.

You and your cohorts will instead leave Zanu-PF by the will of the people and this we will do in the coming few weeks as Zimbabweans in general now require new and progressive leadership that is not resident in the past and refuses to accept change, he added.

As I leave this post for now I encourage all loyal members of the party to remain in the party to register to vote as we will very soon control the levers of power in our beautiful party and country.

Let not your hearts be troubled for peace, love unity development and prosperity are around the corner.

I will be communicating with you soon and shall return to Zimbabwe to lead you.

Mnangagwa said Mugabe and his wife must not be allowed to personalise the ruling party.

Fellow Zimbabweans and specifically members of Zanu-PF, the time is now to say no to demi gods and people that are self-centred and only think of themselves and their families, he said.

Mugabe and his wife had earlier held a meeting where they denounced Mnangagwa for allegedly plotting a coup.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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