For a learned country, we are still very dumb!

I wish to express my utmost disgust at the negativity of some political figures in my country Zimbabwe. After so many years of in house political squabbles and fighting, human rights abuses and highest ever kleptocratic tendencies from political figures and near fatal to fatal experiences of a varying number of societal figures, we still remain today a learned country with very little wisdom to run it.

After the fall from grace of Mugabe, the country was in unison. Aligning itself to the re-building cause and strangely looking the part of a somewhat happy family of brothers and sisters who despite their differences where tethered together and working for one common cause, for the good of the country.

The infamous ‘iwe neni tine basa‘ signature statement from Robert Mugabe on the night the whole world waited with baited breath on his resignation is true henceforth but as usual there are conflicting views on how the country should be run, formations and re-formations of alliances and back stabbers who for their own reasons or the other, want to control the destiny of the country, just like before.

As I always have said, I am in no way a political aspirant but pay very close attention to this very important patch of our country.

Sanctions have and will always hurt the people and should not be used to settle political scores and gain mileage or a reputation from our ‘sanction-ers’. It is ridiculous to think that to date, the MDC believe sanctions will fine tune a leader’s actions?

It is clear that Zimbabweans are no longer interested in seemingly ‘wiser than thou’ leaders who interests do not lie with the people. We are not looking for leadership that seems to be doing it for the people when in fact they are failing to bring about meaningful discussions on how the future of the country should be.

A few people I have spoken to believe we have been suffering for far too long and it would not hurt if we can hold on a few months before the sanctions are removed.

Thats a few more months of suffering and less hope for my people. We can no longer wait a day or two for the economy to move an inch into better. It is a prayer we have been uttering for years on end, it is the hope we had in any new leadership after the 37 year old rule of Mugabe.

I will like to end my rant by saying ‘Stop it’ in Grace Mugabe’s voice.

Let us move on together, paying close attention to what we are supposed to and together build a nation without sanctions and without vendettas.

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Who is getting his way, Mugabe or the revolution?

FeaturedWho is getting his way, Mugabe or the revolution?

We all have been again deceived by Mugabe’s hunger to rule that has seen him cling onto power for 37 years or its either that we have been reduced to dimwits by the cleverness of the army and schemers of the ‘coup’ (not a coup) scenario in Zimbabwe such that, since a new state of play unfolded in Zimbabwe, we have not been able to predict the next steps into this new dispensation, that is, what will happen to the old man?

Yesterday’s eagerly anticipated address to the nation on the backdrop of military control of government and arrests, citizens march in solidarity and detest of the tyranny, a ruling party ultimatum and various other closed door meetings proved all for nothing. Analysts who had spent the better half of the past days trying to predict Mugabe’s next move were left to put tail between legs and well, frustratingly analyse and speculate further.

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Robert Mugabe (right) meets generals at State House in Harare on Sunday. Photograph: AP

My colleagues and I had, for the greater part of the day, expressed with much confidence his stepping down,

“just a matter of time and has nowhere to go” they said

If the days gone by are anything to judge the future, we can do nothing but wait and see things unfold while our predictions are chucked into the trash can.

There is a certain power at play here, there is a process, laid out initially that has eluded local and international analysts. There lies, within this whole fracas a mastermind who has plotted and moved his pieces immaculately and is in control of this game.

Emmerson Mnangagwa seems (in my view) to have earned his ‘mastermind’ credentials and is emerging stronger and resolute to keep the world guessing on the cards he holds dear to his chest.

Many believed Robert Mugabe’s move yesterday was a check like in a game of chess, NO! A check mate is coming. This was all part of the plan!

Emmerson Mnangagwa has left no stone unturned and is using his senior statesmanship into advantage far more than we have ever managed to try and grasp. I have never seen a large number of reporters and analysts fail to predict an outcome in huge numbers as what happened yesterday prompting me to suggest (in the days to come) to focus more on what we know rather than what we would like to see. This should go on record, many of us could not see this coming.

The next following days in Zimbabwe are crucial and with time we will grasp the state of play here.

As it stands, universal understanding of Zimbabwean politics or the status quo have been shuttered and we can only but speculate.

As much as I would love to do that here, I will not (sadly I have been made to swallow back my words for far too long) but eagerly wait for the day of official independence. Yesterday’s expulsions of members within ZANU PF coupled with various life changing moments days before was liberating, but there is a much larger target in sight.

Emmerson Mnangagwa will go down in history as the great orchestrator of Robert Mugabe’s fall from power and (or with) grace and has learnt one important thing in war.

“Amat Victoria Curam” that is Latin to say “Victory Loves Preparation”.

Zimbabweans in the diaspora: Less likely to return home due to ongoing politicking.

Zimbabweans in the diaspora: Less likely to return home due to ongoing politicking.

Zimbabweans living in South Africa have expressed utter disgust over the ongoing political fiasco reported in the media, thwarting any hope they possessed on ever going back home. The perpetual vilification of political members opposed to the nonagenarian leader and his family is leading many to believe that only if a civil war broke down, it could rid the nation of the scum that has for years now, ran the country aground.

The South African government agreed to renew permits for the millions of its neighbours nationalities a few months ago and long queues have been the norm in the different stations where the applications are being processed.

When I visited one such station in Midrand, Zimbabweans could not hide the pain they feel over the recent dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa and other political figures in the past. It seemed the recent firing of such a huge political figure like Mnangagwa only showed the extent at which the country is in shambles.

Many who I spoke to where overjoyed the South African government had decided to renew their permits, giving them more time to work for their families and forget about the hardships back home.

South Africa harbours over two millions Zimbabweans according to figures released in 2008 by S.A Home Affairs. This number is however not a true reflection of what is on the ground as there are many who have migrated and are not in the system. It has been difficult for the S.A government to correctly determine how many Zimbabweans are actually resident in their country but the number is believed to be even larger as troubles embattle their neighbours.

 

Some who I spoke to expressed no remorse for Emmerson Mnangagwa who they believe had been a strong member in orchestrating many wrong doings before and now deserves to be treated just the same way he has done unto others. They blamed him for failing to play his cards right and anticipating where it would lead, seeing how close he was from the head of state, President Mugabe.

Zimbabweans living down south are not in any way ignorant of current happenings in their home country. It is incredible to hear them speak. The amount of information (true or false) that they possess is astonishing for a people that are far from home and constantly consumed by the pursuit of economic happiness.

I have gathered that the many Zimbabweans residing here are individuals who at times would have never met at home, coming from different backgrounds and families possessing different opinions and knowledge. Some of which should not be treated as hogwash. You could be speaking to ex-militia, informants, ex-cons, wanted criminals and even ex-government employees who have loads of information and networks back home.

The ongoing factionalism in the country however, has brought out the true feelings of disgust from almost all that I spoke to. None have any hope of ever going back home and do not care anymore,

“Whatever happens now, I simply don’t care. It’s hopeless to think that Mugabe will step down anytime soon. Even if he does, you are most guaranteed that his wife Grace will be part of the leadership whilst her accomplices (in the G40 faction) will control the strings of the economy on her behalf. Her children will most definitely continue being nuisance as they have been and nothing or no-one will stop them now” An angry Daniel (not his real name) said.

With General Constantino Chiwenga, appearing at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers yesterday and hitting out on the squabbling and removal of liberation war heroes, many believe interesting times are ahead for the country.

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Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga (AFP)

The general is believed to be the only person who could stop all the nonsense within the ruling government and could possibly steer the country into another era, if he so decided to plan to take matters into his own hands. Yesterday’s press conference gave hope to many who believe they could still be light at the end of the tunnel.

A comment under a Newsday article on General Chiwenga’s press conference reads,

“mbwa dzevanhu

“Well done Chiwenga, if you mean what you said. But if we all know how Mugabe and Zanu PF have operated, such a statement will cost you life, and Mugabe doesn’t forgive such a poor show of loyalty. It is therefore puzzling that for the first time in the history of Zimbabwe’s independence some one can issue such a grave warning to Mugabe and remain alive in Zimbabwe. If there are no machinations behind this statement, CDE Chiwenga is better off acting sooner rather than later. There is no question that most of Zimbabwe and indeed the rest of the world will be behind the Chiwenga implied action. We may be able to save what’s left of this country, and from dynasty”

 

Another also said on the same page,

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Chiwenga a good chance for you to climb to the top. Forget about Ngwena think about yourself and Mary. Boot the Matibilis out of power, book Jonso into the same cage at Chikurubhi with Gumbura. Tell everyone the country needs 5 years stbilising period with you at top before free & fair elections. Abolish indigenisation laws reduce tax etc, thereby attracting investment. After 5 years everyone is employed and happy they will want you to stay. We will even forget kutizvambura kwawakaita 2008 along with all the other offside statements you make about Zanu PF yega being fit to rule Zim.”

Zimbabwe volatility assures no one of a brighter a future, including politicians themselves. Nothing is ever promised tomorrow today, as we have seen in the fall from  grace of Emmerson. It might seem bad to wish for internal conflict to achieve a somewhat clean up of all rogue elements and prosperous country in the future but the current crop of politicking within the present government have left people with very littl choice.

Voting seems not to be an option as well, with many citing previous elections as rigged and unfair while citizens in the diaspora are still not eligible to vote.

It’s a matter of waiting to see how it all goes, until then, the many residing in South Africa and abroad are not in a rush to go back and participate in the turmoil the nation finds itself in.

 

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Grace Mugabe’s assault(ee) in pictures.

Meet Gabriella Engels. She is 20.

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Pic courtesy of her Facebook page.

This is the young lady who has taken two countries into a diplomatic gaffe that will most probably make life a lot harder than it has been already for most Zimbabweans.

I have heard the name in numerous publications and broadcasts and wondered who this unfortunate lady is, who has fallen victim over the first lady’s violent acts and this time through the nasty end of a power chord.

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Pic courtesy of her Facebook page

While the story unfolds and with only one side of it available so far, we can only assume that Amai Grace’s silence says it all. With so many versions of the story, one can only assume there is more than what could have transpired in that room on that fateful night than what the eye can see and the ear can hear.

Read more about Grace Mugabe’s history of violence here

Known as Gaby on her social platforms and with very little information on it other than her 19th June birthday, Gabriel could be in a state of ‘anxitement’ as she has become popular overnight whilst still tending to wounds afflicted by the less graceful, Mrs Mugabe.

This could finally be her moment, not that she intended and certainly not that I am for such a behaviour from our leaders, but it could be a turning point into the lives of the two who stand on opposite sides. One could fall, as the hashtag goes, while the other rises to popularity though being on the receiving end of a brutal attack or sadly it could be such a dull ending to a story that has got everyone in South Africa totally flabbergasted after it goes through unending diplomatic talks and negotiations. I say this knowing so well how such cases can be swept under the rug of judicial arm twisting.

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Gabriella Engels: Courtesy of her Facebook page

There isn’t much to say on such an incident rather than to wish for a speedy and agreeable end to a nightmare that could be potentially disastrous to political ties and Zimbabwean nationalities in South Africa.

All could be lost through the actions of one person who, no matter the provocation could not let God take care of it on her behalf or let her grace and bodyguards handle it on her behalf if reports of her being attacked first are to be taken as truth.

As it is women’s month in South Africa, the public is further disgusted and seeking the full wrath of the law regardless of societal stature. It is however interesting to note that there has never been an arrest of a first lady in any country outside her own in history and with Uncle Bob set to arrive in South Africa to sort out issues, it could be long until this record is broken.

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Bandaged and saddened: Gabriella Engels

Listen to Gabriella Engels radio interview here

Messages through her Facebook showed mixed emotions and tones, the two countries will need to use their diplomacy to the fullest to bring calm to this sad fiasco.

Here’s what some of her followers on Facebook had to say:

Jonathan van der Mkhize You’re so pretty just stop mingling with foreigners and good luck on your case (criminal & civil) sue the shit out of disGrace Mugabe, good luck to Gerrie Nel too. Good luck future millionaire (in Rands 😉

Channon Merricks #GraceMugabe had every right to use an extention cord and light to assualt someone ….. however she failed as a mother to discipline her children ….. she failed as a parent to leave her boys in a hotel whilst they are students without proper supervision …. she failed as first lady of Zimbabwe to ensure there is better universities in her country than in another country …. she failed to assault her boys as she had every right to assualt them ….. so assaulting someone else child because you failed as a parent means you are angry at the wrong person …. as a first lady you should lead the no violence against women but you are now accused of violence against a women in another country …..Now running away from police show you are guilty and failling again as a first lady and mother, to account for your actions, your boys will also run away from facing the consequences of there own ill discipline in future ..Boys learn from their mothers..To the victim, be strong and fight the good fight

And then there was a reply:

Heine TheRoyal Tutor Wittgenstein You talk rather too much for someone who constructs sentences no better than a 12 year old. Was the mother wrong to protect her children from a predatory woman with potential STD’s? I don’t think so. Maybe her methods were not ideal. But this rhetoric that she was trying to murder this non-woman is just absurd. People would go to such lengths to push this narrative of violence against women. If women are so sick of violence – maybe they should stop playing victim and stop dating men. Everybody wins!

A war is brewing. May God save the children.

Zim MP’s salary hike is bollocks!

Zim MP’s salary hike is bollocks!

I simply cannot deduce the IQ of MP’s in Zimbabwe, who against the background of a failing economy, a non existent currency, severe cash shortages and an invisible presence in the communities that they represent, find it appropriate to ‘push’ for a raise and compare themselves with other parliaments who, the last time I checked, where in actual fact putting in some work towards their constituencies than they are.

Read more here on their exploits to bleed the country dry.

The World Economic Forum publishes a report yearly titled “The Global Information Technology Report which examines the increasing proliferation of technology and its effects on advancing global prosperity. Zimbabwe, which is obviously a part of this world today, is also probed and there is just one word that best describes the figures released here, stupid!

Firstly, comparing yourself with other African parliamentarians when you don’t put in the work is foolishness. The Zimbabwean parliament is poorly ranked that it doesn’t even qualify for a salary at all.

MP’s in the once was bread basket have failed to deliver in all aspects of their job and only exist to milk the tax payer’s coffers with fancy suits, expensive tastes, womanising, napping during sessions, atrocious arguments and lack of understanding of issues debated within the house. In the end the country never gets their money’s worth and the masses suffer while they drive around in expensive fancy cars wearing the finest suits.

I have put in the text below comparisons between earnings and effectiveness of the houses coupled with their rankings within this report produced by the World Economic Forum in 2016. This will make us understand how outrageous their cry for an increment is and how untimely unjustified it is.

Botswana is the highest ranked amongst other law makers in its effectiveness to at 29 out of 139 with a value of 4.5 out of 7. Their Judiciary Independence is at 36 out of 139 and valued 4.8 out of 7. Within the region, Botswana is highly placed and is well deserving of a raise than any other.

Judiciary Independence is the concept that the judiciary needs to be kept away from the other branches of government. That is, courts should not be subject to improper influence from the other branches of government, or from private or partisan interests.

South African law makers are ranked 32 out 139 and giving them a good value score of 4.4 out of a possible 7.  They also score a Judicial Independence score of 24 out of 139, valued at 5,4. They come second in the shout to get a raise.

Uganda is ranked 51/139 with a value of 4. Judiciary Independence at 91/139 with a value of 3.4 out of 7.

Kenya’s parliament is ranked at 60 out of 139 and with a value of 3,9 out of 7. Judiciary Independence on 61/139 and with a value ranking of 4,1/7

Tanzania parliament is ranked 63 in the world out 139 and valued at 3,8 out of 7. Judiciary Independence is ranked 89/139 with a value of 3.4/7.

All of these countries have come about after Nelson Chamisa, the Chairperson of the Sub-committee on Legal and Procedural Services compared their salaries with the countries above. It seems there is no other indicator that can show us how the Zimbabwean parliament’s effectiveness other than the one created by the World Economic Forum and if these law makers where in any way fully responsible in their duties, one could feel for them, but when there are not (as it is the case); the increment is not justified!

The Zimbabwean Parliament is the worst ranked within the region at 91/139 and valued at 3.4 out of 7. Its Judiciary Independence is outrageously ranked at 115 and lowly valued at 2,7 out of 7. If these were school grades, it would be an outright fail.

There is nothing more revolting as a group of adults who have very little idea at the lack of influence they have had in society and yet think highly of themselves and think to make themselves even more flamboyant with tax players hard earnings.

The nation has been struggling to take care of its own educated professionals such as doctors, nurses and artisans and have seen a major labour migration to surrounding countries. If anything, the government needs to cut down on expenditure and look at ways of having it function with fewer leadership positions in government and find ways of retaining skilled labour force. Certainly not by increasing parliamentary salaries at the expense of the many other critical areas within the country that need to be looked at with speed.

In today’s world, if we are to ask for a salary increment, in a normal professional setting, one would look at their value and work put in first.

We cannot, as a society look away when such thievery is cultivated and let to flourish as it leads us further into destruction as a country.

In the past four years, the country’s legal system has slipped down 6 places in its networked readiness index and will continue to do so as long there is nobody out there ready to protect the rule of law and seriously tackle issues such as corruption, corruption and corruption (which seems to be the only problem Zimbabwe faces)

 

 

 

 

If South Africa does not wake up now!…

Zimbabwe was once not an outright fail as it is today. There was a future, one full of hope and desirable and we all thought better of ourselves in the dream that it would never come to a grinding halt; until we woke up.

There isn’t much that can bring a once thriving nation on its knees, it is a mixture of incompetent leaders, thieves and no accountability in areas of the nation that matter the most. One can never underestimate the power of being a minister for the people and the duties that befall upon them.

Therefore it follows that only competent and enthusiastic (since we might fail to always get the former) individuals should hold positions of influence and of leadership that can allow the country to move in a certain direction biased towards prosperity and growth.

Why is it that leaders in Africa are so eager to get their hands dirty than there are in leaving a legacy of hard work and success? Are we all just cursed to be kleptocrats with no bright future ahead.

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“Clairvoyance is the stuff of fortune tellers; journalists report on the world.” KEVEN ANN WILLEY

“Clairvoyance is the stuff of fortune tellers; journalists report on the world.” KEVEN ANN WILLEY

Predicting Outcomes Is Not Our Job

A part of this article reflects a part of my heart. Its been on my mind and sadly as I am too far detached from their world, I still feel my fellow journos in states could have done better. There has never been an embarrassing moment for journalism than the post-US 2016 election days we find ourselves in. If words like ‘polls’ and ‘ratings’ have ever been thrown around pretending to somewhat predict the future, we stand dampened by our own words and calculations and asking ourselves a million times the same question, how did Trump win this one?

So far no one who put out a poll has come out to apologise in having got it wrong, I guess because journalists own the space they right in and so don’t really have to apologise. We simply write about something else for a change while we shy from exposing ourselves on how we made the wrong predictions. I can gladly say ‘we’ in this context because I too was convinced that the great news anchors and reporters in the world, I gladly look up to, made such mistake.

I blogged here the other day on my disgust over Trump as a candidate and I am sadly eating humble pie. Well at least it was just my opinion. Statistics are what puzzle me, how and who where they where derived from leaves me dumbfounded. How could the whole world eagerly wait for a Hillary Clinton win only to wake up to horrible realisation that Trump had done the seemingly impossible task considering the amount of reporting against his win.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, a prophet saw the outcome of the elections, or wait; maybe he took a look at the polls one morning and decided to run with them to his synagogue. I am sure his business is reeling on the aftermath and we all know God did not give him that vision now. I’m just saying, now we know!

Journalists tend to cultivate winners of any election, we like to be right and in turn convince the masses on what route to take in their lives. For once showed the world showed us that they really don’t care about what we report about. That it is all about what they truly believe inside that counts and not the numbers and figures. Which is a cause for concern for a journalist when your audience simply rubbishes your effort and slant and listens to their inner voice or maybe in this case, their candidate. I am trying to think of the next best course of action after such a failure but my mind is blank, because this never happens.

American and European journalists are the best in the business, well at least we thought before Donald won. Since the 1700s there have been peddling news and articles before we, down here in Africa picked up the trade. While I strongly there still are the best in the business, one is persuaded to disagree. How could they have missed on such a huge spectacle and in turn render themselves amateurs? Don’t wait on an answer for that one, on the next paragraph..

That said I must quickly place a disclaimer on how confusing the American political arena and that I have no intention to try and grasp it. I will leave it to them. To date there are still many unanswered questions on the election and to be quite honest I don’t need them answered, let bygones be.

I will let you read the article above, I guess it says it all for I fear diluting the brew..