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Gono bitter and lonely outside Government

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After a lengthy period of hibernating from the media spotlight, Gideon Gono, the former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor resurfaced in a twitter interview with Alpha Media Holdings’ Trevor Ncube in Sandton South Africa.

In the interview, Gono shockingly claims that Zimbabwe is ridden with Necodemus politicians who practice intellectual dishonesty by admitting that the country is in crisis during the night and deny the same during the light of day.

During his golden days as RBZ governor, which he obviously misses, Gono was a very powerful and larger than life figure who like a powerful wizard dictated the country’s economic policy direction with a single swipe of his magic wand.

His latest ahistorical remarks that Zimbabwe is in a state of crisis are shocking from an insider who when he was at the helm of the RBZ witnessed firsthand the magnitude of the evil Western sponsored illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe.

His remarks smack of bitterness characteristic of one abandoned in the wilderness with no audience for his sublime mysticism and nonsense.

Having once been a powerful policy maker and close ally of former President Robert Mugabe, Gono’s sentiments carry a foul stench of bitterness perhaps because the new dispensation did not offer him any position in the country’s administration.

Gono has never been one to like President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his current views demonstrate his lack of patriotism while at the same time trying too hard to remain a relevant voice in the country’s affairs.

The past few months have witnessed the Zimbabwean Government being tried and pronounced guilty by the court of public opinion, for human rights violations, state sponsored abductions of opposition activists, and corruption by public officials among many ills.

Gono joins the league of voices captured by the regional and international media to blast President Mnangwaga and ZANU PF for obvious financial reward as has been the historical trend.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has promised that opposition parties and everyone who promotes hate and disharmony in the country will not win. Instead these bad apples which attempt to weaken our systems will simple be flushed out.

Gono thus joins the basket of bad apples who are tarnishing the image of the country when he knows firsthand what the country has endured under illegal sanctions.

The former governor is no saint, neither does he have all the answers to fix the country’s economy, a fact he admitted to, during an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent on 12 March 2004.

During Gono’s tenure as RBZ governor, the country’s economy was defined by one of the worst and highest inflation rates ever recorded in history.

It was at the zenith of his magic show that Zimbabwe became known as the first and perhaps the only country to have millions, billions, trillions, and quintillion dollar notes in circulation.

His economic policies resulted in empty shops in all the country’s towns and cities.

At the time he admitted during his interview with the Zimbabwe Independent, that his failure was owed to a myriad of factors which included politics, sanctions and drought among others, it is clear he might not have been the right man to oversee the country’s economy.

It was perhaps his close relationship with the former first family that saw him appointed as RBZ governor and not on merit.

True to Gono’s knowledge, Zimbabwe continues to suffer under the sustained illegally imposed sanctions by the West.

Testament of the resilient and hardworking character of Zimbabweans the country’s path to economic recovery is slow but commendable with President Mnangagwa having proclaimed vision 2030, aimed at transforming Zimbabwe into an Upper Middle Income Economy.

This will happen with or without the support of the country’s detractors and ahistorical critics such as Gono and many alike.

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60 MDC Alliance youths reoccupy Harvest House as Khupe faces rebellion

‘We have just recovered Harvest House. It was a nice and clean retake’

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Up to 60 MDC Alliance youths entered the party’s Harvest House headquarters in central Harare on Sunday night, four months after the building was occupied by the rival MDC-T party with the help of security services.

The youths told said that they had “found each other” with a section of the youth leadership loyal to MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe.

“We have just recovered Harvest House. It was a nice and clean retake,” an MDC Alliance youth leader said from inside the building, asking not to be named because he said all would be explained at a virtual news conference at 10h00 on Monday.

Paul Gorekore, the MDC-T’s current youth chairman for Harare province, is believed to have facilitated the latest occupation, accusing Khupe of “aiding the suffering of the masses” through working with Zanu PF.

MDC Alliance youth chairman for Harare Denford Ngadziore is understood to have also entered Harvest House and will address Monday’s news conference.

In a brief statement, Gorekore said: “MDC-T Harare province (2014 structures) has taken over control of the party HQ tonight. This has been necessitated by our realisation of the need to unite the people in the fight for a better Zimbabwe.

“We as the youths have decided to go beyond our differences and unite to resolve the current crisis. We have been concerned by recent developments where the party (MDC-T) has been infiltrated by some Zanu PF elements battling to destroy the people’s movement thereby aiding the suffering of the masses.”

The youths said they had taken contingency measures, including changing locks and using chains to fortify the entrances.

Previous attempts by the MDC Alliance leadership to take back the building saw the party’s deputy leaders Tendai Biti and Lynette Karenyi-Kore being arrested. The youths said they expected police and the military to try and reclaim the building for Khupe. The military has previously denied facilitating the initial occupation.

The leadership of the MDC Alliance party has been disputed since a March Supreme Court judgement which said the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa was illegitimate for failing to follow the party constitution when he succeeded founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2018.

The court said Khupe, having been elected as Tsvangirai’s sole deputy at a previous congress held in 2014, should have assumed interim charge pending an extraordinary congress.

But by the time that judgement was delivered, Chamisa had led the MDC Alliance into an election in which he narrowly lost to Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa. Khupe took part in the elections in July 2018 as leader of the MDC-T.

Khupe has used the judgement, which the MDC Alliance says was engineered by Zanu PF, to assert herself as leader of the MDC-T party, and also the Alliance, while moving to claim the party’s properties as well as funding due to it from the government.

Despite winning just two seats in parliament through proportional representation, she is now claiming leadership of over 100 MDC Alliance lawmakers and hundreds of councillors across the country. Those who reject her leadership have been recalled, including 24 MPs and Senators and dozens of councillors.

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Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T takes over the MDC Alliance name

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Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T says it has adopted the MDC Alliance brand with immediate effect and will use the name when nominating candidates for by-elections on October 9.

This was revealed by the MDC-T acting chairman Morgen Komichi on Saturday. He was speaking at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, formerly Harvest House to mark the 21st anniversary of the original MDC.

However, in a statement posted on Twitter, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa insisted on its identity and vowed to settle the “battle” politically. The statement read:

We are the MDC Alliance. We contested the 2018 election as the MDC Alliance under the Presidency of Nelson Chamisa.

Our members were unlawfully recalled on account of being members of the MDC Alliance. This battle will be settled politically.

Political power lies in the people.

The development did not come as a surprise as George Charamba, who is the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications), in July hinted that the Khupe-led party will take over the MDC Alliance name.

Charamba made the stunning revelations on July 20th this year during an exchange with MDC Alliance secretary for elections Jacob Mafume.

Mafume had mocked ZANU PF and its leaders for allegedly trying to create a coalition government with Khupe’s MDC-T.

But Charamba, in typically abrasive fashion, hit back at Mafume, telling him that Khupe has taken over the opposition party and very soon, Chamisa will lose even the name of the party. Charamba retorted:

Except you have no party while pretending to be in organized opposition!!! Khupe amhanya nechinhu!! (she is now in the driving seat). Very soon you will be interdicted from using MDC-Anything!!! Watch the space!!!

United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean academic, Alex Magaisa, who has been urging the MDC Alliance to drop the “toxic” MDC brand and adopt a new name, said:

What has just happened should not shock anyone who has been following the MDC saga. It was foreseeable and it was written. The most important question is the response, which should be ready. There has never been a better time to demonstrate that people do not vote for party names.

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War vets sue Mnangagwa over US$3,5 billion land compensation deal

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A WAR veterans group has taken President Emmerson Mnangagwa to court seeking the nullification of the recently signed US$3,5 billion deal by government and commercial white farmers who lost their land during the country’s violent land reform process in the past two decades.

They are seeking to interdict Mnangagwa from implementing the agreement touted as the legendary deal that will bring finality to the country’s longstanding land question.

Mnangagwa on July 29 this year approved the billion-dollar compensation deal arguing it would bring to finality the emotive land issue as envisaged by the country’s constitution.

In an application now before the High Court, the War Veterans Pressure Group have sued the government over the deal.

The litigants are group national chair Amos Sigauke, Kossam Mutsinze, Shoorai Nyamangondo, Daphine Kanoti, Dadirai Njitimana, Rueben Zulu, Joseph Chinguwa, Hazvinei Machingura, Cairo Mhandu, Digmore Ndiya and Godfrey Gurira.

Agriculture Minister Anxious Masuka, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and representatives of the Commercial Farmers Union are also cited as respondents.

Sigauke and his co-applicants argue that Mnangagwa’s administration rushed to address the grievances of “white settlers” at a time the former fighters were yet to receive full compensation for the contributions and losses incurred during the liberation struggle.

“Since independence in 1980, the indigenous black race of Zimbabwe has been making futile representations to the government demanding necessary arrangements for subsequent payment of compensations for the various sufferance occasioned upon them by and during direct rule of the occupying force, the white race, including the return of their land to them,” Sigauke submitted.

The applicants added: “In short, the government as both led by the late Robert Mugabe and (now) Emmerson Mnangagwa has not seemed bothered to address positively the issue of indigenous black race’s compensation for the ills they suffered as a direct consequence of government or its agents’ actions.”

He said they were shocked to learn that the government had reached the decision to compensate white former farmers.

“It was therefore with shock and dismay that the genuine progressive war veterans, in particular those newly resettled on former settler occupied farms, on July 29 received news that the government, through Masuka and Ncube had entered into an exclusive compensation deed.”

It is the applicants’ contention that the global compensation deed would negatively impact the development of Zimbabwe because it left out key stakeholders in the form of the majority. This, the veterans argue, is tantamount to discrimination which effectively contravenes the rule of law.

Sigauke added that the government’s actions were void and unlawful because the Constitution provided that compensation can only proceed through an Act of Parliament.

The case is yet to be heard.

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