National Patriotic Front spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire has rapped Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa over attacks on Archbishop Robert Ndlovu.
“The tribal diatribe by Monica Mutsvangwa aimed at Archbishop Robert Ndlovu is unacceptable hate speech that should be condemned by every right-thinking Zimbabwean. The statement made by the Catholic Bishops did not communicate a personal position by Archbishop Ndlovu,” he said.
“But a collective concern by Catholic Bishops as shown by the number who signed the statement. How a whole government spokesperson turned it into a personal letter warranting a tribilised, hate-filled & savage attack on the person of Archbishop Ndlovu is astonishing and betrays, a divisive and tribal regime whose modus operandi is rooted in fanning tribalism and labeling to justify attacks on perceived enemies. I went thru the statement and saw the concern by the Bishops for national cohesion, peace and stability built on the ability to speak truth among.”
He said the letter is a call for leaders to “fill the gap” between what our situation is & where it should be. It is a loving call for responsible leadership which can only annoy criminals and thugs masquerading.
“As leaders. Only thugs, criminals and corrupt leaders feel attacked by such an honest statement that I feel came from a very honest & love-filled place. Any leadership that is worked up by such positive criticism is not only devilish but not fit to lead a country like ours. We have seen some Bishops praising the current Zimbabwe leadership and being given raving reviews on state media platforms and we thought the same leadership will accept criticism from other Bishops in the same way they entertain those that rub their egos. We thought as political leaders, servant leaders as some govt officials claim they are, they know that they are not infallible, they are not Saints & therefore should be grateful to those that criticise them when they err. Aren’t they the same people who said “The voice of the people is the voice of God. ”
He said the people have spoken through the Catholic Bishops, why insult their leader.
“By insulting the Bishops, isn’t ED’s govt insulting the people? And if the “pple’s voice is the voice of God”, when ED’s govt insults the pple, is it not insulting God? I reiterate that the savage attack on Archbishop Ndlovu by Monica Mutsvangwa is regrettable. The attempt to portray Archbishop Ndlovu as fanning tribal hate in the form we saw in Rwanda is ironic, especially when Zimbabweans know that one leader in the current regime. fanned tribal hatred similar to the hate speech by Leon Mugesera, which precipitated tribal hate that led to the genocide in Rwanda. We know who called Ndebeles “cockroaches”. We also know who threatened to shorten pple’s days on earth. We are concerned when individuals,” he said.
“Representing such a character begin to attack an Archbishop based on his ethnicity. We condemn that. If these characters attacked some people based on their ethnicity in 1983-87, this is 2020, we will not take that. Never again shall a Zimbabwean be silenced on account of his or her ethnicity. We refuse to be divided by a rogue regime. We are one Zimbabwe & we have freedom, enshrined in our constitution, to criticize government policy, whether one is Ndebele, Zezuru, Karanga, white, yellow or blue, that right is for us all. Mutsvangwa owes. The people of Zimbabwe an apology, she owes Archbishop Ndlovu an apology, she owes the Church, the whole body of Christ, an apology. That attack was uncalled for, unnecessary & unfortunate. That’s not what we expect from leaders.”
He said Mutsvangwa should know that to whom much is given, much is expected.
“If Zanu-PF believes Zimbabweans gave them the mandate to lead, which I doubt they did, judging from the behaviour of Mutsvangwa as government spokesperson, people expect delivery. If they fail, the same people criticize them, that’s how it works and that’s, the price we should be prepared to pay as leaders. Those that don’t want to be criticised should never be leaders but ice cream vendors.Let those with the heart and temperament to lead, be in leadership. Leadership is never for shrill-tongued squirrels but for grounded and sober minds,” he said.
Watch: South Africans give notice to foreigners to leave SA before June 16
With no sign of economic hardships disappearing in Zimbabwe, those who have escaped to South Africa are living in fear as locals have threatened to chase them if they don’t leave on their own accord.
Warnings of an operation to get South Africa rid of foreign nationals on the 16th of June continue to circulate.
Recently, a video surfaced on social media showing the ogarnisers of the operation dubbed, OPERATION DUDULA serving seven day notices to some foreign nationals to vacate the country.
WE WILL BE REMOVING ALL ILLEGAL FOREIGNERS BY FORCE!!!
SIDUDULA INSIDE SHOPS AND HAWKERS
IF YOU ARE OPERATING ILLEGALLY YOU BETTER PACK AND GO BEFORE 16 JUNE 2021!!!
– reads the notice.
While the poster specifies that illegal foreigners will be targeted it however does not state that documented ones will be spared.
Such attacks, as occurred before, ended up targeting all immigrants regardless of their status.
Dudula which means “push” brings horrific and sad memories of xenophobic attacks that happened in the country in 2015. Many people were killed, some burnt alive, while some were left homeless as their homes were destroyed.
Just like it happened before, the South African Police Services (SAPS) ignored warnings of imminent attacks on immigrants which then led to the bloodshed.
Similarly, at this point, the SAPS or any government have not said anything about the threats on foreign citizens in their country.
In one of the videos circulating online, the pro Dudula Operation people can be heard blaming the loadshedding on illegal connections supposedly done by foreign nationals.
— izim (@izim_og) June 13, 2021
Local truck drivers have been at loggerheads with their foreign counterparts accusing them of stealing their jobs and accepting low wages and inhuman working conditions.
The situation has left the Zimbabwean and other foreign drivers prone to abuse even when they are legally in the country.
Members of a local drivers organisation, well known for violent attacks on drivers and trucks, have been targeting foreign drivers sjamboking them while recording videos which are then spread online.
They do this to humiliate their victims and instill fear on their colleagues.
It's now a game, playing with a man's feelings. So humiliating you may never know how the next victim will respond. This was at Majuba powerstation over the weekend. @SAPoliceService @Dotransport @dewamavhinga @hrw pic.twitter.com/nxKlMfShGT
— SA Trucker (@rsa_trucker) June 7, 2021
No reports of arrest of the perpetrators have been made yet.
For the Zimbabweans and other foreigners in the country, it remains to be seen if they will still call South Africa home after the June 16 2021.
The date concides with South Africa’s youth day when they commemorate the heroics of the youths of 1976 who were massacred by the army after revolting against apartheid.
Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries
A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.
The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.
Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca
“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.
One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.
He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.
“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.
He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.
“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”
According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News
Gutu Inter-Africa bus and Honda Fit accident victims all from same family
GUTU- Police has announced names of the Gutu accident victims who were involved in a Honda Fit – Bus collision along the Gutu- Chivhu Highway yesterday.
The five were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with an Inter-Africa Bus near Matizha Business Centre in Gutu.
National Police Spokesperson Insp Paul Nyathi announced the names of the deceased family members who were travelling from Harare as Francis Chagweda (33)the driver, Mavis Chagweda (61), Lloyd Chagweda (31), Viola Chagweda (35) and Keresensia Mapaaona (28).
According to a family member, Oscar Chagweda the now deceased were travelling to Chiwara in Gutu for a family function when the tragedy happened.
An eyewitness told I ZIM that the accident occured after the Inter-Africa bus tried to overtake another bus. “It then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming Honda fit which swerved to avoid collision,” said the witness.
The Honda fit reportedly swerved off the road but the bus did the same resulting in the head on collision.
Only one person from the car survived the horific accident and was taken to Matizha clinic before she was transferred to Gutu Rural Hospital for treatment.
During the covid-19 induced Lockdown, government banned private kombis allowing only those registered under ZUPCO to operate resulting in little non-commercial vehicles overloading passengers.
Yesterday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who doubles as the Health and Child Care Minister announced another Covid -19 regulations which gave a waiver to public transport operators.
However, the transport sector is also now dominated by “mushikashika” vehicles some of which include Toyota Wish and Honda fit vehicles who have the capacity to carry 4 or 5 passengers , however some of these vehicles end up carrying as many as nine passengers.