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Mass Action for Jobs: Harare Round Two

MDC-T youths-led protests continued again today in Harare, even while seven of their members are detained and denied bail pending trial for demonstrating peacefully.

Police tried to break up the demonstration and arrested more than 15 including MDC-T Harare Youth Chair Shakespeare Mukoyi, Harare Main Wing and Highfield MP Eric Murai, Albert Chidakwa, and Prov member and Mabvuku MP JAMES Maridadi.

Police later released the youths, but so determined are the youths that despite being bloodied and swollen, they went back and joined the demonstration, and they were arrested for the second time.

The point that the youths what to make is that peaceful demonstration is a right which is recognised in the constitution, and also the main point of their demonstration which is to demand the jobs that Zanu (PF) promised.

The MDC Youth Assembly-led demonstrations today have claimed a victim, beaten to a pulp by riot police was a famale youth leader, Eve Nyamadzawo, Harare secretary for constitutional affairs. The regime thinks it can stop demonstrations by beating and arresting, but people want jobs and will not stop. More pictures

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:44

Freddy Who, And What's He Got To Do With Mugabe and Xi Jinping?

ShavaFMugabesXisIs Frederick Shava, the fly in the ointment as Mugabe seeks billions from China? 

My social networking friends who shall remain nameless were shocked when they read of Frederick Shava's name in the context of Robert Mugabe being welcomed to China by President Xi Jinping.

"Cde" Frederick Shava, the new Ambassador to China, is apparently the same Shava who resigned from government in shame following a scandal in which government Ministers were abusing their preferential access to scarce motor vehicles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:21

When Pawns Become Stars, A Rejoinder To Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's

gracehellPriscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's turn of phrase deserves kudos galore for coining the term pawn startdom to describe the First Lady's latest shenanigans.

And you know something is wrong in society when pawns becomes the stars, or even when First Ladies become pawn stars.

It also says something about our society when the major (pieces) players are transfixed and pawns take on the characteristics of major players, or even seem to metamorphosize into major pieces.

The major pieces are paralysed with fear and choose to work through their pawns and proxies; the society is soon reduced into proxies and symbols.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:37

"If We Can't Be Free In Our Country, It's Better To Die"


While the few Zanu (PF) Politburo members and MPs who chose to attend were enjoying a lavish festivity to celebrate a stolen election, amid a collapsed economy, the MDC-T national executive held a three-day retreat at which the party resolved to mobilise the nation.

The MDC-T had noted that Zimbabweans all over the country were now more than ever aggrieved about, and wanted the immediate resolution of:
Non-implementation of the national Constitution.
Declining economy, hence Massive unemployment.
State-sponsored violence.
Plight of workers and civil servants.
Incessant power cuts affecting households and what is left of industry.
Politicisation of key state institutions
Declining health and education standards
Poor social services delivery
All these, said MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai, reporting on the National Executive meeting, were critical national issues demanding resolution before the country implodes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 07:57

New Government Should Not Honour Mugabe's Odious Debts With China


With the denial of bail to these MDC-T youths who were arrested while demonstrating peacefully, President Robert Mugabe has proved once again that he can pretend to be democratic, but as soon as he feels threatened he can step up the repressive machinery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:05

Mugabe, Zanu (PF) Cannot Escape Long Arm of Law

Gono managed finances for the 2008 terror campaign. A Bloomberg Businessweek Report exposes how a beaten Robert Mugabe on the way to losing the 2008 election was rescued by a hedge fund from New York, defeating gallant efforts of the MDC-T and of the former Ambassador James McGee who risked his life investigating and exposing the rights violations by the regime.

The report showed that Och-Ziff hedge fund supplied almost $100 million used by Camec to buy platinum mining rights confiscated from Anglo American - but the money did not go into the national coffers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 01:31
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