Human rights are important because they protect the weak from the more powerful. In most countries, especially those in Africa, Government have tremendous power over the public because they make policy, control funding and make the rules and laws which people are expected to abide by. As such, a Government that is out of control can use it’s power to do horrible things to the masses. This is exactly what is happening in Zimbabwe – the tyranny of a "Government".
As most people will know Zanu PF is the political party that has been ruling Zimbabwe since the country got its independence in 1980. Zanu PF have been abusing this power everytime anyone or any group of people questions the actions of the junta [a more appropriate description than Government] including its legitimacy. They also abuse this power by their shameless corruptions that trickles down from the President's Office down to Government Officials, police, military and courts. This corruption is what is depriving millions of Zimbabweans of basic things like water, food, security, decent health and public services.
When Emmerson Mnangagwa declared himself President after removing Mugabe in a military coup, he promised a lot of 'positive' things for the country. Some people believed him including highly respected intellectuals from around the world. However, those who know the man's history knew Zimbabwe was going to go even more backwards in terms of human rights abuses. I think people should have refused to endorse the military coup because it was an illegal act, treason in fact.
Ever since he became president, Mnangagwa has presided over some of the most shameless human rights abuses of the Zimbabwean people particularly those who oppose his illegitimate rule of the country. Everytime the MDC Alliance or any group of people want to express their grievances, the Zanu PF 'junta' arrests them. Not only that, the regime sends state agents to abduct political activists, the military to go into the ghettos to beat up and shoot innocent people including raping women. All this is done to inflict fear in people. This Zanu PF regime really does not recognise the human rights of the Zimbabwe public. The right to free assembly, freedom of expression, democracy, right to life, right to basic needs, right to have a private life; all these human rights are habitually abused by this government. They do not recognise the Zimbabwean people as free individuals, to them, it appears that the public are like an inconvenience the regime has to deal with. It’s a dreadful situation. Zanu PF like to claim that they freed Zimbabweans from the Rhodesians, but it’s clear now that they only freed themselves.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Democracy is important in that it gives people influence on the issues which affect their lives such as choosing the country's president. Democracy also brings accountability, whereby politicians have to justify their decisions to the electorate are asked important and difficult questions by a free media about their policies and practices.
In Zimbabwe none of that happens. The President, 'Government Ministers' and their friends are not asked questions about why they do what they do because the national broadcaster, the ZBC is under complete control of Zanu PF. This is why Zanu PF get away with murder, literally - they don’t have to account for their actions to anyone, not the Courts and not the Media, and definitely not the public.
The most important election in Zimbabwe is the presidential election because the presidency has absolute control over everything that happens in the country. Yes, there are senate and parliamentary elections, but those structures have zero influence on what happens in Zimbabwe. So it’s really the presidential election that provides test whether Zimbabwe really is a democracy, and so far since 1980, the presidential elections have been rigged. Until there is a free and fair presidential election that is conducted by an external body like the UN, democracy will never be realised in Zimbabwe.
Saturday, 10 October 2020
I will admit that I am not a lawyer, but it doesn’t take much education about the Zimbabwean judiciary to see that the way the law is applied always favours Zanu PF and not the people. What I mean is, whenever there is a situation whereby a judge has to decide to make a ruling between favouring Zanu PF or the people of Zimbabwe, the judge will always favour Zanu PF particularly the wishes of the junta/politburo that controls the presidency.
We have seen so many examples of this captured judiciary since 1980. Recent examples are the 2017 coup which removed Mugabe. The removal of a sitting president by military force is illegal, but in 2017, the Zimbabwean courts ruled that the 'coup' was legal. How crazy is that? After the 2018 election was clearly rigged, a bunch of Judges ruled that the election was free and fair, surprise, surprise!
Every single week we see the Zimbabwean Junta inflicting violence and repression on dissenting voices. They get away with it because the law 'favours' them. I have heard some people say Zimbabwe has one of the best constitutions in the world, well, in theory that maybe true, but in reality the laws of a country can only be judged by how they are applied by the authorities, particularly when the authorities are pitted against the general population i.e when the strong are pitted against the weak. And if the strong are always winning against the weak, then it’s safe to say Zimbabwe is run by the laws of the jungle. This will never change until the military dictatorship [hence the term Junta is appropriate] is gone. So long as the Judges and the courts favour Zanu PF, the constitution is not worth the paper it’s printed on, and Zimbabweans will never be free.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Something really needs to be done about Nick Mangwana
Honestly, something really needs to be done about Nick Mangwana. In this article, I try to provide a few ideas on how to put this loudmouth in his place. For someone who is a newcomer to Zimbabwean politics, we are allowing Nick Mangwana to get away with a lot in such a short space of time. Aaakutijairira manje, Sesijayela kubi manje.
This is someone who is not even a war veteran, he came into Zanu ‘yesterday'. He doesn’t have the muscle.
What should be done?
Nick needs to experience deprivation like the many Zimbabweans who are suffering at the hands of his masters. Nick needs to know what it feels like to lose what is close and dear to you. The first thing that needs to happen is a revocation of his British Citizenship. I am not a lawyer myself but I am sure there are many intelligent lawyers out there who can find an angle on this. For example, Nick Mangwana is defending a regime that is carrying out systematic human rights abuses and state sanctioned murders. Not only that, but he is doing everything in his power to mislead, confuse, facilitate and promote these human rights abuses. When people are abducted, arrested, or murdered by the Zanu government, Nick comes out like a bull defending these acts using denial and various other tactics. He is essentially, the Joseph Goebbels of this regime. Those in the UK need to keep putting pressure on the UK authorities to take away his British Citizenship. We know it is something that is part of his exit plan when the Zanu regime eventually ejects him.
The second thing that needs to happen is that Nick should be put on the sanctions list including a travel ban into the places he loves like the UK and the EU. In the meantime, if he happens to come into the UK like he did last year when he accompanied that Mnangagwa importer (SB Moyo -the coup announcer) a citizen's arrest is warranted and will happen. We are already mobilising towards this. I say ‘Mnangagwa imposter' because SB Moyo's speeches are just as boring and dry as those made by Dambudzo, and both men are where they are not because of intelligence, grace or popularity but because of violence. It also turned out that SB Moyo is a coward because when he was confronted by the protesters outside Chatham House in London, he ran away like a tuck-shop cigarette thief. I was there but that’s story for another day.
Thirdly, Nick's life up and about in Zimbabwe should be filled with paranoia and inconvenience. There are a number of things those in Zimbabwe fed up with this man can do to achieve this. For example, if you work in a restaurant and Nick orders some food, you could add a bit of extra 'matter' to his food to improve the flavouring. If you see his car parked outside, it’s quite justifiable to put some political or personal graffiti around the state funded motor. If he has any small houses around, let’s expose that including with visual imagery. If you have any evidence that gets him in trouble with his masters share it on social media. Nick needs to know how it feels to sleep with one eye open. Lets hasten his eventual residency at Chikurubi prison, we all know that's where he is going to end up if he is lucky.
To sum up, we cannot allow this human skid mark to mock us in a very obvious way. The time has come now to do something about Nick Mangwana. If we cannot bring considerable inconvenience to this idiot then we have no chance against the gun carrying junta.
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Everyone who is normal is reacting with shock and disgust at Mnangagwa's appointment of Chiwenga as the Minister of Health and Childcare. Everyone including those who are not normal will be aware that Chiwenga is not well which is why he is always on the plane to China or South Africa for treatment. Zimbabwe right now is hopelessly facing the Coronavirus and many are dying. So when Mnangagwa, a man who is famous for bringing suffering to human beings, appoints a sick man to be Minister of Health and Childcare, there is something sinister about it. One of the reasons could be a simple one – Mnangagwa wants to appoint someone absent to be Minister of Health and Childcare at a time the country is facing a serious health crisis so that more and more people die. To put it simply, Mnangagwa is appointing 'no one' to be in charge of health so that many more people die, because he just doesn’t care about Zimbabwean lives.
|Ret. Gen. Chewenga is not a well man|
Others are saying Mnangagwa is trying to throw a live snake at Chiwenga in order to humiliate him and make him less popular. This of course is based on rumours that Chiwenga has a faction that wants to remove Mnangagwa. Some are saying the longer Chiwenga stays in Zimbabwe the higher the risk of his death because he needs specialist treatment which cannot be found in Zimbabwe.
To sum up, I personally think Mnangagwa has made this appointment for two reasons:
- To force Chiwenga to come back from China or wherever he is so that he eventually falls sick in Zimbabwe, receives treatment in the country, and inevitably dies
- By putting Chiwenga in charge of the biggest health crisis in Zimbabwe's history, Mnangagwa would be completely destroying the small amount of popularity that Chiwenga has which the generari is hoping to use when carrying out another coup.
Whatever the case is, both men are awful human beings who have ruined our country and because of that, #Zanupfmustgo because #Zimbabweanlivesmatter
Monday, 3 August 2020
An attempt for a peaceful protest was thwarted as most cities were under military surveillance, arresting brave government critics, which took most citizens down memory lane to the Mugabe era and August 2018 army shootings.
Although the citizen’s voices had been silenced by a tyranny in the capital of Harare, the diaspora stood in solidarity with brothers and sister in Zimbabwe, as people gathered in different locations globally. In Namibia a group of marched to the Zimbabwe High Commission in Windhoek.
The planning of the London demonstration was by the grassroots and the setting up of banners was a collective effort by ZHRO and Vuka group. These two human rights organisations have played a pivotal role in the fight for human rights for Zimbabweans. The Zimbabwean Embassy in London is not a new site for such protests organised by the two Human rights groups. Fighting against injustice in the Mugabe era and three years down the line in Under Mnangagwa’s Regime.
Mr Mnangagwa took power on the premise of change from the old way of governing. The political landscape in Zimbabwe has a taken a sharp U-turn into the old Authoritarian and repressive rule under Mnangagwa’s rule. Looting of the country’s resources which was put to light by Mr Magayisa and Mr Hopewell Chin’ono, Corruption which has not been stamped out as we still see the upper echelon of the political group walking scot free, economically the situation in the country plummeting and unemployment which is rampant. Citizens hoped to hold mass rallies throughout country on Friday, in response to the mismanagement of the country.
The Zimbabwean Police and Army deployed personnel into major cities to clamp down such protesters. Those who managed to gather were detained and kept in Police custody, the like of Tsitsi Dangarembwa and Fadzai Mahere.
Godard Thabani Bvungidzire
I am no political strategists, but it seems to me that when Hopewell Chin’ono, Alex Magaisa and many other brave men and women of Zimbabwe exposed corruption by Zanu, the party got into panic mode.
They really hate it when their business gets exposed for the filth that it is. It maybe a coincidence, but ever since the revelations about corruption gained steam amongst Zimbabweans, Zanu PF has been experiencing levels of discontent within its ranks. We hear and read stories about how the leadership have been pointing fingers of blame at each other. In the midst of that at least two of the big fish died in unclear circumstances!
This is why I think people like me and you who want democracy, justice and ending corruption in Zimbabwe should keep digging for more information about the theft of our money. And the #paybackthemoney needs to continue. Many will agree that anything that causes discord in Zanu PF is a positive thing. So let’s keep on inconveniencing them with these corruption exposés.
This time I really think we need to focus even more on the alpha and omega of corruption in Zimbabwe, the thief in chief, the man who cannot help himself but steal steal steal. I am talking about Mnangagwa himself, of course. We need to dig up his files. Actually, there are so many reports and evidence about his thieving activities, it’s not so much digging up but taking swabs at the surface because his wrinkly hands are all over everything, from mining, banking and probably pimping.
Another one is SB Moyo, the coup announcer, the one who ran away from in London when we tried to have a word with him outside Chatham House, London.
Let’s keep putting these expose's out please. Let’s not lose heart. The fight is on!
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
|Mnangagwa - "The Crocodile" is an old man|
These terrible events got me thinking and I quickly realised that Zanu really has a problem with the youth i.e Zanu PF really hates young people! To get a better understanding of this issue, I began to read a bit and spoke to a few political observers who had their own theories as to why Zanu is doing this. Eventually, I came to the following conclusion;
Zanu PF, especially the old men at the top of the party, hate young people because young people have their whole lives ahead of them; they are forward looking, they worry about their future and the future of Zimbabwe. Young people are generally an innovative demography, constantly coming up with better ideas on how the country should be run. They do not have blood on their hands, and so sleep peacefully. They are physically fit and have much more bearable faces and are fancied by the young mistresses who are entangled with the old men of Zanu PF!
|Mnangagwa has even had a Statue made of himself - and just as ugly!|
Because of their huge stake in the future of Zimbabwe, the fight for a better Zimbabwe will mostly come from the youth just as it was against the Rhodesians in the 1960s and 70s. In the next 10-20 years the youth will be in their 30s, 40s and early 50s, while a majority of the old men in Zanu PF will be rooming with Mugabe in the depths of hell. The few who will still be around will be feeding from a tube, hopefully in receipt of prison style domiciliary care in Chikurubi or at The Hague. I think this is why these old men are so bitter and hateful towards the young people of Zimbabwe or anyone resembling youthness both physically and in terms of ideas. This is probably one of the reasons why Zanu leaders hate Nelson Chamisa so much. This is probably why Zanu PF youth leaders are dried up middle aged men in their 50s!
Long live, the youth of Zimbabwe!!
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Between now and the 31st of July, I urge everyone who is taking part to take a moment and decide on the message they want to convey to the world with regards to the atrocities Zanu has been carrying out in our once lovely country. The message has to be personal for it to be impactful. Say what’s in your heart. See how Zanu has failed you, see how they have cut off your potential. You had dreams when you were young to be 'somebody' when you grow up. By now you thought you would have a house of your own, a decent job or a business of your own, but now you can’t even have a decent meal, no water; electricity is touch and go and a headache can kill you because the health system has been so run down by Zanu theft and incompetence.
You see people of your age whose parents are Zanu officials driving around in plush cars bought by money that is stolen from your heritage as a Zimbabwean citizen. Look around you, see the damage Zanu has done to your loved ones. Your uncle who died from malaria because he could not afford to pay for the prescription, your aunt who died from diabetes because the family could not afford to pay for the insulin; your grandfather who had to be ferried to a local clinic at night by wheelbarrow only to find it closed because there is no money to run it – it’s been stolen by Zanu. Look at the mothers with their hungry babies lying on street pavements 12 hours in the cold only to sell a handful of tomatoes.
Look at the dreams Zanu have shattered, university graduates selling airtime cards on street corners, young girls who are having to sell their bodies to men like the old men in Zanu and their rich friends. Look at the people fleeing Zimbabwe into South Africa, including mothers with babies on their back trying to sneak under razor wire. Many of these people will never see their relatives again, many will miss funerals of loved ones, some may even be unfortunate enough to be subjected to another wave of xenophobic machete attacks in South Africa. This is what Zanu has done to us.
Have this deep think, and then design your makeshift placard. Tell the world what you think about Zanu, Mnangagwa, Chiwenga and all the cruel people in this government. Tell the world what these people have done to you, to your family, to the neighbourhood you grew up in, and to your country. Tell the world you want all of them gone, all of them, from the president to wastes of space like that Matemadanda man who continues to embarrass us all whenever he opens his mouth.
On July 31, speak from the heart!!
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Corruption has been a Cancer which has eaten its way to the heart of Zimbabwe’s social, economic and political landscape for past thirty years, prevalent in the Robert Mugabe’s era, with Zimbabwe considered to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world, little has changed in the Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa having been 'heralded' as the bearer of change and a break away from the old authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, immediately upon inauguration declared an open war on corruption stating;
“acts of corruption must stop forthwith, every case of corruption must be investigated and punished in accordance with the dictates of our law”.
After two years in power, to what extent has Mnangagwa managed to curb corruption? In short, its bleak.
With the recent arrest of the Health and childcare Obadiah Moyo, for alleged corruption related to the procurement of Covid-19 test kits and medical equipment supply to combat the corona virus pandemic, endangering the lives of our health care worker who had to fight the virus with little to no PPE. Mr. Moyo was granted bail and is set to appear before the court again on the 31st of July.
Mr. Moyo became the second minister to be arrested on charges of corruption in Mnangagwa’s government, after the arrest of the former minister of tourism Prisca Mupfumira on corruption involving $95 million from the state pension fund.
Both ministers have proven to be part of a dysfunctional ruling power, institutionalized corruption scheme and power-hungry leader who are willing to serve self over masses. Until actual arrests have been made and justice served the President’s fight against corruption is just but a lip service which not baked up with action.
“The recent admission by President Mnangagwa of corruption within the top government official point to a deep rooted problem within our government and show how corruption is embedded in Zanu PF’s DNA ,the only way to deal with such a system is to cut the head off the snake “
A comment from made by Sandra Bvungidzire a political activist in the diaspora .
Till the government takes a radical step towards the fight against corruption by not sparing the rod to all political heavy weights who engage in the abuse of office, our country will remain in a free fall path towards destruction.
By Sindile Ncube
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
The Black Lives Matter Movement has gone GLOBAL, yet
the torture of the MDC 3, is still not yet investigated.
|Torture of MDC 3, still not yet investigated.|
The footage of the brutal, personal, slow and painful murder of Floyd George by
"Make White Great Again,"
cap wearing former policeman, Derek Chauvin, whilst 3 of his colleagues looked on nonchalantly, seems to have gone global.
There have been protests in over 30 cities in the United States of America alone. There have also been solidarity protests in London, Cardiff, Berlin, Milan, Glasgow, Bristol, Denmark and Canada just to name a few countries and cities, with likely more protests planned.
Given the number of world wide protests, following the killing of Floyd George, the right to Freedom of Expression as stated in the United Nations Charter, signed and ratified by the counties above where the protests are taking place, seems to be standing tall in the context of the right to protest. Further, the Freedom of Expression of MDC Alliance Zimbabweans, according to the Zimbabwean Constitution, is being strangled to death.
We at Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO) are extremely concerned that the Freedom of Expression of Zimbabweans is being violently stifled by the Government of Emerson Mnangagwa.
Even though there are active lockdowns in many of the countries and cities mentioned above, which have a combined population of over 850 million in total. Compared to Zimbabwe, there has not been even one mention or accusation of an abduction or Torture of Activists by any of the states above.
There has not even been a single member of parliament arrested or questioned by the police for protesting. There has not even been one person shot and wounded or killed during the protests. Yet in Zimbabwe, the Government, including the courts, make fun out of the persecuted by making them wear prison uniforms whilst they are recovering in Hospital. In Zimbabwe the government behaves as if black lives do not matter.
When the treatment of those involved in the Global Mass Protest (against the killing of Floyd George) in the West is further compared to the treatment of the MDC 3 and others in Zimbabwe, who numbered less than 500 and were involved in a simple flash protest; the actions of Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), their state proxies Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the so called Third Force in Zimbabwe, it makes the ZANU PF look utterly useless at being democratic and at following the Conventions and Covenants they signed at the United Nations.
This assertion (of ZANU PF not keeping to their Covenants) is given even more credence, by the fact that Zimbabwe has less than 18 million people, compared to the combined population of the aforementioned countries. The sheer and utter uselessness of ZANU PF is laid bare.
Further, the reluctance of ZANU PF and their proxies to investigate the abduction, torture, rape and sexual assault of the MDC 3 speaks volumes. Especially when one of those treated in such a degrading, painful, inciting and insulting way is an actual sitting Member of Zimbabwe Parliament (MP).
Therefore the treatment of the activists and especially the MP, may be deemed as an actual act of terrorism by the same state forces and this actually threatens integrity of Zimbabwe as a country.
Which actually brings the whole debacle, solved or unsolved, to one conclusion. There is a real and actual constitutional crisis in Zimbabwe, and it needs the people to solve it.
"At the end of the day, the country, does belong to the people and not the government."As such, the promises made by the MDC Alliance youth leaders, to protest, in response to the actions of ZANU PF, its information ministry, its ZRP and its third force are clear and understandable. The reasons why the MDC Youth have made the promises to protest are noble.
For now, ZHRO can only wish you (MDC Alliance Youth) well and encourage you to be bold, be brave and exercise your God given rights. ZHRO will soon join you, by returning to have a weekly peaceful Vigil protest every Wednesday, at 11am, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, at 429, The Strand, London. Uniting to have a Peaceful, Massive, Mass Protest is arguably the only option left. This will hopefully show ZANU PF, ZRP and their third force that yes, Black lives should matter, especially in Zimbabwe.
Shooting unarmed civilians does not make you a good and strong leader, it weakens you. Tormenting the citizens does not make them fear you, it makes them hate you.
By Thabo Makayana