Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Mugabe's scolding of Mushohwe over Herald stories shows the tyrant is stuck in his dictatorial ways. P Guramatunhu

President Mugabe chastised Minister of Information, Chris Mushowe, for allowing the Zanu PF controlled but public owned newspaper, The Herald, to print articles critical of Minister Saviour Kasukuwere. The out bust has once again shown how little, even with the benefit of hindsight, President Mugabe understand what constitute a good and competent government

 “I don’t even know, there being articles Kasukuwere, Kasukuwere aah nahi vaMushohwe chii ichocho (Mushohwe what is that)?” President Mugabe asked.

“This being a member of Cabinet. If there are wrongs he has done, we have a dignified way of looking at ills and wrongdoings of all of us. We are a dignified party and if we are going to punish someone we will punish him even to the extent of dismissing him.

“Zvekungo zhambatata –zhambatata (Shouting nonsense) let’s not do it and if The Herald is to act like the opposition, richiri pape here (it is still a news paper)?”

The ongoing Zanu PF factional wars have resulted the dirty of one faction member being reported in public media. President Mugabe is publicly rebuking Minister Mushohwe not because The Herald stories are factually incorrect or is he objecting to the possible miscarriage of justice of trial by public media.

Indeed, in 2014 it was he, though his wife Grace, who subjected the then VP Joice Mujuru to one of the most brutal media kangaroo courts trials. His toroid attack is typical “do as I say and not as I do” that is both confusing and downright criminal!

Two things stand out like blazing bush fires in black night.

1)    Even now, with the country up to her eyes in the political and economic mess of his making, Mugabe still does not understand the critical important of a free and independent media in a health and functional free and prosperous nation.

The Herald, just like all the other public print media and the country’s only electronic media, ZBC, is there to perform the very important function of informing the public. The public media controls Zanu PF inherited at independence were created by the white racist regime to keep the black majority ignorant. Instead of scrapping the controls Zanu PF has added even more draconian controls of its own.

Zimbabweans are some of the brainwashed people on earth, thanks to the Zanu PF controlled media like The Herald. What is the point of holding national elections, for example, when the only candidate the people know and hear from is the Zanu PF candidate only.

2)    Corruption has grown and spread to the colossus it is today because Mugabe has failed to deal with such problems in his usual “dignified way’ – doing nothing, at best, or else sweep them under the carpet.

Reports of corruption in high office have dogged this Zanu PF government for decades and the regime has vehemently denied that corruption was a problem. It has blame drought, sanction imposed by the West, everything else but not corruption for the nation’s economic decline.

Over a year ago now, it was President Mugabe himself who admitted that $15 billions of diamond revenue were “swindled”. To date not even one suspect has been arrested and not even one dollar recovered. There is documentary evidence now in the public domain showing that Mai Mujuru and her late husband alone tried to sell over $15 billions worth of diamonds. Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, complained of receiving only one sixth of expected diamond revenue, proof the looting is still going on.

Zimbabwe’s economy has shrunk 50% since 2000 alone with devastating economic consequences to the nation. 95% of our people are out of work and 70% are poor with 25% now living in abject poverty – the level of poverty that kills. But this is to be expected; what nation on earth can sustain, much less prosper, such a colossal level of corruption and waste as $15 billions plus. Zimbabwe with it now merger $10 billion GDP can certain not afford it.

To add insult to injury Zanu PF is using some of the ill got diamond wealth to bankroll the party’s vote rigging activities. Whilst even the country’s major Hospitals like Pararenyatwa and Mpilo are running out of basic drugs like pain killers; Zanu PF continues to spend as if money is as common place as autumn leaves.

For decades President Mugabe has done nothing to stamp out mismanagement, corruption and lawlessness and today these problems have grown out of all proportion and weigh down the nation like mill-stone necklace

President Mugabe is a corrupt and murderous tyrant set in his corrupt and murderous ways, even now with all the evidence of the tragic suffering he has brought on the nation; he still continue down this ruinous path, he will never change. It is incumbent on us to remove the tyrant and his henchmen from office a.s.a.p.


We must redouble our efforts to have all the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the corrupt and oppressive Zanu PF dictatorship implemented without delay. Until we implement the reforms and thus hold free, fair and credible elections, this nation will continue to suffer under the iron grip of this Zanu PF dictatorship.

5 comments:

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

Chamisa prays for Mugabe to live long enough to enjoy 5 star health service provided by MDC led government.

What is Chamisa wittering about now? Was it not him who failed to implement the reforms that would have stopped Zanu PF rigging elections. MDC had five years to do this and failed to get even one reform implemented. Zanu PF rigged the 2013 elections and is set to do the same again next year whilst these MDC idiots continue talking nonsense!

We need an opposition with some common sense if we are ever going to get out of the mess we are in!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

That is a well thought out article with the lamentation of a broken heart that will echo forever for, unless something is done to end this "African way" madness many, many more innocent people will suffer and many lives lost.

You have put your own person comforts and risked all to change Zimbabweans' mindset and not to throw in the towel. Zimbabwe can be a peaceful and prosperous country where everyone's freedoms and human rights are valued and respected. We have helped helped President Mugabe and his thugs turn it into the mess we see today by accepting that outcome as a matter of cause, our fate, over which we have no say and control.

We are masters of our own destiny, we are in this hell-hole because we chose to let President Mugabe and his thugs do as they please and they have done just that. If we are unhappy with what they have done then it is up to us the people to reclaim our God given rights and freedoms and be masters of our own destiny again.

Thank you very much my sister for your inspiring example!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

@ Maynard Manyowa

President Mugabe has managed to stay in power all these decades because he had two things in his favour:

1) He has some of the most corrupt and incompetent people, both in Zanu PF and the opposition, around him whom he has cheated and bamboozled at will.

2) He inherited a wealth economy and has used the wealth to bribe people right, left and centre to do his dirty work of creating and retain this corrupt and tyrannical one party dictatorship. Zanu PF is falling apart because Mugabe has over the years destroyed the national economy and now he has no loot with which to buy the blind loyalty of his cronies.

Nomusa Garikai said...

President Mugabe does not have a single drop of democratic blood in his body. The tragedy in now of the others, Tsvangirai, Mujuru, Mnangagwa will ever implement any reforms to free the country's public media; they will all maintain the status quo. If we are serious about having a democratic Zimbabwe we must demand the implementation of all the democratic reforms by an independent body and not the government of the day! This is imperative!

Nomusa Garikai said...

@ Moyo

The dog-eat-dog fighting in Zanu PF is real enough but those who think this will destroy Zanu PF have something else coming. The infighting will weaken the party but not enough to stop it winning power. Whichever faction will remain standing and will have the total control of the party’s vote rigging machinery and, with no reforms in place, it is unbeatable.

When Mai Mujuru and 150 other party bigwigs were booted out of Zanu PF many people expected a significant number of people in the civil service, security services and in all the other sectors to be sacked given the degree of politicisation in Zimbabwe society. That did not happen. Even former Mujuru loyalists were very quick off the mark, they all swore their undying loyalty to the new political lords.

Mai Mujuru had amassed the support of the eight out of the ten provinces nationwide but the minute she and others were booted out of the party the rest in the party, government and the country at large severed all links with them as if they had never existed.

Mai Mujuru is finished politically; those with the political freedom to join any political party of their choice will not join her given the political baggage she brings with her from a Zanu PF past. And those ruled by fear of the stick or attracted by the carrot will not join her because she has neither!

The ongoing factional fighting has not managed to fracture the core group who are amassing wealth from the wholesale looting going on in Marange and other places. The few who have lost their positions on the feeding trough have been silenced by fear; they know the cabal has enough dirty on them to bury them alive! So, the factional war has resulted in the main Zanu PF core taking a haircut but nothing more. The core is still solid, it is filthy rich and it still have massive political power and muscle. As long as there are no political reforms, this core will win the next elections.