My problem is with employing "tabloid tactics" to bring down Gandanga fanika Mugabe. Now all we see are these so called "analytical" stories that carry too many inconsistencies, misconceptions and even lies. Its a joke to write about Zimbabwe to a Zimbabwean audience and put it wrong. It destroys the whole credibility about the article. This is why we have a serious gap between Africa and the west when it comes to Mugabe/Zimbabwe because such a story lacking in factual truth can fly abroad but not in Africa and SA. I mean tabloids tactics just embarass you, but I would like to see how a gandanga is being embarassed by most of these stories. Maybe Madonna will give up the baby, but even she goes on with her life.
It seems we seem to forget the basics of who we are and how we live when it comes to our own country. Perhaps its because we live in foreign countries, perhaps its because siding with western powers and media is the way to go, but what really does it do to Mugabe save for the fact that such stories add more coffers and time to organizations working in Zim?
When people talk of hunger at home, they do not talk of maize from white farms. Our population is mainly rural with more than 70% living in rural areas. The other 15-20% in town actually rely on subsistence farming for food so what really affects these people is drought not land redistribution. I mean we have had 2 serious droughts before with white farmers in place so whats new?
"The suggestion that drought was and is the cause of crop failures has been proved to be a false story put about by Mugabe in order to account for famine in Zimbabwe. Craig Richardson (Associate Professor of Economics at Salem College in the United States) in a comprehensive independent report tabled at the United Nations, proves conclusively that the only ‘drought’ in recent times was in 2001-2002."
The problem in Zimbabwe is leadership. We do not have concensus in what we want and how we want it. How to move and who we are as a people. We want land reform only in theory not practice. We want democracy in theory and only if democracy means removing Mugabe.
A lot of you Zim guys in SA even think that white people is the answer because you have not been exposed to the notion of doing it for yourself. Most of you attacked Arthur until you beat him into a pulp only for Biti and company to start having HOTEL rallies with Robertson and Robinson. Only for Biti and company to start calling for companies like Barclays to pull out! And we still Mugabe rigs the elections? Who in their right frame of minds would tolerate such nonsense?
In as much as I think its good to solicit for funding, we need to do so with firm understanding, belief and strong will of who we are and what we want as people. Tiri kufarira n'anga neinokwira mai!
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Whoever is going to stand out most in their efforts to unite Zimbabweans would subsequently lead our country. Whoever is going to champion the unity of purpose so desperately needed at the moment, will be followed by all Zimbabweans. If you can unite, you can lead, it is just as simple as that."
We have had too long a spell of rooftop politics whereby some so-called politicians have been churning out threat after threat to do this or that with no tangible action to substantiate those empty threats.
This should be the defining moment where upon those empty threats would have to be replaced or backed up by realistic mea
It is time for real politicians to step forward and replace perennial shadow politicians who thrive in near-achievement and self-fulfilment.
There seems to be consensus on the view that an effective way forward would be a united opposition leading the way with the vibrant civic society on its trail, but there seems to be no confluence yet on the structure and composition of such a united opposition front.
This is why it has taken the equivalent of a life time to bridge the different camps and time is running out for everyone, the favourites and minors alike.
The theme for a united opposition must border around a broad alliance, a clearly defined mission statement, inclusive rather than exclusive nationalism, capability rather than availability of the leaders, tribal and gender balance, intellectual as well as judgemental foresight.
These, among others, must be the key defining elements of a truly united opposition that is fit for the purpose on hand.
An opposition movement that is fit and relevant for the task ahead is what
It may not be easy to achieve this fit regardless of how necessary it is, because there are a few hurdles that need to be scaled along the way to a united and resurgent opposition.
Firstly, the so-called leaders need to understand what is leadership and how a group of aspiring leaders can team up so as to deliver certain political goals that are of paramount importance to their nation.
There is need for the politicians to realise their strengths and weaknesses, and to know the areas in which they can serve their country best because this is what brings about the essential inclusive approach. One man's deficiency is another's efficiency and consequently a realisation of this leads to national proficiency.
A good starting point is a situation whereby politicians learn to nationalise rather than personalise politics because the kind of possessive politics currently persisting both in government and in the opposition alike, is what has destroyed Zimbabwean nationalism and is threatening opposition politics.
We have a government in power whose architects contemptuously treat nationalism as their personal prized assets that they can keep under their arms and do whatever they please with them.
These are people who think that they own the national movement, and can do whatever they please regardless of the undesirability of the outcomes are replicating this irresponsible and counter-productive cancer in very notable doses in the opposition ranks.
Therefore, the movement needs to be weaned from, and freed of personal bondage and allowed to float nationally with players meriting their positions of service and voluntary.
People need to rid themselves of the homeboy mentality that makes them uncomfortable among people from other areas of the country where they do not come from, preferring any one with whom they share a totem or a lineage.
This characteristic tends to negate merit and instead, nature nepotism and the kind of complacency that normally bred by mutual and reciprocal cover up typical in the Zanu PF government today.
Such a scenario is a hotbed for corruption because all the necessary checks and balances are loosened so as to allow incompetence to flourish under a veneer of self-bestowed fulfilment.
Cross intellectual, tribal and gender, as well as cross-pollination of ideas needs to be promoted for utmost delivery of set goals in an atmosphere of mutual trust and appreciation founded on merit not simply getting ensconced in unmerited positions.
For the first time, people need to earn rather gain their positions because this has proved fatalistic to advancement of a health political delivery system as people resort to saving as opposed to service.
Secondly, people need to know and to realise when their own judgment is failing them and as a result, is compromising the achievement of essential national goals.
The tendency to cling on to the button has to be ditched and a culture of passing on and quitting has to be natured upon the foundations of opposition politics democratic movements because there is tendency whereby people think that it is taboo to resign even from opposition politics.
Achievement or none of it, should be the corner stone for any defined tenure of opposition office and such tenure must be shot-lived on the understanding that the office bearers will deliver on the goal of effectly tackling the sitting government and bringing it to account on its shortcomings, rather than getting consumed in eternal opposition.
There is also great need for leaders in opposition to lead by example especially when they have failed to live up to the high expectations of those that they lead, by recognising and appreciating the need for allowing the movement to move on even without them.
This is derived from the understanding that an opposition movement operates in greater urgency than a government that it seeks to replace, because failure to keep focus within the movement might greatly compromise and protract the achievement of the urgent goals expected of the opposition party.
A failing and irrelevant opposition may be a sign of either under-aspiration on the part of its leadership, or simply dictatorial proficiency on the part of the sitting government or both as in the present scenario.
Thirdly, where an opposition party has adopted a constitution as its guiding principle and terms of reference, there is equal need for all and sundry subscribed to the movement, leaders and rank and file alike, to strictly abide to the constitution so as to instil discipline and a sense of pride in the movement.
Leaders who have a propensity to flout the constitution of their own opposition party might risk exporting such dictatorial tendencies to government should they stray into that far, and they should be resisted fiercely. Disciplinary mechanisms have to spelt out without any ambiguity especially where they may cause convenient confusion that was seen when the MDC split.
There were people who felt that Morgan Tsvangirai had to be disciplined for violating the MDC constitution yet there were those who ignorantly argued that the no one had the authority to discipline the party president. Such fis
The higher the position a person holds in a party, the smaller the person must be before the party law. People must never overlook the issue of party discipline and the unfettered enforcement of party rules especially in the context of formualting a united democratic movement.
Fourth, there is need to spell out the roles of people and enforce such definitions to the letter by way of how those individuals go about their duties in the name of the party.
There were a number of instances whereby certain leadership figures in the old MDC were accused of, or viewed to have been, violating or overstepping their prescribed roles by assuming more powers and areas of influence than originally allocated to them.
Such excessive encrouchment and self-aggrandisement has to be checked through clearly defined roles that are effectively and equally supervised by a mechanism that is independent and not subservient to any office of the party or else there will be problems.
Lastly but not least, while the preceding views on a united opposition front are widely shared, there have been filtering other views have been put forward in alongside that could be
These are suggestions of joining forces with the so-called 'progressive' voices in Zanu PF. I would call desperate and dangerous political miscalculations. There is nothing progressive about the mild dessent expressed within the Zanu PF ranks especially in the wake of Mugabe's typical grandstanding about his long coverted life presidency.
If there was any such thing to be mistaken for progressiveness among the Zanu PF faithful or maybe disrespectiful, then those voices should have been head loudly condemning the land seizures and the total economic plander that is being perpetrated in the name of patriotism and nationalism.
Some of the so called analysts who are propounding that bankrupt school of thought are themselves political turncoats whom nobody could never know what exactly they are aiming at because their political colours change when ever they hit brick walls in their personal lives.
Such immoral propositions must be condemend with the contempt they deserve because its better to have a principled united movement founded on shared goals and aspirations rather than a shambolick project blighted with tainted mecenary politicians.
Silence Chihuri is the former Trea
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Omni Television interview with President Robert Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe,
WHAT follows is the full text on an interview with President Robert Mugabe, conducted in Harare on December 12, 2006, by Jonathan Roth, a senior producer with Omni Television, Canada.
Highlights in brief (Zimbabwe Times):
Land seizures? - It was the right thing for us to do.
Murambatsvina? - Blowing things out of proportion.
Turning the other cheek? - There is a limit.
International Criminal Court? - I have no fear of any kind, none at all.
Retirement? - Not if my party is going to be in shambles
Voice Over: Zimbabwe is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. home to one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe had long been considered one of the most prosperous and well-run nations on the continent. that was until the year 2000 when white-owned farms were seized by the government, plunging the country into social and economic chaos. Ever since what was once the breadbasket of southern Africa is wracked by food and fuel shortages...inflation that's now the worst in the world at nearly 11-hundred percent...a life expectancy that's only in the mid-30's...and above all - massive political turmoil led by the country's president - Robert Mugabe.
President Robert Mugabe is in his early 80's. Considered by many to be
one of the worst dictators in the world - with Zimbabwe all but cut-off
from the West - he's been in power since independence and the start of
black majority rule in 1980. However, he never thought he'd be leading
Zimbabwe this long.
Mugabe: One doesn't foresee the events that usually take place after the main event has been achieved which was our independence...the rest
of the things, of course, become the effect of the greater event.
Mugabe: ...but as we fought this struggle, we were not thinking of
positions at all, we were thinking of the target that is the objective,
main objective, getting our independence, getting our freedom, and that
Roth: I think a big question that's been in the minds of a lot of
people, are you planning on retiring?
Mugabe: (Laughs) I'll retire of course, someday, but it all depends on
the circumstances, and I can't retire if my party is going to be in
shambles. But, any day we feel we are ready for that retirement, we -
the party that is, feel we are ready for it, sure.
Roth: Are you concerned that if you do retire someone like the
International Criminal Court might chase you or on the other hand that
you might have a situation similar to what's happened it Zambia where
your political successor tries to go after you to, you know, make
political points in a way.
Mugabe: No, I have no fear of any kind, none at all. I don't see any
outsider come here to arrest us, what for? It would amount to
interference in our domestic affairs, and this is what we have resisted
Mugabe: And why should Canada of all countries, you know, be that
irregular. We have taken Canada, in spite of all that's happened in the
Commonwealth, its conduct of affairs, its behavior towards us has been
Roth: You have good relations with the government of Canada at this
Mugabe: Well, I wouldn't call them good relations, but they're not bad
V/O: the biggest complaint Mr. Mugabe faces is that he's guilty of
human rights abuses. Organizations like Amnesty International and Human
Rights Watch - along with western governments and the united nations -
have all accused Zimbabwe of heinous human rights abuses. but - Mr.
Mugabe doesn't quite see it that way.
Mugabe: The West is subjective in its definition, and we feel they
should be objective about it. If they don't like a particular leader,
the best way of getting at him is to find him guilty of violating human
rights. And, this is what is happening. Once you have that kind of
psych, that kind of mentality, then there is no objectivity about it in
the final analysis, no justice along the way. And so we do not accept
the way they interpret, the West interprets the whole system of, or
philosophy of human rights.
Roth: A person like Saddam Hussein who's now in prison and quite
possibly facing execution, you know did a lot of bad things, and I don't
think there's much debate about that.
Mugabe: sure, sure... (nods)
Roth: But you have other leaders who are still in power that have good
relations with America and the U.K...
Mugabe: Well this is it...
Roth: But it seems to be there's a relationship between human rights
Mugabe: (interrupts) Why get at Saddam Hussein alone? And now that
Bush has behaved worse than Saddam Hussein, what's going to happen to
Roth: Do you believe that Mr. Bush should stand for crimes against
humanity at the International Criminal Court?
Mugabe: Yes, yes. All these thousands who have died in Iraq who need
not have died at all, because at the end of the day we ask the question,
you told the world that Saddam Hussein was guilty of amassing weapons of
mass destruction, but later you say no, he hadn't done so. And yet in
the process, so many people have died. You must be arrested for it,
arraigned for it, and tried.
Roth: There seems to be, at least developing, this, I would call it
almost an alignment of nations that seems to be aligning against the
Western powers and Zimbabwe being, you know, quite possible one of them.
What's happening there, and what do you think the end game is in this,
realignment of power in a way?
Mugabe: I think the issue is a very simple one. The Western countries
were, only yesterday, our colonizers. They suppressed us, they
suppressed our systems, denied us majority rule, denied us what they
call democracy now. And we fought for it, died for it, suffered for it,
and won it. So after we got our freedom, in relating to us, they have
found new ways of dealing with us. We're still poor, we're still
adjusting, trying to transform our economies, and so many of us,
naturally, have expected that the West would be forthcoming with some
aid that can assist us in transforming our economies. They say well,
unless you do this, unless you do the issues of human rights, governance
and all that nonsense they talk about... if they read that you are a
strong man who is apposed to them, then they will use all these
instances - bad governance, the violation of human rights, dictatorship,
etc. etc. as reasons for dealing with you. Tarnishing you first, and if
necessary, imposing sanctions on your country and getting the rest of
the world to look at you in the same way as they do.
V/O: Iran is a nation in a very similar situation to Zimbabwe - rich
with resources but isolated from the West. Mr. Mugabe recently met with
the Iranian president - but despite being on friendly terms he wouldn't
support Iran's rumored development of nuclear weapons.
Mugabe: I wouldn't support it, I don't support the position of nuclear
arms by anyone, but I would understand it. I would say, they are not
the first to have nuclear arms, a nuclear bomb, other countries have
developed it. And the countries that shout most against small countries
having the bomb are those who already have it, so I would justify it.
But at the same time I would hope that they won't proceed to use it.
Roth: China's been one of your big supporters for years ever since, you
know dating back to your liberation struggle, and you were recently
there. Is there any concern on the part of African countries and
Zimbabwe in particular that China might, down the road, have a more
colonialist attitude towards Africa. I mean, they seem to be involved
in Africa because they're going after resources and those sorts of
things and the West criticizes China's involvement here because they say
there's no strings attached in terms of human rights and those sorts of
things. But is there any concern from African governments like your own
that China may, someday exhibit a colonial attitude towards Africa, and
Zimbabwe in particular?
Mugabe: No we look at China from the point of view of its historical
relations with us and we have related to it for more than 30 years.
They were the principal supplier of arms to us as we fought our guerilla
struggle here, and they never, never insisted that one day when we are
free we should repay, you know, pay back in any form, what they had
assisted us with, no. They say to us this was coming by way of charity
to us. They wanted to assist us to get our freedom. They also had been
assisted by the Soviet Union but they used to condemn the Soviet Union
for what it did after they, China, had achieved its own freedom, its own
status, by demanding that China should pay for each and every piece of
arm that they got from the Soviet Union. They say they paid, but they
(Soviet Union) said no. They never demanded that from us at all, and
after independence they have been assisting us in various ways, and we
regard them as true friends. Yes, now we want to see cooperation take
place on the basis of partnership. We work on joint... we work on
programs on a joint partnership basis and sure it's an enterprise, a
mining enterprise, that is the basis of our joint partnership. Yes of
course they will benefit from the mineral, the equity they will put into
it as capital and then the profit that accrues we share. So we feel
definitely that they are very sincere, that they are not shylocks.
Roth: I do want to talk about what's happening here in Zimbabwe because
there's been, I think, there's been a lot of changes in the last 5, 6
years. When you first assumed power back in 1980, I think the life
expectancy was over the age of 60, it's now in the mid to late 30's. I
know AIDS has something to account for that - what has happened?
Mugabe: The life expectancy, well... it's just the HIV pandemic which
has affected the lives of people. Just caught us by surprise, we didn't
know what disease it was, it was explained to us later on, I think it
started in some countries to the north of us and we didn't know what to
do. We still don't know what to do in order for us to get rid of it but
we know what to do in order for us to avoid, you know, the effect.
Roth: Is the AIDS education in Zimbabwe... is it good enough in your
Mugabe: Yes, there is awareness. We carry out AIDS awareness and
that's working, and apart from that we also have an AIDS levy that's
working, and of course the anti-retroviral we are producing some now
here and that's helping, and that why the incidence now has fallen down
to, from some 27 to 18 percent.
Roth: But I have heard some people say that the statistic in Zimbabwe
could be as high as 40 percent, in terms of prevalence of HIV infection.
Mugabe: No. no, no, no. That's exaggerated of course. We are not the
worst actually we are now the best insofar as controlling, you know, the
pandemic is concerned.
V/O: In 2000 Mr. Mugabe helped orchestrate massive seizures of
white-owned farms in Zimbabwe. At the time - according to government
figures - roughly 45-hundred white farmers owned 32-percent of the
country's agricultural land. The ensuing chaos brought about the
destruction of Zimbabwe's economy and the advent of large-scale famine.
but the Zimbabwean president still defends his decision.
Mugabe: It was the right thing for us to do, and we thank (British P.M.
Tony) Blair for the mistake he made, you see, we always regarded the
land issue as, shall I say, the number one grievance as we fought this
struggle it was the top grievance of all. Lots of land, land here is a
crucial asset, a crucial natural resource and we just can't do it
without it, we are attached to it, it means everything to us. And so,
as we organized this struggle we used the land issue and built our
struggle around it. And as we negotiated our independence at Lancaster
house in 1979, this became quite an issue, an important issue. We were
deadlocked on it. The British would say they couldn't, they themselves
alone could not find the money we needed, you see for land reform which
included a compensation we had to pay to the farmers and we insisted
that it was their responsibility to find all the money. It could never
be fair for them to expect us to tax our poor people to give their land
back. So we were deadlocked and the Americans, realizing that the
conference was going to fail on this, because of this issue - and it was
the (U.S. President Jimmy) Carter administration at the time it chipped
in and they heard about it. We were invited to (unintelligible), was
the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and the American ambassador
told us that America would certainly give funds towards land reform and
if these were combined with British funds they should be adequate.
Roth: Operation Clean Filth, that's another thing that is definitely,
umm, the West has seen that and wondered why, why you did that?
Mugabe: No, blowing things out of proportion.
Roth: Now, how many people were moved out of their homes, in your
Mugabe: Umm, well the numbers that Britain gave were exaggerated...
Roth: We've heard 700,000 to 800,000.
Mugabe: Of course not, that's absolute nonsense. I don't think the
number was...I don't think the number was more than a hundred thousand
V/O: According to human rights organizations and the United Nations at
least 700 000 people lost their homes due to operation
"murambatsvina" - or translated literally - "operation clean the filth".
The UN also reported that 2.4-million people were in some way impacted
by the forced evictions.
Mugabe: So we destroyed the slums here...shacks and slums, in
anticipation of our putting up new buildings for the people whose slums
have been, you know, destroyed. But others whom we knew were making
money out of the slums we say no, you can't run a business of that
nature. You get back to your country home. And so this is it, we
started building new homes.
Roth: Have they all been resettled at this point?
Mugabe: Yes, yes. Many have been but we still have to continue now
with a program that requires, or that is based on the individuals
acquiring stands and being assisted with funds. We establish a facility
for them and they use that facility to build the houses themselves this
time. The first phase, it was the government building houses
Roth: There was some...
Mugabe: (interrupts) But now it is the owners themselves who are
assisted to build the houses, yes.
Roth: There was some criticism from organizations like Amnesty
International and Human Rights Forum, organizations like that that
thought, and that have said, they felt what happened there was more of
a, you know those neighborhoods voted for the opposition so that's why
you destroyed the towns.
Mugabe: Of course not. How do you know how people will have voted at
all? We look after each and every person in the country and we provide
their children with education, we do not discriminate. All facilities,
health, etc, welfare were there. The dispersal of people, politics
doesn't come into it at all.
Roth: You were raised a Jesuit and you're still a religious man...
Roth: Now, the interplay between religion and politics in the West has
been something highly debated especially with what's happened in America
over the last few years. In your view, do you think there's a limit to
the role faith can play in the exercise of political power?
Mugabe: (long pause)
Roth: Or does faith always influence decisions you make?
Mugabe: No, of course there are certain norms that derive both from the
church and also from your own traditions. Being charitable, and loving
one another, and not being cruel to people, those are norms really, even
without the church, exist amongst all communities I would want to
believe. And so, when the church comes in it is really to consolidate
them and enable you to now respect them much more because there is now
Christianity also, the Christian view of them. Yes sure, Christianity
plays a role and members of the church should conduct themselves as
Christian. The morality of the church is very important. It's not
always our morality in politics. They say you must turn the other
cheek... if some journalist - some British journalist in Geneva - at our
Geneva Conference, our constitutional conference, it failed, asked me
why it is that we're waging an armed guerilla struggle...and I said yes,
because we want our land back, we want freedom, we want democracy. Or
is it because you want to get back at the whites, shouldn't you turn the
other cheek? I said yes, I've turned the other cheek but I don't have
three cheeks, I've only two. There is a limit.
Roth: Lastly, what would you like your legacy to be?
Roth: Do you think about your legacy?
Mugabe: The continuation of our freedom and independence, democracy,
and the freedom of the people. And let that be the path to be walked by
each and every member of our society and most of our leaders, those who
succeed us, must hold the banner of freedom and recognize the objectives
of our liberation struggle.
Roth: Mr. President thanks very much.
Mugabe: Thanks a lot.
V/O: The most controversial leader in Africa today - Mr. Mugabe still
maintains a firm grip on power in Zimbabwe. In December of 2006 he
officially confirmed his intention to stay on as president until 2010
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Tuesday, 16 January 2007
Tekere does not only talk of Mugabe's secret love, which is likely to set tongues wagging, but also about the intimate details of his own failed relationships.
Edited by Ibbo Mandaza and published by Sapes Books, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in the struggle for independence, the love life of a man who has remained to many an enigma, both as a politician and as a human being, raised as a Catholic, yet known to have conducted himself in a most unCatholic way during his marriage.
Tekere says that Mugabe's relationship with his late wife was not as warm and cordial as many people thought it was before the arrival of Grace Mugabe in their lives. Tekere says Mugabe double-crossed Sally and had good moments with another Zimbabwe woman, arranged for him by colleagues in the struggle who did not want him drafted into the leadership without a wife.
The late George Silundika and Moton Malianga approached a young lady, Abigail Kurangwa who agreed to marry Mugabe and eventually fell in love with him. Mugabe appeared to reciprocate, and his family liked Abigail; so all seemed to proceed smoothly.
The arranged marriage however failed to materialise.
When Sally heard about Mugabe's impending marriage to Abigail, she hurried to Southern Rhodesia and quickly married her beloved Bob.
Tekere admits that the way Abigail was treated was to affect his relationship with Sally.
"Sally and I never became friends, and I never liked her. But I acknowledge that my ill-feeling towards her was coloured by the way poor Abigail had been used."
Tekere claims that even on the night before their famous journey into Mozambique with the assistance of Chief Rekai Tangwena in March 1975, Mugabe spent the night with Abigail.
Tekere himself had had memorable moments at the Mbare flat of his girlfriend, Anne Ruvimbo Mujeni, who was later to become his wife.
As Tekere got into the car that would take them to the border with Mozambique to reinforce the war effort, Tekere, who was in Kambuzuma recalls: "saw a small figure slowly climbing the security fence at the rear of the garage. It was Robert Mugabe. He was coming from the home of Abigail Kurangwa."
The former Zanu PF Secretary General says while in Mozambique, Mugabe told him that his marriage to Sally was over.
"In fact, it had ended before we left Zimbabwe," he said.
And one day when Sally arrived in Quelimane, Mugabe turned down an offer for a Mercedes Benz to go and fetch his wife who had arrived to join him. The offer came from a Mozambican Governor, identified only as Bonifacio.
"Mugabe wanted nothing to do with this, until eventually I persuaded him to meet her. She arrived in time for lunch, after which I left the two together, and there was reconciliation," Tekere recounts.
He says: "Mugabe's family was extremely displeased, as they disliked Sally and they thought I had brought about the reconciliation."
The veteran nationalist, who broke away from Zanu PF to form the Zimbabwe Unity Movement in 1989, says he influenced Mugabe to hate him. He says Sally knew that he had been involved in arranging a wife for Mugabe and never forgave him for that.
Tekere says though Mugabe and his wife managed to settle their differences, another problem emerged in their lives.
An angry Mugabe is reported to have told Tekere one day in Mozambique: "Take this man away from my house! He gets drunk, walks half-naked down the corridor, in the presence of my wife."
Tekere says he defused the situation by equipping a three-bedroom house very fast for the late Vice-President Simon Muzenda.
However, Tekere who is highly critical of Mugabe, says he doesn't blame Mugabe for an adulterous relationship with Grace. He said Mugabe wanted children.
Tekere claims Mugabe explained to him on his visits to the State House that his bedroom had "collapsed" as a result of Sally's illness.
Tekere's book, which carries an introduction by Mandaza, sheds new light on many events in the blood-spattered history of Zanu PF, before and after independence. Tekere clears Mugabe of any wrongdoing in the controversial death of Josiah Magama Tongogara, the military head of the Zanla guerilla forces..
He also talks about how he and others shot a white man shortly after independence and the subsequent trial.
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Compiled by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe, March 1997
|REPORT ON THE 80S ATROCITIES IN MATABELELAND AND THE MIDLANDS|
THE DAMNING EVIDENCE THEY DIDN'T WANT YOU TO SEE
Please kindly note the whole Report is now available on
All the material has been got from www.newzimbabwe.com
and is fully ackowledged.
Rev M S Hove....The Radical Soldier.Cell: 0791463039 RSA.
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Monday, 15 January 2007
Thursday, 11 January 2007
MDC activist Mwanyanya Mutepfa (above), 85, of Marange (Mutare South Constituency) at a rally at Rowa Training Centre on Saturday. She travelled for three days to reach the rally venue. Mutepfa says she lost $10 million (old currency) raised at the marriage ceremony of one of her grandchildren when there was a currency change-over by the Reserve Bank recently. She said she was determined to see a change of political leadership in Zimbabwe because Zanu PF has betrayed the people.
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Saturday Evening at about 19.10 Zim time.
If you miss it, click on www.swradioafrica.com and go "Archives".
There go to "Sat 14th January, 2007" and click on "Callback."
Their "archives" is kept for 14 days so you can get it even up to the 27th
But, of course, listen to the said Station every evening.
God bless us all!
The Radical Mindset.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007
Its nice that some people out there see things without blindfolds.
Only a man with stature can unsit undoubtedly a true Hero of Zim, Africa and
the world over, Comrade, Commandant (Cubans say), RG Mugabe.Its only that
too many enemies are ganging around him.Tsvangirai stands no chance at all,
all the dead in Zim will turn in their graves.
Mugabe has set the Standard and quality of a leader that ZIM should have and
deserves.Kwete vanaTsvangison, ngavaende vanofudza mombe, or to join
maDiasporan on menial jobs to survive, its better that way, than to be paid
for destroying what some men are building.