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Friday, 30 March 2007


We are starving; we will eat your teargas!!!
 - Zimbabwe National Students Union
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
has resolved that:
  • All workers be mobilised to stay away from work from 3 to 4 April 2007
  • National actions will be called for after every three months and they will be incremental until the situation improves
Poverty. Hyperinflation. Oppression. Unemployment. Failure of basic services.
  • Show your disagreement with how our country is being mismanaged and SUPPORT the ZCTU and STAY AWAY ON 3 and 4 April 2007
  • Read the ZCTU communique about the stay away on http://www.zctu.co.zw/html/stmts/21906.shtm or contact them for more information, on email info@zctu.co.zw or phone +263-4-794702/42 or +263-4-702517.
  • Lobby your friends and colleagues - forward this email on to them.
Let the workers organise. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labour is the future of Zimbabwe.


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Thursday, 22 March 2007

The plight of a Zimbabwean constable!!!

Does he quit and lose his living – or learn to cope with beating up his neighbours?
Albert Dube is a 34-year-old Zimbabwean police constable stationed in the country's second city of Bulawayo, and he is a man who is ashamed of his past and fearful for his future.
When he joined the force 12 years ago, his duties covered routine street patrols and crime prevention. Today he only leaves barracks to take part in police actions, beating and arresting peaceful demonstrators. And many of those he assaults and threatens are his neighbours, friends, relatives, even close members of his own family.
"I am in a Catch 22 situation," he tells me, when we met in a small drinking club in the suburb of Makokoba. "People are very angry with us. They accuse us of being Mugabe's dogs. But we have to carry out our orders."
He describes how in a police action against demonstrators in Bulawayo
recently he came face to face with his own father-in-law, and beat him with his baton. On an earlier occasion he broke the thigh of a man he knew well.
"Now, as well as the baton, I have been told I must be armed with a high-powered rifle. That means I will be expected to shoot people."
He looks round nervously as he talks. "Who are you frightened of - the police or the local people?" I ask him.
"Both," he says, going on to recount how his unit roughly arrested a heavily pregnant woman caught up in a demonstration a month ago. The woman went into labour in the charge room, and is only now recovering in hospital. Her son is not expected to live.
Constable Dube has other problems. His wife Betty is a staunch supporter of the opposition MDC party, and home life is fraught with
tension. "She says it is her or the police. Either I leave the force, or she leaves me," he says, and there are tears in his eyes.
If he does quit, he will be in good company: police numbers have dropped by 10,000 in recent months, many leaving because of poor pay and conditions. As I reported for The First Post yesterday, President Mugabe is having to 'borrow' nearly 3,000 policemen from Angola in return for diamond mining rights.
The US ambassador, Christopher Dell, says he detects a new mood among Zimbabweans. "People have turned a corner, they are not afraid any more." He also claims that the violence we are suffering is causing a split in the security forces - that ordinary police officers are reluctant to carry out the attacks and beatings expected of them.
But reluctance and refusal are poles apart if you have to earn a
living - however small - in a country where inflation is approaching 2,000 per cent. A police salary, small though it is, and police food rations, unreliable though they may be, still make all the difference.
Constable Albert Dube has no desire to attack his fellow countrymen. But when on April 2 the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions takes to the streets in protest against Mugabe's regime, Dube will be in the police line confronting them. Armed with his baton, and his high-powered rifle.


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Tuesday, 20 March 2007


Zimbabwe is about White Supremacy


BY John Iteshi







Racism, the worst kind of racism is the only reason for British media’s obsessions about Mugabe. Nothing in Zimbabwe equates to one tenth of what happens in each of the 36 states of Nigeria. What the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, did by trying to instigate mass uprising, cannot be attempted successfully by anybody in Nigeria today. Just dreaming of it aloud will put you in jail in Nigeria let alone starting it. Before 2003 general elections key political opponents of the Federal government and various state governments were assassinated, but they made no real news to BBC and other western media. Just few months ago in Ebonyi State one of the poorest States, the governor locked up two journalists for over three months for publishing articles which accused the governor, Sam Egwu of corruption in a local newspaper. What a pity, this fact did not make any news to the democracy loving western media! Currently, oppositions at all levels are being openly suppressed and systematically excluded from contesting the next elections by the electoral body headed by a government stooge (in fact there are clear evidence that the head of the electoral body has forged certificate but he cannot be removed because he has a mission to install government candidates). The vice president of Nigeria is openly humiliated and denied his official privileges just for standing up against the plot by the president to extend his rule through the back door. One would have expected the democracy loving white world to stand up against the evil regime of Obasanjo, but nothing like that has happened.

The clear message being sent across Black Africa seems to be that all one needs to succeed as president of his country is to be a friend of the west even at the expense of his people just like Obasanjo and not transparency and good governance. The fact is now clearest that any Black African leader regarded as good by the west is definitely evil or incompetent. Example Obasanjo vis-à-vis General Abacha who was condemned in the west but has left indelible landmarks of great infrastructural development in Nigeria... For the benefit of those who are unaware of the facts. Abacha ruled Nigeria between November 1993 and June 1998 during which the oil market was not at all booming, but used the meagre resources wisely enough to rehabilitate roads, hospitals universities and other public amenities through the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF). Obasanjo’s democracy has ruled Nigeria since may 1999 witnessing unprecedented increase in revenue through the unprecedented oil boom and irresponsible disposals of the most lucrative public corporations in the name of privatisation, but has achieved virtually no definite success in any sector. Roads are basically left where Abacha left them in 1998 and I speak as an enlightened Nigerian who knows Nigeria. I visited Nigeria in 2005 October and travelled by coach round the country to see if there has been any changes. I travelled from Abuja to Abakaliki via Enugu; from Enugu to Onitsha - Benin - Ore - Lagos and from Lagos to Ibadan-Okene-Abuja and was shocked to see that we have wasted 8years of unprecedented economic boom. There are global drumming about economic reforms and progress in Nigeria, while the reality is that only white rogues collaborating with the government are the gainers. Destroying landline phones networks and public payphones in order to force every Nigerian to depend on GSM (which enriches mainly white South Africans) is what people call economic progress in Nigeria. The fact that western media and their governments have continued to praise a government as evil as Obasanjo’s despite clear evidences of everything they claim to stand against makes me confident that any government condemned by the west might not be all bad after all. Perhaps, Idi Amin might have not been as bad!
It seems to me that the only reason the white world is against Mugabe is because he expelled white farmers because genuine concern for the Black race would have meant that Nigeria being the largest Black society would be given greater focus. It is now clear to me that BBC and other British media are far worse than the British National Party (BNP) which is labelled racist. The BNP is not threatening the existence and survival of the Black race while British journalists are. I am most grateful for the hospitality of the British state for affording me the good life and respect that no Black country can afford its Black citizens. I do not shy away from the hard fact that the most racist white country would treat ordinary Black immigrants better than the best Black country would treat its own citizens. Therefore, I am grateful to Britain, but at the same time believe that my people must be enlightened about the true location of racism. The real racism is not about local people genuinely resenting to uncontrolled immigration of dubious people into their country. I put myself in the shoes of ordinary white British people who have no other country to run to! What I call racism at its worst is the one-sided stand of the "white world" on Zimbabwe.

It is accepted that the takeover of white farms could have been more diplomatically done, but it cannot justify the current scale of global condemnation of Mugabe. What the white supremacists pretending to be messiahs are insinuating is that Zimbabwe cannot survive without white farmers who clearly were not even farming to feed Zimbabweans in the first place. What is being propagated around the world is that no Black country can survive on its own even though, I know that there had been no evidence of starvation since the controversial take over of farms. What needs to be done by enlightened and decolonised Black people is to rally round and use the Zimbabwean case as an inspiration for building successful societies. Zimbabwe is by far more democratic and successful than most other Black African countries like Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, DRC etc., but today it bears the ignoble reputation of being one of the worst places to live in. Even though nobody can prove that the best of the 36 state governors of Nigeria is not worst than 10 Mugabes as I have severally challenged the BBC to do, we are still being fed with lies about Mugabe. It is therefore very clear that Mugabe would have remained a friend of the west if he had not expelled white farmers. Hence, it is purely and squarely about race!
John Iteshi




Those who’ve always known her

Say she is not only such a beauty

But that she’s always vivacious

Abounding with energy and life!


Yet today when I saw she was so different

It wasn’t the normal her at all

As she limped up to court with her co-accused

She was visibly drained and deflated!


Her normally beautiful bright face

Was not so today, she looked a bit darker

Her eyes were ruddy, more of blood shot

Far from the sparking white eyes she normally has!


Those who saw her latest pictures

Say she now has a battered body

Polished black all over by the brutality of the police

Far from her normally golden crisp body!


I also saw her as she struggled out of the court

The medics also had seen enough of her pain

She was lifted up into a waiting ambulance

Driven through the avenues to a hospital ward


But as she left, a stinking air of injustice filled the air

Covering the whole rotten area of the magistrates courts


But I am told when she woke up in her bed

In the privacy of Avenues Clinic

The nurses thought the first words she muttered

Had a familiar ring around her!


“Freedom Chete!!!!”


All she wanted was her people’s freedom

All she wanted was her own freedom

“Freedom Chete!”

That’s all she wanted. Just that!!!

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Tel. +27 12 657 1445
Fax. +27 86 691 6257
Website: www.danielmolokele.com

Monday, 19 March 2007

Bro Moeletsi Mbeki Paints A Gloom Picture For Zimbabwe !


Moeletsi Mbeki Paints A Gloom Picture For Zimbabwe

I watched Moeletsi Mbeki's interview on Sky News this morning and I am afraid the picture is bleak. He starts by pointing out that Zimbabwe is a landlocked country that if any pressure was needed then it can only be exerted by the neighbouring countries i.e South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. He then points out what he conceives as the primary reason for the neighbours for not exerting pressure on Zimbabwe is mostly because they fear that their support for MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai would send a wrong message for Africa's most industrialised region. Souther Africa being the most industrialised has more people working and this has given rise to trade unionism, the trade unions using their sheer size are becoming more and more political. He cites the case of Zambia where Kenneth Kaunda was ousted by a trade union leader after 27 years in power. Therefore African leaders are reluctant to be drawn into the issue of Zimbabwe for fear that they own labour movement might oust them from power one day. Mr Mbeki argues that the influx of refugees would not make a big policy change as he acknowledged that even in South Africa, COSATU the largest umbrella labour body in whole of Africa poses a threat to South Africa's ANC led government. COSATU is only civic body together with The Church Council of Souther Africa which issued a statement concerned by what was happening in Zimbabwe. On Human Rights day in South Africa it has promised to demonstrate against South Africa's quiet diplomacy and the illegal arrest and torture of Zimbabwean's opposition and civic leaders on their way to a prayer meeting.

Mbeki having lived in Zimbabwe when he was forced to flee apartheid was there when Mugabe ordered the massacre of more than 50 000 civilians to crush Joshua Nkomo's opposition Zapu PF which later merged with Mugabe's Zanu PF. He then uses this example to say that things will get worse before they get better in Zimbabwe. Asked about the fact that The MDC President feels that last Sunday's events were a tipping point, he answers that Morgan is an optimist. He says he knows Mugabe personally and know that he has an appetite for violence and will continue to exert brutal violence to stop regime change in Zimbabwe.

Mr Moeletsi Mbeki is a brother to South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki, has a strong background in journalism, with a resume that includes a Nieman Fellowship and time at the BBC. He was a media consultant for the ANC in the '90s, and is currently the chairman of Endemol South Africa. He has always bee outspoken and differs on many things from his brother South Africa's president. He caused waves when he said: Africans Were Better Off During Colonial Times Than They Are Now


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Thursday, 15 March 2007


Zimbabwe: It's the MDC: See, Hear, Say No Evil



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SOME Western nations, and the Office of the United Nations Secretary General were regrettably quick to issue statements condemning the arrest of opposition MDC and NCA leaders and activists on Sunday, and their subsequent assault when caught in the cross-fire, completely ignoring the mayhem they caused in Highfield and surrounding suburbs.

While all media scholars would concur that news reports are mediated reality, the reports by Western agencies that informed the opinions of those who condemned the arrests were surprisingly deafeningly silent on the mayhem unleashed by the opposition. The opposition activists have openly declared war on the police in line with their so-called "defiance campaign" carried out by armed "democratic resistance committees" tasked to target members of the security forces thwarting the campaigns of violence. The opposition groups have also gone on a crusade of targeting the dwellings of the security forces in the high-density suburbs to cow them, or put pressure on landlords to evict them.

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Innocent citizens who refused to join in were also mugged and robbed while their property was either destroyed or looted. So ruthless and systematic have been the campaigns of violence that no nation worth its salt would sit by and let such incipient terrorism take root. In subsequent paragraphs, we detail the timeline of the violence campaign that began the day MDC faction leaders met U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell at Bronte Hotel in Harare's Avenues area, where the defiance plan was conceived.

The Mobilisation Phase

January 9 2007

Dell meets high-powered four-member delegations from both MDC camps at Bronte Hotel in the Avenues, where he orders them to re-unite and pledges US$1 million to a unified MDC. Morgan Tsvangirai, spokesman Nelson Chamisa, secretary general Tendai Biti and deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma represented the Tsvangirai group; while the Mutambara camp had Arthur Mutambara, his deputy Gibson Sibanda, secretary general Welshman Ncube and defence secretary Job Sikhala. Dell proposed that they re-unite under the aegis of the Save Zimbabwe Convention to present a united front to confront the Government.

After that both MDC factions engaged the NCA, ZCTU, Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe, Women/Men of Zimbabwe Arise, Zinasu and the Christian Alliance. They pledged to drum up support for anti-Government activities and civil disobedience through which they hoped to make Zimbabwe ungovernable to warrant foreign intervention. They believed the economic hardships would get the urbanites to support them, while poor working conditions in the civil service would have the security forces look the other way.

January 10 to February 17

The MDC Tsvangirai faction holds nine rallies in Chisumbanje, Kuwadzana 4, Glen View 1, Magunje, Mabvuku, Mufakose, Epworth, Sakubva, and Kambuzuma where the message was opposition to proposed harmonisation of presidential and parliamentary elections and defiance campaigns against the Government. The faction also organised three abortive demonstrations in Harare and

The NCA also convened five demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare where its chairman, Lovemore Madhuku, pledged to make Zimbabwe ungovernable.

The MDC Mutambara faction held one meeting in Gwanda and the two scheduled for Bulawayo failed to take-off, as the police did not sanction them. The faction, however, distributed flyers calling on people to go on a defiance campaign against the Government. The Save Zimbabwe Campaign launched a "Sounds of Freedom" campaign in Bulawayo on January 23 distributing flyers in English, Ndebele and Shona urging people to hoot, clap, whistle, scream and shout for a better Zimbabwe every Wednesday from 1300 hours to 1310 hours, starting January 24 while Zinasu organised an abortive demonstration at Harare Polytechnic on Valentine's Day. Nine students were arrested.

Violence Timeline

February 11 2007

A group of MDC youths driving a pick-up truck with blacked-out number plates storm a butchery owned by Zanu PF shadow MP for Kambuzuma Dr Samuel Mvurume at Kambuzuma 5 Shopping Centre where they smash glasses of the deep-freezer and steal meat from the refrigerator. They are coming from a Tsvangirai faction rally at Kambuzuma Recreational Park where faction national chairman Isaac Matongo has told them to be courageous as a lot of people would be killed, injured and/or arrested when the MDC launches its violent campaign to topple the Government. He urges them to attend the launch at Zimbabwe Grounds on February 18.

February 16 2007

Two police officers -- Number 02485L Sergeant Mukora and Number 984827N Constable Tichareva, both of Waterfalls Police -- are assaulted after they try to break a group of approximately 120 MDC Tsvangirai supporters gathered at Rezende North Bus terminus in Harare for a demonstration. One Wunganai Tapfumanei of Number 111-

The same day, at Ximex Mall, a group of about 200 MDC supporters attack the following two police officers: Number 050100F constable Kanzou of Harare Central Operations; he is assaulted with booted feet and stabbed with a knife on the left buttock; and Number 049556P Constable Chimunzi of Harare Central Operations who is assaulted with booted feet and clenched fists all over the body. He sustains moderate head injuries. The demonstrators steal the officers' police caps and handcuffs. Some of the demonstrators run towards the Police Post corner First Street and George Silundika Avenue, which they stone, breaking two windowpanes.

Eight activists are arrested, they pay deposit fines of $250 each for contravening Section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 "Disorderly conduct in a public place." Police Harare Central Z69 (j) number 4595569-76A. Wunganai Tapfumanei is still detained at Police Harare Central, Central IR 021547.

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February 17 2007

MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara arrived in Bulawayo to launch the "Defiance Campaign" at Small City Hall. He is informed the rally has been cancelled by the Regulating Authority and the crowd disperses. As they do so, some supporters shout at the police officers leading to the arrest of seven of them for contravening Section 19(1) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. They pay deposit fines of $250 apiece. Police Bulawayo Central Z69 (j) numbers are 4386999A-4551504A.

February 18 2007

Following the cancellation of the rally planned for Zimbabwe Grounds by the regulating authority, MDC youths go around Highfield damaging property and looting from vendors and shops, while a truck with a loud hailer drives around the suburb urging people to attend the unsanctioned rally.

An hour later about 30 MDC youths in party regalia stone and damage doors at OK Zimbabwe Supermarket at Machipisa Shopping Centre. They steal compact disc holders from the supermarket, and loot clothes from a flea market opposite the supermarket. They also stone a Barclays Bank ATM.

Around 0950 hours: One Gift Maukazuva (24) -- an MDC member -- of Number 6172 Mangwende Drive East, Highfield, is kidnapped by three youths loyal to Tsvangirai, among them Chris Madzore and one Dickson. They accuse him of being an informer for the Central Intelligence Organisation before locking him in the boot of a Toyota Cressida registration numbers 526-719X owned by the Tsvangirai faction national youth secretary Solomon Madzore. They drive Maukazuva to Dema in Seke where they severely assault him with a brick and an iron rod leaving him for dead. He is later picked, on the brink of death, by passers-by who take him to police in Chitungwiza.

1000 hours: The following MDC Tsvangirai activists: Benjamin Maimba, Eric Murayi, Toendepi Shonhe, and Costa Machingauta drove around Machipisa Shopping Centre in a Toyota Prado registration number AAU 5067, urging people to attend the rally at Zimbabwe Grounds. They are arrested and charged with contravening Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

1100 hours: 50 youths stone a Zupco bus, Isuzu registration numbers 830-514F driven by Ishmael Munyaradzi. Five windows on the left side are shattered. No one is injured.

1230 hours: Tsvangirai, Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa drive to Police Southerton in a convoy of 11 cars intending to see Chief Superintendent Jangara, the Officer Commanding Police Harare South District in connection with the Prohibition Order.

They are told he is at Police Machipisa. They then drive towards Machipisa from where they are dispersed by the police.

A total of 37 people are arrested in connection with the violence.

Following these disturbances in Highfield, from 2000 hours on February 18 to about 0200 on February 19, MDC Tsvangirai youths stone and burn vehicles at Glen View Area 8 robots.

A Mazda 323 registration number 595-354X owned by John Chitakatira of Number 2336-35 Crescent, Glen View 1, Harare, is burnt and reduced to a shell. The vehicle is valued at $10 million.

Twenty-eight other vehicles, including nine commuter omnibuses, among them a Zupco bus, are stoned around the same place.

February 22 2007

From 0945 hours to 1000 hours, Chief Supt Jangara holds a meeting with MDC Tsvangirai faction national organising secretary Elias Mudzuri, whom he gives the Prohibition Order banning rallies for a period of three months. Chief Supt Jangara informs Mudzuri that if his faction desists from violence, the prohibition order could be revoked. Mudzuri says he is taking the Prohibition Order to his superiors and legal advisors but is not in a position to predict their reaction.


A Zupco bus, Mazda Swaraji registration numbers 829-418Q, is damaged at Kuwadzana 5 Turnoff by approximately 15 MDC Tsvangirai youths singing and chanting slogans. They barricade the road with stones and rubble. Police attend the scene and arrest the following: Alex Maorere NR: 83-097053G-83 of Number 6835 Kuwadzana 5, Harare, and Douglas Mutinwi of Number 6235 Kuwadzana 5, Harare.

February 28 2007

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Scores of NCA members hold demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, and Masvingo

The same day around 0420 hours six suspected MDC Tsvangirai faction activists block the road at the intersection of First Street and Chesvingo Drive, Masvingo, using the wreckage of a car and burning tyres. Constable Chipenge, who lives along the street, hears the noise outside and discovers the burning tyres; he telephones Police Masvingo Central who attend the scene. No is arrested.

At the same time, some tyres are set ablaze on the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road near Mucheke Bridge. At Pangolin Business Centre, Masvingo, another group cuts down gumtrees with a hacksaw and blocks Jairos Jiri Road. They also block Charumbira Street opposite Mandava Service Station with stones.

1600 hours: The same day 20 UZ students led by Tineyi Mukweva a former Student Executive Council president, enter UZ campus through an undesignated entry point and proceed to New Complex 5. They are holding some wooden and metal objects singing and toy-toying. Upon arrival at the New Complex 5, they smash glasses of the French door at the entrance destroying nine panes.

The group moves to the campus supermarket with the intention of looting but when they get there, none of them has the guts to break-in, they run away. The matter is reported to Avondale Police Station. Police Avondale attend the scene, but no arrests are made. Case is still under investigation, OB 1193/07.

March 1 2007

The MDC Tsvangirai faction goes on a campaign to mobilise people to attend a rally at Budiriro 1 Shopping Centre scheduled for March 4 in defiance of the Prohibition Order, the youths are promised $60 000 each for participating in the rally or demonstration.

March 10

At 2200 hours, the following MDC Mutambara faction youths are arrested in Mbare while distributing flyers inviting people to the Save Zimbabwe Campaign rally in Highfield: Lamech Homerai (27), and Tawanda Hudzerema (25). They are detained at Police Stodart for contravening Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Police Stodart RRB 121336 refers.

March 11 2007

At 0930 hours, 14 officials from both MDC factions hold a meeting at Number 83 Central Avenue in Harare to prepare for their intended Save Zimbabwe Campaign rally scheduled for Zimbabwe Grounds. Also in attendance is the chairman of the Combined Harare Residents' Association, Mikes Davies. Police order them to disperse, they comply but before doing so, Mutambara says as opposition political leaders, they do not recognise the police force of an "illegitimate government".

1145 hours: The following people are arrested at different places in Lusaka, Highfield on their way to Zimbabwe Grounds: Nelson Chamisa, Mike Davies, and Willias Madzimure MDC MP for Kambuzuma.

1200 hours: Ten Zinasu members are arrested at Market Square, Harare, intending to board commuter omnibuses to Zimbabwe Grounds, Highfield, to attend the Save Zimbabwe Campaign rally.

1220 hours: The following police officers deployed in Highfield are attacked by a group of MDC activists: Assistant Inspector Mwinde Harare Central, 034294A Sergeant Makurumure Harare Central, and 053737J Constable Ndowa Harare Central. Assistant Insp. Mwinde manages to escape, but Const Ndowa and Sgt Makurumure are assaulted and sustain serious head injuries. They are admitted at Harare Central Hospital, both officers were unarmed.

1235 hours: About 30 "Save Zimbabwe Campaign" project members are picked up by police at different spots in Lusaka, Highfield, trying to force their way to Zimbabwe Grounds. Among them are the following MDC faction members: Arthur Mutambara (MDC faction president), Job Sikhala (MP St Mary's), Tendai Biti (MP Harare East), Sekai Holland, Clement Chigome, Tendai Musiyazviripo, Tendai Chitseke, Tsvangirai Mukwazhi, Element Chikwira, Emmanuel Mauya, Abiso Dzvairo, Frank Nyagumbo, and Francis Chikunguri.

1300 hours: Tsvangirai and Madhuku are seen addressing youths who attacked police officers, the youths disperse leaving Tsvangirai and Madhuku who are subsequently arrested. The duo is taken to Machipisa Police Station. They accuse police of being used by Zanu-PF and threaten unspecified action against the officers.

1420 hours: A European Union vehicle registration number 120 CD 34 is seen driving around Highfield with two occupants who enquire from the public the whereabouts of Tsvangirai.

1500 hours: At Zindoga Shopping Centre, Waterfalls, a Zupco bus registration number AAS 0949 has its windows shattered by stones thrown by Save Zimbabwe Campaign project activists. The activists also throw a petrol bomb at a ZNA vehicle, Mazda B1800 registration numbers 43 BB 97 that is parked at the shopping centre. The bomb explodes igniting fire, which extensively damages the seats. Major Stanley Dhlamini based at KGVI who is driving the vehicle is alerted and rushes to extinguish the blaze. Two opposition activists Christopher Dziro and Tapera Munemiwa are arrested in connection with the incidents.

1545 hours: Officer-In-Charge Machipisa Police, and his deputy are driving around Highfield in a station vehicle, a Mazda B1800. They have eight details on board, one of them is armed with an FN rifle. The team meets 200 MDC Save Zimbabwe Campaign project activists who charge towards the vehicle. The armed officer fires 18 warning shots into the air but the youths continue advancing, the officer then hits MDC Tsvangirai Glen View district chairman Gift Tandare in the right armpit and he dies on the spot.

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Tandare had been in remand prison since 2003 in connection with the burning of a Zupco bus in another riotous situation, and had just been recently released from custody.

A total of 60 Save Zimbabwe Campaign project activists including their leaders are arrested in connection with the skirmishes in Highfield.

2000 hours: About 50 MDC Tsvangirai faction youths try to raid Kuwadzana Police Station. An officer manning the gate fires warning shots into the air to scare them away. The youths run to Bulawayo Road Roundabout in Kuwadzana where they block the road with big stones forcing vehicles to stop. They then hide in a nearby maize field from where they stone seven vehicles shattering windows.

Police from Kuwadzana and Dzivaresekwa pursue the youths after receiving reports from complainants of the stoned vehicles. They open fire into the maize fields shooting one youth, Peter Chibanda (30) of Room 22 Block 12C Chishawasha Flats, Mbare, on the right upper arm. He is arrested and detained at Police Dzivarasekwa. DB 309/07.

March 12 2007

0230 hours: A group of about 50 MDC Tsvangirai youths barricade Dzivaresekwa Road with stones near Jacaranda Bus Stop. They stone a St Johns ambulance registration numbers AAP 6340 being driven by one Lione Mwanjira shattering seven windows. No one is arrested.

March 13 2007

Three policewomen are badly burnt in a petrol bomb attack on Marimba Police Camp in Harare at midnight. A police post in Mkoba, Gweru, is also bombed the same night by suspected MDC activists. The raiders cut the wire along the northern boundary of Marimba Police Camp and threw petrol bombs and teargas canisters at three houses, the most serious damage and all the injuries occurring at a house shared by three women constables. Constables Busani Moyo and Pretty Mushonga have their faces seriously burned while Constable Brenda Makamba escaped with less serious burns on the chest, legs and arms. All three are in Parirenyatwa Hospital.

MDC youths barricade roads in Glen View 3, destroying property and stoning vehicles A commuter omnibus is stoned before being overturned along Glen View Way, just opposite Glen View 3 High School, at around 5am. At Tichagarika Shopping Centre, the rampaging youths uproot and destroy a phone shop cabin, which they later use to barricade Willowvale Road.

Post script

Those denouncing the arrest of the perpetrators do not mention the violence by opposition activists.


Mr Mduduzi Mathuthu of Newzimbabwe.com corrected!

The Editor of Talkzimbabwe.com has “corrected” some views expressed by Mr Mduduzi Mathuthu!


Please kindly go to www.zimdebate.blogspot.com


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Monday, 12 March 2007


Tambu Kahari

The former prostitute, who became a leader!

Tambu Kahari

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Behold Zimbabweans, the former prostitute who became a political leader. She didn't have to become President to change her corner of the world and her people's lives forever.
To this day, her countrymen and women have lobbied the Vatican hundreds of times to have her declared a saint, although she has been dead since 1952.
I am taking you this week, in my column to Argentina, South America to meet this woman who rose against all odds to lead her people to a better way of life, in the hope that at the end of this article, you may recognize the leader in yourself.
This former prostitute had the biggest, most heart wrenching, most emotional and longest funeral in the history of her country and in the history of her continent, South America.
Hundreds upon thousands of people waited for days on end, in the rain, in the cold, outside the place where she was taking her final rest to see her, to mourn her and to be in her presence just one more time. There were no flowers left standing in her country after her funeral.
This woman, who had the most humble of beginnings in a male chauvinistic country at a time where women were not even allowed to vote, is to this day, that country's biggest and most loved political icon.
Her people couldn't bear to bury her after her death and so they embalmed her. Political parties fight over her remains to this day, and at one time the Argentine government wanted to build her a monument bigger than the Statue of liberty In New York City.
The thought of her has been known to ruin governments in Argentina and to create new governments to this day in her country of birth. Even though she is long dead, she is still considered a political threat by some and a political saviour by others. She is still an ally and a foe, but she is long gone.
Movies and plays have been made about this woman. Madonna acted as this woman once and she said they asked ordinary citizens of Argentina to come and stand below the podium this lady used to make her speeches at, and the people actually wept, thousands of them broke down and cried because they missed her so much.
None of them were paid to do this. They wanted just a glimpse of their leader, even if it was only Madonna portraying her.
The longest running play in the world was about this woman. Zimbabweans, please meet Eva Maria Duarte de Peron of Argentina.
Why did the Argentines love her so much? Why do they still love her today? How did she become a Saint when before they hated her because she was a prostitute?
This former prostitute who had no high school and who grew up in a village in Argentina was their leader. Eva was born on May 7, 1919.
She was born out of wedlock, the daughter of a mistress, and in a devoutly Catholic country such as Argentina, she was immediately an outcast. She only went to junior school before her mother ran out of money.
At 15, she announced she was going to Buenos Aires to be an actress. She was leaving with her boyfriend, who immediately dumped her and ran off as soon as they arrived in the big metropolitan city of Buenos Aires.
It was not a good time to arrive in Buenos Aires. These were desperate times for the Argentines. They were what Harare is today. There were no jobs, no prospects and the people were hungry, angry and trapped by the government of the day and 10% of the richest Argentines, who enjoyed the suffering of the masses.
There was a lot of racism towards those with indigenous blood, of whom Eva was one. Argentina was made up of 10% very wealthy people who owned everything and had a good time at the expense of 90% of the poor.
The rich spent their time watching polo matches and sending their children on European tours. They wore glamourous fashions and sipped champagne and ate caviar on lazy days, while the majority worked to keep them rich and comfortable.
The poor were pathetically poor. They lived in slums without running water or electricity, let alone roofs that didn't leak. They worked long hours for very little money and under the most horrible conditions.
Going to work was like committing suicide, especially since no one cared about the indigenous people. These people were grateful to even have a job.
Isn't this our Zimbabwe today? Rich people are traveling around the world from Zimbabwe, spending money, having a good time, while they live off the poor and struggling and they don't care. They don't care.
No matter how much the Argentines rioted, they were beaten, killed and reduced to nothing by a well armed military and riot police. Just like our country, where the rich stay in their big houses and look upon the poor as the poor riot for better standards of living.
The police protect their wealth and their way of life in Zimbabwe, to hell with the majority. We are not the first to go through this fiasco.
As we all know now, it doesn't stop a people from wishing for better, wanting more. The Argentines like the Zimbabweans of today wanted a normal life. They wanted to live like human beings! They wanted homes, jobs, safe drinking water and electricity.
They wanted clinics, hospitals, and schools for their children, roads and better opportunities. They wanted the fruits of their hard work.
None of these things were available to 90% of Argentina's population and although they changed governments, sometimes by force, nothing changed. Those who took power enriched themselves and forgot about the rest.
Does this scenario look familiar citizens of the Republic of Zimbabwe? Is this not our country today? It is good to know we are not the first to go through these hard times. Now let us see what happened in Argentina.
This is the world that a young country bumpkin called Eva Duarte walked into at 15 years of age. She was alone, had no education and no money.
She had nowhere to stay from the first day she came to Buenos Aires. The only thing she had of value was her body, and so she used it. During the day Eva would look for jobs, at night she would "work."
In an ultra conservative society such as Catholic Argentina, you can imagine that as a lady of the night, no one respected her and neither did they want to hear what she had to say. She was the trash of the trash.
If you find it difficult to imagine, just ask yourself if you would follow a prostitute as a political leader in Zimbabwe today. Would you vote for her? Would you even give her a chance to put her case forward? The same obstacles a Zimbabwean prostitute would face today, multiplied by ten, were faced by her.
Eva started by getting a few bit part jobs and finally ended up on radio, as a deejay. By the way, she had to sleep her way into those jobs too. There ladies, you see, we are not the first to be asked to take off our clothes! She was in some small movies and some television series, but her daytime gig was the radio.
It was there that she discovered politics. She saw it as a way out for her fellow descamisaros (the shirtless ones. The poor of Argentina.) and herself. She recognized the power one had at the top of the food chain and the good one could do while there, if one chose to.
She helped start a workers' union at the radio station and she was voted President of that union. She was barely 22 and she was a woman. What made this male dominated society choose her as their leader? They all knew her background, but they entrusted her with leadership. She believed that they could change the status quo. She gave passionate speeches about how they could do it. She had a plan and it involved all of them. They trusted her.
She organized riots and marches and she would be at the centre of those riots and marches, right in front, screaming her lungs out for better pay and better working conditions.
Throughout all this, the Argentines overthrew one government after another, desperate for a government that might care about those born without.
Eva met Juan Peron, a colonel and a high ranking government official. They fell in love. She was 24, he was 48. She convinced her boyfriend of her vision of an Argentina that cared about the poor. She knew that in a country where women had no vote, the only way she could get to a position where she could help "her own" was to make sure that Juan Peron became President.
She began to campaign for her boyfriend among her poor people. At one time, Juan Peron was not feeling well and couldn't make a speaking engagement. Eva went on his behalf and she was booed off the stage.
She was a former prostitute, who never went to high school and couldn't speak posh Spanish, she was living with a man who had not married her and she was illegitimate, all the things her society looked down upon. On top of it all, she was a two bit deejay. The public went mad. How dare she? Who did she think she was? She was nothing. They would not listen to her.
Months from that time, people would be crying to hear Eva speak because she spoke from her heart about all their wishes and hopes for the future.
Eva campaigned for her boyfriend who married her during that campaign and Juan Peron won the Presidency of Argentina, despite intimidations and some rigged votes. Eva, whose people changed her name to Evita, meaning "their little Eva," became First lady of Argentina.
After her husband became President, Evita created an organization for Social Justice in which she took money from the rich and gave to the poor. She used rich people's money to put electricity and running water in poor neighbourhoods. Some Argentines' first shoes were bought by The Social Justice Office. She built schools and sports stadiums for poor people's children.
Her favourite statement was, "Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance."
Once she was asked how she managed to get things accomplished so fast and she said when she went to the Vatican, she was told by one of the priests that if one wanted to achieve their goals, they shouldn't get bogged down by bureaucracy.
They should just go ahead and what they wanted first and let the paper follow. Eva made rich people "donate" to her by force. She built the houses, electrical plants, water stations, roads, schools, with the money of the rich, without ever writing down a plan and discussing it with anyone.
Eva was hated by the rich people of Argentina of course. She was a commoner and worse, she was taking away their privileges and giving them to the "blacks" who didn't deserve anything better.
Evita created the first weapons in defense of the poor in South America and possibly the whole world too. She set in motion a children's tourism plan and the first contingent of workers' children left for the hills of Córdoba on January 6, 1947.
She negotiated and gave out subsidies to assist in the construction of polyclinics designed for workers in the textile and glass industries. She distributed subsidies for building homes to more than 500 destitute families. She distributed clothes, food and household goods to needy families.
On January 20, 1947, she received a delegation from Villa Soldati (a slum) which informed her of their unhealthy living conditions. On the same day she visited their neighborhood.
She personally took charge of implementing a plan to provide residents with health care and social services as well as suitable housing. On January 25, some families began to move into newly-constructed modern chalets while the rest of the families waited their turn in emergency housing.
On February 12th these families also moved into housing provided for them by the municipal government on the 400 block of Belgrano. In one year alone, Evita constructed more than 25 000 houses for people. Hospitals for railway workers were also constructed under her guidance. She didn't write any plans and didn't waste time talking and talking about it til the moon turned blue.
She once travelled to a province in the north of Argentina. Her reception was so enthusiastic that it exceeded the ability of the authorities to control the crowds and some people were injured. People stampeded over each other to hold Eva's hand. They knew she was a doer. What she promised to do, would be done.
Evita fought for the right for women to vote and she won by getting the women to protest for themselves. Apparently her speeches were so moving and so emotional women flooded the streets of Buenos Aires by themselves demanding the right to vote and the right to be represented in government.
Before Eva, those women had been happy and willing to stay home. They had booed Eva when she tried to give a speech, but that had all changed over the years. She had proved herself to be a worthy and caring leader. This woman, a former prostitute, the lowest of the low, had changed the way Argentine women saw themselves.
She had shown them that political power could bring change to their homes. Her husband was President. Because of that, she had been able to bring electricity to the people, schools to the people, food, clothes, and furniture to the people. She had shown these women that political power was a good thing for a South American woman to have. All of a sudden, they wanted it too.
Eva died at 33 of cancer. She left behind her a stronger, more prosperous nation. She left behind her a people who believed in themselves! She left behind her national pride and a better future than she had come into.
She herself said in one of her speeches, "I have only one valuable possession, it is held in my heart, it burns in my soul, it abides in my flesh and aches in my nerves, it is the love that my people have for me."
Eva was not unique. Throughout history, in many parts of the world have been leaders who have risen from the most down and out parts of a society. There have been street kids who have risen to run multi million dollar businesses! Even Jesus Christ had a humble beginning. Was he not born in a manger?
Among us, there is a leader. Perhaps we are not taking enough time to listen. Perhaps we are allowing our expectations of what and who our leaders should be to cloud our judgment. Anyone can be a leader.
I asked myself how Eva Duarte had created such a dedicated following that they had voted her husband into power, so she could be First Lady. What was that "thing" that she had that overshadowed her shady past? What was it that shielded her from a chauvinistic society and gave her the respect she needed to be heard by her people? What was it?
According to Bishop Desmond Tutu, a good leader shows solidarity with the people. A good leader is "one of the crowd" not different, because if that leader is different, he/she can't lead.
Eva spent a lot of her life on the streets of Buenos Aires. She knew what the people faced day in, day out, and so when she spoke, she knew what they needed because she needed it too. Her language when she spoke was their language. They understood each other and knew what they wanted from the struggle. Their objectives were the same.
A leader must bring out the best in others, said Boutros Boutros Ghali, former US secretary general. Eva convinced people to go out and march for their rights and they did, with passion. She agreed that they may be the pitiful poor as they were called by an uncaring government, but if they marched together, the rich would have to take notice. She showed them the power they had to free themselves. She showed them their strengths and she drew from it.
A Harvard Professor listed these qualities as those of a born leader: Vision. Eva had vision. She wanted a better standard of living for the poor, because she knew what it was like. She sold that vision to fellow citizens and they bought it. She delivered what she had promised. Is it any wonder they want her to be made a saint even now?
Eloquence, a speaker who speaks simply and is understood by everyone at once. Eva used street Spanish to the citizens of Argentina. They understood her. Here are some of Eva's quotations from some of her speeches,
"Without fanaticism we cannot accomplish anything",
"Our President has declared that the only privileged persons in our country are the children."
"If I fall, look out for the crash. There won't be anyone left standing."
"Charity separates the rich from the poor; aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich."
A co operative spirit: The ability to understand that you need other people, even those outside your organization to make your dreams come true. Evita brought people out on the streets from a single speech!
Political Intuition
(Leaders must sense where, when, how, and with whom progress can be made.)
Eva had political intuition. She knew that she could never be President because her country would not allow a woman to rule so she gave up political power to her husband. Her position as First Lady would still guarantee her enough power to help out her people, which is exactly what happened.
A leader knows when to step down from the throne. A leader knows when they are wrong and most of all, a leader knows when to change direction.
A former prostitute and a two bit actress had all those qualities. I have no doubt there are thousands of Zimbabweans with those qualities too
When Ava fell ill from cancer, her people could not believe it. People were devastated and hysterical with shock. They said prayers for her everyday, outside her bedroom window, come rain, thunder or lightening.
They created altars for her. They offered her their own blood for her transfusions. Finally, when she died, Argentina came to a full stop with grief and life stopped for days on end while they mourned Santa Evita.
Why citizens have I taken you half way around the world into the lives of people you don't care about and talked about some former prostitute who became a leader? To open your minds citizens, to make you realize that each and every one of you, despite your past, background, strengths or weaknesses can be a leader. You are all capable of it. And since you know that now, are our opposition leaders still irreplaceable to you?
Are they really the best we can do? Are they the best we have ever had? Compare them with yourself, a fellow citizen of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Have the methods they have put on the table the only way to gain freedom from ZANU? Isn't there another way? Perhaps a better way?
I personally don't want to see a war as Mutambara once advocated. I don't believe a war would help solve Zimbabwe's problems. More of us will die and we are already a dying breed. I feel we should mature now and find a way of taking power from the government that is without our children dying for it.
If we keep using the gun to install a new government, it will never end. Clearly, violence and riots are not the trick here. ZANU has PHDs on that. I wonder if we can't strip those in power of the money they have stolen from us and leave them penniless.
Would they still want to rule us? A ZimDaily reader, a lawyer actually said to me, as a citizen of Zimbabwe, I have the power to go to the FBI and report other Zimbabweans and have them punished. How much power do we all have as citizens? Have we used it? Have we even researched it? I think not.
Along comes Mutambara, who was dismissed under a grey cloud at Stanbic Bank some years back and at once, he wants us to sacrifice ourselves. Is he crazy? Madness galore. And what's up with Tsvangirai? I am still waiting for something, anything at all! Anything!
I truly believe ladies and gentlemen, that the leadership of Zimbabwe is still up for grabs.


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