““The President has invited all members of Polad for them to appreciate what he is doing at the farm,” presidential spokesperson George Charamba said yesterday” (Moses Matenga – ‘ ED meets Polad members at his farm’ 21.12.2019).
Today, all propaganda stations and whatnot has proclaimed the greatness of POLAD or the Political Actors Dialogue in Zimbabwe. The President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his team needs to hang on to something as they pass into the decade and new year. He wants to look inspirational and likeable character, which is hard when his government isn’t doing its job, neither reforming as promised after the coup d’etat.
That’s why the state has pushed the achievement of it, which is a hallow list of mediocre things. Things that are really not to be proud of, its like we got validated and meet, we talked and not forget the cuppa of tea in the afternoon last summer. It was like that. Nothing to scream of victory or achieving anything.
This is why POLAD was launched in May 2019. Not like it was made for really doing much, other than buying time and look relevant. Because, it is the President acting like his doing dialogue and talks with the opposition. However, it is not really that deep, as he even uses one of his farms to hold a meeting. Not even trying to meet on a sort of neutral ground or venue. That shows the value of the meeting itself today.
The POLAD is only made for the ZANU-PF to act like it cares about others, when it really doesn’t. This is a vehicle to pay them and meet the ones they can compromise. So, they can bask in the glory of the ruling party and be their loyal subject. Not like these people have achieved anything since May 2019.
If so, why give it a mediocre list and call it a day. You have not even been able to really talk with the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-A). You have the other MDC with Khupe hanging around, but what relevance has that?
That is why this is just a smokescreen, a play for the guards and a mockery of dialogue. Mnangagwa can talk game, but there are nothing offered on the plate. It is not bringing the meat to the barbecue and its not shocking. Because, if they brought the beef, they had to buy it and offer it in a way that seems promising. However, they cannot do that, because that means they have to bend to demands and accountability for the other parties.
POLAD is just a smack-daddy vanity project, which will create as much stuff as the President deem fit. If not, why else would they meet on his farm just mere days before Christmas eve? Peace.
“Our policies have created problems, but we are certain of where we are going. To achieve our goal we have to take measures which are painful, but it will pass and everyone will be happy. Nothing comes cheaply. We have to tighten our belts and I am happy that the worst is over! The bad is past us. Things are going to improve” – President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Mutare on the 18th December 2019
I don’t know if it is the scarf, his yes-men or the cronies around President Mnangagwa that makes this seemingly so. It seems like his echoing the dreams of a narrative, which apparently isn’t true. There is no indication that the financial system is balancing, that the inflation is dipping or stagnating and that the civil servants are paid properly to actually be their livelihood.
Apparently, that is a lost art of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the President. Together with his Ministers comes with statements and predictions, which isn’t panning out. There is different about having personal dreams and the promises of changes as the Head of State.
As long as the doctors, teachers and other civil servants lacks funds because of lack salaries. As long as the lack of foreign currency or even of the local currency itself. That is why with the rising prices and lack of wages, is hard to tell the public that the government has made progress and over the hurdle.
Especially, since the state has stopped dropping inflation numbers. The state have more big-scandals and misuse of government funds, than actually governing. That ZANU-PF is more preoccupied with hunting its enemies, than actually finding ways to solve the crisis. This is a self-made crisis, a crisis made out of misuse of bad policies and greed. They blame the sanctions, but Command Agriculture wasn’t banned by US, neither was the EU stopping the President from spending like a drunk sailor abroad on expensive private jets.
The President can promise a better 2020 and rightfully so. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make it true. When the state isn’t delivering and seems not interested in doing so. They rather battle for the power and eat, than actually doing what is needed. They are just going from one scheme to the next. Hoping someone will bail them out.
The echo is hitting back at the President. He hears it and yawns, but he is not commenting on it. Because, its just his own voice and his not crazy, but the stories that is put on repeat doesn’t make it true. Neither does it amplify the message, it is just saying it over and over. However, that doesn’t make it true, but it just make it sound like either a terrible hook or bad ad-libbing. Peace.
In Harare and in Zimbabwe these days, you got stay loyal to the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and not sway away from the ones running the country. In this regard, the former second lady, the estranged and planning divorce, Mary Mubaiwa is now under scrutiny and legal jeopardy.
Certainly, the ex-model and former chairperson of Miss Zimbabwe Trust knows what is at stake. Because, when big-men fall, they fall hard. She was involved in a marriage to the Vice-President and former Army Commander Constantino Chiwenga. That is not just a random high ranking official, that is one of the great henchmen of the Robert Mugabe Era and his presence still commands authority to this day. Even if the health of Constantino has been failing and his shape isn’t as strong as it used too be. After months away in China for health care treatment for his illness(es).
With that in mind, the fall from grace is of huge gravitas. Just like the ZANU-PF raiding and taking away farms and estates from the Mugabe family. The ZANU-PF and their authorities are now retaliating against Mary Mubaiwa, the former wife of Chiwenga. Because she dared to leave him.
Already, Constantino married his second wife, while leaving his first one Jocelyn, who sued him back in 2012. Therefore, this sort of legal drama around his marriages isn’t new. But then it was a woman scorned retaliating against him. While there is also speculations, that Mary never really was divorced from the marriage too, when she married the Army Commander. Which makes the second divorce of both them look weird in itself. That a high ranking official, who supposed to gain trust and show grace. However, this is just foul play by all parties.
Now, Mary has several counts of exporting currency, fraud and money laundering. The memo for 14th December 2019 is already online and it’s devastating. Well, surely like in the past, Chiwenga can gag the media in a court order if he likes. He did that in 2012 and certainly can accomplish the same thing again. Maybe his not as strong or have the ability to land another dime now. That’s why his retaliating now, instead of it being the wife.
Because, of the power of the VP and his role within the army, he could get this done. He could investigate and find questionable actions done. However, she was surely doing this all under his roof. So, it is not like she did it as a ghost and secret. Mary did it all while in the arms and around the VP. Even as he was gone for a few months, they were surely talking and communicating. Not like he would not talk to his wife from China would be surreal.
There are also rumours and speculations, that she tried to poison him and also unplugged the oxygen, when he was seriously ill. While there been also reports earlier in the year, that she have kids, whose DNA tests proves those were not of Chiwenga, but from another father. Meaning, she cheated during the marriage with him. Also, speculation that Chiwenga is trying to get back his first estranged wife, who now lives in Luton, United Kingdom. We don’t know if that is true.
There are also rumours that Chiwenga himself ordered the arrest yesterday after a hostile family meeting on Friday. Certainly, he knew how to pin charges and create a legal jeopardy for someone. This been done before and now its Mary turn. As she hasn’t complied to what Constantino was looking for.
What we are seeing is a second marriage falling apart for two people. They are both in power, they have money and mansions, they have riches, but they don’t have happiness. It cannot be ideal, when the material wealth means more than the care for each other.
Constantino was married to marry over 8 years. In questionable way, where he scorned his ex-wife, who even fled Zimbabwe. While Mary left the ex-footballer, who was playing in Cyprus at the time, who claimed they we’re not divorced at the time she married Chiwenga. The same claim, the ex-wife had about Chiwenga. Clearly, the shaking up was a quick-fix and a rush of both parties.
We are now seeing dirty laundry for the second time in the career of General Chiwenga. He has been able to destroy both of his marriage. The first one, most likely because of greener pastures with a ex-model. The other is destroyed, because his not getting what he likes. This is certainly not how it supposed to be. Not that Mary is innocent, she knew what she was getting into and if some of the rumours are true. Than, she has acting evil against her husband. Which is not right against anyone, not even the henchmen of tyrants and big-men of ZANU-PF who has no disregard for human rights violations. They do it every time they can.
Chiwenga only does this to show, that he can either make you or break you. Mary Mubaiwa, if she has broken the law, than she should carry for those sins. But if these are pinned on her, because she humiliated and enraged the General, than its all wrong. Chiwenga should also carry himself differently, as he has now lost two woman. While being in power and having the ability to be a good husband. Instead, his greed and his own ego has overpowered him.
The ZANU-PF government is rotten, just like the marriages of Chiwenga. They are just a microscope of what this government represent. If he can arrest his own wife, who he plans to divorce. Than, you know he can go against anyone. Surely, this hurt his pride, but his own conduct in getting to the second one was foul play. He knows this and Jocelyn knows this.
When you have rigged yourself, at one point the house of cards will fall. In this regard, the ex-model and former second lady of the Republic is now detained and behind bars. Mary certainly didn’t think this was her way.
However, she should have looked at everything happening to Grace Mugabe. Than, she would have learned and taken a lesson. Instead, she is now played and losing both the wealth of the General and also the privileges of elite. She’s now more alone and has to hope the appointed government judges doesn’t drop her to rot on the charges. Peace.
Chief Ndiweni or Felix Nhanhla Ndiweni of Umguza district in Matabeleland North Province has been arrested this year, he has been bullied by the state and now in the final straw. That his been deposed or removed by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works. That’s all because of his recent actions. The irony is that the state is now doing the same as the ones they was liberated from.
They are already known for the same tactics of oppression, arbitrary arrest, abductions and whatnot of court orders from the Rotten Row. Therefore, the acts of this week to depose Chief Ndiweni is just similar to the acts of Ian Smith, as he deposed the ones who stood against him. Now President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his cronies copies Ian Smith.
As they are initially following the same program as Smith:
“Incidentally, the chiefs and headmen are government employees, paid regular salaries, and therefore, expected to carry out government policy no matter how much they may happen to disagree with it. Not surprisingly, they have found very little to disagree with the government on. Chief Tangwena, who has been feuding with the government recently over tribal land which the government had declared European land,is probably an exception” (Vincent Khapoya – ‘African Political Actors in post-U.D.I. Rhodesia: Resistance or Accomodation’, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 4(2), 1973).
So, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has the same expectations as the Rhodesian Front (RF). They are acting alike with the suppression and deposing of chief Ndiweni. They deposed Tangwena in 1969 and now the same happens 40 years later.
This was even said about this back-then by Dr. Elisha Chambadzwa Mutesa, who was on charged by the state for saying this in a speech on the 1st November 1969: “There is in this district (Makoni), a king, that is King Makoni, and I guess, for his own reasons, he has accepted the name, Chief, which is inferior to that of King or Mambo Makoni. It’s not enough –listen to me –it’ s not enough to be called, King, unless you can rule your domain. It’ s not enough to be called King when you have to solicit from an outsider who gives you twenty pieces of silver per month. And then with these twenty pieces of silver you sell your own people. Some time ago, we had Rekayi Tangwena, Mambo Tangwena (a former ruler, deposed by the Smith regime). There is a man who was made ruler by the African themselves. He had no ring around his neck or marriage with Smith. (Applause)” (Washington Notes on Africa – Volume. 11, Number 2 – ‘Cabral in Washington’).
So, now that ZANU-PF have followed the same paradigm. Removing or deposing on Chief because he spoke out against them. Since he defended the rights of citizens and therefore gotten into trouble. Both legal and personal, the state are taking away his salary, his car and regalia. While they are anticipating to put someone else in as a chief. Whoever that might be, will be in the shadow of Felix. Since his the man and the Chief of Ndiweni.
Seemingly, the state are now taking notes from Ian Smith. Who would know that they would repeat the sins of old like this. From the ones they liberate themselves from, they are copying the tactics of them. As they showing the oppressive behaviour, similar impunity and lack of respect for freedom, liberty and free speech.
The Chief is allowed to speak, but supposed to promote government protocol. The Chief isn’t supposed to oppose the President nor his leadership, even if the hospitals are collapsing or possible famine. Still, the Chief is supposed to praise ED and his policies, even when it destroys the state, a little by little.
The acts of deposing Chief Ndiweni is just a brutal and cruel act, to take away someone’s official title and office, because he dares to speak up against you. That is just like the Smith government of the past. Yet another proof, that the liberators becomes just oppressors they overthrew. Congratulations, and kudos. You are copying the ones whose ills shouldn’t be copied. Peace.