mugabeWe are neither going to mourn nor celebrate his death.  We would rather use his death to mark the end of one tyrant.  He has caused, has been responsible for killings, abductions and wars.  His system lives on.  His system is what ZANU PF are using.  The AU and UN have not called him and kith and kin out.  
 
Not even 1 trial has happened to face charges against humanity.  
 
It is therefore on us as "The People's" to do what he couldn't do and unite as Africans.
 
Many Zimbabweans, and others, will have mixed feelings about the death of Robert Mugabe, a 'late-coming' liberator who saw an opportunity to became a tyrant. He had the actual hero's of the revolution killed, so he could claim it for himself. This is a man who did some good for Zimbabwe in the 1980s, but as he grew older his henchmen, who have now become Zimbabwe leaders, abducted, killed, and ruthlessly crushed the opposition on his behalf. 
 
We are sure many have begun to see the horrors being perpetrated by the ruthless machinery that he created. 
 
Southern Africa nations will see him as a hero who stood up to the west apart from the former president of Botswana who staunchly criticised the tyrant. 
 
It is not clear what the rest of the African leaders will make of him. What is clear is that those countries still under the so called" liberation parties" will see him as a hero. But if we sift out the propaganda, and look to the 'people' a differing picture will emerge.
 
We in the diaspora hope that the world will realise that Mugabe has left a dangerous ZANU-PF that he created. A regime that has killed many people during the short period since the coup in 2017 that they have been in power.
 
Today, we see a proud Zimbabwean people reduced to refugees and destitute in many countries including South Africa where they are being burned alive in the ongoing xenophobic/afrophobic attacks. Mugabe leaves a legacy that is tainted with murders, election rigging and breath-taking corruption - with some being billionaires as we speak.

utengaThe Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira last weekend gave a chilling warning to residents of Rutenga growth point Ward 18, Mwenezi East, that should they remain ‘defiantly’ in support of the MDC, food aid from government will be withdrawn from them.

Chadzamira made the remarks on August 24 when he addressed Zanu PF supporters who gathered at Rutenga, the heartland of the opposition party supporters in the district, for the victory celebrations hosted by Mwenezi East legislator Joosbi Omar.

Ward 18 is the only one won by the opposition party in the whole district during the 2018 harmonised elections. Mwenezi district has a total of 18 wards. Chadzamira said food aid was a privilege bestowed by Zanu PF and could be withdrawn from ‘non-Zanu PF supporters’ at any given time. He said the opposition supporters will for now be given a reprieve which will however not be maintained if they continued to exhibit ‘deviant’ behaviour.

“Everyone should get food aid because there is hunger all over. I heard that here in Rutenga social welfare is not being distributed but I have instructed the DA it must be distributed here as well. As time goes on, we will not continue feeding other people’s children….as we move forward, each one will be fed by his own father.

Executive Summary [From Full PDF report - CLICK HERE to Download]
The 30 July polls in Zimbabwe were for the presidency, parliament and local councils - known as the Harmonised Elections - and were the first since the stepping down from power of the former president Robert Mugabe after 37EU Observer Mission Logo years in office. Many previous elections have been contentious and with reports of abuses, and so while the commitment to hold credible elections by the interim president was welcomed, a legacy of the past was a low level of trust in the democratic process and institutions, which permeated the electoral environment.
The right to stand was provided for, the elections were competitive and political freedoms during the campaign were respected. On Election Day, voters enjoyed the right to vote and both the campaign and election day were largely peaceful. However, the right to an effective legal remedy was not adequately provided for, there is no equal suffrage and shortcomings in the registration of voters somewhat compromised universal and equal suffrage. Notably, major shortcomings in the pre-election environment impacted on the free expression of the will of electors, state resources were misused in favour of the incumbent and coverage by state media was heavily biased in favour of the ruling party. Further, the electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner. The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. Finally, the restrictions on political freedoms, the excessive use of force by security forces and abuses of human rights in the post-election period undermined the corresponding positive aspects during the pre-election campaign. As such, many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards.

Tendai BitiMDC co-vice president, Tendai Biti has bemoaned what he calls “State Capture” in Zimbabwe characterised by the formation of cartels in command agriculture, fuel sector, banking sector, communications sector, to mention but a few.

Biti opined that the crude ecosystem of State Capture now a reality in Zimbabwe has never been seen before. He writes:

"Beyond legitimacy and the economic crisis, the country suffers from an unprecedented, unparalleled and unmitigated, scourge of capture and corruption. The current regime has redefined kleptocracy, patronage and patrimonialism. The current regime has invented its own set of cronyism. A new blend of Mobutism that makes Mobutu Seseko a toddler, in the art of State Capture."

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to seek justice for the 6 civilians murdered by soldiers in Harare on 1st August 2018

#Remember the 6