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WikiLeaks return trigger tremors

Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:19

HARARE - Whistle blower website, WikiLeaks, is on the verge of releasing
millions more confidential US diplomatic cables with Zimbabwe bracing for a
fresh potential fallout.

The reports are likely to cause panic and tremors especially in Zanu PF
where top officials were reported to have secretly met United States

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said this week the looming release would
cover every major issue in the world today.

Assange did not provide details about their contents but said they “affect
every country in the world.”

He made the statement from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has
been holed up for more than seven months.

Ecuador’s government granted him asylum in August last year, but British
authorities have said they will arrest him if he leaves the premises.

The release of the last 250 000 diplomatic cables — many stamped secret —
rattled Zimbabwe and embarrassed the United States by laying bare reports
about critical issues in Zimbabwean politics that senior diplomats were
sending back to Washington.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was characterised WikiLeaks return triggers
tremors by US diplomats as "weak and indecisive" while President Robert
Mugabe was said to be plagued by old age and prostate cancer which has

The cables branded the MDC “far from ideal” and is “convinced that had we
(the US) had different partners, we could have achieved more already.”

If the MDC forms an exclusive government, the current leadership would
"require massive hand-holding and assistance should they ever come to
power," the last batch of cables said.

The US diplomats admitted the MDC leader was a "brave, committed man" with
"star quality."

The leaked documents also named top Zanu PF officials who were speaking to
US diplomats in Harare and Pretoria, something that is frowned upon by
Mugabe's leadership.

WikiLeaks blew the cover on senior Zanu PF and government officials,
including Vice President Joice Mujuru and serving and former cabinet
ministers, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Nicholas Goche, Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan
Moyo, and Sikhanyiso Ndlovu among others.

Senior MDC officials were also quoted in the diplomatic cables.

The forthcoming release threatens to expose more officials.

Sharon Hudson-Dean, the US embassy spokesperson is on record stating that as
a matter of policy, the embassy did not comment on documents that "purport"
to contain classified information.

"We condemn in the strongest terms the deliberate and unauthorized
disclosure of information represented as classified materials by individuals
and organizations which puts lives at risk and jeopardizes our national
security," Hudson-Dean said.

"Any unauthorised disclosure of information by WikiLeaks has harmful
implications not only for the lives of identified individuals, but also for
global engagement among and between nations."

The ongoing systematic release of the diplomatic cables is the biggest leak
of diplomatic cables in history.

US diplomats face an uphill battle to stave off anger over the looming

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No pay rise for civil servants

Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Felex Share Herald Reporter

GOVERNMENT has failed to effect the 5,5 percent inflation-related salary
increment it promised to award civil servants this month. In his 2013
National Budget last year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti

said the workers would get an inflation-related salary increment this month.
However, soldiers received their salaries on Thursday without any increment.
Most civil servants got their January pay slips showing no salary

Government said it was difficult to update civil servants on salaries and
conditions of service because there was no one legally representing them.

The term of office for the Apex Council, a body that represents civil
servants in salary negotiations with Government, expired in February last

Since then, the body has been embroiled in a leadership dispute and last
week it wrote to Government imploring it to recognise the old Apex Council
led by its immediate-past chairperson Mrs Tendai Chikowore to spearhead
salary negotiations.

Acting Public Service Secretary Mr Rodgers Sisimayi yesterday said salaries
and conditions of service would not be communicated through the media and
the Apex Council should reconstitute itself.
He said Government lawyers were assessing if it was possible to engage the
old committee.

“We acknowledge receipt of their letter requesting that we engage the old
committee. We are looking at the legal implications of such a move and we
will notify them in due course what we would have resolved,” he said.

“The problem is that the Apex Council has failed to come up with a new
leadership since last year yet salaries and updates are announced through a
platform called the National Joint Negotiating Council.

“This is a platform that brings to the negotiating table workers side and
Government negotiators, but as it stands, there is no way Government can

However, Mr Sisimayi declined to comment on why Government had not effected
the increment.
College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe president Mr David Dzatsunga
yesterday said civil servants unions would announce their next course of
action after they meet on Tuesday.
“This is an insult and Government is setting a terrible precedent,” he said.

“It means we are never taken seriously, but what they should know is that
some unions are mobilising their members for a possible industrial action.”

Mrs Chikowore, who is the Zimbabwe Teachers Association president, said by
not effecting the increment, Government could have taken advantage of the

“There is a breakdown of social dialogue and they might have seen our
weaknesses and decided to go quiet,” she said.

“We are going to meet and make sure we unite as we move forward.”
Minister Biti said the 5,5 percent inflation-related increment would push
the civil service wage bill to US$2,6 billion including grant-aided

This is about 68 percent of the total expenditure.
Last year’s wage bill stood at US$1,4 billion.
The lowest paid Government employee is getting US$296 per month while the
poverty datum line is over US$600. Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe said the move
by Government was “demoralising”.

"Most of our members opened schools anticipating that something would come
up and obviously morale will be down on hearing that there is nothing for

“We are going to bury our petty differences on Tuesday and move forward as a
united force in pressing for improved salaries,” he said.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Mr Raymond Majongwe
ruled out possibilities of getting a backdated salary increment from

"This will never happen with this inclusive Government," he said.
"To them the month of January is gone and they are focusing on February as
we move towards general elections. Somebody out there is pushing us to go
and strike and this is one issue we will put into consideration come

The workers have been agitating for a salary increment since the formation
of the inclusive Government in 2009, without success.

In January last year, civil servants went on a five-day strike that resulted
in the disruption of work in the public service.

The strike was called off after Government announced that it had reviewed
civil servants’ housing and transport allowances, while the basic salary
remained unchanged.

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Mugabe March poll plan in jeopardy

11/01/2013 00:00:00
by Mail & Guardian

Treasury to release voter registration funds
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is unlikely to carry out his threat to make a
unilateral call for elections in March because the new Constitution, a
prerequisite for the poll, remains bogged down by unresolved disputes and a
pending referendum.

Delays in staging the referendum have thrown Mugabe's plan for early
elections into jeopardy, with rumours in political circles that elections
may only be held in June.

A Human Rights Watch report released on Thursday, Race Against Time: The
Need for Legal and Institutional Reforms Ahead of Zimbabwe's Elections, said
Zimbabwe's unity government has not made the reforms necessary for holding a
credible election and that holding elections in March could result in
"widespread human rights violations".

Zanu PF official and the co-chairperson of the constitutional parliamentary
committee, Paul Mangwana, said this week that there are still six
outstanding constitutional disputes between his party and the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) formations.

The proposed referendum on the Constitution can only take place after
consensus is reached on these issues.
Mangwana remained upbeat: "We started off with 30 (sticking points) but just
a handful remain. We are optimistic that these will be ironed out in the
coming weeks and that the referendum will happen any time before March."

Mugabe was away in the Far East on his annual holiday, leaving a leadership
vacuum in Zanu PF, which cannot adopt a position on the outstanding issues
without his input. He returned this week and Zanu PF's Politburo is set to
meet in the first week of February to deliberate on the constitution-making
process and elections.

Outstanding disputes
The outstanding issues are the devolution of power, the creation of a
national prosecuting authority, scaling down the executive's authority, the
formation of a national peace and reconciliation commission, and the
adoption of running mates in the next election.

Under the running mates clause, Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai
would have to pick individuals to stand alongside them in the elections. The
running mate would automatically assume the post of deputy president in the
event of a victory.

Zanu PF is opposed to the proposal, reportedly seeing it as a potential
avenue for an internal succession battle to spill over on to the election
stage. Vice President Joice Mujuru and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa
have been locked up in a decade-long fight to succeed Mugabe.

This week, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo restated the party's strong
opposition to the devolution of power. Several provinces backed the
devolution proposal during the constitutional outreach exercise.

"It's unimaginable to have devolution. Zimbabwe is too small a country to be
divided," said Gumbo.
Voter fatigue
Political observers said his stance reflects the dominance of political
parties at the expense of the views ordinary people expressed during the
outreach exercise.

Eldred Masunungure, a political analyst, said "fatigue" had set in among
voters as a result of the protracted fight over the Constitution between
Zanu PF and the MDC.

"The people just want the constitution-making process to finish ... they're
looking forward to seeing the principals come up with a compromise this
year. If that happens, everything else will fall in place – the referendum
and the elections," he said.

The constitution-making process was initially supposed to take 18 months,
but has taken more than three years because of bickering among political

Douglas Mwonzora, an MDC official and a representative of the party in the
constitutional parliamentary committee, expressed optimism that a
breakthrough would be reached this week, when the committee was scheduled to
make its presentation to the cabinet committee.

"We agreed on suggestions to unlock all the issues except the one on running
mates," said Mwonzora.
Meanwhile, political observers say they expect Mugabe to back down on his
earlier insistence that polling should be staged under the old Lancaster
House Agreement of 1980.

He threatened to go this route if the constitutional parliamentary committee
failed to incorporate Zanu PF's demands in the Constitution.

John Makumbe, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, said Mugabe was
shrewd enough not to anger regional and continental blocs by being

"If Mugabe calls for elections under the old Constitution it will produce
the same result as the 2008 elections. The two MDC formations, the Southern
African Development Community and the African Union would never accept such
a scenario."

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Treasury to release voter registration funds

12/01/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

TREASURY will next week release the money needed to kick-start the
registration of voters ahead of elections coalition parties agree must be
held this year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said.

Voter registration was expected to begin last Thursday but the exercise
failed to kick-off with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) saying it
had yet to receive the US$21 million funding from Treasury.

This was despite an assurance, last year, by MDC-T leader and Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai that he would engage Treasury to ensure the money was

“We are waiting for money and we are ready to roll, if the money comes we
are ready to act,” said acting ZEC chair, Joyce Kazembe, Friday.

“We have been told that the money is there but we don’t know what is
delaying its release.”
The MDC-T leader has come under fire for failing to make good on his promise
with top Zanu PF official and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa quipping:
“Up to now there is no single cent availed to the electoral body even for
publicity purposes.

“Everyone was banking on the authority of the Prime Minister, as one of the
Principals, to make the Ministry of Finance release the funds but there is
nothing up to date.”

However, Biti told an investment conference in London Friday that the money
would be released next week insisting Zimbabwe must hold credible elections
before October.

He said ZEC should ensure that the country’s voters' roll was sanitised to
remove "millions of deceased people who have a tendency of resurrecting
every time we have elections."

The Treasury chief, who is also the secretary general for the MDC-T, told
prospective investors that the “make or break” ballot must be credible and
legitimate to ensure “a sustainable end to (country’s) political conflict”.

President Robert Mugabe wants the new elections to be held by March but,
with a new constitution still to be completed, the MDC formations insist a
credible ballot is only likely in June.

Both Zanu PF and the MDC formations agree the coalition administration has
been rendered unworkable by policy differences between the parties as well
as disagreements over the implementation terms of the GPA deal reached after
violent elections in 2008.

But Biti said the unity pact had helped end an economic crisis that saw
runaway inflation break “all known records” adding recovery had been
achieved through an "eat what you kill" policy where "we sustainably live
within our means."

He urged investors to give the country a look-in adding that Zimbabwe was
now "unambiguously the place to be by 2015" for anyone serious about good
investment returns.

Numerous lucrative opportunities existed in coal and methane gas production,
platinum and gold mining as well as "other marvellous discoveries I cannot
disclose at the moment".

A new diamond law would also be enacted to bring transparency to the country’s
contested diamond sector with the country likely to become the world’s
biggest producer of the precious stones within a few years.

Biti also said the government was prepared to reduce mining fees by up to 50
percent and called on British investors to bid for tenders in the country’s
energy sector saying government plannes to “spend a billion US Dollar in
upgrading Hwange Power Station, (develop) a hydro power station at Batoka
and some 20 mini hydro power stations in Manicaland."

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Zec chairperson returns home

By Richard Chidza, Staff Writer
Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:05
HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chief Justice Simpson
Mutambanengwe has returned home to prepare for the forthcoming elections.

There was swirling speculation that the Namibian jurist could be replaced
after extended period of absenteeism that saw his deputy Joyce Kazembe
literally running the show.

Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday confirmed
Mutambanengwe’s return.

“It is true he is in the country and we have held meetings with him,”
Chinamasa said. “He already has meetings lined up with the other

“It is the press that has been trying to misinform the people. We never
officially announced he had resigned from Zec.”

Curiously, Mutambanengwe did not attend Thursday’s crucial indaba, convened
by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to facilitate the provision of financial
support for the election commission’s voter registration and education

There was speculation that former Chief Justice Wilson Sandura was being
lined up to replace Mutambanengwe.

Chinamasa denied any knowledge of such moves.

“There was never such a plan,” he said. “It is all wishful thinking.
Mutambanengwe was just finishing off a few things he had been assigned by
the Namibians and there was never talk of him being reappointed or us
replacing him. The media is in the business of appointing and disappointing
office bearers.”

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson William Bango also denied reports of moves to
replace the Zec chairperson.

“That is speculation and nothing more,” Bango said. “There were never any
such moves and if it was there the Prime Minister was never part of that. It
is also a fact that he chaired a Zec meeting as lately as this year.”

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Masvingo voter registration manipulated

Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:14
HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said its youths and
supporters in Masvingo are being frustrated while registering as voters at
the local Registrar General’s office (RG’s office).

At the same time, the party said, Zanu PF supporters are being bussed in
from rural areas to register.

Disgruntled MDC supporters this week said suspected party supporters were
being frustrated by deliberate delays and flimsy excuses and some were being
turned away.

The party alleged that officials at the local RG’s Office “literally fell
over each other when Zanu PF supporters come for registration.”

The party did not state how the officials at the RG’s Office were
distinguishing the supporters.

But according to the MDC ward 7 chairperson, Tafara Masimba, scores of party
youths and supporters from his ward were being denied access to register as
voters ahead of the next elections to be held this year.

Registrar of Voters Tobaiwa Mudede has persistently declined to entertain
questions from the Daily News about voter registration, and recently kicked
out our reporter from one of his meetings in Harare saying the paper was not
welcome to cover him.

Masimba said officials at the local RG’s Office were playing endless mind

“People are frustrated because workers at the local Registrar General’s
Office are operating at a snail’s pace when our supporters approach them for
voter registration,” he said.

“We believe they want to make sure that only a handful of our supporters
register to vote compared to Zanu PF’s number of potential voters.

“However, we are banking on the mobile voter registration exercise to start
soon so that our youths can be able to register without any hassles,” said

Masvingo Urban legislator, Tongai Matutu assured party supporters the mobile
voter registration exercise would commence soon.

“We are optimistic the mobile voter registration exercise will start very
soon,” he said.

“We have spoken to the staff at the local Registrar General’s Office and we
hope the whole process will be carried out smoothly.

We heard that some overzealous officials are turning away our members but we
hope sanity will prevail,” said Matutu. - Staff Writer

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We’ll shoot armed robbers, carjackers to kill: Police

Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Wenceslaus Murape Senior Reporter

POLICE have ordered their officers to shoot to kill when they encounter
carjackers and armed robbers.
This follows the fatal shooting of a detective on Wednesday by a carjacker.
Detective Assistant Inspector

Thadius Chapinga was shot dead by a carjacker he was taking to Braeside
Police Station.
During a memorial service for the slain officer at Morris Depot in Harare
yesterday, the Officer Commanding CID Senior Assistant Commissioner Simon
Nyathi warned criminals that they faced the full wrath of the law.

“They have started a war they will never win. As police, we now have orders
to shoot and kill such perpetrators,” said Snr Asst Comm Nyathi.
“Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”

He said the ZRP would never tire of their mandate to protect people, their
property and ensure peaceful existence.

Snr Asst Comm Nyathi described Det Asst Insp Chapinga as a diligent officer
who had died during the course of his duties.

“Aive pabasa asi mabhinya anotambudza vanhu akapfuudza hupenyu hwake. Hondo
yacho haipere,” he said.

Snr Asst Comm said this was their fourth gathering within two years at
Morris Depot to hold a memorial service for a slain officer.

“In 2010, we gathered here twice after the slaying of Sergeant Joseph
Maximus and Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chatikobo while they were on duty.
Last year, we held another memorial service for Inspector Petros Mutedza
after he was killed by hooligans in Glen View,” he said.

Det Asst Insp Chapinga was born on May 3, 1976 in Murakata Village, Bikita,
He was attested into the ZRP on October 31, 1997 and was later assigned to
the Police Protection Unit.

In November 2000, Det Asst Insp Chapinga was transferred to CID in Harare
where he was attached to various sections.

He rose to the rank of Det Asst Insp and served in the Zimbabwe UN
Peacekeeping Mission to Sudan for six months in 2010.

Since his return, Det Asst Insp Chapinga had been attached to CID Vehicle
Theft Squad.
He is survived by a wife and three children, two boys and a girl.
Det Asst Insp Chapinga will be buried today at his rural home in Bikita.

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Zimbabwe face floods danger

SATURDAY, 12 JANUARY 2013 14:23

Zimbabweans have been urged to exercise extreme caution in light of the
continued rainfall and the increased risk of floods.

In an interview, Head of the Meteorological Services Department, Mr Tichaona
Zinyemba called for collective effort to ensure maximum preparedness
especially in flood prone areas with poorly drained soils.

“Local councils should maximise the way they deal with the drainage
challenges currently prevailing in major cities and towns in Zimbabwe,
parents should also ensure the protection of their children by not forcing
them to go to school if a storm is coming,” he said.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe has since pledged to assist people affected by
floods in the country’s low-lying areas this season.

In a statement, Local Government and Urban Development Minister Ignatius
Chombo urged the public to be wary of the dangers emanating from the
continued rains.

“The general public is advised to make an effort to know their local weather
patterns, monitor water levels in their environs, take necessary precautions
on the roads by driving at safe speed and be generally aware of prevailing
hazards,” he said.

“Vehicle drivers, school children and the public should desist from crossing
flooded rivers or low-lying bridges, People should quickly move to higher
ground if they notice that their area is becoming flooded,” he said.

Minister Chombo called on the public and schools to teach swimming so as to
decrease the rate at which people drown. He urged people to use safe water
to prevent water-borne and water-based diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria
and bilharzia.

Meanwhile, in a statement the Meteorological Department has warned of heavy
rains this weekend.

“The rains are expected to be as high as 100mm in 24 hours especially in
Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central and Masvingo, therefore
there is an increased risk of flash flooding,” the statement read.

The met office said Zimbabwe received the heaviest rains on January 4 in the
south east of the country - Herald.

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Soldiers terrorise Mberengwa villagers

Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:14
HARARE - Soldiers deployed at Mataga Growth Point in Mberengwa are harassing
villagers in the area for failing to produce identification documents (ID)
and allegedly backing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

The soldiers were deployed at a small army camp at Mataga under the so-
called “Operation Maguta”. They have been on a rampage since Christmas Day,
beating up villagers randomly, accusing them of disrespecting them.

On Wednesday they descended at Makinya Business Centre in Chingoma area
demanding that everyone at the centre produce ID cards.

Ishmael Chikwari and Edmund Dziva were severely beaten by the officers after
they failed to produce the IDs.

The army officers proceeded to Mundi-Mataga Dam where they beat up villagers
who were fishing and seized three buckets of fish.

They accused them of fishing from the dam illegally.

The soldiers early this week also stormed the homestead of Trynos Shava, MDC
provincial secretary for Defence, who stays adjacent to Mataga, but he
managed to escape.

Shava reported the matter at Zvishavane Police Station and to the Joint
Monitoring Implementation Committee (Jomic).

Last week another group of soldiers from the same camp descended on Musume
Lutheran Church Mission just a few kilometres from Mataga and beat up
villager Cornelius Vutsvene, accusing him of disrespecting them.

Tamuka Ndhlera, a security guard at Hungwe Store, was also severely beaten
by the soldiers and was admitted at Musume Hospital.

Speaking to the Daily News at Mataga yesterday, Zenzo Hove, the MDC deputy
provincial secretary said army officers have turned Mataga into a “war
zone” and residents were living in fear.

“The area now resembles a war zone, the soldiers are going around beating up
innocent people and we condemn this behaviour,” Hove said.

“This is a just a way to put fear in people as elections are approaching. It’s
high time they should go away; they have caused too much suffering here.

“We don’t want them here anymore they should go back to their barracks, we
are not at war,” fumed Hove.

MDC Mberengwa East district director for elections, Tirivangani
Gadu-Matavire said the army officers were taking the law into their own
hands. He said two weeks ago they stormed Mataga Night Club and beat up
revellers who were drinking in the bar after one of the soldiers lost a
snooker match.

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko said: “We encourage
all those affected to report to the nearest police station so that police
can deal with this matter, but we will definitely look at those cases
reported to us.”

In another occurrence, soldiers allegedly held a meeting with villagers at
Danga Hall in the presence of chiefs in December to warn them against voting
for the MDC in the coming election.

According to one villager, the meeting was held by six uniformed soldiers on
December 18.

Only one of the soldiers introduced himself to the chiefs as Lieutenant
Colonel Mzilikazi of Five Brigade, the villagers told the Daily News.

“They warned everyone against voting for MDC,” the villager said. “The
chiefs were given a task to monitor movements of their people and report
anyone who they suspect to be MDC.”

The Daily News heard that four chiefs attended the meeting namely Chief
Chingoma, Chief Mataga, Chief Mataruse and Chief Mahlebadza.

“Since then soldiers have been unusually seen all around Mberengwa,” the
villager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

The army spokesperson Alphious Makotore requested written questions, which
were sent to him. - Pindai Dube and Bridget Mananavire

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UZ bars Madzore

By Fungai Kwaramba, Staff Writer
Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:19

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is barring MDC youth leader Solomon
Madzore from resuming his studies ostensibly because he has a pending
criminal case.

Madzore, along with 28 MDC activists, are jointly facing murder charges.
Madzore was released late last year on bail from Chikurubi Maximum Security
Prison after High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu ruled that his alibi was

Now the country’s premier learning institution is denying him the right to
resume his studies because of the hanging murder charges.

A letter written to Madzore by the UZ deputy registrar given as N Takawira
reads: “I regret to inform you that your application for resumption of
studies was unsuccessful.”

Madzore, who spent more than 12 months locked up in remand prison on charges
of murdering police inspector Petros Mutedza, in Harare’s Glen View suburb
in 2011, should have completed his studies were it not for the long

Madzore was studying towards a degree in Social Work.

“I was left with only one semester and now authorities are denying me my
right to education,” Madzore said. “Some people at the college told me that
the reason I cannot complete my degree is because I am still on trial.”

Winding the clock some 40 years ago, Madzore says his situation is no
different to what it was during the colonial era when Zimbabwe’s founding
fathers including President Robert Mugabe and a host of other nationalists
obtained degrees while they were doing time in prison.

“Mugabe was facing numerous charges in the 1970s but the racist Rhodesian
government allowed him to study while in prison. My situation is different
because I am out on remand but I cannot be allowed to study,” said Madzore.

Madzore has since engaged top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to
challenge the UZ.

“I don’t know whether the UZ is now an extension of the office of the
Attorney General because they are continuing with my persecution,” Madzore
said. “However I have since engaged my lawyers. Even convicted criminals are
allowed to study in prison.”

Madzore said he is seeking to establish whether his rights as a citizen of
Zimbabwe have been infringed by UZ’s stance.

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Zanu PF disowns Kereke

Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:19

HARARE - Zanu PF Masvingo Province has disowned former Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe (RBZ) advisor and aspiring senator Munyaradzi Kereke, saying the
maverick businessman was not in the party structures.

This follows allegations that Kereke entered into a “gentleman’s agreement”
with ward 23 secretary for finance Batsirai Munyani to step aside to make
way for him.

Masvingo provincial political commissar Tranos Huruba told the Daily News
that Kereke, a Zimpapers board member who also owns Rock Foundation Medical
Centre was not an office holder in the party.

Huruba, who is also Chivi North legislator, confirmed there was
disgruntlement among party cadres over reports that Kereke was the new
secretary for finance in ward 23 in Bikita.

He said although Kereke could have been co-opted into the structures without
his knowledge, there was no way he could have become secretary for finance.

“As far as I know, Kereke is not in our structures in Masvingo,” Huruba
said. “If he is in, it could be a new development that I am not privy to,
but there is no way he could have become secretary for finance.

“In fact, I have heard of the disagreements over his position in Bikita. You
are 100 percent correct and there could be big politics at play,” said

Zanu PF insiders allege that Kereke has been splashing cash to woo the
electorate by dishing out developmental projects.

But he has struggled to win the hearts and minds of the party rank-and-file
ahead of primary elections to choose party candidates in general elections
expected sometime this year.

The party structures form the crucial Electoral College that votes during
primary elections.

Insiders say Kereke is working closely with ward chairperson Mathew Nkomo,
his close ally, in his bid to represent the party in the elections ahead of
Claudious Makova, who is also eyeing the seat.

Kereke also reportedly has the support of the war veterans’ district
chairperson Ignatius Murindi.

Kereke was not taking our call when attempts to contact him for comment were
made yesterday. He did not respond to subsequent questions sent to him by
text message.

But he has written to the Daily News disputing that he is on a vote buying
spree claiming the newspaper was out to tarnish his image.

Part of his letter reads: “My word of advice Mr. Gama is that please you
and your team at the Daily News must not seek the path of breeding conflict,
hatred and disrespect among your readers through propagation of lies.” -
Mugove Tafirenyika

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Zimbabwe Tribal Healers' Leader Chavunduka Dies

Associated Press

Jan 12, 6:21 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's organization of tribal healers says its
leader, the eminent academic, author, sociologist and politician Professor
Gordon Chavunduka, has died at age 82.

The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association said Saturday the
group's president died in Harare on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Chavunduka, a former head of the main Zimbabwe University, was widely known
for his research and writing that did much to bridge the gap between Western
medical practices and Africa's traditional, tribal and herbalist healers,
sometimes referred to in the West as witchdoctors.

As a politician, Chavunduka took part in negotiations that led to Zimbabwe's
independence from Britain in 1980. At the time of his death, he chaired the
council of elders in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for
Democratic Change party.

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‘Indigenisation law will not be amended’

Staff Reporter 3 hours 37 minutes ago

INDIGENISATION and Economic Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukurewere has
vowed not to amend the country’s controversial indigenisation laws,
threatening to take stern action against foreign-owned banks which are yet
to comply with Zimbabwe’s equity laws.
Addressing guests at the signing ceremony for the terms agreement between
the country’s largest platinum miner, Zimplats, and government, Kasukuwere
warned that the State would rein in banks that fail to dispose of
controlling stakes in line with empowerment laws.
Foreign-owned companies are required to sell a 51% stake to locals under the
country’s indigenisation and empowerment legislation enacted in 2008.
Zimplats is a unit of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Impala Platinum
“I would like to encourage other companies, particularly in the banking
sector, to comply with our laws as no-compliance will no longer be
tolerated,” said Kasukuwere.
“Uncalled-for defiance and arrogance will not be tolerated as all companies
must respect the law and desist from provoking the State.
“There will be no sacred cow spared, no stone unturned to ensure that the
policies are fully implemented”
His remarks come as the MDC-T insists government was working on amending the
equity law amid criticism that it was discouraging foreign direct
Yesterday Zimplats agreed to dispose of its 51% shareholding to locals in a
transaction valued at $971 million. The National Indigenisation and Economic
Empowerment Fund will have 31% while the Zimplats Employee Share Ownership
Trust and Community Share Ownership Trust will have 10% apiece.
Kasukuwere said some government officials “have been peddling falsehoods
that the law will be amended to make exemptions for investments in certain
areas of the economy”.
“The law will not be amended and not the least because there is no need to
do so,” he said.
“. . . We have shown that the provisions of the law allow government to
lower the threshold of indigenisation in areas such as massive investments
for a certain period of time.
“Unfortunately, despite our overtures to implement this regime, our
colleagues have continued to engage in cheap politicking and unnecessarily
confusing the investors.”
Speaking at the same function, Implats group chief executive officer
Terrence Goodlace said the signing of the deal was expected to ease investor
uncertainty on Zimbabwe.
“I am, despite the hard times, excited about the future for Zimplats and
platinum mining in Zimbabwe. To start with, the uncertainty that had dogged
Zimplats during negotiations is now hopefully a thing of the past,”Goodlace
As of November, the white metal dominated mineral exports contributing $689
million out of $2,4 billion total ex
ports made by the capital-intensive sector.
According to the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board,
over 1 300 firms have submitted compliance plans and out of this, only 350
applications have been approved.

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Zimbabwe the investment place to be - Biti

Staff Reporter 17 hours 52 minutes ago

London - Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance Tendai Biti has told investors in
London, United Kingdom that Zimbabwe is putting it's house in order and is
now a safe and lucrative place place to come and invest arguing it is
"unambiguously the place to be by 2015" for anyone serious about good
Minister Biti was speaking at the ZimInvest London 2013 Forum "Why Zimbabwe
Matters" hosted by Country Factor at a top hotel in London this morning.

Minister Biti assured investors that Zimbabwe is going to have "make or
break" elections by 29th October 2013 which needed to be credible,
legitimate and provide a sustainable end to political conflict. He said his
Ministry was next week going to provide funds for the registration of voters
to ensure that the voters' roll was sound and no longer contained " millions
of deceased people who have a tendency of resurrecting every time we have

Minister Biti said Zimbabwe was on course to have a new constitution even if
it meant incorporating into amendment 20, the areas parties have already
agreed and having a referendum at the same time as elections on those
contentious issues.

Biti said Zimbabwe "is pregnant" with opportunities in energy, mining,
agriculture and an educated workforce. He said his ministry was working on a
new Diamond law that will enable a new Agency to be created that will ensure
transparency in the contentious diamond mining in Zimbabwe. He acknowledged
that "at the moment, there is a mismatch between production figures and what
the treasury is getting." He said a new law was needed because Zimbabwe was
likely to be the world's biggest producer of diamonds within a few years.

He said the iron ore deposits in the Mwanesi area we worth about USD43
Billion metric tonnes while coal and methane gas, platinum, gold and "other
marvellous discoveries I can not disclose at the moment" make Zimbabwe a
place to be for mining investors.

He said his ministry was committed to reducing mining fees by 50 percent but
encouraged the Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines to engage his office more on what
the industry needed.

Minister Biti said since coming into Government in 2009, he had initiated
the Short Term Emergency Programme (STEP) that has set Zimbabwe on a growth
trajectory and out of the economic crisis where inflation had broken all
records known to bring sanity with an "eat what you kill" policy where "we
sustainably live within our means."

He said Zimbabwe achieved the highest growth rate in the world in 2011,
which was testimony to efforts to create a 200 billion economy by 2020.

He invited British companies to consider applying for tenders in energy
because, "we will spend a billion US Dollar in upgrading Hwange Power
Station, need a hydro power station at Batoka and some 20 mini hydro power
stations in Manicaland."

Zimbabwe businessman Mutumwa Mawere, attending the conference said it was
good to hear of an optimistic picture of Zimbabwe but encouraged the
Government of Zimbabwe to do more in the area of ensuring security of

In the past week, the Ministry responsible for Lands has committed to
ensuring that all farms that were covered by Bilateral Agreements were not
going to be part of the resettlement programme and moved out blacks who had
been allocated a farm in Mazowe in response to those who feared breach of
their property rights.

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JUICE to change people’s lives – Mangoma

Staff Reporter 17 hours 39 minutes ago

HARARE - The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said its economic
policy plan Juice is a broad policy that is set to benefit everyone and make
the people of Zimbabwe feel empowered, the MDC Deputy Treasurer General,
Elton Mangoma said in Harare yesterday.
Mangoma who is also the Minister of Energy and Power Development said this
during a recent live radio interview on StarFM. JUICE stands for Jobs,
Upliftment, Investment, Capital and the Environment and was launched by
President Tsvangirai in Harare at the end of last year.

“In Zimbabwe we need a broader economic policy that benefits everyone. The
major problem in the country is lack of jobs and that is what the MDC will
redress through JUICE as it will generate empowerment for now and in the
long term,” Mangoma said.

He said Zanu PF was pursuing narrow minded policies through its
indigenisation programme. “There is nothing to celebrate about the
Indigenisation and Empowerment Act as it was done in such a bad way and it
is very loose. The Zanu PF policy is only meant for the enrichment of the

“The way it is being done is going to reduce the level of investment in the
country. The ingredients being used by Zanu PF will create mbodza,” Hon.
Mangoma said.

He said through Juice, there would be capital injection into the economy in
the country. “We need to grow the cake and when the cake grows the majority
of the people can be empowered by having jobs and when you have a job you
are empowered without having a share in that company. We must not accept
the Zanu PF model which is not creating jobs.

“There should be collaboration between foreign and local investors. Lets
grow the cake and the people will enjoy,” he said.

He said a recent research done on employment in Zimbabwe had shown that only
10 percent of the population wanted to be entrepreneurs while the rest of
the population wanted jobs.

On the issue of the ethanol project in Chisumbanje, the minister said Zanu
PF was trying to protect Billy Rautenbach who had illegally taken over land
from peasant farmers for his ethanol project in the area. Hon Mangoma said,
after Rautenbach had been given land from ARDA, he went on to encroach into
the surrounding communal land thereby depriving the helpless villagers of
their land.

"This man has been taking land from the peasants, which is even against the
land reform act. Now we have peasants who have been dispossessed of land
while Zanu PF by day is talking of taking land from the whites to give to
the blacks, but here they are in the night, dispossessing the blacks to give
it to Billy, something that does not go down well with the MDC. Until those
people are properly taken care of, it remains one of the situations
affecting the project,” he said.

Over 200 communal farmers have been kicked off their land by Zanu Pf
politicians to pave way for Rautenbach who had been allocated 5000 hectares
by Arda but took over another 3000 hectares from the communal farmers who
have since been rendered landless.

Mangoma said furthermore, Rautenbach wanted government to put in place laws
that would make it mandatory for all service stations to blend E10. He said
the project was meant to serve personal interests of Zanu PF elites.

Turning to diamonds, Minister Mangoma said resources from Marange should
belong to government and all companies that come in must work under
government adding that there was need to change the Mining Act. “As
government, we said we would set up a small team to look into this but that
team has not been set up. The law in Zimbabwe has been grossly misapplied,”
said the minister.

Last year only US$42 million was received by Treasury when over US$2 billion
diamonds had been sold and up to now the Minister of Mines and Mining
Development has failed to explain the anomaly.

On restrictive measures imposed by the West on selected Zanu PF individuals
Hon. Mangoma said the party had pressed a self destructive button through
its clear failure of handling international relations and should not blame
the MDC for the imposition of the restrictive measures on them.

“It is very clear that Zanu PF has been brutalising people and that is why
the measures were imposed on some of the individuals in the party,” said
Hon. Mangoma.

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Zanu-PF courting Simba Makoni

Staff Reporter 18 hours 5 minutes ago

The Zanu-PF faction aligned with the late army general Solomon Mujuru is
said to be courting Simba Makoni the former finance minister and politburo
member, who defected from the party in 2008 to run against President Robert
Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
A Zanu-PF source said the Mujuru grouping feels strategically outmanoeuvred
by the faction led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, which has managed to lure leaders
who left with Makoni, or who were suspended, back to the party, the Mail &
Guardian reported.

The move to woo Makoni is part of a strategy to strengthen leadership of the
Mujuru faction following Mujuru's mysterious death in a fire at his
farmhouse in 2011, a source said.

"Many doubt that under [party vice-president] Joice Mujuru the faction can
match the tactical sharpness of the Mnangagwa faction. She is not articulate
on policy issues. It's the reason Makoni is being looked at," the source

"Makoni can come in as a strategist, working under Mujuru to give the
faction some polish."

However, Makoni denied this week that he is talking to Zanu-PF about
rejoining the party. His spokesperson, Joel Mapaura, said: "There is no
truth in these reports. He has not been approached."

Some Zanu-PF leaders are also apparently resisting Makoni's return.

"People like Didymus Mutasa [the Zanu-PF secretary for administration]
oppose Makoni's readmission. He feels [Makoni] could upset his possible rise
to a higher position and challenge him as the party's godfather in
Manicaland," said the source.

"Remember that they once fought after Makoni tried to oppose him in the
Zanu-PF primaries some years back."

Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said he was not aware of any overtures
being made. "I've been on leave and I don't know about these talks with
Makoni," he said.

Mutasa said Makoni would have to seek readmission to Zanu-PF personally.

"Those who returned pleaded to be readmitted; Makoni has not done that. But
if he wants to rejoin the party, we will not just admit him like we did with
the others. A mini-meeting to consider that would have to be held."

Mutasa declined to explain why such a "mini-meeting" with Makoni would be

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Primary elections: bane of political parties

12/01/2013 00:00:00
by Election Resource Centre

INTRA-PARTY democracy systems can have positive or negative consequences on
national systems depending on the internal policies used by political
parties or the political context of the country.

The ability of political parties to put in place progressive internal
policies that ensure the professional selection of qualified candidates can
go a long way in providing leadership that will effectively lead Zimbabwe
towards sustainable development.

Though some might argue that too much party democracy may dilute the power
held by political party leaders, the benefits of intraparty democracy at a
macro level are much greater. Therefore, internal party systems should
uphold universally recognised democratic principles namely transparency,
accountability and participation.

Internal party democracy has a wider impact on national governance. It
enhances a necessary democracy culture within political parties that will
naturally transcend to the society at large. The representation of the
electorate’s ideas starts at a grassroots level and in most cases through
political parties, therefore the internal party procedures should be free
and fair so as to facilitate the transfer of the electorates’ views and
ideas from the grassroots to the national level.

For that reason, the opening up of political parties is essential in that it
creates space for new ideas and new members, who will then be part of the
national system through national elections, if they are selected as party

Intra-party democracy has not been in the centre of the international
community’s attention, hence there are no concrete global guidelines on
internal party politics. However, many scholars have come up with basic
principles of intra-party democracy and these are: transparency,
professionalism, accountability, electivity, inclusivity, representation and
participation. These are basically democratic principles, which political
parties should be encouraged to adhere to.

The major challenge in Zimbabwe is the haphazard selection of political
party candidates. The internal party systems and regulations for candidate
selection are not precise enough to allow the democratic selection of
candidates. According to Matlosa (2005)1, a conflict issue within political
parties themselves is the lack of intraparty democracy, which in turn leads
to some party members deserting the parties and contesting elections as
independent candidates.

The applicable electoral law which regulates political parties in Zimbabwe
are mainly the Electoral Amendment Act and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Act. For instance, the Electoral Amendment Act provides that party
candidates must be endorsed by the party and bans the use of party symbols
by candidates who are not endorsed by their political party.

The current COPAC draft constitutional provision on the selection of running
mates gives an element of governing internal party politics. But in other
countries internal functioning of political parties is legally regulated.
For instance, Kenya has a Political Parties’ Act which regulates political
parties. It sets out the contents of the constitution or rules of a
political party and participation in political activities and rights of
party members. Zimbabwe only has Political Parties’ Finance Act.

Zimbabwe’s three main political parties – Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC have all
instituted primary elections as a method of selecting candidates. This is in
itself a democratic practice because it removes the power from political
leaders and transfers it to the people. Primary elections should,
nevertheless, be conducted in a free and fair manner.

Candidate selection procedures by Zimbabwe’s political parties
Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC- T)
There have been media reports that the MDC-T elections directorate sent out
a document to all its structures countrywide with guidelines of selecting
candidates from local government to legislators. According to this document,
a prospective candidate for any post would have to be a member of the party
for at least five years instead of the previous two and should be a
registered voter.

Article 15. 11(e) of the document is on Election of National and Local
Government Candidates. It states that, “Where more than one candidate has
been listed, the National Elections Directorate shall conduct an election
among the competing candidates in Wards in respect of Councillors and
Districts in respect of Parliament”.

All candidates standing for election will be approved by the national
council. The document provides criteria for selection of provincial and
local authority representatives. A system of proportional representation
will be used, with eligible voters voting for their candidate in their order
of preference.

Initially two candidates from each district, that is a woman and a man,
shall be elected. The elected, “must undergo a further election to rank them
on the basis of their popularity using the zebra method of woman then man
provided that at all material times regard should be made to a fair
geographical spread of candidates within the Province”.

On January 10, 2013, The Herald reported that the MDC will not subject
sitting legislators to primary elections...and those who fail to garner two
thirds majority confirmation by their respective constituencies would go for
primary elections.

Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU PF)
The Zanu PF leadership is reported to have indicated that they are in the
process of developing procedures for the holding of primary elections to
select candidates who will stand against other political parties in the
harmonised elections scheduled for 2013.

In 2008, Zanu PF primaries were characterised by violence after supporters
failed to agree on the procedures of choosing candidates. Similar to the
MDC-T current procedures, Zanu PF selected candidates who would have served
the party for more than five years. It is yet to be determined if this
criteria will still stand this elective season, given the emergence of new
conflict between the young turks, who have been party members for less than
five years, and the old guard.

Movement for Democratic Change – (MDC)
It is reported that the MDC led by Welshman Ncube requests for nominations
and the aspiring candidates submit applications which are vetted to see
whether they meet the party requirements. Primary elections are then held to
select a candidate in cases where there is more than one aspiring candidate
per constituency

The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU)
The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) is reported to have an election
committee which consists of 10 members, who represent each province in
Zimbabwe. For an individual to be selected as a candidate, the party calls
for CVs which are evaluated by the Election Committee. The election
committee also conducts a background check on the potential candidates to
see whether they meet the party requirements.

Major effects of failed internal party democracy
Imposition of candidates
The Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC primary elections will probably be held early
2013. The fear is that the candidacy of the next elections will be botched
because there are already certain individuals that have been targeted for

There will most likely be impositions of candidates by over domineering
elites. The imposition of candidates is exacerbated by the culture of
clientelism that has perverted internal party politics. Therefore, this may
lead to voter apathy since the party would have failed to give the
candidates who are preferred by the electorate.

Disturbance of democratic stability
Primary elections are generally divisive and have, in the past, led to
intra-party conflicts. The possible forthcoming primary elections will serve
as a barometer to measure the possibility of the recurrence of political
violence in the 2013 national election.

If the selection of candidates is not managed well, there is a possibility
of intra party violence going beyond internal violence. If the selection of
candidates is contested there are more chances that the harmonised elections
will be highly contested. Already in some areas in the Mashonaland
provinces, violence has erupted with some aspiring candidates accusing the
old seat holders of using dirty tactics to retain their seats.

Loss of political support for the party
Internal democratic procedures which lack the adherence to true democratic
principles have led to the split and crises within political parties. For
instance, the MDC has split into four parties since 2005 and Zanu PF
internal politics is marred by factionalism. This has been caused by
disgruntled party supporters.

When a candidate loses the primary elections, legally, there is a chance for
them to stand as an independent candidate. Consequently, this will probably
lead to the splitting of the party’s votes and the lack of confidence of the
electorate in the political systems.

# Need for more open candidate selection methods which will illustrate the
appointment to the candidate selection system for primary election candidacy

# Coming up with democratic internal legal frameworks

# Coming up with a national legal framework that can influence political
parties’ discretionary power in proposing candidates

# Party regulation and procedures that allow for citizen participation in
the candidate selection procedure
# An objective candidate selection procedure that ensures the selection of
competent candidates who would have been endorsed by their constituencies

# The candidate selection procedures to be transparent and accountable

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Mushroom sombrero

January 12, 2013, 9:41 am

Dear Family and Friends,

Greeting senior allies on the tarmac at Harare airport when he returned
unexpectedly early from his annual Christmas holiday in the Far East, Mr
Mugabe said that number thirteen was considered by everyone else to be
unlucky but not for Zanu PF. 2013 was going to be their lucky year he said.

Thirteen years after life, stability, the economy and food security began to
unravel in Zimbabwe, we are again a country in waiting.

We are a nation holding our breath this January 2013; watching, waiting,
dreading and growing increasingly uneasy by the day. So much has to happen
in the next few months starting with a long overdue draft constitution which
has to be printed, published and released to the public. Then there has to
be a referendum on the draft but no one yet knows which voters roll will be
used for that vote. Will it be the present one which the electoral
commission admitted in November contained the names of thousands of dead
people along with numerous other discrepancies and at least two and a half
thousand people aged between 101 and 110. So many Zimbabweans over a hundred
years old is cause for much derision in a country where the average life
expectancy is only 44 years.

The snail’s pace of the constitution and confusion of voter eligibility
became even more muddled when a new-voter registration drive started at New
Year. A few days later it stopped; then we were told there was no money for
the voter registration exercise, and then that voter registration had been
cancelled until funds were released.

While this went on big crowds gathered outside run down government offices.
Not allowed to queue inside people have to stand in the mud, the rain and
the puddles waiting, waiting, waiting to be allowed in or to be told what’s
going on.

Then there’s the hugely contentious issue of whether the hundreds of
thousands of Zimbabweans who have been struck off the voters roll in the
last seven years will be allowed to vote after being classified as ‘aliens’
if their parents were not born in Zimbabwe. Or the estimated 3 million
Zimbabweans living in exile in the Diaspora – will they be allowed to vote?
The same questions apply to the elections which have to happen before the
29th October 2013. Who will be able to vote, will electoral laws have been
changed, who will be allowed to observe and monitor the polls and will we
have a repeat of

2008 when it took five weeks for the results to be announced and winners
were forced to share power with losers? Our painfully long story about
constitutions, referendums and elections has all become so murky that I
turned my attention to the weird mushroom that’s been growing in my garden
since early January prompting strange comparisons to our lucky/unlucky
Zimbabwe of 2013.

It started when a thick stemmed, round topped, creamy white mushroom emerged
into the light of day in a place where a fungus had never been seen before.
With thick white flakes on its cap and peeling sections on its stem, it
developed into the most unexpected creature in the following days As the
mushroom grew taller the cap grew bigger and then flattened out with a hump
in the middle until it looked more like a Mexican sombrero than a mushroom.
The cap soon completely overshadowed the stem as it got still bigger and its
thick white flakes disappeared to be replaced by dark brown giraffe-pattern
blotches. When the mushroom stood 18 centimetres (7 “) high and its cap was
bigger than a large dinner plate and measured 25 centimetres across (10 “),
the mushroom began to expose its real self. The gills curled outwards
exposing an 8 centimetre (3”) thick fleshy belly which pushed the edges of
the cap up. Rain collected in the new lip, the blotches dissolved turning
the rain puddle in the mushroom brown and new markings began to develop,
looking like peeling sunburn. What had started out as a promisingly unusual,
round flaky mushroom had turned first into a stylish sombrero and then a top
heavy monster.

With its head too big to be supported by its stem, the mushroom is destined
to melt into a gelatinous puddle of sludge but somehow I can’t bring myself
to destroy it. It will have to do that all by itself. Until next time,
thanks for reading, love cathy.

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