Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:46
HARARE - Robert Mugabe held a secret meeting with his military junta
after last week's AU meeting in Egypt, at which the generals assured him
that they would 'target and eliminate the MDC from the political map in
According to credible sources within the Zimbabwean security forces,
the junta heavies - Constantine Chiwenga, Augustine Chihuru, Perrence Shiri,
Emmerson Mnangagwa and Paradzai Zimondi - have drawn up a comprehensive
operation to take place at cell, ward, district, province and national
Interestingly there is no mention in the report of the presence of CIO
boss Happyton Bonyongwe at the meeting.
Sources say the plan is to target and eliminate selected MDC MP's so
that the other MPs are forced into hiding and after 21 days of being absent
from parliament, forcing by-elections to be held. These will be rigged to
regain ZANU (PF)'s majority in parliament.
The junta also discussed killing all critical journalists from both
the public and private media to silence independent voices - even those
working for state-owned media who did not toe the line.
The plan was aimed at crippling the MDC and forcing it into a
government of national unity where it will be swallowed by ZANU (PF). The
operation was scheduled to begin on Monday this week.
The over-confident generals assured Mugabe that no country in the
world could invade Zimbabwe as their state of preparedness was second to
none in Africa.
Analysts say the information demonstrated that the Mugabe regime was
not sincere about negotiating a peaceful resolution to the crisis and was
determined to continue waging war against the people of Zimbabwe.
The sources identified the following people as being key hitmen in the
Assistant Commissioner Martin Kwaimona, Chief Superintendent Musvita,
Superintendent Linda, Superintendent Chikerema, Chief Inspector Mukudu,
Chief Inspector Tigwere, Superintendent Mumba, Inspector Ngazi, Inspector
Insepector Muzondiwa, Supt Remegio Utsiwembanje - Officer Commanding
Police Protection Units (PPU) Projects, Supt Absalom Mudzamiri - DISPOL
Minor PPU Tomlinson Depot, Ex-Supt Nyawani - now with the Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe, Inspector Patric Maramba - Officer In Charge Tomlinson Depot,
Inspector Marufu - 2nd IC Parliament, Inspector Mbokochena - Officer
Commanding PPU, Assistant Inspector Jongwe - PPU Tomlinson Depot, Assistant
Inspector Madziwana - PPU Police Internal Security Intelligence (PISI),
Assistant Inspector Muranganwa - PPU PISI, Assistant Inspector Ndangana -
PPU State House, Assistant Inspector Maguma - PPU State House, Sgt
Nyamunaki - PPU PISI, Sgt Muridzo - PPU Transport, Sgt Madzinga - PPU
Willovale, Sgt Chikazaza - PPU State House, Sgt Deremete - PPU State House,
Assistant Inspector Mudonhi, Sgt Mudzova, Sgt Jaji, Sgt Sharara, Assistant
Inspector Mutendamambo, Constable Tarise - Armourer, Constable Matara,
Assistant Inspector Matienga - Armourer Police General Headquarters.
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:49
BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Coercion, intimidation, beating, displacement - these were the
terrifying words behind codename CIBD, a military operation designed to keep
Mugabe in power.
The Washington Post revealed the cold-blooded planning that went into
the campaign of terror after being given access to written records by a
participant of several private meetings attended by Mugabe in the period
between the first round of voting and the run-off.
In the three months between the March 29 vote and the June 27 run-off
election, ruling-party militias, under the guidance of 200 senior army
officers, systematically brutalised the Movement for Democratic Change. By
election day, more than 80 opposition supporters were dead, hundreds were
missing, thousands were injured and hundreds of thousands were homeless.
The notes and interviews make clear that Zanu (PF)'s military
supporters, who stood to lose wealth and influence if Mugabe bowed out, were
not prepared to relinquish their authority.
After March 29's results started to become all too clear, Mugabe
supporters began erecting 2,000 party compounds across the country that
would serve as bases for the party militias. The beatings with whips,
striking with sticks, torture and other forms of intimidation began. On May
5, in the remote farming village of Chaona, 200 Mugabe supporters rampaged
through the streets and left seven people dead.
At the funerals, opposition activists noted the gruesome condition of
the corpses. Some in the crowds believed soldiers trained in torture were
behind the killings, not the more improvisational ruling-party youth or
liberation war veterans.
The death toll mounted through May, and almost all of the fatalities
were opposition activists. Police in riot gear raided opposition
headquarters in Harare, arresting hundreds of families that had taken refuge
Even some of Mugabe's stalwarts grew uneasy, records of the meetings
Vice President Joice Mujuru, a woman whose ferocity during the
guerrilla war of the 1970s earned her the nickname Spill Blood, warned the
ruling party's politburo in a May 14 meeting that the violence might
backfire. Notes from that and other meetings, as well as interviews with
participants, make clear that she was overruled repeatedly by Chiwenga, the
military head, and by former security chief Emerson Mnangagwa.
On June 20, Mugabe's militias arrived in Manomano. Some carried AK-47
Forced to drink herbicide
About 150 militia members, some carrying the rifles, circled the
Chironga family home. Gibbs Chironga fired warning shots from his shotgun,
relatives and other witnesses recalled. When Gibbs Chironga emerged, a
militia member shot him with an AK-47, said Hilton Chironga, his 41-year-old
brother, who was wounded by gunfire. Gibbs died soon after. His brother,
sister and mother were beaten, then handcuffed and forced to drink a
herbicide that burned their mouths and faces, relatives said.
Two days later, as Mugabes militias intensified their attacks,
Tsvangirai dropped out of the race.
On election day, Mugabe's militias drove voters to the polls and
tracked through ballot serial numbers those who refused to vote or who cast
ballots for Tsvangirai despite his boycott.
The 84-year-old leader took the oath of office two days later, for a
sixth time. He waved a Bible in the air and exchanged congratulatory
handshakes with Chiwenga, whose reelection plan he had adopted more than two
months before, and the rest of his military leaders.
By Prof. John Makumbe | Harare Tribune News
Updated: July 9, 2008 19:59
Bravo! Well done MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai for snubbing Thabo Mbeki
when he tried to re-start his futile mediation circus last week-end. It
would have been a disaster if Tsvangirai and his team had turned up at the
dubious meeting. The venue of the meeting was clearly indicating that the
MDC was going to be in second, if not third place. It would have been an
admission that the one-horse race of 27 June was a legitimate contest that
was won by the geriatric Zanu (PF) leader.
It would have constituted recognition of Robert Mugabe as the
legitimate head of state in Zimbabwe. Further, for Tsvangirai to have turned
up for the fruitless meeting would have been a betrayal of all the people of
Zimbabwe who were killed, raped, beaten up and whose property was destroyed
by the Zanu (PF) militia and the state coercive apparatus in the past eight
weeks in the name of Zanu (PF). It is unfortunate that the Mutambara group
decided to turn up for the silly meeting, much to their embarrassment.
I doubt very much that there had been any consultations between the
two MDC formations prior to the holding of the ridiculous Mbeki meeting.
There are those who hold the view that by boycotting the meeting, the MDC
(Tsvangirai) party was in danger of sidelining itself. Nothing can be
further from the truth. On the contrary, by attending the circus, the
Mutambara faction ran the risk of being accused of being aligned with the
devil incarnate, Zanu (PF).
There are some people who even hold strange fears that the Mutambara
faction might now throw in its lot with Zanu (PF), as well as instruct its
MPs to support Zanu (PF) in both houses of the legislature. While that
possibility exists, it would still be a futile exercise since no Zimbabweans
would ever accept any arrangement that leaves Robert Mugabe as head of state
and Zanu (PF) as the ruining party in Zimbabwe.
For any real negotiations to begin, the MDC's pre-conditions must be
met to the last letter. These are, inter alia, the violence has to stop; all
MDC supporters that are under arrest must be released, and all charges
against them dropped. Anything short of these conditions must not be
accepted by the MDC. If the stupid run-off was a legitimate electoral
process, then Mugabe can go ahead and rule the country for the next five
years. What is the need for negotiations? Where in the world do people go to
elections and then after the publishing of results they start to negotiate?
Mbeki must first come clean on the run-off rubbish.
Does he recognize the 27 June one old man dance as a valid contest? If
he does, then what is the purpose of the mediation process? If the 27 June
nonsense was nothing but a farce, then Mbeki has to state that
categorically, and thereby justify the need for negotiations and mediation.
We are very much aware that violence is still going on in many parts of the
country, especially in the rural areas.
There are still a lot of MDC supporters that are still living in the
bush, up the mountains and away from their homes. Mugabe is trying to give
the impression that all is now well in Zimbabwe, but that is not at all the
case. Indeed, the invasion of the South African and US embassies in Harare
by some of the victims of Mugabe's violence is ample evidence that violence
is still rampant throughout the country.
The MDC cannot be expected to sit down at the table to negotiate with
Lucifer while their supporters are still being haunted by Lucifer's wild
dogs, the Zanu (PF) militia. The JOC has a lot to answer for what is going
on in Zimbabwe.
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:01:00 +0000
AS the economic situation continues to worsen in Zimbabwe most civil
servants have stopped going to work as they have run out money for
Four months ago the public service commission introduced 'unannounced up
wages' for civil servants - a system which has seen government employees
being paid at least twice a month.
"Half the members of staff at Mahlahleni Primary School have not been
attending work since Monday saying they are awaiting additional payments as
before to enable them to travel to work," said Mrs. Gumbo, a teacher at the
"It however seems the measure might have been a campaign gimmick for
President Mugabe which could have been stopped after he won the presidential
run off on June 27."
Prices of basic supplies and services have continued to increase with
commuter omnibuses now charging Z$15 billion for a single trip, while the
average wage of civil servants is about Z$200 billion.
Most Zimbabweans are hoping a solution to the nation's crisis will soon be
found through talks currently being held by the two major political parties.
Last week President Thabo Mbeki the Sadc-appointed mediator conducted the
first meeting in Harare which for the first time was attended by President
Mugabe and members of a formation of the opposition MDC led by Prof Arthur
MDC-T delegation did not attend the meeting, but a second similar meeting is
scheduled to be held in South Africa next week, where both formations of the
MDC are said to have confirmed they will attend.
"Unless the meeting next week comes up with a way forward, the people of
Zimbabwe will continue to suffer and this time the government seems to have
run out of ideas on how to temporarily cover up some of the problems as they
have been doing in the past," said Godfrey Dube, a deputy headmaster at a
primary school in the city.
He said the situation was being worsened by some key players in the economy
who continue to increase prices unreasonably to cripple the government and
force the Zanu PF government to give in to opposition demands.
By James Butty
10 July 2008
There are reports that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF
party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will hold new
round of talks this week in South Africa. This was revealed Wednesday by the
lawyer for MDC secretary general Tendai Biti during a court hearing in
Harare to seek the return of Biti's passport.
Earlier this week, Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said
President Mugabe was ready to form a unity government. But he did not say
what role MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai would play in such government.
The proposed talks come on the heel of the recent African Union summit
calling on both the Zimbabwe government and the opposition MDC to form a
unity government. Herman
Hanekom is a current affairs specialist with the Africa Institute of South
Africa. He told VOA the talks, if held, would be a continuation of the old,
"The information as I had it about four hours ago is that Tendai Biti, upon
court order, in Harare, Zimbabwe has been given back his passport and his
bail conditions were amended to allow him to attend these talks if they do
take place in South Africa this coming week. Now these talks are not, as far
as I'm concerned, new talks. It's merely a continuation of talks that got
took place between the MDC and ZANU-PF prior to the election under the
auspices of President Thabo Mbeki," he said.
The proposed talks come on the heel of the recent African Union summit in
Egypt calling on both the Zimbabwe government and the opposition MDC to form
a unity government.
Hanekom said the proposed talks are not a new mandate for South African
President Thabo Mbeki to mediate that talks aimed at ending Zimbabwe's
He described as flowery language comments earlier this week by Zimbabwe
Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi that President Mugabe was ready to
form a unity government with the opposition.
"Absolutely flowery language! Formation of a unity government under whose
leadership, Mugabe's? Big question mark! How legitimate he is. There was no
mention by the Zimbabwe foreign minister, who incidentally I think is
illegal at the moment as his function stopped on the 29th of March. But
nevertheless he did not say what kind of role Mugabe is prepared to cede to
Morgan Tsvangirai in such unity government. So let there be no optimism
unless there's clarity on that on what Mr. Tsvangirai's role will be,"
Reacting to the Sham el-Sheikh African Union summit recommendation for a
unity government in Zimbabwe, MDC leader Tsvangirai reportedly said he
wanted to see either United Nations or African Union observers at any future
Hanekom said it is important for the MDC to have faith in any South Africa
"What is a very important issue in the entire fiasco that is taking place at
the moment, to what degree will the MDC have faith in the South Africa
mediation without a representative of the African Union present as they have
clearly indicated after Sham el-Sheikh that they are prepared to continue
with Thabo Mbeki as the mediator but they do want another party present that
is not attached to South Africa at all but to the African Union. And that is
another key issue because the past has proven time and again that from the
mediator side certain things were said that later were proved not to have
been true," Hanekom said.
He said the fact that MDC secretary general Tendai Biti was given his
passport indicates that not all judges in Zimbabwe are politicized as the
police and military are politicized.