An obscure Cairo-based bank has advanced Mnangagwa the money to launch Zanu PF Mark II in its new PF incarnation as the pragmatic fascist party – rather on the lines of the Egyptian regime itself.
Having swept away Grace Mugabe and her 40 groupies, Mnangagwa seeks to present himself as the modern Mugabe. He certainly sees Zanu PF in the same way: the party is the state, generals are party stalwarts and the constitution is what he says it is.
Only two years ago Mnangagwa said that those who do not support Zanu PF deserve to die (see: https://iharare.com/i-wish-i-was-god-so-that-i-could-kill-tsvangirai-and-all-his-supporters-says-vp-mnangagwa/). ‘We will continue to rule this country despite their shouting about electoral reforms’, he declared. Unsurprisingly, Mnangagwa was speaking at the commissioning of a water treatment plant in Masvingo rehabilitated with donor funds.
Despite promises at Friday’s party congress of ‘credible, free and fair’ elections, Mnangagwa has hinted that the polls due about August, may in fact take place earlier – although there is no acceptable voters’ roll and none of the recognized provisions for credible elections are in place.
Presidential adviser Chris Mutsvangwa told the congress that the military would play a big role in the elections: ‘We will win resoundingly, better than the 1980 elections, and we will mobilise heavily working with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’, he said.
The $1.5 billion loan that Mugabe is getting – sorry, we meant Mnangagwa – has emboldened him to demand that the West scrap sanctions which, like Mugabe. he pretends are the main cause of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown. True to Zanu PF, he can only repeat what has worked in the past.
Mnangagwa says he wants new relations with the West and that he seeks Western investment. The Vigil thinks that it must be made clear to him that there can be no prospect of re-engagement until there are free, fair and internationally-monitored elections.
Zimbabweans may find an easing of the bank queues. This will be accompanied by talk of action against corruption. But the target of this will be the informal sector: the poor touts, vendors and squatters – the victims of the mafia bosses who compose the top level of the Zanu PF party who will now merrily loot $1.5 billion of Afreximbank’s money, deploying the army to keep the povos quiet.
And then the money will run out again . . . We trust there will be enough to continue paying Mugabe’s pension and expenses. The Vigil warned in our recent book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ what would happen if Mugabe went but Zanu PF remained in control: ‘They say the leopard never changes its spots. Our fear is that, with the departure of Mugabe, the people of Zimbabwe may again have the Zanu PF leopard foisted on them in some form or other. For the likely results be warned by these pages.’
- We have been thinking about how to get our book circulated to people outside the UK. As a temporary measure we have uploaded it to this link: https://we.tl/pk7k8954dY. It will only be available until the end of Wednesday 20/12/2017. Download the file in time so you can keep it to read at your leisure. Please send it to anyone you think might be interested.
- Thanks to those who came early to set up and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Racqueline Changunda, Jonathan Kariwo, Nyarai Masvosva, Alfredy Mukuvare, Margaret Munenge, Sipho Ndlovu, Hazvinei Saili and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks also to Margaret, Nyarai, Racqueline, Getrude Mudede and Heather Makawa for looking after the front table, to Alfredy, Jonathan, Sipho, Heather, Hazvinei, Chido Makawa, Pear Shambare, Patricia Nyamunda, Deborah Harry and Sally Mutseyami for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Racqueline for handing out flyers.
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EVENTS AND NOTICES:
- Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 6th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
- ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 20th January from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Contact: Daisy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
- The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
- The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
- Zimbabwe Action Forum meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
- Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
- Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2016 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/843-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2016. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2016 Highlights page.
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