Botswana not afraid to go it alone

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GABORONE – Alone among African countries, Botswana has rejected the results of the Zimbabwean elections. It’s a brave stand, bound to frustrate their neighbours, but not unexpected. Over the last few years, Botswana and its president have shown that they can think and act for themselves.

As African countries and institutions fell over themselves to whitewash the results of the Zimbabwean elections, there was a lone dissenter among all the official voices. In what’s becoming a regular occurrence, Botswana found itself out of step with its regional and continental allies — and unafraid to upset the applecart.

“There is no doubt that what has been revealed so far by our observers cannot be considered as an acceptable standard for free and fair elections in Sadc,” said Botswana’s ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. “The community, Sadc, should never create the undesirable precedent of permitting exceptions to its own rules.” The statement continued by calling for an independent audit of the Zimbabwe results, and for the inconsistencies in the report of Sadc’s own election observers to be discussed at the Sadc summit later this month.

As statements go, this one was undeniably brave and hugely embarrassing for South Africa and Sadc, who both have pronounced themselves satisfied with the poll. Both also play hugely significant roles in landlocked Botswana’s economy. But the statement was not inconsistent.

Over the last few years, Botswana has made something of a habit of doing its own thing in the foreign policy arena, shamelessly flouting the unwritten rule of African diplomacy that priorities consensus and a united front above all else.

A few examples: Despite his international arrest warrant, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been welcomed in many African capitals, even in countries that have signed the Rome Statute (meaning they are obligated under international law to arrest him). But he won’t be touching down in Gaborone any time soon. Botswana has repeatedly and vehemently asserted that they would happily detain Al-Bashir and hand him over to the International Criminal Court, defying pressure from the African Union to ignore the arrest warrant. “We have not surrendered the sovereignty of this country to the AU,” foreign minister Phandu Skelemani said pointedly in 2010.

President Ian Khama was also instrumental in getting Malawi to deny Al-Bashir entry to the planned AU summit in Lilongwe last year — a diplomatic headache that caused the whole thing to be moved to Addis Ababa. The Foreign minister caused another diplomatic incident, this time with Kenya, when he applied the same principle in March to the then-president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, who is already on trial at the ICC. “If he refuses to go (to The Hague), then we have a problem. That means that they do not know the rule of law. You can’t establish a court and refuse to go when it calls you. If he refuses, he won’t set foot here.” Skelemani later apologised for these comments, but only because they seemed to pre-judge Kenyatta’s actions; there’s no doubt that the Kenyan president won’t be welcome in Botswana if he backs out of the trial.

Botswana was also one of the first countries to break off relations with Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya in 2011, as it became apparent he was murdering protestors in cold blood. At the same time, a completely befuddled African Union was trying to get the international community to give Brother Leader a break. Incidentally, the headlines about Botswana’s action on Libya mirrored those reporting its response to the Zimbabwean election. “Botswana breaks ranks over Gaddafi”, reported AFP in 2011; “Botswana breaks ranks with other African countries, says Zimbabwe poll wasn’t free and fair”, reports AP in 2013.

Botswana, it seems, is not afraid to go it alone if and when it feels the circumstances demand. This bold foreign policy seems to be largely the brainchild of Botswana’s President Ian Khama, firstborn son of Sir Seretse Khama, the country’s liberation president. In his five years in office, Khama has overseen Botswana’s consolidation of its position as one of Africa’s best-governed countries, with impressive economic and development indicators (his record is much less impressive when it comes to treatment of Botswana’s San population). Not that he’s particularly consistent in applying his foreign policy ideals.

Critics in Botswana have taken him to task for failing to take any kind of action against other African leaders implicated in human rights violations, such as Swaziland’s King Mswati III or the late Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika. He is also criticised for failing to produce an outline of what Botswana’s foreign policy principles actually are.

“Botswana has no clear foreign policy,” said Bame Piet, a journalist with Mmegi/The Reporter, Botswana’s main newspaper, speaking to the Daily Maverick. “He’s very reluctant to come up with a clear position. It seems to be how he feels at that given point … Nobody knows what is going on in his head.”

Whatever’s going on in his head it’s not making him popular with his fellow African leaders. By refusing to run with the pack, Ian Khama cuts a lonely figure on the African diplomatic stage. Given the scarcity of other dissenting voices, let’s hope he keeps it up.

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    Qiniso 7 years ago

    Watch this Khama guy screaming and kicking when it comes to Batswana elections next year. Just like Zanu pf, BDP has won every election in Botswana since independence in 1966. Its one close society were people are not given a choice. Malema was right, we need to support opposition parties in Bots and wait and see how this dude Khama will be screaming about other countries interfering in internal Bots affair come voting time.

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      You so on point those cowards are being the voice of the Americans who have a air force base there
      Botswana must vostek
      Hip of stupid arrogant people they must start by protecting the rights of the bush man

      Or I will personally go a kick thar stupid fake president of Bots from father to son to uncle

      All they need is Malema.

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        Wayne Wigga 7 years ago

        This so sounds like Jonathan Moyo hiding behind a white name. I don’t understand that anyone against Mugabe is suddenly American, or homosexual, or colonial….. Many of us can actually think for ourselves and say what is on our minds you know.

        I don’t see you asking where Malema got his millions????

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          Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

          Im so black my name doesn’t have reflect the colour of my skin
          You need to reflect on the content have ever asked were did the white man get his money from and the right the slave black people
          If black people live a good life in Africa its a problem
          What has the truth got to do with where Malema got his money

          Have asked where did the whites get the farms from, its fine for a white man to have money but so wrong when a black has money .

          The saying a black man is always a suspect is so dam true.
          Wigga is that your name or just another British talk about gays leave them alone you about gays here you sleeping and abusing every women that walks and you say gay gay

          Wagga whats your real name I can send you my pic or Google me stupid dude shame a name defines your so from the past
          Are forgetting these same British came and raped our Grandmother’s
          Need I say more do I have have a name like your ugly one which sound like one toilet somewhere in American.

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        Suger 7 years ago

        Zimbabwe need first of all to get its **** together. There is killings and torture. Our voters roll was just amazing disorderly. Stop pointing fingers because the house of stones is not in order

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      Rudadiso 7 years ago

      Qiniso, Botswana has changed presidents numerous times and the ruling party does not steal elections. They are able to present accurate voter’s rolls for every election.

      The people of Botswana vote fot the same party because they see significant improvement in their lives where diamond proceeds benefit Tswanas.

      Mugabe has brought immense suffering and has the singular honour of presiding over the fastest shrinking economy for a country not at war.

      Medieval diseases that kill Zimbabweans are Mugabe’s legacy. Hunger, unemployment, corruption , genocide and election theft are the things he will be remembered for.

      Ask yourself how we were overtaken by Botswana, a country that was lagging behind us at independence. Mugabe cannot not point to a single infrastructural development in 33 years. The man is so corrupt that he refuses to pay ZESA bills seemingly oblivious of the fact that you need money to generate electricity.

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        Tendai Sangi 7 years ago

        “The man is so corrupt that he refuses to pay ZESA bills seemingly oblivious of the fact that you need money to generate electricity.”… – good one!

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        Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

        You are talking from a baseless and fact less have you ever been to Botswana go see

        Which observation team has even been to a Botswana election
        Botswana is backed by the Americans
        Come on who does not know that please I ask you ask
        When you born do you think Zimbabwe was like that when Mugabe took over do u know the strip roads I guess no even Kargamobe centre was not there the British were lying saying they are farming yet they were taking diamond’s out of Zimbabwe congratulations zanu PF

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          Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

          Being backed by the Americans is foreign policy choice each country makes, there is nothing wrong with that. The Gukuraundis are being backed by China – why are you not complaining about that?

          Gukurahundis have done nothing for the country. A country as minerally well endowed as Zim, has no modern Malls in its cities, except in Harare what kind of development is that?

          Just go to Gweru, Zim’s so-called third largest city – there is no Mall in that town. The city is still the same as it was as when Ian Smith built it. The same goes for many other places. The so-called growth points at independence are now worse off than they were then – now mere bushes and forests!!

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      baba ulishona no wonder you write like that you deep maturity when we come to politics botswana does not oppress its own people, the country had changed presidents since 1966.

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        Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

        Shona what is that I coloured I have deep Nebelele routes frow low Gweru shona
        Im Zimbabwean
        Don’t pull the tribal card thats why MDC lost
        These people divided Zimbabwe on grounds of tribes stupid fools
        Regroup 2018 is round the corner and don’t cry foul

        PM Morgan was sleeping around instead of did not do what he said he would do
        But guys that man is ugly yooh yooh yooh gusoho …no man he can’t be shona his definitely Nebelele, but the Nebelele’s I know are good looking and very pretty women that man is some kind of animal from the game park no man how did he get that stunning women from
        His ugly I cannot imagine him as the face of Zimbabwe sis man.

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      Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

      The BDP has no war vets; has never done any Gukurahundi, Murambatswina or election abductions; rapes and murders. The Botswan army is not made up of party aligned war vets. Every party has access to state funded media. The army has never threatened war on those without war credentials. The BDP has over the years simply won fair and square because of the Sir Seretse Khama legacy of peace and accommodation. Again Botswana is a very traditional society which respects African traditionalism and because of the position of the Khamas in the Chieftaincy, they have remained the popular choice. Its like the Gandhi family in India.

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        Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

        Aaah rubbish go there man and see how they will treat you
        You will take back all you said that country under the leadership of that yellow man is crap
        And have always been jealous of Zimbabwe
        Then why are there so many Kids from Botswana studying in Zimbabwe
        They have no army they Americans there

        Bots rubbish man they got independent way before any country in African an still run by yellow mans family its only now they have 5 robot’s I have there and gosts in the town yet the bush are crying his taking there land and put American air bases the tht fool must sut up man
        His Morgans number 2 wife

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          Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

          @Collin Mackenzie
          They treat you the way they treat you because some of you Zimbabweans especially from the east are incorrigible tribalists. You can not integrate with any other communities and prefer to impose your language on other communities. If you learn and speak their Setswana language, and respect their ways in their country, they have no problem with you. They may be having problems here and there, but for sure there is no dispute to the fact that the Botswana of 2013 is far more advanced and developed than the Botswana of the 1960s independence era. You can not say the same with Zimbabwe – which new city has Zimbabwe built since 1980?

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            Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

            Treat me like what I dated one man went to school with many very well exposed from Cape to Cairo
            Man Botswana was given to them on a silver plate
            30 years before Zimbabwe got independent.

            And it’s only now you say they building roads apart from that diamond building which othetbtall building do they have
            Can you compare Gabs with H- Town let alone Kwe kwe
            Come on dude what are smoking man
            Have ever seen a goat in Gweru CBD or mo mo .

            How can Zimbabwe grow when Mdc was stealing copper wire
            My dear friend I lived in Botswana from age the of 2 to the age of 9 an have visited I even dated someone from there and i can speak bro Tshwana my brother and many other’s 13 of them right to zulu,shona and Nebelele an 7 South African language’s

            What you say my brother may write them but speak daam I can

            Bye bye no more from me you all fake and brain washed on the site

            Vivia Zanu PF and long live Mugabe
            I love him and dont say it propaganda its from the heart and I mean and I will be the change I want to believe me

            Bye family

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    So what are you trying to say?? That Khama must agree with a bunch of idiots who side with a thief like Mugabe???

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      Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

      No, I am saying the BDP has always won elections freely and fairly over the years since independence, hence they feel morally well grounded to attack the Gukurahundis for continuously stealing elections. It does not matter that one party has ruled Botswana since independence as long the party has ruled legitimately. This is not the same with the Gukurahundis in Zim!!

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    Zvikaramba 7 years ago

    Botswana is changing presidents though the same part is still ruling since independence.

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    THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS CONCERNING ZIMBABWE NATION ELECTIONS… PROPHESY GIVEN ON THE 30TH JULY 2013.
    ZIMBABWE ELECTION PROPHESY EXPLAINED IN RED… PROPHESY GIVEN ON THE 30TH JULY 2013.
    GOD GIVES A WARNING CONCERNING ZIMBABWE’S FIRST FAMILY!… PROPHESY GIVEN ON 3RD OF AUGUST 2013.
    I SEE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE AROUND MUGABE PLANNING A POSSIBLE HANDOVER OF POWER… PROPHESY GIVEN ON THE 5TH AUGUST 2013.
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    by Prophet Maxillar Mumo

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    Khama must look at the disenfranchised in his country first. I think the number of voter turned away is +/- 25%. So look at your own shambolic stats before throwing stones. We all know that Khama and MT are close, that is where he went when Susan died. So i dont think we are getting unbiased rejection. Grow up and take your Knocks MT you lost!!!! Sit down let someonelse takeover and try.

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      Tendai Sangi 7 years ago

      MT lost! No ordinary Zimbos lost! His well off lives in a Villa in Harare. His fighting for ordinary Zimbos to be freed from Mugabe madness! Ps: will Mugabe be alive & President in 2015? I think not! And when he dies, the whole of Zim will celebrate from Zambezi to Limpopo like that Mid Night Magic tune of the mid nighties. Bob Out!!!!

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      These a man who knows his facts well said
      Khama must try his rubbish and trust me I will be the first to bit his head off
      His so weak that man he must shut up I know of many Botswana people who schooled in Zimbabwe that are not happy with that Khama

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    Well done happy and free Tswanas. Africans leaders like Jacob Zuma must be taught thatt some people think. South Africans just completed a training with american soldiers. Mugabe’ s murderers were trained by the americans too. CIA Israelis are reported to have assisted Mugabe rig the elections. Come on we are led American and CIA groups

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    Zambezi 7 years ago

    @Zvikaramba….. Yes, we have the same party, a party that has not stolen from the people, a party that puts healthcare, education, safety & security above self enrichment. We use our natural resources for the enrichment of the country, not just a select few. A party not afraid to call “a spade, a spade”. Our people can see that the opposition parties are the same as ZANUPF. We are not blinded by “African Loyalties”. We do what is best for our people, not what is best for our rulers. If you look at our history, apart from Sir Seretse Khama (RIP), all other presidents have relinquished power before the elections, to allow the VP to have a chance to show the people how he can run the country before the next elections. I for one, will be voting for the BDP & Ian Khama next year.

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    Zambezi 7 years ago

    @Collin Mackenzie, I would like to see you try. Ian Khama is a very fit, active president, he enjoys the outdoors and participates in sports. Unlike your 2 heroes (Mad Bob & ShowerHead Zuma). Mad Bob is ninety in the shade and Zuma, is just a bubbling idiot. Thabo Mbeki was even better than Zuma (which is not saying much). What you don’t realise, is that Ian Khama is concerned about his countryman, not his own pocket, unlike Mad Bob and ShowerHead Zuma. So, before you open your mouth and release a ton of hot gas (which incidently with most normal people would be release from the rear), think first. Or is that too hard for you, with that half a brain cell you have rattling round that empty vessel you call a skull………….?

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      soothsayer 7 years ago

      What you have articulated on your postings above is what people of zim.wants,unfortunately a lot don’t see it that way.Guess what,zim is going to break all records in the book economically,and soon to break yet another one of having the oldest president.Iam completely confused.

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      soothsayer 7 years ago

      The majority of Zimbabweans were hoping for what you have articulated on your postings Zambezi,but unfortunately some of us don’t see it that way.We broke all records in the book economically by having the highest inflation in the world. Everyone in Zim was a millionaire including children. We are yet to break another one of having the oldest president in Africa.I am completely confused and very sad

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    Ephraim Hove 7 years ago

    I fail to understand why these african leaders want Zimbabweans to suffer. I dont know why SADC, AU want ZimBOS to suffer, to start buying foodstuffs in SA and Bots and Moza. What do they gain from that. Plaese God ANSWER ME PLEaSe

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      Zambezi 7 years ago

      Becuase most of the African leaders fear that they will go the same way Mad Bob if they “sentence” him to be a loser then get tried for crimes against humanity – Gukurahundi, Murambatswina. Thats why. That old English saying “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your”. They are all just trying to protect each other. Botswana does not have that problem, that’s why we can change Presidents on a regular basis. Also, our Presidents can serve no more than 2 terms.

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    Ephraim Hove 7 years ago

    viva Botswana. Show them what democracy means. Rega vataure zvavanoda, Ameraica hee, Britain hee. Ko ivo vanokanganwa kuti China hee, Israel hee, Russia hee, US dollar hee, US Aid heee, British aid he, Australian aid hee. Saka ivo vanoda kuti Botswana iite zvavanoda ivo, ko ivo vanodii kuita zvinoita Botswana zviri transparent. VIVA KHAMA, VIVA MOTSWANA. At least Khama haana kana kuuraya one muBasarwa (bushman) Ko ZANO yakauraya ende iri kuuraya vangani maZIM (vakoma nehanzvadzi dzavo). Ndiudzei nhasi chete madzinga vakoma,hazvadzi, tete, muzukuru, baba, mai vangani pamba pavo nekuti vano suppota MDC. Ko Khama adzinga BaSarwa vangani pamba pavo.

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    Please I was I Botswana sometimes ago Ian khama must shame him self .why? because they have got mineral called diamond everyday is transported to his grandfather in America and Britain for his own benefit.let those Botswana ministers loyal to khama zip there mouth .because there own people are not happy,they are hunger of new political party.remember those diamonds are not helping Botswana people.remember if you hate president Gabriel Robert Mugabe don’t think that even us we hate him.you are wrong.we voted for him.and we are no longer interested in western countries.we shall stand with those African states which loves there soil we don’t need sellouts.and we don’t need Morgan tsvangirai he don’t have qualities to be the president of Zimbabwe.whether you like it or not we love president Robert Mugabe

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      I love you comment if don’t like our Mugabe we love him and deal with it

      And we have the right to chose our friends and Botswana , Britain and the Americans we chose them not to be our friends

      South Africa, Tanzania , ,Zambia Mozambique Angola Malawi Kenya Ghana Russia china Iran India the list goes on are our friends watch wait and see Zimbabwe in just six mouth
      People are afraid knowing that we will not need them
      I say to Botswana please act African khama must vostek okay

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        Nikita 6 years ago

        you say South Africa is your friend more than Botswana; with the current xenophobic attacks – how is that? and Zuma asked what are your people doing there, why are they not in Zimbabwe. it will be good to hear you now

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    Kondo 7 years ago

    Qiniso, you are displaying extreme ignorance on this page. The post of President in Botswana has changed hands so many times since 1966. Why do African Presidents want the same respect as that given to European Presidents/Prime Ministers when they themselves do not respect their own people the way European leaders respect their people?????

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    Morris 7 years ago

    Is it not a wonder that a country, that Mugabe runs very well and not at war, has millions and counting leaving the country? If Mugabe really is doing a very good job, why do his country men and women leave this well run country to poorly run countries like Botswana? Just asking!

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      Aaah Brain say it again very well said
      The problem we as Zimbabweans have been will our African brother’s talk down on us its time we give back
      They call us names and we keep quite those bush men must shut up okay the more they open their mouths I get very angry
      Khama created the mess we in by funding Morgan they wre have drinks an women together his body guards hate him need I say more that idiot Khama I will tell Malema to deal with him lol..

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    Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

    I like Ian Khama and Bostwana very much because of their independent thinking. I hate mob psychology. If all African countries were like Botswana, this continent would be way ahead in development. Development flows from contesting ideas, not tunnel visions.

    Botswana is the only country in Africa, in which there is a vast difference of economic progress between the Botswana of 1966 when the British ruled the territory and and the Botswana of 2013 when blacks had been in charge all these years.

    Whilst Francis Town was a village with thactched houses/buildings in the 1960s, today’s Francis Town is a modern city. Now compare the Salisbury of the 1970s and Harare of 2013? Bulawayo of the 1970s and Bulawayo of 2013? Gweru, Kwekwe, Umtali etc – what a disaster!!

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    Faith 7 years ago

    I believe that Zimbabwe can only benefit from Botswana’s stance on the outcome of July 31st. Setting itself apart from the AU and SADC is a bold and admirable move and a step towards more transparent systems of government.

    Therefore, I am quite surprised to read some of these comments unless they are coming from those who are apparently in agreement with a tyrannical state which totally negates the welfare of its people and intimidates them into a silent acceptance of disenfranchisement.

    Thank you Botswana and all those countries calling for free and fair elections in the true meaning of those words, and not the manipulation of those words to suit personal agendas.

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    creasley s ndlovu 7 years ago

    Well to start with, here in Zimbabwe we got a bunch of uneducated fanatics who have benefitted immensely from the patronage system keeping the ZANU PF legacy alive, the ruling elite use and manipulate this descrepancy over and over. Sesidiniwe thina we’ll jus watch until the kingdom of GOD comes with our LORD JESUS . They will do anything to preserve the life of the goose that lays the golden egg even at the expense of their kith and kin. Don’t expect any uprising from Zimbos. Our security sector are a well oiled mahine versus timid people. So guys give God His place. We’re not free to say what we want done. All we have to do is toe the line. We have a long walk towards political and economic emancipation.

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    Guvnor 7 years ago

    Viva Botswana for calling a spade a spade. A multitude of African nations ganging up in support of incorrect notions will never deliver the required outcomes needed for prosperity.

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    @mackenzie……….get out of fourways and go be to the midlands gweru…kapenzi

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      Im there in Midlands Gweru the city of progress I will even go and take a farm im going to mayor and clean the MDC dirt out an make a world class city
      The time is now and u so right I should get out they are so many racist Rodies here

      I love Gweru an get of an make an excit plan yeah im mad coz I love believe in Zimbabwe …Tiki

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      Rock come clean my brother
      Did you vote I guess no but you talk talk rubbish

      I love you to take look self and ask self silly Rock what do u have leaving Zimbabwe to come live in a shake shame
      Stop hiding behind an fake name Rock ..keeeeekeee
      Kapenzi d mama waku girl ya Morgan

      That fool he mislead us in 2008 and I regret
      Hope Rock u will get to know an understand MDC u will hate yourself

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      Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

      Phunyu Phunyu

      I think you are so lost my man, I lived in Bots come on dude,
      Speak,eat,drink and smoke their pipe they don’t care
      Im not from the east and do know the east of Zimbabwe my brother those people are very wise and humble
      Which Nebelele can speak Shona

      Tell me and how many shona’s speak Nebelele and work in Byo and how many Nebelele’s are in H-Town

      Now that Morgan has withdrawn what do you think? its not about tribalism its about stunning Zimbabwe let us not be mislead by people calling for change yet they do not have the back borne to go all the way,first it was the run offs he pulled out and now the court case of rigging he pulls out Morgan thinks his making love
      “In out in out” rubbish ugly looking man he rather just waste his time doing a facial that do is very ugly man even his heart his a sell out even before when he was a tea boy and our father’s were at war his there for his own gain and miss leads poor and real Zimbabweans like you who want to see a good and lovely Zimbabwe for all those who live in it.
      Look today we are being bringing in tribalism you of Mugabe killing and blood did you Mugabe kill anyone??? Did ever see Mugabe carry a gun or dressed in military uniform.

      Killings what killings Zimbabwe is not Egypt man or even Iraq even Libya was so safe before the Americans an the British got involved look at the countries they gone to, they all a mess an worse off

      The people from the South of Zimbabwe cry foul and forget that their brother’s were killing people an burning people stoping every Zupco bus taking cash more bads things the dissidents did even killed white farmers what about the Nebelele and shona up rising they killed shona’s took their cattle killed their men an took all the light skinned women.
      But all that said Zimbabweans put that aside oh i mean the shona’s and moved on so i plead to you all lets not go back there again the route Mdc wants to take Zimbabwe to the gates of hell divide and rule by race and tribalism
      Lets talk reconciliation I agree its depressing to see Zimbabwe in the state that it is today, why should elections divide Zimbabweans and the whole country,just to try and show off power and the relationship one has with west sanctions killing the man on the ground to prove a point how
      Many times have the Americans gone to the poles and even voted in a kenyain to leader them and have been any observers at any of thier elections this Obama chap thinks his in a movie and his the main actor and will not die.

      Shame the lord is our shepherd and he shall lead Zimbabweans the fool has withdrawn his court case, who on earth will take him seriously we need real leadership not Morgan he must now go home and rest that what he said about President Mugabe and look who is going home to rest and has the last laugh
      Zanu PF Fosho
      I love zanu PF born in Zanu PF and will die in Zanu PF
      May peace be the journey off all all Zimbabweans and lets see what next five years have to offer without any external force and to MDC T I extend my hand out to you all lets build Zimbabwe together and the British you most welcome but 51% baba.

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    mujibha 7 years ago

    khama, you are a hero of africa, all those idiots from zanu pf, can say whatever they want but its not going to change the truth you said. This election was stolen, and its not there first time still i remmember in 1980, i was under age to vote, but i did vote bcoz one of the zanus gave me a cap with muzo’s logo. What i want to say to my fellow zimbabweans is plan has failed now we need plan b. Mwari anobatsira anozvibatsira

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    jambanaye 7 years ago

    Cowards.

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    I don’t think that is the correct way of solving zimbabwe crisis. 1, Mugabe wins election. 2, there is no free and fair elections since 1980 up to now. One who was suppose to be the leader of zimbabwe is not the one who is the leader now. 3 Tsvangirai is not serious and if he knows [mutemo] he must step down this year and give others chance. 4 mdc can allow even some of yemitemo isingadiwi naMwari. For example allowing a man to marry another man. How can God give them power to rule if there are against him. You don’t give your child freedom to do what he wants becoz of democracy which comes from western countries. Mashona anorarama pachishona not in british culture or american. We need change but not that type of Tsvangira’s change. Let us find another leader or wait for Kobo Democratic Party to be hosted. [KDP] thank very much.