Kudos to Beatrice for her courage! – MuckRaker

via Kudos to Beatrice for her courage! – The Zimbabwe Independent March 14, 2014 by MuckRaker

Our congratulations to human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who has been awarded the 2014 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony at the State Department in Washington DC presided over by Michelle Obama last week.

Mtetwa has frequently performed her duty in standing up to bullying and aggression in recent years while those responsible have still not been brought to account.

We need more people like Beatrice in this country. Haters and bullies are always cowards.

Catch ’em young
Distribution company Blackwood & Hodges sets aside a day every year to help children’s homes with their daily chores.

This year the company came to the assistance of Shungu DzeVana Children’s Home in Hatfield. The team spent the whole day last Thursday cleaning the dormitories as well as doing laundry and other chores, according to the Daily News.

While this is a noble exercise, Muckraker wonders how it could be enhanced by showing the children, many of them orphans, how to keep their premises spick and span. We noticed the number of pre-schools recently in Milton Park, for instance, that have litter lying in the vicinity that goes uncollected over many months. The children don’t seem to be taught the values of a clean environment. This is a sign of national decay.

Politics of patronage

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, while seen by many as a blustery dictator, can nevertheless hit the right targets when he needs to, according to the New York Times, in an article carried by the Sunday Times.

Conceding in a lengthy interview that the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych regime in the Ukraine was ousted because of rampant corruption, he volunteered the following: “Why are Ukrainians demanding radical change? Because they have grown used to seeing one set of thieves replaced by another.”

Then there are the politics of patronage.

According to a series of well-documented reports published by opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Putin has at his disposal 20 villas and homes, four yachts and a palace on the Black Sea that would have aroused the envy of Louis XIV.

Interesting interview

We enjoyed this extract from an interview between the South African communications minister Yunus Carrim and Chris Barron of the Sunday Times:

“Does it not concern you that the person in charge of an organisation with a R4,7 billion turnover (the SABC) doesn’t have matric?”

The minister’s reply: “That was an interim decision taken by a previous board.”

“But, does it not concern you?”
“It is the board that takes ultimate responsibility for the SABC.
“I have to act within the law.
“There’s a long history of ministerial interference in state-owned enterprises including the SABC.”
“Don’t you have a responsibility to act when the board is wasting taxpayers’ money?”

“Yes, obviously but right now that board is processing a report (the public protector’s report to the chief state law advisor on what it is appropriate for a minister to do legally).”
“Have you wondered why the former chairman altered the requirements to accommodate him?”

“I don’t know the answer.”
“Because someone politically-powerful wanted him in that position?”
“I’ve told you I don’t know. I hear these things, but as a politician, I’ve heard many things. Exactly, what is correct and what isn’t is difficult to tell in these challenging circumstances.”

Compare that with Tazzen Mandizvidza’s interview with President Mugabe.

Sick of infighting

‘A pox on both your houses.”
Shakespeare’s memorable line in Romeo and Juliet has a present-day application. Muckraker is sick of the internecine warfare going on in the MDC-T. The opposition parties have a duty to offer the nation an alternative agenda and better performance than the ruling elite.

They are not doing that. Instead they are passionate about fighting each other. It is not only irresponsible, it is unedifying as well. We have not heard what passes for a single policy over the past few weeks. So, as the country tips into the abyss, there is no party to rescue us beyond the hopelessly dysfunctional MDC-T which is interested only in its internal strife.

Morgan Tsvangirai, Elton Mangoma and Tendai Biti, in God’s name, abandon the politics of ambition and serve the nation. Tsvangirai must not preside over yet another MDC split. Never again will you be asked to face a challenge such as this. Don’t blow it.

Concrete mountains

Muckraker needs to draw to the Harare mayor’s attention the incredibly dangerous concrete islands dotted around the city’s roads. The most dangerous of these is the one where the hanging tree used to be in the middle of Josiah Tongogara Ave near fourth.
Any driver who is not familiar with the city is likely to hit this pile of concrete and the consequences are immense. This is a major hazard which the city fathers seem oblivious to. They should fix it before there is a serious accident here.
Is this asking for too much?

Sad loss

Perhaps we should mention in passing the recent loss of an air force officer who, judging by an Air Force of Zimbabwe statement, had been the beneficiary of huge investments in training.

So in addition to the personal loss to the family which is sad enough, is the loss to the country. He was killed at 4am while driving along the Airport Road. The lesson should be obvious. Driving at night on these bad roads is dangerous. Another sign of national rot.



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    apolitical 8 years ago

    Its amazing that Mtewa manages to get an award with propaganda – illustrates the need to check on people, difficult in Zimbabwe.
    The legal practitioners act 1981 states that lawyers should promote the law – set the example.
    That means you respect the law and law enforcement officers – if you have something to say say it in court, don’t demonstrate as then you are an activist and no longer a lawyer.
    A lawyer should be able to take any complaint to the highest court, if yoy cant do that don’t pretend you are a lawyer call yourself an activist.
    What we have here is an alien = a Swazi woman who critises our law which on her residents permit she is meant to uphold.
    Do not waste public funds on her simply PI her we don’t need her kind in Zimbabwe, we want people who promote the law and peace, not someone who has a personal agenda to enrich herself and look great with awards.

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      Reverend 8 years ago

      apolitical…I do believe you are afraid of Beatrice and jealous of her!! But of course we did not expect anything decent from you, while you support that Luney Toones half dead president of yours and your corrupt murdering stealing raping pals.We know your type..sick, very sick.

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        Fallenz 8 years ago

        I swear, it’s difficult to read Apolitical’s posts without snickering… he can’t possibly believe half of what he writes, and the other half is pure insanity. I think his only fear are those nice young men in the long white coats… he wandered away again and they’re looking for him…….

        Ms Mtetwa deserves the honor. She earned it. Others should follow.

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      easily fooled 8 years ago

      And the lawyer being a messenger should be arrested for representing an enemy of the state, is it? If lawyers are arrested willy nilly the the profession is for the brave, indeed, women being weak cant be lawyer except if they have a label “woman of courage”.

      Congratulations Bee. The daft Zpf always presents itself in the limelight. In my mind, this could be what Michelle Obama said on presenting the award:

      “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to give this special award to Beatrice Mutetwa, the the courage of standing the Dictator, Robert Mugabe, by representing and fight for democracy……thereby enduring 180 days of inhuman torture, harrasment, ………but she emerged a victor, according we declare he A Woman of Courage for fighting dictatorship…..”

      In so doing listeners and readers were reminded of Gukurahundi, murambatsvina, elction 2002, 2008 and rigged election 2013. Automatically, travel restrictions on the dictator and his leftienants were refreshed

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      Senzachena 8 years ago

      Apolitical you are either a fool. brain dead or a member of the CIO. Wake up idiot your time is fast approaching

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    Reverend 8 years ago

    Beatrice Mtetwa we salute you! You have stood for what is right and you have faced the evil of this pathetic administation straight on and they have had to back off! I admire your tenacity and your brevity in the grand stand you have taken and we and the world are behind you and with your type of courage we will remove these whiney foolish bullies from Zimbabwe for ever.
    May the Lord strengthen and watch over you every minute of every day. Bless you Sister.

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    Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

    Mtetwa and Hoza , I salute you. This is people I would call for in the GRAND COALITION.
    Come on Strive ,Come on Nkosana, Come on Gugu Moyo.

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    Zimbali 8 years ago

    apolitical. Oh! Beatrice should be PI’d ‘cos she is a Swazi? Most worldwise people living in the 21st century believe we are living in a global community. By your definition, so should the president be PI’d. Wasn’t his father a Malawian?

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    suziq 8 years ago

    Mugabe says he is fit as a fiddle did any of you see the interview he had, he was talking so slow..we in the states was laughing so hard…someone should tell him he is an embarrsement to the world…

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    Aaron Dzingira 8 years ago

    Lawyers who have continuous brushes with the law, who are honoured by enemies of their country, and never honoured at home or in the non imperialist world? Whose interests do they represent? Any one’s guess. Truth always leaves to triumph in time. Beatrice is an American hero, not African, and not Zimbabwean. You who sing praises of her, its not surprising. You belong together, so go ahead, but I hope you will all live long enough to see where history will leave western purpetry.