Mugabe dynasty takes shape

via Mugabe dynasty takes shape | The Zimbabwean 05 August 2014 by Jera

On the morning of Sunday 3 August 2014, Zimbabweans must have thought they had been kidnapped in their sleep before being dumped in North Korea. The Standard carried an article with the heading ‘Youths Push For Robert Mugabe Jnr.’

A week earlier, the country had woken up to the news that Grace Mugabe’s name had been ‘put forward’ for consideration for the position of Women’s League chairperson. There was a stampede by senior Zanu (PF) officials to endorse Grace who reacted with fake modesty – talking about she would have to ‘consult’ before accepting the position.

Leader of the war veterans association, Jabulani Sibanda, did his bit to hype Grace ahead of the Women’s League congress. Sibanda likened Grace – the former mistress, home-wrecker, Mazowe land grabber and ‘don’t take photo’ screamer – to a nun, not just any garden variety nun but Mother Teresa herself. Grace has been 1st lady for 17 years. One wonders why the likes of Sibanda waited until now to pontificate about holy mother.

It seems that Mugabe not only intends to rule until he is embalmed but beyond that he plans to create some sort of chieftaincy, where members of his family take turns to have Zimbabwe as their personal property. When a gold-plated throne was presented to Mugabe on his 90th birthday, it seemed an excessive gesture but now perhaps the intentions are clear.

Mugabe has spoken lately of the founding principles of Nkrumah and other leading African emancipators. What he conveniently fails to see is that he has completely betrayed the core principles of the liberation struggle, which are democracy and fairness. In 1975, if the Zipra and Zanla combatants had told the mothers and sisters who cooked for them that they were fighting to ensure that they could rule forever, they most likely would not have served them even one morsel of sadza.

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    A monarchy is in the offing, not in Zimbabwe as your article wants us to believe, but in neighbouring Botswana.Apart from Seretse Khama Ian Khama being in the Botswana parliament, there is also Tshekedi Khama, Vincent Seretse and a host of other Khamas and Seretses in the background.What’s your take on this Mr Editor?.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    actually this dynasty rubbish is always part of african politics that is why the ordinary people on the continent suffer because others are always claiming to be more superior than others not only Botswana look at Swaziland where the ordinary people are suffering and all the king’s wives (he takes a wife every year)are abusing their positions taking the kings private jet shopping and dropping in Dubai like Disgrace and others . this Gaddafi man also did the same you should have seen the picture of his plane it would have made one sick to see how he lied and he lived lavishly

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    Petal 7 years ago

    and the same goes for this idiot son of the late korean leader his father made the people suffer and he drank and womanised and did what he should not have done as a leader

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    Petal 7 years ago

    the same happened to that Chinese leader Mao and his wife he made everyone wear grey clothing and chanted all the communist slogans and behind closed doors he was living like the Emperor of China

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    Wake up Zimbabwe! Instead of only making scathing comments we should be standing together as a nation and saying zvakwana! What the hang are the opposition doing besides turning on one another? It appears to me the opposition get up late in the morning, go to bed early and spend the mid-hours stalking each other. WAke up Zimbabwe. This is a truly panic stricken party and a cornered animal is capable of anything.

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    To be honest with you people; this dynasty thing will sure come to pass. We all know the gukurahundi party has no democracy tradition within and without it. The military and the CIO will ensure this happens and there is nothing Zims will do; you wait and see.

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      SS There will be no dynasty. You have been vocal trying to put your points forward. I have faith. The end game is nigh. Just sit back and watch.

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    Peteal 7 years ago

    perhaps the heading should read “Gucci Dynasty takes Shape”

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    Dynasties equals rubbish evil govts . We have the notorious equatorial guinea. North Korea. Angola. Cuba. Belarus. Venezuela. DRC. Syria to name a few.

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    Comrade zindman you have zpf planted pumpkin seeds in u bonehead skull. Botswana is a shining beacon of democratic elected and prosperity. Grace bona robber junior chatunga would never ever ever win any free open election. Even zpf knows that

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    mark longhurst 7 years ago

    no problem bobs son is gay-let him take up a position…….lol

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    Albert Zinwamhanga 7 years ago

    Political heavyweights from the women’s league of Zanu pf from all of the country’s provinces urged the First Lady, Mai Grace Mugabe to take the leadership of the women’s league. These are real Zimbabweans doing their own thing, doing what they want without asking for permission from any foreigners. Surprise, surprise, foreigners who should not have anything to do with Zimbabwe, let alone its politics are up in arms!!!!! They can go aheard and write the most vile comments, some of which should not be published by any self respecting publisher, but because the vile language used by these people of vile birth is used against Mugabe, publishing it will suite the publishers very well since they have a known bone to chew against our President. Zimbabweans are truely liberated and will do what they wish in their country no matter what foreigners say.

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    Albert – is that a Shona name by the way? – save your ZANU rubbish for The Herald. People here will only laugh at your backwardness.

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      Albert Zinwamhanga 7 years ago

      John Thomas, is that a Shona, Ndebele,Tonga, Ndau, Zezuru, Manyika or even a Zimbabwean name by the way? So why are you concerned about who should rule Zimbabwe? Get lost and crawl back to the little stone from where you crawled under – in Europe or wherever you come from. Please save us the rubbish that Zimbabwe is a country for everyone. We have heard that before, and all it does to those of us who are true sons of the soil is make us vomit!!!

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        Straight Shooter 7 years ago

        Albert
        There is no such a thing as a Zimbabwean name. What is Zimbabwe, apart from it being a recent name driven by black nationalism of recent?

        That country and its borders was founded and created by Cecil John Rhodes, not your so-called Zimbabweans. That is the bitter pill, that you have to swallow; whether you like it or not.

        You have no right on this planet to tell anyone to go back to wherever, just because you dont like the opinions they hold.

        What then should happen to the blacks, including Zimbabweans who are now citizens in Western countries? Grow up; stupid fool!

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        So what happened to the farming Murimi WANHASI nee Albert?

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      Straight Shooter 7 years ago

      John Thomas
      Grow up. Names that are used in the western world have become universal; they are not necessarily English either, in their origins.

      The name “John” itself is not even English, its a Biblical name and the Bible is neither English nor of Western origin. The Bible and Christainity belong to the Middle East and Africa.

      These are the places the Bible refers to at length in many of its Chapters and verses. There is no America, Canada or Europe in the Bible.

      Westerners are renowned for stealing ideas from others and making them theirs – this not new by the way; we have always known this!

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        Albert Zinwamhanga 7 years ago

        Straight Shooter, I take my hat off to you. Your comments both to me and to Mr. Thomas are factual and impartial, and display a sense of maturity. You are wrong about thinking that I am a fool. You are correct, though to call John Thomas a fool. Mr. Thomas and the rest of his minions are poor today because they called for saanctions. They thought that sanctions would hurt Mugabe and that through those sanctions, they would get back the land. Little did they know tht the sanctions would not discriminate. Right now they are calling for war in Zimbabwe daily. They think that the war would only be a black on black violence. What Mr. Thomas and the rest of his foolish barbarians do not know is that whatever war would break out in Zimbabwe would affect them first. You see, Straight Shooter, Mr. Thomas is indeed a personified fool. I was wondering if you could Shoot Straight at Britain and America!!!!

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          Reverend 7 years ago

          Albert Zinwamhanga, it stunns me that a person who has a command of the English language and showing some itelectual intellegence can have such a warped view of the truth about the total downfall of our beloved country and that you are prepared to overlook the evil of this mugabe regime and the dispair and opression that people live in under this crushing corrupt government and you hail the queen of corruption making it sound like she got the countries vote. I see that you also are no doubt winning from the cesspool of corruption…Sadly.

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          @Albert Zinwamhanga the Problems besetting Zimbabwe are caused by poor governance. You can go on about John Thomas’s “minions” as you call them but those minions you talk about did not cause the economy to crash. We all know what did. John Thomas has been on this website for along time. He sometimes gets it wrong and mostly gets it right. But then so do I and all those P.O.V.O PEOPLE OF VARIOUS OPINIONS who have an opinion.A lot of us have exorcised our demons. Maybe you should examine yourself lest you be left behind. Your support of the Mugabe family is your prerogative and I have to accept and respect that. What I will never respect is racism no matter what quarter it comes from. Tribalists as well I have contempt for. This is 2014 and there is need for people to argue their cases with out being obnoxious.If you want to argue for President Mugabe put your case forward and we will hear it. I don’t think this forum would block it. But if yours is to trade insults with those that you do not like because of their colour, then you become irrelevant.

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            Albert Zinwamhanga 7 years ago

            Doctor do Little, your name would automatically be elevated to “Doctor Do More” if only you could remove your head from the sand and tell the truth that our economy was ruined by sanctions. From 1980 to just about the year 2000 when the ruinous sanctions took effect, our economy was doing well and compared favourably with other developing-countries economies. I dare the Americans to remove their diabolic sanctions today and immediately we would begin to see our country doing well. Only yesterday President Obama admitted that sanctions were hurting our economy and yet the brain – challenged rascals like you go on about mismanagement etc!!! Is it a coincidence that the so called economic mismanagement began just when the sanctions took effect? I hate such public barnalisation of ignorance and blatant mischief churned daily by deceivers like Doctor do little. Even this rubbish about compensating the so called white farmers, what about the black people whose land was snatched from them by the butchering same white farmers, who is going to compensate them? Why is it that no one talks about their human rights which were violated during the land grab by white farmers? As for the Reverend, I hope that my response to his masquarades will not be mistaken for dignifying them.

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              Albert Zinwamhanga if my head is in the sand then yours is under two Tons of rocks. You come across as a propagandist who will not tell the truth as he sees it. Of course the refusal of the Western countries to engage Mugabe and Zanu pf had an effect on the economy. Why wouldn’t it since Zanu was borrowing left right and centre after the DRC situation left the country broke. You don’t seem to want to mention the theft and corruption of Zanu Cadres which was not by the way discovered by me but by Zanu itself. A rascal I am not. You on the other hand are either blind or you are feeding on the spoils of corruption. Either way the butchering farmers you refer to did not do as much as the Butchering Zanu pf done to my tribe.

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                Lest we forget who the Butchers are.

                In 1980, a few short months after Independence Day, Robert Mugabe signed an agreement with the North Korean President Kim Il Sung to have the North Korean military train a brigade for the Zimbabwean army. Training of the 5th Brigade lasted until September 1982. The objective of the 5th Brigade was to crush the people of Matabeleland, force them to submit to Mugabe’s Zanu PF and relinquish their loyalty to Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu).

                The infamous red-bereted 5 Brigade were soldiers equipped with unusually cruel skills. We learn through the ‘Breaking the Silence’ report that the methods used to address “reorientation”, “change”, “unfounded grievances” – methods designed to teach a community to “accept defeat” – included civilian murders, civilian rapes, civilian torture and the destruction of civilian property.

                The report describes in detail some of the techniques used, and it’s important to understand that all the techniques were calculated to maximise terror, pain, grief and humiliation. The soldiers, under Mugabe’s instruction, set out to injure and mutilate human beings, to kill them, but to do so in such evil cruel ways that the scars would be indelibly etched in memories for generations to come.

                Mugabe intended to leave this civilian population with fear for the rest of their lives, for the horror to be so great that they would pass the fear down to subsequent generations. This is how he believed he would manage discontent in the region, and hold onto power indefinitely.

                When the soldiers were first deployed in Matabeleland, the shock was significant and the impact immediately felt:

                “Five Brigade passed first through Tsholotsho, spreading out rapidly through Lupane and Nkayi, and their impact on all these communal areas was shocking. Within the space of six weeks more than 2000 civilians had died, hundreds of homesteads had been burnt and thousands of civilians had been beaten. Most of the dead were killed in public executions involving between one and 12 people at a time.”

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                  The GBU Thank you.

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                  Zwelibanzi Mazibuko 7 years ago

                  I will try and answer the Gestapo in the name of Doctor do little, the GBU, Dube Straight Shooter and the rest of the colonisers’ appologists who ganged against me on this platform.

                  It is not true that there were true sanctions against Rhodesia, whether UN or bilateral. during the Murderous Smith Regime. UDI was a British ploy to hold on to our beloved country and not some Ian Smith inspired rebellion against the British. Ian Smith would not have lasted a month if the British truely wanted to end his rule. Instead, British companies found brisk business in the country whilst other countries thought they were on the same leaf with the British. The British helped Rhodesia in its sanctions busting and supported every economic development in the country. Today, our small country is being ganged against by the might of the whole United States of America, the whole of Europe and that country of Convict Ancestry – Australia. The scorn is simply based on the fact that Zimbabweans have reclaimed their land and natural resources. If the same sanctions were to be imposed on any other African country, I bet that country would not survve for six months but Zimbabwe has defeated the decades old sanctions.

                  How many hundreds of thousands of our people were killed during the colonisation of our country by the butchers from Europe? How many millions of Africans were killed by the Butchers from Europe during the mass colonisation of the African continent and Slavery? You scoundrels have the nurve to quote your own propaganda about the so called deaths in Matebeleland? And Dube and Doctor do little, you have the baldness to suggest that people were killed in Matebelelande simply because of racism? How many Shonas were murdered by the Ndebeles during the Ndebele raids? I would say two million. What fraction of two million is 20 000, assuming we were stupid enough to believe your propaganda?

                  How many people did Ian Smith murder in Zimbabwe whilst trying to defend Rhodesia? I would say five hundred thousand, including the more than fifty thousand he killed in cross border raids in Mozambique, Zambia and other neighbouring countries. The nephews and decendants of Ian Smith have the audacity to call us butchers on trumped up figures??? How many of our people have died as a result of sanctions? I would say five Million. The population of Zimbabwe has remained stagnant at 13 million for more than twenty years despite the highest birth rate in Africa. Europeans are killers. They kill in Iraq, Lybia, Afganistan, Syria and now they are applying sanctions on Russia. I urge Presdent Putin to nuke Europe. European inbreads, incestuous mentally defectives are bothering us in our peaceful country. The day they will leave us and go back where they came from and take their murderers with them is the day we will be truely free, free at last, free at last, and we will be able to thank God All Mighty that we are free at last!!!!!!!!!

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                    Reverend 7 years ago

                    Oh my goodness you are really really a total ignoramous!!! Wow!! I have never heard such dribble!!

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                    As I said you are now irrelevant. You dare infer that you were right to kill the Ndebele people because of what Ian Smith is supposed to have done?Also revenge for what happened during Lobengula’s time? My word Straight Shooter was right. Now we know we have a snake in our midst.A big Ghukurahundi Snake.

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                      That right there is the many faces of Murime Whanasi…THE CIO.

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                      Albert Zinwamhanga 7 years ago

                      Doctor do little and all those who have reacted angrily to Mazibuko’s comment, the essence of what you all say is that those killed by Europeans, Ian Smith and colonisers belong to the dustbin of history and should not bother anyone. Even the so called Gukurahundi Matebeleland murders did not count for much until Mugabe started the land reform policy. That is when we began to see the trumpeting of the issue. No problem about the human rights abuses in Soudi Arabia and other undemocratic countries in the Middle East as long as the oil continues to flow to the United States and Europe at give away prices. We are aware that the villification of our current government has nothing to do with the so called human rights issues but has everything to do with our indiginisation and economic empowerment and land reform policies.
                      Doctor do little, John Thomas and the rest of their lame minded friends, do you or do you not subscribe to the notion that black people from whom land was stollen by white farmers deserve compensation? Do you hold or oppose the view that we should bring to justice, the white farmers who participated in genocidal murders of more than five hundred thousand Zimbabweans as they fought in defence of Rhodesia in the Rhodesian army and indeed for the murders they committed on their individual farms? Do you support the African’s right to reclaim the land stollen from him in 1890? Smith had half the white population in Zimbabwe wiped out during the liberation struggle and left almost all white ladies widowed but non of the remaining white fulls ever called for the trial of Ian Smith until he died. The same people are menessing us for taking our landd, for restoring the African’s dignity – why? The simple reason is that those stupid Rhodesans want to see the restoration, not of our dignity, but their selfish injustice and privilege. Shout on, no one listens. I personally am a happy avenger of my forefathers for I am proudly occupying the land from which my ancestors were forcibly removed in 1919 to make way for the white murderers who had just returned from serving in the British army during First World war, with blood drooping from their trousers and beard. The sanctions are good in a way for they have helped turn most Zimbabweans who a while ago were brain-tuned to believe that only the white man can own factories and industries, to become entrepreneurs in ther own right. Go to the tobacco auction floors and see that all those selling millions and mllons of dollars of tobacco are blacks whereas only 10 years ago only white farmers used to sell tobacco. A revolution has taken place in our country and those trying to resist its advancement will, just like the stupid Rhodesians, be swept aside and those who fail to make way will be crushed like small ants.

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                    Don’t explain the Ndebele issue. Explain the corruption perpetrated by your masters from the 80’s to now as in the reports above. Tell us that this did not have a negative impact. All I am happy about is the seething anger you are now displaying. Oh wouldn’t you like to get your hands on me in that CABS building. But I sit right under your nose and there is nothing you can do about it…Nothing.

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                    What propaganda are you talking about/ Mugabe HIMSELF HAD A SLIP OF THE TONGUE AND CALLED IT A TIME OF MADNESS.

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                    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

                    @Zwelibanzi Mazibuko aka Gukurahundi

                    Abusing a Mthwakazi name will not add any value to your intellectually bankrupt arguments. All I can say about your contribution above is: FULL OF SOUND & FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING.

                    UN sanctions are global; whilst bilateral sanctions are not – this is a fact. China is the second biggest economy in the world and it has no sanctions on Zim; what then is the problem? It does not matter that there was sanctions busting. The effect of “sanctions busting” is exactly the same as the fact that Zim today trades with just about every country in the world; so this largely equalises the playing fields – Rhodesia vs Zim; so why is Zim in ruins compared to Rhodesia?

                    Zimbabwe has never been banned from importing oil (the main driver of economic activity in any nation); whilst Rhodesia was, but Zimbabweans ended up buying fuel for their vehicles in Botswana and South Africa; carrying drums and drums as private citizens – something that never happened in the hey days of oil sanctions in Rhodesia in the 1970s – how do you explain this? Yes, we had fuel shortages, hence the then Rhodesian government slogan: “Don’t drive Rhodesia dry” – but we never as individual citizens had to import drums of our own as has been happening in this gukurahundi Zimbabwe of yours.

                    Check the following “top 5” stratified data – this proves Zim is trading with every country, including the western countries you are always insulting:

                    “Top 5 Products exported by Zimbabwe Diamonds (18%), Gold (18%), Raw Tobacco (13%), Nickel Mattes (9.9%), and Ferroalloys (7.3%)

                    Top 5 Products imported by Zimbabwe Refined Petroleum (17%), Cars (7.2%), Delivery Trucks (5.4%), Corn (3.4%), and Raw Tobacco (2.2%)

                    Top 5 Export destinations of Zimbabwe South Africa (41%), United Arab Emirates (14%), China (10%), Mozambique (6.7%), and Italy (3.2%)

                    Top 5 Import origins of Zimbabwe South Africa (42%), United Kingdom (15%), United States (7.6%), Zambia (6.4%), and China (5.7%)

                    Zimbabwe is ranked 101 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of -0.618508 “

                    Source: Observatory Economic Complexity

                    Nelson Mandela warned, as the then SADC chair of the impending disaster that was about to befall Zim when Mugabe ignored him and sent troops to the DRC. This was even before the madness of the land invasions.

                    You have to accept that Zim’s problems are essentially self-imposed and are not entirely caused by sanctions; they have been caused by farm grabs/land invasions that destroyed the Agro/Agricultural sector – Zimbabwe’s then economic mainstay. You destroy farms you must understand that the downstream and upstream linkages are automatically destroyed. Hence all the seed manufacturing industries suffered. The Banking industry suffered as they could not recover their loans, and so on and so forth. Furthermore other causes were mismanagement; corruption; the DRC war; War Veterans demands; Fiscal indiscipline on the part of government; violence that destroyed property and infrastructure; racism and tribalism.

                    How do you expect a country to be able to beat sanctions and succeed when the government itself cannot live within its own means? Ian Smith drove himself to work; Robert Mugabe is followed by a motorcade of a legion of hangers on; what do you expect, in a country with an economy less than a third of that of the City of Durban? Mugabe goes on numerous unnecessary foreign trips with hundreds of hangers-on with unbudgeted foreign currency – this is a waste. There is no money going into fixed investments; everything is spent on recurrent expenditure – much of it that can be done away with. Does Zim need a Cabinet of over 40 ministers; two-vice Presidents; numerous deputy ministers and Provincial Ministers? Huge outlays on Mercedes Benzes and other perks?

                    There is no amount of sanctions-blaming that will ever improve the dire straits that Zim finds itself unless you change tak and look at the man in the mirror – it is you the gukurahundis who have caused all this; not the west!!

                    Your juxtaposing of the tribal wars of the 1800s against the 20 000 Mthwakazi villagers killed by the Gukurahundis in the 1980s is to say the least, primitive. Why do you behave as if tribal wars and colonialism were a uniquely Zimbabwean issue? These things happened all over the world, yet you are the only people who keep harping about these Century old backwards human traits – are you mad?

                    Besides, what do the people of Matebeleland have to do with the wars of 1800s that took place when they were not around?

                    Are you saying Chatunga, Robert jnr and Bona Mugabe should now carry the burden of gukurahundi and be killed just because of their father? You are really a piece of shiiit uyazi – a real imbecile. What do those children know about gukurahundi? Even their mother has got nothing to do with gukurahundi – she was not even married to Robert Mugabe then?

                    You talk of Zim’s population remaining at 13 million and blame that on whites, you are a fool; a very ignorant and uneducated one too. When whites colonised Africans and founded Rhodesia, the black African population was in hundreds of thousands if not less; not the current 13 million, if you did not know this.

                    The black African population grew exponentially under successive colonial administrations because of the improved health standards brought by these administrations. Go back and do some research; calculate population growth rates between 1800 and 1975 – you will see how much of an intellectual midget you are. Do the sums you fool – I am not going to do that for you – njaaaa yoothuvviii!!

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              Straight Shooter 7 years ago

              Albert Zinwamhanga
              I dont know how old you are; but have you ever tried to compare, contrast and understand the magnitude of sanctions imposed on Rhodesia and those imposed on Zimbabwe? Are or were they of the same magnitude?

              Again, do you know that there is a difference between UN imposed sanctions and bilateral sanctions? The former are of a global nature, whilst the latter a between individual nations that decide to participate in them against the target country; in this case Zim – do you know this?

              If you understand these differences; can you please explain how come the Rhodesian economy consolidated; new industries were built and thrived under global UN sanctions which even targeted Oil imports; whereas in Zim, with only a few Western countries participating and Zim left to trade internationally with all the other countries not subscribing to these sanctions, the whole economy has been decimated; how come?

              If you can answer these questions honestly to yourself and in your heart of hearts you surely know your gukurahundi fathers have been a total disaster. The cause of this disaster you also know it – leave Obama alone!!

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          Straight Shooter 7 years ago

          Albert
          John Thomas might be harbouring old racist Rhodesian tendencies – but your duty and mine is to teach him uBuntu, because this is Africa; not Europe where everything revolves around materialism.

          You dont correct things by trying to reverse history; because then you become like gukurahundi Mugabe.

          You correct past wrongs through legislating for faireness in the context of modern civilised behaviour that respects human rights.

          Its about time sentiments such as “go back to such and such a place…” stopped; its gukurahundi language. This is 2014 and we are living in a global village.

          Stop calling for the impossible. It doesnt help your cause, but merely inflames tensions; and for what benefit really?

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            “Is it a coincidence that the so called economic mismanagement began just when the sanctions took effect?”
            Albert Zinwamhanga where the hell were you in the 80’s when the whole of Zanu pf went on a spree at Willoughvale?

            Willowgate was a 1988-89 Zimbabwean political scandal in which the Bulawayo Chronicle revealed illegal resale of automobile purchases by various government officials. The ensuing investigation resulted in the resignations of five members of President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet. One of the five, Maurice Nyagumbo, later committed suicide after being charged with perjury. The reporters who had broken the story, Geoffrey Nyarota and Davison Maruziva, were subsequently removed from their posts.

            In October 1988, member of parliament Obert Mpofu accidentally received a check from a car company in Willowvale, an industrial area of Harare; the check had actually been intended for Alford Mpofu, a friend of Industry Minister Callistus Ndlovu. Obert Mpofu took the check to Geoffrey Nyarota, editor of the state-owned Bulawayo Chronicle. The paper had already built a reputation for aggressive investigations into corruption at all levels of government, and began to investigate.

            In the weeks following their discovery of the check, Nyarota and deputy editor Davison Maruziva learned that ministers and officials from the government of President Robert Mugabe had been given early access to buy foreign cars at the Willowvale assembly plant.[1] In some cases, the cars were bought wholesale and resold at a 200% profit.[2] Implicated ministers included Ndlovu, Political Affairs Minister Maurice Nyagumbo, and Defense Minister Enos Nkala. The newspaper published documents from the plant to prove its case, including identification numbers from the vehicles.

            Western Sanctions My foot. Some People……

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              Whilst we at it read THE BIRTH OF CORRUPTION IN ZIMBABWE.

              WAR VETERANS AND OTHER SCHEMES

              Zimbabweans will also remember that there was the War Victims’ Compensation Fund which was introduced in the ’90s where a number of government officials claimed as much as 90% disability and “looted” government funds in the name of having participated in the nationalist struggle.

              Though the idea of compensating the country’s heroes was noble, the scheme was marred by controversies as corrupt elements in high offices invaded the good cause and fleeced the fund’s coffers.

              Not only were these two incidents at the helm of corruption breeding in the country, there was also the Senior Civil Servants’ Housing Scheme, which saw non-civil servants benefitting from the loans that were availed by the government to assist its own poor masses.

              Large sums of cash were looted by top government officials and although a handful non-civil servants benefited, no action was taken against them and by doing so, it increased the rate of corruption which has now spilled into the 21st century at an alarming rate.

              Deny it please Albert. Straight Shooter was right. You are a fool. An educated fool.

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    chimurenga 7 years ago

    Yes Robert Junior is a known gay. The pictures published last month of him partying with girls were staged by the CIO to try and make him look straight. The chick who was sitting on his lap was strategically made to do so. As Zimbabweans we must stand up together and fight this evil family before our country sinks permanently like the titanic.

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    stupid zimbabweans,,do you think grace can just up and walk into the presidential office without you idiots voting for her,,so stupid always bird watching even god cant help fools if fools cant help themselves

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      Stobbs you the one that sounds stupid. If you so clever why don’t you do something about it. If you not Zimbabwean why are you commenting here? The is an old African saying that Baboons laugh at each others foreheads.

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    Hattaerncourt 7 years ago

    There is no problem with Grace becoming our next president. What is the problem with that? No insults please facts only!

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    Das Reich 7 years ago

    its a waste of time Cdes.Zimbos by nature takapusa,kupusa chaiko…nezuro a kombi almost crashed head on into a small lorry in the cbd,driver was driving against traffic and the kombi occupants were just sitting there and were queit as they were driven away….ndaive ndakamira hangu paside peroad ndikandoti Zimbos are stupid zvechokwadi…kupotsa maurawa mongoramba makangoti tuzu…batirwai makapusa…kuswero ngozviti hee museyamwa hee samaita hee samanyanga…muri madununu

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    Msizeni Silwelani 7 years ago

    Das Reich says Zimbabwe is like a bus being driven against trafic flow while passengers are cheering. Perhaps i missed the illustration.

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    @Zwelibanzi Mazibuko aka Gukurahundi

    Abusing a Mthwakazi name will not add any value to your intellectually bankrupt arguments. All I can say about your contribution above is: FULL OF SOUND & FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING.

    UN sanctions are global; whilst bilateral sanctions are not – this is a fact. China is the second biggest economy in the world and it has no sanctions on Zim; what then is the problem? It does not matter that there was sanctions busting. The effect of “sanctions busting” is exactly the same as the fact that Zim today trades with just about every country in the world; so this largely equalises the playing fields – Rhodesia vs Zim; so why is Zim in ruins compared to Rhodesia?

    Zimbabwe has never been banned from importing oil (the main driver of economic activity in any nation); whilst Rhodesia was, but Zimbabweans ended up buying fuel for their vehicles in Botswana and South Africa; carrying drums and drums as private citizens – something that never happened in the hey days of oil sanctions in Rhodesia in the 1970s – how do you explain this? Yes, we had fuel shortages, hence the then Rhodesian government slogan: “Don’t drive Rhodesia dry” – but we never as individual citizens had to import drums of our own as has been happening in this gukurahundi Zimbabwe of yours.

    Check the following “top 5” stratified data – this proves Zim is trading with every country, including the western countries you are always insulting:

    “Top 5 Products exported by Zimbabwe Diamonds (18%), Gold (18%), Raw Tobacco (13%), Nickel Mattes (9.9%), and Ferroalloys (7.3%)

    Top 5 Products imported by Zimbabwe Refined Petroleum (17%), Cars (7.2%), Delivery Trucks (5.4%), Corn (3.4%), and Raw Tobacco (2.2%)

    Top 5 Export destinations of Zimbabwe South Africa (41%), United Arab Emirates (14%), China (10%), Mozambique (6.7%), and Italy (3.2%)

    Top 5 Import origins of Zimbabwe South Africa (42%), United Kingdom (15%), United States (7.6%), Zambia (6.4%), and China (5.7%)

    Zimbabwe is ranked 101 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of -0.618508 “

    Source: Observatory Economic Complexity

    Nelson Mandela warned, as the then SADC chair of the impending disaster that was about to befall Zim when Mugabe ignored him and sent troops to the DRC. This was even before the madness of the land invasions.

    You have to accept that Zim’s problems are essentially self-imposed and are not entirely caused by sanctions; they have been caused by farm grabs/land invasions that destroyed the Agro/Agricultural sector – Zimbabwe’s then economic mainstay. You destroy farms you must understand that the downstream and upstream linkages are automatically destroyed. Hence all the seed manufacturing industries suffered. The Banking industry suffered as they could not recover their loans, and so on and so forth. Furthermore other causes were mismanagement; corruption; the DRC war; War Veterans demands; Fiscal indiscipline on the part of government; violence that destroyed property and infrastructure; racism and tribalism.

    How do you expect a country to be able to beat sanctions and succeed when the government itself cannot live within its own means? Ian Smith drove himself to work; Robert Mugabe is followed by a motorcade of a legion of hangers on; what do you expect, in a country with an economy less than a third of that of the City of Durban? Mugabe goes on numerous unnecessary foreign trips with hundreds of hangers-on with unbudgeted foreign currency – this is a waste. There is no money going into fixed investments; everything is spent on recurrent expenditure – much of it that can be done away with. Does Zim need a Cabinet of over 40 ministers; two-vice Presidents; numerous deputy ministers and Provincial Ministers? Huge outlays on Mercedes Benzes and other perks?

    There is no amount of sanctions-blaming that will ever improve the dire straits that Zim finds itself unless you change tak and look at the man in the mirror – it is you the gukurahundis who have caused all this; not the west!!

    Your juxtaposing of the tribal wars of the 1800s against the 20 000 Mthwakazi villagers killed by the Gukurahundis in the 1980s is to say the least, primitive. Why do you behave as if tribal wars and colonialism were a uniquely Zimbabwean issue? These things happened all over the world, yet you are the only people who keep harping about these Century old backwards human traits – are you mad?

    Besides, what do the people of Matebeleland have to do with the wars of 1800s that took place when they were not around?

    Are you saying Chatunga, Robert jnr and Bona Mugabe should now carry the burden of gukurahundi and be killed just because of their father? You are really a piece of shiiit uyazi – a real imbecile. What do those children know about gukurahundi? Even their mother has got nothing to do with gukurahundi – she was not even married to Robert Mugabe then?

    You talk of Zim’s population remaining at 13 million and blame that on whites, you are a fool; a very ignorant and uneducated one too. When whites colonised Africans and founded Rhodesia, the black African population was in hundreds of thousands if not less; not the current 13 million, if you did not know this.

    The black African population grew exponentially under successive colonial administrations because of the improved health standards brought by these administrations. Go back and do some research; calculate population growth rates between 1800 and 1975 – you will see how much of an intellectual midget you are. Do the sums you fool – I am not going to do that for you – njaaaa yoothuvviii!!

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    @ Straight Shooter – Wonderful read, thank you. A person who states actual facts!