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July 2, 2017

Commemorations for State sponsored violence victims held in Bulawayo  

By Our Correspondent

BULAWAYO– The Movement for Democratic Change led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai held commemorations for state sponsored violence victims at Sizinda Hall in Bulawayo at the weekend.

The meeting brought sad memories of state brutality since Gukurahundi era and renewed Zanu PF terror campaign tool after 2000 chaotic land reform.

Senior MDC-T members including Vice President Thokozile Khupe, national chairperson Lovemore Moyo, national deputy chair Morgan Komichi, secretary-general advocate Douglas Mwonzora , were among those who attended.

The event was touching as some could hardly hold back tears as they remembered horrors they went through Zanu PF terror machinery.

Victims recalled sad memories under Zanu PF in post independence era where at least 20 000 civilians were killed by the Government in 1983 Gukurahundi era where ‘liberator turned assailant’

Khupe observed a minute of silence for all victims but later called on Veterans Activists Association, VAA, to remain guided by the thrust to an independent nation that values human life and political freedom.

‘We have gone dark past and perpetrators must be ashamed of. We gather here to remember those who are victims of State sponsored victims. We must remain focused, fostered by unity to be a truly independent nation. No one must be maimed or killed because of different political ideologies neither should we leave in fear of a Government of the people. As MDC-T we must remain united and not break the spirit of living and departed victims’ said Khupe.

She called on Zimbabweans to be part of a better future.

They came from such areas like Hwedza where a victim was shot by a known state intelligence officer while others came from Matabeleland South, North, Harare, Manicaland, Mashonaland West, Central and other provinces.

Chairperson Moyo assured victims that MDC-T will never forget them.

‘As a party we recognise all victims including the Gukurahundi victims. This sad day however mark a definitive day where the party and VAA fought for the betterment and recognition of all political victims in post independent Zimbabwe. Let us preach unity , unity and more unity and shun violence. We must work together and admit lost souls into our party ahead of forthcoming elections’ said Moyo.

Senator Komichi thanked God for such an initiative and observed a moment of silence for late Joshua Nkomo who passed on 1 July in 1999.

Komichi called on party members to register to vote, fight corruption, anarchy and vices than inter-party fights each other.

Many speakers including Mwonzora and Bhebhe called on party supporters to remain united in fighting against Zanu PF as a common enemy fighting people freedoms.

Among well known victims is Themba Ndebele of Nkayi whose whereabouts still remain sketchy since 2002.

Bhebhe pledged assistance for other projects including the rehabilitation of alderman Zet Sibanda’s grave and unveiling of his tombstone.

Alderman Sibanda late political icon in Nkayi who never lost to Zanu PF until his unfortunate death in an accident.

The VAA chairperson Victor Zunza applauded the mainstream for joining hands with the victims.

‘We have suffered enough in silence but our voices are crying out that we want everyone to be part of us. Our departed friends’ pursuit of true freedom will never be in vain,’ said Zunza.

MDC-T VAA national deputy spokesperson Blessing Mandava said it is refreshing concerned Zimbabweans must shun any form of violence.

‘Violence is retrogressive and the nation must move forward. We are geared to remain united in the spirit of togetherness and fight our oppressors through democratic means,’’ said Mandava.

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June 28, 2013

Hurungwe MDC-T MP rebel

By Nhau Mangirazi Chinhoyi- Tall Severino Chambati rebelled from Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai here on Friday when he successfully submitted his nomination papers as an independent House of Assembly member. Chambati’s chief election agent Allan Tivapasi submitted the papers around mid morning but was quick to say they are not rebelling against Tsvangirai. “We will campaign for councillors, Chambati as an independent and President Tsvangirai, said Tivapasi. He claimed Wilson Makanyaire’s winning results were manipulated as he “never got 3200 votes at all”. Tivapasi claimed Makanyaire had abused his party position to impose two unelected council candidates, “We are against the primary elections that were manipulated by provincial organising secretary Makanyaire who tampered with the electoral college in Wards 25 and bussed people from Magunje constituency. The national election directorate did not assist us”. Tivapasi alleged that there were no elections in ward 25 which is Chambati strong hold. The Weekly Mirror saw the receipt that Chambati paid $10 to Zimbabwe Election Commission. He confirmed that he will stand as an independent where he will face Makanyaire and Zanu PF’s Temba Mliswa. Makanyaire could not be reached for comment at the time of writing. Some sources revealed that Kariba MP was also planning to stand as an independent where he was defeated by one Mandishona in a seven men race during primaries. He will face former MP Isaac Mackenzie. In Magunje constituency MDC-T candidate Ralph Magunje will face disgruntled former party member Tonderai Kusemamuriwo while Zanu PF will be represented by Godfrey Gandawa who trounced MP Franko Ndambakuwa by over 2000 votes.

November 11, 2011

Makoni calls for transparency on diamond sales… As division loom in MDC-T in Karoi

KAROI- Movement for Democratic Change new provincial leadership are brooms that are still yet to sweep clean when their rally in Karoi attracted a handful of supporters, besides misleading people that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was due to grace the occasion.

This comes amid allegations of divisions within the party’s two warring camps of Zvipani now leading the province and Zvinguruve faction claim they are being sidelined in the party politics within Karoi district although some members are down-playing the strained relations.
’There are divisions with the new leaders claiming they sweep clean but this rally was poorly attended and if this what the future hold for MDC-T here, then we will not win any seats’’ said a party member who had come from Hurungwe rural area who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.

However, Home affairs co-minister and MDC-T women assembly chairperson Theresa Makone says there must be transparency in the sales of diamonds so that the country can benefit than for few individuals with Zanu PF links to enrich themselves at expense of the majority who are languishing in poverty.

Addressing a handful of MDC-T supporters in Chikangwe stadium last weekend
Makone said the sales of diamonds must benefit the country as a whole.

‘’If diamonds are sold transparently everyone will benefit and it must be the finance ministry that will distribute to all ministries according to their needs not the situation where few individuals are busy looting and lining up their pockets when majority are battling to make ends meet. The claims of empowerment is just an excuse to enrich few individuals in Zanu PF’’ said Makone.

Her passionate appeal for transparency on diamond sales come amid reports that the Kimberly Process Certificate body has allowed Zimbabwe to sell her alluvial diamonds freely without restrictions.
She added if MDC-T forms the next government resettled farmers will not be removed from their farms as it is a Government policy to resettle people.
‘’When farming inputs are distributed, there is no political party affiliation as we want to boost food production. Zanu PF must not monopolise farming inputs scheme as it has to benefit all Zimbabweans. We want food not to beg when we have land’’ added Makoni.
Makoni denied that her party long accused of drafting the Zimbabwe Economic Recovery Bill that blacklisted some top Zanu PF officials to be slapped with travel restrictions and sanctions by mostly Western countries among them Britain, United States of America, Makoni challenged former information minister Jonathan Moyo and former Masvingo governor Josiah Hungwe for drawing up the list.

‘’Zanu PF must ask their own members among them Professor Moyo and Hungwe for submitting names of top officials who were slapped with sanctions and where does MDC come in over that. Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has no power to remove sanction but as a country we must make democratic reforms but Zanu PF must come clean that they messed up on good governance‘’ added Makoni.

She later said the so called war veterans must remember they fought white minority rule but not for black minority rule where Zanu PF members believe they can hold the nation to ransom.

‘’Personally I was kicked out of University of Rhodesia in 1973 as we fought white minority rule but we have since replaced it with black minority rulers who think they can rule forever. On elections we do not want the blind to be assisted by the police or army but rather we must have minor as this will reduce chances of elections rigging. We want free and fair elections.’’ she said.

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