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Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa: Call me Mr Ground-Breaking



Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mr Mnangagwa deposed Zimbabwe’s long-time dictator Robert Mugabe in a coup d’etat last November to claim the country’s presidency.

He is the man with the vibrant, multi-coloured scarf and he is promising the people of Zimbabwe nothing short of a miraculous transformation.

Emmerson Mnangagwa is a 75-year-old revolutionary-turned-politician and we watched him move and groove as he took the stage at a husting near the dusty town of KweKwe.

Mr Mnangagwa deposed Zimbabwe’s long-time dictator Robert Mugabe in a coup d’etat last November to claim the country’s presidency and he wants the public’s approval in national elections scheduled for Monday.

He is up against Nelson Chamisa, head of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition coalition.

A record of more than 20 presidential candidates and 128 political parties will participate in the election.

Addressing a crowd of several thousand who gathered to see him at a new chromium mine, he told them they were going to get democracy and a serious rise in their standard of living.

“We are saying that Zimbabwe will never be the same again,” said Mr Mnangagwa.

“We have a vision (of) becoming a middle-income economy by 2030 and we are breaking ground on new (infrastructure). I am Mr Ground-Breaking.”

That got a hearty cheer from the people who had been bussed in for the speech by Mr Mnangagwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, and in an exclusive interview for Sky News, Mr Mnangagwa said he was committed to holding open and peaceful elections.

“The new (approach) does not tolerate any violence.

Things have changed. No more violence.

We have told the entire international community that our elections are going to be free, fair, transparent and credible.”

When it comes to credibility, Mr Mnangagwa does have something of a problem.

The 75-year-old held various posts in Robert Mugabe’s regime and was considered one of his closest aides.

He led the security services in the early 1980s when at least 10,000 people from Ndebele tribe were killed by the Zimbabwe Army in the Gukurahundi massacre.

He ran Mr Mugabe’s bloody election campaign in 2008 when the dictator lost the first round of voting to the opposition MDC.

After a wave of deadly violence and intimidation, the MDC decided to pull out of the contest.

I put it to Mr Mnangagwa that some voters would be loath to trust him.

“You have promised the people of Zimbabwe a new dawn, new freedoms and prosperity.

But you are closely associated with the old regime – so why should the voters trust you?”

He responded: “You are saying the old regime. I can assure that the old regime brought independence to this country and (the people) were very grateful. We walked through difficult conditions.”

But the Zimbabwean president did not want to focus on the past.

“Now, those who want to live in the past, we cannot persuade them to live the future.

But we are saying that we are going to the future, we do not live in the past.”

Despite the president’s guarantee of free and fair elections, civil rights organisations such as We The People – formed by 7,000 volunteers around the country – have recorded hundreds of incidents of political violence and intimidation.

But that is something Mr Mnangagwa disputes.

In fact, he says he has not received information about a single incident.

“On social media people can sit in (their) houses drinking his whiskey and say anything they want.

“That is not what we are worried about. We are worried about the reality on the ground, (whether) anyone has been aggrieved and the courts are open (for them).”

Certainly, the atmosphere is more relaxed than elections held under Mr Mugabe’s control and the man who ousted him six months ago is absolutely confident of victory.

“I am extremely happy with the response I receive from east to west – (from) south to north. Monday is the deciding factor.

You will see wonders when Zanu-PF again, will romp to victory thunderously.
Sky News


Zimbabwean Students Find Opportunities Abroad in Nursing



Zimbabwean Nursing Students in Poland

A growing number of Zimbabwean students are looking to Poland for nursing education, hoping to find employment in other countries after graduation. Vincent Pol University in Lublin Poland and the University of Economics and Innovation are among the top destinations for Zimbabwean students pursuing nursing degrees.

Over 500 Zimbabwean students are studying in Poland, with the majority enrolled in nursing programs. The reasons for this trend include the high quality of education offered at these institutions, affordable tuition fees, and the potential for employment opportunities abroad after graduation.

“Poland has a very good reputation in the field of nursing education, and the curriculum is aligned with international standards,” said one Zimbabwean nurse who studied in Poland and now works for the NHS in the United Kingdom. “The education and training I received in Poland prepared me well for my nursing career in the UK”

After completing their nursing degrees, many Zimbabwean students are finding employment opportunities in countries like the UK, Canada, and the United States. These countries are currently experiencing a shortage of nurses, and are actively recruiting qualified professionals from other countries to fill these positions.

“The demand for nurses in these countries is high, and the qualifications and experience that Zimbabwean nurses bring make them highly sought after,” he said. “Many Zimbabwean nurses are able to find well-paying jobs with good benefits, and are able to provide a better life for themselves and their families.”

While the prospect of working abroad is attractive to many Zimbabwean students, there are concerns about the brain drain and its impact on the healthcare system in Zimbabwe. “It is important for us to address the root causes of the shortage of nurses in Zimbabwe, and to invest in education and training programs that will help us retain our healthcare professionals,” he added.

Despite these concerns, many Zimbabwean students continue to pursue nursing education in Poland as a means of achieving their career goals and improving their standard of living. With the demand for nurses expected to remain high in the coming years, the prospects for employment abroad look promising for those who are willing to take the leap and pursue their education abroad.

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Kembo Mohadi resigns amid sex scandal



Kembo Mohadi sex scandal

Zimbabwe Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned on Monday following local media reports he had engaged in improper conduct.

Kembo Mohadi, along with Constantino Chiwenga, was a deputy to President Emmerson Mnangagwa since 2018, but without a political power base, he was not seen as a potential successor to the president.

In a rare move by a public official in Zimbabwe, Kembo Mohadi said he had taken the decision to step down “not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President”.

I have been going through a soul-searching pilgrimage and realised that I need the space to deal with my problem outside the governance chair,” he said in a statement released by the Ministry of Information.

Local online media service ZimLive has in the past two weeks carried reports that Kembo Mohadi had improper sexual liaisons with married women, including one of his subordinates.

Mohadi, 70, denied the accusations last week saying this was part of a political plot against him. On Monday he continued to deny the accusations saying he would seek legal recourse.

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers



Zimbabwe White Farmers

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to Zimbabwe white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe era.

But the southern African nation does not have the money and will issue long term bonds and jointly approach international donors with the farmers to raise funding, according to the compensation agreement.

Two decades ago Mugabe’s government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 Zimbabwe white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 Black families, arguing it was redressing colonial land imbalances.

The agreement signed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State House offices in Harare showed white farmers would be compensated for infrastructure on the farms and not the land itself, as per the national constitution.

Details of how much money each farmer, or their descendants, given the time elapsed since the farms were seized, was likely to get were not yet clear, but the government has said it would prioritise the elderly when making the settlements.

Farmers would receive 50% of the compensation after a year and the balance within five years. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and acting Agriculture Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri signed on behalf of the government, while farmers unions and a foreign consortium that undertook valuations also penned the agreement.

“As Zimbabweans, we have chosen to resolve this long-outstanding issue,” said Andrew Pascoe, head of the Commercial Farmers Union representing  Zimbabwe white farmers.

The land seizures were one of Mugabe’s signature policies that soured ties with the West. Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in 2017 and died last year, accused the West of imposing sanctions on his government as punishment.

The programme still divides public opinion in Zimbabwe as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself. But its supporters say it has empowered landless Black people. Mnangagwa said the land reform could not be reversed but paying of compensation was key to mending ties with the West. Reuters

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