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‘Mnangagwa Got Only 33% of Presidential Vote in 2018 Elections’

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Zimbabwe’s former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa only got 33 per cent of the 2018 presidential election.

Moyo made the claim in a tweet Tuesday. “There’s now incontrovertible evidence that Mnangagwa got just 33% of the presidential vote in the 30 July 2018 elections. Waiting for Luke Malaba to give the promised “FULLY DRESSED JUDGMENT” to be given “IN DUE COURSE”. And a can of worms will be opened!”

Jonathan Moyo, who fled Zimbabwe following a military intervention that eventually led to former president Robert Mugabe’s ouster and the rise of his then sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was unreachable for comment.

Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo refused to comment while presidential spokesperson George Charamba’s mobile phone was not reachable.

Ruling party activist, Believe Gaule, dismissed Moyo’s claims saying the former Zanu PF and top government official, “is a bitter man trying to sow seeds of disunity in Zimbabwe.”

Gaule noted that “I don’t think we have to waste our time on such issues especially when it is coming from Jonathan Moyo who is not even in the country.

Where is he getting that information as the judge (Chief Justice Luke Malaba) was even talking about lack of primary evidence (in a case filed in the Electoral Court by the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa which challenged Mnangagwa’s victory)?

“… It’s only people who are bitter who would want to say a lot of things and confuse people at the same time. Remember Jonathan Moyo has never said anything good about President Mnangagwa. To me he is fighting, to me, he is fighting Mnangagwa and every day he manufactures stories and create evidence where it is not there.”

Jonathan Moyo allegedly backed Sydney Sekeramai to succeed Mugabe in a bitter political feud that pitted Zanu PF factions resulting in the army’s move to intervene to arrest so-called criminals that were surrounding Mugabe. Moyo’s Zanu PF group, known as Generation 40, was backed by former First Lady Grace Mugabe, ousted party administration secretary Saviour Kasukuwere and several others.

Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa claims that Mnangagwa was fraudulently elected president in the July 30 presidential election last year.

Mnangagwa won the election with 50.8 per cent of the vote — just enough to meet the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a run-off against Chamisa, who scored 44.3 per cent. That percentage was eventually reduced to 50.6 per cent by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission before the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of Mnangagwa.

Nelson Chamisa maintains that he won the presidential election.VOA

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers

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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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Chinamasa calls U.S. ambassador ‘thug’ as anti-government protests loom

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Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party on Monday called the United States ambassador a “thug” and accused him of funding the opposition ahead of this week’s planned anti-government protests that authorities say are meant to overthrow the government.

Without providing evidence, ZANU-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa told reporters that U.S. ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols, was involved in subversive activities to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Chinamasa’s comments echo the Robert Mugabe era, where the ZANU-PF government regularly accused the United States and Britain of seeking to dislodge it from power.

“He (Nichols) continues to engage in acts of undermining this republic and if he does so, if he continues engaging in acts of mobilising and funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training insurgents, our leadership will not hesitate to give him marching orders,” Chinamasa said.
“Diplomats should not behave like thugs, and Brian Nichols is a thug.”

The U.S. embassy in Harare did not immediately respond to Chinamasa’s comments. Political tensions are rising fast in the southern African nation after activists called for demonstrations on July 31 against government corruption, which they blame for deepening the worst economic crisis in more than a decade.

Last month, the government summoned Nichols after a senior White House official said Zimbabwe was among “foreign adversaries” using the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd to interfere in U.S. affairs.

The U.S., Britain, E.U. embassies and the United Nations have all criticised Zimbabwe for the arrest of journalists and political challengers.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the West were promising when Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe after a coup in 2017, but have soured over the government’s human rights record.

Patrick Chinamasa urged party supporters to defend themselves from protesters and avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that followed post-election demonstrations in August 2018 and the January 2019 protests over a steep fuel price hike.“No, this time no. Use any means at your disposal to defend yourselves,” Chinamasa said. Organisers say this week’s protests will be peaceful. Reuters

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Perence Shiri, Zimbabwe Agriculture Minister Dies

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Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perence Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

Perence Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined the government in 2017, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, two government sources said. He died in the early hours of Wednesday.

“Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country,” Mnangagwa said in a statement. He did not say how Shiri died.

But domestic media said Shiri, 65, succumbed to complications from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, which has infected 2,817 and killed 40 in Zimbabwe.

A liberation war veteran,Perrence Shiri had a chequered past. He commanded the army’s Fifth Brigade unit that carried out the 1980s massacres of thousands of civilians in western Zimbabwe as the government sought to quell an insurgency.

The army massacres, known as ‘Gukurahundi’, a Shona term meaning the ‘early rain that washes away the chaff’, remain a sore point for the people of the Matabeleland region, many of whom demand justice and reparations.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change accused Perence Shiri of being among the security chiefs who organised violence against its members after Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential vote in 2008.Reuters

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