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



Jonathan Moyo

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


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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