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Nkosana Moyo launches the 2018 election manifesto

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Source: The Chronicle.

Alliance for the People’s Agenda (APA) president Dr Nkosana Moyo on Wednesday officially launched his party’s election manifesto in Harare.
He launched the manifesto 40 days before the country holds harmonised elections on July 30.

Launched at the Rotary Centre under the theme: “It is time to rehabilitate Zimbabwe”, the manifesto focuses on economic management, service delivery, arresting corruption, reducing Government wage bill, human and social development, nation building, tourism, mining and agriculture.

Dr Moyo said his party’s manifesto was realistic and did not offer wishful dreams. He scoffed at MDC Alliance’s president Mr Nelson Chamisa’s pledge to introduce bullet trains and spaghetti roads if elected, saying the focus should be on bread and butter issues.

“If you ask me before I even think of a bullet train, I am going to worry about those kids that I see every morning going to school sitting on the floor,” said Dr Moyo.

“I am going to worry about the hospitals where people go and die. I am going to worry about the roads where people, those who are lucky to own a vehicle, are bursting their car tyres more often because those roads are not maintained. Rehabilitate the infrastructure and make it functional.

“Before you worry about Foreign Direct Investment, industries were already in this country. There are investors who are present who had shut down their factories, so before I worry about attracting new money, I will engage the investors who are already in Zimbabwe and work with them to resuscitate the economy and industries.

“If you read our document you will see that we talk about mining, agriculture and tourism, these three are very domestic. You can actually form a much smarter regional tour look.”

Dr Moyo said APA sought to serve Zimbabweans. “APA, as a movement of the people, seeks to serve Zimbabweans in their quest for a better future,” he said.
“We believe that we offer Zimbabweans an opportunity to join the noble cause of national rehabilitation, regardless of party affiliation.”
APA only fielded 15 candidates out of the 210 seats in the National Assembly.

“Out of the people that applied, we managed to recruit 15 after going through the process,’ he said.“I, as Nkosana Moyo, do not know all Zimbabweans that are out there who are smart, so to form a Cabinet, people have to apply. We will use a headhunting approach so that we know who is out there who is interested and who is qualified. It is the only way to go.

“If I go out choosing my friends and people I know, what happens to those who are smarter than those I know? We will advertise and invite Zimbabweans who are interested in turning around our country to put their hands up and come to join and get this project done. We call for zero tolerance in terms of corruption.”

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Kembo Mohadi resigns amid sex scandal

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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

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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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