This is despite the fact that the IFP has been bleeding support since 1994, losing control of 30 municipalities in the last local government election in KwaZulu-Natal, a province it once led.
“No person who has built a house runs away if that house has started to burn,” opined Buthelezi.
He said he had considered stepping down on previous occasions, but each time the party had “asked that he remain”. The idea that he was clinging to power “is nonsense”, he added.
Buthelezi said alleged rifts between the party and the IFP Youth Brigade “do not exist”. He also said there were a few disaffected young people who were “spreading lies about the party”.
BusinessDay cites political analyst, Daniel Silke, who observed that the IFP had become “somewhat of a personality cult” around its leader, who had failed to address the succession issue “over an extended period of time”.
Where have we heard this before?
Clearly we are not short of geriatric party leaders in cloud cuckoo land, who believe they are the alpha and omega of their parties.
Buthelezi believes he can stem the IFP’s slide into political obscurity by remaining in power, something he has failed to do for the past 20 years.
Albert Einstein once said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
That will still not deter Cde Buthelezi, we are sure.
A cartoon in the Herald on Monday caught our attention. It referred to the forthcoming Zim/EU reengagement talks. Two negotiators, one from Zimbabwe, the other from the EU, are depicted as exchanging views. The Zimbabwe negotiator, in reference to news a few days earlier that Zim/EU trade had doubled, asked: “Without the restrictive measures wouldn’t it quadruple?”
Innocent Mpofu, in his cartoons, likes to portray white people as having long pointed noses. In European folklore it is those who are economic with the truth who are portrayed as possessing long noses.
We saw the headline last Friday about trade doubling but came to a different conclusion. Why is the Zimbabwe government constantly bleating about sanctions having undermined the economy when trade between the 27-member bloc and Zimbabwe has grown so dramatically? Have they been lying to us all this time?
The answer is of course a big Yes!
Another whopper appeared on Friday. It was a government statement saying “Food woes, land reform absolved”.
Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs,Gender and Community Development Sithembiso Nyoni was speaking at a conference in Dubai. She said that shortages were a result of droughts. Maize production had actually increased as a result of the land reform, she claimed.
What is the Joint Command and Staff Course that we are told Herald deputy editor Caesar Zvayi and ZBC general manager (programing) Allan Chiweshe attended on the role of the media in nation-building? Sounds rather sinister to us. And why do we need to know the staff course is No 25? What is the significance of No 25?
Equally sinister was a statement by George Charamba that “media organisations can indeed undermine freedom of expression which is why their protection under the constitution must be conditional”.
“Media organisations need to be regulated as they have the capacity to injure freedom of expression,” Charamba was reported as saying.
What hogwash! The country needs protection from the predatory gang around Mugabe, not the other way around. Who has inflicted injury on society in the recent past? Certainly not the media. Anybody remember Mark Chavunduka and Ray Choto?
Transmedia chairman Dr Paul Chimedza said his outfit was preparing for community radio stations across the country.
“We realised that lack of transmission creates a vacuum,” he said, “and that vacuum will be filled by pirate stations that are hostile to the country,” he said.
“People will end up listening to pirate stations not because they love them but because there will be no option,” Chimedza said.
Yes, partly true. But there are also ZBC’s lies and propaganda that make people sick.
Chimedza should tell the whole story.
Although they received substantial funding from the government, they had devised other ways of making money, Chimedza said.
Yes, Zanu PF always finds new ways of making money.
The last time we saw Charamba at a staff course he was pulling faces to make the audience laugh.
When one of the speakers complained that Charamba was getting more time than others, some pip squeak from ZTV declared that “Mr Charamba is welcome to have my time”.
Meanwhile Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa gave Zanu PF apologists a good run for their money in waxing lyrical about President Mugabe’s “visionary” leadership, the Herald reports.
“The President has provided leadership from the cockpit and we are prepared to be the passengers,” Chamisa gushed.
Speaking at the launch of the National e-Learning Programme at Chogugudza Primary School in Goromonzi, Chamisa said President Mugabe’s “wisdom makes sure the plane does not crash”.
If his stunned listeners thought the MDC-T National Organising secretary had extolled President Mugabe enough, they got another think coming.
In presenting an Apple iPad to President Mugabe, Chamisa stated that: “When Moses descended from Mount Sinai, he had with him two tablets that had the 10 Commandments, however, today, your Excellency; we will provide you with one tablet.”
“This tablet,” Chamisa went on to say, “will ensure that you are wiser than all the kings we have known.”
We know Cde Chamisa is prone to bouts of capriciousness but this is ridiculous. We are sure even Cde Webster Shamu, of the “President Mugabe is Cremora” fame, would really feel outdone.
NewsDay reports that Chief Svosve has been accused of firing gunshots in an apparent attempt to scare away a villager, Noel Nhire, following a dispute over a piece of land at Ashlyns Farm in Wedza.
In an urgent chamber application at the High Court, Nhire accused Chief Svosve, born Weston Zvenyika Kuwandikira, of always firing gunshots to scare him away and sending youths to disrupt his farming operations.
“The respondent is always sending youths to unlawfully evict me from my lawfully resettled piece of land,” Nhire told the court. “He is always firing gunshots to scare away the applicant (Nhire) such that the applicant is now in danger.”
Nhire also accused Chief Svosve of holding political rallies denouncing the former and influencing villagers to revolt against him.
This comes in the wake of demands, by chiefs, for guns so that they could “protect themselves”.
Chiefs’ council vice president, Chief Mtshana Khumalo, had recently said they wanted guns to “assist villagers in the event that there are wild animals troubling them”.
We had asked why they would want to usurp the role of the wildlife rangers or even the police. Maybe the “wild animals” they were referring to were of another kind!
The face of Harare is set to change, we are told, following amendments to local development plans approving mixed land use. Mixed land use means allowing commercial uses such as offices, restaurants and banks, the Herald tells us.
The changes are aimed at bringing services closer to the people, it says. The changes are a response to demand as people had already started invading residential areas and setting up offices.
City director of urban planning, Psychology Chiwanga presides over these changes. The Arundel local plan, for example seeks the expansion of the suburban shopping centre and to integrate it with the surrounding residential area.
“The plan will see the conversion of surrounding properties into commercial use such as shops, restaurants, and offices”.
This is a disaster waiting to happen. Arundel is hardly a hop, skip and jump from the city centre. And areas that are closer to town have seen the ungainly conversion of private properties into offices and restaurants without any consultation with neighbours. Indeed, it would be interesting to know if Chiwanga has said No to any applicant. Press reports have placed him as close to Zanu-PF and it would be instructive to know if this change to urban sprawl has anything to do with Zanu PF’s election campaign.
A car sales yard has been set up across the road from Prince Edward School and kombis now traverse the green space between the school and Cleveland Rd in Milton Park. NewsDay carried a story recently on a widow who had leased a property on Cleveland Rd to a former councillor, Charles Nyachowe, who is refusing to leave the house. He is a former special interests councillor appointed by Ignatious Chombo. He now runs a money-lending outfit called Vantage Microfinance Banking Ltd.
His business has led to a dramatic increase in traffic in Cleveland Rd.
Most modern cities are desirable locations because they are properly planned and by-laws are enforced. Harare is headed in the opposite direction. Chiwanga needs to understand that allowing anybody to set up business anywhere is not progressive. It is likely to end up as a free-for-all. Cleveland Rd is emblematic of the problem.
Do you support President Mugabe and would you wear clothing advertising your preference? If so, then you should wear something from the Gushungo fashion label.
“We want everyone who is patriotic to wear the brand,” Justin Matenda who heads the outfitters told the Sunday Times.
“In Mugabe’s honour as a revolutionary, cultural icon, social leader and president par excellence, we decided we needed to take this up,” he said.
This reveals a worrying lack of marketing skills, something the company boasts of. How many people in Harare would want the world to know they endorse Mugabe as a cultural icon?
“In honouring our president we thought why not introduce something that will outlive him and even our own generation,” Matenda said.
Does he mean we have to put up with this “patriotic” display into kingdom come? We thought it was just an election gimmick!
We have only spotted one T-shirt so far and the wearer said he had been given it.