The bungling Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi tried to make a comeback after the eviction of Epworth residents settled there by his party on a piece of land owned by private developer Sunway City.
Report by MuckRaker
The stands had been allocated by local party leaders without authority to do so from the owners of the land. Midzi then tried to accuse Sunway City of “hiding behind legalities”.
“There is no humanitarian face (sic) and timing was absolutely wrong since they did not give people the chance to move away or search for alternative accommodation,” Midzi whined despite the company saying they had tried in vain to make the settlers leave voluntarily since September 2011.
Midzi sought to reassure the residents, the Herald reports, saying the demolitions were not a directive from the party or the President’s Office, as if knowing that would offer any comfort to people whose homes had been razed to the ground.
“It is not the President who sent people to ravage homes and people should not lay their blame on Zanu PF, but the company that is involved in the whole process,” Midzi said.
We have come to expect that from Zanu PF; they blame everyone else except themselves.
Zanu PF ‘galvanised’
Meanwhile Midzi has threatened a landslide victory for a “galvanised” Zanu PF in next year’s harmonised elections.
This comes after the return of Zanu PF provincial chairpersons from China where they had gone to “draw lessons” from the Communist Party of China.
“While everything points to another plebiscite triumph, the revolutionary party is not resting on its laurels having recently dispatched a high level team to China,” the Herald tells us.
Midzi said the team came back equipped with “knowledge and skills” to rejuvenate the party.
He also said Zanu PF’s “people-centered programmes are resonating with the electorate”.
The evicted Epworth residents are likely to strongly disagree!
Clear as day
Attorney-General Johannes Tomana has “dismissed” allegations police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is responsible for selective application of the law.
Tomana described the allegations as “unfair and coming from Western-sponsored people who are bent on fulfilling the objectives of their Western masters”.
This is the very same Chihuri who has said the country cannot be taken away from its “owners” –– Zanu PF –– through a pen which costs a mere five cents!
How clearer can he be?
Waiting for Godot
What became of the “bruising battle” Tomana said was in the offing with the European Union over sanctions?
Tomana in July had crowed that the bloc “faces a Herculean task” in responding to the lawsuit because the “sanctions have no legal basis”.
“The loins have been girded; we are ready for battle,” Tomana said.
“The EU will sweat over how they can defend themselves because we stand on solid ground.”
“We have been handed the green light to throw these illegal sanctions right into the face of the EU,” he said.
Brimming with confidence, Tomana avowed: “Obviously, this is a victory for us because it is an acceptance that the issues that we raised are genuine and are neither misleading nor arguments of fallacy.”
Tomana soon discovered, however, that he was winking in the dark as the EU did not respond to Zimbabwe’s lawsuit.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, had quashed any chance of lifting sanctions saying: “There is no question of lifting sanctions against Mugabe or anyone involved in continued abuses of human rights, incitement to violence — that is simply not up for discussion.”
It soon dawned on Tomana that he was waiting for Godot and he had to concede that “there have not been any developments on the case since we filed the lawsuit”.
“I am sure that the EU is preparing its opposing papers, we will wait to be summoned,” Tomana sheepishly said.
The loins will have to be girded for a bit longer Cde Tomana!
Votes and memories
It was interesting to read about Zanu PF’s latest election-related gimmick.
The party, or rather its tourism outfit, under the auspices of the government’s National Tourism Policy, wants to create a township tourism hub around President Mugabe’s old Highfield home.
There will presumably be guest houses, museums and restaurants and even shebeens to promote the development. It will also be linked to the Sanganai/Hlanganani project.
This obviously is inspired by the success of South Africa’s township tourism initiative which has attracted large numbers of visitors in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. It is hoped Harare will do the same.
Soweto is the template. Similar projects in Zimbabwe have all “died a natural test” we are told. But this one has been better crafted and holds out more prospects of success.
Highfield would be the pilot township for the project since it has the same historical significance in Zimbabwe’s struggle for Independence as Soweto.
This is all very interesting if a tad inventive. The Sunday Mail article spoke about the need to educate white visitors on how residents lived. It should also educate people in general on how President Mugabe’s party was rejected by the residents of Highfield after its 20-year possession of power.
Mugabe turns up regularly to vote there and invariably loses! It will be interesting to see how this latest development can deliver him votes as well as memories.
By the way, shouldn’t those of us involved in the media be cataloguing Zanu PF’s election-related projects and how the former ruling party can’t get by without them?
Agriculture minister Joseph Made got himself a tongue lashing from villagers in Makoni South after claiming the “illegal” sanctions had caused government to fail to subsidise fertiliser.
The Zimbabwean reports that Made had been visiting the area to assess the impact of the prolonged dry spell in the area.
He then seized on the opportunity to propound the sanctions gospel saying they were affecting government’s programmes to empower villagers.
However, the villagers would have none of Made’s lecture, pointing out that fertiliser was being distributed at Rusape Grain Marketing Board depot along party lines. Only Zanu PF card-carrying members were getting inputs, Made was told.
Made, states The Zimbabwean, abruptly left his not so captive audience without finishing his address.
“How can he tell us about sanctions when we know that they (sanctions)are specifically targeted at them? We cannot be fooled by this sanctions issue,” a bemused member of the crowd said.
Made found out, much to his chagrin, that the tired sanctions mantra no longer has any takers!
‘Filthy rich” businessman Philip Chiyangwa has a penchant for making lofty promises which somehow never materialise.
In May Chiyangwa pledged to donate US$1,6 million to the University of Zimbabwe while four years ago he promised to pay fees for hundreds of Africa University students.
However, nothing came of it and some students even failed to write their exams.
This time wearing the Affirmative Action Group hat, Chiyangwa promised to bring “empowerment to the ordinary man’s door-step” to residents of Harare’s Mabvuku high density suburb.
Chiyangwa and his entourage “brought life to a standstill” the Sunday Mail claims, as he doled-out money to hundreds gathered for the “prosperity crusade”.
Chiyangwa was then told that far from posturing, the biggest solution he could provide was assisting emerging business people with collateral.
“We are struggling to secure loans from financial institutions because we do not have collateral,” Zanu PF secretary for Indigenisation Innocent Hamandishe said.
“On the other hand Mr Moneyman (Chiyangwa) you have acquired multiple properties over the years such that if you select 300 people who are in need of loans you can approach banks on their behalf and offer one of your properties as collateral,” said Hamandishe.
Chiyangwa promised to “explore” the idea. Judging by his track record he is still exploring in the depths of Mabvuku. Has he encountered Masimirembwa yet we wonder?