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Nothing left to steal: Zanu PF parcels out stolen stands

That Mugabe calls Chindedza a thief after the party including the highest decision-making body in the party the Politiburo had endorsed him reflects either growing senility or rank deception by the nonagenarian leader.

THE fracas in Parliament last week, over a jacket with national flag colours worn by a legislator, added yet another shameful chapter to the buffoonery that has rocked a legislative assembly which is expected to be a sober arena for vital debate.

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Trouble began when Budiriro member Costa Machingauta (MDC-T) appeared clad in a jacket with national colours, resulting in Zvishavane-Ngezi member of Parliament (MP) John Holder (Zanu PF) raising a point of order. The House of Assembly descended into unmitigated chaos with police storming the building to forcibly eject Machingauta.

The Budiriro MP had refused to leave the House after being ejected by deputy speaker Mabel Chinomona over the jacket. The commotion, lasting almost two hours, resembled a pub brawl as MDC-T MPs tried to block police from evicting Machingauta. That police added reinforcements to remove Machingauta as if he was a suicide bomber invading parly added to the madness.

Allegations by some female legislators that they had been fondled by police officers during the mayhem made the incident most unsavoury. It is embarrassing that police officers whose mandate is to protect the country’s citizens are the ones accused of abusing women by groping them and even reducing one of the MPs to tears.

For Parliament to be mired in childish squabbling over a petty issue involving a mere jacket for nearly two hours, when the country is facing a plethora of problems, speaks to the lack of seriousness as well as the alarming levels of immaturity in the august House. A member of the public, disgusted by the unnecessary fracas, rightly chastised the legislators: “Do not go to Parliament to play. You are an embarrassment.”


As has become the norm, President Robert Mugabe has found a convenient scapegoat for Zanu PF’s embarrassing Norton by-election trouncing to independent Temba Mliswa. Mugabe, who is so alienated from reality he cannot see his own culpability in the matter, blamed the party’s candidate Ronald Chindedza for the walloping.

Speaking when he opened a new school in Dande last week, Mugabe said the party had been represented by a thief. How on earth does Mugabe label Chindedza a thief after the party, including the high-brow Politburo, endorsed him? It suggests either creeping senility or rank deception by the nonagenarian leader. In any case, it was not about the candidate but about a bankrupt campaign anchored on the dishing out of stolen private land and bags of rice instead of addressing the crucial issues that assail Norton residents, such as unemployment.

They have not forgotten Zanu PF’s election promises in 2013 of creating 2,2 million jobs and unlocking value of US$1,8 trillion — laughable pledges which have not been fulfilled and remain pie in the sky. The immortal words of former United States President Abraham Lincoln come to mind: You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

In any case, if Chindedza is a thief as Mugabe alleges, then he is right at home, given Zanu PF’s sordid history of massive looting, ranging from diamonds to farms.

Phantom land

Poverty-stricken youths, celebrating the sudden fortune of being proud owners of residential stands, were pulverised by the cruel blow of Zanu PF deception.

Thousands of youths have been ordered to vacate the housing stands at Kingsdale Farm in Norton after the government conceded in the High Court last week that it had stolen private land.

The youths will no doubt be devastated after realising that the moribund regime sold them bottled smoke, which has become their specialty. This latest debacle shows that Zanu PF has run out of ideas and has nothing tangible to offer, having plundered resources. It shows yet again why investors will not come to the country where the law of the jungle reigns supreme.

The Zimbabwe Investment Authority chairman Nigel Chanakira should look at such blatant disregard of the law before he queries the World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings for correctly placing Zimbabwe where it belongs. The latest rankings show that the country has slipped down four places from 157 to 161 out of 190 countries. It is one thing to talk about high-flown reforms but quite another to implement them. Well, unlike some youths in Norton who are easily hoodwinked with lavish gifts of stolen land, the World Bank refuses to be fooled by a government that is clueless, corrupt and incompetent.

Fake certificates

The findings of an audit at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority have been quite disturbing, with suspended Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi facing more than 40 counts of misconduct.

Among the grim revelations is that the institution’s loss control director Charlton Chihuri has only four Ordinary Level passes and forged other qualifications that include an economics degree. With such a person at the helm, one can only conclude that the losses calculated by Zimra over the years are woefully inaccurate. It becomes even more worrying that Chihuri who has been there for 13 years did not even pass English and dismally failed his “A” Level examinations. It makes us shudder to think just how much damage has been inflicted on the taxman with such inept people running the affairs of this nation.
It is deception most foul.

As shocking and reprehensible as this is, it might not surprise Mugabe whose own wife just woke up one day to be conferred a fake PhD that has forever tarnished the reputation of the University of Zimbabwe. What makes this academic fraud outrageous is that people with genuine qualifications roam the streets unemployed, with some reduced to vending while charlatans and crooks are entrusted with the levers of such a key institution. Only in a banana republic can such lunacy be allowed.

But again, why are we surprised? Given the level of economic illiteracy we have witnessed in this government, it would not be surprising to hear that we are led by chaps who did not make it past junior certificate.

Litigation spree

A python can swallow a rabbit or a small antelope. That is small beer. When you see a python trying to swallow an entire buffalo, you must wonder whether there is more to it than meets the eye.

Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo has revealed that he intends to sue. Usually this would not raise eyebrows as this is a well-trodden path with Moyo. However, this time that list includes Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Information minister Chris Mushohwe and his permanent secretary George Charamba, who doubles as the presidential spokesperson, and editors of state newspapers. This, of course, is over the allegations he faces of misusing the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund.

That ministers are focusing on taking each other to court at a time the country is in a sordid mess once again shows the pandemonium and turmoil in the decaying Zanu PF. Despite all the hype around Moyo’s litigation threat, it does not mask the fact that this does not help one iota the thousands of graduates who cannot get jobs because of the deepening economic crisis created by Mugabe and his hopeless government. It will also not amuse those who are forced to sleep in bank queues to enable them to access a paltry US$50 when the bank opens its doors because of a severe cash shortage. The fights in Zanu PF over who stole what, where and how provides glaring evidence why it was a dark day for Zimbabwe when the doddering Mugabe and his party of incompetents were declared winners of the 2013 polls. For that reason and more, 2018 cannot come soon enough.

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Swiping spot fines shows govt desperation

Revelations by Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo that motorists will now be swiping with their bank cards to pay spot fines had us spluttering into our coffee.

“In a month or two, we should be able to sign a PPP (Private-Public Partnership) with partners such as the Ministry of Transport to computerise, control and manage all roadblocks so that, even if a motorist does not have money to pay a spot fine, they can swipe,” Chombo told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport.

Given the entrenched practice of traffic police taking bribes, the swipe machine will surely gather dust from lack of use. In any case, this harebrained idea crumbles like a deck of cards if there is no money in the offending motorist’s account which, given the harsh economic climate, is likely to be the case. This desperate ploy to generate revenue reflects the bankruptcy of the country’s utterly clueless leadership.

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