MDC Alliance Blasts Chiwenga A “Trigger Happy Maniac”

MDC Alliance Blasts Chiwenga A “Trigger Happy Maniac”

Professor Welshman Ncube | The heavy handed response by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to fire the 17 000 striking nurses whose demands for better working conditions and pay are justified is a stark reminder that we are being ruled by trigger happy maniacs for whom the normal rules do not apply. We are seeing classic junta tendencies, whereby they think every problem is solved by the spraying of bullets, no matter the cost.

Zimbabweans’ access to health care is guaranteed in the constitution, Chiwenga and the junta government are better advised to remember this fact. It is also very sad to note that the so called firing of nurses which is illegal anyway was done on the eve of Independence Day. Is this wholescale firing of nurses what we fought for? They cannot run the health sector commando style. The sacking of thousands of nurses has devastating consequences, because it means that hospitals and clinics remain unmanned resulting in patients being the worst affected. It also means the affected nurses face the prospect of unemployment in a country whose unemployment rate is above 90 percent.

As we see it, the only person that should have been fired for these recurring strikes is none other than the Health minister David Parirenyatwa, under whose watch the health sector has dilapidated over the last 13- years. The nurses’ strike is coming on the back of a debilitating doctors’ strike which left a trail of deaths and suffering in the country as the very same junta took its time in arriving at a lasting solution to the crisis.

It is a disgrace that government would exercise such heavy handedness on the striking nurses instead of engaging in respectful dialogue and coming up with long lasting solutions. This shows how little government cares for the needs of its workers.

Victimising the nurses for participating in the strike is the last thing a sober minded government should be doing. These dangerous political games Chiwenga is playing with citizens are ill advised and can only result in more chaos in our public health institutions across the country.

It is clear what needs to be done. The government needs to make quality health care provision a priority and work towards creating improved working conditions which include better remuneration and better equipped hospitals. Only a fundamental change in government’s approach will lead to a breakthrough in the mess they created in the health sector. The people of Zimbabwe including those fired nurses, the suffering and dying patients across the entire country will speak very loud and clearly come voting day and send this military junta back to the barracks where they belong.

Professor Welshman Ncube
MDC Alliance Spokesperson

Zanu PF government offside on nurses strike 

Zanu PF government offside on nurses strike 

Dr Henry Madzorera | It is extremely sad to note that our current government does not see anything wrong with the current conditions of service of the nurses in the public health sector, preferring instead to believe that their grievances and their latest industrial action are politically motivated. The heavy handedness of the government in the current strike is further cause for alarm.

The nation has witnessed unprecedented suffering of the sick and their loved ones since  March 1, when the doctors’ strike started. Hundreds of our sick friends and relatives have died unnecessarily of potentially curable illnesses.

Thousands more have been denied the most basic of health care, and have had to endure untold suffering. All this does not seem to have moved the hearts of those running the country. Now the government has purportedly fired the nurses who are simply calling for intensified dialogue with their employer, concerning their deplorable conditions of service. The loser in this equation are the poor people of Zimbabwe, the villagers, the unemployed, the homeless, the overcrowded, and those with no proper water supply and sanitation facilities. In other words, the people the government is supposed to watch over jealously.

The MDC condemns in the strongest terms the alleged firing of the nurses on industrial action, and

1. Calls on the government to re-engage the nurses on industrial action in useful dialogue with a view to minimizing the disruption of the health delivery services. These nurses are human beings with relatives and friends requiring urgent health care right now, and all they want is a decent living wage and fair conditions of service. Heavy handedness on the part of government has never solved labour issues in the past.

2. Calls on the government to re-arrange its priorities and the health of the nation precedence in resource allocation. There is no good reason why the government is failing to allocate 15% of total government expenditure to health, as already agreed at continental level.

3. Calls on the Health Services Board to fulfil the mandate for which it was formed. HSB should not feature only when there is labour unrest. They should engage the workforce at all levels continuously, and improve their conditions of service regularly in small manageable aliquots.

4. Calls on the MoHCC to complete and commission the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) plan, work on which was initiated in 2010 with wide stakeholder consultations at considerable cost. The people of Zimbabwe spoke, and the government has an obligation to see to it that UHC becomes a reality in Zimbabwe. This plan will ensure that enough additional resources become available for the proper remuneration of health workers, that healthcare facilities are properly equipped and medicines are available, and that all Zimbabweans regardless of age & sex will have access to a defined package of quality care free at point of access.

Dr. Henry Madzorera
Shadow Minister of Health and Child Welfare – Movement for Democratic Change

Oh Yes Mamombe And Majome As Women Can Think For Themselves

Oh Yes Mamombe And Majome As Women Can Think For Themselves

Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwinji

Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwinji | When Fadzai Mahere expressed her desire to stand as an independent candidate, many people accused her of being used by Zanu PF to split the opposition vote. Having listened to the people’s concerns, we are told that she send letters to all the big parties in the opposition. Perhaps, as an overture for future talks. With that, many including myself, thought Fadzai was so full of herself. Did she seriously expect political parties to kowtow to her whims? No self-respecting party could do that and still keep its dignity intact. If an individual wants to represent a party at elections or influence its direction, then one must become a member. It is as simple as that.

Joana Mamombe

Joana Mamombe :Photo credit to Toril Sunde Apelthun

At least I thought, but now the case of Joana Mamombe forces me to think otherwise. About two weeks ago, Joana raised furore on social media by merely expressing intention to contest the MDC Harare West primary elections. She was insulted, her name soiled, all in a bid to disparage her candidacy.

What can a young female politician do in this great republic of ours? Running as an independent candidate, they condemn her. Contesting primary elections, they condemn her. Focusing on her private and social life, they accuse her of indifference. Damned if she does and damned if she does not. Surely, we cannot pretend not to know why few women are running for public office.

But as they say, every dark cloud has a silver lining. I am happy that this unfortunate debate has brought to the fore, uncomfortable but yet very necessary discussions. In this article, I will restrict my discussions to only but three issues. Due to this limited space, I will not be able to do justice to these issues, but I hope I will be able to incite further discussions.

Women can think on their own

The contest between Jessie Majome and Joana Mamombe was supposed to be very exciting. For it is a contest between two brilliant female comrades. A contest between the mature tried and tested and the young, vibrant and promising. But alas, the debate has turned into a shame. Comrades  who I regard as progressive have turned misogynistic in their bid to defend their preferred candidate.

Jessie Majome

          Jessie Ruvimbo Majome

Yes, taking away Joana Mamombe‘s agency and accusing her of being used, is misogyny. She is a very capable young woman who is more than able to make decisions on her own. Additionally, several young male politicians within the MDC family are contesting in primary elections, yet none of them has been subjected to this scrutiny and attack.

People are not asking them to go and contest in rural constituencies. Nor are people accusing them of sleeping with someone powerful. Why do we treat women differently? Why do we assume women have no agency? In this day and age, we must know by now, that women can think and take initiative on their own.

During the online discussions, some people even suggested that Joana must support Majome. I always wonder why people expect female politicians to be a homogeneous group. There is absolutely no difference between female and male politicians. No one expects Obert Gutu to support Chamisasimply on the basis that they are both males. Thus, it is equally folly to expect Joana to support Majome simply because they share the same sex. We must respect Joana’s decision to contest just as much as we respected Majome when she did not follow Khupe.  As I pointed out in another article, we must resist patriarchy by all means. For it thinks that women and especially young women, are incapable of handling power and responsibility. As they say, there is power in repetition. Therefore,  without fear of sounding like a broken record, I will repeat myself. Women can think and take initiative on their own.

Who has the right to decide

Mcdonald Lewanika the director of Crisis Coalition, commenting on his Facebook post two weeks ago, raised a very pertinent question. He asked, ‘who has the right to decide’? Is it the party, the party structures, residents from the constituency or people who neither reside in the constituency nor are members of the party?

There are diverse opinions on the matter. But, we can exclude the last option, people who neither reside in the constituency nor are members of the party have no locus standi on the matter. This is not to say that they cannot express their opinions. They are merely opinions and must be treated just as such. Personally, I am a firm believer in grassroots politics. Local party representatives must be accountable to the local party membership. And in turn the local party membership must reflect the broader local society.

Alex Magaisa is of the contrary view. I hope that I understood him well, in one of his Facebook posts. He said, “a mature party does not risk the careers of its experienced MPs in the name of democracy”. In other words, the party must guide the democratic processes. Retain certain MPs, even against the wishes of the local membership. Not only is this top down and undemocratic but it goes even further to assume that the local membership does not know what is best for itself. It is very elitist and I pray and hope the party will never go this route. Otherwise the people’s party might be captured by an elite cabal.

Alternatively, the party can abandon primary elections all together. Instead, they can just compile a list of members who will represent the party in elections. This system too, assumes that the local membership is ignorant. I would support the part list system if the public were to vote for a political party and not an individual. This, I am sure would increase the representation of diverse voices in our parliament. Furthermore, it would make it easier to raise the number of women in parliament. However, that said, I think it would be unwise to adopt this system under our current political system.

You cannot change rules midway through a game

The central theme in Morgan Tsvangirai‘s call for democracy was institutional reform. And I want to believe that rules and regulations are at the heart of institutional reform. The party has laid down rules and regulations for conducting primary elections. Therefore, members cannot make objections once the process has begun. More so, when the objections and concerns have nothing to do with the process itself.

No matter how much we may prefer certain candidates to others, primary elections must take their full course. The party cannot change its rules and regulations midway through the primary elections process.

Aluta continua and may the best candidate win.

Dear Dambudzo Emmerson Mnangagwa

Dear Dambudzo Emmerson Mnangagwa

Dear Dambudzo,

I hope I find you well. As for me, the usual stuff. Hustling to make ends meet.

I write to you concerning your participation in the forthcoming general elections as the ZANU PF presidential candidate.

This election, to me, is beyond promising to fix potholes, fix the economy or raising hopes of Zimbabweans through signing empty mega deals. Personally, in respect to your pronouncements of a new era (which are I am still to experience) this election provides an opportunity for Zimbabwe to nurse her ugly wounds, wounds inflicted on her by your party in the past 38 years with Bob in control and you as his most loyal and trusted son. You served him with distinction and honour in silencing and purging those that threatened his grip to power. This election is a pathway for those with trauma from Murambatsvina, Gukurahundi, 2008 elections to be rehabilitated. It provides an opportunity for broken families resulting from ZANU PF’s bad governance to be fixed. This election possibly presents a pathway to a true reconciliation process that will provide justice to victims of gross human rights abuses. Many have been battered, bruised and tortured at the hands of your government in the past 38 years.

Honestly we both know that you cannot lead a genuine process that will address the crimes that occurred in the past 38 years. Your rise to power is pinned on the entitlement you hold. No other person served Bob more than you did in his 38 years at the helm of Zimbabwe. Mugabe and ZANU PF represent everything wrong and broken in our society which this election seeks to address using constitutional means. I wonder how, you being an integral member of Mugabe’s regime, can be exonerated from this mess.

You have said several times that let ‘bygones be bygones’. Really? At one time I thought you were misquoted. But then I thought you meant let ‘Baygon be Baygon’. This will make sense coming from you given your love for pesticides. You once prescribed DDT in Matebeleland. Parquet was used again on members of the opposition on the June 2008 run off you take credit in engineering to save your Godfather Bob.

Many lost limbs, loved ones and bread winners at the hands of your party. Take time to reflect what that ‘bygones be bygones’ mean to victims of your party’s bad governance of the past 4 decades. Take time to reflect what ‘bygone be bygones’ means to those whose dreams were shattered as you held on to power by whatever means necessary. Just in the few days after being expelled from government I hear that your friends were even now preparing dockets to prosecute you on charges including corruption and attempted murder. You being a lawyer should better understand how the justice system works. It cant!

Do the right thing. Tell Zimbabwe what happened in the last 38 years. Apologise to Zimbabwe and the victims of your deeds and association with ZANU PF. Above all choose decency. Resign, go home and pray that in a new Zimbabwe the victims of ZANU PF’s dictatorship which you helped to sustain will see it fit to pardon and forgive you.

ED, take time to introspect. Your way of politics cannot be part of what this election seeks to establish for Zimbabwe.

On a lighter note just drop the scarf, it is awful.

Hoping for your favourable reply.


Wellington Mahohoma

Mugabe Gone, Dzamara Still Missing: A Missive To My Generation

Mugabe Gone, Dzamara Still Missing: A Missive To My Generation

Itai Dzamara Still Missing

Wellington Mahohoma | I greet you with love and hope. I have always had you and Zimbabwe at heart. As a generation, we have endured a lot. I write this letter giving you my reflections as we approach the 2018 general elections.

We have endured the brunt of bad governance, misplaced priorities and corruption. Unemployment is rife. The majority of us have never been employed, despite having skills and knowledge. We do not have a payslip to our names. The fortunate connected few continue to be rewarded and enjoy on our behalf. Tenderprenuers such as the celebrated criminal Chivhayo racked millions of dollars from public funds to build shacks and buy several pairs of designer shoes.

Passing through filthy and makeshift bus ranks you will see able-bodied youths of our generation, ‘mahwindi’, busy at work. The only job they have known is to scream their lungs out, luring passengers to get into commuter omnibuses.

Years of experiencing this denigrating task have turned them against us. Their anger and despair has turned to violence. In the cities, we been harassed at their hands, with life being lost even. Vulgar has become part of their language targeted at even the elderly.

Each day we humbly commute to work, dangerously packed like sardines in small cars. We have many at times been caught in the wars between the corrupt police force and the mushikashika hustlers.

We have been reduced to drug and alcohol addicts. Illicit substances – Bronclear syrup, marijuana and ‘musombodiya’ – make my generation have the courage to see another day. Our society itself is too sick to take care for those who want to be rehabilitated. The health system has since collapsed.

Our parents have suffered too. Pensions have been wiped out by hyperinflation. They worked for decades since independence, yet years of sacrifice, for both the nation and their families, have resulted in nothing. Many still have to accommodate and even fend for their adult children.

Our parents have been denied the expected fruits and privileges of bringing us to this world. The hope they had in bringing us up have turned to pain. We are daily ravaged by curable diseases coupled with a collapsed health system. Many parents have had to bury their children.

This is the only reality that we have known. To many of my generation, even dreams has been shattered. Our dreams for tomorrow have been defined and limited by this Zimbabwe. We became traders of imported second-hand clothes, smalltime poultry breeders, airtime vendors. We desperately grab at every slight opportunity – we tried even ‘zvihuta’ . We have the desire to work. We have proved to be resilient no matter how difficult the situation become. The lucky few who are employed still have to queue for hours to get the little bits of their salaries.

When the government attempts to solve problems it has created, we celebrate and clap hands. That is how desperate we are. Small sachets of rice are traded for our loyalty and votes. For a day’s drink and cigarettes, some of us are even deployed to beat into submission those who dare to dream differently .They are called sellouts.

Many have been killed. Some like Itai Dzamara were abducted in broad daylight never to be seen again. University students, like myself, were expelled from pursuing studies for daring to dream of a better Zimbabwe. With help from well-wishers, few pursued their studies outside Zimbabwe. For them it was a great blessing, an eye-opener. They saw what I saw, how governments should take care of its citizens.

As we approach the 2018 elections, I dare you to reflect and dream big. This is not our best, we can do better. We can do more, we can achieve more. Our peers who took their dreams beyond our borders are excelling. Not because they work more than you, but they live in countries and societies, which reward those who are willing to work. It is our duty to change our situation. This country is beautiful. Let us dare to dream.

Another Zimbabwe is possible.
I love Zimbabwe. I love you my generation.

Wellington Mahohoma

Zimbabwe at 38: Decades of Independence without Freedom

Zimbabwe at 38: Decades of Independence without Freedom

Tererai Obey Sithole

Tererai Obey Sithole | April 18 is an outstanding day for the nation of Zimbabwe, it is a day on which the land locked country is Southern Africa celebrate its hard-won independence. As such I join the entire Zimbabwean family, both home and abroad in celebrating 38 years of independence. History has devotedly taught us that our elders took up arms following the continued mistreatment by our former colonial masters. It was out of anger and pain of being enslaved and treated badly that our respected liberation fighters took it upon themselves to fight for the restoration of dignity. Out of that momentous fight which was steered then, Zimbabwe was born on 18 April 1980, making it 38 years this year.
Personally, I unreservedly salute the gallant sons and daughters who fought for the reclamation of our country from the hands of the British imperialists who had relegated the black majority to the peripherals of development on their own land. I pay inordinate tribute to the genuine fighters who took the bold decision to confront the colonial rulership, because injustice in all its forms should and must be fought vehemently.
I acknowledge the significance of this day because it gives room to every Zimbabwean to reflect on their sad past and to take stock of the journey travelled so far in the post-colonial Zimbabwe. I always try so hard to identify the positive steps which the Zimbabwean independence brought to its people. In the process of doing so, it appears to be so difficult to locate the significant differences between the colonial era and the post-colonial era.
Many may question why I say its hard to see the difference, that’s well acceptable but it is the purpose of this piece to enlighten the reader on the grounds of my submission. It is known that what motivated the liberation heroes to fight during the colonial era was the need to gain freedom. Multitudes perished in the process, they paid the ultimate price all in the need for freedom and bringing an end to inequalities which where prevalent then. Now we are in 2018, 38 years after the successful reclamation of control by the black majority, we ask ourselves an important question, are Zimbabweans really getting what was fought for?
To assist in responding to that question I quote Adam Kokesh, who in his book titled Freedom writes, freedom is not just an ideal state of society, but a moral code for respecting the rights of others. Working on this brief description of freedom, it may not be wrong to conclude that 38 years on, Zimbabwe is yet to be fully observe freedom because we still witness utter disrespect of people’s rights.
To give weight to a clear fact that freedom is far from being practical, I will refer you to the abduction of Itai Dzamara, a Zimbabwean human rights activist. The activist was abducted on 9 March 2015, some few months after he had petitioned the then President, Robert Mugabe to step down followed by a campaign in which he advocated for the same. The decision by Dzamara to call for Mugabe to step down was unarguably an exercise of the freedom to demonstrate and petition; freedom of expression and freedom of media as enshrined in sections 59 and 61 of the Constitution respectively. What can be deduced from this abduction case is a reflection that while the freedoms are on paper, they are imaginary and practically non-existent in the present-day day Zimbabwe.
It is of importance to make it known that it is not only Dzamara who has been abducted in the post-colonial Zimbabwe on grounds of expressing their displeasure on the way things are managed in the country. The list of abductees is long, multitudes have been butchered for exercising their right to associate with the opposition and others have been maimed. Several Zimbabweans are scattered all over the globe, fleeing from the politically harsh environment and for supporting opposition or perceived to be supporting opposition, some have been jailed on politically motivated grounds.
Many may choose to argue that the cases highlighted above were perpetrated under the presidency of Robert Mugabe but that is not enough to exonerate the current leader Emmerson Mnangagwa because while that was happening he was a close confidante of the former President. More so, even now with Mnangagwa as the President, so many cases indicative of the disrespect of people’s rights can be cited.
Few days ago, we read that a whole Deputy Minister of Finance violently attacked a staffer in the same ministry on a case linked to the assaulter claiming that he had been given a lesser allowance than what he thought he deserved. Reading this story gave me vivid reflections of the colonial stories whereby the black workers frequently fell victim of thorough beatings for working at a slower pace than that which was expected by their ruthless British employers. With this case, one can note that while Zimbabweans are now independent, some of the colonial practices are still inherent and being perpetrated by the few elite in power.
Only a day ago, the eve of this year’s independence commemoration, the government of Zimbabwe issued a directive firing all nurses who had chosen to exercise their right to participate in industrial action in protesting against the paltry salaries they were subjected to. These punitive measures being directed to the people of Zimbabwe for exercising their right on genuine causes serve to demonstrate that even after 38 years of independence in Zimbabwe, freedom is yet to be evident.
Seemingly Zimbabweans don’t have rights, if they have, they are not respected by the government. Close to four decades after a hard-won independence from colonialism, Zimbabweans still live without freedom.
Tererai Obey Sithole – Youth Leader and a Development Scholar
I write in my own personal capacity and can be contacted via email:

Judge Reserves Judgement In Khupe Case

Judge Reserves Judgement In Khupe Case

A High Court judge in Bulawayo has reportedly reserved judgment to next week on whether or not to accept as an urgent application the matter in which the MDC T is seeking an interim order to bar expelled Thokozani Khupe from using the party name and logo.

The Adv Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T last month fired Thokozani Khupe together with her two allies Mr Abednigo Bhebhe and Mr Obert Gutu, following a national council meeting resolutions.

 Prior to his dismissal, Mr Bhebhe was the party’s national organising secretary while Mr Gutu held the post of national party spokesperson.

Adv Chamisa lawyers Atherstone and Cook Legal Practitioners, filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court citing Dr Khupe, Mr Bhebhe and Mr Gutu, as respondents.

Adv Chamisa is seeking an order stopping the respondents from “unlawfully exploiting and abusing its registered MDC-T trademark, symbols and signs.”

In his founding affidavit, MDC-T acting chairperson Mr Morgen Komichi said: “This is an application for an order interdicting the respondents from unlawfully using the applicant’s name in the pursuit of their political agenda and infringing on registered trademarks. The respondents were dismissed as members and office bearers of the party on 23 March 2018”.

Mr Komichi said Dr Khupe and her allies were causing confusion and misleading MDC-T followers by continuing to use the party trademark, symbols and signs. “Notwithstanding the dismissal, which effectively terminated their membership, the respondents have, in common purpose, purported to present themselves as not only MDC-T members, but office bearers thereof and thereby causing a lot of confusion amongst party supporters,” he said.

“MDC-T is our name and is our own property. We have past experience on this issue, some tried to do it previously and you know what happened. We are going to approach the courts when the right time comes,” Mr Komichi said.

Manyenyeni Inspires New Aspiring Councillors

Manyenyeni Inspires New Aspiring Councillors

Denford Ngadziore | Today I had a fruitful meeting with his worship the Mayor of Harare Metropolitan Province, Councilor Ben Manyenyeni at Town House . In our discussion we tackled challenges faced by Harare West Ward 16 residents mainly the unavailability of street lights around Haig Park, Meyrick Park ,Sunridge, Mabelreign, Greencroft and Ashdon Park Saburbs .Mabelreign Police Station is recording high cases of robbery almost twice a week due to none working street lights.

Travelling at night starting from 7pm is no longer safe for the residents and a collective measure between residents and council shall be taken so as to address the issue.

How To Smoke Zanu PF Out Of Harare

How To Smoke Zanu PF Out Of Harare

Dr Phillan Zamchiya | Reader, come 2018 General Elections, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) must win resoundingly in Harare Metropolitan to stand a chance to win Presidency and govern. It is an opposition traditional stronghold, has the highest Voting Age Population (VAP) and is easily accessible both politically and physically.

Consequently, the campaign team must strive to raise the number of registered voters in the remaining few months. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC)’s current Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) provisional statistics for Harare are lower than those of 2013. In 2013, there were 788, 959 registered voters against a VAP of 1,091,063. At the moment there are 747 920 registered voters in Harare which is 41,039 less. Harare has the second lowest voter registration rate in the country after Bulawayo. This is worrying. However, the BVR exercise is ongoing, so let us use the 2013 voter registration rate as a base.

Will the old voting rates work?

The point here is that the 2013 voter registration rate, voter turnout and MDC vote if reproduced in 2018 will only lead to 323 174 votes for the Presidential candidate. How? Using the ZESN geometric/mathematical formula to project the VAP, Harare stands at 1 345 818 today. 651 540 men and 694 278 women. If the BVR exercise reaches the 2013 voter registration rate of 72.3% there will be 973 000 registered voters in Harare. This will be an increase of 184,041 registered voters. At the 2013 rate of 56.2% voter turnout, 546 826 people will vote out of the 973 000 registered voters. If MDC maintains its old Presidential share of 59.1% vote in Harare, then Nelson Chamisa will have 323 174 votes. You see reader, why under such a scenario we might as well forget the Presidency.

Which voting rates can work?

So, the campaign must work with a target of about half a
million votes to stand a good chance. I will be modest in my calculations because I know how difficult it is to mobilize especially with little resources and under an authoritarian system. So if the campaign ensures that voter registration rate increases by only 7.7% from the 2013 rate then 1,076,654 people will be on the new voters roll. If the voter turnout increases by 13.8% then 753, 658 people will cast their vote. If the MDC’s vote increases by 10.9% then Nelson Chamisa will get 527 560 votes. If Chamisa gets 527 560 votes in Harare only, then his chances of winning the Presidency will increase significantly. So what needs to be done reader?

Smoke out ZANU PF

First, the party must work to sniff out ZANU PF in its isolated but notable islands of support. These are manly in Harare North, Epworth, partly Chitungwiza, Mbare, Harare South, Mt Pleasant and Mbare constituencies. The idea is to deploy the finest mobilisers in targeted areas for continuous and systematic local based campaigns. For example, in Mbare mobilisers will need to target Shawasha, Nenyere and Matapi Hostels. ZANU is striving to control there. In Chitungwiza, the catchment areas around Chief Seke’s Hall, Seke Teachers’ college, Chaminuka and Dungwiza, Zengeza 3 shops and Unit G extension, Part of Zengeza-Old Tatenda Beerhall and Unit H Seke need political attention. In Harare South, think of Hopley and Churu farm. Here, Chamisa must go by himself. In Harare North, ZANU PF islands are alive in Hatcliffe. In Epworth, catchment areas around Muguta Secondary school, Makomo Primary School, Domboramwari, Chinamano, Kubatana, Pamajecha, Epworth Home Industry and Dhonoro Farm need serious campaign.
Reader, islands of ZANU PF support largely have similar socio-economic characteristics. So the messaging must speak to those issues. These are usually new urban settlements where commercial farms acquired during Fast Track land reform were turned into residential stands, new settlements where state land was turned into residential stands, informal settlements with no compact settlements, areas with dominant housing cooperatives, old council hostels, areas where there is concentration of civil servants in the security sector and in areas where market stalls were distributed to operators on patronage basis. Overall the inhabitants live below the poverty datum line and survive on ‘katsaona’. These issues must be seriously addressed in the campaign.

Grow the base

Second, the campaign team must grow and boost its traditional support base. They need to systematically campaign in wards with a population of 50 000 and above. Reader, these could be ward 15 which covers Warren Park, Westlea, Nkwisi Gardens 7 Tynwald South. It has a population of 66 054 (31 214 Men and 34 840 Women) and estimated 15 787 households. Then ward 23 which incorporates Waterfalls-Prospect and Mainway Meadows. It has a population of 63 360 (29 805 Males and 33 555 Females) and estimated 14 485 households. Another one is ward 30 which covers Glen View 8, part 3, New Stands Glen View 7 & Specimen Glen Norah. The population is 53 268 (25 715 Males and 27 553 Females) and 13 551 households. Reader, we cannot leave ward 33 which covers Budiriro 1,2 and 3. The population is 59 969 (28 855 Males and 31 114 Females) with 15 232 households. Add ward 37 in Kuwadzana with 70 508 people (34 024 Males and 36 484 Females) and 17 616 households. Another populous stronghold is ward 43 covering parts of Budiriro 4 and 5 with 60 229 people (28 869Males and 31 360Females) and 14 831 households. Reader, you can add using local metis.

Dismantle political bases

Reader, number three is to dismantle the system of ZANU PF political bases in Harare. ZANU PF thrives on these political bases in the urban periphery. In Epworth there have been bases. These are Dhonoro/Masasa, Nyanga and Epworth home industry political bases in ward 2. In ward 3, Zindi/Dombo and Nyagura homestead political bases. Ward 4, 5, 6 and 7 had Kamusoda, Maulani, Makangira, Tandi, Kadumbu, Madhende/Chinamano, Garakara and Chihoro political bases. No doubt ZANU PF won all the seven wards in previous election. These are inimical to democratic electoral processes. Maybe the vanguard should camp there to protect citizens. I leave this one here.

Capture imagination

Fourth, is to continuously capture the imagination of young people. Harare Province has a rising young population which makes the youth a significant demographic group in influencing and determining electoral processes and their outcomes. 1, 961,088 people that is 92.37% of the total population are 49 years and below. Reader, like you and me, they need clean cities, decent jobs, affordable houses, water, sewer collection and trade-markets. Here the MDC must forcefully articulate its social service delivery policy.

Ice with broader reform

Yet for high impact, this must be accompanied by comprehensive electoral reforms and a change of manipulative political culture by the powers that be. So yes, the party needs a big win of about half a million votes in Harare to stand a chance to claim the Presidency. Ours is to share as public intellectuals but practitioners can consider what can and ignore what can’t as we approach the 2018 election. Sisonke!

Don’t Blame Sanctions

Don’t Blame Sanctions

Brian Kagoro | For those with eyes to see & brains to think.​ Zimbabwe has no financial crisis,it has a leadership & management crisis under a corrupt Zanu PF.

Zanu PF imports campaign vehicles,sound systems,Tshirts & material for a total of $70 m. Some of the material still to be delivered. 113 branded vehicles passed through ZIMRA without paying duty thus depriving the country exercise duty & VAT of $1.3 million.

The government says it has no forex for importing medical drugs, raw materials & water treatment chemicals yet $70 million is paid of material that could have been supplied locally.

They talk of creating jobs yet 113 vehicles are branded in a hidden warehouse in Joburg by an Indian Company. What about giving the job to 10 branding companies in Zimbabwe??

All 10 provincial hospitals lack ambulances & accident victims die on the scene in our highways due to loss of blood yet a party uses State funds from a corrupt Airline deal to buy campaign vehicles while patient die.

For those who blame sanctions,are these sanctions??For those who say opposition is immature,is this the maturity you want??For those who say ED is different & he needs time,do you have hope??

It took Robert Mugabe 37 years to ruin Zim but at this rate ED will do it in less than 2 years. Zanu will never repent. Open your eyes & think than be used or get emotional while poverty knocks on your door.